Winter Equestrian Festival, Florida
Great Britain’s Nick Skelton enjoyed a third placing in the Suncast 1.50m Championship Jumper Classic out in Forida, as the third week of the Winter Equestrian Festival came to a close. With Deaville S, owned Julius Peter Sinnack, the pair produced a superb clear in the first round to head through to a thrilling fourteen rider jump-off. Stopping the clock on 33.32seconds, they were just 1.09seconds behind the Brazilian winners Alvaro De Miranda (Ad Argos) and Mexico’s Sofia Larrea (Jumex Sport Archimides).
Ben Maher with Niko Detlef’s Contigo also took a third placing in the 1.35m class, after an eleven rider jump-off saw only five clear rounds produced. With a time of 30.26 seconds for the talented pair, the win went to the USA’s Katherine Dinan (Super Trooper De Ness) after stopping the clock on 29.224 seconds, whilst Ireland’s Darragh Kenny took second.
CSI3* Drachten, The Netherlands
Guy Williams kicked off his 2015 season with a win in the GMB BioEnergie Prijs 1.50m class in Drachten. Partnering Titus, owned by Guy and Miss Charlotte Baines, the combination put in a faultless round in a time of 61.12seconds, to take the win ahead of the hosts own Michael Greeve and Whitney Bb, who finished just 0.08seconds off the lead.
Guy also went on to finish third with his own Casper De Muze in the Wezenberg Transport Prijs 1.40m class; placing just behind Dutch riders Lisa Nooren and Sanne Thijssen.
Fellow Brit James Billington also enjoyed a number of good placings at the show, including a fifth placing with Bowmore Vdl, owned by Vdl Stud, after an impressive jump-off round in the Small Tour 1.40m Final.
Mercedes-Benz CSI5*, Zurich
Spain’s Sergio Alvarez Moya and Carlo took the top honours in Sunday’s tenth leg of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014-2015 Western European League series, finishing a tenth of a second ahead of Ireland’s Bertram Allen and Molly Malone. Great Britain’s Robert Whitaker and Catwalk IV, owned by Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall, finished eighth after picking up an unfortunate time fault in the first round.
Robert had enjoyed a second place finish with USA Today (owned by Clare Whitaker and Mandy Hall) earlier in the day (Sunday) in the Relay competition, alongside Ireland’s Denis Lynch (Quote Zavaan). The two combinations recorded a total time of 110.76 seconds to take second behind Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat and Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet (108.48seconds).
Scott Brash with Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris’ Hello Annie took second place in Friday’s 1.45m Against the Clock competition, after finishing just 0.19seconds shy of Ireland’s Billy Twomey and Ardcolum Duke’s 50.35second round.