Osberton International Horse Trials / British Eventing KBIS Young Horse Championships

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Sarah Carless reports ……..

Bloomfields CCI** was won by Tim Cheffings and Anne Chapman and Ros FIsher Smith’s Donateur

Young event horses shine at Osberton

The next generation of event horses were in the spotlight at the British Eventing KBIS Young Horse Championships hosted at the Osberton International Horse Trials.

With more than 200 horses competing in the Young Horse Championships, some of the world’s best riders were showcasing their superstars of the future. The event also included Osberton International Horse Trials with more than 220 combinations competing in CCI* and CCI** classes.

Four-Year-Old Championships

The KBIS British Young Eventing Championships for Four and Five-Year-Old classes attracted a high calibre of entries. Previous winners have gone on to achieve great success including NZB Land Vision, WEG silver medalist Cool Mountain, Redesigned, Billy Landretti and Borough Pennyz.

Tom Jackson and Susan Eggleton’s mare, Grafebbacht took an early lead in the Four-Year-Old competition scoring 26.4. However, a pole down in the show jumping dropped them down the order, and they finished the competition in fourth.

Georgie Strang and Monbeg Oddessy had an equally impressive dressage score of 26.8 and a clean sheet in both jumping phases gave them victory. The gelding, owned by Gilly Kinloch, has had a great start to his eventing career with two top eight placings at his two previous events this year – seventh at Chilham Castle and third at West Wilts.

Tina Canton and her own Irish bred gelding Silver Cyril and Christine Hardinge with the mare Domino Derval, owned by Valerie Gorringe and bred by Christine, both maintained their dressage scores of 28.9 and 30.1 to finish in second and third place respectively.

Five-Year-Old Championships

Serial Osberton victor and renowned producer of young horses Vicky Tuffs held the lead following the first day of dressage in the Five-Year-Old Class with Goldwin, who was third in the Four-Year-Old Championship in 2015, on a score of 27.2.

Alex Postolowsky riding Miss Judy Bradwell’s mare Grappa Nera scored the same in the dressage as Tuffs, setting up a fierce competition going into the jumping phases. Both kept a clean sheet in the show jumping, mean it would go down to the wire on the cross country. However, an unfortunate 20 penalties for Tuffs at Fence 17, where a number of combinations collected penalties, left Postolowsky as the victor finishing on her dressage score.

It was a third win on the trot for the pairing, who were 17th in the Four-Year-old Championships in 2015, with wins in BE100 classes at Allerton Park and Shelford Manor in the run up to the championships, and six top ten placings in total for the season.

Sara Squires and Billy Jean D finished in second position with Virginia Turnbull and Lime Rickey completing the top three in third.


British team regular Izzy Taylor took an early lead in the CIC1* YH class for Six-Year-Olds with Jockey Club Fleurelle on a dressage of 39.8. But going into the second day of competition she was overtaken by China’s Alex Hua Tian and Fabiola P and new leader Amy Crerar and Sankro, owned by herself, Austin O’Connor and Sonia Evans.

Despite picking up 0.4 time penalties in the cross country phase, Oxfordshire based Crerar’s 34.1 penalty dressage score could not be matched ensuring she collected the Six-Year-Old Championship title.

This was the German bred gelding’s sixth win of his 2016 season, which includes victory in the Hartpury International Horse Trials CCI1* at the beginning of August.

Hua Tian and Fabiola P fell out of contention following a fall early on the cross country course. This moved Taylor and the Dutch bred mare Jockey Club Fleurelle, owned by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, into second behind Crerar. Third place went to Laura Collett on her own Sir Papillon. The gelding, bred in Great Britain and sired by full brother to international show jumper Shutterfly, came home with a clean sheet from the jumping phases to finish on their dressage score.


The CIC2* YH Seven-Year-Old Championship saw Rosie Fry with Arise Cavalier top the early leaderboard but British Olympic team member Pippa Funnell and her successful young hope Billy Walk On swept into the lead, heading the field which read like a who’s who of eventing, with young talent Willa Newton and Lauries Laudatio 2 close behind.

