Think before you breed

‘Think Before You Breed’ aims to stop the over-production of poor quality horses and ponies in the UK. Many people may find it surprising that the British Horse Society is campaigning to reduce the number of horses in this country, however the evidence that equine over-production is a significant welfare problem is overwhelming, and something needs to be done to prevent the suffering of more horses and ponies in the UK.

Accurately gauging the number of horses currently in the United Kingdom is impossible. The most recent and widely accepted estimate came from the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) survey conducted in 2006 which placed the number at 1.35 million. However, there are very reasonable grounds for considering this to be an underestimation.

Uncontrolled pony breeding

It’s clear that there are more horses, ponies and donkeys than there are experienced and knowledgeable homes available to care for them. At the end of 2007, 11,476 horses were in the care of member charities of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) alone. Anecdotally all charities and sanctuaries are reporting an increase in the number of admissions or requests for admission which is, at least in part, due to the recession.

Few industries have escaped the recession and the financial climate has had a major effect on horse sales. The market has slowed dramatically with even quality horses selling for far lower prices than they previously achieved. The situation is far more serious at the bottom end of the market with poor quality animals regularly achieving less than the price of a tank of petrol. Horse and Hound (20/12/08) reported ponies being sold at a North Wales market for just £35 and The Irish Times carried a story about animals changing hands for as little as €20 or being swapped for a computer game.

There has to be concern for the fate of such cheap animals. Horses and ponies are complex animals with specific needs and are likely to suffer if bought by inexperienced or unknowledgeable people. Additionally, while the purchase price is decreasing, the costs of keeping a horse are markedly on the increase meaning that anyone lured into horse-ownership because they now find the initial outlay affordable is likely to run into financial difficulties caring for their animal. The net result is that yet more horses will suffer.
The evidence that there is significant equine overproduction in the UK is overwhelming. However, tackling the issue is not straightforward. A multi-faceted approach is required to address each of the individual equine sectors appropriately.

Raising funds for such work is extremely difficult. However, the argument is strong that the vast majority of equine welfare cases are a direct result of over-production.

Hales Hector takes heavy horse championship

David Curtis’s 10-year-old Percheron gelding, Hales Hector, has rounded off his first year as a ridden horse with utter style by claiming The Barber Family British Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year Championship.

Ridden to success by Household Cavalry Corporal of Horse, Jamie Bradbury, the horse known as Tim at home has previously been driven in pairs and tandems by his owner David, and was only broken to ride at the beginning of January this year.

 

Hales Hector and Jamie Bradbury, The Barber Family British Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year Champions
Image credit: 1st Class Images

“He means the world,” said Jamie, who has ridden him from the start. He’s very quick to learn and the ridden showing has given him another string to his bow.”

HOYS was only their second indoor outing, having competed at Suffolk, Norfolk, Equifest and a few smaller shows during the year, but this did not deter them. Ride judge John Conifey said the horse ‘rode absolutely beautiful.

Jamie, a HOYS first timer himself, said: “It was great to ride in the arena – especially that last bit [the lap of honour]!” He continued: “I was a bit nervous before we went in, making sure he would get the right canter lead.

In only its second year, the British Ridden Heavy Horse of the Year Championship highlights the very best of the heavy breeds and their ability to perform on a world class stage, showcasing their potential as a true show horse under saddle. It is for purebreds registered with British Studbooks of the Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk or Percheron Societies.

Wendy Toomer Harlow’s Horseman’s Ace Card flew the flag for the Shire horses coming in second with a delighted Helen Cowley in the saddle. Five-year-old Clydesdale mare Westbank Jessie J took the third place rosette, owned by Jonathon Wilkie and ridden by Kirsty Aird.

 

 

World Breeding Championship

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.

Sarah Bullimore GBR amd Reve Reve du Rouet Photo courtesy of Leslie Wylie

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.

