The spotlight shone on Bertram Allen in Saturday night’s Martin Collins Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes as he clinched the top spot with Gin Chin van het Lindenhof. 10 riders were through the 1.55m first round to face the jump off but Allen brought home the honours with a clear in 30.76s.
The new combination also took 7th spot in Thursday’s 1.55m Santa Stakes. With their Olympia success coming two weeks after their Grand Prix win in Sweden we’re excited to see what 2018 holds for the pair. Bertram also competed Molly Malone V at the Christmas show, finishing in 6th spot in Sunday’s Longines FEI World Cup class.
Australia’s Edwina Tops-Alexander has had a very successful return to competition after the birth of her daughter in July. Steering Inca Boy van T Vianahof into third place, in his first World Cup class on Sunday, has put Edwina at the top of the leader board in the Longines FEI World Cup Western European League.
The pair kicked off their show with an 11th place in the Santa Stakes and also rounded up their competition with a 5th place in Monday’s Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix. She also campaigned Veronese Teamjoy in Friday’s 1.45m Snowflake Stakes to finish 11th and took 6th spot in Monday’s 1.45m Holly Speed Stakes.
Scott Brash narrowly missed out on retaining his title in the Longines FEI World Cup class, taking second with Ursula XII less than a second behind the leader. Hello Mr President and Scott came 5th in Friday’s 1.50m Levy Restaurants Snowman Stakes whilst Hello Shelby brought home 9th in the Santa Stakes.
Last year’s winner and favourite, Holly Smith, just missed out and finished joint second in the Cayenne Puissance with Quality Old Joker. Through to round five, the final wall was an impressive 2.20m, with all competitors taking out a brick apart from final winner Laura Renwick.
The next group of up-and-coming riders were out in force for Saturday’s Under 23 Championships Final. Yazmin Davis and Zilverster II were clear in the jump off to finish 4th. After a successful season and just home from Belgium, Jake Saywell and Havinia Van De Roshoeve took 6th place.
Jake also received the inaugural Ella Popely Mentorship Award. Awarded to one of Great Britain’s talented young riders that are competing at 1.40m and show dedication and resilience to the sport the mentorship has a range of benefits that will set Jake in great stead for 2018.
British Breeder Award Winner Jayne Bean’s Jb’s Hot Stuff also had a successful show under Michael Whitaker. The RED MILLS fed mare finished in third spot in the Turkish Airlines Olympic Grand Prix and the Santa Stakes as well as placing 9th in Saturday’s Martin Collin Enterprises Christmas Tree Stakes.
Amongst the festivities a host of RED MILLS riders will now be setting their sights on The Liverpool International Horse Show over the New Year.