Charlotte Jones, 18, and her 15hh mare, Silk Spider, scored their first major win by taking the Scott Rees-sponsored senior CCI* at the Chepstow International Horse Trials.

Natalie Western-Kaye, riding her own Just George V, had a lead of 0.4 of a penalty over Charlotte going into the final day. But four rails down in the show jumping relegated the pair to fifth place.

A clear round from Charlotte Prentice on Cool Decision promoted her from fourth to the runner-up spot, while Swedish rider Niklas Lindback finished third on Exmoor Eventing’s One Way.

In the CCI* under-18 national championship, Emily Llewellyn and Society Spice led from start and were the only combination to complete on their dressage score. Runner-up in the championship was Louise Bradley and Meadows Whisper.

Marie Ryan won the open intermediate with Sparrow Hall. Sam Griffiths, riding John Johnston’s stallion Opposition Heracles, finished nine points behind in second place, with Nick Gauntlett and his faithful campaigner Calibre third.

Sally Taylor’s dressage mark of 21 with Summer Sun secured a win in intermediate section P, while Helen Wilkes secured her first intermediate win with her mare Fair Lady in section Q.

Read this report in full in this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (24 May, ’07)