Just 0.2 of a mark separated the top two in a quality four year old final of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse, but it was Trebor ridden by Robyn Gray that gained the edge to win the Dubarry Boot trophy as well as the Best British bred award.
Bred by event breeders Vin and Elizabeth Jones (Precispark) Trebor is by the German bred event stallion and former world young horse champion, Mighty Magic out of a mare by Fleetwater Opposition. He was acquired by the British based Dutch Olympic rider Andrew Heffernan in May just broken and is now owned by Gill and Peter Shea although the ride stays with Andrew. Robyn, who rides for Andrew, qualified the horse for the final to earn her ride at Burghley. The pair gained high jumping and conformation marks as well 7/8 for type.
“I hope he is my next four star horse,” said Andrew. “When I first looked at him I loved his balance and his model.”
Ros Canter’s busy afternoon paid off with a second and third and the highest placed mare award with second placed Shannondale Nadia, a lovely stamp of a mare by Shannondale Sarco. Ridden in the final section by Hannah Bate, Nadia, owned by Sharon Bayston, gained the highest jumping mark of the day and the highest mark for ride from Ian Stark.
Third placed Lordships Graffalo, owned by Michele Saul, was ridden by Ros. By the popular sire Grafenstolz he was bred by Writtle College under the tutelage of Penny Wallace and is out of Penny’s mare, Cornish Queen by Rock King and a half brother to Ros’s ride Pencos Crown Jewel.
Fourth placed Graffenacht, ridden by Tom Jackson, was also by Grafenstolz whilst Nick Gauntletts SHBGB Spring stallion grading champion Party Trick, by Chill Morning was fifth.
Ride judge Ian Stark complimented the top four. He said; “They were all beautifully produced and all gave me a lovely ride, they were balanced and obedient and it was fascinating to ride them and I was seriously impressed with these.”
1 Trebor (Mighty Magic-Fleetwater Opposition) R Gray 94.5
2 Shannondale Nadia (Shannondale Sarco-Lux Z) R Canter 94.3
3 Lordships Graffalo (Grafenstolz-Rock King) R Canter 90.0
4 Grafennacht (Grafenstolz-Narew) T Jackson 88.0
Read Ian Stark’s comments as ride judge here