Fontainebleau 2018, Rhys Williams claims gold in Children showjumping final
Rhys Williams was crowned Children European Jumping Champion this Saturday morning on the main grass arena of the Fontainebleau’s Grand Parquet. The young Irishman and his powerful CES Cruson were the only combination to have not committed any mistake during the Longines FEI European Championship presented by GPA, showing exceptional composure during the final.Last to go in the second round of the Children final, Rhys Williams could not have any mistake because five combinations were chasing him, with only four faults.Thanks to an irreproachable composure, the young Irishman, who will celebrate his 14th birthday next month, brilliantly flown over all the difficulties, claiming a beautiful gold medal. “I’m really happy. My horse did not commit the slightestmistake during the whole week,” he said, very moved by this beautiful victory.Five other combinations competed in a crucial jump-off for the silver and bronze medals: two Germans, a Briton, a Russian and the young Dutch Sanne Ter Haar.
Andrey Gorchakovskiy (RUS) unfortunately had one down at the beginning of the course, while Megan Li (GBR) had four faults on the penultimate fence. The other three riders produced perfect clear rounds, but Chiara Reyer (GER) produced the fastest one in 34.30 seconds with an iron determination. The silver medallist shared her happiness with her teammate Henry Munsberg, who took bronze (36.12 seconds). “Our team title makes this silver medal even more beautiful. My horse gave me everything today, I do not have the words… Last year in Šamorín, I did not finish really well, so I wanted to be better here,” explained the rider, very satisfiedwith this medal.
Source: Press Release Longines Fei European Championships CH/J/YR Fontainebleau 2018Photo: PSV Jean Morel