Will Fletcher Clinches Spectacular Second Victory at Global Future Champions


Young British talent William Fletcher showed all his skill and potential at the top level in today's feature CSIY-A 1.45/1.50m class, taking a spectacular second win of the Global Future Champions with his talented horse Persimmon. 


The weekend's competitions give young talent and rising stars the opportunity to develop at the stunning venue of Tops International Arena, a world-leading purpose-built equestrian facility in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. With high quality stables, first class arenas and superb footing, the location is second-to-none, and is a unique chance for young, junior, children and pony riders to experience top quality facilities as they work to improve their show jumping skills and make their mark at this prestigious competition. 


Speaking after his win, William said: "I have to say thank you very much to Jan Tops for putting this show on for us young riders. It is an incredible experience for riders like myself to jump at such a fantastic venue and the birthplace of the LGCT, which is the aim of every rider here. I have had a phenomenal show here so far with my best horse Persimmon winning the first two big U21 Classes, it’s an amazing feeling to win in such a prestigious arena, it is fair to say I would love to come back soon!"


Meanwhile, new rising stars came to the fore in the Junior classes, as Brazilian junior rider Leandro José Abrahao emerged victorious in the 120/1.25m class riding Virtual Boy de Sheloa. The 16-year-old talent clinched a stylish victory being over one second faster than runner-up Olga Skrobacz with Orida M for Poland. 


Belgium’s 16-year-old Caro-Belle de Hornois took top honours in the 1.35/1.40m Junior competition with Idyllis L, further demonstrating the pair's potential at this level. 


The 1.45/1.50m (against the clock) competition for U25 combinations was won by the talented German rider Max Haunhorst with Chaccara. Max has been a regular face at Tops International Arena since 2016, and returned again to compete with his top honours.  


Rising star and LGCT rider Gilles Thomas took the 1.35/1.40m Young Rider class with a stunning fast round with his BWP mare Imposante Vede. After competing in the LGCT Doha of 2020, Gilles is one to watch for the future. 


Two combinations headed the prizegiving ceremony for the second time in the ponies and children categories - Belgian rider Jef Peeters clinched the 1.15/1.20m class partnering Qatar Optimus, and Denmark’s Leonora Sandberg Nielsen took first prize in the 1.25/1.30m competition with MHS Kilkenny All Star. The 1.10m class was won by 12-year-old Amy Helfrich and Fiorello, signalling her potential at her first-ever visit to Tops International Arena, and she said “I was really looking forward to competing at Tops International Arena. We have had a lot of fun [here] and I met a lot of people.”


Competition continues tomorrow with a thrilling line-up of classes, all of which are live streamed here.