Claudia Moore claims the pony grand prix at the Global Future Champions
Claudia Moore judged it exactly right in the Global Future Champions and, after finishing second and third on the two previous days, upped a gear on the consistent Elando Van De Roshoeve to take the pony 1.25/1.30m grand prix.
Eight of the 24 starters accessed the jump-off with Claudia, 16, who was second in this class last year, setting off determinedly to win with 3.31 sec in hand.
“I am super happy with how Elando jumped, he is an incredible pony with a huge heart who always gives you everything. He’s had a great show and to win the Grand Prix was the icing on the cake,” said Claudia. “It is wonderful for us to be jumping at Tops International Arena, I have always loved coming here and I think that it is an amazing venue, one of the best in the world, top class. I’m looking forward to coming back next year, only next time with the horses.”
Megan Li beat the time with just over a sec to spare but a crucial rail hit the floor and dropped Harry to third.
Four faults in the eight-pony jump-off of the pony 1.15/1.20m dropped Claudia and Delflip to sixth place.
Will Fletcher has been consistently in the frame in the top-flight young rider classes with Persimmon and following two wins on the previous days claimed third place in the 1.45/1.50m. Only six of the initial 22 claimed a first round clear to make it through to the jump-off with Will again providing a clean sheet on the Salute RP/Indorado 15-year-old to finish 2.32 sec behind the winner, Germany’s Sonke Fellenberg on Chakira TF. Will’s brother Olli was also clear for fourth on the Walden Van Dungen/Stakkato eight-year-old Hello William. James Winter returned on one time fault in round one to take eighth on Harande.
Lila Bremner jumped a double clear on Cocktail D Azur to take ninth in the 17-horse decider of the junior 1.35/1.40m final 3.40 sec off the pace.
Four faults in the young rider 1.35/1.40m speed dropped Olli Fletcher and IV Willem down to 11th spot.
Alice Weightman jumped an easy clear on Contella to take 14th in the 65-strong junior 1.20/1.25m speed 5.46 sec behind the pace.
Flo Norris proved the quickest in the Under 25 1.35m with Teck De Riverland on the final day in Fontainebleau, France.
Eighteen came forward in this two-phase class with Flo easing ahead on the Quick Star 13-year-old stallion to take the top spot with 0.34 sec in hand.
Four faults denied Flo a jump-off chance in the Under 25 grand prix where just two first round clears were realised over a tough 1.45m course and Flo finished fifth with the Contendro I 11-year-old Con Pleasure 5.
Ireland claimed victory over Great Britain in the 3* Nations Cup of Norway in Drammen but Georgia Tame was the star of the British team with a superb double clear on Z7 Ascot as the sun broke through for the final day after a show of heavy showers.
Britain had led the way on a zero score at the halfway stage one fence ahead of Ireland but the pressure was on all the way in round two. Pathfinder Georgia Tame excelled with the Non Stop nine-year-old Z7 Ascot and repeated her first round clear with another to be one of only two riders on a double clear.
Britain remained ahead as Georgia’s boss Shane Breen riding for Ireland came home on four with Z7 Ipswich. But Ireland had the upper hand as all three of their following riders Eoin McMahon (Cachon 2), Jason Foley – the only other rider to jump double clear on Castlefield Vegas – and Michael G Duffy (Lappucino 2) returned a zero score to finish on a two-round total of four.
On four from round one, Emily Moffitt and the Winningmood 11-year-old Winning Good came home on six as the drop score in round two and Jack Whitaker improved on his first round score of eight with four faults aboard Elucar VE. It was all down to anchor William Funnell. Ireland could not be caught but British hopes were pinned on Billy Diamo repeating his first round clear for second place. It was not to be as the British-bred Cevin Z 10-year-old unfortunately hit the first fence then cleared the rest to finish on four. It left Britain on a total of 12 equal with Denmark for equal second place.
Talking afterwards Chef d’Equipe and World Class Performance Manager for Showjumping, Di Lampard said “It was great to get out and do a Nations Cup again. Everyone was happy to be here, the hosts couldn’t have been more hospitable and it’s a credit to them to have got all the protocols in place to allow this to happen. Georgia was absolutely outstanding today, first to go in the team and to deliver one of only two double clears of the competition on a nine-year-old and comparatively novice horse really illustrates how exceptional she was.
