CSI5* Hong Kong
It was a great weekend for Britain’s John Whitaker as he placed top of the podium twice out in Hong Kong (12-15 February). His weekend began with a third placed finish in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy class on Friday – an accumulator and Longines ranking class – aboard Argento, owned by Clare Whitaker.
The talented combination finished top of an all British podium after winning Saturday’s Gucci Gold Cup. With ten riders heading forward into the jump-off, it was John’s time of 40.70 seconds that secured the win just ahead of UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development rider Jessica Mendoza, who proved she is one to watch after finishing just 0.62 seconds behind the winning time, to secure second with Mr John Roberts and Mrs Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit T.
Completing the British trio was world number one Scott Brash, with Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris’s Hello Annie. The duo had posted a second placed finish earlier that weekend in the Longines Speed Challenge, finishing just 0.25 seconds behind France’s Julien Epaillard.
Partnering Lord of Arabia, owned by Old Lodge, in the Massimo Dutti Tropy class John Whitaker also notched up a third placed finish, with Roger Yves Bost (Nikyta d’Elle) taking the win.
The Longines Grand Prix rounded-off the weekend’s competition and saw another great win secured by John. Again riding Argento, the combination took the win ahead of Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Simon Delestre, whilst Scott Brash finished fifth with Hello M’Lady, owned by Lady Kirkham.
CSI3* Winter Equestrian Festival, Florida
Ben Maher enjoyed some good placings over the weekend out in Florida; aboard Wyndmont’s Valinski S, the duo posted a third placed finish in Friday’s Salamander Hotels & Resorts CSI2*, as the win went to Kent Farrington.
Ben also secured a fifth placing in the Ruby et Violette class with new ride Valinski S and another fifth with Dark Knight, owned by Legacy Stables LLC, in the 1.45m Speed class.
Out on the European circuits, Sam Hutton enjoyed a win in the Grand Prix at the CSI2* in Roosendaal, The Netherlands, with Heidi Du Ruisseau Z owned by Dunwalke. On the Sunshine Tour, Tim Page secured a number of good placings and a win in the Big Class with Steady The Helm, ahead of Guy Williams on Cantho Z.
Laura Renwick was amongst a host of British riders taking part out at the CSI2* in Mijas, Spain and produced some great riding to secure a fourth (Rembrandt Blue, owned by David Rogers) and fifth place (Bintang II, owned by Mr & Mrs Renwick) in yesterday’s Grand Prix. Great Britain’s Lara Whiteway, Emily Renouf and Steven Franks all also enjoyed a number of good placings throughout the show.