Fourteen horses have been chosen to represent Great Britain at next month’s Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers.
Amongst those chosen to compete at the FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses (20-23 October) – an event which showcases the stars of the future in the sport of eventing – include Izzy Taylor, William Fox-Pitt and Pippa Funnell.
The six-year-old horses take on a CCI1* Championship track whilst the seven year old horses are challenged at CCI2* level. The Young Horse World Championships have been a stepping stone for some of the most exciting event horses in Britain including William Fox-Pitt’s 2011 Pau CCI4* winner Oslo, who won the six-year-old Championship in 2008 and the ride for Kitty King in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games, Ceylor L A N, who finished fourth as a six year old in 2013.
The 2015 seven-year-old Championship went to GB’s Laura Collett and Mrs Lyn How, Mrs Louise Scott, Mr Nick How, Mr Keith Scott and her own Carrico sired gelding Mr Bass. Laura and the now eight-year-old Mr Bass this year stepped up to CIC3* level, representing Great Britian in the Houghton Hall Nations Cup squad, and have been placed in the top 15 at all three of their 3* runs.
Great Britain have filled all places available for British riders, with three combinations in the six year old class and 11 in the seven year old class, with a list of reserves in the result of any withdrawals.
For the six-year-old Young Horse Championship;
- James Adams, from Cleveland, and the British Bred Reuben Rialto (Forinth/Monique/Epilot), owned and bred by Mrs Maria Wade
- Amy Crerar, from Oxfordshire, on the 2016 Hartpury CCI1* winner Sankro (San Amour/Egalite/Feiner Stern), owned by Mrs Sonia Evans, Mr Austin O’Connor and the rider
- Izzy Taylor, from Oxfordshire, with the Vivaldi sired liver Chestnut mare Fleurelle (Vivaldi/Zarelle/Sydney)
For the seven year old Young Horse Championship;
- Rosalind Canter, from Lincolnshire, and the British Bred mare Pencos Crown Jewel (Jumbo/Cornish Queen/Rock King) owned by Annie Makin and Kate James
- William Fox-Pit, from Dorset, on Jennifer Dowling’s bay gelding Little Fire (Graf Top/Heraldiks Angara/Heraldik XX)
- Pippa Funnell, from Surrey, and the British bred gelding, and current leader of the BE Calver Wealth Management 2* League, Billy Walk On (Billy Mexico/Shannon Line/Golden Bash), owned by Mr Nicholas and Mrs Barbara Walkinshaw
- Simon Grieve, from Leicestershire, with Mrs Joanne Rutter’s bay gelding The Rutman (Cancun VDL/Kilrainey Lady/Don Juan de la Bouverie)
- Caroline Harris, from Somerset, and Mrs Belinda Horne’s bay mare Epica (L’Esprit/Katinka/Samber)
- Matthew Heath, from Oxfordshire, on Hazel Livesey’s gelding SportsField Lord Livesy (Kroongraaf/Croisson/Sunny Boy)
- Kitty King, from Wiltshire, riding the 2016 Rockingham Castle CIC2* winner Vendredi Biats (Winningmood V/D Arenberg/Liane Normande/Camelia de Ruelles), owned by Mrs Diana Bown, Mrs Sally Lloyd-baker, Mrs Samantha Wilson and Mrs Sally Eyre
- Emily Llewellyn, from East Sussex, with the 2014 KBIS five year old BE Young Horse Champion Emirati Nightsky (Hamlet/Helena/Rex Magna), owned by Mrs Camilla Harries, and the black stallion Exclusive (Warrant/T Adermie 7/Voltaire) owned by The Mayfly Syndicate and the rider
- Gemma Tattersall, from West Sussex, and the British bred chestnut mare Chillis Gem (Chilli Morning/Kings Gem/Rock King), owned and bred by Mr Christopher Stone
- Virginia Wells, from Suffolk, and Mrs Lavinia Wells’ bay gelding Cassino Reeb (Cassino/Parkmore Reeba/Ghareeb)
- Ian Wills, from Northamptonshire, riding his own British bred mare Fallulah (Fidertanz/Devona/Di Versace