A well deserved round of applause for Dermott Lennon today!
It was a perfect day for the first CSI4* of the XXVI Sunshine Tour today, with plenty of sun and an electric atmosphere as around 1000 combinations took to the arenas. Dermott Lennon riding “MJM Pursuit” really demonstrated their talents, beating off 109 competitors, 47 of whom went clear in this 1.50m speed class.
Julie Welles from America also had a really excellent day taking second place with the talented mare “Ambra”, who has passed through the stables of both Michael Whitaker and Luca Moneta. Andreas Schou was third in the class with “Quadrossom Ask”.
In the 1.35m class there was another notable performance from the amazing 25 yr old, German rider Kendra Claricia Brinkop who is having a very successful Tour so far. Kendra is riding for the Stephex Stables this year, previously she rode for two years with Marcus Enhing giving her a great depth of experience with classes of this level. “I have 12 horses here with me at the Sunshine Tour, four are Young Horses and the rest are adults but I haven’t been riding them for very long. Today I won the class with “Ultrachic de Charmois”a great horse who I hope to ride tomorrow in the 1.45m class. All the horses are jumping relatively well. I am delighted to be here the installations are unbelievable!”
The Japanese , Olympic rider Toshiki Masui, was second in this class and the very successful Turkish regular here at the Tour, Omer Karaevli, was third. There were 90 competitors in this class.
Enno Klaphake from Germany also broke the British winning streak in the other 7yr old Section winning the class with “Cortes” and beating off two other British riders, Jane Annett and Megan James. Kim Emmen from the Netherlands won Section B of the 6yr olds with ‘Astrid’s Lad’.