James Winter jumped to the top in the young rider 1.45m with Garande on the first day of the Dutch Youngster Festival at Wierden in The Netherlands.
Seventeen came forward in this two-phase with James and the nine-year-old VDL Groep Zagreb/L’Esprit mare winning by 0.25 sec.
Flo Norris got the show off to a cracking start with a win in the opening junior 1.35m on Teck De Riverland. Forty-three contended this two-phase with Flo and the 13-year-old Quick Star stallion flying into the top spot with a 1.83 sec advantage. Matilda Lanni on Newbridges Master Brown and Red Morgan aboard True Blue III posted double clears for 14th and 21st.
Allana Clutterbuck slotted Urlevent Du Bary into second in the 36-strong young riders 1.40m two-phase, the Hurlevent De Breka/Corrado II 12-year-old finishing 0.73 sec off the pace. Antonia Platt steered Marvin Van De Waterhoeve into sixth with Jodie Hall-McAteer right behind in seventh aboard Catoki. Second rides for Allana (Vykinbay) and Jodie (Hello M’Lord) were also penalty-free for ninth and 11th.
Flo picked up seventh in the 19-horse junior 1.40m two-phase on the Contendro I/For Pleasure nine-year-old Con Pleasure 5 3.53 sec behind the winner.
Chloe Lemieux clinched victory in the 30-horse children 1.25m two-phase, winning by 0.61 sec on the Clearway/Catoki nine-year-old mare Barika Van De Helle. Phoebe Farman guided the Calvaro Z/Radiator 11-year-old Caruso D’Eres Z into fourth almost two sec in arrears and Olivia Sponer also returned a double clear for seventh on Adonis.
Tatiane Mauree claimed second in the 29-strong pony 1.25m two-phase with the 12-year-old Miami Moonbeam 2.68 sec behind the winner. Elissa Herrmann finished 11th on Superbre De Laloena and Claudia Moore gave top ride Elando Van De Roeshoeve an easy run out to come home with the steadiest of the double clears for 18th.
The Brits gave their ponies an easy run out in the 22-entry pony 1.30m two-phase with Megan Li in fourth as best Brit on the 17-year-old Harry 4.67 sec behind the pace. Tatiane claimed seventh on Horseabout Zibu and Hannah Barker produced the steadiest of the double clears for 10th aboard Ammanvalley Santino.
Brits bunched together in the 19-entry children 1.30m two-phase with Chloe and Freya taking sixth 4.62 se behind the winner. Phoebe slotted Calle into seventh and Olivia Sponer rode Crazy Girl into eighth.
British-based Irishmen dominated the feature 2* grand prix at Eschweiler Jumping Festival in Germany with Michael Duffy getting the better of Jack Ryan to fill the top two places.
Sixty-two initially contended this 1.45m track with 13 surviving round one to return for the jump-off and with eight posting clear rounds second time out, it was all about the clock. And Michael had the edge as he eased ahead by half a sec on the Zirocco Blue VDL/Indoctro nine-year-old Zilton SL Z to take victory. Jack had to settle for second with the nine-year-old Guminka and John Whitaker was a further 2.32 in arrears for fourth aboard Unick Du Francport. Harry Wainwright provided the steadiest of the double clears for eighth on Pinheiro Beech.
Michael Duffy made it a double victory with a win in the 26-horse seven-year-old 1.35m final over a two-phase on Jammy Dodger (Vagabond De La Pomme/Heartbreaker) with 0.78 sec in hand. Michael Whitaker picked up one time fault for 12th on Negredo Du Muze while four faults dropped Harry (Ikatosca HBC) and Georgia Tame (Donavaya) down to 14th and 16th.
John picked up third in the 67-strong 1.40m speed with Sharid, the Toulon 11-year-old 2.61 sec off the pace. Trevor Breen piloted Highland President into ninth, Alex Barr finished 11th on Havall and a steady round from John on the home-bred Argento son Arge picked up one time fault for 18th.
Jack topped the 11-horse five-year-old 1.20m two-phase final with 1.58 sec to spare on the Colmar daughter Be Constanta. Georgia Tame was also double clear for fifth on Be Golden.
Trevor Breen clinched fifth spot in the 23-entry six-year-old 1.30m two-phase final, Cato Boy finishing 2.75 sec behind the pace. Steady double clears from Spencer Roe with Quick Nick and Jack Whitaker on Peanut finished 13th and 14th.
One time fault in the amateur 1.25m dropped Caroline Breen and new ride Kondy to third. A fast four fault put Caroline and Kilmastulla Douglas into fifth with Emma Davies () and Amelie Gachoud also returning on four faults for eighth and ninth.
Four faults in the second phase of the 16-horse amateur 1.40m two-phase for Amelia Gachoud on The Precious One and Coquette Chapotiere into seventh and ninth places.
In Deauville, France, Holly Smith posted a steady clear in the mammoth entry 118-strong 3* 1.40m speed with Flipper Darco UK Z to take 11th 6.40 sec off the pace.
Maisy Williams slipped into second place in the 70-horse 1* 1.15m two-phase with Brendon Stud’s home-bred Warrior/Maestro Nativio 10-year-old Native Warrior 1.03 sec behind the pace. Arabella Prior also posted a clean sheet for fourth on the Azteca VDL 10-year-old Friso.
Skye Higgin om Djordania Du Tillard (Air Jordan/Diamant De Semilly) was one of 25 riders to jump clear in the seven-year-old 1.30m to share first place.
The feature 1.45m was stopped part way through the class due to the weather and will continue on Friday morning. Currently, Guy Williams is lying in second on Rouge De Ravel and Laura Renwick is in fourth on Arkuga.
British-based Irishman Jack Ryan made a quick journey from Echweiler to Riesenbeck, Germany, and jumped a steady clear in the 50-strong seven-year-old 1.30m speed on Ivan to finish 8.69 sec behind the pace for 11th place.
And a steady clear almost eight sec off the pace in the 113-horse 1.40m speed handed Jack and Hollywood 19th place.
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