After qualifying events across the country, and Ireland, more than 70 young horses have qualified for the finals of this year’s Dubarry Burghley Young Horse Finals.
This hugely popular competition, now in its third decade, has been integral to Burghley Horse Trials and remains acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘five star’ horses at an early age.
Open to four- and five-year olds, the aim of the series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world-class three-day event horse.
The judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude which, with correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong three-day event horse. The winner is that with the highest overall marks from four sections: Dressage, Jumping, Conformation & Quality and Suitability & Potential.
Horses who have competed at previous Burghley Young Event Horse championships and have gone on to enjoy eventing careers at the highest level. Faerie Dianimo was the Five-Year-Old champion in 2010 and is entered in the CCI5*-L this year with Jonelle Price. Cekatinka was the winer of the Four-Year-Old championship in 2011 and having enjoyed success with Tim Price was recently sold to be ridden by Ryuzo Kitajima.
Ceylor LAN won the Five-Year-Old championship in 2012 and was the ride of Kitty King at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Bulana was fourth in the Five-Year-Old championship in 2011 and won individual bronze with Nicola Wilson at the European Championships in 2017. Other success stories include Primmore’s Pride, Miners Frolic, Bay My Hero, Fernhill Highlight and Redesigned.
The four-year-old final will be contested by 38 horses whilst 37 combinations have entered for the five-year-old final.
Who to watch out for?
Outback IIhas qualified for the Five-Year-Old Championships with Laura Collett. In British Eventing competition the gelding, owned by Yogi Breisner, Chris Clementi and Diana Chappell, has not been out of the top six placings in six events. This includes two wins at Pontispool and Smiths Lawn where the pair won by 5.2 penalties.
Another winner at Smiths Lawn who has qualified for the Five-Year-Old championship is Shannondale Aeroridden by Tom McEwen. The pair have had consistent success in their five BE outings, which have also resulted in a second and fourth placings at Howick and Whitfield.
Samantha Jimmisonis perhaps going to be one at the busiest riders at the finals, riding four horses; Daria I Noor, Don Corleone Z and Joogieleen in the Five-Year-Old finals and Kingston Star in the Four-Year-Old championships. An equally busy rider will be Virginia Turnbull, who has three horses in the Four-Year-Old Final; Jesmond Renard, Kingsman and Rolex 11.
Steve Heal has qualified two horses for the final – Quidam de Lux for the Five-Year-Old championships and Klabastoe for the Four-Year-Old class.
With a qualifier taking place at Tattersalls, three of the qualifiers from this competition are travelling over to participate in the finals. Tullibards Chance taken (ridden by Jennifer Kuehlne) and MRF Tiffin (ridden by Linda Murphy) will contest the Four-Year-Old class whilst Out of Print (ridden by Nicola Ennis) takes part in the Five-Year-Old championships. Ireland-based British event rider Nicola Roncoroni will be bringing over Rock ABC for the Four-Year-Old final whilst Ireland team rider Sarah Ennisis also making the trip over for the Five-Year-Old final with Greenhall Granuaile.
The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals take place in Ring Two on Friday September 6th.