Young dressage rider Charlie Hutton wins in Germany

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Young rider Charlie Hutton has won the B final of the FEI World Cup for young riders in Frankfurt, Germany on 20 December

Charlie, 20, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire rode Merlin Nemorensis, Lady Anne evans’ 17.1hh nine-year-old German-bred gelding by Clintino.

The pair finished ninth in the first round with 64.95% and eighth in the second round, improving his score to 66.11%. With these results he just missed out on qualifying for the A final by 0.5%.

He beat five combinations to take the B final, a freestyle, by almost 3%.

Charlie said: “I’m delighted to have won to have won the B final. I achieved some great scores in the past two days, which gives me a lot of confidence for the future. I really enjoyed taking part and look forward to further competitions in 2010.”

Charlie is part of the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Development Programme and started competing internationally in 2005.

The competition ran alongside Frankfurt senior World Cup qualifier, with riders entered Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Canada, USA, France, Belgium and New Zealand.

The Netherlands’ Imke Schellekens took the senior qualifier with 81.45% riding Sunrise.

Originally published on horseandhound.co.uk