MITSUBISHI MOTORS BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS, GLOS
William Fox-Pitt rode his way to victory this weekend at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Partnering Christopher Stone’s chestnut stallion Chilli Morning, the combination started their competition in fine form producing a dressage score of 39.0 penalties to sit in second place after the first phase. Faultless cross country riding from the London 2012 team silver medallist saw the pair crossing the finish line with no jumping or time penalties to add to their score, maintaining second place behind New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson.
With less than four penalties separating the top five it was all to play for on the final day of competition. The 2014 World Equestrian Games individual bronze medallist delivered a foot perfect showjumping round to finish on their 39.0 penalty dressage score, and with 12 jumping faults from the overnight leader dropping them to sixth place, it was victory for Team Fox-Pitt!
Great Britain’s Nicola Wilson and Gerry and Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan’s bay gelding One Two Many enjoyed a seventh place finish after they picked up just four time penalties from the cross country phase to add to their 47.0 penalty dressage score, Nicola also collected a top 20 placing on her second mount Beltane Queen. Good rides from Pippa Funnell, Oliver Townend and Gemma Tattersall also scored them top 20 finishes.
Ginnie Keen was presented with her BEF Medal of Honour at the Gloucestershire event on Sunday by BEF Chairman Keith Taylor. The award, which recognises the outstanding achievement and contribution to equestrian sport, was presented to one of eventing’s most successful Chef d’Equipe and Chairman of Selectors in the last 15 years; Ginnie’s outstanding leadership and exceptional contribution to the sport has greatly benefitted the eventing community.
LONGINES GLOBAL CHAMPIONS TOUR, SHANGHAI
Michael Whitaker finished best of the Brits at the fourth leg of the Global Champions Tour this weekend in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Riding the chestnut gelding Viking, owned by Miss M Braybrooke, Michael kicked off jumping clear in both Round A and B before heading into the jump-off where a clear round in a time of 34.99 seconds saw the pair claiming third place. World number one Scott Brash, with Lady Kirkham’s Hello M’lady, provided three clear jumping rounds stopping the clock in the final jump-off phase in a time of 36 seconds exactly to secure fifth place.
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Jessica Mendoza and Mr John Roberts and her mother (Sarah Mendoza) Spirit T, also produced three faultless jumping rounds with a quick jump off time of 36.87 seconds to take sixth place.
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It was a British 1-2-3 in the 1.50m Prix Equida Life class this weekend with Nicole Pavitttopping the leader board with Mrs Virginia Quine’s 13 year old gelding Victor Blue. A clear round in a time of 77.97 seconds secured a 0.83 second lead ahead of GB’sLaura Renwick and Mr Colin Bates’ Heliodor Hybris. Also producing a clear round,William Funnell and the 12 year old Billy Angelo stopped the clock in a time of 80.05 seconds to complete the top three.
GB riders also scored a 1-2 in both the 1.45m Prix Campagnes TV and 1.35m Prix Champagne Haton classes this weekend, with Nicole Pavitt claiming another title on Victor Blue in the Prix Campagnes TV after producing a double clear jumping round with a jump off time of 40.55 seconds. Stopping the clock 1.47 seconds behind Nicole in the jump off saw Laura Renwick and Mr and Mrs Renwick’s Bintang II take second place. Going one better in the Prix Champagne Haton Laura stormed away with the win on the 14 year old mare Beluga, also owned by Mr and Mrs Renwick, jumping a clear round in a time of 60.44 seconds beating fellow Brit Guy Williams and Mrs Lindsay Doran’s Depardieu van T Kiezelhof into second place by 4.05 seconds.
Laura claimed further top results throughout the weekend including a win in the 1.30m Prix Sh du Touguet on board Beluga with UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider George Whitaker picking up third place with a clear round on Ian Whitaker’s Willetton.
Other Brits in action enjoying good results included Emily Mason who was victorious in the 1.25m Prix McDonal and Prix Café Leffe classes on board Mrs Shirley Mason’s 9 year old gelding Shovern Flute, whilst Joe Whitaker took first place in the 1.30m Prix WEO TV class on Ronnoco Jump Ltd’s Lareeco.
ADDINGTON MANOR PREMIER LEAGUE, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
In Buckinghamshire there was an action packed weekend of dressage, as riders across the levels took part in the British Dressage Premier League competition at Addington Manor.
Saturday’s Grand Prix saw Henriette Andersen take the win with her own and Jennifer Charlsworth’s Warlocks Charm, posting the only +70% score of the class; Michael Eilberg with Woodlander Donnroeschen took second with World Class Development Programme rider Hannah Biggs and Weltzin securing third.
In Saturday’s FEI Prix St George class it was Michael Eilberg who took the top spot with Der Designer, after a 75.44% score. Daniel Greenwood (GF Deville) placed second, with World Class Development Programme rider Alex Hardwick aboard Royal Chester third.
Michael enjoyed a number of top results, as he placed second in Thursday’s Prix St George class, again with Der Designer, behind Sonia Baines and Sirius Black III. He also notched up a first placing in the Inter I with Fuerst Sinclair before a second place in the Inter II on Woodlander Donnroeschen behind National Lottery funded Development rider Ryan Todd and Julie Todd’s Charlex Eskebjerg.