The Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead, GBR
Chloe Winchester took the biggest win of her career to date this weekend storming to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at The Royal International Horse Show, Hickstead. A 26 strong start list produced six clear rounds for the jump-off phase including 2014 winner Ireland’s Trevor Breen. A member of the UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Podium Potential, she produced a clear round in a time of 49.57 seconds to take a 2.98 second lead over GBR’s Phillp Miller and Caritiar Z to lift the prestigious trophy on Gillian Winchester’s Avoca Valkyrie.
Further top results came from 2013 European Championship team gold medallist Michael Whitaker in The Bunn Leisure Trophy. Riding MME Virginie Martinot - Gaec Elevage de Merze’s chestnut gelding Quelbora Merze, Whitaker scored a double clear jumping round with a second phase time of 37.69 seconds to take the win by just 0.14 seconds over Christian Ahlmann of Germany.
The King George V Gold Cup delivered a thrilling five way jump-off which included two exciting World Class Podium Potential squad members, Jessica Mendoza and William Whitaker. Jessica and her mother’s (Sarah Mendoza) Spirit T produced the quickest jump-off time of the class (42.76 seconds) but an unfortunate fence down dropped the pair into fourth place. Fellow Podium Potential rider William Whitaker and Elisabeth Fredlund’s Fandango stopped the clock in a time of 44.18 seconds but, also with a fence down, the pair took fifth place. It was America’s Elizabeth (Bezzie) Madden and Abigail Wex’s Crotes‘C’ who took the win with a double clear in a time of 43.06 seconds.
Jumping International de Dinard 5*, France
Great Britain’s Laura Renwick secured a big win in the Prix Tropicana CSI5* 1.50m Derby at the French International show this weekend. A faultless jumping round on board Mr David Rogers’ Rembrandt Blue saw the combination clinch the win by 1.48 seconds over Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet and Eldorado van het Vijverhof.