EQUESTRIAN: Mendoza in fine form in Belgium

This Is Wiltshire: Jessica Mendoza Jessica Mendoza

WILTSHIRE showjumper Jessica Mendoza enjoyed a superb weekend at the CSI3* in Beervelde, Belgium, notching six top-five finishes, including two first places.

The 17-year-old finished fourth in the 1m30 Prijs Outre with Nuggets L’Amandour after producing a superb double clear.

The second class of the day was the Prijs Club FM 1m40 which was contested against the clock and featured a field of 72 riders.

Mendoza and Ramiro de Belle Vue, another 12-year-old bay gelding, posted an impressive fifth with a rapid time of 69.91 seconds.

On Friday last week, the Tockenham youngster took to the arena with all three of her rides.

In the Prijs Kiwanis Gent 1m30, she ended up just over a second behind Belgian Dominique Hendrickx, to grab second place with Nuggets L’Amandour.

That was quickly followed by a win in the 1m40 Prijs Vialis with Ramiro de Belle Vue, after producing two clears in quick times to finish ahead of home riders Pieter Devos and José Thiry.

With Spirit T, a twelve-year-old bay mare owned by John Roberts, Mendoza then triumphed in Friday’s Grand Prix Qualifier - a world rankings class.

In a field of 77, she produced a clear round to finish two seconds ahead of Belgian Patrik Spits and the United States’ Lauren Hough.

Mendoza went on to finish fourth in the Prijs de Client class on Sunday, again with Nuggets L’Amandour.

The teen starlet, a member of the UK Sport-funded World Class Programme, was delighted with her displays and was positive on her prospects for the future.

“It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, the crowds were huge and the atmosphere was electric,” she said.

“To win the world rankings class, beating people who are at the top of their game was amazing and shows that I’m heading in the right direction.”

The World Class Development Programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme.

It incorporates the three Olympic sports of dressage, eventing, showjumping and the Paralympic sport of para dressage. The programme has been funded by the Government via UK Sport since 1998.

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