From October 19 to 22 the best six and seven year old horses from across the world will descend on Le Lion d’Angers, France, for the FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses.
British-bred horses are well represented at this year’s championships with owner, breeder and rider, Sarah Bullimore selected on Corouet – owned along with Mr Brett Bullimore and Kew Jumping Syndicate, the gelding will compete in the six year old championships.
By show jumping stallion Balou du Rouet, Corouet’s dam, Lilly Corinne, has an impressive international eventing record, including a top ten placing at the CCI3* event Boekelo (NED) in 2016 and sixth place finish at the German CCI4*, Luhmuhlen earlier this year. Lilly Corrine was also successful in young horse classes taking the British Four Year Old Championship title in 2008.
The seven year old championship is represented by four British-bred horses; Christopher Stone’s Chilli Knight (Gemma Tattersall), Dr Polly M Taylor’s Mr Fahrenheit III (Simon Grieve), William Fox-Pitt’ Yes I Can and Laura Collett’s Sir Papillon. Bred by William’s mother Marietta Fox-Pitt, Yes I Can is by the prolific show jumping stallion Kannan and enjoyed a top ten place at his first international competition, taking seventh place in the CCI1* at Houghton International Horse Trials in May this year.
Owned and ridden by Laura Collett, Sir Papillon, by Sir Shutterfly and bred by Jacqui Collins, came third in the 2016 CICYH1* at the KBIS Young Horse Championships at Osberton Horse Trials in 2016 and was the leading British bred at the Championships.
Christopher Stone, owner and breeder of Chilli Knight, has enjoyed a successful season with the Chilli Morning sired gelding, whose dam is the BE Grade 1 and CCI4* mare Kings Gem. Campaigned by Gemma Tattersall, the seven year old most recently took third place from the St James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials in the CIC2* and fifth place at the Brightling Park International CIC1* in early July.