Weekend Round-Up: 3 August 2014

4th Aug 2014

There were three Nations Cup events this weekend with both division one and two in the jumping series and the sixth and final leg of the dressage league. Equestrian Team GBR ponies compiled an impressive medal tally at their 2014 FEI European Championships in Ireland and The Festival of British Eventing also took place at Gatcombe Park.

 

EVENTING
The Festival of British Evening, Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire

Francis Whittington and Catherine Witt's grey gelding, Easy Target, were crowned British National Champions this weekend after finishing second behind New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson in the British Open Championships. Following a leading dressage score of 35.6 penalties, Francis added nothing from the showjumping phase and just 4.4 time penalties from the cross country to complete on a score of 40 penalties.

Full Results

 

SHOWJUMPING
Division One CSI5* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, Hickstead, West Sussex

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead hosted round 16 of the Furusiyya Nations Cup series this weekend, Great Britain managed a sixth place finish with the USA claiming victory. UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development programme rider Jessie Drea (Touchable) and Ben Maher (Wings Sublieme) picked up just 4 faults from both rounds of the competition, whilst team mates Guy Williams (Zaire) and Robert Whitaker (Catwalk IV) had slightly more disappointing rounds clocking up a number of faults each.

Next weekend will see the last round of the competition get underway at the Dublin Horse Show, Ireland, ahead of the final in October.

Full Results

Division Two CSI3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, Gijon, Spain

Great Britain produced a top three finish in Round 17 of the Division two Jumping Nations Cup series; completing on a team score of 15 faults the British team slotted into third place, just behind Switzerland (13 faults) and winners USA (eight faults). 

Sport England National Lottery funded BEF Excel Talent Programme rider Holly Gillott (Dougie Douglas) produced two clear jumping rounds at the Spanish Nations Cup event, but unfortunately collected one time penalty in each round, whilst Yasmin Pinchen (Ashkari) similarly fell foul to the tight time, jumping clear but also collecting a time penalty from her second round of jumping.

Robert Bevis (Pebbles IV) collected nine faults from his first round of jumping but helped to secure the team their third placing by producing a faultless second round. The experienced Laura Renwick (Bintang II) completed the team and picked up just four faults from their first round of jumping.

Full Report

DRESSAGE
CDIO3* FEI Nations Cup Dressage, Hickstead, West Sussex

Carl Hester (Fine Time 13), Nikki Crisp (Pasoa) Michael Eilberg (Marakov) and UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Lara Griffith (Andretti H), completed on a team total of 139.350 to finish just 0.752 points behind round six winners - Denmark. Carl Hester produced GB’s top score with an impressive 73.640% whilst Lara, Michael and Nikki all posted +65% scores to secure the team runner up position.

The Hickstead leg of the Nations Cup saw the final round of the Dressage series for 2014 and put Great Britain into equal fourth in the overall league standings (alongside Germany and the USA), whilst The Netherlands claimed the series victory on a total of 43 points.

Full Results

PONIES
FEI European Championship for Ponies, Millstreet, Ireland
EVENTING

There were medals galore for the GBR Pony representatives at the 2014 European Championships, Eventing saw two silver medals with the team of Isabelle Upton (Alfie XI), Oliver Williams (Bobnamara), Thomas Tulloch (Spirit IV) and Chelsea Pearce (Catherston Nutsafe), claiming silver just 8.8 penalties behind team champions, France. Isabelle Upton and Alfie XI also picked up individual silver after finishing on her impressive dressage score of 38.30 penalties.

Full Results - Team

Full Results - Individual

 

DRESSAGE

The pony dressage team of Rebecca Bell (Valido’s Sunshine), Alexandra Hellings (Der Kleine Lord), Bethany-Rose Horobin (Gigolo) and Phoebe Peters (SI Lucci), continued the theme by taking team silver on a total of 222.256 points, gold went to Germany claiming the win by just 3.077 over Great Britain.

Alexandra Hellings followed up her team silver with a bronze medal in the Individual competition with a score of 74.756%, whilst Phoebe Peters scored a massive 78.700% in the Individual Freestyle to take silver behind Germany’s Semmieke Rothenberger.

Full Results - Team

Full Results - Individual Competition

Full Results - Individual Freestyle

 

SHOWJUMPING

Harry Charles (Aroldo), Charlotte Ash (Aughnashammer), Alex Gill (Ammanwalley Santino) and Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme rider Emily Ward (King Mac) were narrowly squeezed out of medal position in the jumping team competition following a closely fought jump-off with Germany.  With the gold (France) and silver (Ireland) medals already decided it was down to GB and Germany to jump-off for the bronze medal. Both teams secured three clear jumping rounds but it was Germany who stopped the clock fastest to claim third place leaving GBR in fourth.

After picking up just four penalties out of the five jumping rounds required, Harry Charles was top of the British riders as he took fifth place in the final individual jumping competition. Ninon Castex of France claimed individual gold with a total of three faults meaning it was left to the four riders, including Harry, to jump off for silver and bronze medals. A clear round in a time of 39.74 seconds left Harry in fifth place overall.

Full Results - Team

Full Results - Individual

 

WEG NEWS – TEAM ANNOUNCEMENTS

With just over two weeks to go until the start of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, seven of the eight teams have now been announced, following the selection of the eventing and vaulting teams four more squads have now been selected;

• British Dressage have announced both the DRESSAGE and PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE teams

• Endurance GB have named the ENDURANCE representatives

• British Carriagedriving have selected the DRIVING squad 

Click on individual disciplines for more details on each team announcement.

If you’re heading out to Normandy for the competition, visit the official event website, for useful information on transport, parking and venue guides: www.normandy2014.com