Richard Howley is the top man in Spain

Richard Howley and Calmond excelled on the Spanish sunshine tour in Vejer de la Frontera to claim victory in the big 1.50m grand prix.

A total of 11 from 57 starters gained round one clears but only four went clear again. And although all 11 progressed to the jump-off, the superior four remained clear to fill the top four places, but Richard was the only rider to break the 40 second barrier. Finding the shortest route possible, the British-based Irishman guided the German-bred Clarimo 10-year-old Calmond into a win with a 1.38 sec advantage.

The Netherlands’ Eric van de Vleuten claimed second with Zigali P S, a Kigali 13-year-old produced in Britain by Dan Neilson. Spain’s Eduardo Alvarez Aznar jumped into third with Fidux.

Alison Barton and her father Richard were best Brits, both on four faults in round one with Roma IV and Donata for 15th and 16th. Also on four was Jess Dimmock (Cybell II) in 19th and Guy Williams’ Depardieu Van’t Kiezelhof in 21st.

Alison rounded off a good week with a big tour A1 1.30m win on the La Poco/Andiamo 11-year-old Billy Anna, leaving the other 36 competitors trailing in her wake to win with 1.62 sec in hand. Douglas Duffin took third on Pyjama Jack with Theo Simpson and Alvin Only in fourth. Chloe Winchester eased Hasj VH Vliegenhof Z into eighth, Sally Hopkinson claimed 12th on Etahgravin and Morgan Kent posted a steadier clear for 15th on Dolores.

Brits lifted the top three in the big tour B 1.35m, Harriet Nuttall and the Irish-bred Silver Lift proving the fastest by 0.76 sec. Matt Sampson slotted the Clinton eight-year-old Ebolensky into second with Mille Allen and the feisty Balou du Rouet stallion Balou Star in third. Simon Crippen and Atlanta VIII took fifth with Joe Whitaker’s Diola sixth, Faye Adams and Ciana seventh and Lance Whitehouse claimed ninth on Miss Belverdere. Jordan Thompson picked up 12th on Eclips V, Antonio Marimas Soto took 13th on Diamondloma and Douglas Duffin was also clear for 18th on Chento D.

Chloe Winchester took fourth in the big tour C 1.40m speed on the Sandro Boy 10-year-old Sheyenne 27, eight sec behind the winner, Italy’s Luca Moneta on Neptune Brecourt. Morgan Kent was also clear for 12th on Notis Me.

Brits chased hard in the big tour A2 1.30m speed, but no-one could catch Spain’s Gonzalo Anon Suarez and G and C Fredo LS. Mark Armstrong was nearest rival, 1.49 sec adrift on the Baloubet du Rouet 12-year-old Balougio III with Beth Vernon’s Omane des Faux in third and Simon Crippen on Temple Claudius in fourth. Faye Adams took seventh on Ebriolita, Jess Dimmock rode into eighth on Billy Tortilla and Danielle Farnsworth was 10th aboard Cornascriebe Ferro. James Davenport finished 15th on Twins Forever and Robert Bevis was right behind for 16th with Radioactive II. Chloe Winchester was also clear on Contiki for 21st place.

Four faults in round two of three rounds proved costly for Spencer Roe. He produced the fastest time in the jump-off on the Con Air 11-year-old Con Artist, but that lowered rail dropped him from victory to seventh. Georgie Crumley also picked up four faults in round two on Renkum Centre Star to take ninth. The USA’s Anthony Carly claimed victory by more than a second on King Edward.

David Wingrove rode into third in the medium tour B 1.35m on the nine-year-old What a Kashmir K stallion What a Kaschin K, 2.53 sec adrift of the winning time. Ashlee Harrison took seventh on Toupie du Quesnoy and Joanne Whitaker jumped into ninth on Contendro Star. Christie Tamarin was also clear on Grupo Prom Montejo for 12th.

Georgie Crumley guided the Moon Charm/Zapateado 10-year-old Moon Zappa into second in the medium tour A 1.30m, just 0.22 sec behind the pace. Abbe Elliott and Booming Blue Z jumped into fourth with Jodie Hall-McAteer in seventh on Kondy and Christie Tamarin in 12th aboard Jacinthe van Dorperheide.

Sisters Jodie and Ellie Hall-McAteer dominated the small tour C 1.30m, Jodie winning on the Vincenzo 10-year-old Colette by 2.16 sec from Ellie with on the Kannan daughter Dazzle. Ellie also slotted Chicobello into fourth behind third-placed Abbe Elliott on Casti Aneira. Kieran Masters also posted a double clear for 12th aboard Tiziano du Tillard.

Polly Gredley popped Unex Barrichello into third in the small tour accumulator, 2.46 sec behind the winner and also picked up fifth with Unex Clintan MB. Louis Simmons was sandwiched into fourth on Dice with Louise Stoner in sixth on Oscar Zee and Jenny Thompson’s Eliseq in seventh. Annabel Lomas took ninth on Ferndale Special K with Isabelle Cork 10th on Cartalano and 14th with Jaliska van de Heide. Carline Corke took 13th on Electro Fortuna, Thomas Lloyd’s Camelot 120 was 15th and Georgia Distefano was 16th on Fijkje. Kelly Shannon also posted a maximum score on Klever Boy van het Bontehof.

And Karen Clitheroe took eighth in the small tour 1.10m speed on Agallieo with a steady clear.

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