British riders had a sensational weekend out at the seventh leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour in Monaco, with Scott Brash and John Whitaker producing some stunning rounds to dominate the top of the leaderbaords.
Thursday saw John Whitaker record a fourth placing aboard Team Harmony Management Company Ltd’s talented ten year old Ornellaia in the Prix Federation Equestre de la Principaute de Monaco 1.45m class, whilst Scott Brash posted a second placing with Hello Annie, owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris, in the Prix Massimo Dutti 1.50/1.55m class.
John went on to take first place with Ornellaia in the Prix de Monte-Carlo Bay class, finishing less than a second ahead of fellow Brit Ben Maher and Aristo Z, owned by Jane Forbes Clark.
After Scott and Hello Annie took the top spoils in the Prix Sapinda class ahead of John and Ornellaia on Sunday, the two combinations went on to do a double as they recorded the same placings in the Longines Grand Prix. Aboard Hello M’Lady, owned by Lady Kirkham, Scott posted a superb win with the nine year old mare to stop the clock on 28.45 seconds, just 0.38 seconds ahead of second placed John Whitaker and Argento (owned by Mr & Mrs Witaker).
CSI4* Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby meeting
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development rider William Whitaker secured second place in the renowned Equestrian.com Derby. Partnering Ian Whitaker and Calvin McDonald’s Glenavadra Brilliant, the duo finished just two seconds behind Ireland’s Trevor Breen and Loughnatousa W B, who won the prestigious title for the second year running.
Guy Williams enjoyed a good weekend down in Sussex, as he secured three top placings including a win and a new course record in the British Speed Derby with Casper de Muze as he took the title for the fourth time. With the title in the Speed Derby, Guy also took the top spot in The Bunn Leisure Master’s Challenge with Casper de Muze, before finishing first with Depardieu Van T Kiezelhof (owned by Lindsay Doran) in the Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard 1.50m class.
UK Sport World Class Development Programme rider Holly Gillott enjoyed a win with her own and Graham Smith’s Dougie Douglas in the Bunn Leisure Derby Trials, whilst Joe Clayton took third in the Stoner Jewellers Vase aboard Steven Barnes’s Millioninmind.
Alice Watson took the top honours in the Tom Hudson Derby Trophy. Aboard Billy Lemon she posted a fast double clear to take the win ahead of Ireland’s Cian O’Connor.
It was a win for Great Britain out at the fourth leg of the Eventing Nations Cup competition in Poland. Izzy Taylor (with KBIS’s KBIS Starburst), Sarah Bullimore (Valentino V, owned by Sarah and Christopher Gillespie), Emily Llewellyn (aboard Mrs Nicolette Gidley Wright and Cindy Llewellyn’s Greenlawn Sky High) and Jodie Amos (with Figaro von het Broekxhof owned by Barbara Cooper) finished ahead of second placed Australia, with over 18 penalties splitting the two. Izzy finished best of the Brits in second place, with Sarah close behind in third.
Out in Belgium Michael Whitaker took third place in the Grand Prix class aboard Viking, owned by Melissa Braybrooke. Elsewhere Laura Renwick enjoyed a second placing in the Prijs Carlsberg 1.40m class aboard Beluga, owned by Mr & Mrs Renwick, whilst Jessica Mendoza and Ramiro de Belle Vue took first place in Thursday’s Team Relay competition alongside Belgium’s Gudrun Patteet (Vici R). Laura Whiteway secured a second placing with Bellagio II in the Knock Out competition, and James Davenport and Catinka III (owned by M.Dawes) took third in the Small Grand Prix 1m45.
Hickstead Para Dressage Championships
The Grade IV team test got the para-dressage championships underway for 2015 and it was a first and second place for Sophie Wells, taking first aboard Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction on a huge 73.99% with a 70.83% score for WEG 2014 partner Valerius. The Individual class saw the roles reversed, as Valerius posted 73.93% to take the win by over 2%.
The grade Ia class saw Sophie Christiansen take the top two spots in both the team and individual tests, with her new ride Athene Lindebjerg (owned by Diane Joan Redfern) taking the win ahead of long term partner Janeiro 6 on both accounts, with a huge 75.65% in the team test.
The grade Ib saw Lee Pearson take the title aboard Mr & Mrs Pearson, Gillian Chinn and Lee’s Zion in the team test with World Class Development rider Natasha Adkinson taking second with Sweet Caledonia on a 71% score. The Individual test saw Lee take the top spot, again with Zion, after posting a 73.88% test.
Grade III team and individual classes were won by Nicky Greenhill aboard Gregorian Chant (owned by Mr & Mrs Greenhill), after notching up two +70% scores, whilst Heather Bennett and Zavailantika took second.
Natasha Baker took three first placings in the grade II class at the show and was crowned Supreme Overall Champion. The world medallist partnered her rising star Sookie St James (owned by Christian Landolt and Mr & Mrs Baker) to the wins, posting a huge 76.13% in the freestyle. World Class Development rider Erin Orford finished second in both tests with Annabel Whittet’s Dior.
Michael Eilberg posted his second win in as many weeks as he took the top spot out in Fritzens, Austria on Saturday, in the Intermediate 1 at the Manfred Swarovski Memorial Tournament. Aboard the British bred nine year old mare Woodlander Farouche, owned by Mr & Mrs Eilberg’s and Mrs Walto, the duo produced a lovely test to post 73.684% to sit over a per cent ahead of second placed Wibke Bruns (San Francisco Old) of Germany.
Hickstead Premier League & Dressage Masters
Alex Hardwick secured the win with Donauwein in the Dressage Masters Large Tour Championships, whilst Claire Abel aboard Rowan Majic took the Small Tour Championship title. Elsewhere, Phoebe Peters enjoyed a top weekend with a win aboard SL Lucci in the Pony Team Test with a huge 79.44%, before taking first place in the Junior Team Test with Denford Surprise. The Young Rider Team test was won by Victoria Appleyard with Sir Willy.
British vaulters took to the German arena in Verden over the weekend to compete in the CVIO4* Nations Cup competition. In the individual female class Hannah Eccles (aboard WH Bentley, lunged by John Eccles) finished fifth, with Lucy Phillips (with Pitucelli, lunged by Elizabeth Phillips) eighth; whilst in the individual male class, Andrew McLachlan took eighth.