Longines Jumping International de La Baule, France
It was a win for Great Britain this weekend as the Division 1 team claimed the La Baule leg of the Furusiyya Nations Cup. Joe Clee produced two faultless rounds on board Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro D Ecaussines, whilst UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Spencer Roe and Mrs S Roe’s Wonder Why secured a clear in round A and just four faults from round B.
2013 European team gold medallist Michael Whitaker and Mrs Beverley Widdowson’s Cassionato also posted two clear jumping rounds but were tight on the clock collecting time penalties from both rounds. Guy Williams riding his own and Miss Charlotte Baines’ Titus completed the team of four who finished with a total of seven penalties to clinch the win ahead of France on nine penalties.
Later in the event World Class Development Programme rider William Whitaker picked up a second place finish in the CSI5* Derby Laiterie de Montaigu on board Mr Ian Whitaker and Mrs Calvin McDonald’s Glenavadra Brilliant, with the win going to Ireland’s Bertram Allen. Joe Clee enjoyed further success with a win in the 1.45m class on Ludwig Criel’s Vedet de Muze E T, a double clear jumping round with a jump-off time of 25.54 seconds claimed the win over France’s Philippe Rozier.
ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW, BERKSHIRE
Carl Hester and his World Equestrian Games team silver medallist mount Nip Tuck, owned by Miss Jane de la Mare, took home both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle at this weekend’s Royal Windsor Horse Show. A score of 75.380% left the combination just 1.32 percent ahead of Britain’s Fiona Bigwood and Atterupgaard and Kristine Munch Sinding’s Atterupgaards Orthilia in Thursday’s Grand Prix (14 May). Carl and Nip Tuck produced another winning performance under the arena lights of Friday evening’s Grand Prix Freestyle posting a score of 78.625% to again clinch the win ahead of Fiona Bigwood on a score of 76.250%.
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme riders also enjoyed good results at the five day show, with Alice Oppenheimer and Georgina Pole-Carew’s Tantoni Sir Socrates taking the win in the Advanced Medium Freestyle along with a fourth place finish in the Grand Prix on her own Headmore Delegate. Hayley Watson-Greaves (her own Rubins Nite) and Lara Griffith (Dr and Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad) also took top ten finishes in both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle.
DODSON & HORRELL CHATSWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRAILS, DERBYSHIRE
Pippa Funnell and her own, Miss Ruth McMullen and Mrs Jennifer Nolan’s Sandman 7 stormed to victory in the CIC3* class at this weekend’s Chatsworth International Horse Trials. A sub 40 dressage score set the combination off with a strong start heading into the second (showjumping) phase where they went on to produce a faultless round. Notorious for having a tight optimum time none of the 59 cross country starters came home without penalties, Pippa and Sandman returned with zero jumping faults but 45 seconds over the time allowed to add 18 time penalties to their 38.5 penalty dressage score, which was still enough to secure the win over Ireland’s Sarah Ennis and Horseware Stellor Rebound.
There were also top results in the 3* class from UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development riders Jodie Amos (her own and Miss Nicola Coates’ Wise Crack) and Holly Woodhead (Mrs Heidi and Mr Ian Woodhead’s DHI Lupison), who showed consistent performances in all three phases to take home fifth and sixth place respectively.
CSI3* ODENSE, DENMARK
Playing host to the Division 2 Jumping Nations Cup, Odense proved to be a successful show for British riders. The GB team of Harriet Nuttall (Mr Rupert Nuttall’s A Touch Imperious), Julie Andrews (Eva Bjorkman’s Ayrton IV) and UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme riders Chloe Winchester (Mrs Gillian Winchester’s Avoca Valkyrie) and Emma O’Dwyer (Joanne O’Dwyer’s HHS Figero) put in impressive performances to take home second place in the Division 2 competition. A total team score of nine penalties left the female quartet four penalties behind the winning Belgium team who finished on a score of five.
Chloe Winchester and Harriet Nuttall had further top performances throughout the show, with Chloe and Mr Edward Howard’s Zandokan H taking first place in the 1.35m Small Tour class and Harriet claiming the win in the Nations Cup Small Tour on board Mr Rupert Nutall’s Highland Cruiser II.