Young eventing stars of the future too centre stage this weekend at The KBIS British Eventing Young Horse Championships, held at Osberton International.
Young Horse Championships
The KBIS Young Horse Championships was another fantastic showcase of the best young horses
competing in the country. Sunday afternoon saw the culmination of the CICYH* and CICYH** championships for six and seven year olds respectively.
Pippa Funnell claimed the honours in the Six Year Old Championships with Barbara and
NicholasWalkinshaw’s Billy Walk On. The combination have been on form throughout the year, with this victory being their sixth in 2015 – success have included win at Aldon International, Somerley International and Chatsworth International. Having won the Four Year Old Championship earlier in the weekend, Piggy French followed up this success to claim second with Jump Jet III whilst Gemma Tattersall took third on Chillis Gem – whose sire is Badminton winner Chilli Morning.
Former GB young rider medallist Willa Newton and Caja 20 were the victors in the Seven Year Old Championships. Owned by the Caja 20 syndicate, Leicestershire-based Willa and the mare have had a solid partnership this year. The pair have won twice at Great Witchingham and were third in the CCI* at Hartpury International and third in the CIC** at Gatcombe in September. Willa was also fifth in the Six Year Old Championships with Lauries Laudatio 2.
Second place in the Seven Year Old Championships went to Eventing Worldwide blogger Emily King and Dargun whilst Willam Fox-Pitt took second on Dynasty.
Northamptonshire-based Piggy French took the Four Year Old title with Belinda and David Keir’s Irish Sports Horse, AKD Corline, a horse who won both of his qualifying events in the run up to the championships. Piggy commented: “This year’s track was quite tough but he felt comfortable with it, I am so pleased with him and think he is a special one for the future.”
The Five Year Old title went to Vicky Tuffs from Monmouthshire, riding Its Cooley who is owned by Linda Tuffs. Vicky complimented the Championships on giving her ride a good footing for the future: “It’s a great experience for the young horses to come here, doing things like long arena dressage tests, a proper prize giving ceremony and just generally the atmosphere and experience that you expect from an international competition. I am aiming him for Le Lion next year so this bit of pressure will have been good for him.”
Alongside the Young Horse Championships, Osberton also played host to two international classes at CCI* and CCI** level.
The CCI* was won by Kitty King and Creevagh Cooley. The Wiltshire-based rider is having a fantastic year having won a team Silver medal and coming fourth individually at the European Championships at Blair Castle.
Owned by Peter and Lindsay Caldwell, the mare came from Ireland as a five year old with a show jumping background. This is not the pairings first success at Osberton as they were the winners of the Six Year Old Championships in 2014. They lay in third after the cross country and a clear show jumping on the last day boosted them to first.
Second place went to Felicity Collins and Just Amazing III whilst Tanya Kyle and Gorfadda Diamond, leaders after the cross country, finished in third place.
In the CCI**, Oliver Townend took an impressive win on board Cillnabraddon Evo. It was only the combination’s second competitive outing (they also won an Open Intermediate at Richmond) with Oliver taking over the ride from Andrew Nicholson recovers from his fall at the Festival of British Eventing. They lead from the start and finished on their dressage score of 26.3 – 9.2 penalties over the competition.
William Fox-Pitt also finished on his dressage score of 35.5 with Ramdam De Mons whilst his team mate from the European Championships Nicola Wilson was third with Ngong Hills.
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