In the saddle on his 12-year-old mare Aralyn Blue (Chacco-Blue, breeder: Franjo Udovc), he finished ahead of the previous leader Steve Guerdat (Switzerland) atop the nine-year-old gelding Albführen’s Iashin Sitte to earn himself prize money totalling 33,000 euro.
“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 the brothers John and Michael Whitaker on the list of winners.
European champion Steve Guerdat was also faultless but he took 35.31 seconds – runner-up and prize money totalling 20,000 euro, aboard Albfuehren's LAshin Sitte (Bamako de Muze, breeder: Daniel Boudrenghien). In third Penelope Leprevost followed with Texas, a 12-year-old gelding (0/37.01) by Tornesch (breeder: Göran Linell). The best German in the jump-off which was contested by six riders that had gone clear in the first round was Philipp Schulze Topphoff on Clemens de la Lande NRW (Comme Il Faut). The pair finished fourth.
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