CIC3* Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Great Britain:
In the fifth leg of the Event Rider Masters series, Oliver Townend recorded his second consecutive win of the series with Sally-Anne Egginton’s, Cillnabradden Evo after finishing on a total of 45.2 penalties. The pair received a score of 42.8 penalties from the dressage phase before going clear in the jumping and picking up just 2.4 penalties in the cross country which was enough to finish top. Tom McEwen took second place with Diesel, owned by Mr and Mrs B Johnson whilst Gemma Tattersall, back following her outing for Team GB in Rio, finished third with Caroline Teltsch’s Santiago Bay.
In the CCI3* class, Nicola Wilson finished top of the leader board after leading from start to finish with Annie Clover, owned by Mary and Barry Tweddle. The pair finished on their dressage score of 60.7 penalties whilst Oliver Townend took second and third place with ODT Ghareeb (Kathleen Wilkinson & Rachel Wood) and Lanfranco (Val and Peter Ryan). Elsewhere in the CIC3*class, Flora Harris took first place with Bayano, owned by Caroline Harris, finishing on 42.8 penalties whilst Oliver Townend recorded another podium finish this time with Dunbeau, owned by Peter John Windus, scoring 50.2 penalties.
CIC3* Millstreet, Ireland:
Izzy Taylor claimed victory in the CIC3* competition on board, Be Touchable, owned by Sophie Dodds after leading from start to finish, taking the win with a score of 39.5 penalties after faultless jumping and cross country displays. Laura Collett also finished inside the top five with Clive Smith’s Pamero 4, scoring 52.7 penalties after picking up just four penalties in the cross country.
In the CIC2*, Harry Meade took the top spot after finishing with 43.4 penalties with Vrolijk, owned by Anne Champman whilst also claiming fourth place with Monsieur Thomas Carlile’s Ternareze.
CSIO5* NC Gijon, Spain:
Great Britain’s jumpers topped the leader board in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, edging the hosts Spain who claimed second whilst The Netherlands finished third. Tim Stockdale (Fleur De L’Aube, owned by Mrs Marjorie Glasgow and Mr Clark Glasgow), Samuel Hutton (Happdam, owned by Sabine Daems) and Robert Bevis (Courtney Z) all recorded a clear over the two rounds and finished on a final total of 16 penalties as Spain took second place with 17 penalties.
In the other classes, Robert Smith topped 1.40m accumulator with Cimano E, owned by Mrs Rebecca Ravilious after posting a time of 53.18 seconds, finishing narrowly ahead of Ireland’s Dermott Lennon and Vampire who clocked a time of 53.74 seconds. Tim Stockdale just missed out on the top spot with Fleur De L’Aube in the 1.60m Asturias Trophy after being one of only two riders to produce a double clear. In the final round, Tim stopped the clock on 41.50 seconds but Egypt’s Abdel Said finished bang on 40 seconds to take first place.
CSI5* St. Moritz, Switzerland:
Michael Whitaker took second place in Sunday’s Grand Prix after a thrilling five way jump off. On board Viking, owned by Miss M Braybrooke, the pair posted a double clear and stopped the clock on 40.35 seconds in the jump off but they were just thwarted by the American pair, Kent Farrington and Creedance who went round in 39.56 seconds. Michael also posted a double clear in Saturday’s 1.55m Maxinos competition with JB’s Hot Stuff, owned by Jayne Bean and the class was decided with a seven way jump off. Michael finished in sixth place as the win went to Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca.
Elsewhere, Scott Brash and Hello Guv’Nor finished top of 1.50m against the clock class after going clear in 65.18 seconds.
CSI4* Zandhoven, Belgium:
Jessica Mendoza returned to action following her outing at the Rio as Team GB’s travelling jumping reserve taking second place in the 1.50m against the clock class with Spirit T, owned by Sarah Mendoza. Jessica also recorded a double clear in another 1.50m class with Pappa Milena’s, Constance. The pair finished in eighth place after going round in just under forty seconds in a competitive class.
CSI4* Valence, France:
It was a fantastic weekend for Laura Renwick out in Valence as she took wins in two classes. In the 1.45m Prix Mercedes, Laura went clear with Bintang II, posting a time of 32.11 seconds and this was followed by another strong performance in the 1.50m Prix Axeria where Laura posted another clear with Heliodor Hybris, owned by Colin Bates. The pair went round in a time of 61.15 seconds, finishing narrowly ahead of the native, Louis Bouhana who recorded a time of 61.21 seconds. It was a similar story in the 1.50m Prix MMA/SFAM as Laura finished ahead of Bouhana again by 0.02 seconds to take second place but it was Roger Yves Bost who took the win.
CIC stands for Concours International Combine and is an international one date event with dressage the first phase and either showjumping or cross country may be the final of the three phases. Competitions are given a star rating (*) in terms of difficulty; the higher the star, the higher the level of training and skill required.
CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more prestigous the show.