CSI5* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, St Gallen, Switzerland
The team of Dan Neilson, Spencer Roe, Robert Whitaker and Guy Williams, produced superb rounds to take the win in the ninth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, Division One show, staged in St Gallen this weekend.
On his 5* debut, Spencer Roe kept his cool to record just a single time penalty in both rounds. With three clear rounds notched-up on the scoreboard, Great Britain finished just a single fault ahead of the Spanish team to record their first win of the 2014 season.
CSI3* Eindhoven, The Netherlands
UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development rider Jessica Mendoza finished second in the Eindhoven Grand Prix on Sunday (1 June). Riding her mother Sarah’s and John Roberts’ Spirit T, the combination finished just behind Germany’s Tim Hoster, after producing two superb clear rounds.
Jessica also won the Eindhoven 1.50m Derby with her mother’s Ramiro De Belle Vue, producing a fast clear in the jump-off to finish just ahead of fellow Brit William Funnell, riding Billy Onslow.
CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour, Hamburg
Last week saw the Longines Global Champions Tour head to Hamburg, for the next instalment of thrilling 5* competition. Britain’s Scott Brash and Ben Maher lined up against an international field for Saturday’s LGCT Grand Prix. With the top four riders all producing three stunning clears in Rounds A, B and the jump-off, it was Germany’s Katrin Eckermann who took the win ahead of Ben and Cella (owned by Jane Clark), with Scott finishing third aboard Hello Sanctos (owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham).
John Whitaker proved a force to be reckoned with in Friday’s CSI5* 1.50m Table A Against the Clock class. Riding Argento, owned by his wife Clare Whitaker, the combination took the win after posting a clear in a fast time of 53.48 seconds, to finish 12 seconds ahead of Portugal’s Luciana Diniz.
Tattersalls International Horse Trials, Ireland
British riders enjoyed good results at Tattersalls International Horse Trials at the weekend, with Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie, owned by Susan Holroyd, winning The Irish Field CCI3* ahead of fellow Brit Louise Harwood.
There was further British success in the CIC3*, as UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development rider Millie Dumas (on her own and Susan Larson’s Artistiek) finished second just 1.8 penalties behind New Zealand’s Tim Price. Millie went on to win the CCI2* U25 class with The Duke of Cavan, owned by Natalie Stevens.
It was a British top-three in the Land Rover CCI1* and the Eventing Ireland CCI2*- with Gemma Tattersall (Quicklook) taking the win ahead of William Fox-Pitt (Luxury FH) and Piggy French (Seapatrick Dark Cruise).
CVI3* Moorsele, Belgium
More good results were recorded across the board for Britain’s vaulters this weekend, as they competed out at the CVI3* in Moorsele, Belgium, as Joanne Eccles continued her good form, posting a win in the senior Individual Female class with a commanding score of 8.379. It was a British top three, as fellow Brit Lucy Phillips finished close behind with 7.839, whilst Joanne’s sister Hannah slotted into third after posting a score of 7.642.
Junior vaulter Andrew McLachlan competed against the senior ranks and finished an impressive seventh, in a competitive and French dominated field.
South Scotland Select, lunged by Rebecca Hewit posted a solid score to take fifth in the competitive senior squad competition.
Moorsele also highlighted the strength coming through vaulting in the junior ranks, with good placings for junior males Antholl Pettinger and Harry Cox in the CVI2* event, and for Sophie Aitchison and Shannon Purves in the individual female class. In the CVI1* senior class Lesley Campbell took the top honours against an international field, whilst the junior event saw good results for Molyl Turner and Rebecca Kinghorn.
CDI 3* Compiègne, France
Gareth Hughes enjoyed a successful outing in Compiègne at the weekend with DV Stenkjers Nadonna (owned by Jane Brewin), recording a win in Saturday’s Grand Prix, before going on to also take the win in Sunday’s Grand Prix Special, after posting an impressive 74.115%. Daniel Sherriff took first place in the Grand Prix Freestyle with a score of 72.525% with his own Bayford Hall Dallaglio.
Phoebe Peters continued to dominate in the Pony competition, with wins in all three classes – Team, Individual and Freestyle, riding Tracy Peters’ SL Lucci. Alexandra Hellings (Der Kleine Lord), Bethany-Rose Horobin (Gigolo) and Lara Kuropatwa (Le Chiffre) also posted impressive results throughout the weekend.
Somerford Premier League
Carl Hester (Dances with Wolves) and Michael Eilberg (Woodlander Farouche and Marakov) were among the entries at the weekend’s Premier League show. Both put in impressive performances in their respective classes, with Carl taking the win in the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special over the weekend with +75% scores.
In the Young Rider classes Olivia Oakeley and Ryan Todd both put in good tests, with Charlotte Fry taking both first and second placings in the Junior Team test with Z Flemmenco and Remming respectively.