CDI3* Valencia, Spain:
Michael Eilberg had another successful week in Valencia, winning both the Grand Prix Freestyle and the Grand Prix classes. Eilberg, aboard Mr and Mrs Eilberg and Mrs Crowden’s Woodlander Dornroschen, repeated last week’s win in the Grand Prix with another strong performance, finishing with a score of 70.56%. In the Freestyle, the pair once again topped the field with a score of 74.5%. Fellow Brit, Anna Ross and Die Callas finished just ahead of Michael Eilberg and Marakov in the Grand Prix Special to make up a British top-two.
Michael, Maria and Ferdi Eilberg show off an impressive haul of trophies from the past two weeks
CDI3* Wellington, USA:
In their final week out on the Winter Equestrian Tour in Wellington, Florida, Lara Griffith and Rubin Al Asad collected second place in the Grand Prix Special with a score of 71%, whilst Laura Tomlinson and Rosalie B took fourth, with 69.11%. Laura continued her strong performances with a third placing with Minnie in the Grand Prix after scoring 69%, before recording another win on Dolcevendy O in her second PSG, with a 74% score.
CSI5* Paris, France:
Leading British showjumper, Scott Brash built on his top ten finish in the Grand Prix (GP) in ‘s-Herteogenbosch last weekend with a second placed podium finish in the GP in Pairs. Hello Forever, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, has only competed in a few Grand Prix events this year but there was no signs of anxiety as the ten year-old gelding finished with a time of 38.78 seconds after a six horse jump off in the 1.60m class.
There was also British success in the Prix du Grand Palais as Laura Renwick and her horse, MHS Washington came third in the 1.45m class. John Whitaker finished fifth with Cassinis Chaplin, owned by Claire Conlon and Clare Whitaker. Laura picked up another third place finish in the Le Saut Hermès pairs competition with German rider, Daniel Deusser.
Jessica Mendoza replicated the form shown in previous weeks, with a third place finish in the Prix Hermès Sellier on board Spirit T, owned by Sarah Mendoza.
Elsewhere there was a strong showing from Britain’s Under 25’s in the Les Talents Hermès. Millie Allen and Emma O’Dwyer took first place in the 1.45m team competition with a score of 78.81 - and the only pair to finish with zero penalties. Millie enjoyed further success at the show, finishing third with Udo Oppermann’s Balou Star in the Table A 1.45m class.
CSI4* Vejer de la Frontera, Spain:
Out on the Sunshine Tour, Robert Whitaker and Catwalk IV posted the quickest time to top the podium in the Invitational Grand Prix. The 33 year-old completed the course with a time of 40.29 seconds and no penalties. Tim Wilks came fourth with Quelbora Merze and was one of only four riders to jump a double clear in a sixty-strong field.
In the Big Tour Small Grand Prix 1.45m class, Yazmin Pinchen and Jessica Dimmock took third and fourth place respectively.
Joe Whitaker was the only rider to post a time under 40 seconds in the Big Tour D 1.50m class as he took first place on Friday with Lola**; Tim Stockdale also enjoyed a third place finish in the Big Tour D competition the day before.
CSI2* Mijas, Spain:
James Smith topped the table in the Grand Prix 1.45m class with his horse Tyson Uno who is also owned by Miss Danielle Greer. The Brit finished with a time of 43.39 seconds, placing just ahead of fellow British contingents, Anna Edwards and William Funnel who finished third and fourth.
Nirvana Spa Para Winter Championships, Vale View, Great Britain:
Out at the para-dressage Winter Championships, Sophie Christiansen recorded a personal best of 86% in the grade Ia freestyle competition; the 29 year-old who debuted new freestyle music, finished top of the field with her 2015 European ride Athene Lindebjerg.
In the other grades, Sophie Wells came top in the Grade IV class with C Fatal Attraction and an overall percentage of 69.64%; Sophie would have been pleased to see Izzy Palmer and Natasha Adkinson, whom she mentors, also post some impressive results in their respective grades. Natasha Baker finished top in a tightly contested Grade II class, whilst Anne Dunham placed first in the Grade Ia group.
Numerous eventing competitions got underway this weekend, with lots of British riders heading out to Lincolnshire, Aldon and Swalcliffe with their top horses for their first outings of the 2016 season.
Full results from all the weekends’ competitions can be found at: http://www.bdwp.co.uk/