We had the most fantastic week at Bolesworth Castle for their first edition of the Young Horse Championship Show. The weather certainly wasn’t the kindest in the run up to the show and during the first couple of days but Nina Barbour and her team did an amazing job.
The 3 day format for these championships is always a real test for the horses and we couldn’t be happier with the way our young homebreds performed throughout the show.
In the 5 year old section Billy Lambert (Cevin Z x Andiamo) got better and better the whole week with Pippa, culminating in a 4th place finish in the final. He was clear everyday earning him share of the bonus prize on offer and was also the second highest place British bred horse, thus qualifying him for the Young Horse World Championships.
William also had the 5 year olds Billy Seymour (Billy Congo x Andiamo) and Billy Bakewell (Billy Um Bongo x Jazz) through to the final after jumping clear every day but unfortunately both were very unlucky. Its great to see how well this format works as these 2 horses have come away from this show much improved and we are very excited about both of them.
In the 6 year olds it was Pippa and her amazing Billy Marmite (Billy Mexico x Vechta) and Billy Sarafina (Tangelo x Billy Congo) that came out on top for us again! It was a very tough final and with 29 into the jump off it was definitely not going to be easy, but both horses jumped their best yet for Marmite to finish 2nd and Sarafina 3rd! To add to this already amazing achievement, both horses won a share of the bonus prize for jumping clear each day and qualified for the Young Horse World Championships. This result is so well deserved for Pippa as she has put a huge amount of effort in to the production of these horses over the winter and into this year.
William and the 6 year old Billy Pablo (Billy Congo x Kroongraaf) also had a super show jumping great rounds, but it wasn’t to be when in the final jump off an incredibly unlucky rail fell leaving them out of contention.
In the 7 year old class Billy Spiral (Tangelo x Billy Mexico) and William and Billy Picador (Billy Mexico x Animo) with Pippa were into the final jump off of the championship but it wasn’t to be for either of them. However, Billy Picador did end up being the second highest British bred horse and this qualified her for the Young Horse World Championships!
Pippa really did have the most incredible week with her group of young horses, qualifying 4 out of the 5 she had there for the Young Horse World Championships!!!