Sarah Carless reports..
The first of this year’s qualifiers for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse took place at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
This hugely popular competition is acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘four star’ horses at an early age.
Four Year Olds
Thirty-Four horses were presented to the judges in the Four-Year-Old Class with it being highly competitive.
But it was Myspires Another Star who came out on top. Ridden by Samantha Jimmison, and owned by Kayleigh Nicholls, the pair scored 21 for their dressage, 34 in the show jumping, ten for confirmation and eight for quality. The pair then scored six for suitability and potential giving them a final score of 79.
Second placed Aimee Stunt riding Catherston Oakley, owned by Ann Dicker, finished on the same score as the winner having collected 24 in the dressage, 28 for jumping, ten for confirmation and seven for quality. They were awarded the top mark for suitability and potential in the final judging.
Eventing Worldwide Suppoted Rider Charlotte Rowe finished third riding Penny Rowe’s Rossdarragh Nero finishing on a score of 78. They scored 24 in the dressage, 31 for show jumping, nine for confirmation and six for quality. They scored eight for potential and suitability.
The top three all qualified for the final later this year.
Five Year Olds
In the five-year-old class 39 horses were presented before the judges. And it was riders competing in the CCI**** who took top honours.
Padraig McCarthy came out on top with A Moment In Time, owned by Carolyn Bates. They scored 27 for the dressage, 36 for the show jumping, ten for confirmation and eight for quality. Despite only being awarded four points for potential and suitability they pair finished on a score of 85 – two marks clear. His horse was ridden by Eventing Worldwide supported rider Charlotte Rowe in the final judging as McCarthy was required at the first horse inspection for the CCI****.
Newton Blaize, ridden by Nana Dalton and owned by Margaret Roser, finished second on a score of 83 points. They also scored 27 points in the dressage, 29 in the show jumping, ten for confirmation and seven for quality. They were awarded the highest mark of ten points for potential and suitability in the final judging.
New Zealand’s Caroline Powell took third place with Rock Midnight, owned by Chris Marsh. They scored 24 in the dressage, 32 in the show jumping, ten for confirmation and seven for quality before picking up nine points for potential and suitability in the final judging for a final score of 82 points.
As with the four year old, the top three combinations have now qualified for the final in September.
Photographs courtesy of Lansdown Photography can be found here ..