October 07, 2016 at 5:13 PM

Guy Williams adds another feather to his cap as he heads up the Five Fence Challenge


British star Guy Williams completed a quickfire double success as he dominated the early action on day three at the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham. Barely four hours after winning the JMA Agricultural Parts Trophy speed class with 14-year-old chestnut gelding Casper de Muze, Guy landed the Grandstand Media Five Fence Challenge and its top prize of £3,300 on Depardieu Van 't Kiezelhof.


The Five Fence Challenge features a course of five fences that increase in height after each round, with riders jumping a maximum of five rounds, gaining two points for jumping a fence, but if a fault is collected then combinations cannot compete any further.


Guy jumped four successive clear rounds, which was enough to see off the challenge of runner-up Denis Lynch, with Camilla, while a six-way tie for third featured John Whitaker (Leen O.L), Portugal's Mario Wilson Fernandes (Sahel Villa Rose), Joe Clayton (Millioninmind), Karel Cox (Flintstone van't Eigenlo), Helen Tredwell (Sebastian VII) and Julien Epaillard (Tradition de la Roque).


Depardieu, 13, is a successful and seasoned campaigner, and Guy was understandably thrilled following another impressive performance by the grey gelding. "It was a good result. The horse has won Masters events in the past, which are similar-type classes to this one, and he's very good at them," Guy said.


"He is a really big jumper. He was a little bit lucky in the third round at the last fence, but we all need a bit of luck, and we got away with it. He wasn't going to hit it in the fourth round, that's for sure.


"He has got massive scope. I've had him since he was six - at seven, he jumped the Olympia grand prix. He has jumped grands prix all over the world, and he's jumped at the European Championships.


"He's a good horse. I don't overly use him, and there is plenty of time left with him. I have a lot of people who support me, and it is really good to win here. We've managed to win two classes, and been second in another one, and we've still got two days to go.


"Casper will go close in the speed horse of the year, I would have thought, and tomorrow in the accumulator, and Depardieu could go well in the Puissance - he is a massive jumper - and Titus is going well, so who knows for the grand prix with him on Sunday."






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