Eventing – CCI3* Strzegom Horse Trials, Poland
Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstål and King Bob have taken out the CCI3* Strzegom Horse Trials in Poland, with Germany’s Michael Jung taking second place on fischerTakinou and fourth on fischerRocana.
Britain’s Rosalind Canter was third overall on Allstar B. Both Svennerstål and Canter finished on their dressage scores, with Jung, who was first and second after the dressage, putting up time faults on both his mounts.
Britain topped the Nations Cup competition, from Italy and Belgium, with Germany in fourth.
Dressage – FEI Nations Cup, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Netherlands came out on top in the hotly contested fourth leg of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage 2016 series in Rotterdam on Saturday night. And the home hero was 28-year-old Diederik van Silfhout whose Freestyle performance with Arlando NOP helped pin Team USA into runner-up spot in the closing stages. Sweden finished third ahead of France in fourth and Great Britain in fifth place in the final analysis.
The result was decided over three classes, and a total of seven nations started in Thursday’s Grand Prix after which Germany and Belgium were left on the sidelines when only the top five countries progressed to the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle. The format worked like a dream, with the Dutch holding the lead as the Special got under way and a fierce fight to the finish when the USA’s Laura Graves and Verdades came out on top in this competition.
It was touch-and-go all the way through the closing Freestyle, with Steffen Peters and Legolas posting a big score to further boost US chances and really pile on the pressure, but van Silfhout clinched it for the host country
Jumping – FEI Nations Cup, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The World and European champions from The Netherlands won the fifth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Europe Division 1 League on Friday, and it was a particularly satisfying result, because it was the first time since 2003 that they have reigned supreme on home ground.
“It was thrilling!” said team-member Willem Greve after a double-clear performance with Carambole NOP that has confirmed them in the frontline for selection for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The home runners kept their cool to go out in front on a zero score and they never looked back.
Brilliant rides from Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Peder Fredricson helped secure fourth spot for Sweden, while USA, Belgium, France and Great Britain filled the remaining places.
Jumping – Global Champions Tour, Monaco
Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano and his impressive grey horse Caspar 232 claimed top honours in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco after a nine rider jump-off.
Compatriot Piergiorgio Bucci was runner-up with Casallo Z, and his horse’s sire Casall ASK was third with Swedish rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson.
Christian Alhmann keeps hold of his lead as overall ranking leader, still on a tally of 209 points. However the Championship fight has intensified, with Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) closing the gap to the top German rider, moving up to 169 points overall, and Rolf-Göran Bengtsson just a whisker away in third with 160 points. Drop scores now come into play, with the top eight results counting towards the final LGCT Champion of Champions title battle.
In the Global Champions League team event, Valkenswaard United took their third win of the Championship season so far, with Bertram Allen with Izzy By Picobello and Eduardo Menezes with Caruschka taking pole position for the team.
Monaco Aces keep hold of their overall ranking lead with a tally of 217 points, with Valkenswaard United’s win closing the gap to 214, just three points difference. The Rome Gladiators are third on the rankings with 200 points overall, and the Antwerp Diamonds are just four away from the top three.
Dressage – FEI European U25 Dressage Championships, Hagen, Germany
Germany’s Sanneke Rothenberger stole the show with a hat-trick of gold medals at the inaugural FEI U25 Dressage Championships last week. The 23-year-old rider led her country to victory in the Team competition and then returned to top both the Grand Prix and Freestyle classes with her 15-year-old Oldenburger, Deveraux.
Rising stars from 14 nations demonstrated their formidable talent and enormous promise. These Championships are designed as a stepping-stone on the steep climb to the elite level of the sport, and with great expectations that many of those who excelled over the last few days may already be on the road to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Staged at the elegant Hof Kasselmann in Hagen, the event attracted 41 horse-and-rider combinations including nine teams and eight individual competitors, and the flags of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland were flown with pride.