A delighted Emma Stoker claimed the bronze medal in the five-year-old world title at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken in Belgium with Skylandria Z.
From a starting field of 243 horses, just 46 made the cut for the final with 11 coming forward to round two against the clock for the final medal decider. Emma claimed two rides in the jump-off and posted another clear on the Super Trooper De Ness/Indoctro mare to slot into third and a podium place 1.02 sec behind the winner.
“I’m in complete shock!” said Emma, whose future had been uncertain when her former employer, Bob Young and Townhead Stud, recently sold all the horses to Belgium’s Axel Verlooy including Skylandria.
“We bought Skylandria a year ago and I thought I was going to lose her and then I got her back. Today, I won the world championship bronze, I’m very happy.”
Emma was also returned a clean sheet on Orphea HQ (Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Epleaser Van’t Heike) for fifth. Four faults dropped Louise Saywell and Jicarla T (Caretino Gold/Numero Uno) to eighth.
Two Irish lad filled the top two spots, Jason Foley, 18, winning by 0.43 sec on the Kannan mare Rockwell RC from Mikey Pender, 19, on Chacco Bay (Chaccato/Heops).
Emma was best Brit in the seven-year-old but four faults in the first round put Happynes (Eldorado Van De Zeshoek/Cicero Z Van Paemel) into 17th place. Forty of the original 201 starters reached the final and just eight contended the jump-off, won by Ireland’s Seamus Hughes-Kennedy in the final draw on Cuffesgrange Cavadora (Z Wellie 72/Luidam) by just 0.12 sec over Brazil’s Victor Mariano Luminatti with Cipollini Second Life Z. Germany’s Marco Kutscher claimed the bronze medal on Policeman.
Two Brits reached the final jump-off of the six-year-old world championship, but poles fell to drop them down the order.
Thirty-nine from a massive field of 265 gained access to the final with 16 posting initial clears to reach the jump-off including Laura Robinson and Matt Sampson. But Laura lowered one pole on Millfield Colette (Cornet Obolensky/Clearway) to take 13th. Matt produced the fastest time of the class by 0.74 sec but hit two on the way with the British-bred mare Ivory (Don VHP Z/Cartogran) to drop to 14th.
Germany’s Katrin Eckermann eased Chao Lea (Comme Il Faut/Chacco-Blue) into gold with Mikey Pender taking silver on MHS Cardenta (Cardento 933/Diamond Serpernt) and Belgium’s Jeroen Appelen claimed bronze with Bero De Semilly N (Diamant De Semilly/Lord Z).
Robert Whitaker featured in the 4* 1.55m St Tropez grand prix with Catwalk, but a pole got in the way.
Only eight of the 50 starters contended the jump-off with Robert out for the win, but a rail fell to drop the Colman 16-year-old down to fifth. Richard Howley suffered a similar fate to take sixth on the Tygo/Wellington 11-year-old Chinook. British-based American Laura Kraut took the win by 0.22 sec on the 10-year-old Verdi mare Fleurette.
Four faults in the jump-off of the 1.45m grand prix dropped Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny down to seventh place on the final day of Canteleu in France.
Thirteen of the 60 starters reached the jump-off but a rail down dropped Holly and The Heart Throb 10-year-old down the order. The same fate came to Ellen Whitaker with Arena UK Winston and Keith Shore with Iron Lady Van’t Meulenhof for ninth and 10th.
Tagatha Payne outpaced all rivals to take victory in the 34-strong amateur 1.15m with The Maharanee in a 10-horse decider, the 14-year-old winning by more than three sec.
Ava Vernon jumped into second spot in the 58-horse 1* 1.25m two-phase with Here I’m B, the Nassau seven-year-old 1.28 sec behind the winner. Alex Bishop was also double clear for seventh with Fenna De Go and Holly was penalty-free with Azolette for 17th.
Jess Dimmock eased Billy Congo nine-year-old mare Billy In Fashion into fifth in the 44-strong 2* 1.35m speed 4.75 sec off the pace. Ellen and Hulahupe JR also posted a clear to take ninth and a steady round from Holly with Flipper Darco UK Z earned 10th place.
Nicole Pavitt guided the 11-year-old Southend into sixth in the 57-entry 2* 1.40m speed 1.63 sec behind the pace. Keith jumped an easy clear on Djoel to take 14th.