Peter Charles wins Spanish Grand Prix
By Larissa Chapman
08 March 2012 17:32
Hampshire-based show jumper Peter Charles has kicked-off his 2012 international campaign with a Grand Prix win on Murka’s Odie de Frevent in Spain, 4 March 2012. Competing against 79 rivals, Peter, of Bentworth, was one of 18 to ride faultless over the first-round course and secure a place in the timed jump-off. Riding without error for a second time, Peter claimed victory on Olga White’s 10-year-old mare by over 1.5 seconds from Brazil’s Marlon Zanotelli (Ode des Roches).
“Odie’s been going really well out here,” says Peter, speaking from the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour venue, Olivia Nova, Valencia. “She won here easily today. She’s a sharp mare and has proved to be a valuable edition to the team.”
Murka’s Odie de Frevent joined Peter’s string of Team Murka horses in November last year and within a week was displaying her prowess, finishing third in a British national Grand Prix. She then went on to the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December and proved she could hold her own against some of the world’s top horses, gaining strong results during the week.
Having had a winter break, she travelled to Spain, along with some of Peter’s Olympic prospects and younger horses, in February and has been looking set to be a winner since her arrival there.
“It’s been a really good learning experience for her,” said Peter. “The competition out her has been high-quality.”
Peter has one more week left on the four-week Mediterranean Equestrian Tour. This year his focus, along with the rest of Team Murka, is the London Olympic Games. He has three horses in contention for an Olympic team place, a position few riders are able to boast. Murka’s Pom d’Ami, one of Britain’s best performing team horses; Murka’s Nevada and Murka’s Vindicat have all displayed their ability to produce what it takes. They have very carefully devised programmes to make sure they are at their peak for the London Games.