The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals have become the equivalent of our own Bundeschampionate with professionals, breeders and amateurs alike targeting their best young horses at the prestigious finals.

Of concern to the home industry is the small number of British bred horses taking part, the majority being Irish or Dutch imports. With the domination of professional riders as well, the result of this year’s 5 year old championship was even more welcome. Young amateur Ellie Ormrod and Keyland William jumped superbly to clinch the title and to also receive the Highest British bred prize from British Breeding.

Keyland William (image courtesy of Burghley Horse Trials)

Keyland William was bred by Kelly Anderson from Keyland Stud, by Wolkenderry out of Lilly Cruise by Derg Cruise. Lilly Cruise evented herself and is now a Pony Club stalwart. Her sire Derg Cruise is a direct son of the international show jumper Cruising and on the dam sire includes the bloodline of the influential sire Ginger Dick.

Wolkenderry is British bred, by the Hanoverian dressage stallion Wolkentanz out of a Londonderry mare and next the Holstein sire Capitol II. Gelded to concentrate on his sport career, Wolkenderry is now competing PSG and has produced Regional Dressage Champions and now Eventing Champions too. He is still available frozen semen and had another smart crop of foals this season.

The highest placed mare in the 5 year old final was also British bred – Coroyale by Royaldik out of Sarah Bullimore’s 4* mare Lily Corinne by Lovis Corinth.

Chilli Morning is leading sire of 4 year olds.

It was very close for a British bred victory in the 4 year old Final too, where a very high quality field saw the German bred Scuderia son Sirius win, closely followed by Spye Morning Star, bred by Georgina Enthoven. The chestnut gelding is a son of the British based superstar Chilli Morning out of the Espri x Landgraf mare Eisfurstin.

Chilli Morning also sired the 5th placed Chillis Midnight Star, owned and bred by Nikki Axon out of a Laban mare.  In this section the highest placed mare was also British bred, the Grafenstolz daughter Khalessi, very stamped by her sire to be placed 7th overall.

With such good results for British bred stock, the question remains how we can persuade owners and riders to look here in the UK first for their next champion.