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Brits Abroad at Senior 2* - 5* Shows – 5th February 2017

Sunday 05 February 2017

Bordeaux, France CSI 5*W
Scott Brash gave Great Britain their first win of the CSI 5*W show in Bordeaux on Saturday afternoon in the 1.45m Foire Internationale de Bordeaux aboard Hellow Annie owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris.  Their blistering performance saw them break the finish line clear in a time of 58.36 seconds ahead of Carlos Enrique Lopez Lizarazo (COL) who finished in 58.58 seconds and Bertram Allen (IRL) with his time of 61.24 who took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Robert Smith with Cimano E, a 10 year-old grey gelding owned by Rebecca Ravilious, kept the Union Flag flying in the next class when he took the 1.45m Prix France Bleau speed class.  Their foot-perfect and incredibly fast time of 61.85 seconds gave them more than half a second lead ahead of Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Sheriff de la Nutria LM.  In a class that saw less than a second separating the top three placings it was Mario Wilson Fernandes (POR) that took 3rd with Tidelio des Nauves.

The World Cup qualifier was taken by Julien Epaillard (FRA) and Quatrin de la Roque LM.  Scott Brash and Ursula XII, also owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris, jumped clear in the first round but unfortunately accrued 8 penalties in the jump off.
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Offenburg, Germany – CSI 3*
It was a fourth place finish for Michael Whitaker in the Grand Prix of Offenburg in Germany on Sunday afternoon.   Their clear in a time of 41.86 seconds put them just a second behind home rider Niklas Kireg (GER) and Carella who finished in 40.83 seconds.  Jorg Oppermann (GER) and Che Guevara took 2nd  in 41.18 seconds whilst Roman Duguet (SUI) finished 3rd

Their performance this afternoon followed their 3rd place finish on Saturday in the Grand Prix Qualifier behind  winner Robert Vos (NED) and Holger Hetzel (GER) who took 2nd.
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Opglabbeek, Belgium – CSI 2*
It was a win for Jay Halim with the 10 year-old grey mare KL Leona in Thursday’s 1.30m Table A class with a clear in the time of 62.23 seconds.  Hot on their heels and ensuring that GB took the top two palces in the class was Rose Moss with the 14 year-old bay gelding Weston who finished clear in 63.42 seconds.

Friday saw Jessie Drea with her mother Lynn Humphries 13 year-old bay Point Two Elvis finish in 4th place in the 1.20m Table A 2 phase.  Their double clear in 27.98 seconds saw them finish behind Melissa Laenan (BEL) who took the top spot in 25.41 seconds.  A few hours later that evening it was Joe Clee who flew the flag for GB with his 5th place aboard the 9 year-old bay mare Isolde van de Heffinck. 

Saturday brought with it another appearance for Jessie Drea with Point Two Elvis with a 4th place finish in the 1.20m speed class.  A position they improved on the following day when Sunday morning saw them finish in 3rd place in the 1.20m Table A Jump Off class.  Their double clear in 35.95 seconds was just a fraction of a second behind the top two of Emile Tacken (NED) and Vanina Lombard (BEL) who finished in 1st and 2nd place respectively in their times of 34.50 and 35.90 seconds.

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