FEI European Championships for Ponies, Malmo, Sweden
The GBR Pony teams made it three for three this weekend as the eventing, dressage and showjumping teams all secured team gold medals at the FEI European Championships for Ponies in Malmo, Sweden. Wednesday (6 August 2015) saw the first medal ceremony with the British Dressage team of Izzy Berrington, Clare Hole, Rebecca Bell and Phoebe Peters, clinching a 0.59 penalty victory over the second placed German team. Phoebe Peters and Tracy Peters’ SL Lucci made it a GBR whitewash as the combination went on to take the Pony Individual with a World Record score of 81.390% in Saturday’s competition before claiming the Pony Freestyle to Music on another World Record breaking score (85.825%) on Sunday.
After three rounds of competition Great Britain’s pony showjumping team of Jodie Hall Mcateer, Jack Whitaker, Jessica Hewitt and Charlotte Ash finished on a team score of just 1 penalty to see them lift the gold medal over second placed Ireland, who finished on 4 penalties. There was more success for the showjumpers as Jodie Hall Mcateer and Ms S Mendoza’s Tixylix continued their good form in the individual competition picking up just four jumping penalties in the jump-off phase to take the silver medal behind France’s Justine Maerte.
To round off an exceptional weekend the British Eventing Pony team, Thomas Tulloch, Saffron Cresswell, Phoebe Locke and Harriet White topped the podium with a score of 138.7 penalties leaving France in the silver medal position on 154.6 penalties and host nation Sweden in bronze on 160.1 penalties. Thomas Tulloch and Jancis Tulloch’s Spirit VI finished best of the Brits in the individual championship taking fourth place on a score of 43.4 penalties with Saffron Cresswell and her own Cuffesgrange Little Ric in fifth place on 46.2 penalties.
The Festival of British Eventing, Gatcombe Park, Glos
The Festival of British Eventing hosted at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire yet again provided a thrilling competition which saw Nicola Wilson crowned the 2015 British National Champion. Finishing as top Brit in third place Nicola piloted the skewbald mare, Beltane Queen, (owned by Valerie and Ann Robson) to 34.3 penalty dressage to which she added eight faults from the showjumping and just 6.4 time penalties from the cross country phase. The Open Championship went to Australian athlete Christopher Burton and the TS Jamaimo Syndicate’s TS Jamaimo on a score of 43.70 penalties.
It was a hugely successful weekend for British rider Oliver Townend as he took home two Championship titles in both the Novice and Intermediate classes. Riding Andrew Cawthray’s Note Worthy Oliver stormed to victory in the Intermediate Championship on a score of just 24.5 to finish 12 penalties ahead of the closest contender, Vittoria Panizzon of Italy. Oliver took the one-two in the Novice Championship with a first place finish for Stephanie D Andrimont’s Sonic de Sermentol on a score of 27.7 penalties and second place for Karyn Shuter’s Ridire Dorcha with a final score of 31.1 penalties.
The newest addition to the Festival – The Corinthian Cup (previously known as the Novice Restricted Championship) - supplied hot competition and impressive results. Open only to amateur riders who, in the current or preceding five years, have not completed an intermediate competition or advanced competition in the current or preceding 10 years, saw Noah Brook riding Mr Paul Crompton’s Deo Volente III run away with the winnings after posting a final score of just 22.5 penalties, with second place going to Sara Chittleburgh and her own Sari de Lobelle on a score of 32.7 penalties.
Para-Equestrian Dressage, Bishop Burton
There was world class para-equestrian dressage competition on at Bishop Burton this weekend as the CPEDI3* took place (5-9 August). With wins for Sophie Chritiansen (Grade Ia), Lee Pearson (Grade Ib), Erin Orford (Grade II), Heather Bennett (Grade III), Deb Criddle (Grade III) and Sophie Wells (Grade IV).
CSI3* Ommen, The Netherlands
British showjumpers enjoyed a good weekend out in The Netherlands at the 3* show. Laura Renwick got things underway on Friday with a second placing in the Medium Tour 1.45m class with David Rogers’ Rembrandt Blue; she followed this with a fourth placing in the Big Tour 1.50m aboard Heliodor Hybris (owned by Mr Colin Bates), with Matthew Sampson and Junio Takeda’s Roi taking fifth.
Saturday saw a third placing for William Funnell and Billy Congo (owned by William and Mr Donal Barnwell) in the Small Tour 1.40m, whilst Laura Renwick and Rembrandt Blue secured the win in the Medium Tour Final 1.45m class. There were also wins for Joe Davison and Vennoot (owned by Team Harmony Management Company Ltd) in Sunday’s Small Tour 1.40m and a British one-two in the Big Tour Final 1.55m class, as Laura Renwick added to her top placings with a further win, this time with Heliodor Hybris, with William Funnell taking a close second on Billy Onslow (owned by Mr & Mrs Jonathan and Jane Clarke).
CSIO5* Dublin, Ireland
The eighth leg of the Division 1 Nations Cup competition took place at the Royal Dublin Society showground on Friday, as eight teams came forward to contest the prestigious competition.
Great Britain’s squad of Scott Brash (Hello M’Lady), Robert Whitaker (Catwalk), Spencer Roe (Wonder Why) and Michael Whitaker (Cassionato) produced some good jumping during the event, with clear rounds recorded by Scott and Robert but finished on a total of 23 faults, for sixth place overall.
It was to be the host nations day, as the Irish team of Bertam Allen, Greg Broderick, Cian O’Connor and Darragh Kenny, secured the win on home soil after accruing just four faults in the two-round competition. The Netherlands took second, with Switzerland third.
Junior FEI World Vaulting Championships, The Netherlands
Great Britain’s junior vaulters were out in Ermelo to contest the FEI World Championships. The team, which saw representation in the individual female, male, squad and pas de deux classes, produced some lovely tests over the duration of the competition.
Atholl Pettinger finished the highest placed British vaulter in the individual male class, as he took ninth place overall with a final score of 6.852. Elsewhere, Rebecca Hewit’s junior squad secured a ninth placing as well, with a final score after the freestyle of 6.346, with the title going to Austria; whilst in the Pas de Deux competition, Jessica Haynes and Katie Hirst took sixth place aboard River Of Thyme, lunged by Julie Newell.
CVI3* Ermelo, The Netherlands
Britain’s Lucy Phillips had a successful trip out to the CVI in Holland at the weekend as she competed in the 3* Individual Female class. With long-term partner Pitucelli, the pair produced two great tests in Round 1, to finish in the lead after the Compulsory and Technical tests. Round 2, the Freestyle class, saw the duo take a final score of 7.184 to finish fourth overall, with the win going to Germany’s Kristina Boe.