Both set in the grounds of two of Britain’s most iconic estates, the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, which also hosted the first leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM), took place this weekend and a number of British riders made the top spot on the podium.
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Charlotte Dujardin was on winning form at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show. She and Erlentanz produced a beautiful test in the The Al Shira’aa Grand Prix Dressage and the The Al Shira'aa Grand Prix Freestyle to Music, to take first place in each class. Charlotte and Erlentanz, owned by Sonnar Murray Brown, scored 78.087% in the Grand Prix and an astounding 81.9% in the Freestyle. Fellow Olympic and World Equestrian Games (WEG) teammate, Carl Hester, finished second in the Grand Prix riding crowd favourite Nip Tuck.
Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny fought off tough competition in the Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King's Cup to finish in the top position. Holly, who competed in Tryon in the World Equestrian Games for the British Showjumping Team also won the Manama Speed Stakes on board Fruselli.
Ben Maher, riding stallion Tic Tac placed second in the Kings Cup. Ben also partnered Ginger Blue to victory earlier in the week, to win the Land Rover Stakes (Senior 1.45m Open Jumping Competition).
Holly Smith’s (WEG) teammate, William Funnel also had a winning weekend. He not only topped the Jumping Competition for 6 Year Old Horses with Billy Everest he also placed third in the Rolex Grand Prix, making him the highest placed British rider in the class, seeing off competition from the likes of Scott Brash and Robert Whitaker.
For the full list of results, head to: https://www.rwhs.co.uk/
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials
On the 11 and 12 of May, the first leg of this seasons Event Rider Masters (ERM) series took place at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. The course was formidable and the optimum time was tight but Laura Collett and London 52, who led the way after the dressage saw off tough competition to finish top of the podium.
Riding his Belton's Grantham Cup CCI4*-S winner, Tom McEwen completed the cross country with just 4.4 time penalties, rocketing them from eighth place to second place aboard Figaro Van Het Broekxhof.
Also competing at the Dodson & Horrell International Horse Trials was Piggy French fresh from her win at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Her brilliant run of form continued with a double of wins. The 38-year-old followed up her victory with two, two-star section wins, on Sportsfield Top Notch, owned by herself and partner Tom March’s March Stud and Alison Swinburn’s Brookfield Quality.
To see a full list of results from the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials, go to https://bit.ly/2HhxfMf