SHOWJUMPING AND DRESSAGE
CSI4* Bolesworth, Great Britain
It was a jam-packed weekend at the Bolesworth International which included fine performances from British showjumpers and appearances from Great Britain’s gold medal winning dressage team from 2012.
Joe Whitaker began the weekend with a podium finish in Friday’s 1.55m class with Lola V, owned by Mr Steven Whitaker and Mrs Dawn Makin. Following a six horse jump off, Joe was one of two riders to finish under 40 seconds as he stopped the clock on 37.96 seconds but he was edged to victory by Ireland’s Darragh Kenny who recorded a time of 36.04. Harriet Nuttall also made it through to the jump off with Mr Rupert Nattall’s A Touch Imperious and placed fifth whilst Jessica Mendoza (Sam de Bacon, owned by Sarah Mendoza) and Ben Maher (Diva II, owned by Tatiana Korsakova) just missed out after each knocking down a pole.
William Funnell finished third in Friday’s against the clock class with Billy Angelo, owned by Mrs J Slade after recording a time of 62.95 seconds, just two seconds off the top spot which was claimed by Dermott Lennon, Ireland. Jessica Mendoza (Wan Architect, owned by J. Hammond and Sarah Mendoza), Tim Gredley (Unex Handyman), Joseph Davison (Vennoot, owned by Team Harmony), Michael Whitaker (Daedalus Van T&L, owned by Mr M Dawes) and Douglas Duffin (Chiquito Z, owned by Joanne Sloan Allen) all finished inside the top ten. Jessica Mendoza also made the top five in Saturday’s Against the clock class following a clear round with Ramiro De Belle Vue, owned by Sarah Mendoza.
In the International Grand Prix, defending champion, Yazmin Pinchen just missed out on the top spot after a tense jump off on Sunday evening. Onboard Ashkari, owned by Mrs Nancy Pinchen, the pair posted a time of 52.35 seconds following a clear round but the victory went to Michel Hendrix and Baileys of The Netherlands who recorded a time of 43.88 seconds.
On Thursday members of Great Britain’s dressage team from London 2012 competed in the Grand Prix (GP) Freestyle and the Inter Freestyle. Carl Hester topped the placings in the GP Freestlye with Nip Tuck, owned by Miss Jane De La Mare, after he showcased his Grand Prix routine for the first time. The pair scored a final percentage of 81.9% to finish ahead of Hayley Watson-Greaves and Rubin Nite and Emily Faurie and Bohemo Tinto, owned by Louise Hartnett. Charlie Hutton finished top in the Inter Freestyle competition with Super Blue, owned by Mrs Judy Peploe after scoring 75.4% whilst Charlotte Dujardin finished second with Hawtins Delicato.(Source: British Horse Society)
CSI5* Treffen, Austria
Robert Whitaker finished third in Sunday’s 1.60m Grand Prix after a strong clear round with Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall’s Catwalk IV. The pair were one of the seven combinations to go clear and the top three were separated by five tenths of a second with Robert finishing on a time of 45.5 seconds whilst Germany’s Christian Ahlmann took the win with Epleaser van't Heike, finishing in a time of 45.08 seconds. John Whitaker also finished inside the top three in the 1.45m class after recording a time of 36.85 seconds with Lord of Arabia, owned by P Sultan Saud. Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet claimed first after posting a time of 32.61 seconds.
U25 European Dressage Championships Hagen, Germany
Great Britain along with eight other nations were out in competition at the Under 25 European Dressage Championships in Germany. The team was made up of Alex Hardwick (Donauwein), Bobby Hayler (Valentino), Pippa Hutton (Belmondo) and Ryan Todd (Charlex Eskebjerg) who all put in strong performances as they finished sixth in the team competition which was won by the hosts, Germany.
CIC3* Hopetoun, Great Britain
At the Gillespie Macandrew Hopetoun International, Emily Gilruth topped the leaderboard in the three star competition with her horse, Topwood Beau. The pair finished on a final score of 59.4 penalties following a clear jumping round. Rosalind Canter finished just behind in fourth with her horse Zenshera scoring 66.8 penalties.
CCI4* Luhmühlen, Germany
Louise Harwood put in a fantastic performance in Luhmühlen to take eighth place with Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones’s Whitson. The British combination went into the final day just outside the top ten before recording the quickest jumping round, going clear in 81.47 seconds to put them on a final score of 57. Sarah Bullimore (Reve du Rouet, owned by Chris and Sue Gillespie and Brett Bullimore) and Coral Keen (Wellshead Fare Opposition, owned by Total Equestrian Construction, Mr S Keen) both finished inside the top 20 whilst the win went to Germany’s, Andreas Dibowski.
CEI3* Euston Park, Great Britain
Caitlin Theodorou claimed the top spot in the Young Riders class with her mount, My Marco at the second of four Euston Park Endurance Rides. The pair were the only combination to finish and so took the Best Condition Award as well and as a result Caitlin has qualified for the Young Rider European Championships in September.
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.
CDI stands for Concours Dressage International, essentially International Dressage Competition. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more high profile the competition.
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.
CEI stands for Concours Endurance Internationale and is essentially an international endurance competition. Each competition is classified 1-4 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more high profile the competition.