The WBFSH world breeding championships for young horses in the three disciplines of eventing, show jumping and dressage are supposed to showcase the different studbooks and countries breeding programmes. The show jumping finals at Lanaken do this very effectively whereas from a British perspective, the dressage finals at Verden and the eventing finals at Lion D’Angers do little to highlight British breeding.

This means British riders are selected for the finals on a horse from any studbook. However there are still a handful of British bred horses at the World Championships and it is also useful to look at the breeding of the most successful horses which may be a guide to breeder’s future plans.