ROTTERDAM NATIONS CUP, NETHERLANDS
Joe Clee, Ben Maher, Jessica Mendoza and Michael Whitaker produced rounds to remember this weekend to win the Rotterdam Furusiyya Nations Cup Jumping in the Netherlands. A nervous start saw GBR picking up five penalties from the first round of jumping leaving them in fourth place and all to play for in the second round.
Round two saw trailblazer Ben Maher set the pace for the rest of the British quartet with a faultless round on the chestnut mare Diva II, before Joe Clee and Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro D Ecaussines kept up their form from round one to post a double clear on the board. UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Jessica Mendoza and the 14 year old Spirit T (owned by Jessica’s mother Sarah Mendoza) made it three for three for the British team keeping their round two score to zero. Anchor Michael Whitaker and Gary and Beverley Widdowson’s Cassionato picked up an unfortunate rail and one time fault, but with three clears on the score sheet it was a win for Great Britain; France finished second on a score of seven with Sweden in third on 10 penalties.
BOLESWORTH CSI4* INTERNATIONAL, GBR
It was a home win in the Grand Prix class at this weekend’s Bolesworth International show, for Yazmin Pinchen who took first place on Nancy Pinchen’s Van de Vivaldi. A field of 50 starters saw only four riders moved forward to the jump-off phase following clear jumping efforts in round one and two, but as the only rider to produce a clear round and in the fastest time, Yazmin and the chestnut gelding easily claimed the win. Ireland’s Trevor Breen and Oldtown KC took second and GB’s John Whitaker and Old Lodge’s Lord of Arabia third.
This was the first year the Cheshire show has taken 4* status and saw British showjumpers dominating throughout the weekend with wins across the board, for a full list of results click HERE.
As well as top class showjumping competition Bolesworth saw international dressage riders taking to the arena for the Freestyle Inter I competition. World Equestrian Games team silver medallist Michael Eilberg and the talented Woodlander Farouche, owned by Alison Walton and Ferdi Eilberg, stormed to victory with a score of 77.62% with London 2012 team gold and individual bronze medallist Laura Tomlinson picking up second on her own Duvals Capri Sonne Jr.
CCI4* LUHMUHLEN, GERMANY
Nicky Roncoroni took best of the Brits at this weekend’s Luhmulen CCI4* in Germany, riding Mrs J Roncoroni’s striking grey gelding Stonedge, the combination added just 0.4 time penalties from the cross country phase to their dressage score of 49.20 penalties to take 12th place. Fellow Brit Willa Newton and Mr Joey Newton’s Newmarket Vasco One sat just behind in 13th place with 2.3 penalties between them with first place going to Germany’s Ingrid Klimke on FRH Escada JS on a score of 32.70 penalties.
CSIO YOUNG RIDER, JUNIOR, PONY, CHILDREN ON HORSES IN HAGEN, GERMANY
The Nations Cup success the senior riders saw at the weekend was further replicated by a number of the youth teams, with Great Britain’s pony team (Jodie Hall Mcateer, Jack Whitaker, Charlie Dawson, Charlotte Ash) finishing first and the Children on Horses squad (Bobbie Heath, Oliver Fletcher, Hallie Lunn and Lottie Tutt) third, whilst the Junior team (Christie Pritchard, Elle Popely, Faye Adams, Millie Allen) finished eighth.
Elsewhere at the show, UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development rider Emily Ward enjoyed a first placing in Tuesday’s 1.35m class with her father, Nick Ward’s, King Mac. The combination produced a lovely round to take the win in 52.82 seconds, finishing 1.61 seconds ahead of France’s Paul Delforge and fellow Brit Charlie Dawson with TJM Henry de Reve.
Sienna Charles also enjoyed a second placed finish in the 1.20m class on Tuesday, as she powered Flower Power, owned by the Longem Family, to sit just 0.14 seconds behind the host nation’s Tobias Kuhlage.
Full results available HERE.
ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW, SCOTLAND
The British Showjumping international stairway fourth leg was competed on Friday at the Royal Highland Show (18-21 June) and saw nine clear first rounds recorded in a field of twenty-eight starters.
2015 Dodson & Horrell and the World Class Programme U23 British Champion Kerry Brennan took the win aboard Wellington M, owned by Liane Smith, with Tim Stockdale (Bling Bling IV) second and World Class Development rider Chloe Winchester with Avoca Valkyrie securing third after an unlucky four faults in the second round.