August 2014 marked the start of Billy Dorito’s career – and it was a winning one when he jumped his first 4 year old class with Karl Robins.
In his 5 year old year Dorito jumped 16 classes and during this time had only 2 fences down the entire year. He was 6th in the British Bred 5 year old Final and 8th in the All England 5 year old Championship.
The following year, 2016 saw William Funnell, Aoife O’Connor and Lucy Townley share the ride on the son of Billy Mexico and also the start of Dorito’s international career which unsurprisingly was a winning one yet again! He went to the Chepstow International to jump the 6 year old classes with William where he won the 2 6 year old qualifiers and then jumped double clear to be 5th in the 6 year old Grand Prix. William also qualified him for the National 6 year old Final. Following this, Aoife took the ride where she won both the 6 year old British Bred qualifiers at the young horse championships and came 10th in the final. He finished his 6 year with Lucy Townley in the saddle where they had a successful tour in Mijas, Spain in the 6 year old international classes.
2017 was to be bitter sweet – Dorito’s most successful year yet but also the year he was to leave The Billy Stud and head for pastures new. Following another educational tour in Mijas, Spain with William he went to the young horse championships where he won the 2 qualifying days and came 3rd in the 7 year old British Bred Final. He also shared the 7 year old bonus for jumping clear very day, something only 1 other horse managed to achieve. November of 2017 saw international Irish rider Darragh Kenny take over the ride.
It didn’t take the partnership long to establish with great results in Knokke, Samorin and Royal Dublin. They were to finish 2018 with Dorito’s first starts in 5* classes with a 6th in a 1.45m in Oslo and a 2nd at Olympia.
Dorito started his 2019 campaign with Darragh at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida with multiple podium finishes throughout the 12 circuit. The first 5* show of the year for Dorito was to be La Baule and what a show it was – he won the big class on the opening day, the 1.50m Grand Prix qualifier!!!
This horse has been a star from the start but you also need everything to go right to achieve such great results. We are so proud to have bred and produced Billy Dorito and have enjoyed every moment of his success. We have very little doubt that this is just the beginning of many more victories at this level and we look forward to what the future holds for this super horse.
Many thanks to Nicolas Florentin for the fantastic feature image of Billy Dorito at CSIO La Baule 5*