Christie Pritchard has won the World Class Programme Under 23 British Championship final at Olympia, The London International Horse Show.
The 20 year-old rider from Anglesey, North Wales produced a double clear with Hans Christian Jacobsen’s 14 year-old bay gelding, Waldermar and put in the quickest time of 43.33 seconds.
Her incredibly fast round was enough to relegate Chloe Winchester, a member of the World Class Programme Potential Squad, into 2nd place with the 10 year-old British Bred mare Billy Cool who stopped the clock in 46.06 seconds.
Commenting, Christie said: “That was amazing! I’m so pleased with him [Waldemar], he’s done everything I have asked him to and he just never lets you down.
“It was a good course but I found that you had no time to stop and think - you just had to keep going. My horse likes a bit of space so he was perfect down the distances.
The course built by London 2012 Olympic Games course-designer Bob Ellis was a testing one for the 24 starters which saw only three combinations go clear in the first round.
Chloe was the first to clear in the first round and was just three seconds shy of the top spot in the jump-off.
“She [Billy Cool] has been on really good form coming into this but you never know how they are going to react in an atmosphere like this so I couldn’t be more pleased with her.” Said Chloe.
Harry Charles, part of this year’s European junior silver medal winning team, was the only other rider to go clear in the first round but unfortunately retired in the jump-off.
Performance Manager for Showjumping, Di Lampard was very impressed by the standard of competition in the final, particularly the winning performance. She said: “Christie was marvellous because she was safe but she produced a quick enough time to really challenge the last two pairs.
“It looked a challenging course but it was built fair on the distances. There were a lot jumps built on four or five strides so the riders had to think really quickly.
“All the competitors would have learnt a lot from today and they have come away with some good experience.”
- Christie Pritchard and Waldermar, owned by Hans Christian Jacobsen = 0/0 – 43.33
- Chloe Winchester and Billy Cool, owned by the Billy Stud = 0/0 – 46.06
- Amy Inglis and Wishes, owned by Claire Inglis = 4/0 – 45.70
- Yazmin Davis and Zilverster II, owned by Alison Davis = 4/0 – 47.75
- Aimee Bell and Cameron Poe, owned by Mrs L Robertson = 4/3 – 55.06
- Jake Saywell and Havinia Van de Roshoeve, owned by Rachel Gascoine = 4/4 – 43.72
- James Whitaker and Glenavadra Brilliant, owned by Ian Whitaker and Calvin McDonald = 4/8 – 45.58
- Mark Turnbull and Cartouch III = 4/8 – 48.42
*= first round/ jump-off penalties – jump-off time in seconds.
The World Class Programme aims to provide Britain’s elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR on the international stage and is funded by National Lottery and Exchequer funds via UK Sport.