British riders were on top form out in Spain this weekend, notching a superb seven podium placings between them. Maria Eilberg got things underway on Wednesday with a win in the Prix St-Georges Small Tour with Royal Concert (owned by Maria, Hermione Black and Penny Pollard) with an impressive 72.26%; the combination went on to take second in the Inter I Freestyle behind The Netherland’s Joyce Lenaerts.
Carl Hester with his and Jane De La Mare’s Nip Tuck took the Grand Prix after posting an impressive 75.8% before producing 78.1% in the Freestyle.
Henriette Andersen with her own and Jennifer Charlsworth’s Warlocks Charm took third in the GP with 70.3%, whilst UK Sport Development rider Hayley Watson-Greavesslotted into fifth. Heading into the Freestyle Henriette was unlucky to miss-out on her second third placing, finishing fourth with Hayley taking sixth.
Fiona Bigwood took second during Friday’s Grand Prix (for Special) on 74.6% with the stunning mare Atterupgaards Orthilia (owned by Kristine Munch Sinding) with the talented duo also dancing their way to second place again in the Special test, finishing just behind Spain’s Beatriz Ferrer-Salat Serra di Migni. Michael Eilberg and Marakov (owned by Ferdi Eilberg) were hot on Fiona’s heels, taking third in the GP and fourth in the GPS.
Michael took the top spot in the Sundays Inter B class aboard Woodlander Dornroschen (owned by Mr & Mrs Eilberg and Mrs Crowden) with 70.44%, after posting a second placing in the Inter A on Saturday. He also placed third in the opening PSG Small Tour class with Der Designer.
Global Dressage Festival, Wellington, Florida
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Lara Griffith enjoyed a strong second place finish in the Grand Prix Special at week 12 of the Global Dressage Festival in America. Laura, stable jockey for the Bechtolsheimer family, partnered Rubin Al Asad (owned by Dr and Mrs Bechtolsheimer) to a score of 71.529% in the hotly contested GPS, which saw first placed Kathrine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar (USA) finish on exactly the same score as Laura but gaining a higher collective mark to take the win.
Laura and the bay gelding also collected fifth place in the Grand Prix on a score of 70.220% with the win going to Denmark's Mikala Gundersen and My Lady.
Burgham Horse Trials
Eventing got underway at Burgham at the weekend, with riders flocking to Northumberland for the event. In the CIC3* it was Gemma Tattersall aboard Chico Bella P (owned by Christopher Stone) who took the win; leading from the dressage phase the combination finished just over 3 penalties ahead of Ireland’s Sarah Ennis. Gemma also placed third with The Soul Syndicates’ Arctic Soul, whilst Oliver Townendand Skyhills Cavalier (owned by Stephen & Victoria Hazeldine & The Mitchell Fox Group) were fourth.
The CIC2* saw the recently returned Nicola Wilson take the top two spots; after leading from the dressage phase with her WEG 2014 ride Annie Clover (owned by Mary & Barry Tweddle), the duo took the top spot finishing on 37.6 penalties. One Two Many (owned by Gerry Kemp, Mary Kemp and Janine Shewan) took second with 41.9 penalties, with Oliver Townend and Andrew Cawthray’s Note Worthy sitting third.
CSI3* Toscano Tour, Arezzo, Italy
Jessica Mendoza picked up more top placings this week continuing her run of good form on the Italian CSI3* tour. The UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider enjoyed a big win in the Gold Tour 1.40m class on her mother’s (Sarah Mendoza) bay stallion Ramiro de Belle Vue. The combination produced a double clear jumping round with a jump-off time of 26.21 seconds to see off competition from Jelmer Hoekstra of The Netherland’s who finished second with a jump-off time of 26.29 seconds.
Mendoza also took a good second place finish in the Gold Tour 1.45m class on her mother’s Nuggets l’Amandour, being pipped to the top spot by Finland’s Anna-Julia Kontio and Fardon, both combinations scored double clear jumping rounds with Mendoza stopping the clock just 1.02 seconds behind the winner in the jump-off round.
CSI3* Atlantic Tour, Vilamoura, Italy
British riders secured brilliant results across the 3* show last week, with winning performances from Laura Renwick, who claimed first place in two 1.30m classes and 1.35m class, Nicole Pavitt took first in the 1.45m and 1.35m class, Harriet Nuttall claimed the top spot in another of the 1.35m sections and there was a win for Sammie Jo Coffin in the 1.30m class.
CSI3* Riviera Sun Tour, San Giovanni in Maringnano, Italy
Italy proved to be a hot bed for British results last week with more wins in the Mediterranean country this time coming from Elliott Gordon who took first place in both the 1.35m Accumulator class and the 1.45m Against the Clock class. Fellow Brits Conor Moore and Hay Halim also enjoyed good placings at the Italian show; full results can be found HERE.
CSI2* Mediterranean Equestrian Tour, Oliva, Spain
British riders Stuart Neads, Ashley Ray and Anna Edwards all produced wins last week at the CSI2* show, with Anna claiming first in both the Gold 1.40m class and the Gold 1.30m class. A full list of results can be found HERE.
Global Champions Tour
The 2015 Global Champions Tour gets underway this week (2 – 4 April) in the brand new venue situated on the golden sands of Miami Beach, Florida. The Sunshine State will be welcoming the world’s top showjumpers to the East Coast of America to kick start the CSI5* series in the world-famous beach side location. Follow all the action and results HERE.