CCI3* Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, Great Britain:
With four different classes on over the four days, it was a very busy weekend at Bramham. Gemma Tattersall continued her fine form with a win on board Christopher Stone’s 12-year-old mare Chico Bella P in the British Equestrian Trade Association CIC3* competition. The combination scored 42.7 penalties in their dressage test before producing stunning clear cross country and showjumping rounds to finish on her dressage score. Kristina Cook and Pippa Funnell joined Gemma on the podium, finishing second and third respectively as Tina with Billy the Red, owned by Elisabeth Murdoch and Keith Tyson, also finished on their dressage score of 43.1penalties whilst Pippa, aboard Billy the Biz (owned by Mrs Carol Toliver) finished just behind on 45.8 penalties after a great showjumping round.
Great Britain dominated the placings taking 18 and the top 20 spots with notable performances from Kitty King (Ceylor L A N, owned by Diane Bown, Jacqueline Owen and Samantha Wilson) finishing fourth, Nicola Wilson (One Two Many, owned by Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan) placing sixth, Holly Woodhead (Dhi Lupison, owned by Ian Woodhead) finishing eighth and William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning, owned by Christopher Stone) finishing ninth.
In the second leg of the Event Rider Masters series, Rosalind Canter was the highest placed British rider, placing fifth on Miss Caroline Moore and her own Allstar B after finishing on their dressage score with 43.3 penalties. Pippa Funnell and Mrs Carol Toliver’s Mirage D’Elle finished seventh with 44.9 penalties. China’s Alex Hua Tian took the win with Don Geniro with a score of 40.1 penalties to go fifth in the overall Event Rider Masters leader board with 30 points whilst Britain’s Gemma Tattersall remains in third place with 40 points after her third place finish in the first leg at Chatsworth. Astier Nicolas remains top of the overall standing with 47 points.
In the Equi-Trek CCI3* senior class, Lauren Shannon and Oliver Townend finished second and third respectively, finishing just behind New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson, who recorded his third Bramham win. Lauren finished just 0.6 penalty points off the top spot with Claire Poole’s Quality Purdey following a good cross country round whilst Oliver with MHS King Joules (owned by Tom Joule’s), who had recorded the best score in the dressage test with 37.9 penalty points, unfortunately knocked down two poles in the showjumping round to finish on 45.9 penalty points.
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class podium potential athletes Tom McEwen and Sam Ecroyd were the top two riders in the Bishop Burton College CCI3* Under-25 competition with third place going to Emily Prangnell. Tom finished on a total of 46.8 penalties aboard Toledo De Keser whilst Sam, with Wodan III, finished on a total of 51.3 penalties.
CSI5* LGCT Cannes, France:
Scott Brash took the crown in the Grand Prix of Cannes 1.60m class after three clear rounds with Hello Forever, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, to stop the clock in a superb time of 37.98 seconds in a four way jump off with Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander finishing just under a second off the time. Laura Renwick and Bintang II, owned by Mr and Mrs Renwick, finished sixth, just missing out on the jump off after unfortunately knocking one pole down in the first round.
Ben Maher topped the placings in Friday’s 1.45m against the clock class with Jane Forbes Clark’s Aristo Z. The duo finished in a time of 52.62 seconds, three seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
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CSIO5* Sopot, Poland:
Tim Stockdale (Fleur de l’Aube, owned by Mrs Marjorie Glasgow and Mr Clark Glasgow), Jessica Mendoza (Sam de Bacon, owned by Sarah Mendoza), Douglas Duffin (Quidam B Z, owned by Richard Jenkinson) and Robert Smith (Bavi) represented Great Britain out in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup on Friday. After some good jumping, the quartet unfortunately just missed out on the second round. The win went to Ukraine with Austria taking second place and Belgium finishing third.
CSI3* Lons le Saunier, France:
Jemma Kirk enjoyed a great weekend out in France, taking two top ten placings. Jemma finished fourth in Friday’s 1.50m class with Quelisto, owned by Mrs Lorna Brown following two clear rounds and then took sixth the following night in the 1.50m class.
Guy Williams was also out in action and was unlucky to miss out on a place in the top three in Friday’s 1.40m class after posting two clear rounds with his horse, Casper De Muze; he finished on a time of 29.39 seconds in the final round to take fourth.
British Dressage - KBIS Gold Semi Finals – Wellington Riding, Great Britain:
Britain’s para-equestrian dressage athletes were out in force at Wellington Riding School on Wednesday at the British Dressage – KBIS Gold semi-finals.
In the Individual Championship Tests there were notable wins for Sophie Christiansen with Janeiro 6, who topped the grade Ia class whilst Lee Pearson with Zion, finished first in the grade Ib class. Natasha Baker (Cabral, owned by Mr and Mrs Baker, Mrs Alder, Mr C Landolt and Lisa Hopkins) produced a remarkable score of 75.5% to top the placings in the grade II class, Izzy Palmer (Pinocchio owned by Dr Neil Walker and Dr Jackie Walker) just pipped Nicky Greenhill and her horse Gregorian Chant to take first in the grade III class and in the grade IV class, Sophie Wells took the top two spots with Valerius and C Fatal Attraction, owned by Charlotte Hogg.
In the freestyle test, Natasha Baker and Cabral rounded off the show with a further win, scoring 76.9% to finish just ahead of Sophie Christiansen and Janeiro 6 who scored 75.6%.
CVI3* Bern, Switzerland:
In vaulting, Katie Hurst and Hannah Ballantyne finished in third and fifth place respectively in a competitive class with their horse, Lady Castle Master in the Pas-de-Deux senior class.