Brave foal Power of Love overcame birth problems

A courageous colt foal, named Power of Love, has survived multiple problems after his birth on March 7 to continue a special bloodline for owner Mrs Brenda Karn-Smith of Wisborough Green.
Affectionately named Jonathan, he defied all odds to live thanks to expert veterinary care from Liphook Equine Hospital and is now happily out grazing at Lavington Stud in Sussex with his mother, the racing mare  A Legacy of Love, known as Lola.
Power of Love in the Paddock Photo: Jeannie Knight

Power of Love in the Paddock
Photo: Jeannie Knight

He was born very small and weak, even though he had reached the full gestation period, and had colic symptoms, but was not responding to treatment. There was no room for him to be treated at the current Arundel Equine Veterinary centre, whose new equine hospital is not yet complete.
Fortunately Liphook Equine Hospital was able to take him and provide the expert care needed.
Mrs Karn-Smith said:” Liphook Equine Hospital and its wonderful surgical team performed  life-saving surgery and I owe them a debt of gratitude.”
Brenda Karn-Smith with Jonathan, aka Power of Love Photo: Jeannie Knight

Brenda Karn-Smith with Jonathan, aka Power of Love Photo: Jeannie Knight

Liphook Equine Hospital ensured that Jonathan had a plasma transfusion and prompt surgery to repair a hernia and his bladder which was leaking. The day after surgery, he developed a swelling in the throat and vets there also performed a trachaeotomy to enable him to breathe.
When he was well enough, Jonathan was transferred by Liphook to Lavington Stud in West Sussex with vastly experienced stud groom Karl Blundle on hand.
Jonathan and Lola enjoying sprig sunshine at Lavant Stud Photo: Jeannie Knight

Jonathan and Lola enjoying spring sunshine at Lavant Stud Photo: Jeannie Knight

Karl explained:” He had a little bit of colic because he was a bit greedy, drinking more of his mother’s milk that he could manage, so we put a muzzle on him to prevent him getting too much. A week later he was able to have the trachaeotomy removed and has continued in the right direction since then.”
Karl added: “He was confined to the stable for a month and then spent some time in a cage in the paddock enjoying sunshine and grass. Two weeks ago he was turned out in the paddock with Lola.  Another week like this will see him pick up even more.
“We have 400 acres here and are lucky to have a lot of grass with small individual paddocks. We give individual attention on a one to one basis, working closely with local  equine hospitals and can phone for help or advice 24 hours, seven days a week.”
Jonathan back in the yard Photo: Jeannie Knight

Jonathan back in the yard
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Jonathan’s dam, A Legacy of Love, was named as a tribute to Mrs Karn-Smith’s late husband Gerald, who had always encouraged her to spend her own money to have a share in group-owned racehorse at Amanda Perrett’s Coombelands Racing Stables at Pulborough.
Following his death, she bought  A Legacy of Love, by the famous Irish Sea The Stars stallion and out of Nashmiah, and was rewarded with placings and a victory in the 32Red Fillies’ Handicap at Lingfield Park.
Jonathan himself is sired by Paco Boy, a noted stallion who was an impressive multiple winner on the Flat for trainer Richard Hannon and stands at Highclere Stud in Berkshire.
Mrs Karn-Smith said:”Some racehorse owners go through their entire lives without a winner, and A Legacy of Love is particularly special because I named her as a tribute to my late husband, Gerald.
“He always said that when he died he wanted me to be a merry widow and spend his money wisely to buy myself a racehorse. Since then I have had the immense pleasure of breeding from her.”
Lola’s first foal was a filly by Swiss Spirit, born on March 21 last year, and doing well.
Brenda said: “Nature permitting, we plan to send Lola to Newsells Stud to be covered by Nathaniel later this month.”

HOYS success for Bo Diddly

A spotted British Miniature stallion, Spotlight Bo Diddly, owned by Roger Parsons and shown by his wife Alison, was crowned Miniature Horse of the Year Champion 2016 at recent the Horse of the Year Show.

This outstanding achievement topped that of 2015, when he finished second in his class to reach the final, delighting his owners, who live in Chichester area. Alison and Roger are amateur breeders of miniature horses and this was a well-deserved accolade for Spotlight Bo Diddly, coming at the end of a highly successful 2016 season.

Hoys Champion - Bo Diddly

Impressive Hoys Champion – Bo Diddly

He has had an impressive season, winning two qualifiers at County Shows and coming fourth three times. On top of that he also won at Hickstead in July. His successes meant that he was awarded the Tagg La Liga consistency prize given each year by HOYS for the miniature stallion with the most points in qualifying shows

His season began with a fourth place at Royal Windsor, followed by another fourth at Royal Three Counties. By July he was just warming up as he won his HOYS ticket and the championship at Kent County- followed by another win and championship at New Forest and Hampshire.

“Within days of this he was at Hickstead winning the Miniature Stallion Championship at the Royal International Horse Show. Through August he had a well earned break before coming out again for the BMHS Breed Championships in Somerset where he was crowned Grand Champion and qualified for Royal International 2017.

