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Six Times Champion Boyd Exell Triumphs Again at Olympia

Saturday’s sell-out crowd watched admirably as The FEI World Cup™ Driving Leg presented by Dodson & Horrell took to the arena with Boyd Exell demonstrating an unbeatable performance and taking home the title.

Lorenzo De Luca, the Italian rider who is proving such a hit, won the Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes and is now second in the H&M Leading Rider of Show rankings behind Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson ahead of H&M Sunday.

Jessica Mendoza was masterful when taking the under-23 title; Laura Renwick notched up Britain’s first senior win and the talented young Irishman Bertram Allen triumphed in the Christmas Masters.

The world’s leading driver Boyd Exell (AUS) showed the enthusiastic full house at Olympia just why he deserves that title. The six times World Cup™ Driving Champion and four times individual gold medallist drove two peerless rounds in the final leg of the FEI World Cup™ Driving to take the win.

Finishing in third place last night in the qualifying round, behind Hungary’s Jozsef Dobrovitz snr and Koos de Ronde (NED), meant Exell took on the course before them. Up until then only one of the four previous drivers – Georg von Stein from Germany – had posted a clear round. Exell showed his intent by driving clear and clipped ten seconds off von Stein’s time. Following him, Dobrovitz and de Ronde both drove clear but Exell took the lead by some three seconds.

The top three competed again over a shortened course, starting from a zero score. Dobrovitz lost time at obstacle one attempting a tight turn and then had a knockdown at obstacle two. De Ronde pulled out all the stops and secured a very fast time but in doing so picked up five penalties.

Exell only had to drive clear but that was no barrier to him putting his foot flat to the floor. He galloped home clear two seconds faster than de Ronde to notch up his third win in FEI World Cup™ Driving qualifiers this season, keeping him in the top of the rankings.

All three top drivers paid tribute to the highly-charged atmosphere at Olympia where the crowd is so enthusiastically engaged with the competition.

“I feel on home ground here,” remarked Exell who moved from the UK to Holland two years ago.

“That does increase the pressure for me but equally we are all lifted by the crowd. The Show is the one we want to be at.” A sentiment endorsed by Dobrovitz competing here for the second year running.

Daniel Naprous (GBR) remarked, “Olympia gives British drivers the most wonderful platform to compete against the best in the world. They are so welcoming to us and we are getting better as a result. It’s a thank-you to Olympia.”

Italian rider Lorenzo De Luca brought the crowd to their feet with a stunning performance in the jump-off of the Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes.

The Olympia crowd has taken the young Italian to their hearts this week and he did not disappoint, pulling off an audacious round on the white-faced chestnut by Heartbreaker, Halifax van het Kluizebos, to clinch victory from his Stephex Stables team mate Daniel Deusser on Hidalgo VG.

The competition involved a timed first round from which 14 went through to the jump-off. Ben Maher put up a spirited challenge to finish third and best British on the eight-year-old Don Vito.

Lorenzo, a member of the Italian Air Force, is trained by Dutchman Henk Nooren and is based in Brussels with the Stephex Stables. This is his first appearance at Olympia. He will ride Limestone Grey in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Qualifier presented by H&M and Halifax in the Grand Prix.

“Halifax is very fast and careful and he wants to do his best,” said Lorenzo, 29, who is 17th in the Longines FEI World Rankings. “This is a super show. Everyone told me it was great, but now I know. It’s a proper horse show.”

The Italian star is now second in the H&M Leading Rider of the Show rankings, 18 points behind the runaway leader, Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson, ahead of H&M Sunday.

Laura Renwick secured Britain’s first outright show jumping win of the week in The Shelly Ashman International Ltd, E M Rogers (Transport) Ltd Father Christmas Stakes. This was an accumulator competition in which a clear jump over a fence accrues points, with a final optional joker fence offering a tempting double, its easier counterpart.

Remarkably, Laura has only ridden her winning partner, Con Chilli, for just two months. “She’s usually ridden by Yazmin Pinchen, but I have the ride on her as Yazmin is pregnant,” Laura explained. “The other two horses I have here are also Yazmin’s, but this will only be my second show with those. They are all going really well here and I am very fortunate to have them.”

Laura was also in the final shake up of The Christmas Masters, in which the top seven leading riders of the show so far were eligible to compete.

In this class, riders nominate a fence to go up before they jump. If they jump it clear, the prize pot increases by £500; if not, the prize fund stays the same and the fence is dropped back to its previous height. After each round, all those still clear jump again until the fifth and final round, in which the jump-off is against the clock.

Laura (Dominant H), Sweden’s Malin Baryard-Johnsson (H&M Indiana) and Irishman Bertram Allen (High Valley) remained after four rounds, and went head-to-head for the winner-takes-all purse of £14,000.

Unfortunately, first-drawn Laura finished on four faults, but Bertram posted a fast clear, with a time that Malin could not match.

