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Oliver Fletcher scoops Junior Individual Silver at European Showjumping Championships

Oliver Fletcher double silver at the Junior European Showjumping Championships

Oliver Fletcher enjoyed another successful day at the Children, Junior and Young Rider Championships in Fontainebleau, France when he scooped the Individual Silver medal on Sunday 15th July, adding to the Team Silver that was won just two days previously. Oliver was competing as part of the NAF Junior Team and today’s podium place rounded off five days of fantastic jumping.

Fifteen-year-old Oliver from Faringdon, Oxfordshire delivered his medal winning performance on board Hello Disckoboy D.N., the 10-year-old grey gelding owned by Lady Kirkham and Lady Harris. The pair came into Sunday’s Individual Final in third place after accruing just 6.20 penalties over the first three rounds of competition.

Battling it out against 29 other starters and with an individual medal at stake, Oliver knew that he needed two clear rounds. Once again, he belied his young age and rode with real composure and determination. In doing so, he delivered the only double clear of Sunday’s Individual Final and this outstanding result was to prove good enough for the Individual Silver medal and of course, a place on the coveted podium.

Oliver Fletcher European Showjumping
Oliver Fletcher added Individual silver to Team Silver at the Junior European Showjumping Championshipsin Fontainebleau. Pic by Lewis Harding Photography

The result saw this talented combination add a fourth European Championship medal to their tally after they picked up Team Gold and Individual Bronze at the 2017 Children’s European Championships in Samorin, Slovakia.

It was Ireland’s Jason Foley who took home the Individual Gold medal. He finished on 5.59 penalties with Castlefield Vegas whilst Belgium’s Simon Morssinkhof and Vivolta de Gree were the Bronze medallists after they finished on 11.31 penalties.

Also jumping in the individual final for Great Britain were Sienna Charles with Peter Charles’ Chaitanya 2, James Winter with Elizabeth Winter’s Cosmo Boy and Robert Murphy with Stacey Webb’s Newbridges Chablis SW. These combinations finished in 12th, 13th and 26th place respectively.

For further information on the show and full results, visit https://fontainebleau2018.com

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