Global Champions Tour London
Published: Friday, 07 June 2013 09:25
You are reading the first Sport in Pictures blog post from the first Global Champions tour in London which both Gary Bowden and Peter Reynolds are Photographers at.
The London leg of the Global Champions Tour is being held on the Olympic Park in between Westfield Shopping Centre and the Aquatics centre and the Stadium. This iconic venue has been put together in a matter of 10 days and I have to say with a lovely arena, plenty of trade stands and top class sponsors, it’s a pretty amazing event.
British rider Lara Whiteway(GBR) kicked off the show by winning the first class CSI2* 110/115 on Obelix Z, a good 3 seconds in front of second place rider Catherine Silfervling Janssonlque(SWE) with the next British rider placed in 4th being Alicia Store(GBR) on Diva Z.
Another British rider hit the top spot in the CSI2* 125/130, Jake Saywell(GBR) took the class on board Special K IV with Catherine Silfervling Jansson (SWE) riding lque(just missing out on a win by one for the second time. British rider Claire Beecroft(GBR) on Voodoo III taking 3rd spot and Florence Bellm(GBR) on Southbound also another British rider securing 4th place.
James Davenport(GBR) on Carrento Ztar won the CSI2* 140/145 making it a hat trick for the British riders in the first three classes here at the London Global Champions Tour. Eirin Bruheim(NOR) on NLF Billy on Show, a british horse previously ridden by William Funnel(GBR) who has just recently been sold abroad, took second place. Jo Pay(GBR) took 3rd and 4th with Goodman for Fun II and Goodman Accobado and another British rider Sophie Fawcett(GBR) with Rembrandt Blue in 5th place, making the line up prolifically British - very nice to see here in London.
The first CSI5* competition of the day was the 1.45m which included all the big names such as Laura Kraut, Peter Charles, Tim Gredley, Nick Skelton, and the one all us Brits love, John Whitaker to name but a few.
British rider Mark Armstrong took a very early lead in the CSI5* 1.45m and held the top spot for a very long time. Puis Schwizer(SWZ) did a stunning turn to the double right near the end of the second phase beating Mark Armstrong’s (GBR) time riding Coolgirl. Britain’s luck unfortunately ran short as this was the first win for a foreign rider at this show, however many British riders were in the placings William Funnel(GBR) and Billy Angelo 6th, John Whitaker(GBR) and Argento 7th and Alexandra Thornton(GBR) and Caballero 8th.
Lauren Hough(USA) riding Ohlala put in a quick time early on in the CSI5* 1.45/1.50 speed class and ended up finishing 2 seconds quicker than Italy rider Jur Vrieling(ITA). Foreign riders stomed the top placings in this class with nations such as USA, ITA, FRA and QUA. John Whitaker(GBR) on Maxamillion was the highest placed Brit in this speed class picking up 6th place, with Peter Charles(GBR) and Murkas Rubert R in 8th place, with this class very much seeming to be a warm up for the next 3 days for our international riders.
So all in all a very good day for all competing at the first day and the first ever London Global Champions Tour, with stars such as Bruce Springsteen arriving at this iconic venue to watch his daughter Jessica compete in the CSI5*. Smiles all round as we have lovely weather throughout the day, and I’m sure the competitors, grooms and owners will be making full use of the bar this evening with another 3 exciting days to come.
P.S, I met Nick Skelton’s Olympic ride Big Star today as well as Ben Maher’s Triple X and Aristo Z, they definitely know their stars!
Melissa Thorpe, SIP Blogger
Published: Saturday, 08 June 2013 17:54
Another round of exciting competition from international 2* and 5* riders…
British rider Florence Bellm(GBR) started the day by winning the CSI2* 1.25/1.30 on board Southbound. Placed fourth yesterday, this would have naturally been a fantastic progression from yesterday. Kayleigh Watts(GBR) riding John Whitaker’s Blush previously ridden by Louise Whitaker was second with a 2 second time gap between second and third place Eirin Bruhiem on board Anyway.
Laura Whiteway(GBR) for the second day in a row took the top spot in the CSI2* 1.15m speed class o Obelix Z. Lara rode a faultless round on this careful horse and deserved to take this class for the second day and the London leg on the Global Champions Tour. Second place went to Catherine Silfervling Jansson (SWE) riding lque making the 1st and 2nd place in this 1.15m CSI2* tour the same as yesterday, with Catherine and Lara showing ultimate consistency on these horses. Kathleen Widdowson(GBR), whose father-in-law owns Nick Skelton’s gold medallist ride Big Star, lied in 4th place with Thera Ka.
Sophie Fawcett(GBR) and Rembrandt Blue took 1st place in the CSI2* 1.40/1.45 speed class after picking up 5th place in this same class yesterday. 300ths of a second behind Sophie, Jake Saywell(GBR) and Cornelius 27 lied in second place. Keeping the consistency of yesterday of 3rd and 4th place, Jo Pay(GBR) took 4th and 5th on Goodman Accobado and Goodman for Fun II.
Christan Ahlmann(ITA) took the honours in the CSI5* 1.45/1.50m on Little Lazy Z putting in a solid, quick round which proved unbeatable throughout the class while many tried to chase his time. Gregory Wathelet (GER) and Reisling Du Monselet was a matter of 10 100ths of a second behind Christian in second place. Mark Armstrong(GBR) riding Thesaura who was second yesterday ending up in 4th again today, being the highest place British rider in this class for the second day running.
Patrice Delaveau(FRA) took the top spot in the CSI5* 1.50m with Lacrimoso 3 HDC with a neat, lightening round which again proved unbeatable. Steve Guerdat(SWI) and Sidney VIII took second place. Our British gold medallist, Scott Brash took third place with Ursula XII being our highest place British rider in this class.
The CSI5* 1.45m and 1.60m grand prixs happen tomorrow, unusual for the big class to be on the Saturday in Britain. This is the two classes which count toward the Global Champions Tour point system over the 13 tours around the world, so this should be a very exciting day of competition from the top riders in the world here at the London leg of this tour.
Melissa Thorpe, SiP Blogger