CSI5* ST. TROPEZ, FRANCE
There were no jokes on London 2012 team gold medallist Ben Maher as he walked away with a win in the 1.50m with Joker class at this weekend’s CSI5* show. Hosted at the beautiful Mediterranean resort of St. Tropez, Maher scored maximum points in the accumulator class on board Niko Detlef’s bay gelding Contigo 37, stopping the clock in a time of 51.96 seconds to take the win ahead of Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander.
CSIO5* SOPOT, POLAND
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Joe Clayton scored top points and the win in the 1.50m Accumulator jumping class at this weekend’s Polish show. Riding Miss A Rodgerson’s Ingliston Twister, the combination completed in a time of 48.37 seconds to claim first place ahead of Jerome Guery of Belgium by 1.72 seconds.
With a time of 51.71 seconds GB’s Laura Renwick took second place in the 1.60m Grand Prix on board her own and her husband John’s nine year old gelding Bintang II, as Sweden’s Douglas Lindelow secured first place with a time of 48.96 seconds on Casello.
It was a British 1-2-3 in the 1.50m class with Laura Renwick taking first place on Mr David Rogers’ Rembrandt Blue in a time of 55.89 seconds. Michael Whitaker and his own and Beatrice Mertens’ grey mare Elie van de Kolemen stopped the clock in a time of 60.07 seconds to finish in second place with just 0.02 seconds separating second and third place as Joe Clayton and Ingliston Twister continued their week of good form and complete the top three.
The Division 2 Nations Cup team of Guy Williams (with Di and Penny Cornish’s Basic), Laura Renwick (on her own and John Renwick’s Bintang II), Yazmin Pinchen (with Nancy Pinchen’s Ashkari) and Michael Whitaker (with Beverley Widdowson’s Calcourt Falklund) finished in sixth place, following a jump-off with France, Germany rose victorious with a clear round in a time of 35.45 seconds.
CSIO5* ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND
Holly Gillott came home with a 1.45m class win this weekend on board Jayne Bean’s nine year old Jb’s Hot Stuff. The UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Porgramme rider collected the maximum points available in a time of 47.55 seconds to take the win over Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer, whilst fellow Brit Robert Whitaker finished third on the 14 year old stallion USA Today. Holly also took fifth place on another Jayne Bean owned mare, Jb’s Hot Property as fellow World Class Development Porgramme rider Jessica Mendoza finished seventh on her mother Sarah Mendoza’s Ramiro de Belle Vue.
Jessica and Sarah Mendoza’s Spirit T, who made their debut Division 1 Nations Cup team appearance this weekend, also scored a fourth place finish in the 1.60m Grand Prix with a double clear in a time of 48.78 seconds with the win going to Switzerland’s Romain Duguet.
The Nations Cup team of Holly Gillott (aboard her own and Graham Smith’s Dougie Douglas), Robert Whitaker (with Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall’s Catwalk IV), Jessica and Spirit T and William Whitaker (with Elisan Ab’s and Elizabeth Fredlund’s Fandango) finished in sixth position as Belgium took the win on a total of nine penalties.
WELLINGTON PREMIER LEAGUE, GB
The UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme riders enjoyed a weekend of success at the Premier League show in Hampshire. Olivia Oakeley and Don Carissimo took top honours in Class 24 (Intermediate I) on a score of 69.123% whilst Hayley Watson-Greaves and WG Rubins Nite claimed first place in Class 22 (Grand Prix Special - 69.15%) and second place in Class 17 (Grand Prix - 68.133%), with the win going to Bobby Hayler and Aldborough Rubinhall. Alice Oppenheimer and Tantoni Sir Socrates were on fine form in Class 12 (Prix St Georges) scoring 73.377% to take the win by 4.649%; the combination also picked up the top spot in Class 5 (Intermediate I) with a score of 72.018%.
London 2012 team gold and individual bronze medallist, Laura Tomlinson and new ride Dolcevendy O posted a score of 71.974% to take home first place in Class 11 (Advanced Medium) before going on to win Class 16 (Intermediate I) on Duvals Capri Sonne Jr with a score of 74.254%.
Congratulations to all British Dressage Junior and Young Riders who have just been announced for this summer’s European Championships in Vidauban, France, which take place 1-5 July.
Full squad announcement HERE
The squad has just been announced for the CSIO5* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition which takes place in Rotterdam (18-21 June); Rotterdam is the second event of the 2015 series where Great Britain will be in the hunt for Qualifying points. For more information on the selected squad, please visit