CSI4* Toronto, Canada:
In the fifth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup for Jumping, Olympic champions Nick Skelton and Big Star, owned by Beverely Widdowson were in action in Toronto as part of a star filled class of 22 combinations. The first clear of the evening went to Nick and Big Star as they produced a superb round to progress into the jump-off which was contested by five pairs. In the final round they stopped the clock on 37.26 seconds but unfortunately knocked down a fence to concede four faults to finish third overall. The win went to America’s McLain Ward and HH Azur who were the only pair to produce a double clear.
In Saturday’s 1.60m Big Ben Challenge, Nick and Big Star were on top form once again as they produced a fantastic double clear, racing round in the jump-off in 33.55 seconds. America’s Kent Farrington and Creedance were the only pair who could better their result as they produced a final time of 31.86 seconds to edge the top spot.
CSI5* Verona, Italy:
Ben Maher and Scott Brash were in action in Italy and enjoyed a good weekend gaining a lot of experience with their rides. In Sunday’s 1.50m accumulator class, Ben debuted Cliff, owned by Poden Farm in their first 5* class together as a combination as they achieved the maximum of 65 points and recorded a time of 57.21 seconds to take tenth. Scott also achieved the maximum with Hello M’Lord, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham and posted a time of 54.10 seconds to finish eighth.
In the PRESTIGE 1.55m class, Scott Brash produced a superb clear round on board Hell Guv’nor to make it into the jump-off. The pair stopped the clock on 36.31 seconds in the final round but rolled a pole to pick up four faults which put them into seventh place.
In the 1.50m class Ben Maher went clear with Don Vito, owned by Podens Farm and finished on a quick time of 60.65 seconds which put them into fourth. The win went to Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts who finished a second clear of the rest of the field of 56.27 seconds.
CSI4* Munich, Germany:
Ben Talbot recorded a fantastic win out in Munich on board his mount, Sacramento in Friday’s 1.45m class as he went clear in 26.7 seconds to finish top in in a class of 65 combinations.
Nigel Coupe was also out in action and picked up third place in the 1.50m Maserati Gold Cup. Aboard Jubilee III, they were one of seven pairs to go clear as they stopped the clock on 32.58 seconds, finishing just under a couple of seconds off the top spot which was taken by Germany’s Marcus Ehning.
CSI2* Oliva Nova, Spain:
There were a number of British pairings in action in Oliva Nova including Chloe Aston who enjoyed a second place finish in Friday’s 1.40m class on board Chico, owned by Karel Cox Horses as they went clear in 68.34 seconds; finishing just under two seconds behind the winner, Ireland’s David Simpson. Louise Simpson took fourth place on board Grafit, owned by Elm Rock whilst Abbe Burchmore-Eames finished a place further back in fifth with Wilandri E.
In the 1.45m class, Chloe Aston produced a superb double clear with Mrs J Aston’s Kolibri Classic to take fourth place after recording a time of 28.18 seconds; marginally quicker than Louise Whitaker and Ruby VIII, owned by Dietmar Ackermann who finished in fifth. There were a number of double clears in the class including Alice Watson who finished eighth with The Precious One, owned by Jane Doherty and Paul Quirke as well as John Whitaker who took ninth place with Leen O.L., owned by P Sultan Saud.
In Thursday’s 1.45m class there were also a number of British pairs in the top ten which included Richard Barton and Gaye Hartley’s Donata who finished fifth after going clear in 67.49 seconds. James Davenport finished seventh with Tiger, owned by Martin Dawes and Jessica Dimmock finished eighth with Cybel II, owned by Laura Robinson and Neal Robinson.
CDI3* Maastricht, The Netherlands:
Henriette Anderson put in a great performance in Saturday’s Grand Prix Special to finish fourth with Warlocks Charm as they produced a score of 73.5%. This came after they finished sixth in a competitive field for Friday’s Grand Prix scoring 70.460%. Olympic Champion Isabell Werth was also in action with Don Johnson FRH and finished third, scoring 75.520% and the win went to Diederik Van Silfhourt and Arlando N.O.P who produced a final percentage score of 75.840%.
Fellow British rider, Richard Davison was also in action in the Grand Prix with his mount Bubblingh where they produced a solid test, finishing on 65.440% to place 11th.
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.
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.