- Twenty-four athletes to take part in Olympia Final
- In its seventh year, the class showcases stars of the future
- European Young Rider gold medallists and Junior silver medallists among the line-up.
Twenty-four of the country’s best young showjumpers will be competing at Olympia, The London International Horse Show in the final of the 2017 World Class Programme Under 23 British Championships.
Taking place on the morning of Saturday 16 December 2017, this year’s line-up sees three of Great Britain’s Young Rider gold medallists in the line-up for the top honours, in Millie Allen, Amy Inglis and Jake Saywell. In that same week, Harry Charles, Robert Murphy and Jack Whitaker secured team silver for the British Junior team and they also headline this year’s final. Millie, Robert and Jack have all won qualifying rounds in the build-up to this year’s final.
Runner-up in last year’s final, Jack Whitaker and Valentin R, will be aiming to go one better this year; whilst Yazmin Davis is another strong contender after a third-place finish in the 2016 final with Zilverster II, with whom she won a recent qualifier at Addington Equestrian Centre.
Showjumping Performance Manager Di Lampard says: “This year’s class is filled with a lot of young talent and this will be a great opportunity for public coming to Olympia to see some of the country’s future stars.
“This is a unique championship class as it is a real test of their preparation and composure. They are all capable of jumping over the height and technicality of this course, however there is a wide range of difference in age and experience at the Olympia final.”
Athletes are confirmed as;
- Faye Adams with Zaire
- Millie Allen with Balou Star
- Aimee Bell with Cameron Poe
- Harry Charles with Vivaldi Du Dom
- Yazmin Davis with Zilverster II
- Millie Dickinson with Cairo Z II
- Oliver Fletcher with Hello Disckoboy DN
- William Fletcher with Everytime Anywhere B
- Jordan Gann with Lakeland Dancer
- Jodie Hall-Mcateer with Coquin De Coquerie Z
- Amy Inglis with Wishes
- Robert Murphy with Newbridges Chablis SW
- Olivia Poole with Connery III
- Christie Pritchard with Waldemar
- Jake Saywell with Havinia Van De Roshoeve
- Chelsea Skelton with Millfield Baloney
- Georgia Tame with Cash Up
- Mark Turnbull with Cartouch III
- Harry Wainwright with Pinheiro Beech
- Emily Ward with Wild Rose II
- Jack Whitaker with Valentin R
- James Whitaker with Glenavadra Brilliant
- James Wilson with Eskola M
- Chloe Winchester with Billy Cool
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.