CDI3* Jerez de la Frontera
Germany’s Matthias Alexander Rath is off to a good start at the CDI3* in Jerez at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, bringing five horses to the event and winning three classes on the first day.
In the show’s first class on Thursday, the test for five-year-olds, Rath won with the Oldenburg Flash Hit (Fürst Romancier x Levantina ) and a spectacular total of 86.600%.
Rath also took second place, this time riding Frangipani 9, another son of Fürst Romancier, and scoring 77%. Spanish rider Juan Manuel Cortázar with the Spanish sport horse Well Well (Preferred XXXIV x Wendy) finished in third place.
Rath then won the Prix St-Georges on the Hanoverian Foundation 2 (Fidertanz x Donna Doria) and an average of 69.553%. Second place went to Carmen Gutierrez Cruz riding Gorkintgards Laika (SunnyBoy x Lancanta x Leandro) with 66.053%, and in third was for Dutch rider Janneke van Riet with Delyo (Sting Wendy x OO Seven x) on 66.026%.
Rath’s third success was in the seven-year-old class, when he rose Sir Picardi (Sir Donnerhall x Dramatique) to a score of 77%, ahead of Alfonso Expósito and Estoque on 66.400%, and third-placed Mortal (Bucanero XXXVII x Traviesa XII), who scored 60.900% with Juan Manuel Cortázar.
In the Intermediate A, Rath was relegated to third by British rider Richard Davison, who won on the Hanoverian Don Bettino (Don Primero x Weinmalerei) on a score of 70.22%.
Second position was taken by Carmen Belén Bautista from the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art on the Spanish horse Fenol II. Rath and the Danish Warmblood ES Fangar’s Samba King (Sandro King x Prisca) notched up 66.028% for third place.
In the class for six-year-old horses, Germany’s Sönke Rothenberger earned 82.800% to win with the KWPN Ganymedes 10 (Gribaldi x Vodette), with second going to Spain’s Juan de Dios Ramírez with the Hanoverian Quaterback I (Quaterback x Scarlet) on 75.400%. Maria Caetano finished in third place with Fenix Don Tineo (Rubi x Aolga) (75.200%).
Vilamoura Atlantic Tour – Portugal
British showjumper Nicole Pavitt took out the top two placings of the 1.45m competition of the 2* International Show Jumping Contest at the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour, riding Hussah TM clear in 55.68 seconds for the win, and then capturing second place with Victor Blue in 55.77.
Belgian rider François Brichart, riding Boni Equi Caval, was third a time of 56.96 seconds at the Centro Equestre de Vilamoura.
The competition counts towards the FEI Longines Rankings.
The show is in its middle week, and runs til April 3. With 1000 horses and 300 riders from 27 countries, the Vilamoura Atlantic Tour 2016 is the longest show jumping event in Europe and one of the largest in the world.
FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, Florida, USA
Sweden’s Tinne Vilhelmson-Silfven and veteran partner Don Auriello took out the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Palm Beach, Florida.
The combination posted 76.080%, with Kasey Perry-Glass (USA) and Goerklintgaards Dublet coming in second on 74.500%, and Shelly Francis (USA) and Danilo third on 72.820%. Francis also placed fifth with Doktor (Diamond Hit x Gurena), proving that she has two of the top quality Large Tour horses in contention for the United States.
Lisa Wilcox (USA) concluded a banner day in the FEI Prix St. Georges, presented by Engel & Völkers, taking first place aboard Catherina, owned by Anita Fialkow, with a 70.395%, and second place aboard Gallant Reflection HU, owned by Horses Unlimited, with a 69.868%. Michael Klimke (GER) and his own Djamba Djokiba finished in third place with a score of 69.211%.
Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 Win again in Florida
The seventh week of competition at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival continued on Thursday with the $130,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Round 7 and a win for Canada’s Eric Lamaze and Fine Lady 5. The victory marks Lamaze’s fourth win in the series this year, including wins in weeks two and three with Rosana du Park, and a win week four aboard Check Picobello Z.
Santiago Varela (ESP) set the track for Thursday’s WEF Challenge Cup for 71 starters. Twenty-nine entries jumped clear in round, and 27 moved on to the jump-off, where 11 were clear over the short course.
Tiffany Foster (CAN) was the first rider to clear the jump-off track in 37.77 seconds, eventually finishing third with her mount Victor. Hardin Towell (USA) and Jennifer Gates’ Lucifer V were next to clear the track in 37.83 seconds, holding on for fourth place. Todd Minikus (USA) then took the lead in 37.42 seconds aboard Quality Girl, but soon settled for second as Lamaze and Fine Lady 5 raced to the finish in a time of 36.30 seconds.
The 13-year-old Hanoverian mare (Forsyth x Drosselklang II), owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stable, won the Challenge Cup class three times with Lamaze in the 2015 Series and notched her first win for this year.
In addition to the winning prize money, Lamaze picked up a $3000 bonus for the fourth time this season for wearing SSG ‘Digital’ style riding gloves as part of the SSG Gloves ‘Go Clean for the Green’ promotion. That brings his tally up to $12,000 in bonus money for the circuit so far.