CSI5* Wellington, USA:
Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s, Sarena, took the crown in the Rolex Grand Prix CSI5* after what was a tense final showdown with American rider, McLain Ward in the final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida. For Maher and Sarena it was the first time the pair had jumped under the lights but they were not fazed by the occasion as they topped a seven horse jump off with a double clear round to finish ahead of the McLain and Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.
CSI3* Lanaken, Belgium:
William Funnell topped the placings in Friday’s Table A 1.50m class with The Billy Stud’s Billy Congo. The British combination completed the course in 61.89 seconds, five seconds quicker than the next placed rider.
Helen Tredwell had a superb ride with Sebastian VII, owned by Colin Garratt in Sunday’s Table A 1.50m class taking fifth place, just one of five riders to complete a double clear round from a field of over 50 combinations. Elsewhere, Carron Nicol also picked up two top two placings in a number of 1.25m classes with Jaguar Vd Berghoeve and Zeusland.
CSI3* Vilamoura, Portugal:
Nicole Pavitt just missed out on a second successive first placed finish in Saturday’s Table A 1.45m class after finishing second with Victor Blue, owned by K Kusters. The duo posted the quickest time in the first round but French rider, Olivier Guillon topped the placings after a quick second round, whilst Joe Whitaker finished in third place with Lola V.
The Brits dominated the placings the following day in the Table A 1.50m jump off with four finishing in the top 12. Joe Whitaker and Lola V posted the quickest time with 46.11 seconds in the jump off but registered four penalty points which left them in sixth place.
CSI3* San Giovanni, Italy:
Jonathon Buxton finished fourth in Saturday’s three star against the clock 1.40m class with High Offley Arturos Catch owned by Mrs Patricia Morris. The pairing completed the course in 63.80 seconds as they registered no faults in a 60 strong class. The following day, Jonathon completed two more faultless rounds in the 1.45 jump off class, earning himself a place in the top ten. In the other classes, Elliot Gordon came fifth in Friday’s Table A 1.40m class with Dassino, building on his third place finish the day before with Lavinio 12 in the against the clock 1.35m class.
CSI3* Oliva, Spain:
On the Sunshine Tour, Skye Higgin came third in Friday’s against the clock 1.40m class on board, 12 year-old, Quarina De Blondel; the duo went on to compete in Saturday’s Table A 1.45m class and were one of 14 combinations out of a field of 78 to advance to the jump off. Fellow Brit, Charlotte Platt finished with a double clear in the Sunday’s 1.40m class to finish just outside the top ten.
CIC3* Burnham Market, Great Britain:
Oliver Townend picked up from where he left off last week (at Burgham International, Northumberland) with another win, this time in Norfolk at the Burnham Market International Horse Trials, the first leg of the Tri-Gland Slam series. Britain’s leading eventing points scorer took the top two placings in the CIC3* class with Angela Hislop’s Cooley Master Class in first and Andrew Cawthray’s Note Worthy in second.
In the CIC2* event, Izzy Taylor was the highest placed Brit in fourth with Calibro, owned by J. De Ruyter Meerlo, finishing with a total score of 47.3 penalties. Oliver Townend (Ballaghmor Class), Ben Hobday (Ciletto H), Emily Gilruth (Topwood Beau) and Pippa Funnell (Billy Walk On) also finished in the top 10. Izzy also registered a third place finish in the Advanced class with Westwood Mariner.
Elsewhere, William Fox-Pitt made his competitive return after his fall at the World Young Horse Championships in Lion-D'Angers last October. The 47 year-old enjoyed two clear rounds in the Open Intermediate class with Cool Mountain and Parklane Hawk.