The Sport Horse Breeding (GB) has announced an exciting new prize for Osberton International Horse Trials.
The prize is the first of its kind in the UK for young horses and aims to reward breeders of successful horses. The initiative has a fantastic total prize pool of £50,000: £30,000 to the Breeder, £10,000 to the owner and £10,000 to the rider.
In order to be eligible for the SHB(GB) Grand Slam, horses must be British bred and be registered in the SHB(GB) Stud Book before the close of entries for the five-year-old championship. The prize will be awarded to a British- bred SH(GB) passported horse that finishes in the first three of the five-year-old championships, then subsequently in the top three of the six and seven- year-old classes at the British Eventing Young Horse Championship.
“This unique prize aims to not only highlight our Young Horse Championships and the success of British-bred horses but also and importantly reward those who are instrumental in their success,” said Vin Jones the Chairman of the SHB(GB) Breeding Committee. “In particular we want to reward the breeder as so often breeders are the ones that do not get the recognition they deserve.”
The SHB(GB) Young Horse Grand Slam was launched last year at the BE Young Horse Championships that are to held at Osberton. All eyes will be on the five-year-old championship class (Friday 30th September) to see which horses will take the first three places and therefore be the ones in contention in the 2017 six-year-old championship.
“Anything that highlights the success of our British-bred young horses has to be good and this prize certainly does that and tops them all,” said Stuart Buntine, organiser of the BE Young Horse Championships. “I look forward to seeing the Young Event Horse Grand Slam ball start rolling.”