Claudia Moore missed out on grand prix victory by less than a second at the FEI Nations Cup Youth Finals at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, with the scopey Delflip.
It was no mean feat. Forty-three competitors initially contended over a 13-fence, 15 jumping efforts 1.25m track with 14 finding all the answers to access the jump-off. And with eight returning second clears, it was all about the clock, Claudia taking advantage of the 12-year-old Delflip’s (Flipper D’Elle/Corland) huge stride to slot in the runner-up spot 0.67 sec behind the winner.
Ireland’s Rhys Williams claimed victory on K-Little Hero d’18 with Germany’s Ann-Sophie Seidl on Berkzicht Rob in third. Lila Bremner, 16, rode two great rounds to take fourth 1.66 sec behind the winning time on the handsome nine-year-old Lapislazuli. Just one mistake in round one denied Tatiane Mauree a jump-off chance and the four faults put Horseabout Zibu into 17th.
James Winter claimed third in the young rider grand prix with Garande over a challenging track. Thirty-two riders faced a 13-fence, 16-effort 1.45m course and just five posted first round clears. And with one withdrawal, only four came forward in round two although James’ luck didn’t hold and the Querly-Elvis eight-year-old mare returned eight faults second time out. Nevertheless, it was still a fantastic effort.
Two jumped double clear, The USA’s Giavanna Rinaldi winning by 0.59 sec on Concuela over Switzerland’s Alexandra Amar on Unpulsion De La Hart. Four riders finished on one time penalty in round one including Scarlett Charles and she finished ninth on Bambina. Taisie de Gruchy came home on four faults for 16th with Winner of Picobello Z.
Three Brits from 52 starters reached the 12-horse jump-off but second clears were not forthcoming. Olli Fletcher dropped from a possible third to eighth with four faults on Horst Van De Mispelaere and Ben Clark also lowered one rail to take ninth on LCC Comanche. It didn’t go according to plan for Sienna Charles and she retired Chaitanya 2 to finish 12th.
Phoebe Farman posted a double clear on Caruso D’Eres Z to take seventh in the Children-on-Horses grand prix. Twenty-two of the original 57 reached the jump-off with Phoebe and the Calvaro Z 10-year-old finishing 2.12 sec behind the winner. Two fences down dropped Tabitha Kyle and Grennanstown Sarco Luxhill to 20th place.
Joe Fernyhough headed the young rider 1.35m speed on Westpoint Quickfire nine-year-old Calcourt Quicktime, holding off the challenges of his 14 rivals to win by 1.26 sec.
Allana Clutterbuck jumped into third in the 21-strong junior 1.30m speed with Urlevent Du Bary, the selle Francais 11-year-old finishing 1.17 sec behind the pace.
Red Morgan posted the steadiest of the clears in the pony 1.15m speed for ninth on Bodyssee Des Avelines and picked up one time fault with Demon Du Bary to take 10th.
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