The highlight of 2014 thus far for British breeding is the British bred, Ursula XII who has taken the World Number 1 spot in the Longines, FEI World Showjumping rankings.
There have been solid performances by other British bred horses across the disciplines. In eventing, the first Billy Stud horse to come through to 4* level, Billy Beware had a top 10 finish at Badminton in the spring which has resulted in his selection for the British squad for Eventing for WEG (World Equestrian Games) and former World Champion Young Dressage horse, Woodlander Farouche has continued to wow the dressage judges.
Lord and Lady Harris and Lord and Lady Kirkham’s, Ursula XII (Ahorn x Papageno) has had wins this season so far in Wellington, Florida and Paris which have aided her in her both attaining and maintaining the number 1 spot in the Longines FEI World Showjumping rankings. The 13 year old mare also finished 3rd in the Lyon World Cup final last month. She is ridden by British Olympic team gold medallist and current World Number 1 rider, Scott Brash. Ursula XII was bred by John and Mary Turnball of the Ashes Stud in Fife.
British bred, Jordan II (Air Jordan x Voltaire) won the Bunn Leisure, Hickstead Derby Trial. Jordan II is owned and was bred by Steven Davenport and ridden by Swedish rider, Angelie von Essen.
Younger British bred showjumpers have also be reaping rewards. Noble Warrior (Warrior x Casantos) took the top spot at the 5 year old young horse class at the CSI Spring Tour in Lummen, Belgium. Bred and owned by the Brendon Stud in Sussex, Noble Warrior is now combining his competitive career and standing as a stallion at Brendon.
The Billy Stud’s, Billy Beware (Kannan x Cavalier Royale) took 6th place at Badminton Horse Trials with Pippa Funnell in 2014. He was the highest placed British bred horse at the world famous three day event. Billy Beware is owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke and is the first progeny from the Billy Stud to represent the British Senior squad in Eventing. Billy Beware is out of the Cavalier mare, Dollar Day whose offspring also include grand prix showjumper Billy Grand.
Joining Billy Beware on the British Eventing squad for WEG is British bred, De Novo News, (Last News x Quouglof Rouge) owned by Jim Chromiak and his rider / breeder Tina Cook. De Novo News is homebred by Tina, out of her former four star mare, the Selle Francais, Douce de Longvaut. Imported from France as a young horse, Douce de Longvaut was a finalist at Le Lion-d’Angers as a 7 year old in 1998 and British Intermediate Champion the same year. Douce de Longvaut went on to complete a clear cross country round at Burghley CCI4* in 2002.
British bred, former British Eventing Young Horse Champion and 2012 Olympian, Borough Pennyz, took 2nd place at both Belton CIC2* and Fontainebleau CIC 3* earlier in the spring before she was sadly forced to withdraw from Badminton due to a minor injury. Borough Pennyz (Cevin Z x Symfonie) is bred and owned by Sally Bullen and ridden by Vittoria Panizzon.
Former 4 and 5 year old Burghley Young Event Horse winner, British bred, Parkfield Quintessential (Quicksilber x Carino Sun) is building up an outstanding British Eventing record and has been placed every time out at Novice level in 2014. The highlight of the spring was a win in his first CIC1* at Rockingham. Parkfield Quintessential then followed this up with an Open Novice win at Purston Manor. Sharon Bishop of Parkfield Breeding said, “We take great care with both the breeding programme and the production of our young horses, for us it is about quality rather than quantity and we are excited about the young horses we have at home”.
With two 4 year olds qualified for the BYEH final and Quintessential aimed at the World Young Horse Championships at Le Lion, 2014 is proving to be an exciting year for Parkfield Breeding.
Further afield, British bred, Tout de Suite (Catherston Liberator x Welton Crackerjack) took 2nd place in the CIC2* at Redhills Horse Trials in Tallahassee, Florida. Ridden by former Olympic Gold medallist, Leslie Law, 7 year old Tout de Suite is owned by Beatrice Rey-Hermes. He was bred by Vin and Liz Jones of Preci-Spark.
Eight year old British bred dressage mare, Woodlander Farouche (Furst Heinrich x Dimaggio) won her Prix St Georges debut earlier this season scoring over 70% with Michael Eilberg. Farouche also won the Advanced Medium Freestyle at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Bred by Lynne Crowden, Woodlander Farouche is now owned by Ali Walton and the Eilbergs.
Michael Eilberg saw even more success at Windsor with Half Moon Delphi (Dimaggio x Westwall), owned and bred by Jon and Julie Deverill of the Half Moon Stud. The mare came second both in the Grand Prix with 72.9% and in the Grand Prix Kur to Music with a personal best of 79.4%. The pair have subsequently been selected for round five of the FEI Nations Cup Dressage series at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen at the end of July.
Dressage sports pony stallion, LE Chiffre (Caesar 171 x Tiger Lily) who won the award for the top scoring pony in the 2008 BEF Futurity has been selected as first reserve for the 2014 GB Dressage Pony Team for the Pony European Championships at Millstreet in Ireland. LE Chiffre was bred by Bev Brown and is owned by Samantha Jayne Brown and ridden by 13 year old Lara Kuropatwa.
The BEF’s Head of Equine Development, Jan Rogers, said “We are now really seeing the young horses that have successfully gone through the Futurity start to reach their full potential at the higher levels of competition. This is a very exciting time for British breeding and we are confident that schemes including the BEF Futurity Equine Bridge will help consolidate and grow the number of British bred horses that will go on to compete at international level”.
For more information please visit www.bef.co.uk/British_Breeding