Burghley runner-up wins British-bred breeders’ prize for second consecutive year

Avebury and Andrew Nicholson competing at Burghley. Photo courtesy of Adam Fanthorpe

Avebury and Andrew Nicholson competing at Burghley. Photo courtesy of Adam Fanthorpe and British Eventing

The British Horse Foundation / Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has awarded its 2013 breeder’s prize for the highest placed British bred horse to Andrew Nicholson for his homebred Burghley runner up, Avebury. The horse is owned by Mr Mark Barlow and Mrs Rosemary Barlow.

This is the second consecutive year Andrew and Avebury have won this coveted award. In 2012 the pair this rider and horse combination won the event outright.

Andrew received a cheque for £1,000  after the event this year.  It is awarded from the proceeds of the annual Breeders Awards Dinner held every January,

Avenury is a 13 year old grey gelding by renowned event stallion Jumbo, out of 2008 Breeders Awards Dinner outstanding broodmare award winner, Bairn Free (by Bairn (USA).

Andrew bought the thoroughbred, Bairn Free, out of training. She won and was placed, under the name Memento, in Novice events with Andrew and was then put in foal.

Andrew believes thoroughbred blood is important to enable an event horse cope with ever lengthening cross-country courses  and at the same time have the necessary speed.

He sold Bairn Free to Mark Chamberlayne in 2001, she has proved to be a consistent brood mare with several progeny who are competing at the highest levels.

He also has a full brother to Avebury, the up and coming 10-year -old, Tristar II, who has won at advanced level and also finished 11th at Bramham in 2012.

Avebury’s sire, Jumbo, is an International Advanced Eventer who has sired Badminton, Burghley, Bramham, Blenheim, Saumur and Rolex Kentucky winners, including  dual 4* winner, Headley Britannia.  He stands at the Grafham Stud in Devon for owner Carolyn Bates.  He was the top sire of eventers for the 2011 season and stands 5th top eventing sire of all time.

Breeders’ Awards Dinner Chairman, Desi Dillingham, said “we are delighted to be able to offer this prize.  British breeders are really beginning to reap the rewards for the talented horses they are consistently breeding”.

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