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‘I’m not a convert but however we’ll see!’ how puissance winner got here again barefoot to reclaim his crown


  • Man Williams’ a number of puissance-winning trip Mr Blue Sky UK has proven he’s simply nearly as good, if not higher, with out sneakers.

    Man and Caroline and Rupert Phillips’ Chacco-Blue gelding retained their London Worldwide Horse Present title on Thursday (15 December), clearing 2.15m to take the win collectively with Joseph Trunkfield on Cruze.

    The 13-year-old is a famous person over the crimson wall, successful at Horse of the 12 months Present (HOYS), Rouen and Liverpool in addition to the earlier three London titles. He completed third within the class at HOYS 2022, which Man mentioned was ‘most likely the one time he’s had the wall down”. However he has since come again in type.

    Man advised H&H his daughter Maisy has been competing the versatile gray in younger rider lessons – he has beforehand joked about his “household horse” – and it was she who proposed the change.

    “My daughter took the sneakers off her stallion and he’s been leaping clear at 1.45m and going higher, so she requested if she may take the sneakers off all hers, and I mentioned sure,” he mentioned.

    “I used to be going to place them again on however thought I’d depart him; I haven’t been driving him a lot however he got here right here and jumped tremendous.”

    Man added that he’s “not a [barefoot] convert but however we’ll see”.

    “We’ll play it by ear,” he mentioned. “Everybody in Europe appears to be leaping with out sneakers so why not strive it? I believe they lose a little bit of stride [length] which has been useful for Maisy as a result of he’s a giant horse.

    “So possibly it’s helped him – nevertheless it definitely hasn’t hindered him!”

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