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Sunday, September 02, 2007  •  14:08 GMT


Happy Monarch leaves a Burghley dynasty

The winner at Burghley in 1961 – 46 years ago – was Merely A Monarch who was ridden by Anneli Drummond-Hay. The following year Merely A Monarch won Badminton and then became an international show jumper winning many Grand Prix classes and in 1970 a silver medal at the European Championships.

Merely A Monarch was by the HIS Thoroughbred stallion Happy Monarch who stood in The Isle of Man and Cambridgeshire and also sired the Olympic champion Laurieston who Richard Meade rode to win the individual gold medal in 1972.

This year three of Happy Monarch’s immediate descendants are competing at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Both Andrew Hoys ride Master Monarch, fourth after cross-country and Louise Scammel’s ride Just A Nightmare, are by the sire Just A Monarch who was a son of Happy Monarch.
Beanie Sturgis’s ride Monarch’s Rock is by the former advanced event stallion Rock King a son of Just A Monarch making Monarch’s Rock a great grandson of Happy Monarch.

Despite his impeccable eventing credentials Monarch’s Rock who is out of a Thoroughbred mare has not been the easiest horse to bring up the grades. Burghley is his first four-star event and Wiltshire based Beanie has had the ride for just a year. “He came to me from Bumble Thomas originally to hunt for a season. He is tricky and even this spring he was eliminated at Punchestown but then was fifth at Barbury and has now got five good runs under his belt,” said Beanie. Monarch’s Rock’s groom Amy Vowles was second in the Mountain Horse ‘Horse Care’ award.