Ros Canter & Cetatinka, 4 Year Old Champions 2011
Lincolnshire rider Ros Canter, who made her Land Rover Burghley CCI4* debut last year finishing best of the British first timers, this year qualified an impressive six horses for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Championships.
Ros has a great reputation as a producer of young horses and regularly has more than one ride in the Championships. “It’s a nice way to educate a young horse,” she says. “The qualifiers are often fairly atmospheric, particularly Chatsworth and Bramham, so the horses get used to the sense of occasion.
“It wouldn’t work for all youngsters, and I ride the four-year-olds without too much expectation – it’s often hard to judge how they will handle it but they always come away having learnt something, and that atmospheres such as what they find at Bramham are ‘normal’ [Land Lord won the qualifier at Bramham, Hilano Van De Klinkenberg won at Chatsworth].
“It’s not the be all and end all though – both of my top horses, Zenshera and Allstar B [who Ros is riding in the CCI4*], only started eventing as six-year-olds. Gaining a solid education is the key, whatever they do – be it show jumping, hunting or whatever, they should do it nicely.
“As five-year-olds I do have higher expectations. I don’t push my young horses but then again I think it’s easy to treat babies as babies for too long. I expect them to go forwards to a jump, and to jump it.
“It’s exciting to have Ian Stark riding the top horses in each age group this year. The class has to keep progressing, and he has so much experience. I just hope that my horses aren’t too tired by then – if indeed he gets to ride them – to show themselves off properly.
“For horses that are on the market the Burghley Young Event Horse Championships are a very good showcase. Spectators seem to enjoy watching them and they remember the winners.”
This year Ros has four horses in the Four Year Old Championship; Sharon Bayston & Jess Robinson’s Hilano Van De Klinkenberg (aka Hilly), Alex Fishpool’s Land Lord (aka Rusty), Michele Saul’s Lordships Graffalo (aka Walter) and Sharon Bayston’s Shannondale Nadia (stable name Nadia).
She qualified two horses for the Five Year Old Championship; Sharon Bayston’s G Star Van De Klinkenberg and Isabel White’s Quite Something – although only Quite Something will be at Burghley today.
Check back later today for our report from the Championships and see how Ros got on.