CSI5* GCT Shanghai, China:
Laura Renwick recorded a notable win in Shanghai, finishing first with her horse, MHS Washington in Saturday’s 1.45m class. Laura completed the course in 56.67 seconds to top the podium; this result comes just two weeks after the combination finished third in Mexico.
Scott Brash just missed out on the top spot in Friday’s 1.50m jump off class. Scott and Hello Forever, owned by Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham, recorded a time of 35.28 seconds but he was just 1/10th of a second short of Jack Towell’s time as the American took the win with his horse, New York.
In the Grand Prix, Michael Whitaker was the highest placed Brit finishing 8th with Viking, owned by Miss M Braybrooke. The duo were unlucky to miss out on the jump off after recording four penalties.
In the overall Global Champions Tour rankings, John Whitaker is in third place with 85 points. Germany’s Christian Ahlmann tops the leaderboard with 129 points. The next leg of the tour will take place in Hamburg, Germany from 4– 7 May.
CDI3* - Saumur, France:
It was a very successful weekend for Fiona Bigwood as she finished top in the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix. On board Penny Bigwood’s Atterupgaards Orthilia, the pair produced a brilliant 77% in the Grand Prix and followed this with an impressive 79% in the Special, finishing clear of the rest of the class.
Michael Eilberg took the top spot out in Sammur in the second stage of the Tour after winning the Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday with a fantastic score of 76% with Marakov, owned by Ferdi Eilberg. This result came after a number of other successful results earlier in the week, finishing top of both intermediate classes with Mr & Mrs J Deverill’s Half Moon Dynasty on Thursday and Friday.
The next competition on the tour will take place in Compiègne from 19 – 22 May.
CCI4* Rolex Kentucky, USA:
The weekend saw eventers from around the world gather in Lexington to contest at the Rolex Kentucky three day event. James Alliston and Parker were Britain’s highest placed pairing finishing 27th as the title went to Michael Jung who defended his title with FischerRocana, owned by Brigitte and Joachim Jung. He heads to Badminton Horse Trials with the opportunity to win the Rolex Grand Slam. Pippa Funnell was the last athlete to win the Grand Slam back in 2003.
CSI 2* Aachen, Belgium:
There was some great results for Jess Mendoza, Helen Tredwell and Dominic Webb in Belgium – Read the full report here.
Whithington, Great Britain:
Kitty King was in action at Whithington last weekend and finished first in Saturday’s intermediate class with Vendredi Biats, narrowly ahead of France’s, Astier Nicholas.
Izzy Taylor came top of Sunday’s Novice class with Legacy, just ahead of Kitty King and Virage Des Falaises . Fellow Brit Laura Collett finished fourth with Sir Pappilon, just behind David Doel and Cracker Jack II.
* CSI stands for Concours de Saut International and is essentially an international showjumping competiton and as with dressage, the higher the star rating, the more prestigous the show.
* 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.
* CCI stands for Concours Complet International and is an International three day event with the phases taking place in the order of dressage, cross country and showjumping. CIC stands for Concours International Combine and is an international one date event with dressage the first phase and either showjumping or cross country may be the final of the three phases. Competitions are given a star rating in terms of difficulty; the higher the star, the higher the level of training and skill required.