Olympic horses in action at Hickstead

19 July 2012 / 12:40

British Olympic equestrian riders Ben Maher and Peter Charles both gave their London 2012 horses a competitive run as the Longines Royal International Show continued at Hickstead.

The pair enjoyed trouble-free rounds in the Royal International Vase speed class, Maher riding Tripple X III and Charles on board Murka's Vindicat W.

Maher, who now heads to Chantilly in France for this weekend's Global Champions Tour event on two of his other horses, collected four faults.

And Charles accrued three time faults ahead of his likely appearance for Great Britain in the Hickstead FEI Nations Cup round on Friday.

Another British star - Kent's Guy Williams - was the highest-placed home rider in a bumper class that attracted more than 70 entries.

Nations Cup regular Williams missed out on Olympic selection behind Maher, Charles, Nick Skelton and Scott Brash, while Tina Fletcher and Michael Whitaker were chosen as respective travelling and non-travelling reserves.

And he led for much of the competition on Bijou van de Vijfheide before ending up fourth.

Williams, who won the class last year on Djakarta, was overhauled by Irish pair Shane Breen and Clem McMahon, together with Holland's Jan van der Schans.

Breen, who is based at Hickstead, triumphed on Ominerale Courcelle in a time of 68.50 seconds, while McMahon was second aboard Point Two Elvis and van der Schans third with Eurocommerce Sacramento.