Five Year Old Dubarry Young Event Horse Championship
For Certain, ridden by J-P Sheffield, was an assured winner of this year’s Burghley Young Event Horse five-year-old final. For Certain, one of four rides in the class for a busy J-P, had scored highly throughout the first three phases of the competition to go into the final top ten in second place.
A strong gallop then promoted him to the top of the leaderboard before this year’s newly introduced phase of ‘ride’, where Suitability and potential judge Ian Stark assessed the top four awarding a further possible eight marks. A large and intrigued crowd of spectators lined the ringside to see how he fared. He stayed in the saddle and all the horses went well for the former British Olympic rider.
“They were four really nice horses but he was the one that stood out for me,” said Ian.
For Certain, owned by J-P, was bred in Ireland and is by the showjumper Lux out of a Certus mare. He was originally bought out of Ireland and produced by Vere and Clea Phillips from who J-P acquired him.
“He is very straightforward, has all the attributes and hopefully is a long term ride for me,” said J-P.
Local rider Ros Canter, who is also busy in ring two today as well as taking part in the main four star competition, stood second with Isabel White’s striking bright chestnut Quite Something, 10th in the four year old final last year. A British bred Hanoverian by Quaterback out of a Scolari mare he was the highest placed British bred and despite being dressage bred was a high scorer in the jumping phase.
Irish rider Austin O’Connor, another taking part in the main event, got two through to the final 10, standing third with Kate Jarveys homebred, Six o’clock Somewhere, who is by The SHB GB graded Grafenstolz out of Decision Day by the thoroughbred Lafontaine and is a half sister to Austins Advanced ride Day by Day. Six o’clock Somewhere gained 10/10 for the gallop in the suitability and potential phase.
Judy Bradwells eighth placed elegant mare Grappa Nera, by Karandasj, and ridden by Alex Postolowsky, was the highest placed mare.
1 For Certain (Lux Z-Certus) J-P Sheffield 90.5
2 Quite Something (Quaterback-Scolari) R Canter 87.3
3 Six O’clock Somewhere (Grafenstolz-Lafontaine xx) A O’Connor 86.5
4 Castlerichmond William (Lancelot-Cruising) H Wilson 83.8