Jess Mendoza has enjoyed an incredible week at the Columbus 2* on the Split Rock Jumping Tour in Johnstown, USA, and after heading the Welcome Stakes on Dublin, she forged ahead to claim an amazing victory double with the 1.45m grand prix, Dublin again stepping up to the plate.
Fifty-nine competitors originally started over the 2* 1.45m track and just eight found all the right answers to book their place in the jump-off – a further seven leaving all the fences intact but picking up a time fault apiece to be denied a jump-off chance. The jump-off was no easy ride either as three partnerships again posted clear rounds, but Jess – riding with confidence on the careful Cobra 18 13-year-old – was quicker than any of her rivals. Setting off at a pace and cutting it fine to the double, the cheeky Dublin even managed to put in a buck halfway round and clinched the top spot for Jess with 0.71 sec to spare. The win also secured the leading rider award of the show.
The USA’s Ali Wolff on Footloose HX and Michael Burnett aboard Chagrand made up the podium in second and third.
Laura Renwick has enjoyed a great show in Canteleu, France, and picked up another win, thins time riding the home-bred Arkuga.
A big entry of 91 came forward in the 3* 1.45m speed but Laura outpaced them all on the Arko/Heartbreaker nine-year-old, battling the rain and rivals to win with 0.68 sec in hand. Lily Attwood returned a steady clear eight sec in arrears on Calvaro’s Up To Date to take 19th.
Joe Stockdale was the only Brit to reach the jump-off of the 58-strong 3* 1.50m grand prix and finished sixth on Cacharel with an easy double clear in the 11-horse decider 3.45 sec behind the winner, Belgium’s Pieter Clemens on Icarus.
Holly Smith was in the mix for the feature 3* 1.50m grand prix in Lier, Belgium, on Denver but had to settle for second place with Denver.
The 59 starters were reduced to 14 for the jump-off with Holly in contention on the Albfeurhen’s Memphis/Chico’s Boy 12-year-old but they had to concede to Germany’s Richard Vogel on Floyd VDL by 1.57 sec for the runner-up spot.
Holly guided Juharah into fourth in the 1* 1.30m grand prix. Fourteen of the 38 starters returned to tackle the jump-off with Holly and the Echo Van T Spieveld 10-year-old finishing 0.75 sec behind the winner.
Jay Halim jumped to the top on the consistent Billy Cointreau in the 1* 1.20m. Twenty-seven came forward in this two-phase class with Jay and the Billy Congo 10-year-old forging ahead to win by 0.52 sec. Four faults in the second phase put Emilie Jackson and Calotta FS into 17th place.
Rachel Howell returned a double clear in the 11-horse 1* 1.10m two-phase to take fourth on Sienna almost eight sec off the pace.
An easy clear from Alice Watson on Gift of Mr Blue in the 63-entry 3* 1.40m two-phase was 4.37 sec behind the pace and finished 16th.
Phoebe Farman landed the top two places in the children-on-horses accumulator at Sentower Park’s FEI CSIO Youth Final in Opglabbeek, Belgium.
Only seven came forward in this 1.15m and none were a match for Phoebe as she secured victory on the Chambertin 20-year-old Calle and finished second with the Silverstone/Quick Star 13-year-old Caristo VDL, 1.53 sec separating the two and almost three sec ahead of the nearest rival.
Claudia Moore topped the junior accumulator over a 1.30m track, outpacing her 21 rivals by 1.82 sec on the 11-year-old Dis Moi Tout De Clairbois (Ugano Sitte/Versace Van De Ruitershoeve). Ella Quigley also came home on a maximum for 12th with Illy De Candy more than 18 sec in arrears.
Megan Li came home on a maximum score in the 16-strong pony 1.15m accumulator to take ninth on Vigo 8.64 sec off the pace.
In Bonheiden, Belgium, Amy Inglis rode Applause into third in the seven-year-old 1.30m. Twenty-two of the 47 starters reached the jump-off with Amy and the Je T’Aime Flamenco/Wellington mare finishing 1.33 sec off the pace.
Jessie Drea slotted the Clintissimo Z eight-year-old Ciao Bella Van Overis Z into fifth in the 30-strong 1* 1.10m two-phase 2.07 sec behind the pace.
Amelie Gachoud returned a double clear in the big-entry, 98-horse 2* 1.35m two-phase to take 10th on The Precious One 1.92 sec behind the winner, Bermuda’s Jillian Terceira on Iluna Di Cantero.
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