CDI3* JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN
It was a fantastic week for British dressage riders in Jerez as Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin made up a British one-two at the top of the podium and they were followed by two other Brits in the top five of Friday’s Grand Prix class. Hester and Nip Tuck, owned by Jane de la Mare, finished with a final score of 75.34% just ahead of Dujardin and Barolo who scored 73.26%. Hester’s second horse, Wanadoo finished fourth in the class just ahead of Richard Davison and Bubblingh.
Hester and Wanadoo were also successful in Saturday night’s Grand Prix Freestlye where they finished on a score of 77%, to lie 6% ahead of the rest of the field.
CDI3* LIER, BELGIUM:
There was also British interest in Belgium and it was a good weekend for Spencer Wilton who beat 14 other riders to win the Grand Prix Special with Super Nova II. Wilton topped the podium with a final score of 73.49%, placing ahead of the two German riders and their rides, Fabienne Lutkemeier and Fabregaz and Jan-Drik Giesselmann and Real Dancer 2.
CSI5* AL SHAQAB, QATAR
In Doha there was further dressage success for Alice Oppenheimer, who posted a first place finish in the Grand Prix Special with her horse Headmore Delegate. Oppenheimer finished with a final percentage score of 72.43, almost 5% ahead of the rest of the field. Elsewhere Hayley Watson-Greaves produced a Personal Best in Friday’s Grand Prix class of 70.5% with Rubins Nite for a seventh place finish.
On the showjumping circuit there was a victory for Laura Renwick earlier in the week with Rembrandt Blue, owned by Mr David Rodgers, as the pair produced a clear round in the CSI5* Table C, 1.45m class. They topped the leader board four seconds ahead of Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano. Jessica Mendoza also picked up a number of top ten placings at the show.
CSIO4* WELLINGTON, USA
Ben Maher narrowly missed out on a top three finish in the CSIO4* Grand Prix in Wellington with Sarena. The 33 year-old was one of five riders to progress into the jump off but unfortunately conceded four faults in the final round to finish in 4th place. Maher also rode earlier in the week with Sentimento and was particularly pleased to complete a clear round in the 7 year-old class on Friday.
CDI-W WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL, FLORIDA
Laura Tomlinson enjoyed another good week out in Florida, this time aboard new ride Rosie. The duo produced a lovely test in the Grand Prix Special to finish in third place with 72%.
CSI3* VEJER DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN
Out on the Sunshine Tour, Kayleigh Watts and Charmeur, finished in pole position in the Classic Tour GP 1.40m class, after she posted a clear, quick round in 37.37 seconds. Earlier in the week, Richard Bevis won the Big Tour D, GP with Courtney Z after an exciting 15 horse jump off in the 1.50m class. The Brits were also dominant in a number of other classes, including a win for Max Routledge on Thursday in the 1.40m Big Tour B.