CSI5* St. Tropez, France:
John Whitaker finished top of the leaderboard in Sunday’s Grand Prix, continuing his fine form following the Nations Cup team win in Rome. John and Argento, owned by Mr and Mrs Whitaker, produced a superb double clear before fending off the challenge from Germany’s Christian Ahlmann in the jump off, beating him by eight hundredths of a second to finish in a time of 36.17 seconds.
Elsewhere, Ben Maher finished third in two five star classes at the show. In the Prix Bentley 1.50m class Ben and Diva II, owned by Mrs Liz Edgar, produced two clear rounds but just lost out to Simon Delestre who was two seconds quicker, finishing on a time of 33.49 seconds. In the Prix Premiumares 1.45m class, Ben aboard Arizto Z, owned by Jane Forbes Clark, recorded a time of 30.57 seconds with zero penalties to see them onto the podium.
CCI3* Tattersalls International Horse Trials, Ireland
William Fox-Pitt recorded his tenth victory at Tattersalls International Horse Trials in the CCI** following a win in the young horse CCI* class. He added just one showjumping time fault to his dressage score of 35.6 penalties to take the win in the Cooley Farm CCIYH*competition with Jennifer Dowling’s Little Fire, following this in the two star competition with a faultless display as he led from start to finish with the 11 year-old, Secret Bay, owned by Catherine Witt.
The top ten of the two star class was packed with Brits including Oliver Townend who finished third and sixth with Karyn Shuter’s Ridire Dorcha and Ballaghmor Class. Matthew Wright finished seventh with DHI Paparazzi (owned by Heidi and Ian Woodhead), Laura Collett finished ninth with Cooley Again (owned by Maggie Sargent), whilst Caroline Harris took tenth place with Billy Bumble (owned by Dr Mark Harris).
In the three star competition there were a number of Brits in action with two of them taking top a three placing. Flora Harris finished second with Caroline Paul’s Cooley Lord Lux whilst Michael Owen came third with The Highland Prince, owned by Mrs E A Mayer, with Australia’s Paul Tapner finishing in first place with Prince Mayo after a final score of 44.80 penalties. Zara Tindall also finished eighth with Watkins, owned by Judith Luff.
CSI4* Poznan, Poland:
Tim Stockdale had a great weekend in Poland which included a podium finish with Fleur De L’Aube, owned by Mr Clark Glasgow and Mrs Marjorie Glasgow, in Thursday’s against the clock class. The pair took third behind Belgium’s Vermeir Wilm and Devos Wouter whilst Jessica Mendoza took sixth with Papa Milena’s Constance and was one of only six riders from a field of 63 competitors to produce a double clear.
In the Grand Prix, Tim and Fleur De L’Aube finished fifth after knocking a single pole in the second round of the competition to finish in a time of just under 40 seconds whilst Spencer Roe came seventh with Mrs S M O Roe’s Wonder Why.
CDI4* Roosendaal, The Netherlands:
In dressage, Fiona Bigwood topped the standings in the Grand Prix Special after producing a fantastic score of 77% with Atterupgaards Orthilia, owned by Mrs P Bigwood and Mr and Mrs Dahl. Spencer Wilton (Super Nova II, owned by Jen Goodman) and Gareth Hughes (Classic Briolinca, owned by Mr and Mrs Hughes and Mrs J Hornig) also finished in the top ten, placing seventh and eighth respectively. In the Grand Prix, Fiona was unlucky not top the standings after she finished third with Tilly scoring 75.78%, just behind America’s Steffen Peters and Laura Graves.
In the Big Tour B classes, Michael Eilberg (Marakov, owned by Mr F Eilberg) and Hayley Watson-Greaves (Rubins Nite) finished sixth and seventh in the Grand Prix and fifth and sixth in the Grand Prix Freestyle respectively.
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.
CDI stands for Concours Dressage International, essentially International Dressage Competition. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more high profile the competition.