British boys put in a strong performance at Luhmühlen
The third CCI5* of the 2019 eventing calendar took place at Luhmühlen in Germany over the weekend. Attracting some of the best riders in the world, including a strong contingent of British riders, the title eventually went to Tim Price of New Zealand, who’s currently world number one, and the striking grey mare Ascona M. This means the trophy stays in Price hands, as Tim’s wife, Jonelle, was the previous winner.
Close on Tim’s heels, though, were two British riders. A clear showjumping round from Tom McEwen and Figaro van het Broekxhof took them from fourth after cross-country to eventual runners-up, slipping ahead of Alex Bragg and Zagreb.
Alex had been less than a pole behind Tim and Ascona M overnight, but Zagreb lowered the third from last fence, giving Tim the breathing room he needed to bring his mare home clear with time faults.
Another notable performance came from Team GBR’s Sarah Bullimore, who finished inside the top ten with both of her two rides. A pole down from the experienced Reve de Rouet dropped them from third to fifth, while Conpierre completed his first CCI5* in eighth.
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A Bolesworth bonanza
Despite health and safety concerns due to heavy rainfall meaning that the Bolesworth International Horse Show had to be closed to the general public, there was still plenty of top-class competition taking place over the course of the show. British riders put in a strong showing, clocking up some great results. These included…
- Charlotte Dujardin and Mount St John Freestyle scooped victory in the grand prix with a score of 80.35%, their first competitive outing since the World Equestrian Games last summer. Gareth Hughes and Classic Briolinca slotted into second, while Charlotte took the final spot on the podium with her second ride, Erlentanz – a ride she has taken over from Sonnar Murray-Brown while he’s sidelined through injury
- Charlotte and Freestyle followed their first win with another in the grand prix special, scoring 82.98%. This time it was Charlotte’s mentor, Carl Hester, and Hawtins Delicato who were runners-up, while Gareth and Classic Briolinca finished in third
- Charlotte wasn’t finished yet, though, as she rode Erlentanz to victory in the freestyle, scoring 84.1% – her best score on any horse since Valegro. Richard Davison took second place with Bubblingh, achieving the highest mark of his career – 78.79%. Click here to find out more
- Carl Hester took the inter I freestyle to music class riding Brioso. Jessica Dunn and Alicante Valley secured third place, while Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Davina slotted in behind them in fourth
- Gemma Tattersall convincingly won the eventing grand prix class with Santiago Bay. They finished eight seconds ahead of Jay Halim and Abrisco. Her victory means Gemma is through to the eventing grand prix final at the Liverpool International Horse Show in December
- Sussex-based Georgia Tame had a great Bolesworth. She took top honours in the four-star speed class with Z7 Canya Dance, then the pair finished as runners-up in the four-star two-phase class. On Sunday, they produced two stellar performances to win the four-star 1.40m table C class and 1.45m speed class. Click here to find out more
- Holly Smith, a regular face on Team GBR’s Nations Cups teams, and Hearts Destiny landed the four-star jump-off class. Richard Howley and Chinook finished just 43 hundredths of a second behind, while Harriet Nuttall and Galway Bay Jed finished in third. Click here to find out more
- Holly also shared a three-way tie for victory in the puissance class, riding the stalwart Quality Old Joker. The pair have now won puissance titles at Liverpool International, London International and Horse of the Year Show. Click here to find out more
- Harry Charles and Doulita claimed the win in the four-star two-phase class, ahead of Georgia Tame and Z7 Canya Dance. Matt Sampson and Firefly W took third spot. Click here to find out more
- Lila Bremner, daughter of television star and impressionist Rory Bremner, delivered an great performance to win the 148cm Pony Grand Prix with Lapislazuli. Click here to find out more
- Tabitha Kyle did the Liverpool and Bolesworth double when she rode Playboy van de Zoetewei to victory in the 138cm Pony Grand Prix
- John Whitaker and Argento, despite having a combined age of 80, convincingly won the speed class on Saturday. Click here to find out more
- Up-and-coming talent Oliver Fletcher partnered Sir AP McCoy in the Ride and Drive class. Their combined jumping and driving times secured them the win against the other rider/celebrity combinations. click here to find out more
British one-two in Austria
British riders clocked up a one-two at the CSI5*grand prix at Glock Horse Performance Centre in Austria. Thirty four combinations came forward for the class, but it was Britain’s Laura Renwick, riding Dublin V, who produced the fastest time in the seven-man jump-off. Close behind – but not close enough – were Robert Whitaker and Catwalk IV.
Knights ride to victory in Stockholm
British pair Emily Moffitt, riding Winning Good, and Ben Maher, riding Concona, secured victory for the London Knights team at the inaugural Global Champions League round in Stockholm. The competition took place at the historic Olympic Stadium.
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