Alison recalled: “At the two qualifiers where he had done particularly well-Kent and New Forest- we had the support of family, with our son and daughter in law at Kent and two of my sisters and their husbands at New Forest. This was unusual as the family are not fans of showing, but they thought they would come along. When I knew my daughter would be coming to watch at HOYS it had to be a good omen.”

Throughout September preparations for HOYS went well and rumours that Bo Diddly was the hot favourite for the HOYS title this year reached Alison’s ears. The pressure was on. She has often found it helpful at times like these to take a leaf out of the professional athletes’ book and focus on what you can have an effect on and not worry about other things.

“This mantra helped a lot when it came to our class. I was focussed and Bo was ready, and we managed to pull it off,” she said.

Alison and Bo Diddly

Alison and Bo Diddly, Champions at HOYS

She added: “When our number was called out as the winner, the feeling was overwhelming. The lap of honour was like a whirl. The championship took place in the evening performance in the International Arena. At precisely 7.10pm, following a show jumping class, the miniatures were called into the arena entrance. As they had won the first class, for stallions, Bo Diddly led the six competitors, which were first and second placed animals in the three classes.”

Bo rose to the audience, pricked his ears and walked proudly round. When they were lined up, the judge had a last look, the music played and the champion for 2016 was announced. Alison could not believe it was their number being called, the crowd were cheering, the music playing as they went forward to collect a very special rug and rosette in front of a phalanx of photographers.

“The lap of honour went right round the huge arena and down the centre line all in the spotlights,  and we were waving to the crowd as we went. What a wonderful feeling it was. Bo and I just flew around the arena.”

Bo Diddly will now have a long break through the winter and will come back into work next April in preparation for Royal Windsor where he will be trying his best to qualify for 2017 so they can hopefully repeat the prestigious win.

Brendon Stud’s BEF Futurity event

The Light family hosted the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity recently at their Brendon Stud in Sussex. Youngsters from across the disciplines and ages earned several higher first premiums.A higher first Futurity premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at national level

Jack Beeson-Smith of the Grey Stud in Whydown gained the top score of the day with his filly foal Greystud Santa Valentina (San Amour x Conteur), she scored a higher first premium of 8.80 in the dressage section. Jack’s colt foal, Greystud Faberge (Furst Romancier x Tycoon) also scored a higher first premium of 8.65.Jack was delighted with these results.

Greystud Faberge Photo: Kevin Sparrow

Greystud Faberge Photo: Kevin Sparrow

Jack said: “The indoor school at Brendon was great for the Futurity, it is a bit smaller than some of the schools used and a perfect size for showing the youngsters off. It was also brilliant that the whole thing is being live streamed by Equestrianpro.

“My family were on holiday in Greece at the time of the Futurity so they got the ipad out and were by the pool watching Santa Valentina and Faberge at their evaluation from the other side of Europe.

Amanda Southern’s dressage colt foal, Hazelhope Lothario (De Niro x Jazz) known as Rio gained the second top score of the day with a higher first premium of 8.75.

Bling (Kannan x Bahamian Bounty), a three-year-old eventing filly owned and bred by Yvonne Ferguson and exhibited by Clare Pointing took a higher first premium of 8.71.  Bling scored a higher first premium of 8.83 as a two-year-old last year.

Bling : Photo Kevin Sparrow

Bling : Photo Kevin Sparrow

A total of four horses bred by Lianne Verity of the Myspires stud in Bexhill-On-Sea took home higher first premiums. Lianne’s show-jumping colt foal, Myspires Triple Revolver (Myspires Revolution x Caretino Glory) scored 8.70 and her yearling filly, Myspires Triple Generation (Brennus B x Stallone Quainton) scored 8.50.

Lianne’s further two elite premiums were won by horses bred by her and that she has sold on to other people. They are Myspires Great Expectation and Myspires Perfect Resolution.

Lianne said: “Myspires Triple Revolver was in my mind the best of the six foals I have bred this year.  It’s great that his score reflected this. He is bred from my mare, Triple Elle and by my stallion, Myspires Revolution who has now had several progeny that have scored a higher first Futurity premium.”

Pippa Drew’s two-year-old dressage filly, Hammerwood Riola (Keystone Rhondeo x Cavan Blue Hors) was the best two-year-old at Brendon, with a higher first premium of 8.70.

