‘She loves to work’
Charlotte won the Elite Stallions young horse prix st georges qualifier on River Rise Nisa. The promising seven-year-old by Negro, who was bred and is owned in partnership with Sarah Tyler-Evans, scored 76.37%, leaving the rest of the competition far behind.
The pair went on to win the final later in the week — despite the fact it was only the mare’s third ever test at the level.
“For a seven-year-old to come out and do a test like that is really impressive,” said Charlotte. “You can see she loves to work and finds it very easy.
“I forget she’s only seven, and it’s easy to push and ask for more because she is such a giver and has so much talent. She is definitely going to be one of my top horses for future Olympics.”
Alice Oppenheimer and the home-bred Headmore Davina were second (71.8%) ahead of Zoe Sleigh and Francisco 51 in third (70.18%.)
Charlotte continued her winning streak on the third day of the Festival, narrowly beating her Olympic team-mates in the CDI grand prix. Charlotte took first place on Mount St John Freestyle with 77.43%, just ahead of Carl Hester and Hawtins Delicato on 76.08%. Spencer Wilton was third on Super Nova II with 75.84%, who was making his competition come-back after injury.
Charlotte went on to produce two more fantastic tests on the fourth day at Hartpury. She won the young dressage horse semi-final with the British-bred mare Hawtins San Floriana (78.64%) and the advanced medium 96 on her joint owned horse Gio (77.54%).
The Olympic champion’s run of incredible form continued on the final day, when she won the Baileys Horse Feeds FEI CDI grand prix special. Freestyle produced an exquisite test and their 80.51% score put them way ahead of the competition.
Once again, Carl was second on Hawtins Delicato (77.29%).
Charlotte’s final win of the five-day Festival was in the FEI prix st georges class. This time Charlotte rode Carl’s horse Brioso II to victory with 75.7%. Michael Eilberg was second with Daltrey (70.88%), while Tom Goode and Shilo finished third (70.44%).
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