Looking back over another excellent 4 days of competition there were a few eye catching performances that we have not yet looked at in detail.
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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.
The World Equestrian Games has certainly provided a lot of talking points on social media in the first week, and for the breeders among us there is a lot of interesting data to mull over after the dressage and eventing. But the show jumping is next on the horizon and there is some positive news for British breeding among the pre-entries.
There are 5 British bred entries, all of which are registered with the Anglo European Studbook. Two of those are on the British team, one for Ireland, one for Israel and one for Australia. Sadly the Irish entry EFS Top Contender did not make the trip to Tryon which is also a shame for his British based sire Lauriston.
When championing British breeding, the best publicity is to see British bred horses competing at the biggest championships. Even if the mainstream media doesn’t pick up on bloodlines and pedigrees, we need to do everything we can to ensure any British bred achievement does not go unheralded.
For that reason, the selection of the teams for 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tyron can be considered both a success and a failure for the British bred Sport Horse.
The 6 year old World Championship Final also did not disappoint in terms of food for thought as a breeder. These are some of the rides that caught my eye.
As a breeder, I try and make good use of my subscription to internet channels such as Clip My Horse to watch equestrian events from around the globe, and am always making a mental note of the bloodlines of horses that catch my eye. On this occasion I have been watching the World Young Horse Championships, which for the dressage horses is held at Ermelo in Holland.