GLOBAL DRESSAGE FESTIVAL, FLORIDA, USA
It was a winning weekend for London 2012 Olympic team gold and individual bronze medallist, Laura Tomlinson, who took the top placing in the Prix St. George at the Global Dressage Festival in Florida. Riding her parents, Dr and Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s, 17.3hh mare Unique, also known as ‘Minnie’, the combination scored an impressive 73.316% to claim the win by over 1.3% ahead of America’s Olivia LaGoy-Weltz.
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider and stable jockey to the Bechtolsheimer family, Lara Griffith, also joined Laura in sunny Florida with Dr and Mrs Bechtolsheimer’s, Rubin Al Asad. Competing in their first Grand Prix Special the combination posted a score of 66.379% to take sixth place with the win going to four-time Olympian USA’s Steffen Peters and Rosamunde.
SENTOWER PARK, OPGLABBEEK, BELGIUM
UK Sport National Lottery funded World Class Development Programme rider Sam Hutton, enjoyed a good weekend at the CSI2* show in Belgium taking home fourth place in the Grand Prix class. Riding Dunwalke LTD’s 11 year old bay mare Heidi du Ruisseau Z, the pair produced a clear in the first jumping round to move in to the jump-off where they produced another clear round in a time of 38.42 seconds. Niels Knape from The Netherlands took the win in a time of 34.18 seconds.
COSTAL DEL SOL TOUR, MIJAS, SPAIN
Laura Renwick took home a host of wins from the Costa del Sol Tour this week including the Master Big Grand Prix on David Rogers’ Rembrandt Blue and the Master Medium Grand Prix on John and Marian Renwick’s bay mare, Beluga.
There were also wins for Britain’s James Smith and Laura Whiteway, a list of full results can be found HERE
MEDITERRANEAN EQUESTRIAN TOUR, OLIVA, SPAIN
European team gold medallist William Funnell claimed a selection of good placings at the Spanish show this weekend with a win in the Gold 1.40m Against the Clock class on The Billy Stud’s dark bay mare Billy Cool. The combination jumped a clear round in a time of 65.97 seconds before going on to also take third place in the Gold 1.40m with a double clear round in a jump-off time of 30.30 seconds. Riding The Billy Stud’s chestnut stallion, Billy Um Bongo, William picked up second place in the Gold 1.30m Against the Clock with a clear round in a time of 71.80 seconds.