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Le Lion D’Angers Young Horse Eventing World Championships 2021

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.

Tokyo Olympics – Dressage

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.

LeMieux National Grand Prix Championship

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.

Nexgen Young Horse Series – Day Two

The Coldstream sponsored Show Jumping finals of the Nexgen Young Horse Series took place on Wednesday 16th September and showcased some very exciting young British bred talent.

Nexgen Young Horse Series – Day One

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.

Liverpool International Horse Show 2019

The 2019 Theraplate UK Liverpool International Horse Show saw success for British bred horses in some of the flagship classes of the show.

Burghley 2019

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.

Badminton 2019 – Final analysis

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. 

Badminton 2019 – Cross Country

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.

Badminton 2019 – Dressage

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.

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