Virginia Russell-Wood's Stage Law

Virginia Russell-Wood’s Stage Law

West Sussex-based Virginia Russell-Wood’s eventing colt foal, Stage Law (Mill Law x Chestnut Park All That Jazz) took a higher first premium of 8.67 at Brendon.  Stage Law was presented at the Futurity by Simon Luck.

Virginia said: “This was the first time we have ever been to the Futurity, we found it very encouraging and it was great to get an unbiased opinion of my foal. I took Stage Law to the Futurity as he is one of the last youngstock by the stallion, Mill Law and I am keen to keep my options open as to whether he has potential as a stallion for the future.”

The Futurity is not the only success that Stage Law has enjoyed in the few months since he was born. He won his class at Kent County show and went on to take the championship with his dam, Stage Music.

Virginia added: “He will go to the British Show Horse Association show at Addington in Buckinghamshire at the end of the month and then to the Cherif Championships.”
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Miniature horse breeding success

CHICHESTER area amateur breeders of miniature horses, Alison and Roger Parsons, enjoyed prestigious success at the recent Horse of the Year Show. Their stallion Spotlight Bo Diddly culminated an excellent season by finishing second and competed in the championship event in the famous International arena in the evening performance.

This event was a well-deserved accolade for Spotlight Bo Diddly. He had competed in six of the 11 HOYS qualifiers and never finished worse than fourth place. He was second at Royal Windsor, third at Royal Bath and West, fourth at Royal Three Counties, third at Kent County.

Spotlights Bo Diddly Photo:

Spotlight Bo Diddly
Photo:Roger Parsons

He won and was Champion at The Showing Register and second and Reserve Champion at New Forest and Hampshire County Show.This latest performance meant he was the winner of the prestigious Tag La Ligga Award for consistency for all Miniature Horse Stallions.

“He also took the coveted Champion of Champions crown at the British Miniature Horse Society Breed Championships. This class is only open to horses who have won a championship at any affiliated show this season so the competition was very high,” said Alison.

She added: “He is a lovely boy who just loves his job, a real professional, who pricks his ears and demands you look at him as he enters the ring. He is nine years old so at his prime. He is now roughed off and in the field for a well earned winter rest. He will come back into work in mid February in preparation to do it all again next year. ”

Alison with miniatures Buttercup and Bambi Photo: Roger Parsons

Alison with miniatures Alamos Buttercup and Alamos Violet, known as Bambi
Photo: Roger Parsons

The move into miniature breeding came when Alison and Roger celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2007 and decided to do something different to celebrate- they aimed to become involved with miniature horses and to show them at top level.

They approached the chairman of the British Miniature Horse Society who was extremely helpful and they found their first filly, Alamos Buttercup, who became their foundation mare for breeding.

Buttercup went on to reach HOYS in 2009 and their first foal arrived in 2014, and is now a yearling. They have six miniatures altogether, with three mares, Bo Diddly, Bo’s little yearling daughter, a gelding and Seamist Starlight, who is developing nicely and they hope will follow in her father’s footsteps.

“The filly foal will be really good next year. She is by Spotlight Bo Diddly, and has a good attitude with all the assets of her sire, so we are hopeful for her future showing success. Another mare, Bubbles (nine) and officially known as Apollo’s Carolina Moon,is away at stud and hopefully in foal. We also aim to put Buttercup in foal next year,” said Alison, adding: ” We have six at the moment- they are very collectable!”

Vicky’s breeding success

WEST Sussex horse owner, Vicky Fisher, gained a higher first premium with her young horse at the Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation Futurity this month at Chelwood Equestrian near Uckfield, East Sussex.

The filly foal, Kamizake, is owned and bred by Vicky, from Brooks Green, near Horsham, and  attained a higher first premium of 8.83 in the eventing section.

This was the highest score of the day. A higher first premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to be in the results and build up a good level of points at the higher national level.

Kamikazee  Photo: Kevin Sparrow

Filly foal Kamikazee Photo: Kevin Sparrow

The BEF Futurity Evaluation series aims to identify British bred young potential sport horses and ponies destined for careers in dressage, eventing, showjumping or endurance. It may even find the stars of the future who will go on to compete at World Championships or become Olympic Champions.

Vicky said: “I thought Kamikaze was lovely and I am over the moon that the Futurity evaluators thought so too. She is just the second foal I have bred.”

Kamikaze was bred from Vicky’s mare Bonnie, bought from breeder, Chris Curtis. Vicky continued: “Both Kamikaze and last year’s foal, Jeronimo are out of Bonnie and both have now received a higher first Futurity premium.”

