The contingent of UK-based riders who travelled to Baroca D’Alva had their second taste of sunshine competition at Baroca D’Alva.
Belgium’s Karin Donckers took victory in the CCI1* with a comfortable margin. Riding Christopher Stone’s Jalapeno, Karin added nothing to her dressage score of 33.6 to win by 5.8 penalties. Second went to Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Calle 44 with Janneke Boonzaaijer in third.
The best placed home-nation rider was Gemma Tattersall who finish 10th on Christopher Stone’s Chillis Gem. Matthew Heath finished 17th with Kilgarron Kontender and 30th with Abbeygate Frederick whilst Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy finished 18th with MGH Kings Street and 24th with MGH Annagmore. Nick Bird finished in 36th with Sacrosanct.
America’s Tiana Coudray was victorious in the CCI2* with Sambuca, improving on their 13th place in the CIC2* the previous week. The pairing added no jumping faults to their dressage score of 45.5 to finish clear of Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky in second, also finishing 10th with Fiveberry. Third place went to Joris Vanspringel of Belgium, riding Imperial van de Holtakke.
UK based Swedish rider Henvig Wik finished fifth with Direct Cruising and UK-based Italian rider Giovanni Ugolotti was seventh with Decapo 277 whilst fellow Italian Vittoria Panizzon finished 18th with Borough Free Flight.
It was a successful weekend for Belgium’s Karin Donckers. As well as claiming the win in the CCI1*, she also took victory in the CIC3* with Fletcha van’t Verahof.
British riders rounded out the top three with Gemma Tattersall and Chico Bella P, another horse owned by Christopher Stone, taking second and Sarah Bullimore and Lilly Corinne taking third.
Canada’s Kathryn Robinson, who is based in the UK, finished seventh with Let It Bee to gain their individual qualification for the Rio Olympics. Britain’s Emma Hyslop Webb rounded out the top 10 with Waldo III.
Britain’s Sarah Bullimore was the winner in the CCI3* with Reve du Rouet. The pair picked up 2.4 time penalties on the cross country but it still gave them a clear victory. Germany’s Andreas Dibowski took second with FRH Butts Avedon with Belgium’s Joris Vanspringel in third with Lully des Aulnes.
Italian’s Giovani Ugolotti and Vittoria Panizzon gain their Olympic qualifications by finishing fifth with Oplitas and seventh with Borough Pennyz respectively. Rounding off a successful weekend in Portugal Gemma Tattersall finished the CCI3* in eighth with Jane Butler’s Shannondale Mel.
New Zealand – Horse of the Year
Clarke Johnstone and Balmoral Sensation were the winners of the CIC3* class at Horse of the Year for 2016. The classy combination put on an incredible display of horsemanship throughout all three phases showing their talent and experience, finishing up with a beautiful clear cross country round incurring 0.8 time faults to finish 16 points ahead of the rest of the pack.
As a result of his win Clarke, who is now heading to England, has moved to the top the ESNZ Eventing Super League. The combination depart for the northern hemisphere in two weeks fortnight to join the UK based members of the NZ High Performance Eventing squad to prepare for Rio, with the CCI4* Badminton Horse Trials at the beginning of May the first major objective.
Samantha Felton and Ricker Ridge Escada who sat in second place overnight parted ways out the back of the course and walked home, which opened the door for Andy Daines and Spring Panorama who powered around the cross country to finish up in second place. Abby Lawrence and Pseudonym came home clear and under time for third place, as did Katharine Van Tyl and Double J Sunshine who incurred just 1.6 time faults.
In the Hansen Products 2* class, Dannie Lodder and Call Me Al finished their weekend with clear jumping in the cross country, adding just 0.4 time penalties to their dressage score, to take the 2* title.
Aleisha Collett and Mi Focus charged around the cross country course and their double clear saw them move from 4th after dressage to 2nd overall. Juliet Wood and Waitangi Pinterest jumped clear but incurred 1.6 time faults which moved them back into 3rd place having sat in 2nd equal since dressage day.
The eventing world was rocked by the tragic death of a competitor at the Scone Horse Trials in Australia this weekend.
Seventeen year old Olivia Inglis was riding the family’s Coriolanus in the CNC2* when the accident occurred. Olivia was given urgent medical attention, attended by the on-course paramedic, the on-course doctor and the Westpac rescue helicopter service but unfortunately was unable to be revived. Coriolanus, an 11 year old Thoroughbred, remains under observation at the Scone Veterinary Clinic and is grazing in a small yard.
The Scone Horse Trials committee and Equestrian Australia offer their heartfelt condolences to Charlotte and Arthur Inglis and their family for their tragic loss and request their privacy be respected at this time.
Following the accident, all further competition at the event was cancelled. Eventing Worldwide’s thoughts are with all those concerned at this sad time.