Backinaction Preliminary Silver Championship
First in the arena at 7.50 on Thursday morning and the first British bred winners at the BD Nationals, were Abigail Unwin and her buckskin gelding Arleys Dun Deal. Originally bred for eventing by Arley Moss Equestrian, this wildcard entry, is a son of the perlino stallion Burnocks Unqiue out of a mare by the popular coloured stallion Goshka Ringo. Burnocks Unique hails from the blue blooded eventing sire line of 4 star eventer Welton Crackerjack.
In second place was Rupery Humphreys and Walsarie of Maesrhyddid, a 5 year old British Hanoverian mare by Wenckstern out of an Elite mare by the Trakehner stallion Polarplunkt. And in 3rd was the Welsh pony Llanidan Socks and Rebecca Buckland. In total over 50%b of the class were mounted on British bred horses.
Fairfax Saddles Prix St Georges Gold Championship
Disappointingly only 23% of the entries in the PSG were British bred and the highest placed of these was Sadie Smith riding her own Keystone Dynamite. This combination were the 2017 Advanced medium national Champions and have been scoring some eye catching results at PSG and Inter 1 this year. Dynamite is yet another successful son of the late Dimaggio our of an Escudo dam.
Equine Construction Advanced Medium Silver Championship
There was very nearly a second British bred victory on day one, when Jayne Turney and Penhaligons Jupiter just pipped Lucy Norris and Light of Earnendil to the post. The AES registered Light of Earnendil was bred by Sarah Tyler-Evans and is a daughter of Sandro Hit, out of a Ferro mare. This is the direct motherline of the successful Oldenburg approved stallion Grey Flannell. In third place was the first hawtins bred horse of the championships to get onto the podium. This was Bridget Tate riding her own Hawtins Werona, a British Hanoverian daughter of Wolkentanz II. Breeding British ran a feature on Bridget and Werona back in January which can be found in the Success Stories section of the website.
4 out of the 17 entries in this final were British bred.
Childeric Saddles Elementary Silver Championship
Almost half of the 25 competitors in the Elementary were bred in the UK, and once again were only just pipped to the title. Less than 1% behind the winners were Cornelia O’Mahony and Gravitas II who were building on their Winter Regional title. Although the Jazz x Rohdiamant gelding is listed as British bred, without the breeder’s name being listed, we are not able to give credit where it is due.
In 5th place was the unusually bred Grayswood Xtra Spice, a Welsh Cob x Hackney mare ridden by Emma Bailey.
Monarch Equestrian Intermediate II Gold Championship
The last class of the day one was the Intermediate II Championship which saw 6 British bred entrants. Special mention should be made of David and Serena Pincus who bred 3 of those under their Sheepcote prefix.
The clear winner of the class was golden girl Charlotte Dujardin and the British Hanoverian Hawtins Delicato. Owner Carl Hester has already stated that this could be his 2020 Olympic mount but we wouldn’t be surprised to see them out internationally before then. Delicato is a son of the Grand Prix stallion Diamond Hit out of the Elite mare Ravenna by Regazzoni. Delicato is therefore a grandson of one of the most important foundation mares at Hawtins Stud – World’s Finest. This wonderful Weltmeyer daughter is also the granddam of Hawtins Duchessa who so impressed in the Young Horse classes and Hawtins San Floriana who won the 5 year old title.
Taking 3rd place was Rebecca Edwards riding Sarah Oppenheimer’s home bred Headmore Delegate, another son of Dimaggio.