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.”
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.