FEI World Cup Dressage Lyon, France:
It was a great weekend for Carl Hester and Jane de la Mare’s, Nip Tuck as they recorded two personal bests out in Lyon at the FEI World Cup for Dressage. The pair, competing in their first competition since the Olympic Games in Rio, got their week off to strong start in the Grand Prix as they produced a superb score of 78.320%, surpassing their previous best from Hartpury earlier this year where they had a final percentage of 78.20%. Germany’s Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old were the only pair who could better this on 83.940% edging Carl and Barney into second place whilst third went to fellow German, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Zaire-E who scored 76.320%.
Into Sunday’s Grand Prix Freestyle and Carl and Barney put in another fantastic performance, dazzling the crowd with their routine before they received a score of 85.017%, beating their previous best from last year’s Olympia where they got 83.75%. The pair were bested once again by Isabell Werth and Weihegold Old as they produced a massive 90.090% to take the crown. Last year’s winner, Hans Peter Minderhoud and Glock’s Johnson slotted into third with a score of 80.224%.
CSI5* Lyon, France:
Scott Brash was also out in Lyon over the weekend and jumped well in the Prix Region Auvergne 1.50m class with Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s Hello Guv’nor. The pair went clear in 27.45 seconds but where edged into second place by Patrice Delaveau and Leontine Ledimar Z H D C as they went just over a second quicker, stopping the clock on 26.37 seconds to take the top spot. Fellow countryman Simon Delestre slipped into third with Sultan du Chateau after finishing on a time of 27.66 seconds.
Scott and Hello Guv’nor also went in the 1.50-1.60m Prix Merial and were unlucky to roll a pole to pick up four faults after going round in a quick time of 32.92 seconds, finishing 16th in a class of just under 50 combinations. The win went to Ireland’s Billy Twomey and Ardcolum Duke who went round in 28.69 seconds.
CSI2* Oliva Nova, Spain:
Three Brits finished in the top ten of the Grand Prix on Saturday including World Class Programme Podium Potential athletes, Chloe Winchester and Spencer Roe who claimed fifth and seventh respectably. Chloe, onboard Belle Fleur 38 (owned by Haity Mc Nerney) produced a fantastic double clear and a final time of 36.36 seconds to finish in the top five as Spencer and his mount, Wonder Why (owned by S M O Roe) also posted two clear rounds in a time of 36.82 seconds to finish two places further back. Just behind him, David Mcpherson and his ride, Dicas finished eighth after finishing with two clears in 37.01 seconds. The win went to Harold Boisset and Quolita Z of France who clocked a time of 33.09 seconds.
In the other classes across the week, Chloe Aston ( Cecilia, owned by Deakin Felicity) went top in Thursday’s 1.40m class with a clear round and a time of 59 seconds flat whilst Maja Burnell (Carnaval Komombo, owned by Alan Burnell) also took third in this class after finishing in just under a minute. Louise Simpson and David Simpson’s Fiona V/H Lemmenshof went double clear in Saturday’s 1.40m class as they produced a time of 42.10 seconds to finish top whilst Alice Watson and her mount Billy Lemon also finished top of the leaderboard in Sunday’s 1.40m class after a clear round in 67.09 seconds – a second quicker than her nearest competitor, Ireland’s Michael Kierans.
CDI stands for Concours Dressage International, essentially International Dressage Competition. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more high profile the competition.
CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton. Each competition is classified 1-5 stars (*), the higher the star rating, the more prestigous the show.