CICO3* BALLINDENISK, IRELAND
Great Britain’s eventing Nations Cup team finished the Irish CICO3* competition in great form at the weekend to take first place after impressive performances from Nicky Roncoroni (Stonedge, owned by Mrs Roncoroni), Louise Harwood (Whitson, owned by Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones), Georgie Strang (Cooley Business Time, owned by Jenny Newton) and Izzy Taylor (with KBIS and Mrs Joe Meyer’s KBIS Starchaser). The quartet finished on a total score of 143.4, with hosts Ireland second on 152.3 and France third with 159.3.
With five British riders finishing in the top six, it was a top placing for Britain’s Emilie Chandler in the CICO3* class, as she posted a superb 40.6 score with Richard and Karen Goddard’s Gino Royale to secure a well-deserved win, to finish on her dressage score. Ireland’s Sarah Ennis took second with Nicky Roncoroni third and Oliver Townend aboard Dromgurrihy Blue fourth.
Elsewhere Great Britain’s Emily Gilruth took second place in the CCI3* class with Topwood Beau, whilst the CCI2* proved fruitful for Oliver Townend, taking the win aboard Mr Hiho (owned by Patsy Mason) and secured a third placing with Note Worthy, owned by Andrew Cawthray. Piggy French finished runner-up to Townend in the 2* class with George and Jane Apter’s Obos Cooley but enjoyed a win in the CCI1* with Morswood, owned by Susie Wood.
For a full report visit the British Eventing website
CCI4* LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
Out at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event in Lexington, it was reining World and Olympic champion Michael Jung who took the coveted title aboard Fischerrocana FST. Best of the British contingent was last year’s winner William Fox-Pitt, who produced a lovely dressage test aboard Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero for a 38.5 score; after incurring some time penalties during the cross-country, the talented duo finished fourth.
Nicola Wilson finished eighth with her WEG 2014 ride, Mary and Barry Tweddle’s Annie Clover, after a lovely dressage test and clear showjumping round. Nicola also placed twenty-sixth with James and Jo Lambert’s Watermill Vision, whilst American basedJames Alliston finished fifteenth aboard Parker.
CPEDI3* WAREGEM, BELGIUM
2012 Paralympic gold medallist Natasha Baker was on flying form with new ride Sookie St James, owned by Christian Landolt and Mr & Mrs Baker, this weekend at the pairs first 3* international outing. Picking up two first placings in considerable fashion, after posting 74.56% in the Team and 74.71% in the Individual, Natasha went on to record a superb 75.25% in the Freestyle, which saw the talented duo take second place after finishing just 0.5% behind Belgium’s Barbara Minneci.
CSI4* HAGEN, GERMANY
John Whitaker aboard Ornellaia, owned by Team Harmony Management Co Ltd, secured a win out at the CSI4* show on Saturday in the 1.50m class, as the pair finished 0.12 seconds ahead of second placed Denis Nielsen of Germany. John also enjoyed a third placing in Friday’s 1.50m class with Argento II, owned by Clare and John Whitaker.
Robert Whitaker secured a third placing in Saturday’s 1.45m class with USA Today, owned by Steven Gillespie, after finishing just behind Mexico’s Alberto Michan Halbinger and Germany’s Maurice Tebbel.
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Joe Clayton also secured a third placing out at the show aboard Gorre, owned by Valerie Whitfield and Mark Williams. In the 1.45m class on Sunday, the duo posted a good time, to sit just 2.4 seconds behind the winner, Germany’s Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking.
CSI5* ANTWERP, BELGIUM
UK Sport funded World Class Development Programme rider Jessica Mendozasecured a second placing out in the CSI3* show at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Antwerp. Aboard Mr John Roberts and Mrs Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit T, the pair produced a great clear round in the jump-off to finish on 38.52 seconds, with the win going to Belgium’s Michael Van den Bosch (37.08 seconds). The combination also enjoyed a sixth placing in the 1.50m class on Friday.
CSI3* MAGNA RACINO SPRING TOUR, AUSTRIA
The second week of the Austrian Spring Tour saw numerous top placings for Britain’s Kevin Shore, as he posted a number of good results in the Gold and Diamond Tours, including a third placing in the Final Diamond Tour, the Jaques Lemans Grand Prix 1.50m, with Mystic Hurricane. His third placing came shortly after a win in the final Gold Tour 1.40m class with Zegreanne Z (owned by Springs Equestrian Partner) on Sunday.
World Class Development Programme rider Pippa Allen enjoyed a second placing during Thursday’s Silver Tour 1.30m class, riding Brooklyn 28, owned by HS Sportpferde GmbH; elsewhere Julie Andrews enjoyed a number of good placings in the Gold 1.35m Tours.
CSI2* CHANTILLY, FRANCE
Jemma Kirk enjoyed some good placings out in Chantilly over the weekend (24-26 April). To view all the results from the competition click HERE.