GCT FRIDAY

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