It is always interesting to look back at the pedigrees behind the best performers at the Olympic Games. In dressage this was the 18 who came forward for the final day’s Kur. Although there were no British bred horses in this final medal decider, there were bloodline combinations and key sire influences to note that may help shape the plans of some British breeders.
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Olympia might have been cancelled and the news headlines get gloomier and more confusing by the day, but what a festive treat British Dressage organised for us at Hartpury. The LeMieux National Grand Prix Championship showcased fabulous riding and equine talent and gave dressage fans a perfect Christmas present despite the technical glitches with the livestreaming.
The brand new Nexgen young horse championships has been a fantastic addition to the British sport horse calendar this year. The series brings together young horses and ponies from all three Olympic disciplines to the final at Hickstead.
Sadly due to the pandemic restrictions, spectators were not allowed to attend, but there was excellent coverage on Clipmyhorse which allows subscribers to also go back and rewatch the competition and should provide an excellent shop window for breeders and producers.
This year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials was one of the most dramatic and challenging in recent years. There were thrills and spills but importantly for the sport every horse and rider got up and walked away. As a breeder, of course I am most fascinated by the pedigree make up behind the horses that excelled at the pinnacle of modern three day eventing.
Cross Country day saw a tough course as to be expected at Badminton and from a breeding point of view the Irish Sport Horse rose to the top. Oliver Townend retained his overnight lead, although on his second placed dressage ride – Ballaghmor Class, son of the Holstein stallion Courage II.
Only 11 British bred horses came forward to start the dressage phase of the 2019 Badminton Horse Trials. With last year’s victors Jonelle Price and Classic Moet not defending their title this year, we look at some of remaining British bred contenders who we hope can keep British breeding in the headlines.
A class that always draws large crowds at the British Dressage National Championships is the Shearwater Young Horse Final, held over two days. The crowds are enticed partially by the opportunity to see one of the best young horse riders in the world (Eva Moller) try out the top 4 in each age group, and partially in the hope that they might spot a future champion from among the contenders.