Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final, Barcelona
It was a nail-biting finish to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup 2015 series in Barcelona last week as eight teams contested Saturday night’s Final, after the nineteen strong field was whittled down following Thursday’s first round.
The Great British team of Ben Maher (with Tatiana Korsakova’s Diva II), Jessica Mendoza (Spirit T, owned by Sarah Mendoza), Laura Renwick (aboard her own and husband John’s Bintang II) and Joe Clee (with Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro d’Ecaussines), performed superbly across the competition to finish on a total of eight faults, to secure second place in the overall 2015 standings behind Belgium.
Eventing Nations Cup, Waregem
The Great British quartet finished fourth at the penultimate leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Belgium, with the win going to Germany. The fourth place finish secured by Sarah Bullimore, Nana Dalton, Coral Keen and Francis Whittington, sees Great Britain remain in the top spot of the 2015 Leaderboard after seven of eight events. The final of this year’s series takes place in Boekelo, The Netherlands at the beginning of October.
Ballindenisk International, Ireland
Oliver Townend recorded a good win as the eventing season draws to a close as he took the top spot out at the CCI3* in Ireland. Aboard Angela Hislop’s eight year old Cooley SRS, the pair produced strong jumping and cross-country rounds to see them finish on their dressage score of 44.3 penalties.
Elsewhere at the event there were wins for Izzy Taylor (with Sophie Dodds’ Be Touchable) in the CCI2* after adding nothing to their dressage score, and a win for Matthew Wright (Rakam D’Emra, owned by Sir John Peace) in an all British top three in the CCI1* class. Emily King also secured a second place finish in the CIC3* event with Jane Del Missier’s Brookleigh.
William Funnell enjoyed a couple of good placings out at Samorin during the 4* competition. Aboard Billy Angelo, owned by Mrs J Slade, the duo finished second just behind America’s Andrew Ramsay in the Silver Tour 1.45m class on Thursday. With his own and Mr D Barnwell’s Billy Congo the pair secured a superb third placing in the Grand Prix class, posting two clear rounds before a further clear in the jump-off to finish just 1.72 seconds off the winning time.
There were a number of good placings for British riders out in Portugal over the weekend, with Holly Gillott securing a second placing in Thursday’s 1.45m Longines World Ranking class aboard her own and Graham Smith’s Dougie Douglas.
Friday also saw Holly take second place with her own Quality Old Joker, behind fellow Brit Tim Gredley and Unex Arantos in the 1.45m class, whilst Saturday saw Nick Benterman take the win in the 1.40m class with Canyon Volo. Harriett Nuttall took top honours in the 1.40m class on Sunday riding Silver Lift, owned by Mr Rupert Nuttall.