CICO3* EQ Life Houghton International, Norfolk
Great Britain took third place at the home leg of the eventing Nation Cup series this weekend, after a commanding New Zealand team claimed the win on a total of 138.6 penalties, with Germany slotting into second place on a score of 156.4 penalties. The British team, which consisted of three UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme riders; David Doel (Maggie Doel, Jane James and his own Koyuna Sun Magic), Dani Evans (Luna Edge’s Smart Time) and Emily Llewellyn (Cindy Llewellyn’s Junior II), competed alongside Rosalind Canter (with her own Zenshera) to finish the third leg of the series on a total score of 161.2 penalties.
CSIO5* Rome, Italy
Last week (23 May 2014) Italy hosted the first point scoring opportunity for Great Britain in the 2014 Nations Cup series. A strong first round saw the British team of Scott Brash (Lord and Lady P Harris and Lady P Kirkman’s Hello Sanctos), Joe Clee (Ludwig Criel’s Diablesse de Muze), Ben Maher (Jane Clark’s Cella) and Michael Whitaker (Miss M Braybrooke’s Viking), take the lead after producing three clear rounds for a team score of zero. Unfortunate faults from all four riders in the second round left the British team in fourth place on a final score of 20 penalties, Belgium took the win with a team total of just 8 faults.
Michael Whitaker enjoyed a second placing with Viking V in Sunday’s Rome Grand Prix, after a superb round saw the duo finish just 0.02 seconds behind Canada’s Eric Lamaze.
Junior and Young Rider Nations Cup, Deauville, France
Team Fairfax followed up their success from the previous week at Bonheiden Nations Cup with more top placings for both the Junior and Young rider teams, this time in Deauville.
Chloe Smith (Bavi), Christie Pritchard (Waldemar), UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme rider Jake Saywell (Grand Cru Van Paemel), and Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent programme rider Millie Allen (Senator Cantino II), made up the strong Team Fairfax Junior squad scoring a team total of just 4 penalties which placed them second behind The Netherlands who finished on zero penalties.
The Team Fairfax Young Riders - Rebecca Marsh (Nelson Z), Alfie Bradstock (Wilhelmus S), UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development programme rider, Abigail Newbury (PX Darco), and Sport England lottery funded BEF Excel Talent programme rider, Laura Robinson (Jonti) - also placed well at the show, with a total of nine faults securing the team second place, just two penalties behind the winning host nation, France.
CAI2* Hopetoun Driving Trials, Scotland
Carriage drivers were welcomed to a dry but cool Scottish show which hosted the FEI 2* class, alongside their national event. Hopetoun presented excellent conditions and well-designed obstacles which made for good driving across the four days of competition (22 – 25 May 2014).
CRI3* Garden of England International Show, Bodiam, East Sussex
Reiners from across Europe were represented at this weekend’s international show with many hoping to secure qualifying scores for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG).