Competitions finally get underway at Oliva Nova


Competitions finally got underway at the MET Spring tour after Oliva Nova was hit by heavy storms and high winds with week one’s re-scheduled classes held on Monday – a usual rest day.

David Simpson was best British-based rider in the gold world ranking 1.45m with sixth place on Keoki. Seventeen of the 45 starters jumped clear, with David and the Catoki/Cassini I eight-year-old 3.40 sec finishing behind the winner. David’s wife Louise jumped into eighth on the Kashmir van Schuttershof 11-year-old Grafit with Dan Neilson slotting the Wolfgang/Indoctro 13-year-old Newton Nickel into ninth. Jay Buxton was also double clear on Strides Hilanasterne for 12th and Trevor Breen claimed 16th with Bombay.

France’s Julien Epaillard, winner of the gold 1.45m on Cristallo A LM, doubled up in the 1.40m with Sheriff de la Nutria LM. Holly Smith eased the eight-year-old Namelus r mare Elore into third, almost three sec in arrears.

David also featured here, taking ninth on the 13-year-old mare Chessy 17. Jay Buxton jumped into 11th with High Offley Arturos Catch and also jumping double clear was Dan Neilson (Major Delacour) for 19th and Emma Stoker slotted into 20th with Townhead Tallulah V. Four faults in the second round dropped Louise Simpson from a possible second to 21st with Fiona V/H Lemmonshof.

Louise guided Jaffar de Bourguignon, a Lord Z/Darco eight-year-old, into sixth in the gold 1.30m speed, almost five sec behind the pace. Emma Stoker slotted the Cartani eight-year-old Townhead Ballulah into ninth with Ben Raistrick’s Benevita in 11th and Anna Power on Blazer B just behind in 12th. Alex Rident took 13th on Come Back while Ireland’s David Simpson (Gicco) claimed 14th and Trevor Breen was 17th with Escapade H. Dan Neilson was also clear on Cirrus for 20th place.

Brits filled six of the top eight places in the silver 1.25m speed with Ben Raistrick taking the top spot on Dan Wright’s 17-year-old Top Limit. They were almost four sec faster than Emma Stoker in second with the Monte Bellini eight-year-old Miss Moneypenny. Louise Simpson filled fourth place on the 10-year-old Couterro U gelding Berlin with Jemma Kirk fifth aboard the selle Francias nine-year-old Unisson des Saules. Anna Power and Fix Date finished seventh with Leonne George in eighth on Katinka and David claimed ninth on The Jeweller. Holly Smith and Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill incurred just one time fault for 15th.

In the silver 1.35m speed, Emma Stoker took ninth and 11th with two eight-year-olds, Shelby 12 (Stolzenberg/For Pleasure) and Dieg’Eau de Villee Ugano Sitte/Cardento). Leonne George headed the bronze 1.15m two-phase, the 14-year-old mare I Candy II winning by 2.40 sec. Also double clear was Caroline Breen, taking sixth on Ilka II and 10th aboard Altaira, Stacey Willsone was eighth on Alsager and Ethan Bracken finished 13th on Kraque Boom HR. Sophie Bennett scored clear and four with Cirmosa.

Gemma Wright jumped into fourth in the bronze 1.25m accumulator with the Eldorado van de Zeshoek/Cavalier Royale seven-year-old On Board Candy, eight sec behind the winner. Victoria Bennett claimed fifth with Raphoe Ella and Anja Jackson took sixth aboard No Time. Aled Harding also scored maximum points on F. Luckyboy d’Hotot with Caroline Breen in 16th after dropping one point with Paladin de Laume.

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