CCI4* Badminton Horse Trials, Great Britain:
Gemma Tattersall finished best of the Brits, taking third place after a very impressive performance across the three day event at Badminton Horse Trials. Aboard Arctic Soul, owned by The Soul Syndicate, the pair completed a clear jumping round on the final day to give them a final score of 44.6 penalties. Michael Jung finished top of the leaderboard with 34.4 penalties - the lowest score ever recorded at Badminton, after a great ride on La Biosthetique-Sam FBW. Michael became the first German rider to win the event and is also the first person since Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell in 2003 to win the Rolex Grand Slam of eventing.
Tina Cook and Izzy Taylor also featured in the top ten after, finishing seventh and eighth respectively. Tina recorded the fastest cross country time, stopping the clock on 11.04 minutes on board Star Witness, owned by B. Biddlecombe, S. Lawson, N. Embiricos, A. Gifford and J. Chromiak. For Izzy Taylor, this was her first top ten finish at Badminton, and she was full of praise for Susan Holroyd & Frances Carter’s Allercombe Ellie after Saturday’s cross-country test.
Beanie Sturgis (Lebowski) and Ben Way (Galley Light) both enjoyed fruitful weekends coming in on the final day in eleventh and twelfth spot. Ben Hobday also came through the three days and received overwhelming support across the weekend after returning to the competition following cancer treatment. Another notable performer was Emily King who, in her first Badminton, finished second in the dressage test with a superb score of 36.8 but was eliminated on cross country.
Listen to Gemma Tattersall's reflection of the weekend here
CSI5* GCT/CSI3*/CDI4* Hamburg, Germany:
The fifth leg of the Global Champions Tour landed in Hamburg at the weekend and John Whitaker kept his place in the top five of the overall standings and was unfortunate not to make the top ten in the Grand Prix. Germany’s, Christian Ahlmann extended his lead at the top of the overall standings after scoring 32 points across the event to put him on 161 in total.
In the three star jumping competition, Britain’s Nigel Coupe came second in the 1.55m class on board Susan Simmon’s Golvers Hill; Nigel completed a clear round in the jump off finishing just two seconds off the top spot.
In dressage, Susan Pape finished fifth in the Grand Prix Special with Harmony’s Fiorano, owned by Harmony Sporthorses, after scoring 69.9%; this followed on from her sixth place finish in the Grand Prix.
CVI3* Moorsele, Belgium:
Lucy Phillips came third in the female individual senior three star vaulting class at the weekend with long-term partner Pitucelli. The world number one in the FEI vaulting rankings, finished third with a final score of 7.639 on board, Pitucelli. Fellow Brit, Hannah Young finished eighth in the same class with WH Bentley.
In the two star classes, Stacey Macpherson came second in the female individual and Jessica Haynes finished fourth. Luke Smith also just missed on the podium in the male individual class after finishing fourth.
CSI3* Le Touquet, France:
There were a number of good results in Le Touquet for British showjumpers with double clear rounds recorded from Ben Maher, who took second place with Jane Forbes Clark’s Aristo Z in Friday’s 1.50m class, with Tim Stockdale finishing in third with Mrs Marjorie Glasgow & Mr Clark Glasgow’s Fleur de L’Aube.
In the other classes, Jake Saywell finished top of the standings in the 1.45m class with Grand Cru Van Paemel, owned by Mrs R Gascoine. Ben Maher and Louise Pavitt finished closely behind securing third and fourth placings. Elsewhere, Matthew Sampson (Cristobal 21, owned by Carron Nicol) and Nicole Pavitt (aboard Doucardi) enjoyed good placings in the 1.40m classes.
Nick Skelton was also out in action as he prepares for the upcoming FEI Nations Cup event in La Baule, France.
CSI3* Eindhoven, The Netherlands:
Jessica Mendoza recorded a fourth place finish over the weekend with Zahra II, owned by Sarah Mendoza and John Roberts, out in Eindhoven. The combination just missed out on a podium place in the Table A 1.50m class after they completed the course in the quickest time but conceded 12 penalties. In the Grand Prix class, Jessica and Spirit T, also owned by Sarah Mendoza, finished ninth; again they scored one of the quickest times in the jump off but were unlucky to concede 4 penalties.
CSIO3* Drammen, Norway:
Three Brits finished in the top ten in Sunday’s Grand Prix class in Drammen including Douglas Duffin who came third. A board Quidam BZ, owned by the rider and Richard Jenkinson, finished ahead of James Billington (VDL Cartello) in sixth and Joe Whitaker (Lola V) in eighth.
James Billington also came second in the Big Tour Table A 1.50m class with the VDL Stud’s, Baltic VDL. On the Small Tour, Kerry Brennan came first in the Table A 1.40m class with Dynamic III, owned Mrs L Smith.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* CVI stands for Concours Vaulting International and this is the event code given for an international vaulting competition. Each competition is classified 1-3 stars, the higher the star rating , the more high profile the competition.