CIC2* Le Lion D’Angers, France:
Off the back of a successful week in Pau, three riders finished inside the top ten in Mondial du Lion in the seven year-old class including Pippa Funnell who took second with Barbara and Nicholas Wilkinshaw’s Billy Walk On. The pair, who finished after the dressage phase on 39.0 penalties, picked up eight penalties over the cross country before going clear in the jumping to finish on a final score of 47.0 penalties as the win went to Germany’s Ingrid Klimke and Weisse Dunne who topped the table with 36.9 penalty points.
Gemma Tattersall went clear cross country with Chillis Gem, owned by Christopher Stone to put them in a strong position going into the jumping as they clinched seventh with a final total of 49.9 penalties whilst Emily Llewlleyn finished just behind in eighth with Emirati Nightsky and a score of 52.1 penalties.
In the six year-old class, Izzy Taylor produced a superb clear round with Jockey Club Fleurelle, owned by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to finish on 47.4 penalty points only three points off the top spot which was taken by Australia’s Christopher Burton and Firefly whilst second place went to Felix Vogg and Mathurin V/D Vogelzan.
CCI* Aldon International Horse Trials, Great Britain:
Will Furlong finished top of the leader board in the section C one star competition on board his own Elstar as they finished on their dressage score of 39.2 penalty points.
Elsewhere William Fox-Pitt was in action in the Novice section D class, finishing just outside the top ten with Seventh Heaven II, owned by Susie White after scoring 51.1 penal points. The win in this class went to American rider, Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp who placed with Cooley Caviar with a final total of 23.5 penalty points.
British Eventing Fairfax Britannia League
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Podium Potential member, Sam Ecroyd is the newly crowned Fairfax Britannia League winner for 2016 with Wodan III.
CSI5* Helsinki, Finland:
Scott Brash enjoyed a successful week out in Finland which included taking the top spot in Saturday’s 1.50m against the clock class. On board Hello Forever, owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, the pair put on an impressive display jumping clear with a quick time of 51.73 seconds. This win came after he just missed out on the top spot in the 1.60m Grand Prix with Hello Guv’nor, also owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. The pair recorded a clear round in 37 seconds flat but they were narrowly edged by Belgium’s Niels Bruynseels and his ride Gancia de Muze who were three tenths quicker, stopping the clock in 36.73 seconds.
CSI3* St Lo, France:
Guy Williams finished second on the podium in St Lo in the 1.40m Prix Sorapel with Titus after recording a clear round in 57.79 seconds in a closely contested competition at the top which was won by Marc Dilasser and Air Corrado Vo and their time of 57.62 seconds.
In Saturday’s trial of six bars competition, Nicole Pavitt and Shahenaz, owned by the Prince Sultan Saud were the only pair who were able to go clear over five rounds with the final round contested over 2.10m between three pairings.
Dodson & Horrell and World Class Programme Under 23 Championships qualifier at Bury Farm:
Nicole Holmen claimed the top spot in the third Dodson & Horrell and World Class Programme Under 23 Championship qualifier at Bury Farm, a week after taking second place at the Aintree qualifier with her mount Cochella, owned by Martin Dawes.
From a competitive class of 36 combinations, 10 riders progressed into the jump off after recording faultless first round clears over Paul Connor’s course, with three combinations going on to produce double clear rounds. Nicole was the first to go clear, stopping the clock in an impressive 36.40 seconds, finishing four seconds ahead of Amy Inglis, on board Wishes owned by Claire Inglis, who recorded a time of 40.77 seconds. Jack Whitaker claimed third with his father Michael Whitaker’s Stakkato De Fee, after posting a time of 41.97 seconds.
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.
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.