WORLD CUP FINAL, LAS VEGAS, USA
World, European and Olympic Champion, Charlotte Dujardin and her medal winning dance partner Valegro, defended their World Cup title this weekend, claiming both the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle finals. Thursday afternoon saw the world number one and 13 year old gelding, owned by Carl Hester, Roly Luard and Ann Barrott, taking to the arena to claim the win in the Grand Prix final with a score of 84.414%.
Performing their routine from the World Equestrian Games, and set to the music from DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon, the combination stormed to victory in Saturday’s Grand Prix Freestyle final to once again lift the dressage World Cup. Picking up a score of 94.196% put the pair 9.5% ahead of closest competitors Edward Gal and Glock’s Undercover of The Netherland’s with Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and Unee BB in third.
BELTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS, GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE
Drawing top athletes from across the world Belton Horse Trials provided a weekend of thrilling eventing action. Kitty King claimed the title of highest placed Brit in the hotly contested CIC3* on Jane Murfett and Frank Inns’ Persimmon, posting an impressive dressage score of 46.6 penalties the combination added just 0.8 time penalties from the cross country phase to take home third place, with the win going to America’s Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen.
The CIC2* competition proved fruitful for British eventers with Oliver Townend adding nothing to his dressage score of 42.2 penalties to take the win on Andrew Cawthray’s 11 year old gelding Note Worthy. UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Tom McEwen claimed the runner up spot on the talented eight year old Toledo de Kerser, owned by Frank and Jane Inns, as they picked up just 2.4 cross country time penalties to add to their 43.8 penalty dressage score.
World Class Development Programme riders secured further top results throughout the weekend as David Doel and his own and Mrs Jane James’ Miss Caruso claimed first place in the Advanced section N, after producing a dressage score of 32.4 penalties the combination added just 0.8 cross country time penalties to take the win over New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson. Will Furlong and his own Pioneer Silvie also enjoyed a first placing in the Open Intermediate Under 21 section with a total score of 27.0 penalties.
CSI3* SPRING TOUR LUMMEN, BELGIUM
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Holly Gillott and Jayne Bean’s Jb’s Hot Stuff couldn’t be caught in this weekend’s 1.45m Against the Clock class. Piloting the nine year old mare to a clear jumping round in a time of 63.55 seconds saw the combination take the win and see off competition from second placed Guido Hornesch for Belgium.
British showjumpers Jonathan Dixon and Portia Howard also enjoyed good results at the three star show taking home multiple wins each, including a first place finish for Jonathan in the 1.30/1.35m class for 7 year old horses.
CSI3* HARDELOT, FRANCE
France provided a host of top results for British riders this weekend as Spencer Roe, William Whitaker and Guy Williams all came home in the rosettes. UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Spencer Roe enjoyed a strong finish in the 1.35m class producing a clear jumping round in a time of 73.93 seconds, securing second place behind France’s Marie Aphrodite. Fellow World Class Programme rider William Whitaker, picked up a third place finish in the 1.30m class on Dublin V (owned by Neil Fiddles), after producing a double clear jumping round in a jump-off time of 41.53 seconds, with the win going to Belgium’s Louise Dalle.
here were also second place finishes for Guy Williams in the 1.45m, 1.55m and 1.40m classes; for full results click HERE.
ESCHWEILER MASTERS, GERMANY
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Millie Allen enjoyed a good weekend in Germany kicking off with a win in the Auto Conen Gold Tour on board her father (Peter Allen) and HS Sportsferde GMbH’s Grenoble 46. Millie followed this up with a second place, behind Denmark’s Karina Truelsen, in the Auto Conen Gold Final after producing a double clear jumping round in a jump-off time of 31.27 seconds.
The Whitaker family took home a selection of top results including a win for 2013 European team gold medallist Michael Whitaker in the Six Bar class. Michael riding Mrs Beverley Widdowson’s Calcourt Falklund and Germany’s Himar Meyer on Continuo 2 were the only combinations to leave all six fences up four rounds of the competition to share the top spot.
Older brother John Whitaker and Team Harmony Management Co Ltd’s bay mare Ornellaia 3 took a fourth place finish in the competitive CSI3* Masters class, which saw just six double clear jumping rounds from the 56 starters. John’s double clear in a jump off time of 42.23 seconds wasn’t quite quick enough to beat his son Robert who stopped the clock in a time of 41.51 seconds to take second place on his mother’s (Clare) stallion Catwalk IV.
MAGNA RACINO SPRING TOUR, AUSTRIA
Junior European team gold medallist Pippa Allen enjoyed a second place finish in this weekend’s Silver Tour 1.30m class on board HS Sportpferde GmbH’s Brooklyn 28, the World Class Development rider then went on to pick up third in the Final Silver Tour 1.30m, with the win going to fellow Brit Keith Shore and Zegreanne Z.
The British showjumpers produced good results across the show with a 1-2 in the Silver Tour 1.40m from Keith Shore and James Hughes followed up by another win for Keith Shore in the Gold Tour 1.35m with fellow Brit Julie Andrews taking second place.
NAF FIVE START WINTER DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, HARTPURY, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Hartpury College provided five days of top class competition as the Winter Dressage Championships took over the popular equestrian venue. London 2012 Paralympic gold medallist, Sophie Wells and Charlotte Hogg’s C Fatal Attraction, claimed the Medium Open Championship title this weekend as the only combination in the class to break the 70% barrier with a score of 70.41%.
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme riders shone in the Advanced Medium Music Freestyle championships, with Alice Oppenheimer andOlivia Oakeley taking first and second place respectively. Riding Georgina Pole Carew ’s Tantoni Sir Socrates Alice posted a massive score 76.28% to see her standing 3.78% ahead of fellow programme rider Olivia, on Anne and Steve Keen’s Don Carissimo, who took second place with a score of 72.50%. Earlier on in the week saw Alice and Tantoni Sir Socrates enjoy more success after producing a score of 73.77% to take first place in the Advanced Medium Open Championship.
Sport England funded Excel Talent Programme rider Daisy Coakley stole the show in the Advanced Medium Restricted, filling both first and second place. Riding Cleopatra II, owned by Judy Firmston-Williams, the combination posted a score of 69.56% to claim the win over stablemate Affinity Bay on a score of 68.55%.