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  • Writer's pictureCatie Staszak

London Calling: Great Britain Has a Bright Future

Harry Charles (GBR). Photo ©FEI/Jon Stroud

We just saw it at the FEI World Championships: Great Britain knows how to rally, climbing from sixth to a bronze medal in the team final.

Two of the riders on that squad are under the age of 25—Harry Charles (23) and Joseph Stockdale (22)—and the country boasts an exciting group of young talent competing at the top levels of the sport.

As the CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour of London gets underway, let’s break down the data on three young riders to watch.

Harry Charles

Age: 23

Charles is having a career year. After finishing the 2022 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Leipzig (GER) just off the podium in fourth, Charles earned his first senior championship medal in Herning and is ranked 11th on the prestigious Longines Rankings. He is also the top ranked U25 rider in the world.

In 2022, he is averaging just 3 faults at 1.60m, and over the course of the last two seasons, he has averaged a finish position just outside the top 12 (13).

Romeo 88—former ride of Ireland’s Darragh Kenny—is Charles’ top mount, and the bay gelding has earned nearly $100,000 in prize money this year, jumping clear 36.36% of the time and being foot-perfect in jump-offs (100% clear round rate according to Prixview Next Gen data). If this horse is to have a rail, most likely it’s going to come behind in a combination: 50% of his faults happen with the hind end as the point of contact, with 75% of faults coming in a combination.

Emily Moffitt

Age: 24

Emily Moffitt was among the best performing riders for Great Britain at the 2021 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Finals last year in Barcelona, averaging just 2 faults with Winning Good.

In the last two seasons, she is averaging less than a rail (3.63 faults) across all of her mounts, at all heights and CSI levels. Bacara d’Archonfosse is currently leading the charge for her string. A former top mount of Daniel Bluman (ISR), Bacara is the definition of balance. According to Prixview Next Gen data, Bacara’s faults come equally off both leads (50/50) and only slightly more often behind. Watch for skinny fences on course, as those seem to be this pair’s kryptonite, but they are exceptionally strong in combinations.

Jack Whitaker

Age: 20

The youngest of the group, Jack Whitaker’s name might be most recognizable, hailing from the show jumping dynasty that is the Whitaker family. Whitaker finished fifth individually at World Cup Finals in Leipzig.

The 13-year-old stallion Equine America Valmy de la Lande is his top mount. The pair has a clear round percentage just under 20% (18.52%) in 2022, but when they do advance to the jump-off, they’ve been double-clear every time this year. Valmy de la Lande was formerly the ride of Jack’s father, Michael Whitaker. Interestingly, both Whitakers boast a single five-star win on the horse.

Jack is gaining invaluable experience at the sport’s top level. He has more starts at the five-star level (120) than Moffitt (119) and nearly as many as Charles (136) in the past two seasons.

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