The British Horse Foundation / Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015 breeder’s prize for the highest placed British bred horse has been awarded to Elaine Hepworth as the breeder of Classic Moet. Ridden by Jonelle Price and owned by Trisha Rickards, Classic Moet finished in fifth place on her Burghley debut to pick up the Burghley British bred breeders prize.
Following Classic Moet’s twelfth placed four star debut at Luhmuhlen in spring 2014 with Jonelle, the pair were selected for the Caen World Equestrian Games in 2014 where they finished in fourth place with the fastest cross country round of the competition.
This season she followed up a good result at Badminton with runner up spot in the British Eventing Open Championship at Gatcombe before taking fifth place and the Burghley British bred breeders prize at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. She has now won a total of 817 British Eventing points and was just one of two horses to make the optimum cross country time at Burghley.
A cheque for £1,000, which comes from the proceeds of the annual Breeders Awards Dinner held every January, was sent to Elaine immediately after Burghley in recognition of this 12 year old black mare by the thoroughbred, Classic, out of the Bohemond mare, Gamston Bubbles.
Elaine Hepworth was delighted to be the recipient of the prize, she said, “I started off Classic Moet, we hunted for two seasons with the Blankney and I rode her in her pre novice events. I then sold her on to Karen Dixon. It is wonderful that she has ended up with a rider as experienced as Jonelle”.
Classic Moet’s dam, Gamston Bubbles was herself an advanced mare, she was ridden by Elaine and campaigned at advanced and three star level for several seasons before Elaine bred Classic Moet from her.
Elaine continued, “Gamston Bubbles was advanced by the time she was 6, although she was ¼ Shire and 3 star was her limit, we were going flat out and she just wouldn’t have had the speed for Badminton. It is interesting as it means that Classic Moet is 7/8 thoroughbred and 1/8 shire. I bred three full brothers and sisters from Gamston Bubbles. There is Classic Moet, the very talented Classic Piper who has just completed Blenheim and a hunter”. Classic Moet is registered with Sports Horse Breeding of Great Britain.
Breeders’ Awards Dinner Chairman, Desi Dillingham, said “we are delighted to be able to offer this prize. British breeders are really beginning to reap the rewards for the talented horses they are consistently breeding”.
For more information on this and other awards available for breeders of British bred horses please visit www.bef.co.uk/British_Breeding