Friday, September 02, 2011 14:09 BST
CONVINCING WIN FOR ZENO
British European team bronze medallist Piggy French added to her weeks spoils claiming the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse five-year-old final with Sara Fowlers Zeno Das Gluck. The combination ran out the undisputed winners leading the field into the final phase – potential and suitability – where judge Bridget Parker pulled them in first to gain the maximum 10 points for this section putting them 4.5 marks ahead of the rest.
Bred in Germany Zeno is by the leading Trakehner event stallion Grafenstolz. He was originally bought out of Germany by Chloe Newton and bought by Sara Fowler in March. “Sara wanted a horse that was not too big and pretty, he fitted both criteria and I liked his type,” said Piggy. “Due to my commitments he hasn’t done much. He was broken and produced beautifully by Chloe and I haven’t had to do a great deal to get him here.”
Last year’s winners Ben Hobday and the good looking Shadow Boxer, also German-bred, returned to stand second. Lancashire based Ben, a British Young Rider team gold medallist, owns the dark bay gelding by Quidam de Revel son Quidam Rubin in partnership with Dawn Grundy. Whilst last year Ben had to withdraw his ride Guna Be Good this year he will be making his Burghley debut with the horse and will be last into the dressage arena this afternoon.
Caroline Powell, third in the four-year-old class last year, stood third again but this year with the Irish-bred Up, Up and Away. By the leading Irish Sport Horse sire Puissance he is out of Coolmore Frolic who is by the Selle Francais Paris Lights by Alme. The lovely grey impressed jumping judges Rowland Fernyhough and Luis Alverez de Cervera who gave him 39/40 in this section.
New Zealander Lizze Brown gained the award for the highest placed mare Bulana who stood fourth. Another bred by Dutch vet Jan Greve Bulana is by the Numero Uno son Tygo and was bought from Judy Bradwell just four weeks ago. “She is our hope for Burghley in five-years time,” said Lizze who is based with Judy.
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