Harry Charles and new ride Strides Controe win at Pyecombe

Pyecombe kicked off their outdoor season with a very popular, busy four day show, with some classes featuring over 100 entries.

Harry Charles topped the final day's feature 1.40m on the talented recent acquisition Strides Controe, a Wender R/Iroko nine-year-old.

The Dutch-bred bay was previously ridden by eventer Laura Collett, but showjumped up to 1.30m and Foxhunter second rounds and finished fifth in the HOYS silver league final as well as eventing to 2* level. Harry took over in February and recorded results in Mijas, Spain. Definitely a partnership to watch in the future.

Phillip Miller brought Brendon Stud's home-bred Unbelievable Darco/Hamilton nine-year-old Unbelievable Lady into second with Ben Dalton and the Latus/Granit 10-year-old stallion EFS Top Contender in third.

Ben claimed a hat-trick of wins. The eight-year-old mare Clearviews Centre Stage (pictured) topped the final 1.30m, with Robert Whitaker in second on the Dutch-bred, Singapore daughter Eunomia and Alex Hempleman third on the Kannan/Animo nine-year-old Billy Belle. Cosmic Neo, a Renkum Valentino 13-year-old, was also a 1.30m winner for Ben, claiming the top spot ahead of Ruby Fryer on Didante. The Six-year-old mare Romanov’s Roulette rounded up three wins for Ben with a newcomer victory.

Robert, who has just returned from a successful Spanish sunshine tour, had three in the final shake-up in the mid-show 1.30m, but couldn’t claim a win. Henry Turrell and the British-bred nine-year-old Blaze of Glory took the honours with Robert second, third and fourth on Eunomia, Brendon Stud’s For Pleasure/Diamant De Semilly eight-year-old stallion Fabrice Van Overis and Expresso, a Dutch-bred seven-year-old with Azteca VDL/Indorado bloodlines.

Henry and Blaze of Glory (pictured above), who have just returned from the Spanish sunshine tour, Vejer, also featured in the 1.40m, taking second to Michael Duffy on ESI Hazel, a Lux Z eight-year-old bred in Ireland by Cian O’Connor.

And Henry topped a 1.10 on the Niagara/Numero Uno 10-year-old Barbados III, beating Leesa Long’s three, LVS No Doubt, Saber and Tammys Girl, into second third and fourth. The British-bred, Unbelievable Darco/Numero Uno seven-year-old Reddarco marked Henry’s third win in the newcomers.

Leesa claimed multiple wins, with three 1.20m victories. The Irish-bred 13-year-old Tammys Girl (pictured) was a winner with third and fourth going to the Cavalier Royale 17-year-old LVS No Doubt and Saber. The Malito De Reves/Quick Star 12-year-old Saber won two with LVS No Doubt also second in one.

Tammys Girl and LVS No Doubt took the top two places in a 1.10m and LVS No Doubt headed another 1.10m. The Irish-bred six-year-old SES Watch It topped a discovery and Pompadour VJ, a Dutch-bred Pep/Maraschino 12-year-old, claimed two 1m and 90cm for Leesa.

Bryony Ward topped the initial 1.30m on the Cruising 18-year-old Mill Hollow Clouding with Ben Walker in second on the eight-year-old Carthino Z/Indoctro stallion Da Vinci V and John Crippen third with the German-bred 11-year-old Simply Almund.

Harry Bateman claimed four wins. He took three victories with the four-year-old Dutch-breed mare Heerdelon - a tacklockers.com novice, discovery and Scope 1.05m adventurer, and a British novice victory on the five-year-old mare Anvils Every Little Helps II.

Catherine Fowdrey won three classes. She dominated the final day’s discovery by taking the top three on the six-year-old Bicton Incredibly Dun, Fortunato J UK and Emalia. The Aerobic seven-year-old Emalia headed a Dodson and Horrell 95cm and Catherine took the top two in another Dodson and Horrell 95cm on the Dutch-bred 12-year-old Zingaro III and the Branco Van Overis five-year-old Fortunato J UK.

Bryony Padwick was another to notch up a winning hat-trick, heading two 90cm classes and a Dodson and Horrell 85cm amateur with the British-bred Tiffany II, a Veneur Du Montois/Damiro mare and former International ride for Geoff Luckett.

Nick Edwards claimed a Foxhunter win on the Warrant/Burggraaf seven-year-old Elastique and a 1.20m victory with Contendaan, a Vittorio/Contendro I eight-year-old. And Danielle Johns also doubled up on the Unbelievable Darco/Einstein seven-year-old Dolly Darco in the 95cm and the Dodson and Horrell 1.05m.

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