Great Win For Harry At Bolesworth

Harry Charles made his mark on day four of the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show as he claimed another fine victory with 11-year-old mare Doulita.

The combination showcased their quality by claiming an impressive win at the Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show six months ago.

And there was no stopping them in Bolesworth's Castle Arena as they took the AA-sponsored four-star two phase class.

Their time of 26.10 seconds denied Georgia Tame a second success in 24 hours aboard 27 Canya Dance, with just 86 hundredths of a second separating the top four finishers.

Matt Sampson was third with Firefly W, and Ireland's Sven Hadley filled fourth spot on Sumas Taloubet.

Hampshire-based Harry, 20, is the son of London 2012 gold medal-winning Great Britain showjumping team member Peter Charles, and rates among the sport's brightest British prospects.

And he underlined the quality of a flourishing partnership by producing a performance that oozed class, particularly during the jump-off phase.
"Doulita won a big class at Liverpool, but this would be only her second show this year," Harry said. "She was super today.

"She is a really fast horse, and as a rider, it's perfect because you only have to think - you don't have to move her up. All you have got to do is keep it tight, and she is exceptional against the clock.

"It is always close in a two-phase competition. I felt she was going around there at about 75 per cent, and I could have been faster if I wanted. That's how quick she is.

"It has been a great first half of the year. I have been part of the Global Champions League team competition, and competed in Cannes last weekend. I also went to Doha for the first time this year.

"Last year was kind of my break-out year, and this year it has been living the dream."

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10 - 14 August