Jodie and Ellie Hall-McAteer are the stars in Opglabbeek


Sisters Jodie and Ellie Hall-McAteer both claimed Grand Prix wins on the final day at Sentower Park, Opglabbeek, Belgium.

Jodie and the feisty but fabulous Tixylix repeated their win of 24 hours earlier to head the pony Grand Prix. And Ellie followed suit in the children-on-horses Grand Prix with the big, powerful mare Dazzle.

From a field of 54, 13 reached the jump-off of the pony Grand Prix, with Jodie and the wonderful 18-year-old Tixylix gaining the upper hand by just 0.10 sec to take victory. Robert Murphy brought Rainbows Mocha into third a further two sec off the pace.

Ireland’s Harry Allen, who is still getting to grips with Charlotte Ash’s former European ride Aughnashammer, took 13th spot.

Jack Whitaker on Zodianne Van De Doevenbree and Allana Clutterbuck with Sultan Du Bary both incurred four faults in round one. Jack had five faults on Elando Van De Roshoeve, Faye Sutton on Robe Ruadh returned on eight and Madison Jamison’s Eclips VI finished on nine.

Brits filled the top three in the children-on-horses Grand Prix, Ellie and the big-jumping Dazzle taking the top podium spot by 0.35 sec. Sienna Charles claimed second on Chaitanya 2 with Lily Freeman-Attwood in third on Topspin. Olli Fletcher, on clear and four, took 15th with Dahar in the 16-horse jump-off.

Aimee Jones and Never Last was best Brit in the young rider Grand Prix, jumping double clear but finishing three sec adrift of the winner, Ireland’s Gavin Harley on Understone Van De Kapel. Beth Vernon and the promising Lotus took eighth and Amy Inglis with Every Way took ninth, both posting clear and four in the 11-strong jump-off.

Aimee and second rider Lilly 483 took 12th on one time fault in the first round. Chelsea Skelton (Millfield Baloney) and Theo Simpson (Touch of Chilli) finished on a round one score of four, and Chelsea on Caramba had five faults.

Amy and Amadeouse De Hurtebise took fourth in the young rider 1.30m, 1.60 sec behind the winner, and Beth finished ninth on Omane Des Faux.

Scarlett Charles took 10th in the junior 1.40m Grand Prix, producing a double clear with Scaree Du Rouet. Leonie Aitkenhead and Westpoint Ferdinand finished 13th on clear and four with Alex Gill, also clear and four, in 18 th on Billy Fanta.

Charlotte Ash (Galant Van Vijverhof), Emily Ward (Remi Cavalleri) and Leonie on second ride Clane K all jumed clear in round one but finished down the line, and Katinka Brogaard on Belfast posted a jumping clear but incurred two time faults. Switzerland’s Joel Kurmann on Tarzan Du Thurin won the class.

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