Stuart and Cressy Neads are best of the British in Oliva Nova

Husband and wife team Cressy and Stuart Neads proved best Brits in Oliva Nova on the Spring MET IV tour.

Cressy jumped into third in the big class of the day, the 1.45m, with Townhead Chinton. Twelve of the initial 38 reached the jump-off, with Cressy guiding the Contendro I/Acord II 10-year-old into third to finish 3.25 sec behind the winner. Ireland lifted the top two places, Clem McMahon on the Pacino/Aldatus Z eight-year-old Pacifico finishing ahead of Cameron Hanley’s Aiyetoro by 0.66 sec. Cressy also returned on five faults with second ride Elton II to finish down the order in 21st.

Stuart topped the gold 1.30m speed with the nine-year-old Chaska II (Stenograph/Werther), relegating Ireland’s Trevor Coyle and Caju to second by just 0.13 sec. Barry Drea guided the eight-year-old Billy Congo daughter Okehurst Miss Mexico into fourth almost five sec behind Stuart.

Imogen Beecroft and the consistent Andiamo/Lux 16-year-old Untouchable headed the 50-strong bronze 1.25m by the narrow margin 0.07 sec. And her sister Claire claimed third with the 11-year-old Burgana (Vermont/Indoctro), finishing 1.42 sec in arrears. Emma Holmes (Quincy 151) and Nissi Sabina Ladell (Ginaselli VD Beekzijde) also returned double clears for 16th and 17th.

Brits filled the top two places in the 1.15m speed, Will Edwards taking the win on the six-year-old mare Geriebanta, 0.72 sec ahead of Nissi Sabina Ladell aboard the seven-year-old Exclusive vant Schaaphof. Imogen was three quarters of a sec ahead of the winning time, but a rail on the floor dropped Roscoe’s Amour to 15th.

One very frustrating time fault in the gold 1.35m dropped Jamie Wingrove and the 13-year-old Cardigan Z (Chellano Z/Zeus) down to 14th.

Luck wasn’t with Jamie today. Four faults in the the jump-off of the 1* silver 1.40m grand prix pushed the eight-year-old Vingino/Mermus R mare Ephonie P down to fifth place. The Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kolobova took the win on Understone van de Kapel. Four in round one dropped Claire Beecroft and Sam W to 13th.

Olivia Skinner eased the Concorde 11-year-old Sir Henry IV into fourth in the bronze 1.30m speed, 3.55 sec behind the winner. Four faults dropped Claire Beecroft’s Vanda Cartier from second to 10th. Clear and four in a competitive bronze 1.40m put Olivia and Cinderella IV 20th.

Heather Larson picked up a fourth place with Whitney XI in the silver 1.30m speed, more than five sec behind the pace. Carmen Edwards was also clear with the Zambesi six-year-old Twinning Hill for 13th.

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