Jonathan Dixon claimed third in the 2* 1.35m speed on the final day of Roosendaal in the Netherlands with Gantico. The Canturo/Darco 11-year-old finished 1.05 sec behind the winner, France’s Manon Jobin on Tortue Dechainee. Joe Whitaker guided the Arezzo VDL nine-year-old Evtia W into sixth.
Clear and four dropped Joe and the seven-year-old Billyjean down to 10th in the 18-strong jump-off of the 1* 1.30m grand prix. James Billington took 16th on the nine-year-old mare Daranta.
Six-time winner last week, Joe was dogged by four faults in week two and one rail down in the concluding 2* 1.45m grand prix put the Centauer Z 12-year-old Virginia – the fastest four-faulter – into eighth place. Morgan Kent also picked up four faults on Dolores for 15th and her partner Richard Howley also made one mistake for 16th on Electra B. The Netherlands’ Bianca Schoenmakers on Daylight took the win with a 0.88 sec advantage over fellow Dutch rider Albert Zoer on Heechhiem’s Cancun VDM in the seven-horse decider.
Long-time leader Vicky Burns jumped into second in the 1.20m with Denzel. The pair had suffered an uncharacteristic fall in the previous day’s 1.30m so Vicky dropped the Cantos/Orame nine-year-old down a level – and it worked.
Their early lead in the 33-horse speed class held strong until the final moments and they were pushed into the runner-up spot by Germany’s Jan Gohl on Mausi. Four faults on both Cartier and Camona dropped Joanne Dixon to 16th and 18th.
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