Two cross country time penalties eventually cost Funnell and the British bred gelding victory as Newton continued her superb run of form by taking the British Eventing KBIS Seven-Year-Old Championship title. The German bred Gelding, owned by The Sandpiper Syndicate, has secured nine top ten placings this season, added nothing from the show jumping arena or the Stuart Buntine designed CIC2* cross country course, to win by 1.7 penalties. Another British Olympic rider completed the top three with Kitty King and her up and coming hope Vendredi Biats in third.

The breeder of the leading British bred horse in each Championship will be presented with a British Eventing Breeders Medal at the Breeders dinner held in London in January 2017, the winners are:

  • Seven-Year-Old – Second placed Billy Walk On (Billy Mexico x Golden Bash) bred by Donal Barnwell of the Billy Stud, owned by Mr Nicholas and Mrs Barbara Walkinshaw and ridden by Pippa Funnell
  • Six-Year-Old – Third placed Sir Papillon (Sir Shutterfly x Rialto Du Bourge), bred by Mrs J M Collins, owned and ridden by Laura Collett
  • Five-Year-Old – Third placed Lime Rickey (Mine x Kennedy) bred and owned by Constance Edmundson ridden by Virginia Turnbull
  • Four-Year-Old – Third placed Domino Derval (Crown Amzonite x Don Schufro), bred and ridden by Christine Hardinge, owned by Valerie Gorringe


The Bloomfields CCI** was won by Tim Cheffings and Anne Chapman and Ros FIsher Smith’s Donateur.

Ireland’s Susie Berry and Morswood were the early dressage leaders in the competitive class but were later overtaken by Australian’s Sam Griffiths and Paulank King’s River. A near perfect round on the cross country kept the Australian rider in the lead.

Cheffings was sixth after the dressage but a storming round across country moved them up into fourth going in to the final show jumping phase. But with the three riders above him having poles down in the show jumping, including eight faults for Griffiths, Cheffings clear round gave him victory.

Alexander Whewell, who was recently announced as the winner of the Mark Todd Bridging The Gap Scholarship, a bursary won by the winner the previous year, finished a close second with Chakiris Star, with New Zealander James Avery finishing in third.

Cheffings announced on his Facebook page: “Still can’t believe that Donte and I won the CCI2* at Osberton yesterday. Thanks so much for all the messages and all the people that’ve supported me, it’s means a huge amount. I am still on cloud NINE and so over the moon and proud of my superstar horse.”


British young rider Sam Ecroyd led from start to finish in the Matheson Stud CCI* riding Penelope Ecroyd’s Christoff.

With 130 entries in the class, the pair kept a clean sheet, adding nothing to the dressage score of 35.1 to finish ahead of Canada’s Rebecca Howard in second and Storm Straker, a promising talent for the future, who came in third with Well Designed.

Sam has had a great season with the seven-year-old gelding, having not been out of the top ten all year, and placing third at Somerford Park CIC* in August with Sam commenting it was a good way to end the season.

The Bede Events Unaffiliated Eventer Trial League Final

As well as the hotly contested Young Horse Championships and International CCI competitions, Osberton hosted the Bede Events Unaffiliated Eventer Trial Finals. Running through a series of unaffiliated events during the season, this series has been very well received. Winning the Pre-Novice final, local favourite Jacky Bevan and her own Quinquaginta jumped a beautiful double clear to finish in a time of 4 minutes 43 seconds. Hot on her heals were another local pair, Nicola Baguely and her wonderful Connemara Stallion Glencarrig Dolphin who were just 2 seconds behind the leaders.

The Intro Final was won with a wonderful double clear by Abbie Roobottom and Flurry Knox Esq, followed closely with just the one show jump down and a very speedy clear Cross Country by Bridie Molloy and Foxy who took 2nd.

Photographs courtesy of Dave Cameron

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