“It wasn’t an easy class to win. Often, if you get to the fifth round, you’ve won,” said Bertram. “It was difficult to know how fast to go as I was mid-drawn, so I didn’t want to risk going too fast and having a fence down.”

However, the young Irishman rode his round to perfection to take the spoils.

Team GBR Olympic reserve, Jessica Mendoza, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in show jumping, but until now there was one gap in her CV: The Dodson & Horrell and The World Class Programme U23 British Championships at Olympia, the London International Horse Show.

She put that right with a masterful victory on Wan Architect, despite 15-year-old Jack Whitaker, the European Pony Champion, running her close to the wire with a mature performance on the grey stallion Grade A Valentin R, one of three horses he qualified for Olympia.

Yazmin Davis finished third on Zilverster ll, having incurred a time penalty in the jump-off.

Jessica, Jack and Yazmin all jumped clear in the first round and were joined in the jump-off by the fastest of the four-faulters, who knew they had nothing to lose by going for speed and pressurising the top three.

Graham Gillespie set a blistering target with a clear round in 35.86 seconds on Celine, which was good enough to take fourth place, and Millie Allen, a star of the Pony and Junior circuits, was fifth on the stallion Balou Star.

Despite all her experience, Jessica, 21, commented that she felt Kelvin Bywater’s track was “stiff enough” and said: “I watched everyone’s rounds very carefully. Jack did a very smooth round which was hard to gauge so I knew I had to go for it. I’ve been second and third in this class so winning it at last really means a lot.”

Jessica, who has been competing Wan Architect in other classes at Olympia, was 4.54 seconds faster than Jack but his calm, classical approach was impressive and father Michael, who was in the audience for once, was visibly as proud as punch.

“I’m very, very pleased,” Jack said afterwards, “though I should have gone quicker! This is a prestigious class and I’ve been trying to get here for ages.”

Other highlights include Lee Windeatt and Ag Ch Darleyfalls Pipistrelle taking the victory in The Kennel Club Large Senior Dog Agility Finals.

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Laura Renwick… Again!

Laura Renwick (GBR) and Rembrandt Blue. Photo: Pixels Events.

Unprecedented scenario for this edition of the Tropicana Derby of Dinard, since the British rider Laura Renwick signs her second consecutive win with Rembrandt Blue, her 10-year-old grey gelding.

From early in the afternoon, the public was crowding the alleys of the Val Porée stadium in order to watch this high-level event. They were 14 on the starting list, ready to take up the challenge of a 1060 meters long course, with 29 jumps, the horses facing unusual difficulties like water crossing, mounds, or an impressive hill slope followed by a double combination of verticals.

In front of fully packed grandstands, the British rider Laura Renwick, famous for being one of the fastest in the world, completes the only clear round of the class in a time of 165″41. With a large smile on her face, the rider said she was delighted with her horse who enjoys, just like her, that type of classes.

“I took him here only for this Derby; it was my target this week end. I am very pleased with the result. It is a unique and very demanding exercise for the horses, equivalent to several regular classes.”

The second place goes to the Italian Luca Maria Moneta, riding Neptune Brécourt, his 15-year-old French horse, who does not knock a single rail, but gets two penalty points for his time of 187″17. “I am very happy; the Derby is a new exercise for Neptune, with whom I rode all the big classes and championships. This is only his fourth Derby, after La Baule, Hickstead and Falsterbö. He seemed to enjoy it. It is always easy to have a rail down on a Derby. Neptune is a very rapid horse, but if he goes too fast, he may push a rail down, which is why I preferred to go for a clear round even if I got time penalties. To me, this second place is fantastic; it is my best result ever on that type of classes.”

In third position, the French Julien Epaillard, riding Sheriff de la Nutria LM, who signed the fastest time (162″24), but had unfortunately a rail down on the second last fence. “I am fully satisfied with Scheriff; he jumped well; he gave me everything. He placed 6th here last year. When you try to play the time, sometimes you pay for it towards the end of the course. After the n°19, I felt he was slightly tired. I had no information about Laura’s time; maybe I should have paid a little more attention over the two last fences, but today we gained more experience on that type of classes I really enjoy riding.”

Hats off to the Swiss Pius Schwizer/Chellatus R who complete the course with only 4 penalties, but in a very fast time of 167″29, as well as to the Italian Daniele Augusto Da Rios, who crosses the finish line with only 4 points in 170″20.

Results:
www.worldsporttiming.com/results/jumping-international-de-dinard-2016-107/derby-tropicana-5/results.html

International Jumping of Dinard (CSI 5*) –Val Porée Stadium

Highlights: Tropicana Derby, Saturday 30 July at 4.30pm and Grand Prix of the City of Dinard, Sunday 31 July at 2.30pm.

Free admittance. Food and beverage available in the exhibitors’ village.

Tropicana Derby and Grand Prix of the city of Dinard broadcasted on TV and in live streaming.