Kamikazee and mare Photo: Kevin Sparrow

Filly foal Kamikazee and mare Bonnie
Photo: Kevin Sparrow

Jeronimo scored 8.79 at the Plumpton Futurity as a foal in 2014. Vicky, who competes in side saddle classes, plans to keep Kamikaze and produce her for a career in eventing. Kamikaze is by the eventing stallion, Future Illusion. Vicky added;“I will definitely use Future Illusion again.”

The Futurity is a continually evolving process, 2013 saw the introduction of the Futurity equine bridge which is now being run as an extension of the Futurity evaluations. The Futurity equine bridge provides top Futurity graduates with the direction and support they will need as four-year-olds so that they begin their early years under saddle in a way that allows for sustained physical and mental development.

In order to be eligible for the Futurity Equine Bridge all horses must obtain a Futurity score of 8.5 or above and a high enough vet score as three-year-olds.

BEF’s Head of Equine Development Jan Rogers said: “The Futurity celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. We are increasingly finding that breeders, buyers and riders of British bred horses are finding that a Futurity premium is a very useful aid in helping assess these horses. We are also seeing a marked improvement in the standard of youngsters entered in the futurity, which is very good news for the future of British breeding.”

The 2015 Futurity evaluations from August 1-18, covered 11 venues nationwide with a total of 12 days of evaluations. The Futurity is fast becoming recognised as an important first step in the careers of many potential top level horses and provides a valuable marketing tool for breeders.

 

Shares available in exciting racing prospect Shirocco Rose

A ONE-EYED racehorse named Material World became a favourite with many local racegoers when trained by Suzy Smith at Lewes, and owned by Southern Bloodstock (GB), headed by Suzy’s father, Robin Smith of West Wittering in conjunction with his wife, Carol. Despite Material World’s visual impairment, she proved to be a star.

Known affectionately as Daisy, she won her first race at Market Rasen at 25-1 by a substantial margin and went on to win some good races when competing against top class horses, winning five races and being placed in 11of her 19 outings and reaping more than £90,000 in prizemoney.

Material World in her hey day Picture by Gavin James

Material World in her hey day
Picture by Gavin James

Since she retired from racing, Material World has proved to be a high-class broodmare. The first of her offspring to race in Material World’s colours will be Storm Patrol by Shirocco.  Shirocco won the Italian Derby, German Derby, Prix de Foy, Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Breeders Cup Turf in the USA. He sired Brown Panther and numerous other winners.

Material World has since had two more foals by Shirocco- a yearling named Shirocco Rose, and the second is a foal born a few months ago and still with her mother at a Sussex stud farm. Shirocco Rose is a bay filly born on May 3 2013 and she is being prepared for a racing career, which will begin with initial training in 2015.

With a view to this, the Shirocco Rose Partnership has been established offering a unique opportunity  to be involved in the fun of racehorse ownership. It also has spin-off benefits for the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre at Slinfold in West Sussex, which will receive £500 donated by the breeder for every share purchased in Shirocco Rose.

This Shirocco Rose yearling has been linked with Moorcroft as a way of giving something back to the sport and ensuring that retired racehorses are not forgotten. Moorcoft, based in Slindon,  is a top class centre which retrains former racehorses with a view to rehoming them with a real chance of a life or second career outside racing.

Shirocco Rose in the centre- potential star for the future

Shirocco Rose in the centre- potential star for the future

Robin Smith explained: ” The Shirocco Rose Partnership offers a choice of shares, so those who are only interested in the racing career can pay a smaller joining fee, but still enjoy all the development and action on the track.

Those who want to share in the potential increase in value of the horse as a broodmare, once her racing days are over, can opt to buy capital shares. Whichever type share is purchased, Moorcroft will receive £500 for each share bought at the end of 2014 – provided at least eight of the 12 shares in issue have been taken up. Two of the 12 shares are reserved for the founding partners – the remaining ten are on offer so Moorcroft could benefit from up to £5,000 at the end of this year.
“In addition, if the horse wins more than £10,000 in prize money in any year, then if the partners agree, a discretionary donation can be made to Moorcroft out of that. Sadly if there not sufficient share take up by the end of this year, we will probably abandon the SRP, refund all monies and transfer Shirocco Rose to Ireland in 2015 to be prepared for sale in their elite auctions as a three-year-old in 2016. There, the better three-year-old horses bred for jump racing have been fetching up to 200,000 euros.”
Storm Patrol will start racing career soon

Storm Patrol will start racing career soon

Robin added: “We went to Suzy’s yard at the weekend and they are so excited about Storm Patrol. They say they have not even ‘pressed the button’ with her yet. She is competitive like her dam Material World and won’t let anything past her on the gallops! Let’s hope the battling spirit has also passed through to Storm Patrol’s two younger sisters.”

