Our British riders produced notable results across the weekend, including the GB CICO team winning at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Ireland and high scores during the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships.
DRESSAGE AND PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE
NAF FIVE STAR WINTER DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Last week saw Hartpury Arena, Gloucestershire, play host to the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships which concluded on Sunday afternoon after five days of top dressage competition. Both UK Sport lottery funded World Class Programme riders and Sport England funded BEF Excel Talent Programme riders were in action producing great results across the board.
The hotly contested Superflex Intermediate I Freestyle drew the biggest crowds, and score, of the competition as Michael Eilberg picked up the win at the last minute over long-time leader, Para-Equestrian Dressage rider Sophie Wells. Riding Mr & Mrs Deverille’s Half Moon Dynasty, Eilberg performed a beautifully crafted freestyle test to score a very impressive 78.29% ahead of triple 2013 European Gold medallist, Sophie, who posted 74.75% on board her own Valerius.
For a full list of results from the championships click HERE.
FEI EVENTING NATIONS CUP, BALLINDENISK, Co. CORK, IRELAND
Ballindensik (Co. Cork) held the second leg of the FEI Eventing Nation’s Cup this weekend, the first time the series has run in Ireland. The British team of Izzy Taylor (Allercombe Ellie), Rosalind Canter (Zenshera), Lucy Wiegersma (Mr Chunky) and Nicky Roncoroni (Stonedge) returned victorious after the all-female quartet produced strong performances in all three phases. Their winning score of 138.4 points put them just ahead of France (141.9 points) and the home team (155.7 points) and moved Britain up to second place in the overall Nation’s Cup standings. With points collected from the first round of competition, in Fontainbleau, Britain lie in second place on 19 points, just one point behind leaders France, and ten points ahead of third placed The Netherlands.
Other British success at the Irish event came from Oliver Townend, who won the CICO3* riding Andrew Cawthray’s Cooley Master Class and also claimed victory in the CCI2* on board Shearwater Touchingwood, owned by Shearwater Insurance and Jeremy Lawton.
LUMMEN I CSI3*, BELGIUM
Lauran Renwick enjoyed a successful show at the Lummen I CSI3* in Belgium, the British rider kicked off with a win in Thursday’s (9th) 1.45m Against the Clock class on Mr John Renwick & Mrs Marian Renwick’s, Beluga II, after stopping the clock nearly five seconds ahead of second placed rider Darragh Mccarthy (IRE) . The good results continued over the weekend for Laura as she took home second place (behind Irish rider Michael Duffy) in the 1.35m Against the Clock class riding Mr & Mrs M Renwick’s Roller Coaster, just ahead of fellow Brit John Whitaker on Woulon L, owned by Leif Kjetil Gjendemsjoe.
Laura completed her show with another win on the bay mare Beluga II, after the combination posted a time of 66.21 seconds in the 1.40m Against the Clock, enough to claim the win over Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts.
The Lummen I Grand Prix boasted more British triumph as Joe Clee piloted Ludwig Criel’s Utamaro d’Ecaussines to a double clear in a time of 40.54 seconds. Joe clinched first place by 0.01 of a second ahead of Pieter Keunen from The Netherlands, in a class that saw the top three places separated by just 0.19 seconds.
TOSCANA TOUR, AREZZO IIV CSI3*, ITALY
Our UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development riders have kept up the good results on the Toscana Tour in Arezzo. Joe Clayton took home three top five placings including a win in the Gold Tour 1.35m Speed Class on board Mr Michael Whitaker’s Zorland. A time of 54.66 seconds gave Joe a convincing win of over two seconds ahead of home rider Emilio Bicocchi and 3.51 seconds faster than third placed Adrian Schmid (SUI).
Jessica Mendoza’s top result from the weekend came in the Arezzo IV Grand Prix where a double clear in a time of 41.24 seconds was good enough to pick up fourth place in the very competitive class. Riding her mother (Sarah) and John Roberts’ Spirit T, the combination were just 1.74 seconds off the winning time which was posted by Sweden’s Emma Emanuelsson.
SAN GIOVANNI II CSI3*, ITALY
UK Sport lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Daniel Nielson fielded a multitude of top ten finishes at the CSI3* show. Results included piloting Catherin Doyle’s bay stallion, Samgemjee, to second place in the 1.40m 2 Phases class and seventh in the 1.45m Against the Clock. Miss Stacy Willsone’s Varo M gave Dan a winning ride in the 1.50m Against the Clock finishing less than a second ahead of runner-up Pius Schwizer (SUI).
Nielson riding another Miss Stacy Willsone owned horse, Coco Bongo, picked up an unlucky four faults during the jump-off of the San Giovanni II Grand Prix, leaving the combination just outside the top ten in a class that saw Marc Bettinger crowned the winner on Quannan R.