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.
About the class:
The World Class Programme Under 23 British Championship Final sees some of the country’s most promising young showjumpers compete in one of the most prestigious international indoor arenas. The World Class Programme is funded by the National Lottery and Exchequer funds via UK Sport. The Programme aims to provide Britain’s elite riders with the best preparation to represent Equestrian Team GBR on the international stage.
About the class:
The class is made up of 24 combinations and includes pairs from the European Jumping Young Rider team plus pairings who have made it through via the five qualifying rounds and three wild cards. The competition is made up of two rounds. The first round sees all the pairs compete over a 1.45 – 1.50m course with the best 10 scores going through to the next round. The competitors carry forward any faults into this final round and will compete in reverse order of merit. There is a prize fund of £15,300 up for grabs for the top eight placings with £5,100 going to the winner. Each of the top eight pairs will also receive a training voucher.