‘He comes alive at shows like this’: Will Fletcher on top form at South of England *H&H Plus*

The gallant Persimmon gives Will Fletcher two thrilling rides for a big class double, while Mark Edwards lands the grand prix spoils at South of England Showground, Ardingly, West SussexInternational StairwayTHE glorious sound of a round of applause has never been so welcome or, in the case of Will Fletcher, so richly deserved, as it was after his victories at South of England. When commentator Gareth Jenkins ushered the winning 22-year-old to canter round on a second circuit of the ring after his brilliant International […]

‘He comes alive at shows like this’: Will Fletcher on top form at South of England *H&H Plus*

The gallant Persimmon gives Will Fletcher two thrilling rides for a big class double, while Mark Edwards lands the grand prix spoils at South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex

Will Fletcher riding Persimmon at South of England
International Stairway

THE glorious sound of a round of applause has never been so welcome or, in the case of Will Fletcher, so richly deserved, as it was after his victories at South of England.

When commentator Gareth Jenkins ushered the winning 22-year-old to canter round on a second circuit of the ring after his brilliant International Stairway success, he said, “Enjoy it, Will, you haven’t heard that noise for 18 months,” and the cheers intensified, adding to a buzzing atmosphere we all enjoyed immensely over three full days.

“It was lovely to lead the lap of honour not once but twice, with a crowd. It makes such a difference,” said Will, who had partnered the great 16-year-old Persimmon to victory in both Friday’s area trial and Sunday’s feature class, the 1.55m International Stairway, with two sizzling performances to match the soaring temperatures. Will also landed a 1.20m on Sunday with Stella Bunn’s lovely seven-year-old Baloutero.

This report can also be read in Horse & Hound magazine, on sale Thursday 17 June

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