Eventing stars of the future took centre stage at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials today in The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse classes.
Twenty six horses entered for the Four Year Old class, with the winner being ESI Sky High, ridden and owned by Jess Elliott of Yatton, North Somerset.
The 16.2 dark bay mare was purchased by Jess from Jason Hobbs at the end of last year. As well as qualifying for the Burghley Young Event Horse final in September, she is being aimed at the KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships, which will be held at Osberton International Horse Trials.
Following her win, Jess told Eventing Worldwide: “Sky was amazing – she didn’t put a foot wrong and behaved immaculately. I certainly wasn’t expecting to win today. I don’t want to do too much with her but I’ll probably do some 4 year old eventing classes with the aim of qualifying her for the four year old championships at Osberton.”
Second in the class and also qualifying for the final was MGH Carver Doone ridden by Tom Rowland.
The Five Year Old class attracted a stellar field of more than 50 promising young event horses. The winner was Monbeg Medlar, ridden by Nicky Roncoroni. The runner up was MW Diva’s Point ridden by Kate Honey with Frestyler ridden by Andrew James in third.
Sponsored by Dubarry since 2009, the competition is open to four and five year olds, with the aim of encouraging breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to make a world class three day event horse. The judges are look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude.
Each horse performs a short dressage test and jumps a round of show jumps before it is presented in-hand for judges to mark confirmation. The Top 10 are taken forward for final judging where suitability and potential are assessed. Previous winners of the title have gone on to win Badminton, including Pippa Funnell’s Primmore’s Pride.