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BD Nationals 2018 – Young Horse Classes

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. 

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World Equestrian Games – SJ Preview

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.

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World Equestrian Games Preview

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.

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Burghley Young Event Horse

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.

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World Championships for 6yo Dressage Horses – 2018

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.

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World Championships for 7yo Young Dressage Horses 2018

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.

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Hartpury Festival 2018 – Saturday

British bred talent was very much to the fore at the 2018 Hartpury Festival of Dressage. The highlight of the young horse classes on Saturday was the £1000 to the winner, Elite Stallions sponsored, Young Horse PSG.

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Badminton Contenders 2018

Every year we focus on the British bred contenders lining up for the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials – one of the pinnacle events of modern eventing. Any serious eventing breeder dreams of seeing a homebred horse gallop past Badminton House on cross country day, and for the lucky few listed below, that dream will come true this weekend.

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BD Nationals 2017 Days 3 & 4

Lemieux Grand Prix and Horse Health Grand Prix Freestyle

The highlight of the whole week from a breeding point of view has to be crowning of Hayley Watson-Greaves as the new Lemieux National Champion on her British Hanoverian WG Rubins Nite. Although just pipped to the post in the freestyle by Carl Hester and Alcazar and by Lara Butler and Rubin Al Asad in the Grand Prix, Hayley’s consistency over the two days, was well rewarded.

WG Rubins Nite

WG Rubins Nite

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BD Nationals 2017 Day Two – Friday

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Championship

Day two stated as day one had ended, with a British bred victory.

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