CSIO5* Rome, Italy:
Great Britain’s showjumpers kicked off the weekend in style by clinching victory in the third leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, winning in Rome for the second year in a row. Ben Maher (Tic Tac, owned by Jane Forbes Clark and Ben Maher), Jessica Mendoza (Spirit T, owned by Sarah Mendoza), Michael Whitaker (Cassionato, owned by Beverley Widdowson) and John Whitaker (Ornellaia, owned by Team Harmony Management Co Ltd) all put in superb performances as Britain topped the standings with a total of four faults, with each of the team going clear in at least one of the two rounds. This was John’s first Nations Cup with Ornellaia and the 11 year-old mare showed no nerves as they headed into the arena as the last combination, and secured the win after posting a double clear round.
1. Great Britain 4 faults: Tic Tac (Ben Maher) 0/8, Spirit T (Jessica Mendoza) 0/4, Cassionato (Michael Whitaker) 9/0, Ornellaia (John Whitaker) 0/0.
2. USA 12 faults: Voyeur (Kent Farrington) 0/4, VDL Wizard (Callan Solem) 8/4, Zeremonie (Laura Kraut) 4/4, HH Azur (McLain Ward) 0/0.
2. France 12 faults: Hermes Ryan (Simon Delestre) 12/4, Reveue de Hurtebise HDC (Kevin Staut) 0/4, Vagabond de la Pomme (Penelope Leprevost) 0/0, Sydney Une Prince (Roger Yves Bost) 4/8.
4. Germany 14 faults: Van Gogh (Marco Kutscher) 4/0, Brooklyn 17 (Mario Stevens) 5/4, Lacan 2 (Patrick Stuhlmeyer) 8/1, Cornado NRW (Marcus Ehning) 0/4.
5. Netherlands 20 faults: SFN Zenith NOP (Jeroen Dubbeldam) 4/16, Emerald NOP (Harrie Smolders) 0/4, VDL Sirocco Blue NOP (Jur Vrieling) 0/4, Glock’s Cognac Champblanc NOP (Gerco Schroder) 8/8.
6. Canada 22 faults: First Choice 15 (Yann Candele) 8/4, Bellinda (Kara Chad) 5/9, Tripple X (Tiffany Foster) 0/13, Chacco Kid (Eric Lamaze) 4/0.
7. Sweden 24 faults: Yajamila (Henrik von Eckermann) 4/8, H&M Cue Channa 42 (Malin Baryard-Johnson) 0/0, Bonzai H (Helena Persson) 4/16, H&M Flip’s Little Sparrow (Peder Fredricsson) 8/8.
7. Italy 24 faults: Caspar 232 (Emanuele Gaudiano) 0/8, Ensor de Litrange (Lorenzo de Luca) 4/4, Ares (Emilio Bicocchi) 4/16, Casallo Z (Piergiorgio Bucci) 0/8.
Following this win, Great Britain move up to third in the overall standings in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping 2016 Europe Division 1.
1. France - 165
2. Netherlands - 160
3. Great Britain - 155
4. Germany - 135
5. Belgium - 50
6. Italy - 47.5
The next leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup will take place in Sopot, Poland from 9 – 12 June. Find out which athletes have been selected for Great Britain here.
John Whitaker continued his success on Saturday in the Table A Against the Clock class on board Lord of Arabia, owned by P.Sultan Saud, finishing third with zero faults whilst Michael Whitaker just missed out on the top spot in Sunday’s first class of the afternoon, to sit second with the top spot going to Italy’s Gianni Govoni.
CSI5* GCT/ CSI2* Chantilly, France:
Louise Pavitt recorded a second place finish in the Prix Matthieu TP 1.40m class after narrowly missing out on first to Maximilien Lemercier. Aboard David Simpson’s Fiona v/h Lemmenshof, the British combination were one of three riders from a field of 73 entrants to post a second round time under 30 seconds and just four tenths of a second split the top two.
On the Global Champions Tour, Scott Brash and Laura Renwick were unlucky not to progress past the first round in Saturday’s Grand Prix. Scott and Hello Forever, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, and Laura aboard Heliodor Hybris, owned by Colin Bates, both recorded times under 70 seconds in the first round but a number of faults meant they just missed the cut.
CSIO3* Lisbon, Portugal:
There was more jumping Nations Cup success for Great Britain in Lisbon as the team finished joint second with the hosts Portugal as Spain took the win. The team finished on 13 faults after good performances from Anna Edwards (Blazer B), Laura Robinson (Jonti, owned by Geoffrey Robinson and Neal Robi), Tim Wilks (Quelbora Merze, owned by Mme Virginie Martinot and Gaec Elevag) and Louise Saywell (Dassler, owned by Billy Twomey).
It was a particularly successful weekend for Anna who recorded five top ten finishes with her horse Chesterfield Z and Nicole Ferranti’s Bon Jovi, including a second place finish in Sunday’s Prize of Inapa 1.40m class. British riders Graham Lovegrove (Jakarta van de Roshoeve d''14, owned by Graham Lovegrove and M. Saywell) and Louise Saywell (Cobalt II, owned by Mick Saywell) finished in fifth and seventh place respectively.
CICO3*/ CCI2* Houghton Hall, Great Britain:
It was a brilliant weekend for Nicola Wilson at Houghton as she finished first and third in the three star eventing competition. The 39 year-old topped the standings with Mary Kemp’s and Janine Shewan’s, One Two Many after totalling 36.3 penalties in the dressage test before completing faultless rounds in the cross country and jumping phases. France’s Matthieu Van Landeghem secured second with Nicola taking third place with Mary and Barry Tweddle’s Annie Clover. Oliver Townend also had two rides finish in the top ten with Dromgurrihy Blue, owned by Michael Mcgrath and MHS King Joules, owned by Tom Joule finishing fifth and eighth respectively whilst Sarah Bullimore and Laura Collett both secured top ten finishes.
In the two star competition, Pippa Funnell came out on top from a British packed top five. Aboard Billy Walk On, owned by Nicholas and Barbara Walkinshaw, the pair scored 35.6 penalties in the dressage test and added no faults during the cross country and showjumping rounds. Harry Meade (Vrolijk, owned by Anne Chapman), Willa Newton (Caja 20, owned by the Caja 20 Syndicate) and Dominic Ruane (Whatever IV) finished behind New Zealand’s Tim Price who came second.
Elsewhere, World Class Podium Potential Rider, Will Furlong and Livingstone II were crowned National Young Rider Champions after posting 34.5 penalties to finish the competition the competition on their dressage score.
Somerford Park Premier League Dressage, Great Britain:
In the British Dressage Premier League, Spencer Wilton came out on top in the Grand Prix with Supanova with a final percentage of 73.10% finishing just ahead of Sara Gallop and Summerhouse. In the Grand Prix Special, Steph Croxford took first place with Mr Hyde as the pair scored 68.59%.