CSI5* GCT Madrid, Spain:
Laura Renwick enjoyed a great start to her weekend in the sixth leg of the Global Champions Tour, recording wins in two five star classes. She topped the 1.45m class with MHS Washington, owned by Mr J Renwick and Mrs L Renwick before finishing top of the leaderboard in the 1.50m Massimo Dutti Trophy with Bintang II (owned by Mr and Mrs Renwick) in a time of 26.04 seconds in what was an incredibly fast class with 13 riders finishing on the same second (26 seconds). She rounded off the weekend with another podium in Saturday’s Enterprise Prize 1.45m class on board MHS Washington, completing the course with another faultless performance.
Source: Global Champions Tour
Michael Whitaker recorded a double clear with Melissa Braybrooke’s Viking in Sunday’s 1.55m class to take first place after producing a quick time of 36.95 seconds in the second round.
John Whitaker continued his good form this season with a top ten finish in the Grand Prix with Argento where they just missed out on the jump off after conceding a time penalty in the second round. This result lifts him to second in the overall Global Champions Tour standings just behind Germany’s Christian Ahlmann.
CSI4* Bourg-en-Bresse, France:
Guy Williams picked up two second place finishes over the weekend with his horse, Golddigger in the 1.45m class and 1.40m accumulator class. The pair were edged to first place by Australia’s James Paterson Robinson and Ronaldo De La Pomme in the 1.45m class after a competitive first round when the British combination were two seconds quicker but the Australian pair took the win after recording the quickest time in the final round.
CSI3* Nörten-Hardenberg, Germany:
Tim Gredley was out in action in Germany and he topped the placings from a field of just over 60 combinations in Saturday’s 1.40m class. On board Unex Handyman, owned by Unex Competition Yard Ltd, the pair completed the course in 51.65 seconds, finishing just under two seconds ahead of the field.
CDIO5*/ CDI3* Compiègne, France:
It was a perfect weekend for Carl Hester who swept up wins across the board in Compiègne in the three star classes. He began the weekend with a win in the Grand Prix with Nip Tuck, owned by Jane De La Mare as the pair scored 74% in the GP and the pair improved on this with a score of 75% in their Grand Prix Special win. Aboard Coral Ingham’s Wanadoo, Carl rounded his weekend off with a brilliant score of 77% in the Grand Prix Freestyle to complete a hat-trick of victories. The combination also took third place in the Thursday’s Grand Prix where Alice Ruth Oppenheimer (Headmore Delegate, owned by Mrs S, Miss A Oppeneheimer) and Henriette Andersen (Flavio, owned by Mrs H Andersen) also finished inside the top ten.
Laura Tomlinson (Rosalie B), Lara Griffith (Rubin Al Asad), Hayley Watson-Greaves (Rubins Nite) and Anna Louise Ross (Die Callas) were out in action representing Great Britain in the third round of the FEI Nations Cup dressage series. They all put in strong performances in the Grand Prix but after the cancelation of the second day due to the rain, the win went to the USA, with Kasey Perry-Glass and Laura Graves finishing first and second respectively.
In the Under 25 class, Alex Hardwick posted a couple of great results as she finished fifth in the Grand Prix and third in Friday’s intermediate class on board Donauwein, owned by Mr and Mrs Hardwick.
CCI3* Saumur, France:
There were three British top ten placings in the three star eventing competition in Saumur with Oliver Townend taking fifth with Cillnabradden Evo, owned by Sally-Anne Egginton and eighth with Kathleen Wilkinson and Rachel Wood’s Odt Ghareeb. Francesca Reid-Warrilow and Dolley Whispher came in sixth with the win going to Australia’s Christopher Burton and Santano II.
Rockingham Castle International Horse Trials, Great Britain:
At Rockingham Castle, Kitty King topped the placings in the two star section D class with Vendredi Biats (owned by Diana Bown, Sally Lloyd Baker, Sally Eyre and Samantha Wilson) finishing with 37.5 penalties whilst Laura Collett secured fourth with Cooley Again (owned byMaggie Sargent). Kitty also finished third in the one star section B class with Virage Des Falaises (owned by Mr Ben Walden).
In the other two star section, David Britnell finished top of the table, ending the weekend with 44.2 penalties.
Source: Kitty King Eventing
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.