Friday, May 24, 2013
INTERNATIONAL WEEKEND-ROUND UP
Monday 22 October 2012
The 5* World Cup Qualifier show in Helsinki saw Scott Brash, Will Funnell and Robert Smith flying the flag for Great Britain.
Scott Brash with Elizabeth McTaggart’s 11-year-old gelding Bon Ami II secured the first speed class of the show with Robert Smith and his own 12-year-old grey gelding Balourado taking 3rd place. Robert had already been placed in the 1st class of the day with his own Voila in the 1.40m The Speed class the following day also saw Scott and Bon Ami feature in the line up once again, this time in 2nd place having just been pipped to the post by the Netherlands Maikel Van de Vleuten.
The 1.40m Jump Off class on the Saturday saw Will Funnell and Julie Slade’s 11-year-old chesnut gelding take 4th place followed by the Helsinki UB Grand Prix which saw Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos, owned by Lord & Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham take 8th place having incurred an unfortunate 8faults in the jump off.
On Sunday all eyes were focused on the Rolex Grand Prix FEI World Cup Qualifier with all riders vying for the all important and lucrative league points on offer. Great Britain secured two riders through to the jump-off, namely Scott Brash with Hello Sanctos and Will Funnell with Julie Slade’s 9 year old chestnut gelding Billy Angelo.
The Jump-off, which saw riders having to snake their way across the course with a flying gallop to the last was incredible to watch and the packed grandstands were on their feet in acknowledgement of the brilliant riding they were witnessing. It was Roger Yves-Bost for France that managed to take the title in a time of 37.39 with Scott Brash and Hello Sanctos finishing in 4th and Will Funnell slotting in just behind him in 5th place, both of whom had also produced double clears.
After the 2nd leg of the World Cup Qualifiers for 2012/13 Scott Brash is sitting in 3rd place on the League Table with Will Funnell in joint 4th place with Mikail Van de Vleuten.
Michael, John & Robert Whitaker were competing in Odense, Denmark securing some great wins between them. The opening day Thursday saw Robert with John Hales’ 7-year-old gelding Anyway II take 5th place in the 1.30m welcome class.
Friday saw Robert take his first win of the show with Mandy Hall’s USA today in the 1.45m speed class, a victory that they replicated the following day in the same class which saw John Whitaker with his wife’s (Clare) Maximillian take 4th place and Michael Whitaker with Nick Ward’s bay mare Wild Rose II take 8th.
The Grand Prix on the final day saw just five competitors produce a clear in the first round one of which was John Whitaker with his own and Clare’s 10-year-old bay stallion Argento. Producing the fastest clear in the jump-off by just .06 of a second meant a first place finish with Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Cornado NRW having to be satisfied with 2nd place. Michael Whitaker and his own Antello Z took 11th place having incurred 4faults in the first round.
Caen, France saw Guy Williams and Nigel Scudamore’s Larino 0087 take the opening class of the competition, a 1.40m speed class. Dan Neilson with Stacy Willsone’s Varo M also appeared in the line-up on the opening day with their 7th place in the 1.45m Jump-Off class. Sunday saw the 1.50m Caen Grand Prix contested with eleven clears go through from the first round, Dan and Varo M being one of them. With a fence falling in the jump-off the combination finished in 11th position with Rodrigo Pessoa for Brazil with HH Ashley taking the title.
Laura Renwick continues with her focus on the Moroccan tour in El Jadida. The opening day saw her take 7th place with Ben Mahers 12 year-old bay Toklund. The second day, Saturday, saw Laura take 3rd place in the 1.40m Jump-Off class with her own Limelight de Breve before taking 8th place in the 1.45m speed class with John Renwick’s Beluga II.
Sunday saw Limelight de Breve back in the placings with a 2nd place in the opening class before the final event of the competition, the El Jadida Grand Prix. Again, Laura finished in the line-up with a 2nd place. This time with Toklund having produced a double clear in a time of 47.17, relegated to 2nd place by just a couple of seconds by Italy’s Roberto Torchetto and Baretto.
Tim Gredley who has now based his competition yard in Florida was thrilled to be back competing with Unex Omelli, especially with their double clear in the FEI World Cup qualifier which saw them finish in 4th place to USA’s Kent Farrington and Uceko.