Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, GBR
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Flora Harris lead from pillar to post to take her first CCI3*title at this weekend’s Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials. Riding Caroline Harris and Rebecca Salt’s Bayano, the combination added nothing to their dressage score of 36.8 penalties to top the class with fellow Brit Kitty King claiming second place on a score of 40.9 penalties with Frank and Jane Inns’ Persimmon.
Flora enthused over her first prize - the ownership for one year of an Equi-Trek Sonic horsebox; “It’s such an amazing prize, obviously a massive thank you to Equi-Trek for sponsoring the whole competition and for the most wonderful prize.”
It was a great weekend for the World Class Development Programme riders as European Young Rider individual silver medallist Holly Woodhead lifted the Under 25 CCI3* trophy on Ian and Heidi Woodhead’s DHI Lupison. The talented duo produced a clear cross country and showjumping round to add nothing to their impressive dressage score of 33 penalties to secure the win ahead of GB’s Dani Evans who occupied both second and third spot on Luana Edge’s Smart Time and Mrs Vanessa Watson’s Raphael II respectively.
London 2012 team silver medallist Nicola Wilson came home with the CIC3* class title on Mary and Barry Tweddle’s Annie Clover. A dressage score of 37.4 penalties set the combination off with a strong start before a clear showjumping round and clear cross country round inside the time pipped dressage leader Pipper Funnell on her own and Mrs Carol Toliver’s Billy The Biz, into second place.
Global Champions Tour, Cannes, France
World number one Scott Brash kicked off the Cannes Global Champions Tour week in winning style, beating off competition in Thursday’s CSI5* 1.50m Against the Clock class by nearly three seconds on Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris’ Hello Annie. The 11 year old mare produced a clear round in a time of 61.18 seconds to take the win ahead of France’s Julien Epaillard with third place going to Britain’s John Whitaker on his own and wife Clare’s Argento.
Friday’s 1.50m class produced a British 1-2 with Ben Maher and Jane Clark’s chestnut gelding Aristo Z taking top marks following a double clear jumping round with a jump-off time of 32.76 seconds. Just 1.01 seconds separated first and second place as Scott Brash and Hello Annie continued their run of good from to take the runner up spot behind his fellow London 2012 team gold medallist.
CSI4* Poznan, Poland
Laura Renwick produced another superb first placing out in Poland this weekend, as she took the win in Friday’s 1.40m class aboard Rembrandt Blue owned by David Rogers. Michael Whitaker with Calcourt Falklund, owned by Beverley Widdowson, secured fifth in the class, after a fourth place finish earlier in the week in Thursday’s 1.40m with Elie Van De Kolmen (owned by Michael and Beatrice Mertens).
CSI2* Asten, The Netherlands
World Class Development rider Jessica Mendoza finished fourth in the Grand Prix Asten with Sam De Bacon, owned by E.A.R.L. Chateau Bacon. Jessica finished just 1.78 seconds behind the host nation’s Henk van de Pol and Willink.
Les Internationaux de Dressage, Compiegne, France
It was a triple win for Phoebe Peters this weekend as she took the Freestyle Pony Test (82.575%), Individual Pony test (78.333%) and Team Pony test (79.872%) on board Tracey Peter’s SL Lucci at the international dressage show in France. GBR’s Spencer Wilton also enjoyed a successful weekend with a win in the Freestyle Grand Prix riding Mrs C Stiller and Mr and Mrs Cournane’s Numberto, to finish on a score of 72.250%.