DRESSAGE AND PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE
CDI3*/ CPEDI3* Hartpury, Great Britain:
Charlotte Dujardin was on top form at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage with her Olympic ride Valegro, owned by Roly Luard, Anne Barrott and Carl Hester with the pair taking the top spot in the Grand Prix (GP) and the Grand Prix Freestyle (GPF).
In Friday’s GP, they scored a final percentage of 83.280% to finish ahead of Carl Hester and Nip Tuck, owned by Jane De La Mare who scored 78.200%. Team GB team mates Spencer Wilton (Super Nova II, owned by Jen Goodman) and Fiona Bigwood (Atterupgaards Orthilia owned by Penny Bigwood and Mr and Mrs Dahl) were also out in action and they took third and fourth place respectively.
In the GPF, Charlotte and Valegro scored a magnificent 90.625%, finishing way ahead of the field with their nearest challenger, Henriette Andersen and Warlocks Charm, owned by Jennifer Charlsworth, finishing second with 73.875%.
In the Grand Prix Special, Carl and Nip Tuck topped the podium as they produced a fantastic test scoring 79.216%, finishing ahead of Henriette Anderson and Flavio, owned by Ulrik Molgaard, who scored 69.294% to take second.
In the para-dressage competition there were a number of great results across the board as dressage as Great Britain finished top of the team standings ahead of Brazil and Ireland.
Sophie Wells took the top two placings in the Grade IV team and individual championship tests with her mount Valerius and C Fatal Attraction owned by Charlotte Hogg taking first and second respectively.
Nicky Greenhill and Gregorian Chant finished just ahead of Izzy Palmer and Dr J Walker’s Pinnochio in the Grade III competition whilst Natasha Baker finished top of the Grade II competition with her horse Cabral, placing just ahead of Erin Orford and Suzanna Hext. In the Grade Ib class, Lee Pearson took the top spot with his horse Zion whilst the Grade Ia class saw Anne Dunham and LJT Lucas Normark, owned by The Lady Joseph Trust finish just ahead of Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6 to finish first and second.
In Friday’s Freestyle tests, Sophie Wells took first place in Grade IV and Nicky Greenhill came top in Grade III. In Grade Ia Anne Dunham edged Sophie Christiansen as they finished first and second respectively whilst Natasha Adkinson took first place in the Grade Ib test on board Sweet Caledonia, owned by Yvonne Bennett.
CSIO5* NC - Falsterbo, Sweden:
The British showjumping quartet clinched equal third place in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup third leg in Falsterbo, finishing alongside Brazil and The Netherlands. The team made up of Tim Stockdale (Fleur De L’Aube, owned by Mrs Marjorie Glasgow & Mr Clark Glasgow ), Tim Wilks (Quelbora Merze, owned by MME Virginie Martinot), Emma O’Dwyer (Hhs Figero, owned by Joanne O’Dwyer) and Joe Clayton (Con Max Jr, owned by Sarah Billington) scored zero penalties following three clear rounds in the second round to finish on a total of eight penalty points putting them on the podium just behind Switzerland and Sweden who took first and second place respectively.
Tim Stockdale took fifth place in Sunday’s Grand Prix on-board Fleur De L’Aube posting a double clear and finishing on a time of 47.34 seconds in the final round with the win going to Sweden’s Rolf –Göran Bengtsson.
CSI5* Estoril, Portugal:
Ben Maher and John Whitaker topped the podium in Estoril, finishing first and second in the 1.45m against the clock class on Friday. Ben aboard Aristo Z owned by Jane Forbes Clark, went clear in 64.09 seconds, just edging out his compatriot John (on board Lord of Arabia, owned by P. Sultan Saud) who posted a time of 64.86 seconds. Later in the day, John finished ahead of Ben as the pair took fourth and fifth placings, with John on board Team Harmony’s, Ornellaia, jumping a double clear in 47.78 seconds whilst Ben and Jane Forbes Clark’s Sarena followed going clear in 50.68 seconds.
In Saturday’s Grand Prix,Michael Whitaker and his Olympic ride Cassionato, owned by Mrs Beverley Widdowson produced a superb double clear to advance into the jump-off where the pair just missed out after scoring four penalty points in the final round as they finished seventh.
CIC3* Barbury International, Great Britain:
In the Event Riders Master third leg, Gemma Tattersall took third place with Santiago Bay, owned by Caroline Teltsch after posting 44.4 penalties. The combination went clear in the cross country before posting a clear showjumping round to clinch third place just behind New Zealand’s, Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand and Australia’s, Paul Tapner who took first and second respectively. Dani Evans finished fourth with Luana Edge’s Smart Time whilst William Fox-Pitt finished seventh with Cool Mountain, owned by The Hon. Mrs Teresa Stopford Sackville.
In the three star International competition, Nicola Wilson finished second with Bulana, owned by James and Jo Lambert scoring 48.5 penalty points to sit just behind Australia’s Christopher Burton and Polystar I.
CICO3* - NC Great Meadows International, USA:
Great Britain’s eventing team finished on the podium at Great Meadows for what was the first eventing Nations Cup event in the USA. Jodie Amos (Wise Crack, owned by Miss Nicoal Coates), Ben Way (Willows Tipster, owned by Mrs Posy Kopanski and Mr Peter Finer), Justine Dutton(Huck Finn, owned by Patricia Weiser) and Rosalind Canter (Zenshera) all put in great performances to push Great Britain into third place just behind the USA and Canada who finished first and second respectively.
As a result Great Britain move up to first place in the FEI Nations Cup Eventing standings following the fifth leg of the series.
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.
CPEDI stands for Concours Para-Equestrian Dressage International. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more high profile the competition.
CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more prestigous the show.
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.