CSI5* LGCT Mexico City, Mexico:
Scott Brash and Hello Forever, owned by Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham, had double success over the weekend as the pair won the Massimo Dutti Trophy and the Banorte Trophy in Mexico City. The two time LGCT Champion fought off twelve other competitors in Friday’s CSI5* 1.50m jump-off as he completed a clear round and guided the 10 year-old Oldenburg gelding round the course in 35.53 seconds. On the following day the British combination put in another remarkable performance in another 1.50m class. They registered a time of 43.07 seconds to surpass the time set by 2016 LGCT Grand Prix Gold Medalist, Edwina Tops-Alexander who finished second.
John Whitaker moved up to second in the overall standings on the Longines Global Champions Tour. In Saturday’s Grand Prix 1.60m, John finished sixth with his horse, Argento after posting the fourth quickest time in the second round but he missed out on the jump-off after conceding four faults in the first round.
Laura Renwick finished on the podium in Friday’s 1.45m class with her horse, MHS Washington. The pair rounded the course in 28.45 seconds to take third place just behind German rider, David Will and Ireland’s Conor Swail.
In the second instalment of the Champions League, the British pairing Scott Brash and Jessica Mendoza took fifth place for their team, Miami Glory.
The next stage of the GCT will take place in Antwerp, Belgium from 21 – 24 April.
Scott Brash talks to Global Champions Tour.
CSI3* Lummen, Belgium:
Tim Gredley and Guy Williams took the top two placings in Friday’s CSI3* against the clock 1.45m class. There was little to separate the two British athletes as Tim registered his first Big Tour victory in Belgium with a clear round on board, Unex Handyman, owned by Unex Competition Yard Ltd. Tim finished with a time of 56.41 seconds, narrowly ahead of Guy and his horse, Titus who completed the course in 56.80 seconds. James Davenport and Joe Clee also finished inside the top ten in this class.
Elsewhere Joseph Clayton finished third with Igliston Twister in another against the clock 1.45m class. The top three all completed the course in just over 58 seconds but it was Jelmer Hoekstra from The Netherlands, who was the quickest in 58.28 seconds.
CDI3* Keysoe, Great Britain:
Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester were in winning form in Keysoe - the first International competition on home soil. In Friday’s Grand Prix, Carl scored a fantastic 74.6% with Wanadoo to top the standings as Charlotte came in third with Barolo. The British duo then went on to compete in Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle and finished as the top two placed riders as Charlotte produced a lovely test to score 78.7% whilst Carl finished just behind on a final percentage of 77.48%.
Charlotte Dujardin and Barolo preparing for the Grand Prix at a wet Keysoe.
CIC3* Belton, Great Britain:
Eventer Laura Collett came second in her advanced class with Cooley Again after finishing with a final score of 40.3. The pair finished just ahead of fellow Brits, Oliver Townend (Samuel Thomas II) and Sarah Bullimore (Valentino V).
In the CIC3* Lycetts Grantham Cup, Gemma Tattersall finished as the highest placed Brit, coming in sixth with a final score of 43.4. The competition was won by Australian athlete, Christopher Burton.