This weekend saw competition action from GBR Junior and Young Riders dressage teams at the European Championships, success for world number one Scott Brash at the eighth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour plus big scores from British para-equestrian dressage riders at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage.
CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour, Cascais, Portugual
World number one, Scott Brash, continued to show top form at the eighth leg of the Global Champions Tour. Brash claimed the win in both the Cascais 2014 CSI5* 1.50m and Cascais 2014 CSI5* 1.60m Grand Prix on Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s, Hello Sanctos.
Nick Skelton’s London 2012 team gold medallist ride, Big Star, was also in action at the Portuguese show, after picking up four penalties in the jump-off round, Skelton and Mrs Beverley Widdowson’s bay stallion finished third in the Cascais Grand Prix.
Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, Falsterbo, Sweden
Sweden hosted round six of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup this weekend, Britain’s team; Joe Clee (Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro D Ecaussines), Spencer Roe (Mrs S Roe’s Wonder Why), Robert Whitaker (Clare Whitaker and John Whitaker’s Catwalk IV) and Peter Charles (Olga White’s Murka'S Odie de Frevent), picked up a total of 18 penalties to leave them in sixth place, with the win going to Germany on a score of seven penalties.
Junior and Young Rider European Dressage Championships, Arezzo, Italy
GB’s Junior European dressage team posted a total of 209.649% to take fifth place at last week’s championship competition, with Germany taking gold on a score of 220.432%. The British team; Jessica Gale, Maisie Scruton, Erin Williams and Charlotte Fry are all members of the Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme.
The Young Rider team; Jessica Knapton plus UK Sport World Class Development Programme riders Gabrielle Lucas, Ryan Todd and Olivia Oakeley finished in sixth place after scoring a team total of 205.395%. Olivia Oakeley riding Katie Oakeley and her own chestnut gelding, Donna Summer, also collected individual sixth place and her third personal best of the competition in the Young Rider Freestyle with a score of 74.70%.
CDI3* Festival of Dressage, Hartpury, Gloucestershire
Numerous British riders were competing at the Festival of Dressage this weekend, the feature class - Cusionbed FEI Grand Prix Special, went to Carl Hester on Mrs De La Mere and his own, Nip Tuck. With a score of 72.451%, Carl claimed first place by over 6% ahead of Katherine Bateson Chandler for the USA. Full results from across the event can be found at: http://www.hartpury.ac.uk/Equine/Equine-Event-Schedule-and-Results/July-2014
CPEDI3* Festival of Dressage, Hartpury, Gloscestershire
Para-Equestrian Dressage riders were also out competing at the five day festival with wins coming from our London 2012 medallists. In the FEI Para Freestyle Test, Grade II went to Natasha Baker and Cabral (78.850%), Grade Ia was won by Sophie Christiansen on Janeiro 6 (82.150%), Lee Pearson took Grade Ib on Zion (83.200%) and Sophie Wells and Velerius claimed the grade IV title (80.200%). Canada’s Anne Sheffield took the Grade III win with GB’s Nicky Greenhill finishing a very close second.
World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, Germany
Recently announced GB squad member for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games vaulting squad member, Joanne Eccles, took the individual female title out at this weekend’s CHIO Aachen after posting an impressive score of 8.322. The win makes it Joannes sixth Aachen Individual title in a row, breaking her own previous record of five wins in a row from 2013.
Joanne followed this up with fellow WEG squad member and sister, Hannah Eccles, in the Pas de Deux class, where the combination claimed second place with a score of score of 8.419 points. There was more success in the Nations Cup competition as the team; Lucy Phillps and Andrew Mclachlan and the English Vaulting Squad claimed fourth place with a team score of 22.861 points, with the win going to Germany after scoring a team total of 25.586.
Endurance Young Rider Europeans, Verona, Italy
British endurance rider Alice Loten with Warrens Hill Kizmet finished in the top 20 this weekend at the Young rider European championships, with first place going to Spain’s Gil Berenguer Carrera. Our other British representative Brett Corcoran (Bashir Shamyr) sadly had to pull out at vet gate three.