FEI Nations Cup, Fontainebleau, France:
Britain finished sixth overall in the opening leg of the 2016 FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Fontainebleau, France this weekend. The British team, made up of an all-female quartet of Laura Collett (Palermo 4), Dani Evans (Smart Time), Gemma Tattersall (Quicklook V) and Izzy Taylor (Allercombe Ellie) , finished with a final score of 286.8 points.
Izzy Taylor finished the highest placed British rider finishing sixth in the CICO*** with Orlando, owned by Di Davies, Irene Graham and Anita Dalton. Gemma Tattersall also had individual success in the CIC** event with Sanitago Bay finishing with a total of 40.2 and third place. The German team were led to victory by Olympic and European champion, Michael Jung and his 16 year-old horse, La Biosthetique Sam FBW who came top in the Individual rankings.
As a result, Great Britain, who are the defending FEI Nations Cup champions in eventing, take 55 points forward to the next round in Ballindenisk, Ireland (22 – 24 April).
CSI5* WC Final Gothenburg, Sweden:
Laura Renwick was sadly forced to withdraw from the FEI World Cup jumping final in Sweden. Laura and Bintang II (Bing), owned by Mr and Mrs Renwick, were the only British combination to qualify for the final and had produced some good jumping earlier in the week during the warm up sessions. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat went on to win the Final for a second successive year.
CSI3* Vilamoura, Portugal:
Joe Whitaker posted a top five finish in the Grand Prix 1.5m class out in Portugal. On board Lola V, the duo recorded a time of 70.94 seconds and conceded four penalty points amongst a field of 36 competitors in Sunday’s event. In the other classes, Nicole Pavitt enjoyed a first placed finish with Victor Blue after a jump off in the 1.45m Table A against the clock class and also posted a third place podium finish with Areeb O.L in the 1.40m Table A against the clock class.
CSI2* Mijas, Spain:
Anna Edwards secured a second place finish in the Master 1.45m Grand Prix with her horse Blazer B. The Brit was one of four riders to complete a double clear round; finishing just behind Switzerland’s Edwin Smits who took the win.
William Funnell and James Smith came second and third respectively in the Master 1.40m class on Sunday and the pair also recorded impressive results earlier in the week. James Smith, who won his first 2* international Grand Prix last week, came first with Cumina in the Master 3, 1.40m event on Thursday and William Funnell was third with Billy Angelo in the Master 4, 1.45m class on Thursday.
CSI2* Olivia, Spain:
On the Sunshine Tour there were a couple of promising results for young British rider, Olivia Poole. The 16 year-old came first in Thursday’s gold 1.35m class with Corlando of Cavallini, owned by Clark Glasgow, after enjoying a second placed finish in the 1.30m class with Zoverla. Emily Ward, Matthew Clayton, Skye Higgin and Alex Barr were also out in Spain and posted some good results throughout the week.
Myerscough College Premier League, Great Britain:
Myerscough College hosted the first British Dressage Premier League event of 2016 at the weekend as Emile Faurie came out on top in the Grand Prix with Weekend Fun, finishing with a convincing final score of 71% in Friday’s competition. In the Grand Prix Freestyle, it was Emma Hindle who took the top spot after also posting 71% aboard Romy del Sol.
Burgham International, Great Britain:
Oliver Townend enjoyed a successful trip to Northumberland finishing first and fourth in the CIC*** event over the weekend. The 32 year-old took first place with Dromgurrihy Blue with a final total score of 43.7 penalties whilst just a couple places back, Pippa Funnell finished third with Billy the Biz ahead of Townend’s other entry, Odt Ghareeb. In the two star event, Townend finished third with Note Worthy amongst a tightly contested top three that was won by Polly Stockton and Imperial Trump, owned by Cressida Legge.
Gatcombe Horse Trials, Great Britain:
Nick Gauntlett got off to a great start to his season with Cosmic Order as they came out on top in the Intermediate class, scoring 34.3 penalties in the dressage jumping a double clear. Fellow Brit Georgie Spence and Captain Future also posted a double clear in their Intermediate class and finished ahead of the field with a total of 43.3 penalties.