CSI5* Los Angeles, USA:
Scott Brash and John Whitaker were out in action at the Longines Masters in Los Angeles over the weekend; the first leg of the Grand Slam Indoor of Showjumping.
In the Grand Prix, Scott Brash was one of ten riders from a class of 35 combinations to go clear in the first round; picking up zero faults in 76.64 seconds after a superb ride with Lady Kirkham’s Hello M’Lady. In the second round they produced a quick time of 40.45 seconds but unfortunately rolled a pole to take eighth place.
On Thursday John Whitaker and his horse Argento went in the KTLA Trophy and produced a brilliant clear round, stopping the clock in 72.94 seconds to finish eighth. This was followed by another clear round in the Longines Speed Challenge as John with Lord of Arabia, owned by P. Sultan Saud, completed the course in a time of 67.91 seconds to place seventh. The win in went to Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan who clocked in a time of 63.47 seconds.
CSI3* Vilamoura, Portugal:
Jessica Mendoza clinched third place in Friday’s 1.40m class with Sarah Mendoza’s, Ramiro de Belle Vue after a faultless round, clearing the final fence in 60.10 seconds. The pair were just edged on the podium by Ricardo Gil Santos and Zuchero who took first in 59.04 seconds and Celine Schoonbroodt – De Azevedo with Bergkamp who came second. On Sunday, Jess put in another fine performance with Zahra II, owned by Sarah Mendoza in her second 1.40m class to finish fourth after another clear round.
Ben Maher also enjoyed a good outing with Sarena, owned by Jane Forbes Clark, posting a fault free round in Thursday’s 1.45m class, stopping the clock in 64.12 seconds to take ninth place.
CCI2* Osberton, Great Britain:
At the Osberton International Horse Trials the British eventing quartet from the recent Rio Olympic Games were out in action in the KBIS British Eventing Seven Year Old Championships. Pippa Funnell took second place in the two star competition with Billy Walk On, owned by Barbara and Nicholas Walkinshaw after finishing on a final total of 42.5 penalty points, just behind Willa Newton and Lauries Laudatio 2, owned by The Sandpiper Syndicate who scored 40.8 penalty points.
Kitty King placed third with Vendredi Biats (owned by Diana Bown, Sally Lloyd Baker, Sally Eyre & Samantha Wilson), scoring 42.7 penalty points whilst Rosalind Canter took fourth and sixth place resepctively with No Excuse (owned by Michele Saul) and Pencos Crown Jewel (owned by Jamakin Sport Horses).
William Fox-Pitt went round with Little Fire, owned by Jennifer Dowling and scored 54.5 penalties, finishing just outside the top in 11th and Gemma Tattersall and Billy Senora (owned by Jenifer Gilbey) jumped clear to finish on a final total of 67 penalties.
In the International competition, Izzy Taylor finished just inside the top ten with Claire Dyson’s, Kiltar Alda after a strong dressage test and a clear jumping round which contributed to their final score of 53.5 penalty points. Tim Cheffings finished top of the leaderboard with his horse, Donateur after going clear cross country and clear in the jumping phase which left him on his dressage score of 45 penalties.
CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton and as with dressage, the higher the star rating (*), the more prestigous the show.
CCI stands for Concours Complet International and is an International three day event with the phases taking place in the order of dressage, cross country and showjumping. 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