GCT CSI5* Doha, Qatar:
John Whitaker produced a fantastic double clear on board Argento to finish top of Sunday’s 1.50/55m class. In a ten horse jump-off, John and his mount cleared the final fence and stopped the clock in an impressive 37.46 seconds, fending off the challenge from Maikel van der Vleuten and VDL Groep Quatro who took second after finishing in 37.61 seconds.
John’s brother Michael was also in action, claiming sixth place in Friday’s 1.45m class with his Olympic ride, Cassionato, owned by Gary and Beverley Widdowson, after going clear in 70.94 seconds. The win went to Ireland’s Cian O’Connor and Callisto.
In the earlier 1.45m class, four British riders finished in the top ten including Laura Renwick who took second place with MHS Washington after being narrowly edged to first by Daniel Deusser and Happiness van T Paradijs. After going clear, Laura and her mount posted a quick time of 24.75 seconds but the German pair crossed the line just three tenths quicker, recording a time of 24.47 seconds. Jessica Mendoza was the second fastest Brit on board Pappa Milena’s Constance, clocking a time of 25.42 seconds to finish fifth overall. Just behind her, John Whitaker placed sixth with Argento whilst Michael Whitaker finished seventh with JB’s Hot Stuff, owned by Jayne Bean.
CSI4* Liege, Belgium:
Guy Williams enjoyed a successful week in Liege which included a win in Thursday’s 1.40m class with his mount, Casper de Muze. They were the only pair to clock a time under 50 seconds as they jumped clear to finish two seconds clear of their nearest competitor. Guy followed this up with a second place finish in the two phase 1.45m class with Titus as well as third place in the 1.45m class with Depardieu Van T Kiezelhof, owned by Lindsay Doran.
Nicole Pavitt picked up top spot in Friday’s Prix L’avenir after putting in a brilliant clear in a time of 58.51 seconds with Shahenaz, owned Prince Sultan Saud; Guy Williams scooped third with Casper de Muze.
Robert Smith just missed out on the top spot in Saturday’s Prix Crelan 1.40m. On board Cinamo E, the pair produced a double clear and recorded a time of 36.80 seconds in the second round but they were just edged by Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Concetto Son who finished on 34.65 seconds.
CSI2* Oliva Nova, Spain:
There was a British one, two, three in Sunday’s 1.40m class, led by Chad Fellows who topped the leader board after going double clear and recording a time of 29.98 seconds in the final round with Beat ME, owned by Fiona Dunning & Tony Newbery. Matthew Sampson finished just behind him with Billy Torlilla, owned by the Billy Stud whilst Graham Gillespie third with his mount Celine.
In Friday’s 1.40m class, Alice Watson topped the standings with The Precious One, owned by Jonathan and Jayne Doherty & Paul Quirke after a faultless round in 65.25 seconds with Matthew Sampson taking second with Billy Tortilla.
UK Sport National Lottery Funded World Class Podium Potential athlete, Chloe Winchester just missed out on victory in the 1.45m class after a great performance with Belle Fleuer 38, owned by Haity McNerney where they jumped clear in 66.87 seconds but were just edged out of the top spot by Belgium’s Dominique Hendrickx and Colina Pijnvenhof Z.
CIC3* Adelaide, Australia:
Oliver Townend was in action in Australia over the weekend and became the first British rider to win the CIC3* Adelaide event after finishing on a score of 58.10 penalty points with Napoleon. The pair, who were second after the dressage phase with 44.90 penalties, capped off their weekend with a superb clear in the jumping phase to take the top spot. Australia’s Meghan Jones finished second with Kirby Park Impress and New Zealand’s Samantha Felton took third with Ricker Ridge Pico Boo.
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.
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