EUROPEAN WEEKEND ROUND-UP
Monday 23 July 2012
This weekend saw British riders secure some solid results across Europe.
Nick Skelton with Beverley Widdowson’s 11 year-old grey gelding Carlo 273 were competing in Chantilly on the Global Champions Tour where they secured 1st place in the Prix Equidia Life 1.50m class across two rounds. Relegating French rider Patrice Delaveau with HDC Omella Mail into second place and Derek Lynch from Ireland with latinus 3 into 3rd. Michael Whitaker also appeared in the line-up with Alison, Jean & Ken Rodgerson 11 year-old bay stallion Ingliston Twister in 7th place.
This followed Nick and Carlo’s 5th place in the Grand Prix on Saturday with its total prize fund of €285,000. A class that also saw Michael in the line up, this time with his own Viking V where a slightly slower time relegated them to 8th place.
The Global Champions Tour 2012 season standings currently has two British riders in the Top 10 with Michael Whitaker in 3rd place and Ben Maher in 7th. Full information and results in respect of the Global Champions Tour can be found at www.globalchampionstour.com
San Patriagnano in Italy saw Laura Renwick secure the 1.45m Tamoil competition with Marian Renwick’s 11 year-old bay gelding Roller Coaster over Emanuele Gaudiano and Chicago 84 and Canada’s Eric Lamaze with Cortana Van K who took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Robert Smith with Roberta was placed in each of the both Friday and Sunday’s 7 year old classes where they took 6th and 3rd place resepectively.
Vimeiro in Portugal saw Chloe Aston take 2nd place in the CSI2* BP Gas Grand Prix and her own 10 year-old bay gelding Kolibri Classic with her double clear in a time just slightly slower than Portugal’s Marina Frutuoso de Melo and Coltaire Z who took first place. Coming through the finish line ahead of two other Portuguese riders 3rd and 4th place were taken by Ivan Camargo with Calimero of Colours and Rodrigo Giesteira de Almeida with Amour du Bois.