“Naturally everyone comes out to win; it was within reaching point but we couldn’t quite grasp it. However, I’m happy with the entire team. In addition to Georgia’s performance we had a great clear from Will and Billy Diamo and they were really unlucky in the second round. And we have also seen Emily and Jack, who was making his debut at senior nations cup level, have gained a lot of experience by being here which will serve them well for the future”.
William jumped to the top in the 3* small gold tour final with Billy Spiral. Forty-one came forward in this 1.40m speed class with William and the eight-year-old Otangelo/Billy Mexico mare winning with 0.95 sec in hand. Joe Stockdale rode Don Diego De Plata into fourth just ahead of Jack Ryan in fifth with Hollywood. A steadier round handed Emily Moffitt with Light Blue 3 10th place and Joe was also clear with second ride Cacharel for 14th.
Scott Brash rode Hello Zachary to victory in the 2* 1.35/1.40m in St Tropez, Grimaud, France.
Seven of the 30 starters reached the jump-off and it was all about the clock as all seven produced second clears, Scott edging ahead on the Elvis Ter Putte/Lord Z eight-year-old to win by the narrow margin of 0.05 sec. Chloe Lemieux was six sec behind for seventh on Barika Van De Helle.
Chloe returned a clean sheet in the six-strong jump-off of the 1* 1.15m for fourth on Skylandria Z just over three sec behind the pace.
Four faults in the first round of the 35-horse 5* 1.50m denied Scott a jump-of chance and put Hello Shelby into 14th place. France’s Olivier Robert took the win by 0.68 sec on Vangog Du Mas Garnier with Belgium’s Jos Verlooy in second on Jacobien Dwerse Hagen and The Netherlands’ Harris Smolders third aboard Cas.
Winner of the 1.45m on Arlo De Blondel the day before, Richard Howley was out for his second win in the grand prix in Olomouc, Czech Republic, but just missed out on his target by a fraction.
Fourteen of the original field of 50 posted first round clears over a 1.40 – 1.60m track to access the jump-off and Richard came so close with the Tlaloc M/Kassidi 10-year-old but had to settle for second place 0.28 sec behind the winner, Czech’s Alex Opatrny on Forewer.
Chad Fellows returned a double clear on the nine-year-old Darcia in the 46-horse 125/1.30m for sixth place 2.39 sec off the pace.
Chloe Aston and her seasoned campaigner Amigo T are at their absolute best in a speed class and the final day at Sentower Park in Opglabbeek, Belgium, was no exception as they powered to victory in the 1.45m.
Twenty-nine came forward with Chloe and the Padinus 15-year-old firing on all cylinders to take the win by 0.08 sec over The USA’s Laura Kraut aboard Galliano VM. Elizabeth Baker jumped a steadier clear for eighth on Birdy Du Thot.
Laura went ahead to take victory in the 2* grand prix in an eight-horse decider with Casco Bay. Chloe’s luck ran out and she was one of four riders to finish round one on one time fault and claimed 11th with Flavie Van De Helle.
Winners the day before, Zoe Potter and Wings Z had to settle for third in the seven and eight-year-old 1.35/1.40m. Nine of the 30 starters reached the jump-off with Zoe and the Eurocommerce Washington eight-year-old mare finishing 1.21 sec behind the winner.
Four faults in the 11-horse jump-off of the six-year-old 1.20m dropped Zoe and Jolo Van’t Veller to 10th spot.
Nathan Bull slotted Milton Van Vrijhern into fourth in the 16-strong 2* 1.40m accumulator with joker, the Cupido eight-year-old finishing 4.19 sec behind the winner.
Nathan reached the seven-strong jump-off of the 1* 1.35m grand prix but four faults second time out put Carla into seventh. The Netherlands’ Johnny Pals took the win on Captain Cooper.
One time fault in round one prevented Romilly Simmons from joining the six-horse jump-off of the five-year-old 1.10m and she finished seventh on Cool Boy.
Adrian Speight is quickly building a rapport with new ride Happy Boy to take fifth in the 1.35m in Bornival, Belgium. Sixty-seven started in this 2* two-phase class with Adrian and Sue Lincoln’s Kannan/Kimball 13-year-old finishing 2.70 sec behind the winner.
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