CICO3* Strzegom, Poland
It was a superb weekend for Britain’s eventing quartet out in Strzegom at the Nations Cup competition, as the team secured a win at the fourth leg of the 2016 series. Some excellent performances were produced by the team of Ros Canter (Allstar B, owned by Caroline Moore and Ros), Izzy Taylor (KBIS Briarlands Matilda, owned by Guy Avis), Laura Collett (Cooley Again, owned by Maggie Sargent) and Holly Woodhead (Fernhill Facetime, owned by Carol Gee) over the weekend
Ros Canter with Allstar B added to the celebrations as they secured third place individually after adding nothing to their dressage score to remain on 46.2 penalties, whilst Izzy Taylor and KBIS Briarlands Matilda secured sixth place. The win went to Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal and King Bob.
It was an exceptional weekend for BEF World Class Podium Potential showjumper William Whitaker as he secured the coveted Hickstead Derby title on Sunday aboard Glenavadra Brilliant, owned by Ian Whitaker and Calvin McDonald. The only combination to leave all the fences standing, William becomes the third member of his family to win the Derby.
Commenting after the class he said; “It’s really surreal to be honest, I think it will sink in in a couple of days when you realise what’s actually happened.” Fellow British rider Harriet Nuttall (A Touch Imperious) secured second place alongside Ireland’s Richard Howley and Billy Twomey.
Britain’s Louise Pavitt (Fiona V/H Lemmenshof) took the top spot in The Stoner Jewellers Vase 1.45m class, Tracey Priest took the honours in The Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard with Caristo VDL, whilst Guy Williams aboard Casper De Muze claimed the win in The Bunn Leisure Master’s Challenge. In the British Speed Derby it was a Harriet Nuttall who pulled out the stops to secure first and second spots with Silver Lift and Highland Cruiser II.
Full results: http://results.scgvisual.com/2016/hickstead/
British Showjumping report: http://www.britishshowjumping.co.uk/media/news/william-becomes-the-third-whitaker-to-win-the-equestriancom-derby
Reaction from William to the win: https://goo.gl/Pbl0le
CSIO5* & CDIO5* Nations Cup, The Netherlands
In the dressage, Great Britain secured fifth place overall in the Nations Cup standings after some great tests over the weekend. Laura Tomlinson aboard Dr Wilfried and Ursula Bechtolsheimer’s Rosalie B scored an impressive 72.66% in the Grand Prix to get her competition off to a good start, before a 69.6% in the Grand Prix Special. Lara Griffith with the Bechtolsheimer’s Rubin Al Asad posted two solid tests recording 71.36% and 71.14% over the two days, whilst Michael Eilberg and Woodlander Dornroschen posted a score of 67.86% in the Grand Prix but finished the weekend on 70.95% in the Freestyle.
Unfortunately Gareth Hughes’ Classic Briolinca sustained an injury during the warmup ahead of the Grand Prix class on Thursday, forcing the combination to withdraw.
In the showjumping Nations Cup, the British quartet of Ben Maher (with Jane Forbes Clark’s Tic Tac), Jessica Mendoza (with Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit T), Robert Whitaker (with Catwalk IV, owned by Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall) and Joe Clee (Utamaro d’Ecaussines, owned by Ludwig Criel) were unlucky to finish in eighth place after accruing a number of faults in the first and second rounds of the competition.
CSI5* GCT Monaco
John Whitaker and Ornellaia secured fourth spot in the 1.60m class after some superb jumping saw the duo head into a nine rider jump-off after posting two clear rounds. Posting a further clear in the jump-off the pair stopped the clock at 38.19 seconds to finish just 1.55 behind the leaders, Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano (Caspar 232).
Elsewhere, there was a top ten finish for Scott Brash and Hello Forever in the 1.50m class on Friday, whilst Laura Renwick aboard Heliodor Hybris also finished tenth in Saturday’s 1.45m class.