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.
Category: Show Jumping
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.
The British Stallion Event, held at Bury Farm on Saturday 7th January 2017, was split into sections for each of the Olympic disciplines. The first stallions forward were in the eventing section, covered in a previous article. These were followed by the SHOW JUMPERS.
Show jumping breeding in the UK has been on a high in recent years. Some of the best international horses in the world such as Diva II (Ben Maher), Ursula (Scott Brash), Argento (John Whitaker) and Bintang II (Laura Renwick) have all been bred here. However there is not yet a feeling in this country that we really can breed horses as good as anywhere else in the world.
There were 20 stallions forward in this section, with a mixture of young stallions at the start of their careers to international superstars of the highest order. British breeders who don’t wish to import semen from the continent, certainly have plenty of choice of both type and bloodlines.
For sport horse breeders, examining the pedigrees of the equestrian competitors at the 2016 Olympics is like being a kid in a sweet shop. I have already looked at the bloodines behind some of the best eventing and dressage horses of the Games, and now it is the turn of the show jumpers.
The show jumping competition has been dramatic from the start, with big technical tracks seeing mistakes made by some of the best horses and riders in the world. The final day of the team competition was no less spell binding with the French showing all the flair and ambition that their eventing counterparts had shown to take the Team Gold.
The Americans made light of the handicap of only having 3 riders on the Wednesday to clinch Silver with some outstanding riding. And then the drama of the jump off the Bronze medal, between the bold Canadians and the mighty Germans.
But it was the individual final that was the stuff of fairytales, with Britain’s Nick Skelton and the incredible stallion Big Star, having the nation on the edge of its seat as he jumped 3 flawless clear rounds to claim Gold.
So what are the underlying bloodlines that make up these Olympic medal winners? What combination of genes did the breeders of those horses choose, 10 years ago or more, when they set about trying to breed an Olympic champion?