Tim Stockdale spearheaded a British showjumping ‘takeover’ at the three-star CSI in Bethune, France last weekend (26-28 May).

Laura’s results included two six-year-old wins on Bintang II and numerous placings with the former Horse & Hound Foxhunter champion Parvati De Breve.

Laura’s number one ride, Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham’s Oz De Breve, was in sensational form, winning one major world rankings points class and finishing second in another to Tim and his Olympic hope Fresh Direct Kalico Bay.

This made Laura the overall leading rider of the show, while Oz De Breve took the leading horse award. Laura will next join Guy Williams and William Funnell at another French show, the four-star CSI in Bourg en Bresse.

Tim Stockdale has also been in terrific form lately. His second victory came in the six-bar here on his Royal Windsor victor, the giant grey Fresh Direct K2. However, Tim pulled out of the grand prix due to the conditions.

“The hot weather had made the ground hard and then the organisers over-watered it, making it really uneven,” said Tim, who will next have the chance to prove his fitness in front of team manager Rob Hoekstra at next weekend’s Nations Cup show in St Gallen, Switzerland.

Another Briton, Steven Whitaker, was on winning form at this show. Steven rode Royal Rose II to victory on the final day and was also placed in major classes on Locarno 62, the stallion previously competed at top level by his daughter, Ellen.