In the CSIO5* Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup the British showjumping team took fourth after fine performances from Scott Brash (Hello Guv’nor, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham), Guy Williams, (Titus II, owned by Charlotte Baines), Michael Whitaker (Viking V, owned by Melissa Whitaker) and Nigel Coupe (Golvers Hill, owned by Susan Simmons). The team scored a total of nine penalty points with Scott Brash going clear in both rounds; the win went to the hosts, Germany who registered zero penalties.
In Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix, Scott Brash claimed second place with Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s Ursula XII, after posting a time of 70.28 seconds with four penalty points to finish just behind Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt and LB Convall.
In the SAP-Prize competition, Guy Williams jumped clear with Titus II to record a time of 58.35 seconds to take fifth place with the win going to The Netherlands’ Maikel van der Vleuten.
In the WOTAX-Preis Intermediate class, Michael Eilberg claimed the top spot with Woodlander Farouche, owned by Mrs Walton and Mr and Mrs Eilberg, scoring a fantastic final percentage of 76.632%. Following on from Saturday’s success, Michael took to the arena on Sunday for the Deutsche Bank Preis Grand Prix Freestyle, with Mr Eilberg’s, Marakov. The duo enjoyed a seventh place finish scoring a 77% whilst Germany’s Kristina Bröring-Sprehe finished top with a final percentage of 88.825%.
In the FEI Nations Cup, Great Britain finished fifth after strong performances from the quartet. Nicola Wilson (One Two Many, owned by Gerry and Mary Kemp), Kristina Cook (Calvino II, owned by Pip Wates, Alisa Wates and Equine Aqua Training), Laura Collett (Grand Manouvre, owned by Dianna and David Chappell) and Frankie Reid-Warrilow (Dolley Whisper) all helped push the team to a top five finish whilst Australia took the win ahead of Germany and Ireland who took second and third place respectively.
This result keeps Great Britain top of the FEI Nations Cup overall standings after six of the nine legs with 465 points with Germany sitting in second with 360 points.
Nicola Wilson and One Two Many took eighth place overall in the individual standings after posting a final total of 50.10 penalties whilst Rio 2016 traveling reserve, Tina Cook, just missed out on a top ten finishing twelfth on board Calvino II, owned by Pip Wates, Ailsa Wates and Equine Aqua Training. The win went to Germany’s Michael Jung and FischerTakinou as they finished with a total of 42.40 penalties.
CSI3* Knokke, Belgium:
Ben Maher recorded a double clear aboard Cliff 67, owned by Poden Farm to finish third in Sunday’s 1.50m jump-off. The pair posted a time of 39.68 to claim their podium place with the top spot going to France’s Patrice Delaveau. In the Grand Prix, Ben registered an unlucky two faults on board his Olympic ride Tic Tac to finish seventh after recording a superb clear in the first round whilst Egypt’s Abdel Said secured the win.
In the three star 1.45m class, Tim Gredley just missed out on first place with Unex Omega Star, owned by Unex Competition Yard, as the pair recorded a double clear, taking place with a time of 32.98 seconds, finishing just behind France’s Titouan Schumacher who finished in 31.69 seconds.
CSI3* Megeve, France:
Nicole Pavitt and Sheanaz, owned by Prince Sultan Saud, recorded a double clear in Friday’s three star 1.50m class and posted a time of 39.12 seconds to finish fourth, narrowly missed out on the podium with Italy’s Riccardo Pisani finishing in a time of 39.12 seconds to take third. The win went to Switzerland’s Werner Muff who posted a time of 38.26 seconds.
RIO 2016 EQUESTRIAN NEWS:
CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more prestigous the show.