Sarah Carless …
Future stars shine at Burghley
Eventing superstars of the future had their time to shine in the Dubarry Burghley Young Horse Finals yesterday.
It was a win for Ireland in the five-year-old final as Tracy Walshe claimed top spot with Poynsetown Stonehaven, owned by Michelle Kenny and Rafael Sanctuary of River Lodge Equestrian. Poynstown Stonehaven was bought at the Go For Gold sale last year and qualified in England at Richmond Equestrian Centre.
“This is a really good shop window and flagship for our horses that are produced by Tracy,” said Rafael. “It’s good to have a horse in the final, it’s a real pinnacle to aim for. Everyone wants to be here.”
He is by the Irish-based Westphalian showjumper KEC Maximum Joe and, taking after his sire, gained high marks in the jumping phase judged by Matthew Lanni and Gary Parsonage. It was, however, New Zealand international event rider Blyth Tait who had the final say in the standings, riding the top four after the gallop to determine the winners.
“You just get a feel for whether the horses have the scope to go on,” said Blyth. “All four at the top end were lovely horses and anyone would be delighted to have any one of them.”
Heidi Woodhead took second place with Harieko DHI, a jumping bred bay gelding by the famous Contendro out of an Indoctro mare while Vicky Brake took third with her own good-looking Coolparks Sarco, another by the popular Shannondale Sarco.
Emilie Chandler went home with a fistful of rosettes for her own fourth-placed Hazzle Dazzle, the highest placed British-bred horse and also the SHG (GB) rosette for a horse by one of their approved stallions, the grand prix jumper Billy Congo. Bred by neighbour Nicola Trigg, Hazzle Dazzle was acquired as a yearling after Emilie spotted him in the field.
Owner breeder Geoffrey Burton struck gold with his first ever homebred when Diablo Joe was pulled in first to win the four-year-old final.
The horse was ridden by Leicestershire-based Ginnie Turnbull, a regular face in the final and one of three top ten finalists produced by the Turnbulls this year. Diablo Joe is by Solaris Amoureux out of a mare by The Outlaw.
“He’s the first horse I’ve ever bred,” said Geoff, a sports massage therapist based in Northampton. “I sent him to Ginnie to be backed with the aim of doing some unaffiliated eventing with me, but Ginnie said he was rather nice and asked if she could keep the ride. He now has two half brothers at home.”
Hot from a one star win in Millstreet last week, Annie Bellamy was second with her own I’G-W, a Brightwells’ graduate acquired from last August’s Elite sale. “He’s got an incredible brain, is very laid back, has endless scope and is a serious jumper,” said Annie, who has qualified I-G-W for Osberton.
Nick and Sally Moore’s homebred Summer Nights stood third with Kat Raybould. The daughter of leading British sire Cevin Z, the winner of the highest placed mare award gained the highest marks in the jumping section.