LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, PARIS, FRANCE
There were top results for British riders at the Paris leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour this weekend as Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s grey mare Cella were crowned joint winners of the the CSI5* 1.50/1.55m class along with Egypt’s Karim El Zoghby and Amelia. Clear rounds were illusive in the first phase of jumping as just three riders in total moved forward to the second round, with Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander joining the eventual winners in the jump-off. Stopping the clock in 33.63 seconds Edwina and Heidi du Ruisseau Z took third place as, in an unusual twist, both Ben and Karim came across the line in a time of 31.85 seconds to share the spoils.
John Whitaker and Team Harmony Management Co Ltd’s 10 year old mare Ornellaia continued their winning form at the French show taking first place in the CSI5* 1.45m class. The 34 combinations out of the 47 starters producing clear rounds in Round A made for a hotly contested jump-off, but with a time of 24.40 seconds it was victory for GBR’s John by just 0.44 seconds over Jane Richard Philips of Switzerland.
CSI4* MONS, BELGIUM
It was a good weekend for British riders competing out in Belgium, with a number of top placings at the four star show. Guy Williams enjoyed a win in the 1.45m Prix Ricoh class aboard Casper De Muze, after stopping the clock over three seconds ahead of Brazil’s Bernardo Alves. Robert Whitaker finished second in the Prix ETL TVI 1.40m class with Kevin Crumley’s Renkum Centre Star, finishing just behind the host’s Fabienne Daigneux-Lange; Robert also enjoyed a sixth placing in the Grand Prix de L’Hippodrome de Wallonie aboard Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall’s Catwalk IV.
Elswehere Laura Renwick took the win in the 1.45m Prix Eurotierce aboard David Rogers’s Rembrandt Blue, with a second place with Beluga owned by John and Marian Renwick coming in the Prix Champage Jacquart 1.40m event. Nicole Pavitt also enjoyed a win with Virginia Quine’s Victor Blue in the Prix Van Der Valk Congres Hotel 1.45m class.
THE BRITISH MASTERS INTERNATIONAL CSI2*, SOUTH VIEW, GBR
The International showjumping competition saw bumper entries throughout the weekend with British riders winning across the board. For a full list of results click HERE.
FEI EUROPEAN DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR YOUNG RIDERS, JUNIORS AND CHILDREN, FRANCE
Out in Vidauban , France, Great Britain’s selected junior and young rider athletes produced some lovely tests throughout the team and individual competitions. In the junior competition it was Erin Williams with Claire William’s Bolsan B who finished the highest placed British rider, whilst in the young rider class Charlotte Fry aboard Z Flemmenco, owned by Rosemary Shewen, finished best of the Brits.
In the team competition the Young Rider team of Robyn Smith (Foold Uz, owned by Gail Smith), Claire Gallimore (Annette Ballerina, owned by Jane Gallimore), Rebecca Edwards (Ufano II, owned by Margaret Cox) and Charlotte Fry (Z Flemmenco) produced some impressive scores to finish seventh overall, with the Gold going to Germany, with The Netherlands and Sweden taking the silver and bronze respectively.
The Junior team saw Amber Barton (Labiat), Charlotte Dicker (Sabatini, owned by Ian McRobbie), Chloe Vell (Kaja Di Valentina) and Erin Williams (Bolsan B) take eighth place, with the title again going to Germany, with The Netherlands taking silver and Denmark the bronze.
POLOCROSSE WORLD CUP, SOUTH AFRICA
The UK Polocrosse team have booked their place in the semi-finals playoff round having finished second in their group at the World Cup in South Africa. Wins against Zimbabwe and Ireland secured the UK team which sees them playing Zambia this weekend. For more information on the Polocrosse World Cup click HERE.