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Posted on Sep 1, 2018 in Articles, Competing

Dubarry Burghley Young Event horse 4yo and 5yo Champions and Results

Dubarry Burghley Young Event horse 4yo and 5yo Champions and Results


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LRBHT 31 08 2018 Harry Horgan riding SIRIUS winner of the 4 Year Old Dubary Burghley Young Event Horse Finalduring the dressage phase of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in the grounds of Burghley House near Stamford in Lincolnshire in the UK between 29th August and 2nd September 2018


This series is now in its third decade and is acknowledged as the shop window for potential ‘4* horses’ at an early stage in their competitive career. The series is for 4yo and 5yo with the aim being to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to make a class three day event horse.

Judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and an attitude which with correct training will develop into a word class three day event horse both physically and mentally.

All the entered horses have qualified from one of 19 competitions held around the country throughout the current eventing season. They are judged on Dressage but instead of marks for movements the judges look at paces, obedience and supple elastic regular gaits. The Jumping section is where they are looking for a bold athletic horse with a good technique. They then head over to conformation and quality judging whereby the judges look at the horses build and type to see if they could withstand the demands of the sport in terms of speed, stamina and soundness.

The Top ten the get pulled forward to get judged on suitability and potential where the 5yo are required to show a gallop and the 4yo a forward canter that will further learn to gallop with maturity and development. The cores given are from 9 to 1 with the top getting 9 marks added to their total, 8 marks to the runner up and so forth down to 1.

The last stage is the four top horses will be ridden by the judge and marked out of 8 this gives the places 1st to 4th and then placing 5th to tenth remain as prior to the ridden section.

The judges this year were:

Dressage – Ann Bostock and David Lee

Jumping – Fredrik Berdendorff and Andrew Saywell

Conformation and Quality – Yogi Briesner

Suitability and Potential – Jeanette Brakewell


The BYEH 4yo results are as follows:


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Sirius shines bright in four-year old final

Quality came through in the four-year-old final, won by Sara Brown’s German bred gelding Sirius ridden by Buckinghamshire based Harry Horgan. The pair flew to the top of the leaderboard with a convincing lead after the first phase having gained the highest marks of the class in both dressage and showjumping sections and top marks for type. High marks from Jeanette Brakewell, who judged the final section, meant they proved unbeatable. By the Hanoverian Scuderia – bred by Active Equestrian in the UK and now owned by Pape Stallions in Germany – Sirius was acquired from Brightwells December sale.

“This one’s already and yard favourite and a keeper,” said Harry who generally produces young horses to sell. “He has already exceeded all expectations and today he just dealt with the atmosphere and gave me everything he had.”

Second place and the best British-bred went to Helen Watkins homebred Spye Morning Star, a lovely deep chestnut gelding by the former Badminton winner Chilli Morning – one of two by the SHB(GB) Elite sire in the top five. He was ridden by Hannah Freeman, who is based at the Spye Park yard near Chippenham where the horse was born.

“He has such a lovely temperament and is so easy to do but he’ll have a well deserved holiday now,”said Hannah.

Irish WEG team rider Padraig McCarthy’s stallion Jefferson VDL stood third. The dark brown stallion is by the leading jumping sire Kannan out of a mare by Coriander, a sister to the stallion Namelus R. He was acquired by Padraig and his wife Lucy as an addition to their Devon-based MGH Sport Horse Stud.

It seems like no BYEH final is complete without Ros Canter and this one was no different. Ros, another who will be heading out to the World Equestrian Games shortly, was fourth with Mr & Mrs Chris Makin’s upstanding Irish-bred Makin a Storm while her second ride, Alex Fishpool’s homebred Khaleesi, by Grafenstolz out of a mare by Bazaar’s Exclusive, stood 7th and claimed the prize for the highest placed mare.

Former British team rider Jeanette Brakewell judged the final section for Suitability and Potential and then rode the top four placed horses before making the final decision.

She said; “Riding unfamiliar four-year-olds is quite daunting but you know they have already worked and wouldn’t be in the top 10 if they were unruly and all of these were well produced. The top two were very different – the winner was flashier and more powerful while the reserve really felt in balance and like he really wanted to work with you.”


BYEH 5yo Results:

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Image courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – All Rights Reserved

LRBHT 31 08 2018Ellie Ormrod riding LEYLAND WILLIAM winner of the 5 Year Old Dubary Burghley Young Event Horse Finalduring the dressage phase of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in the grounds of Burghley House near Stamford in Lincolnshire in the UK between 29th August and 2nd September 2018

Amateur Ellie shows the professionals how its done

Friday at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is the day for young horses and the final of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse series. Thirty five qualifiers came forward for the hotly contested five-year-old championship which proved a close run affair, with the result having to be decided by the best jumping marks.

It was the young amateur rider Ellie Ormrod and Keyland William that gained the edge. The bright chestnut with a striking blaze proved a model of consistency for Ellie, who recently finished university and has just started her first job on the journey to be a Royal Chartered Surveyor.

It was an emotional win for Ellie and her mother Sarah who bought the horse last year from his breeders at the Keyland Stud near Bury St Edmunds.

“I am absolutley shocked to win – we just came to enjoy the occasion,” said Ellie. “He was the first horse we saw on Horse Quest and the reason we went to see him was because he was by Wolkenderry and we had previously had a horse by him.”

The pair had an inauspicous start to their life together when Ellie broke her pelvis at the end of the year, but after surgery to pin and plate the break she got herself back in the saddle in March.

“I have never done this competition before and we only did one qualifer – just qualifying for the final was a shock. But he is fantastic – he just takes on the jumps, especially as I am not really quite balanced yet,” said Ellie, who is from Biddulph near Stoke on Trent and is trained by four-star event rider Emily Gilruth and Joss Edwards on the flat.

Ros Canter, a familiar face in these finals, once again came to the fore this year to finish second with her own Izilot DHI, a Dutch-bred bright bay by Zavall VDL, a son of the leading showjumper Casall Ask. The pair gained the highest mark for dressage.

“He gives me such a good feel and so far has proved very brave,” said Ros, who now takes him to the five-year-old British Eventing Young Horse Championships at Osberton.

It was also a tie for the next two places with Cheltenham-based Bernie Wharfe taking third riding Imogen Murray and MS Team’s Stonehaven Penshill Cobra while Imogen was fourth with her own and the MS Team’s Sandyhill Penshill Zorro. Bernie and Penshill Cobra, who is by Holstein Cobra, a son of the great Carthago Z, gained the highest marks of the morning from showjumping judges Andrew Saywell and Frederik Bergendorf.

Just five mares came forward for the final and the highest placed of the five was Coroyale by Royaldik, bred by rider Sarah Bullimore out of her four-star mare Lily Corinne.



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