Stuttgart, Gemany – November 17, 2023 – Fabulous atmosphere and a winner from the British Isles: Harry Charles (GBR) is the €100,000 Stuttgart German CSI 5*-W champion. The last to go in the jump-off in front of 8,000 thrilled spectators in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle late on Friday evening, the 24-year-old won the horse show’s second most important jumping class after going clear in a time of 35.02 seconds.
In the saddle on his 12-year-old mare Aralyn Blue, he finished ahead of the previous leader Steve Guerdat (SUI) atop the nine-year-old gelding Albführen’s Iashin Sitte to earn himself prize money totalling 33,000 euros.
“You don’t have so many days like today when you can win twice. It was the best show of my life,” said the overjoyed Briton who is the youngest rider to etch his name on the Stuttgart German Master roll of honour. “The Stuttgart horse show was the first one to go on my World Cup schedule, and I rode my best horse today because I wanted to win.” Andreas Krieg, the horse show director responsible for jumping, congratulated Charles who “rode spot on” to join fellow countrymen and brothers John Whitaker (GBR) and Michael Whitaker (GBR) on the list of winners.
European champion Guerdat was also faultless but he took 35.31 seconds – runner-up and prize money totalling 20,000 euros.
There was the only woman rider in the final round, namely the Frenchwoman Pénélope Leprevost (FRA) who came third on the 12-year-old gelding Texas, being timed 37.01 seconds. She received 15,000 euro for her efforts.
Final Results – €100,000 Stuttgart German CSI 5*-W
1) Harry Charles (GBR) & Aralyn Blue – 0 / 0 – 35.02
2) Steve Guerdat (SUI) & Albfuehren`s Iashin Sitte – 0 / 0 – 35.31
3) Pénélope Lepréost (FRA) & Texas – 0 / 0 – 37.01
Source: Press Release (edited) from the Stuttgart German Masters
Photos: © Stuttgart German Masters / Markus Bechert