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Laura Renwick and Her… Shooting Star

Laura Renwick (GBR)/Bintang II. Photo: Pixels Events.

In this Prix Suez, third class of the CSI 5*, 37 riders were on the starting list over a course designed by Jean-François Morand and his team. The British rider, Laura Renwick, one more time up to her reputation, clinches victory with Bintang III.

Only nine pairs were invited to compete in the jump off the clock in this Suez class, at 1m55. If the French rider Julien Epaillard and Quatrin de la Roque (Quick Star), signs the fastest time (46″59), he leaves a pole on the ground and is unfortunately kept away from the jump off. Second to go, the French Kevin Staut, who gave all he had with Elky Van Het Indihof HDC (Toulon), established himself in the lead of this very competitive final with a time of 48″12 that finally led only to a 2nd place. “It is not always easy to go among the first riders in the jump off. Even if Elky placed first in many classes, I seldom won at the jump off. She is an exceptional mare, but she has short strides, compare to other horses who gain ground more easily.”

The spectators, out of breath, started to dream of a French victory, but they did not count on the British rider, famous for being among the fastest riders in the world, Laura Renwick, associated to her Grand Prix horse, the well-named Bintang III, whose name, from Indonesian origins, means “Star”. Probably slightly favoured by her last position in the jump off, Laura and her 10 years old KWPN gelding pulled everything together by clearing the course in a winning time of 47″01. With a big smile on her face, the rider said, “Dinard is an incredible show for me; last year I won the Derby here. Bintang loves this show ground; yesterday he placed 5th in the opening class, and the design of the jump off suited him perfectly today. He has a very big stride, and even with the speed, he remains very careful.” Laura admitted she had been lucky to find the right distance on the last vertical, without having to slow down. Bintang will be among the contesters in the Grand Prix of the city of Dinard on Sunday at 2.30pm.

In 3rd position, the Swedish rider Douglas Lindelow, associated to Zacramento, who cleared the course in 48″74. The rider said he was delighted with this horse he discovered only four months ago, when his owner and friend bought him. “He is a super athlete; he has all the qualities to be successful at the highest level. I am very confident about our future.”

Results:
www.worldsporttiming.com/results/jumping-international-de-dinard-2016-107/prix-suez-3/results.html

International Jumping of Dinard (CSI 5*) –Val Porée Stadium

Highlights: Tropicana Derby, Saturday 30 July at 4.30pm and Grand Prix of the City of Dinard, Sunday 31 July at 2.30pm.

Free admittance. Food and beverage available in the exhibitors’ village.

Tropicana Derby and Grand Prix of the city of Dinard broadcasted on TV and in live streaming.

www.jumpingdinard.com

Véronique GAUTHIER / Agence Consulis
veronique-gauthier@club-internet.fr
mob: +33 672 770 600

Bruno OPPENHEIM / O.I.C
bruno.oppenheim@wanadoo.fr
mob: +33 614 422 795

CSI5* of Dinard – Derby Tropicana

Laura Renwick / Rembrandt Blue (Pixel events)

Only the 17 most daring riders had decided to tackle the mythic Tropicana Derby, designed by Jean-François Morand and his team over 1 060 meters sprinkled with more than 25 efforts, namely twice the distance of a regular course, an exercise reserved to the best experts in the world!

Besides an intense effort to maintain for almost six minutes and the difficult combination of mobile and natural fences (banks, water jump) to clear, the challenge of the day consisted in being the fastest to clinch victory.

In full possession of his experience and talent, the British rider Laura Renwick, who holds the record of international victories in 2014, signed the fastest clear round (159″26) with her faithful partner Rembrandt Blue. “My horse was only taking part in a Derby for the second time the first time was in Falsterbö three weeks ago, he jumped fantastic.”

Laura is followed by the Belgian rider Grégory Wathelet, riding for the occasion Eldorado Van Het Vijverhof, who gets one more time to the podium with a clear round in a time of 160″24. Ecstatic about his first experience in Dinard, the rider paid tribute to this show he prefers to some others held on small sand arenas. “The atmosphere is fantastic; the public was there from Friday morning onwards. For us it is as important as the prize money; it is very motivating.” Very happy about his horse, in spite of a short hesitation in front of the water, Gregory said that it was easier for him to be at the end of the list, but that he should have gone a little faster form the beginning of the course to beat Laura. Striking performance to the credit of the French rider Mathieu Billot, who places 3rd, with a clear round in 162″72 associated to Regain d’Helby, ambassador of the regional breeding from Brittany. “I was on the beginning of the list; I thought the course would be more difficult, and my main target was to clear. I came to Dinard especially for the Derby. My horse is a specialist; he already won in Drammen a month ago.”

Congratulations to the Venezuelan rider Andres Rodriguez, who clinched silver medal last week at the Pan American Games. He signs here one of the four clear rounds of the competition with his mare Fifty Fifty and places 4th.

Results: here.

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