Sophie Beaty Crowned Hows Racesafe U18 National Champion
26th May 2013
A clear show jumping round, one of just 13 in the section, propelled Sophie Beaty and Stanly in to the top spot in the Hows Racesafe CCIJ* at Houghton International today. Lying in third place overnight Sophie capitalised on a rail down apiece from eventual runner up Genevieve Clarke riding Uchin and Sam Ecroyd on Kafka who finished third.
“I focussed on trying to jump clear and retain my place,” said a tearful Sophie. “I never thought I’d win.” To her almost equal delight she also finished seventh on Navigator, previously campaigned to four star level by William Fox-Pitt.
The final CCI** class produced a win from France’s Karim Laghouag riding Entebbe de Hus. Karim climbed up from equal 11th after the dressage to victory, again as a result of show jumping errors by those above him. William Fox-Pitt was just a point off the pace with Deli Star Hero while Alex Liddle’s clean sheet on Romeo Z moved her up from 17th to third.
Deli Star Hero's owners, the TLCs syndicate, were awarded a 12 month loan of a KingQuad 400, a prize generously donated by Suzuki GB for the owner of the highest placed horse with a British based owner.
GBR Victorious in FEI Nations Cup CICO*** at Houghton International
26th May 2013
Great Britain retained her title as winner of the British leg of the FEI Nations Cup by margin of 10 penalties. Current series leader Germany was the runner up nation, finishing just ahead of Australia.
Philip Surl, manager of the Nations Cup Squad via his role as assistant to Team GBR’s eventing performance manager Yogi Breisner, was delighted with the performance of his team, Izzy Taylor, Emily Llewellyn, Francis Whittington and Gemma Tattersall.
“The team came here off the back of a perceived not great result in Fontainebleau and all performed very well. When Gemma set out across country she knew she had to make the time to guarantee victory, and she did the job, coming home bang on the optimum,” said Philip.
Led by the section’s individual winners Ingrid Klimke and Tabasco TSF, Germany was down to three riders before the final phase when Benjamin Winter’s Wild Thing Z was withdrawn after the show jumping. Undeterred they posted three cross country clears to edge ahead of Australia.
In the individual rankings Gemma Tattersall’s clean sheet moved Chico Bella P up into second place behind Ingrid, with Bettina Hoy riding Lanfranco TSF in third.
FEI Eventing Nations Cup Teams Annouced at Houghton International
22nd May 2013
Houghton International is hosting the British leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup competition this weekend – a global team event run over seven legs in seven nations. Teams from Great Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand will battle for supremacy: Germany currently top the rankings, ahead of France and Italy.
The British team consists of Izzy Taylor riding Di Davies, Irene Graham and Anita Dalton’s Orlando, a horse previously campaigned by Georgie Dalton but ridden in to 3rd place in the Advanced Intermediate at Rockingham Castle by Izzy last weekend; past Young Rider gold medalists Emily Llewellyn and Pardon Me II; Francis Whittington, a member of last year’s winning team at Houghton, this time riding Lila Pearson’s Hasty Imp and Gemma Tattersall with Christopher Stone’s Chico Bella P, who has yet to finish out of the ribbons this season.
As ever, Germany is hosting a strong team, led by double Olympic gold medal winner Ingrid Klimke and Tabasco TSF. Ingrid is joined by Bettina Hoy and Lanfranco TSF, CCI** winners at Houghton in 2010, Benjamin Winter on Wild Thing Z and Julia Krajewski riding Lost Prophesy.
New Zealand were the dominant force at the top of the table at Badminton recently and they field Clarke Johnstone (Regal Romar), Tim Rusbridge (Oneforthenotebook), Jesse Campbell (Kaapachino) and Olympic first reserve Lucy Jackson riding Willy Do.
Australian Olympians Andrew Hoy (Rutherglen) and Lucinda Fredericks (Flying Finish) have Kevin McNab (Zagreb) and Emma Dougall (Kelecyn Ice Age) to complete their team while French hopes lie with Donatien Schauly (Pivoine Des Touches), Karim Laghouag (Incognito III), Luc Chateau (Propriano de l’Ebat) and Cedric Lyard (Cadeau du Roi).
Completing the team event is the Netherlands contingent: Iris Penman (Roosje Embregts), Raf Kooremans (Cavalor Telstar), Nienke Van Roekel (Coral Estate Bylbao) and British based Andrew Heffernan (Millthyme Corolla)
Dressage runs across Thursday and Friday with Show Jumping and Cross Country on Saturday.
For more information on any aspect to this year’s Houghton International Horse Trials, visit www.houghtoninternational.co.uk
Houghton International Horse Trials
2 Gate Cottage, Field House
Brancaster, King's Lynn
Norfolk, Pe31 8AG