By Diana Dobson
James Avery and Vitali have won the CIC2* at the Gatcombe International Horse Trials in the United Kingdom . . . not bad for a combination who hadn't competed higher than novice level until this spring.
Vitali (owned by Joe and Alex Giannamore) scored 38.1 penalty points in the dressage, adding 1.2 time penalties from the cross country and four in the showjumping to finish on 43.3 – comfortably clear of second placed Rosalind Canter and Pencos Crown Jewel who finished on 47.1.
Seven-year-old Vitali is a Holsteiner by Contender out of Noble Lady I. This was their third CIC2* start and best score to date. It is Avery’s second FEI CIC2* win this year – his first was at Rockingham aboard Zazu in May this year.
Avery took over the running of Joe Giannamore’s yard late last year when Jock Paget returned to New Zealand. Today at Gatcombe, Dan Jocelyn and Fjury were third on 51.6, with Avery also 10th aboard Optimus Prime II.
Tim Price also had a few good results at Gatcombe – he and Falco IV were ninth in the intermediate (section E), aboard Pats Jester were fifth in the open intermediate (section F), scored a win in the novice (section M) with Spartaco del Usignolo, on Mr Cin Cin he was fifth in the novice (section J), and eighth in the novice (section K) on Hester.
Sir Mark Todd placed fourth in the open intermediate (section G) aboard NZB Campino and sixth with Custen Inga J in the novice (section J).
Andrew Nicholson also picked up a couple of placings with a sixth in the novice (section O) with Aquiles BT4 and a 10th in the novice (section N) with Ziska. For full results, head to www.bdwp.co.uk
The horse details
Vitali (owned by Joe and Alex Giannamore), Optimus Prime II (owned by Joe, Alex and Louis Giannamore)Fjury (owned by Dr Anna-Louise MacKinnon), Falco (owned by Sue Benson), Pats Jester (owned by Kate Maitland), Spartaco del Usignolo (owned by Tim Price), Mr Cin Cin (owned by Anona and Jeremy Young), Hester (owned by Lucy Nelson) and NZB Campino (owned by New Zealand Bloodstock and Sir Mark Todd).