Oslo Horse Show, Norway
Michael Whitaker was victorious in the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo on Saturday, taking the win after a spectacular twenty-one rider jump-off. Riding Melissa Braybrooke’s twelve year old chestnut gelding Viking, the pair put in a superb performance round Uliano Vezzani’s technical course to take the win just two hundredths of a second quicker than The Netherland’s Jur Vrieling (Flash Dance V. Kalevallei), who had lead for much of the competition.
Elsewhere at the competition, UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development rider Joe Clayton put in some impressive performances. After finishing third in the Puissance with Noctambule Courcelle (owned by Mrs Elaine Annis); Joe went on to win the CSI2* Oxer Eiendom Grand Prix, finishing a hundreth of a second faster than Norwegian Benedikte Serigstad Endresen after a five rider jump-off.
Vilamoura Champions Tour, Portugal
The final week of the Vilamoura Champions Tour culminated on a Sunday with a superb result for GBR riders as Ben Maher took the title in the CSI3* Grand Prix riding Diva II, owned by Tatiana Korsakova. In a thrilling finale Britain’s Laura Renwick took second with Mr David Roger’s Rembrandt Blue whilst Nick Skelton enjoyed a fifth placing aboard Starlight Farms LLC’s Raia D’Helby.
Earlier in the week Laura Renwick had enjoyed numerous top placings, with a win in Thursday and Saturday’s Table A 1.30m Against the Clock competitions with Mr J Renwick and her own bay mare Little Pleasure. She went on to take the win in the 1.30m class on Sunday with Mr John Renwick and Mrs Marian Renwick’s Beluga. Thursday’s Table A Against the Clock 1.45m class, saw Laura take the win with Rembrant Blue, after posting a quick time of 34.06 seconds in the jump-off.
Asten CSI2*Grand Prix, Belgium
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Chloe Aston took pole position in the CSI2* Grand Prix in Asten, Belgium this weekend. On board her longstanding ride Mrs J Aston's Kolibri Classic the pair produced a five second divide above the rest of the field after jumping a double clear in a time of 35.37 seconds. Second place went to the only other rider achieving a double clear in Sunday's Grand Prix, Alexandra Fricker of Switzerland and Victorio 5 who posted a jump off time of 41.51 seconds.
Mondial du Lion, FEI World Championship for Young Horses, France
Le Lion-d’Aners, France, welcomed the World Championships for seven (CCI**) and six (CCI*) year old eventing horses at the weekend. In the seven year old class it was UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development rider Tom McEwen with Toledo de Kerser (Diamant de Semilly x Ariane Du Prieure II) owned by Frank and Jane Inns, who finished just behind France’s Thomas Carlile and Tenareze (Jaguar Mai x Utopie Du Maury) on his dressage score. Fellow Programme rider Laura Collett slotted into third with Clive Smith’s Pamero 4 (Perigueux x Rita).
There were a total of five Brits in the top ten, as Piggy French with Carpe Diem IV (Vittorio x Odilin) took fifth, Oliver Townend on Cooley SRS (Ramiro B x Ballynattin Pride) ninth and Kitty King with Ceylor L A N (Vernon x Winanda LAN) tenth.
Highest placed GBR rider in the six year old class went to bronze medallist Piggy French with Cooley Dream Extreme (Cruising x The Dreamseeker) owned by Sara Fowler and Kate Walls. Fellow Brit Zoe Wilkinson placed sixth on Parkfield Breeding’s British bred gelding Parkfield Quintessential (Quicksilber x Carino Biene S.Z). Michael Jung took the six year old championship on Star Connection (Chacco-Blue x Sunside).