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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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.
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.
Backinaction Preliminary Silver Championship
First in the arena at 7.50 on Thursday morning and the first British bred winners at the BD Nationals, were Abigail Unwin and her buckskin gelding Arleys Dun Deal. Originally bred for eventing by Arley Moss Equestrian, this wildcard entry, is a son of the perlino stallion Burnocks Unqiue out of a mare by the popular coloured stallion Goshka Ringo. Burnocks Unique hails from the blue blooded eventing sire line of 4 star eventer Welton Crackerjack.
The National young horse classes in any discipline, are always a good indication of the strength of that country’s future talent. In dressage, there are always some horses that are not competed until they are older and more established but even so, the young horse classes are still fascinating to watch and can be a source of some incredible talent (think Valegro).
The largest section of stallions forward were being showcased for dressage. There were 25 stallions entered in this section, 3 of which were pony stallions and 1 who did not come forward.
Most of the commentary in this section was provided by Lynne Crowden (Woodlander Stud) whose in depth knowledge of bloodlines means she can ad-lib where the provided commentary notes fall short, and her enthusiasm and passion added greatly to the event. I don’t think the importance of the right commentator can be stressed enough when trying to engage the audience.
It was generally agreed among the spectators that the standard of presentation is improving each year, and there were a few stallions forward that were as good a standard as you would find at the stallion shows in mainland Europe.
The final day of the championships also saw the final rounds of the Shearwater Young Horse Championships which included test rider Eva Moller riding the 4 finalists in each section. As on the first day, the British Hanoverian Hawtins San Floriana shone and headed the 4 year old class, with the licensed AES stallion River Rise Magic Mike in 2nd.
In the 5 year old class, Mount St John’s homebred daughter of Totilas – MSJ Top Secret finshed as the eventual reserve champion and the reserve champion of the 6 year olds was British bred F.J Veryon.
The Equine Construction Advanced Medium Gold Championship saw a top five placing for the Scottish bred Don Caledonia. Bred by Rea Campbell the 9 year old is a son of internationally acclaimed stallion Don Schufro. Also of interest in this class was the British based and active stallion Don Dante, a stallion carrying the valuable Hanoverian bloodlines of Dancier.
The Childeric Sadles Elementary Gold Championship was won by none other than Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin, but riding a British bred horse – Brioso II. The official program stated she was bred in Germany, when in fact Brioso was bred by Nicole Nelson. She purchased her granddam Worena in Germany and bred her to the sensational sire Dimaggio. That mare – Da Capo Aria was then bred to the German stallion Benetton Dream. Nicole selected him as a 3yo as she was impressed by his long legged modern frame and that all 3 paces were good and that he also had a very solid performance pedigree (Brentano II x Rotspon). He was the 3yo Bundeschampion and is now at Grand Prix. Brioso is owned by Carl Hester and shows super talent for the future so fingers crossed she is on the way to becoming another Grand Prix star for the team.
In 2nd place in the championship was another British bred 6 year old- – F.J Veryon who had done so well in the young horse championships. And completing a strong British showing in this class was the 4th place of MFS French Noir, a 7 year old gelding by French Kiss who was bred by Caroline Ironside of Morayforth Stud in Scotland.