Friday, September 02, 2011 18:30 BST
CEKATINKA WINS FOUR-YEAR-OLD FINAL
The Dutch-bred mare Cekatinka with Rosalind Canter in the saddle won this year’s four-year-old Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final.
Another bred by Dutch dressage team vet Jan Greve, she was bought and produced by Judy Bradwell and is the fourth four-year-old winner for former Burghley winner and locally-based Judy.
Yorkshire-based Joanne Pullan now owns the mare, by international show jumper King Kolibri, sixth in the Grand Prix in Dublin this year, out of a mare by the Thoroughbred Julio Mariner.
“I first saw her as a three-year-old and watched her being broken. She moved beautifully and has a superb temperament. Hopefully she is for me to event, but I wasn’t expecting this,” said Joanne.
Cekatinka was pulled in first in the final phase (suitability and potential) giving her the maximum 10 marks and moving her to the top of the line.
Matthew Wright and Ask The Boss, an upstanding and well-balanced big bay gained nine marks in this final section to take second place. By Dutch-bred Grand Prix show jumper Silvano (by Corland), Ask The Boss was bred and found in Ireland.
“We bought him out of a field near Wexford last year,” said owner Ian McKie. “He was untouched but had so much presence and star quality. You have to give him a lot of respect, but as long as they have the ability that’s the most important. The plan is very much for him to go eventing.”
Burghley chairman Richard Jewson and his wife Sarah were at the ringside to see their horse Billy Cuckoo take third place with Pippa Funnell. The attractive 16hh bay mare,by William Funnell’s Nations Cup team jumper Billy Congo was one of two to gain the top mark – 38/40 – in the jumping phase.
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