Louise Whitaker is on form in Mijas

Louise Whitaker hit form in the classic 1.40m speed on the Autumn MET tour, Oliva Nova, Spain, taking first and third places. 

She guided the Berlin eight-year-old Abeer II OL into the top spot, winning by 3.29 sec, and eased Brendon Stud’s home-bred Warrior seven-year-old Special Warrior into third, sandwiching Israels’ Danielle Goldstein and Corneel into second.

Richard Howley on Ayamonte BG Z and Lucinda Roche with Izar LB – both based in Britain but riding for Ireland – returned one time fault each for eighth and 10th. 

Louise also featured in the top-billed master 1.45m grand prix to pick valuable world ranking points with fourth place on Team Harmony’s Udget Du Rozel.  Sixty-three initially contended here with 11 producing first round clears to access the jump-off, Louise again providing a penalty-free round with the Cero/Kannan nine-year-old mare to slot into fourth 4.79 sec behind the pace. 

Spain’s Julio Arias Cueva on Jimcy Du Lys claimed victory with a 0.29 sec advantage. Jamie Gornall also reached the jump-off but returned on eight in round two with Carsten for 10th place.

Louise was in the mix in the master 1.40m two-phase, guiding the Berlin nine-year-old Leen OL into sixth spot nine sec behind the pace.  Four faults in the second phase dropped Yazmin Pinchen’s Con Chilli and Richard Howley on Quidam B Z down to 12th and 15th.

Charlotte Geddes was beat Brit in the master 1.35m speed with the seven-year-old Cherry Tania taking eighth with a very steady clear 15 sec adrift of the winning time.  Four faults dropped Laura Renwick’s seven-year-old Alothain De Blondel down to 11th.

Rowan Willis returned a very steady clear in the master 1.30m speed with Shark, the Arko/Pilot nine-year-old finishing sixth 18 sec behind the pace.

Richard Jenkinson jumped into seventh in the premium 1.30m speed with Culto, the Caretino 13-year-old returning a steady clear to finish 11 sec behind the pace.  Joanne Whitaker claimed 14th on the Argento seven-year-old Areba II and Richard was also clear on second ride Capri Sun for 16th.

Brits were dogged by four faults in round one of the premium 1.40m grand prix with Lauren Edwards the quickest for 10th on the six-year-old Kesara.  Joanne Whitaker claimed 11th with Hiro Della Rivabella and Charlotte Meikle took 12th on Virginia.  Only four provided initial clears to access the jump-off, won by Spain’s Margarita Vargas on T.Carlanka.


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