CICO3* Nations Cup Boekelo, The Netherlands:
Great Britain’s Eventing team put in a superb performance in Boekelo to win the final leg of the FEI Nations Cup to finish second in the overall standings, narrowly behind Germany who were crowned 2016 series champions.
Oliver Townend, on board Cooley SRS, owned by Angela Hislop finished highest placed of the British riders in third over the weekend after a clear jumping round pushed the pair from fifth up on to the podium. Laura Collett and Mr Bass, owned by Keith and Louise Scott and Nick and Lyn How also rose up the leader board after they also went clear, stopping the clock in 77.56 seconds to take a fifth place finish whilst Izzy Taylor and Patricia Turner’s Trevidden claimed seventh.
“Thanks to the World Class Programme and UK Sport National Lottery funding Britain were able to embrace the concept of the Eventing Nations Cup and has to good effect used it to give younger riders the experiences of taking part in a team competition. Philip Surl the Nations Cup Team Manager has done a fantastic job in creating a real team feeling around the Nations Cup squad and it’s thanks to him and the support of owners and riders that Britain has been so successful over the past four years.” Yogi Breisner, World Class Programme Eventing Performance Manager.
CSI3* Horse of the Year Show Birmingham, Great Britain:
John Whitaker and his Rio ride, Ornellaia, owned by Team Harmony entertained the crowds at the NEC in Sunday’s highly contested 1.60m class as they clinched second place after jumping two clear rounds to finish on a time of 32.53 seconds as Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and Super Sox took the victory after a round of 32.49 seconds. John also took third in Saturday’s 1.60m Accumulator, posting a time of 44.06 seconds finishing just a second behind the leader Billy Twomey and Ardcolum Duke.
Guy Williams enjoyed a successful week taking first place in Friday’s 1.70m class before finishing top again in the 1.50m JMA Agricultural Parts Trophy, jumping clear in a time of 56.46 seconds with his mount, Casper De Muze.
World Class Podium Potential rider Louise Saywell also recorded two first place finishes across the weekend, the first coming in Saturday’s 1.50m class with Peiter VI, owned by James Hughes after a fantastic double clear. This was followed by another double clear on Saturday in the 1.45m class with Graham Ward’s Feigtling, finishing with a time of 31.50 seconds, edging out James Smith and Balibu owned by Michael Whitaker.
CSI2* Vilamoura, Portugal:
Jessica Mendoza and Ramiro de Belle Vue, owned by Sarah Mendoza claimed a double victory out in Vilamorua. In Friday’s 140m class they jumped clear with a time of 60.62 seconds to edge Ireland’s Darragh Kenny and G Andiamo Rodeberg into second place, finishing just 0.006 seconds ahead. They followed this superb result on Sunday in the 1.40m class where they went clear again with a time of 63.02 seconds, to stop the clock a second quicker than the rest of the field.
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
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.