VEJER DE LA FRONTERA V CSI3*, SPAIN
Britain claimed no less than the top four places of the Sunshine Tour IV Final Grand Prix this weekend. Just five combinations from the fifty-three starters produced a clear in the first round to move on to the jump-off, and it was Britain’s William Whitaker, riding Elisabeth Fredlund’s Fandango III, that took the win after posting a jump-off time of 49.27 seconds. William stopped the clock over a second ahead of fellow Brit William Funnell on The Billy Stud’s Billy Congo (50.55 seconds), third and fourth place were filled by Robert Whitaker (riding Clare Whitaker’s Catwalk IV) and Robert Bevis (Courtney z) respectively.
The final leg of the Spanish Sunshine Tour saw a large entry of British showjumpers posting a whole host of top results across the weekend, full results can be found via the link below.
World number two Ben Maher was kept busy this weekend hot footing it between Floridian shows. Kicking off with a big win, he partnered Jane F Clark’s Aristo z in the $50,000 CSI2*-W Live Oak Grand Prix in Ocala, the pair finished on a double clear in a jump-off time of 42.48seconds to take the class.
A quick flight south and Maher picked up the reins on Urico, also owned by Jane F Clark, to compete in the FTI WEF Engel & Volkers Grand Prix in Wellington, four faults in the jump-off saw the combination finish in fifth place, which was won by USA’s Lauren Hough (Bockmann’s Lazio).
‘S HERTOGENBOSCH CSI5*, NETHERLANDS
Michael Whitaker took home two top ten placings from this weekend’s ‘S Hertogenbosch CSI5* show, starting out on Miss Emilie Machon & Michael Potter’s Valentin R, the combination finished third in the Audi Prijs Grand Prix Qualifier. Michael then followed this up on board Miss Braybrooke’s Viking V with a seventh place in the ‘S Hertogenbosch Rolex Grand Prix behind fellow Brit Joe Clee, who piloted Ludwig Criel’s Diabesse de Muze to fourth place in Sunday’s class.
CSI1*BRONZE AREZZO, ITALY
UK Sport funded World Class Development Programme rider, Jake Saywell, flew the flag for Britain at the Italian CSI1*Bronze show in Arezzo this weekend. Partnering Rachel Gascoine’s Havinia van de Roshoeve, Saywell took a 0.29 second advantage over Russian rider Fedorova (Contist) to take top spot in the Bronze Tour Speed Class. The Bronze Grand Prix saw Jake riding Rachel Gascoine’s, TJ Mullanacross Maliro to a fifth placing after posting a quick double clear in the competitive class, which was won by Italian rider Mirella Gnocchi on Caipirinha.
ADDINGTON MANOR CDI, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Double European Gold medallist, Charlotte Dujardin took home another double from Addington Manor CDI this weekend, riding Mr Carl Hester & Mrs Sasha Stewart’s Uthopia, Charlotte claimed victory in the FEI Grand Prix by over 5% on a score of 76.780%. The combination then followed this up with another win (76.725%) in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle ahead of fellow Brit and UK Sport funded World Class Development programme rider Nikki Crisp riding her own Pasoa (74.850%).
There were great results from our promising young, junior and pony riders, including wins from UK Sport funded World Class Development Programme rider Olivia Oakley (Donna Summer) and Sport England Funded BEF Excel Talent Programme riders Erin Williams (Fleurie) and Charlotte Fry (Remming). Also winning in impressive style was European Pony Gold medallist Phoebe Peters on Tracy Peter’s SL Lucci.
FEI EVENTING NATIONS CUP, FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
The FEI Eventing Nations Cup got underway this weekend in France with our British team Gemma Tattersall (Chico Bella), Izzy Taylor (Dan van Ternieuwbeke), Emily Llewellyn (Greenlawn Sky High) and Lucy Wiegersma (Mr Chunky), coming home to take third. The Brits were kept away from the maximum points available by host nation and winning team, France, and second placed The Netherlands.
British Team Manager Philip Surl commented: "It was a very challenging early season competition and a pretty testing few days with showjumping and cross-country courses up to height with the time tight over strong tracks.
"Izzy and Gemma did a very good job today jumping clear in a time that again was quite tight and managed to take our team result ahead of the Italians. Fontainebleau is always a very strong competition in all three phases. We now look forward to the next leg of the nations cup at Ballindenisk”.
The British Eventing season is well underway with many of our top riders in action across the country, including 2013 European team member Pippa Funnell. Competing at both Great Witchingham and Munstead, Funnell picked up an impressive five second placings from her seven rides over the weekend! For full results click on the links below.