CCI3* Blenheim Palace, Great Britain:
In the final leg of the Event Rider Masters, Oliver Townend was crowned champion of the inaugural series, finishing with 100 points after taking second place in the final event at Blenheim with Cillnabradden Evo, owned by Sally-Anne Egginton. The pair finished on a total of 46.5 penalty points after strong jumping and cross country rounds but the win went to Thomas Carlile who finished on 44.1 penalty points. Nicola Wilson took fourth place with One Two Many, owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan after finishing on 47.8 penalty points.
Nicola Wilson also took fourth place in the CIC3* with Bulana, owned by James and Jo Lambert after finishing on 54.4 penalty points whilst Lydia Hannon finished just ahead in third place with My Royal Touch, owned by Carol and Christopher Harris after totalling 53.5 penalties. The win went to Germany’s Bettina Hoy who finished on an impressive 41.3 penalty points.
In the three star 8/ 9 year-old class, Willa Newton and Laura Collett made it a British one two as Willa took first with Caja 20 owned by Mr Joey Newton and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, scoring 40.4 penalty points. Laura went clear in the cross country with Mr Bass, owned by Keith and Louise Scott and Nick and Lyn How to leave them on a final score of 42.4 penalties.
CSIO5* Spruce Meadows, Canada:
Scott Brash jumped three clears in Sunday’s Grand Prix with Ursula XII, owned by Lady P Harris and Lady P Kirkham to take the win and put him back in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping for a second successive year. The class was decided with a two way jump off between Scott and Mclain Ward and his mount HH Azur. Whilst Scott went clear in 41.19 seconds, his American counterpart was unable to match him as he conceded four penalties.
In the BMO Nations Cup, Great Britain’s jumping team made up of Scott Brash (Hello Guv’nor, owned by Lady P Harris and Lady P Kirkham), Robert Smith (Bavi) and Nigel Coupe (Golvers Hill, owned by Susan Simmons), unfortunately just missed out on the cut for the second round.
In Friday’s Friends of the Meadows Cup 1.60m class, Robert Smith just missed out on the top five after picking up 1 fault on his way round with Bavi as they finished with a time of 86.34 seconds to take sixth place.
CSI5* Rome, Italy:
On the Global Champions Tour, Laura Renwick finished top in Saturday’s 1.40/1.45m class with Heliodor Hybris, owned by Colin Bates after jumping clear and stopping the clock in 59.25 seconds.
CSI5* Lausanne, Switzerland:
It was a British one two three in Sunday’s Grand Prix in Switzerland as Robert Whitaker topped the podium. On board Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall’s Catwalk IV, the pair totalled just two faults across the two rounds and they went round in 60.99 seconds in the second round. Emma O’Dwyer and HHS Figero, owned by Joanne O’Dwyer took second place with a total of three faults whilst William Funnell placed third after posting a time of 55.97 seconds in the second round whilst picking up four faults.
In Saturday’s 1.45m class, William Funnell took second place with Billy Angelo, owned by Mrs J Slade after finishing just two seconds behind Italy’s Luca Maria Moneta who posted a time of 29.81 seconds.
CSI3* Paderborn, Germany:
In Germany, James Davenport took the top spot in Saturday’s 1.50m class with Tiger, owned by Mr Martin Dawes after jumping clear in 36.96 seconds.
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.