World Breeding Championships – Le Lion d’Angers

Sarah Carless ….

From the 19th to 22nd October, the best six and seven-year-old horses from across the world will descend on Le Lion d’Angers for the FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses. 

Mondial du Lion showcases the next generation of eventing superstars with Laura Collett and Mr Bass winning the seven-year-old championships for Britain back in 2015. This year, three combinations from Great Britain will contest the six-year-old class with 12 contesting the seven-year-old class. Here we take a look at these representatives – the very best of British young horses and riders. 

Six-Year-Old Championship

  • Sarah Bullimore on her own, Mr Brett Bullimore and Kew Jumping Syndicate’s British-bred Corouet; Out of Sarah’s successful mare Lilly Corine by Balou Du Rouet, who also sired her four-star campaigner Reve Du Rouet, the diminutive Corouet stands at 15.2hh. But they have still risen through the ranks with impressive form. As well as qualifying for the Young Horse Championships at Osberton – they placed fifth in the Five-Year-Old Championships in 2016 – they also qualified for the Novice championships at the Festival of British Eventing, having won the regional final at Brightling Park International. They have placed in the top ten at seven of the nine competitions they have completed in 2017 and are certainly a pair to watch in future. 
  • Hayden Hankey with his own You’ve Got The Lux; 2017 was You’ve Got The Lux first season of eventing. And under Hayden Hankey the mare has risen through the levels with great success – with nine top ten finishes and a clean jumping sheet across the country. Notable results have included finishing third in the Novice Championship at the Festival of British Eventing, winning a Novice at Kelsall Hill and finishing eighth in tough conditions in the CCI* at Blair International Horse Trials.  
  • Izzy Taylor and her own and Mr Charlie Sands’ Monkeying Around; Not only does Monkeying Around have a clean cross country jumping sheet in 2017 but the 16,2 gelding has not been out of the top ten all season – with five wins to his name with Taylor. Notable results include fifth place at the Young Horse One Star at Osberton International & Young Horse championships and second in the CCI* at Ballendinisk.

    Seven Year Old Championship

  • Fiona Breach on Mr Frank Breach’s WSF Carthago; Having competed at the Young Horse Championships for the past two years, placing eighth at this year’s event, this gelding has successfully campaigned at two star, with two top placings at this level this year at Brightling Park and Rockingham. 
  • Laura Collett and her own Sir Papillon; This British bred gelding is another graduate of the Young Horse Championships with a sting of successful results behind him. Most recently they won an intermediate section at Somerford. Collett has had great success at these championships having won the seven-year-old title with Mr Bass two years ago. Another good chance surely stands with this horse. 
  • Millie Dumas with Miss Ellie Guy’s Fabian II; Millie is a young rider who is rising through the ranks with a sting of impressive young horses. This horse has been placed on every competitive outing in 2017, including wins at Aston Le Walls, Farley Hall and Tweseldown. 
  • William Fox-Pitt on his own Yes I Can*; It’s been two year’s since William Fox-Pitt suffered a horrible fall at Le Lion, but this year he returns with British bred Yes I Can. Whilst their domestic season results may not match some of the other horses, this pair have been quietly moving up the levels and their recent form includes a win at Bicton in an Intermediate with a 26.6 dressage score, and they were third at the Novice Championships at the Festival of British Eventing. 
  • Simon Grieve with Dr Polly M Taylor’s Mr Fahrenheit III; Another British-bred contender who competed at the Young Horse Championships at Osberton and is firmly established at two star. They may not have had the top placings of other horses selected but is a fine example of British breeding success. 
  • Ben Hobday on his own and Jane Chambers’ Shadow Man II; Winner of the Novice Championship this year, Shadow Man II is a proven winner at every level as he has made his way through the levels under Hobday’s guidance. Rarely out of the placings, this eye catching seven-year-old most recently placed seventh at the CIC** at Ballindesnisk in Ireland. At this year’s international competition, both of which came in Ireland this gelding placed sixth (two star) and ninth (one star). 
  • Harry Meade with Mrs Charlotte Opperman’s Cavalier Crystal; This mare is owned by one of Harry Meade’s long-time supporters – Charlotte Opperman. Meade has an excellent reputation for taking his time in producing young horses which has resulted in the pair’s selection for this event. The pair have had 15 competitive outings moving up to Intermediate and two star in the latter part of the year, placing 14th at Osberton in the seven year old championships there.
  • Alice Pearson and Mrs C L Queen’s Jack The Ginger; This pair started off the year with a win at Sapey and their good form has carried on throughout the year, and they recently won the open Intermediate at Gatcombe. The horse has a faultless cross country jumping record and is already established at two star and has the talent to go further. 
  • Kylie Roddy on Fox Family’s SRS Kan Do; This horse has some seriously impressive results in 2017, as it has done throughout his career. Although only just breaking through at two star level this impressive standing 17.1 gelding will surely be a star of the future for Kylie Roddy. 
  • Gemma Tattersall with Christopher Stone’s British-bred Chilli Knight*; Four-star competition is in this horse’s blood – he is son of Badminton winner Chilli Morning out of Kings Gem. Owned by Christopher Stone, this stunning gelding is definitely one to watch now and in the future. Most recently sixth at the Young Horse Championship at Osberton, other results include third at Barbury in the two star and a string of top ten placings. 
  • Izzy Taylor and Mrs Jocelyn Riley’s Direct Cassino; This horse is now firmly established at two-star level after just three seasons of eventing, and picked up a third in the Advanced class at Aston Le Walls showing his class at such a young age. One to mark down for future success with Taylor. 
  • Holly Woodhead with Parkfield Breeding’s Finduss PFB; This horse is one of the many impressive young horses to have come from Parkfield Breeding’s successful breeding programme. Under Holly Woodhead for the last two season, the horse has climbed the levels impressively and is certainly a horse to look out for in future. 

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