CSIO5* NC Hickstead, Great Britain:
In the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, Great Britain’s showjumpers put in some solid performances as they took sixth in the final leg of the series. Tim Stockdale went clear in the first round with Fleur de L'Aube, owned by Mrs Marjorie and Mr Clark Glasgow and this was followed by another clear round by Olympic travelling reserve, Jessica Mendoza and her mount Spirit T, owned by Sarah Mendoza. Alongside Ben Maher (Diva II, owned by Tatiana Korsakova) and Scott Brash (Hello Guv’nor, owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham), the British showjumping team registered a total of 20 penalties to finish just outside the top five whilst Germany took the win with a total of four penalties.
Tim Stockdale put in a brilliant performance in the Longines King George V Gold Cup, producing two clear rounds with Fleur De L’Aube to take fifth place. The win went to Ireland’s Billy Twomey, who was just over two seconds quicker, topping the class with a time of 39.46 seconds.
It was tight at the top in the British Speed Classic as Ben Maher finished just behind Billy Twomey. Ben, aboard Aristo Z owned by Jane Forbes Clark, finished on a time of 67.22 seconds but Billy just edged the win going clear in a time of 67.21 seconds. Similar to this, in the Bunn Leisure Salver class, Guy Williams took second place with Lindsay Doran’s Depardieu Van T Kiezelhof after two clear rounds, finishing just over a second behind Billy Twomey.
In the Royal International Accumulator, Yazmin Pinchen finished top of the leaderboard after a superb performance with Van de Vivaldi, owned by Nancy Pinchen as the pair finished two seconds ahead of the rest of field on 53.61 seconds.
Finally in the Amlin Plus Eventers Challenge, eventer Laura Collett claimed third place with her mount, Mr Bass after registering four penalties in a time of 130.93 seconds. The win went to Ireland’s Elizabeth Powell who registered a clear round in 122.12 seconds.
CSI5* Dinard, France:
Laura Renwick enjoyed a successful weekend out in France taking wins in two classes. Her first win came on Friday in the Prix Suez 1.55m class with Bintang II, owned by Mr and Mrs Renwick as the pair produced a double clear, finishing the final round in 47.01 seconds to claim the top spot. This was followed by another clear round in the Derby Tropicana 1.50m class with Mr David Rodgers’ Rembrandt Blue as they were the only combination to go clear.
CIC3* Burgham International Horse Trials, Great Britain:
In the CIC3* class, Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson dominated the top of the standings, each placing two rides in the top five with Oliver topping the leaderboard with MHS King Joules, owned by Tom Joule. The pair finished the weekend on a total of 43.3 penalty points after going clear in the cross country and the showjumping phases whilst Oliver’s second ride, ODT Ghareeb, owned by Kathleen Wilkinson & Rachel Wood finished third. Nicola Wilson took second place with Annie Clover, owned by Mary and Barry Tweddle with a total of 45.7 penalties and her other ride, One Two Many, owned by Gerry & Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan placed fifth.
In the CIC2* class, Oliver Townend enjoyed more success with Cillnabradden Evo, owned by Sally-Anne Egginton, topping the class with 37 penalties after clear rounds in the cross country and showjumping phases.
CPEDI3* Bishop Burton, Great Britain:
There were a number of brilliant results for our Paralympics GB selected athletes as they continue their preparations for the Games which start 7 September.
Sophie Wells topped the Grade IV team and individual championship tests with C Fatal Attraction, owned by Charlotte Hogg whilst Izzy Palmer, who is coached by Sophie, took the top placings in both the Grade III tests with Pinocchio, owned by Dr Neil Walker and Dr Jackie Walker. Susanna Hext of the BEF Excel Talent Programme took first place in both the team and individual team tests with Abira, owned by Mrs P & Mr C Hutton. In the Grade Ia team test, Sophie Christiansen finished top with Athene Lindebjerg, owned by Mrs Diane Redfern before producing a superb score of 80.9% to take the individual test and in the Grade Ib team and individual tests, Natasha Adkinson finished top in both with her horse, Sweet Caledonia.
The freestyle tests were topped by the winners of the team and the individual tests with Paralympics GB selected athletes, Sophie Wells and Sophie Christiansen scoring over 80% in their respective tests.
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CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more prestigous the show.
CIC stands for Concours International Combine and is an international one date event with dressage the first phase and either showjumping or cross country may be the final of the three phases. Competitions are given a star rating (*) in terms of difficulty; the higher the star, the higher the level of training and skill required.
CPEDI stands for Concours Para-Equestrian Dressage International. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more high profile the competition.