To find out more about Moorcroft, visit mrwc.org.uk and to express an interest in the Shirocco Rose partnership, email robin@materialworld.org.uk

Dead heat in KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships finishes

As ever, Osberton International Horse Trials was a wonderful showcase for of future equine talent in the 2014 British Eventing Young Horse Championships, which are generously sponsored by KBIS British Equestrian Insurance.

Guy Prest, Managing Director of KBIS, who is also standing for the BE Board Director Elections said of the event: “The Championships were undoubtedly a huge success and as ever were a genuine reflection of the best horses we have in the country.

“It was great to see the calibre of horses such as Ceylor L A N winning the seven year old title having previously won the five and six year old titles. It just goes to show how important the competition is in giving young horses an invaluable experience; I look forward to following his progress in the future.

“Stuart Buntine and his team at Bede Events did a fantastic job delivering a wonderful experience for young horses as well as putting on so much for spectators; they could not have done any more for us as sponsors.”

Joint winners of Young H orse Championship Photo: Adam Fanthorpe

Kitty King and Ceylor LAN ( 7 year-old champions) and William Fix-Pitt with Reinstated ( 6 year-old champions)
Photo: Adam Fanthorpe

For the first time in the competition’s 11 year history, the KBIS Four Year Old Championship finished in a dead heat. Ginny Turnbull, riding Mrs. Susan Grindal’s home-bred Jolie Lark (GrafenstolzxDracoona Lark), and Sophie Jenman with her mother’s Irish-bred Ballycanu (Tinaranas Inspectorx Expectation) were crowned the joint Champions, both finishing on a dressage score of 29.3

Jolie Lark also won the Sports Horse Breeding prize for the highest placed horse sired by a SHB (GB) Graded Stallion. Sophie, who was also celebrating her 23rd birthday, won the other special prize. This rosette was presented by the Gorsebridge Going for Gold team to the highest placed Irish-bred horse in the class.

Ginny proved that she really is the one to watch when it comes to producing young event horses when she had two other top ten finishers, with Mrs Katie Davenport’s British-bred Par Avion (Jaguar Mail x Freckleton Magic), taking fourth place and Miss Abigail Cubitt-Smith’s Irish Sport Horse, Seapatrick Narco (Camiro De Har x Tamara Dan De Bommer) also finishing ninth.

A delighted Ginny said her success was a culmination of generations of breeding: “Both Jolie Lark and Par Avion’s dams competed to intermediate level. They were put in foal at the same time and this is what we produced,” she said. “Par Avion’s aunt was also best British six-year-old last year.”

The Five-Year-Old Championship was won by Emily Llewellyn riding Mrs Camilla Harries’ Dutch-bred Emirati Nightsky (Hamlet x Helena) who added nothing to their dressage score to be crowned the Champions.

Second was Louise Bradley with Mrs Hazel Livesey’s Irish-bred Sportsfield Lord Liveseywhile Rosalind Canter showed her promise for the future taking third, fourth and seventh place with Mrs. Michele Saul’s German-bred No Excuse, Mrs. Sharon Bayston’s ISH Shannondale Sue, and Jamakin Sport Horses’ British-bred Pencos Crown Jewel  respectively.

The KBIS Six Year Old Championship also produced a once in a lifetime result as the top three all finished on the same score of 41.1. William Fox-Pitt made it a one-two with two Irish-bred horses, winning aboard  Mrs Teresa Stopford Sackville and Mrs Catherine Butler’s Reinstated while Mrs Catherine Witt’s The Soapdwdger took second place, separated by just one second.

He said:“It is my first visit to Osberton since Bede has been running it. I am very impressed with the rider-friendly way the event was managed – the team is very helpful and keen to make everything fit in for the riders and it is very much appreciated.”

Kitty King completed a hat-trick of successive KBIS Young Horse Championships, as she and Mrs Jacqueline Owen, Mrs Diana Bown and Mrs Samantha Wilson’s Dutch-bred Ceylor were crowned the KBIS Seven Year Old Champions, having previously won the five and six year old titles.