Will Edwards jumps to the top in Spain

Will Edwards jumped to the top in the gold 1.30m speed on SHW Candies B in Oliva Nova, Spain. 

Seventeen jumped in this class with Will and the nine-year-old Chacco Blue/Heartbreaker mare winning by 1.82 sec.  Elizabeth Baker guided Birdy Du Thot into third almost two sec in arrears and Danielle Farnsworth finished sixth with Camorra Des Nonains Z while a steady round from Flo Norris picked up one time fault and eighth aboard Elton D’Acceglio.

Flo had to settle for second in the silver grand prix with Lorielle 2.  Only seven of the 54 starters reached the jump-off over a 1.40m track with Flo guiding the 11-year-old Lordanos daughter into the runner-up spot 2.38 sec behind the winner, France’s Charlotte Lebas on Donatella De La Pomme.  Seven riders finished on one time fault in round one including Joe Clee with Calorie VH Marineshof Z and Stacey Babes on Castlefield to take eighth and 13th.

Steven Franks claimed victory in the 60-entry silver 1.30m speed with an impressive 4.69 sec in hand on the Warrior/Corland 10-year-old Rumbolds Warriors Echo.  Anneliese Aitken slotted the Eldorado VD Zeshoek eight-year-old Eagele Z into third and Suzy Golding finished seventh on Cynthia H.  Ashlee Harrison claimed 10th on Candy VH, Emily Moffitt was clear on Ereina and Kalinka De Kalvarie for 12th and 15th while Suzy Golding (Antigone E Z) and Danielle Farnsworth (Pequena Beech) finished 13th and 14th. 

James Davenport was the only Brit in the 12-horse jump-off of the 53-strong world ranking gold 1.45m and jumped another clear on the Corlensky G 12-year-old Crush to take sixth 4.22 sec behind the winner, France’s Julien Epaillard on Jalanta P.

Mark Hallion eased the seven-year-old mare Hinde ES into third in the 71-strong bronze 1.30m speed almost eight sec off the pace.  Jessica Gracie jumped a steady round on Naviedes Gymnastics to finish on one time fault and for 18th.

Stacey Willsone galloped to the top in the 24-strong bronze 1.10m speed on Alsager, the eager Lucca 16-year-old claiming a 2.06 sec advantage to win.  Drew Coogan guided the six-year-old Isadora WK into third and Amelia Villeneuve-Moore finished 10th on Aycha GDE Z.

Drew posted the steadiest double clear in the 42-entry bronze 1.40m two-phase for 12th on Bachelor K more than four sec behind the winning time.  Fast fours from Richard Jenkinson on Cobalt II and Sophie Garfield-Bennett with Dircona finished 14th and 15th.

Kayleigh Watts steered Ninkie De Vy Z into third in the 46-entry gold 1.35m two-phase, the 11-year-old Nonstop daughter more than four sec off the pace.  Jane Annett was also double clear for ninth on Cliasira BH.

Alexandra Somerville-Cotton jumped into seventh in the 74-horse bronze 1.20m two-phase with the Pro-Set 10-year-old Promise 1.23 sec behind the pace.  Double clears from Suzy Golding on Heidi IV and Emine DDH earned 15th and 16th places.


James Smith jumped straight to the top in the major class of the day on Simply Splendid in Vilamoura, Portugal.

Fourteen of the 48 starters returned to tackle the jump-off with James outpacing all on the 10-year-old Simply Splendid to take the win by 0.91 sec.  James was also in contention with second ride The Black Flyer but a rail down dropped them to 11th place.

James picked up third in the 41-entry 3* 1.35m with Elmo Brown in an eight-strong jump-off, the Quality/No Limit 10-year-old finishing 1.19 sec off the pace.  Howard Ephgrave was right behind for fourth on the Clinton nine-year-old Felton and James also picked up 10th with second ride Just Max on one time fault in the first round.


Brits comfortably filled the top three places in the 36-strong 3* 1.30m two-phase led by Tony Pearson on Berlin, the Couterro U/Wolfgang 12-year-old winning by 0.17 sec.  Laura Renwick guided the home-bred seven-year-old Maverick (Diamant De Semilly/Heartbreaker) into second and James slotted the Eldorado VD Zeshoek eight-year-old Gladstone into third.  Arabella Prior rode Friso into a double clear to take seventh.

And the British contingent filled the top three in the 40-horse 1* 1.10m speed.  Olivia Sponer claimed victory with 0.53 sec in hand on the Askari 12-year-old Adonis.  Jasmine Cain rode the Alba 69 nine-year-old Fihilithya into second with Angela Eardley in third on the 10-year-old Jesta Van De Noordhoek.  Steadier clears from Ethan Bracken on Lislan Flamenco and Davos TS earned 10th and 13th.

Arianna Kuligowski eased the Cardento 10-year-old JCR Cartucho into second place in the 3* 1.20m two-phase 2.90 sec behind the pace.  Four faults in the second phase dropped Tony and Amadeus M to 10th and Arianna also finished on four with second ride Coco G 2 to take 11th spot.


Leonie Aitkenhead claimed victory on Clane K in Opglabbeek, Belgium. 

Thirty-seven competitors originally contended the 2* 1.20m but only four reached the jump-off, Leonie and the 12-year-old Guidam/Hemmingway mare – who returned to competition in September after a 13 month break – easing into the top spot by a comfortable four sec.

Richard Howley topped the seven-year-old 1.35m speed with Spot On, the Goldfever/Quite Capitol gelding holding off all 38 challengers to win with 0.77 sec to spare.  Leonie Aitkenhead eased Prosperous K into seventh and a steady round from Joe Clayton picked up one time fault to put Chili into 16th.

Chloe Winchester steered Icaterma into fifth in the 68-strong five-year-old 1.15m/six-year-old 1.25m, the six-year-old Emerald Van’t Ruytershof/Lux mare finishing 0.93 sec off the pace.   


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