Phoebe Peters won all three FEI pony tests, Spencer Wilton and Hannah Biggs impressed at grand prix, and the British contingent made their mark at small tour and under-25s during the recent Compiègne CDI in France, 3 - 7 June 2015.
15-year-old Phoebe, who will be aiming to reclaim individual gold at this year’s Pony European Championships, rode with her trademark maturity aboard the talented gelding SL Lucci (pictured) to outclass the opposition with a hat-trick of wins.
They won the pony team test with a score of 79.87%, despite an error in the right walk pirouette, to relegate the Netherlands’ Daphne van Peperstraten and Don Camillo du Bois to second. The next day they once again lead the way, this time in the Individual test with 78.33%. And another combination for Britain – Clare Hole and Rembrandt DDH – showed what hot prospects they are to claim runner-up spot with 72.68% ahead of the Netherlands’ Eveline Bos and Hippique Media’s Valentino (72.27%).
On the final day of competition, Phoebe debuted her new freestyle programme for top ranking in the pony freestyle test. Van Peperstraten and Bos, occupied second and third.
Phoebe expressed her delight on her Facebook page: “Well today was simply amazing! Lucci and I won the pony freestyle with a huge score of 82.5%! All five of our scores were above 80% with the highest being 85.1%. On top of this it was our first time running through our brand new music done by the incredible Tom Hunt. Thank you so much for all your effort and hard work Tom - it really paid off. I am unbelievably proud of Lucci. He has just been so super all week and felt like he was flying around the kür today! We're now en route home again. Thank you to everyone this week for your support.”
In the CDI3* grand prix, Spencer Wilton was on form aboard his two exciting prospects. With Super Nova II, Jen Goodman’s athletic 12-year-old son of De Niro, he was awarded 71.54% for second behind France’s Marc Boblet and Noble Dream Concept Sol on 73.20%, and aboard Julie Cournane and Christine Stiller’s 14-year-old Negro-sired gelding, Numberto, he achieved seventh with 68.68%.
42-year-old Spencer opted for the grand prix special with Super Nova and the exciting pair produced a test of great elastic power to earn 73.11%, just a hair’s breadth behind Boblet. With Numberto, Spencer chose the grand prix freestyle where, fresh from a successful trip to the Somerford Premier League Show in May, they stamped their authority for victory with a great result of 72.25%.
Britain’s sole representative in the CDI4* grand prix was World Class Development rider Hannah Biggs with her longstanding partner, Weltzin, a delightful 16-year-old stallion by Welt Bogen. They pulled out all the stops in the scorching heat to produce a performance earning 69.16% for sixth in the strong grand prix, a class won by Sweden’s Patrick Kittel and Deja (77.50%). The following day, in the freestyle, they impressed the judges for 72.05%. Kittel and Deja were once again victorious with 78.82%.
At small tour, Nicola Lickley and Zaire LH - an 11-year-old by Sir Sinclair - showed great promise. The pair, who made their international debut at Drachten CDI last year, built on their performances each day here, starting with a solid eleventh place in the high-quality field of entrants in the PSG, rising to eighth in the inter I and finally an impressive third place in the inter I freestyle with 73.42%.
Alex Hardwick and Emily Harris flew the flag for Great Britain in the Under-25s. Alex and Donauwein, a 13-year-old gelding by Don Vino, achieved fifth in the inter II with 69.07%, and Emily with Don Diabolo, a 14-year-old gelding by Don Cardinale and owned by Alex Harris and Judith Sharrock, was eighth with 67.15%. In the grand prix, Alex and ‘Dudy’ scored an international personal best at Under-25 grand prix of 67.14% for fifth, and Emily and ‘Max’ came eighth with 66.04%.
Alex also enjoyed success at small tour with Royal Chester, Sally Hardwick’s Royal Highness-sired 10-year-old, culminating in an inter I freestyle fifth place with 71.85%.
Results of the British riders
CDI4* Grand Prix
6th Hannah Biggs with Weltzin, 69.16%
CDI4* Grand Prix Freestyle
6th Hannah Biggs with Weltzin, 72.050%
CDI3* Grand Prix
2nd Spencer Wilton with Super Nova II, 71.54%
7th Spencer Wilton with Numberto, 68.68%
CDI3* Grand Prix Special
2nd Spencer Wilton with Super Nova II, 73.11%
CDI3* Grand Prix Freestyle
1st Spencer Wilton with Numberto, 72.25%
CDIU25 Intermediate II
5th Alex Hardwick with Donauwein, 69.07%
8th Emily Harris with Don Diabolo, 67.15%
CDIU25 Grand Prix
6th Alex Hardwick with Donauwein, 67.14%
8th Emily Harris with Don Diabalo, 66.04%
CDI2* Prix St Georges
11th Nicola Lickley with Zaire LH, 67.71%
13th Alex Hardwick with Royal Chester, 67.45%
CDI2* Intermediate I
8th Nicola Lickley with Zaire LH, 68.13%
12th Alex Hardwick with Royal Chester, 67.63%
CDI2* Intermediate I Freestyle
3rd Nicola Lickley with Zaire LH, 73.42%
5th Alex Hardwick with Royal Chester, 71.85%
CDIY Young Rider Team Test
16th Claire Gallimore with Annette Ballerina, 67.41%
23rd Jessica Gale with Umbro S, 65.96%
25th Georgia Davis with Richmans Manta, 64.82%
CDIY Young Rider Individual Test
29th Claire Gallimore with Annette Ballerina, 65.30%
31st Jessica Gale with Umbro S, 65.21%
32nd Georgia Gale with Richmans Manta, 64.78%
CDIJ Junior Team Test
31st Ruth Hole with Winnetou G.E.P., 65.27%
CDIJ Junior Individual Test
17th Ruth Hole with Winnetou G.E.P., 67.85%
CDIP Pony Team Test
1st Phoebe Peters with SL Lucci, 79.87%
5th Clare Hole with Rembrandt DDH, 70.94%
9th Ottilie Bardsley with Kingsley Ciske, 69.65%
11th Angus Corrie-Deane with Grayswood Orlando, 69.53%
23rd Ruth Hole with Bernwode Brokat, 67.17%
CDIP Pony Individual Test
1st Phoebe Peters with SL Lucci, 78.33%
2nd Clare Hole with Rembrandt DDH, 72.68%
13th Angus Corrie-Deane with Grayswood Orlando, 69.91%
17th Ottilie Bardsley with Kingsley Ciske, 69.30%
27th Ruth Hole with Bernwode Brokat, 67.15%
CDIP Pony Freestyle Test
1st Phoebe Peters with SL Lucci, 82.57%
4th Clare Hole with Rembrandt DDH, 73.50%
7th Ottilie Bardsley with Kingsley Ciske, 71.80%
17th Angus Corrie-Deane with Grayswood Orlando, 68.40%