The grin on Tiana Coudray’s face said it all. The British-based American was over the moon to win this year’s Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse five-year-old final with her own and Dr Liz Williams Irish Sport Horse mare, Cavalier Crystal, who also won the award for the ‘best mare’.
The Irish-bred by Jack Of Diamonds out of a mare by Cavalier Royale took an early lead and stayed out in front throughout. Not only did she receive the highest marks for jumping from judges Stephen Hadley and Eric Winter, but she also caught the eye of Jane Holderness Roddam, who judged the top 10 for suitability and potential and awarded her the full 10 marks. “I loved the winner; she was so light over the ground,” said Jane.
Dr Williams acquired Cavalier Crystal as a three-year-old and approached Tiana this spring offering her the ride.
“I hope to have her for Tokyo (the 2020 Olympic Games),” said Tiana.
Second place and the ‘best British bred’ was the imposing bay Treworder ridden by Lisa Freckingham. Bred by enthusiasts Vin and Liz Jones (Preci-Spark) the 17hander has eventing blood coursing through his veins, being by the advanced eventing German Trakehener, Grafenstolz, out of Welton Lady (by Welton Crackerjack), who won the final here in 1996 and is also the dam of Preci-Spark’s advanced horse Treason.
Third place for the second year running went to Cirencester-based Nicky Roncoroni, this time with Monbeg Medlar. Another Irish-bred horse he is by the thoroughbred Emperor Augustus out of a mare by the thoroughbred I’m A Star, who has sired many event horses. Medlar particularly impressed conformation judge Edmond Mahoney who gave him 10/12 for conformation and 7/8 for type.
1) Cavilier Crystal (Tiana Coudray) 83
2) Treworder (Lisa Freckingham) 77
3) Monbeg Medlar (Nicky Roncoroni) 76
4) Reuben Rialto (James Adams) 74.5
5) Seapatrick Nearco (Ginnie Turnbull) 73.5
6) The Kincooley Ceili (Lizzie Brown) 71.0