ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW
CSI3* Alltech Grand Prix for the King of Bahrain Trophy
British riders filled the top three places in Sunday’s Grand Prix, with Robert Whitaker claiming first place ahead of UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme riders William Whitaker and Daniel Neilson, who took second and third place respectively.
Robert secured the win on his mother’s (Clare Whitaker) stallion, Catwalk IV, after posting a double clear in a time of 37.97 seconds, over a second ahead of cousin William. Riding Elisan Ab’s 11 year old gelding, Fandango, William finished with a double clear in a jump-off time of 39.46 seconds. Dan Nielson completed the British 1-2-3, again riding Miss Stacey Willsone’s Varo M, producing a double clear in a time of 41.85 seconds.
CSI3* The Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup
UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme rider, Daniel Neilson finished best of the Brits in Saturday’s competitive CSI3* class. Riding Miss Stacey Willsone’s 12 year old gelding, Varo M, the combination picked up four faults during the jump-off in a time of 45.54 seconds taking fifth place in a class that only saw four double clears. The title went to Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al Sharbatly on Tobalio, who produced a clear round in 44.38 seconds on Tobalio.
CSI3* Falcon Stakes
Great Britain occupied placings second to fifth in the CSI3* Falcon stakes, the title went to Ireland’s Shane Breen and Farao van T Vennehof, who beat Britain’s John Whitaker and Old Lodge’s Lord of Arabia in to second. Peter Charlers (Olga White’s Murkas Nevada), William Funnell (Julie Slade’s Billy Angelo) and Robert Whitaker (Miss Many Hall and Mrs Clare Whitaker’s, USA Today) made up third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
CSIO5* FEI FURUSIYYA NATIONS CUP, LA BAULE, FRANCE
The second leg of the FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup, hosted this weekend in France, saw Great Britain come away with third place after picking up a team total of 12 penalties. The team, consisting of experienced and new combinations; Ben Maher (Jane F. Clarke’s Urico), Joe Clee (Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro D’Ecaussines), Tim Gredley (Unex Competition Yard Ltd’s Unex Chamberlain) and Michael Whitaker (Mrs B Mertens and his own Amai II), finished behind winning home nation, France, and second placed Belgium.
Great Britain’s first point scoring opportunity in Division 1 will be next week (22 – 25 May 2014) at the CSI5* Rome, Italy, click HERE for the Team GBR squad that will be heading out for the third leg of the Nations Cup.
Click HERE for more information and current standings on the 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Series.
CSIO3* FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup, Odense, Denmark
Division 2 of the FEI Nations Cup saw Great Britain field a team of promising young athletes which included; Sport England lottery funded BEF Excel Talent programme rider Holly Gillott (Graham Smith’s Dougie Douglas), UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme rider, Jessie Drea (Lynne Humphries and Equine America’s Touchable), alongside Tim Page (Sue Hodgson’s Santa Cruise II) and Harriet Nuttall (her father’s, Rupert Nuttall, A Touch Imperious). Solid performances by all riders secured them the win with a team total of 12 penalties, giving them a four penalty advantage over Belgium and Switzerland, who finished in joint second.
CSI3* Grand Prix of Denmark
The BEF Excel Talent programme rider, Holly Gillott, continued her winning weekend by claiming the top spot in the Grand Prix of Denmark on her Nations Cup ride, Dougie Douglas. Holly piloted the 9 year old chestnut gelding to an impressive double clear in a time of 38.01 seconds to take the win ahead of the French rider Marie Demonte and Rhune d'Eusakdi.
CHILDREN ON HORSES AND PONY NATIONS CUP, BONHEIDEN, BELGIUM
The Team Fairfax Children Nations Cup team of Tara Brytt (Valerie B), Scarlett Charles (Cherona Z), Jack Whitaker (Lillibet) and Will Edwards (R Candy), pulled out a winning performance at the European show. The British riders, all aged under 14 competing on horses, contested a tough 1.25m track to finish with the lowest total of penalties to take the win ahead of home nation, Belgium.
The Team Fairfax Pony Nation Cup team also enjoyed a winning weekend as Harry Charles (Aroldo), Jared Lunn (Javis Alun), Leonie Aitkenhead (Newtown Sampson) and Charlotte Ash (Aughnashammer) claimed victory for Great Britain. Completing on a team score of 17 penalties the British riders took the win over The Netherlands, who finished on a total score of 21 penalties.
ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW
CDI3* Grand Prix
It was a Great Britain top five at the CDI3* Grand Prix over the weekend, with world number one, Charlotte Dujardin, scoring 76.960% to take the win on Mr Carl Hester and Mrs Sasha Stewart’s, Uthopia. Michael Eilberg and Mr Jon and Mrs Julie Deverill’s, Half Moon Delphi, secured second place on a score of 72.900%, while third place went to Carl Hester on Mrs J De La Mere and his own, Nip Tuck, finishing less than a percent behind Eilberg on 71.660%.
UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme riders completed the top five, with Nikki Crisp producing a score of 71.020% on her own Pasoa for fourth place and Lara Griffith taking fifth on Dr and Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s, Andretti H, with a score of 70.080%.
CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
The top three combinations remained the same for the Grand Prix Freestyle with Charlotte Dujardin and Uthopia this time gaining a massive 83.675% for first place, second place again went to Michael Eilberg and Half Moon Delphi on a score of 79.400% while Carl Hester and Nip Tuck produced a score of 75.725% to take third.
CHATSWORTH INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
The CIC3* Dodson and Horrell Challenge was a truly international event with six nations represented in the top ten alone; the best British result went to Izzy Taylor and Mrs Di Davies, Mrs Irene Graham and Mrs Anita Dalton’s, Orlando. After leading the dressage phase on an impressive score of 37.5 penalties, Izzy added nothing to her score from the showjumping phase and picked up just 13.6 time penalties from the cross country phase to finish in third place. The Dodson and Horrell Challenge trophy went to Ireland’s Sarah Ennis on Stellor Rebound, whilst a double clear from French rider Cedric Lyard and Cadeay Du Roi was enough to take second place.