CIC3* Burnham Market International, Norfolk
The Bacon.co.uk Burnham Market International got underway on Thursday (2 April) ahead of the Easter weekend, with lots of British eventers in action. It was a competition dominated by Oliver Townend, as he notched up two top placings in not only the CIC2*, but the CIC3* as well. In the CIC2*, Oliver took the win aboard Cooley SRS, owned by Angela Hislops, after the combination produced a foot perfect showjumping round with a clear inside the time cross-country – only one of two combinations to do so, with Oliver’s second placed finish won on Andrew Cawthray’s Colonel Joe. After producing the best dressage score of the competition, Piggy French finished third with George and Jayne Apter’s Obos Cooley.
In the CIC3* Oliver took the top spot with Patsy Mason’s Mr Hiho, after a good dressage test and clear showjumping round the pair finished on 42.6 penalties – just 0.2 penalties ahead of his second placed ride Armada, owned by Paul Ridgeon; UK Sport Development Programme rider Tom Jackson with Ian & Sara Jackson and his own Waltham Fiddlers Find took third.
CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour, Miami
It was two wins in two days for world number one Scott Brash as he took to the Miami arena over the weekend. An exciting nine-rider jump-off during Friday’s American Invitational 1.55m class, saw Scott clinch the top spot with Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s Hello Forever after finishing just ahead of Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (Concordija) by 0.13 seconds.
Competing in the inaugural Longines Global Champions Tour of Miami Beach Grand Prix on Saturday, Scott and Hello Sanctos (owned by Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham) were one of twelve combinations to go forward to round two out of a field of forty-six starters with the course by Uliano Vezzani testing both horse and rider. After jumping a superb clear second round, Scott was one of only four riders to head through to a jump-off where a 38.57 second jump-off round secured him the win ahead of Bassem Hassan Mohammed (Palloubet D Halong).
With his Grand Prix win, Scott leads the Longines Global Champions Tour rankings after the first event of the 2015 season. To view the rankings list please click HERE.
CSI3* Toscana Tour, Italy
Jessica Mendoza swept the board at this week’s Toscana Tour in Italy. Riding E.A.R.L. Chateaux Bacon’s bay gelding Sam de Bacon, Mendoza claimed the win in the 1.45m class after producing a double clear jumping round with a jump-off time of 40.04 seconds, beating the Ukraine’s Ferenc Szentirmai by 1.27 seconds.
The UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider also took first place in the 1.35m Against the Clock class on her mother’s (Sarah Mendoza) bay mare Classic Highfly along with a win in Friday’s 1.40m Gold Tour on the 14 year old stallion Ramiro de Belle Vue, also owned by Sarah.
Sunday’s Gold Tour 1.40m class also proved successful for the Junior European individual bronze medallist, after posting a double clear jumping round with a jump-off time of 26.31 seconds Jessica took another top spot, this time with her mother’s Nuggets l’Amandour. Mendoza took the win by 2.7 seconds over fellow Brit Leah McCrady on Ms Sally Lane’s grey stallion Vitaal G.
British Showjumper Nicholas Channing-Williams enjoyed a good win in the Silver Tour 1.30m class, riding Stud Farm Elias A.E’s Last Chance, the pair posted a double clear round in a jump-off time of 26.61 seconds to take the title ahead of Italy’s Vanessa Barea and Ucitty.
CSI3* Spring Tour Lummen, Belgium
UK Sport Development Programme riders Joe Clayton and Jake Saywell enjoyed a great competition out at the Spring Tour in Lummen (31 March – 5 April), with multiple top placings between them.
Joe got things underway on Thursday, posting a win in the CSI3* class aboard Michael Whitaker’s Bonita Z after a six-rider jump-off. Top results came thick and fast over the weekend, as he took first place in Saturday’s 1.40m class with Stakkato de Fee (owned by Michael Whitaker), a second placing in the 1.35m with Gorre (owned by Valerie Whitfield and Mark Williams) before winning the penultimate class of the show, a 1.30m with Millioninmind (owned by Steven Barnes).
Jake Saywell recorded two top placings on the second day of the competition (2 April), posting a win with Special K IV (owned by Rachel Gascoine) and a second placing aboard Cantho Z (also owned by Rachel Gascoine) in two 1.30m classes. Jake produced a fourth placed finish with Special K IV in the 1.40m class on Saturday, finishing just 1.1 second off Joe’s winning time in the 61 rider field.
CSI4* Atlantic Tour, Vilamoura, Portugal
There were a host of wins for British showjumpers during week 6 of the Atlantic Tour. Harriet Nuttall, Laura Renwick, Emily Mason, Nicole Pavitt, Louise Pavitt and Sammie Jo Coffin all took home top placings from the Portuguese show, including six wins and two runner up spots between them.
CSI3* Z-Tour, Belgium
Lanaken proved fruitful for British riders, with top placings coming for Julie Andrews in the 1.30m classes and a win for UK Sport Development Programme rider Chloe Winchester aboard Zandokan H owned by Edward Howard in Sunday’s 1.35m class. With a host of other British riders in attendance, view the full results for a full competition overview.
The earlier part of the week saw Lanaken host the CSI2* competition where the Brits produced more good results. Geoff Luckett and Sharon Baldwin’s Cash Point produced a win in the 1.30m class and Robert Whitaker and Miss Mandy Hall and his mother’s (Clare Whitaker) USA Today picked up a second place finish in the 1.45m class.
CSI3* Riviera Sun Tour, Italy
British rider Jay Halim took two wins at the Riviera Sun Tour this weekend, securing first place in the 1.35m Against the Clock class on his own Abrisco and in the 1.40m class on Helen Rees’ Bart VI.
CSI2* Mediterranean Equestrian Tour, Oliva, Spain
The Mediterranean Equestrian Tour boasted victories for serveral British showjumpers this weekend, with Stuart Neads, Ashley Ray, Michael Fursedonn and Mackenzie Ray all posting winning results. For a full round up of results click HERE.
CSI2* Cagnes Sur Mer, France
The Brits were in flying form at the French competition Cagnes Sur Mer this weekend, with Jemma Kirk picking up three big wins. Jemma piloted her own chestnut stallion Tchoupi Pironniere to victory in the Grand Prix and 1.30m class, whilst Graham Lovegrove enjoyed a win in the 1.45m class on I. Vatidus and M. Saywell's Centolove.
CVI3* Saumur, France
British vaultes were in action this week at the international 3* show in France. Lucy Phillips started off her competition in style taking the top score in both the compulsory and technical female test, going forward to the final freestyle round with a score of 7.037. Vaulting on her own, her mother (Liz Phillips) and father’s (William) dark bay gelding Pitucelli and lunged by her mother, Lucy completed her freestyle test with a total score of 7.032 to take third place.
Fellow Brit and World Equestrian Games Pas de Deux bronze medallist, Hannah Eccles took home fourth place in the female competition lunged by her father John on her WEG mount WH Bentley, with Andrew McLachlan taking fifth in the male competition on Tylers Kernal lunges by Amanda McLachlan. A solid performance from the GBR squad saw them take third place in the 3* senior competition with an overall score of 7.351 with the win going to France.
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