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Friday, August 31, 2007  •  14:16 GMT


Pebbly Grand Design ridden by Hayley Hankey was the outstanding winner of this year’s Burghley Young Event Horse final for five-year-olds at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Grand Design an Irish-bred bay gelding caught the eye of the judges gaining the top mark of 36 for his jumping ability from judge Philip Tuckwell, a high mark of 33 for dressage from International judge Jane Tolley and 14 out of 15 for conformation, the highest mark of the class from George Mernagh, Managing Director of Tattersalls. Going into the final section, for the top ten horses, the combination held an unassailable lead and then just to be sure gained the full five marks for suitability and potential from Althea Gifford.

Grand Design is by the former Grand Prix Dutch-bred show jumper Maltstriker who, after retiring from competition, stood in Ireland. He was found by Hayley’s mother Jane Beswick for owners Mrs A and Mr G Barlow. “He is very laid back and has been a delight to train,” said Hayley a former high scoring winner of this competition two years ago with Pebbly Aga Khan.

Former British team rider Jeanette Brakewell gained second place with her sister’s lovely homebred chestnut High Old Times who gained the highest dressage marks of the class. Kathleen Brakewell bred him from her former Primitive Rising event mare High Society, who she rode at two-star level. High Old Times is by the SHB(GB) thoroughbred sire Olympic Times the sire of young stallion Jazz Time who Jeanette rides for Karen Hurrion.

Pippa Funnell gained third and fourth, taking third place with Billy Landretti the homebred chestnut by Vechta who was second in last year’s four-year-old final. Sporting Hero by popular Irish sire Cult Hero, took fourth place.

William Fox-Pitt making his debut in a final on one of his own horses came fifth with the French bred stallion Oslo Biats. Another with a show jumping pedigree Oslo is by the Danish approved Dutch bred Grand Prix show jumper Lando, a silver medallist for Holland at the Sydney Olympics. “He is the nicest five-year-old I have ever owned,” said William.

Burghley Young Event Horse Final – Five-year-olds (J Tolley, P Tuckwell, G Mernagh, A Gifford)
1) Pebbly Grand Design by Maltstriker (H Hankey) 88
2) High Old Times by Olympic Times XX (J Brakewell) 83
3) Billy Landretti by Vechta (P Funnell) 81
4) Sporting Hero by Cult Hero(P Funnell) 79
5) Oslo Biats by Lando (W Fox-Pitt) 78
6) Trig Point by Ghareeb (N Roncoroni) 77
7) Vigo by Voltaire (H Bate) 77
8) Cotton King by Mill Law (A Tucker) 76
9) Fair Trade by Big Sink Hope (N Roncoroni) 76
10) Carrot Top by Minstral Bouncer (E Gilruth) 73