CSI2* Oliva Autumn Tour 2014, Spain
Jessica Mendoza picked up a host of top results at the Oliva Autumn Tour this weekend including a win in the Gold 3 1.40m Against the Clock class. Riding Sarah Mendoza’s Ramiro de Belle Vue the combination posted a quick time of 62.64 seconds to finish just ahead of France’s Aldric Cheronnet.
The UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider also took second place in the Gold 4 1.45m Against the Clock class and third in the Gold 4 Grand Prix 1.45m, both on board Mr John Roberts and Mrs Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit T, with the Grand Prix win going to fellow British Rider Geoff Luckett on Constant II.
Costa del Sol Equestrian Tour, Spain
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Chloe Aston enjoyed a good placings in this weekend’s Costa del Sol Equestrian Tour. Riding Mrs Joanne Aston’s Amigo T, Chloe took the win in the CSI2* Master Small Tour 1.25m class with a clear round in a time of 52.34 seconds. The combination then went on the claim third place in the CSI2* Master Tour 1.40m after producing a clear round in a quick time of 24.29 seconds. The win went to British rider Laura Renwick on Mr John Renwick and Mrs Marian Renwick’s Beluga, stopping the clock in a time of 23.80 seconds.
Laura continued her successful weekend by taking the win in the CSI2* Master Tour 1.40m class again riding the bay mare Beluga, the combination posted a double clear in a time of 37.49 seconds, finishing over 1.5 seconds ahead of second placed Cecilie Hattleand of Norway.
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The London International Horse Show, Olympia, London
This year’s London International Horse Show, Olympia takes place from 16-22 December and boasts a star-studded equine line up including a Medal Parade from the GBR Equestrian Team, including medallists of 2014 Junior and Young Riders through to the senior athletes out at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG).
There is also set to be an appearance from record breaking racehorse, Kauto Star and a Dressage Masterclasses from British riders, Michael Eilberg and Laura Tomlinson. The individual female World Champion from this year’s WEG, Britain’s Joanne Eccles, will also be carrying out a vaulting display which will include a performance with sister Hannah Eccles of their WEG bronze medal winning Pas de Deux routine.
New Performance Director announced
After an extensive search the British Equestrian Federation's (BEF) Chief Executive, Andrew Finding OBE, has named Dan Hughes as the organisation’s new Performance Director. Dan will take on the responsibility for the coordination and delivery of the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Programme for the disciplines of eventing, dressage, showjumping, and para-equestrian dressage and with it the hopes of the nation to deliver championship success for Great Britain’s equestrian teams at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.