Brits Abroad – 25th April 2016

Monday 25 April 2016

CSI5* & CSI2* Longines Global Champions Tour Antwerp (21 – 24 April)

The Longines Global Champions Tour in Antwerp, Belgium saw John Whitaker take 3rd place with Team Harmony’s Ornellaia in Saturday’s 1.45m against the clock Grand Prix quailfier. Their time of 22.39 seconds saw them finish just behind Abdel Said for Egypt and Pius Schwizer for Austria who stopped the clock in 22.52 seconds and 22.05 seconds respectively.

Sunday’s Global Champions League competition saw John Whitaker and Ornellaia put in a brilliant performance once again to jump a foot-perfect double clear.  Partnering Bertram Allen as the duo competing under the Valkenswaard United banner they finished in 2nd place just behind the Antwerp Diamonds team of Audrey Coulter and Jos Verlooy.  Their position in this, the third leg of the of the Global Champions League mirrors their position on the overall league table as they head into the fourth leg which takes place in Shanghai.  John also sits in 2nd place on the overall leg of the Global Champions Tour league which is currently headed by Christian Ahlmann of Germany.

Tim Gredley and Unex Handyman finished 4th in CSI2* 1.45m class on Friday whilst Sam Hutton sat two places behind in the same line up on Carita Gatia.  Saturdays CSI2* 1.45m Grand Prix saw Tim and Unex Handyman the highest placed Brit when they once again secured 4th place position.

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CSI4* Hagen, Germany (20 – 24 April)
Will Funnell and Billy Angelo finished in 3rd place in the 1.45m against the clock class on Thursday. Pole position went to Julien Epaillard for France with Safari d’Auge whilst 2nd place was taken by New Zealand’s Bruce Goodin and Baloppi.

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CSI3* Oliva, Spain (19-24 April)
It was Emma Stoker with Miss Moneypenny who won the opening 1.30m against the clock world ranking class in Oliva, Spain. Hot on her heels was Heather Larson with Whitney XI.  Anna Edwards headed up the following class on Thursday with Chesterfield Z with Dan Neilson and Saint’A Boy finishing in 3rd just behind Irelands Barry Drea and Zanzibar V.

Friday saw GB post another win in the opening class, this time with former GB Leading Young Rider Chloe Aston and Amigo T.  British riders dominated the class with Katie Fletcher and Benz, Matt  Clayton and Lowenherz, Dan Neilson and Major Delacour along with Maisie Drea and Okehurst Abbervail taking 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th place respectively.

A great day for Chloe as she also took 2nd place in the 1.40m against-the-clock class on the Friday in which Anna Edwards and Chesterfield also finished 4th in addition to finishing 2nd in the 1.45m speed class with Kolibri Classic.  Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah finished in 4th position just behind Anna.   Saturday brought more wins for GB with Heather Larson and Whitney securing the 1.30m against the clock class ahead of Portugal’s Jose Pereira Coutinho.  Maisie Drea with Kinkeen Diamond and Jessie Drea aboard Dekato took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the 1.35m against the clock class whilst Anna Edwards took 5th with Bon Jovi.  Alice Watson and Billy Lemon put in an incredibly fast clear to win the 1.45m against the clock on Saturday afternoon ahead of Switzerland’s Niklaus Rutschi and Windsor XV.  One of ten double clears produced they stopped the clock in 38.30 seconds which was just under 1.5 seconds faster than the where Niklaus broke the finish line.  Anna Edwards with Blazer B finished in 5th place with their time of 43.06 seconds.

Sunday opened with Chloe Aston finishing in 2nd in the 1.40m with Celeste with Anna Edwards and Chesterfield finishing just one place behind in 3rd. Anna made a 2nd place appearance in the 1.50m with Blazer B, finishing just behind Eduardo Alvarez Aznar for Spain with their double clear, one of only four produced within the class.

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