EQUESTRIAN: Jessica excels in Italy again

TOCKENHAM showjumper Jessica Mendoza enjoyed another good result at the Toscana Tour CSI3* Arezzo IV Grand Prix in Italy on Sunday.

Riding Spirit T, owned by her mother Sarah Mendoza and John Roberts, the UK Sport lottery-funded World Class Development Programme rider placed fourth against a competitive field of more than 50 riders.

With 15 combinations going through to the jump-off, Mendoza produced two perfect clear rounds aboard the 13 year old bay mare to finish just outside the top three, after posting a time of 41.24 seconds.

Earlier in the week, Mendoza had recorded four top five placings competing in the Toscana Tour’s Silver Tour.

Aboard Classic Highfly, a ten year old bay mare owned by her mother, the combination recorded some good results, with a third placing in Thursday’s 1m40 Against the Clock competition and a fourth place finish in Sunday’s Two Phase 1m35 class.

The combination also enjoyed a second placing in the 1m40 Against the Clock Silver Tour Final Qualifier.

Against a field of more than 90, she produced a solid clear round to finish only 0.11seconds behind the leader, Italy’s Giampiero Garofalo.

Mendoza also rode Ramiro de Belle Vue, again owned by her mother, to a first place finish at the Italian competition, in the 1m40 Two Phase class, after a quick clear round saw her take the win just over a second and a half ahead of Swedish rider Emma Emanuelsson.



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