The eventing superstars of the future put their best foot forward at the Magic Millions Festival of Eventing in two qualifying classes for the The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Class.
Judges Henrietta Knight, Rowland Fernyhough, Helen Hillard and Mary Low were looking for an athletic loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude which, with the correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong three-day eventer.
Twelve horses, rather than the usual ten came forward for the final section of the Five-year-old class as scores were very tight at the top after the first three phases.
Jason Hobbs riding Tillington Perry was in the lead coming into the final section and kept that lead following the final judging.
Nicola Wilson and Chriaz III took second with Kitty King and Fernhill Mojito in third. All three horses go forward to the final at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at the end of August.
Commenting on his win Jason said “He is the most adorable young horse, he is so easy to do in every way. It is such a good class to get them out and about and experience the atmosphere of a big event.”
Tillington Perry’s owner Gillian Bulmer explained “We bought him at the Going for Gold Sale in Ireland two years ago. My daughter-in-law and son are interested in horse breeding and we each chose a horse out of a selection of four from the catalogue; I picked Tillington at random. When I got to the sale I had completely forgotten about it and bought the horse that I thought looked the best and it happened to be Tillington – it was meant to be! I am just thrilled that he has won here.”
The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Four-year old-class was won by Padraig McCarthy’s bay mare MGH Jessica ridden by Flora Harris pipping Padraig into second place riding Pomp n Circumstance. Third was Nikki Axon’s Chilli S Midnight Star. All three horses qualified for the final at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at the end of August.