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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