All roads led to Barcelona this week for the Longines FEI Nations Cup Ultimate, the place among the greatest groups on the earth battled it out for the coveted title, in addition to an all-important ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics. British chef d’equipe Di Lampard revealed her fifth-placed squad of younger riders “did their nation proud”, though you needed to really feel for poor Joe Stockdale, who stated he was “completely gutted” to tip the ultimate fence in spherical two and miss out on a share of the €100,000 double-clear bonus.
Elsewhere in Spain, two of our Olympic riders debuted some thrilling new horsepower and London gold medallist Peter Charles made a welcome return to the worldwide ring. In the meantime, on house soil, the Keysoe CSI2* grand prix attracted a robust subject, so congratulations to Laura Stephenson and her 20-year-old associate Catherston Connor for his or her success.
Right here is your weekly round-up of worldwide motion from the world of showjumping over the previous week.
Ben Maher makes successful debut on new horse
The reigning Olympic champion Ben Maher has some top-class new horses in his string and, in week one of many Autumn Mediterranean Equestrian Tour CSI2* at Oliva Nova, Spain, he made a successful debut with Exit Remo (principal picture, above), an impressive five-star horse for Dutch rider Patrick Lemmen. Ben and the 13-year-old jumped the one double clear to win Saturday’s 1.45m jump-off class, however he was additionally in motion on Helwell Du Chabus for Holger Hetzel, and the nine-year-old mare Dallas Vegas Batilly, an amazing contender for French workforce rider Nicolas Delmotte till not too long ago. Scott Brash additionally made his aggressive debut on the seven-year-old Keswichtime HV. This week’s grand prix was gained by US rider Michael Hughes with the Stephex Stables’ 15-year-old Calisto Blue, as soon as the journey of Michael Whitaker and extra not too long ago with Daniel Deusser. The bronze tour ultimate resulted in a British victory for the in-form Joanne McGlory using G Zara Zing whereas sisters Sienna and Scarlett Charles have been positioned within the silver tour equal.
Belgium triumphs and younger British workforce “make their nation proud” in Nations Cup Ultimate
In Barcelona, Spain, Belgium took the coveted title within the Longines FEI Nations Cup Ultimate, in addition to securing Olympic qualification for Paris 2024. Nice Britain’s younger squad of Ellen Whitaker (Equine America Spacecake), Lily Attwood (Cor-Leon VD Vlierbeek Z), Jodie Corridor McAteer (Salt’N Peppa) and Joe Stockdale (Equine America Cacharel) completed fifth, and chef d’equipe Di Lampard stated: “I used to be so proud as a result of Barcelona is not any giveaway – it’s a sudden-death championship.”
“We went straight by means of [to Sunday’s final], by the pores and skin of our tooth!” she added. “This was Lily’s first time into the workforce at five-star stage, an enormous step up for a 20-year-old, and Jodie is getting a lot better on the stage, whereas Joe has proven his maturity – that final fence was merciless although!” she stated, of his faults on the ultimate oxer, which denied him a share of the €100,000 double-clear bonus.
“Ellen’s rounds have been implausible – to steer us out, and to steer everybody out on the final day. My goodness can she journey in that ring! The spirit with this younger group of riders is sensible, I used to be so pleased with the way in which they got here again. They did the nation proud and what a season to sit up for subsequent 12 months.”
Peter Charles makes a welcome return to the worldwide ring
Along with his daughters Sienna and Scarlett Charles in motion on the Autumn MET Tour, Peter determined to don his white breeches and competitors jacket to make a welcome return to the showjumping ring within the CSI2* courses. It had been three years for the reason that 2012 Olympic workforce gold medallist made his final worldwide look and 4 years since he was final competing recurrently. Using the nine-year-old ABC Caruso, 62-year-old Peter’s greatest end in Spain got here in Sunday’s 1.40m two-phase class the place he simply collected 4 penalties within the second part.
“I at all times journey and college at house, however we had new horses and we have been a rider brief right here so I jumped him myself – however don’t fear, it’s nothing huge, I gained’t be aiming for Paris or something like that!” stated Peter. “It’s a part of our enterprise – education the horses behind the scenes is what I do anyway and I can simply pull one round for the workforce, so all that was totally different this weekend was that I needed to placed on a shirt and tie!”
20-year-old gelding triumphs
Solely two riders managed to provide double clears in Keysoe’s CSI2* grand prix, and victory went to Laura Stephenson using the 20-year-old Catherston Connor. Taking the runner-up spot was Joe Trunkfield with the nice campaigner Grennanstown Sarco Lux. Don’t miss the total report in subsequent week’s subject of H&H, within the retailers on Thursday 13 October.
Landmark first grand prix
On the CSI3* Lugano Diamonds Break up Rock Leaping Tour on the Kentucky Horse Park, 21-year-old US rider Tanner Korotkin landed his first worldwide grand prix aboard Rupert Winkelmann’s Quinn 33, who he’s solely been using for a few months.
“He’s simply an superior, quick, tremendous cautious horse and he’s actually enjoyable to journey,” he stated.
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