Harry Charles is the master in Wales
Harry Charles, just 16, beat his senior counterparts – including his Olympic gold medallist father Peter – to take two Welsh Masters titles, the Martin Collins grand prix and the Gents championship.
It marked the 12th anniversary of the Welsh Masters, held at the Wales and West showground at the David Broome Event Centre, Chepstow.
A technical grand prix of 13 fences realised only five clears from 40 starters, and Harry was pitted against last year’s winner – his father Peter on Stapleton Mist.
It didn’t deter Harry. He angles fences at the gallop on Strides Controe – winner of Pyecombe’s top-billed 1.40m a week earlier – and wiped 1.61 sec off Peter’s time to become the youngest to lift the grand prix title in its 12-year history.
“He’s a special horse, brave and scopey and has a great future ahead of him,” said Harry on the nine-year-old bought at the beginning of the year.
Peter took second on Stapleton Mist – jumping at his first show since losing an eye. Nick Benterman posted a steady double clear for third on TJ Mullanacross Maliro with Matt Sampson and Perfect Rouge in fourth and Adrian Whiteway on Cojack in fifth.
Harry also topped the Gents championship on Vivaldi Du Dom. The Casall 11-year-old carried him to European junior individual silver last year.
“He’s a fantastic horse, so careful he’s probably only had four fences down in a year,” said Harry, who has a main ambition should he be selected for the Junior European championships this year – “To win gold.”
Michael Fursedonn took second on the Veron/Nimmerdor eight-year-old Darcode in the 20-strong Gents jump-off with Alex Hempleman on Billy Dinero, a British-bred Cevin Z/Animo nine-year-old stallion, third.
Jane Annett landed the Ladies title on the Irish-bred Pallas Masterclass, a Harlequin Du Carel/Able Albert nine-year-old she has produced from her British novice days.
Her early round remained unbeaten and only five double clears from the 16-horse jump-off were realised. Sisters Sienna, just 13, and Scarlett Charles, 15 took second and third on the nine-year-old Cartani daughter Chaitanya and the 10-year-old mare Sacree Du Rouet respectively.
Jamie Wingrove earned yet another title to his alread impressive tally with Mark and Helen Wells and Georgia Reynolds’ home-bred mare Heartstring. already crowned Weston Lawns five-yearold and Addington British young horse five-year-old champion in 2015 and multi-winner of six-year-old classes in Oliva Nova earlier this year, the Cicero/Heartbreaker mare took the Hazelden Saddlery six-year-old by two sec in a 19-horse decider.
“She hasn’t done a lot of shows but she’s a very fast learner and wins a lot,” said Jamie.
Olivia Gent and Centus/Kannan mare Clicquot II took second with Miles Pearson on the Larino/Pouchka III gelding Castiel third.
Eight-year-olds dominated the seven and eight-year-old handicap, with Dan Moseley taking the top spot on Dakota. The mare with Andiamo/Vancouver bloodlines is owned jointly with Andrew Saywell with Dan taking the ride four months ago.
“She jumped 1.40m classes well in Vilamoura, I’m just building her up and aim to jump area trials and world ranking classes later this year, she’s got plenty left to give,” said Dan.
Nicola Barry and the Verdi/Larino eight-year-old Darien II took second with Lucy Bunn on the Billy Stud’s Billy Buckingham, a Vechta/Clover Hill gelding bred by the Billy Stud, in third.
Sophie Heaven won the five-year-old on Catoka, a German-bred mare bought as a two-year-old and owned jointly with Glynn Slater.
From 56 starters, 13 reached the third and final round. Derek Morton took second on the Its The Business/Cantero gelding Cristo Beech with Katie Speller third on the Singapore/Numero Uno stallion Granada.
Johnathan Bowman posted a great double with the NAF 1.20m and 1.25m championships. In the final moments of the 1.20m, he claimed the top spot with new ride Enamorado V Tangelo VD Zuuthoeve (pictured, bay).
The Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve/Numero Uno seven-year-old was previously ridden by The Netherlands’ Mark Van Den Top and was bought a month ago by Steven Valente-Smith. They beat Julian Mincher on Darren and Samantha Middleton’s consistent speedy Eindhoven GH by more than a second.
“I watched Julian and the only place I could beat him was between the first two fences, so I was flat to the boards through the starting gate,” said Johnathan, who also risked a tight turn back to the penultimate planks.
“I was going to be hero or zero at the planks, I turned and hadn’t got a stride so I just kicked!”
Olivia Gent and the eight-year-old mare Carnavals Wonder took third.
Johnathan’s seasoned campaigner, the 16-year-old Marcel Des Rosiers (pictured with David Broome and Sue Bowman), earned the second win with a flying opening round, taking the last at an incredible angle to win by six sec.
“It was a bit of a blow to be drawn first so I knew I had to go for it,” he said.
Hannah Hughes on the Calvaro FCS daughter Tekila Sun Belin took second with Matthew Broome third on the seven-year-old mare Duffy II.
Andrew Williams topped the Showground Photography 1.30m championship with Alie B, an 11-year-old by the dressage stallion Prestige VDL.
“He’s had a long break since October and only just come back into work,” said Andrew.
Mark Edwards and Unbelievable Eddie took second with Sammie-Jo Coffin third on Boebka.
Samantha Kellett and V Ramzes Z took the Keith Price Garages 1.10m Welsh Masters championship, recording their biggest win to date.
The Vito 13-year-old was purchased three years ago.
“He’s the best I’ve ever ridden,” said Samantha, who is based in Luckington near Badminton and is an ambassador for Equiboodle, an online tackshop who have supported her for the last 12 months.
Melissa Eagles on the Belgian-bred Whisker, a 17-year-old with Clinton/Darco bloodlines, took second with third going to Chantal de Verteuil on the Irish-bred seven-year-old Murphys Diamond III.
Stevie Jenkins claimed a fast, hard-fought Baileys Horse Feeds 1.15m title on the 14-year-old Emotion II, a mare he has ridden for seven years.
“She’s an older lady now so we’ve dropped her down a level,” said Stevie, who now works for Persimmons Homes after passing his Masters degree in architecture.
Christopher Franks and the German-bred Continue Baloo-Bay, an eight-year-old with Baloubet Du Rouet/Continue bloodlines, took second and veteran specialist Norman Proffitt on the Hinault/Calvados 19-year-old gelding Patent claimed third.
Stevie also headed three 1.20m classes aboard the 13-year-old Willem M.
The Deebees Rosettes 1.05m fell to Jasmine Gill and Haitie Vant Klaverje Vier, a nine-year-old by Bentley Van De Heffinck she has produced after purchasing her from Anna de Verteuil two years ago.
Amy Smith on Templehill Merlin took second with third going to Chantal de Verteuil on Victory II.
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