CSI5* Madrid, Spain:
Ben Maher and Jessica Mendoza both enjoyed wins on the Longines Global Champions Tour in Madrid as Scott Brash finished on the podium in Sunday’s Grand Prix.
In Friday’s UAX Trophy 1.55m class Ben Maher produced a superb double clear to clinch victory on board his and Tatiana Korsakova’s Diva II. In a very competitive jump-off made up of eleven pairs, Ben and his mount finished in a very quick 33.77 seconds to edge Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara into second.
On the following day Jessica Mendoza claimed the top spot in the two star Hola Trophy 1.45m class; finishing three seconds clear of the rest of the field. Aboard Pappa Milena’s Constance, the pair recorded a clear round, stopping the clock on 52.76 seconds to take the victory.
In Sunday’s Grand Prix, five pairs from a field of 40 combinations recorded double clears including Scott Brash and Hell M’Lady, owned by Lady Kirkham who claimed third. Scott and his mount cleared the final fence in 44.04 seconds to finish just under a second behind the winner, Marcus Ehning and Comme II Faut who recorded a time of 43.56 seconds.
CSI4* Stockholm, Sweden:
John Whitaker entertained the crowds at the Sweden International Horse Show on Friday night after topping the leaderboard in the 1.45m class. On board his mount Argento, John produced a fantastic double clear and a time of 35.57 seconds in the final round to finish ahead of the native, Angelie Von Essen and Newton Abbot who took second place. John also claimed fourth place with Argento in Saturday’s 1.50m class after posting another clear in 60.42 seconds.
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.