Guy Williams doubles up at HOYS
Guy Williams completed a quickfire double victory on day three at HOYS. Just hours after taking victory in the JMA Trophy on Casper De Muze, he claimed the Five Fence Challenge with Lindsay Doran’s Depardieu Van T Kiezelhof.
The Five Fence Challenge features a course of five fences that increase in height after each round, with riders jumping a maximum of five rounds, gaining two points for jumping a fence, but if a fault is collected then combinations cannot compete any further.
Only two reached the fourth round, with Guy pitted head-to-head with Ireland’s Denis Lynch on the 10-year-old Chacco-Blue daughter Camilla. But Guy was the only rider to jump four successive clear rounds on the 13-year-old Depardieu, and it earned him £3,300.
“He’s a really big jumper with massive scope and very good at this type of class similar to a Masters. He was a little bit lucky in the third round at the last fence, but we all need a bit of luck and we got away with it. He wasn’t going to hit it the fourth round, that’s for sure,” said Guy on the Thunder Van De Zuuthoeve gelding.
“I’ve had him since he was six and at seven, he jumped the Olympia grand prix. He’s a good horse but I don’t overly use him and there is plenty of time left with him.”
Helen Tredwell (Sebastian) and John Whitaker (Leen) shared third with four others
Third place proved a six-way tie – Brits John Whitaker on Leen OL, Joe Clayton with Millioninmind and Helen Tredwell on last year's winner Sebastian VII shared with Belgium’s Karel Cox aboard Flinstone Van’t Eigenlo, France’s Julien Epaillard on Tradition De La Roque and Portugal’s Mario Wilson Fernandes with Sahel Villa Rose.
Photo courtesy HOYS/ES Photoraphy