CPEDI3* Waregem, Belgium:
It was a very successful weekend for Great Britain’s Para-Dressage athletes as they took the crown in Saturday’s Team Competition as well as an array of individual titles.
Sophie Christiansen (Janiero 6), Lee Pearson (Zion), Natasha Baker (Cabral) and Nicky Greenhill (Gregorian Chant) all put in fantastic performances in their respective grades to give Great Britain the win, ahead of The Netherlands and Norway.
Lee Pearson enjoyed a very good weekend winning both the Individual and the Freestyle tests in Grade Ib competition, whilst Sophie Christiansen was also successful in the Grade Ia Freestyle test after just missing out on the top spot in the Individual test, which went to Laurentia Tan.
Natasha Baker also took first place in what was a British top three in the Grade III Individual and Freestyle tests, alongside Susanna Hext (Abira) and Erin Orford (Dior).
CCI3* Ballindenisk, Ireland:
In the second leg of the FEI Nations Cup series, Great Britain’s eventers came out on top in the Team competition. Oliver Townend (Cooley SRS), Izzy Taylor (Briarlands Birdsong) and Nations Cup debutants Wills Oakden (Merikano) and Frankie Reid-Warrilow (Dolley Whisper) topped the podium with a score of 162.8. Ireland took second place, with third going to France.
As a result Britain moves up to third with 155 points in the overall FEI Nations Cup Eventing standings. Ireland and France are now level at the top with 170 points each.
Pippa Funnell finished first in the individual standings, having lead from start to finish with Mirage D’Elle, owned by Carol Toliver with Oliver Townend finishing just behind to take second place.
The next leg of the Nations Cup series takes place at Houghton Hall, Great Britain from 26 – 29 May.
CSI5* GCT Antwerp, Belgium:
In the third leg of the Global Champions Tour, John Whitaker picked up a third place finish in Friday’s 1.45m against the clock class. Aboard Ornellaia, owned by Team Harmony Management, John completed a clear round in 22.39 seconds, finishing just behind Egypt’s Abdel Said and Austria’s Pius Schwizer.
Following the weekend’s results, John remains second in the overall standings of the Global Champions Tour after finishing just outside the top ten in the Grand Prix with Echo Of Light.
In the Champions League John teamed up with Bertram Allen (Valkenswaard United) to take second place in the 1.55m team competition. This is the second time this season the pair has finished second on the podium.
CDI4* Hagen, Germany:
Alice Oppenheimer ended the weekend on a high as she took the win in the Grand Prix consolation class, on a final percentage and a personal best score of 71% with Headmore Delegate.
In the Grand Prix Special, Lara Griffith (Rubin Al Asad) and Hayley Watson-Greaves (Rubins Nite) recorded some good results throughout the weekend..
CDI3* Oliva, Spain:
Anna Ross enjoyed a good weekend out in Spain as she took the top spot in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special aboard Mrs Jane Sewell's Die Callas. Richard Davison finished just behind Anna, taking second place in both classes with Bubblingh, owned by Mrs G Meyer, Mr R Davison and Ms J Ellis, whilst Gillian Davison took third place in the Special with her own Alfranco.
CSI3* Oliva, Spain:
Out on the Sunshine tour there was a lot of success for British athletes. Friday afternoon saw Alice Watson (Billy Lemon), Chloe Aston (Kolibri Classic) and Emma Stoker (Townhead Tallulah V) make up a British top three in the 1.45m class; Alice went on to build on her success the following day, finishing first in the 1.40m Table A jump off and was the only rider to record a time under 40 seconds.
On Sunday, Anna Edwards (Blazer B) took second place in the 1.50m Table A jump off, posting a double clear and finishing narrowly behind Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar.
CVI3* Ermelo, The Netherlands:
Finally British equestrian vaulter, Lucy Phillips finished second overall with Pitucelli, owned by Elizabeth Phillips, in the female senior 3* event. She posted a score of 8.079 in the second round to finish just behind Germany's, Janika Derks in the final standings .
In the male individual junior 2*, Atholl Pettinger (Robbie) and Luke Smith (River of Thyme) finished second and third respectively.