It was a busy weekend with international competitions in eventing, showjumping and para-equestrian dressage. This week, 9 – 13 July 2014, will also see the Junior and Young Rider European Dressage teams get their championship competitions underway out in Arezzo, Italy.
CIC3* Barbury Castle International Horse Trials, Wiltshire
British riders were on form this weekend at the popular international horse trials in Wiltshire. 2014 CICO British squad member, Francis Whittington, was the highest placed Brit, finishing second on Catherine Witt’s Easy Target.
Francis and the grey gelding added four showjumping faults and just 1.6 cross country time penalties to their dressage score of 42.6 penalties to leave the combination 8.6 penalties behind the Barbury 2012, 2013 and now 2014 CIC3* champions, Andrew Nicholson and Avebury.
Pippa Funnell on Marek Sebestak and her own, Second Supreme, and Tina Cook on her World Equestrian Games mount, De Novo News (owned by herself and Jim Chromiak), also produced top results to finish in fifth and sixth place respectively.
CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour, Paris, France
World number two Ben Maher took first place in the CSI5* 1.50m this weekend in Paris, riding Jane Clarke’s chestnut gelding, Aristo Z. A clear in round one saw the combination progress to the jump-off where another clear in a quick time of 33.22 seconds was enough to secure the win by over a second ahead of Morocco’s Abdelkebir Ouaddar.
CSI3* British Masters, South View Equestrian Centre, Cheshire
Laura Renwick collected first place in the 1.35m class this weekend, after producing a double clear in a jump-off time of 30.49 seconds on Mr John Renwick and Mrs Marian Renwick’s, Beluga. Fellow British rider, Guy Williams, also claimed a win riding Spring Handelsstal Geerink BV’s, Casper De Muze, in the Accumulator with Joker class, scoring a total of 65 points in 45.71 seconds. Guy beat UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider, William Whitaker riding his father Ian and his own Bow House Rubis, into second place by a margin of nearly two seconds.
Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme riders Holly Gillott and Emily Ward both picked up a second place a piece at the CSI3* show. Gillott rode her own Brightwood Ursa Major to a double clear in a jump-off time of 43.17 seconds in The Webb Family 1.40m class, finishing less than a second behind the winner Nicole Pavitt and Our Duchess. Emily Ward took second place in the 1.35m class after producing a double clear in 30.63 seconds on Ms Monserrat Seara & Mr Nick Ward’s Elite K.
CPEDI2* Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire
There were wins across the board for our para-equestrian dressage riders this weekend at the international show. Double Paralympic Gold Medallist, Natasha Baker, took the win in all three grade II classes on Mr Christian Landolt and Mr and Mrs Baker’s black mare, Sookie St. James.
There were wins for our UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme riders including; Georgia Wilson (grade III), and in the Novice tests for Katherine Cooksley (grade III) and Ashleigh Jones (grade II). Whilst our BEF Sport England funded Excel Talent Programme riders Isobel Palmer, Fiona Maynard, Mari Durwood-Akhu, Laura Gulliver and Amy Willmott also all picked up wins in their respective grades.