In the heat of the June sunshine some of the country’s best show riders and producers hotly contested the showing classes at The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting.
For the fourth consecutive year, Alltech has supported a range of showing classes, with a number of Horse of the Year Show qualifying tickets up for grabs.
In the Alltech Small Riding Horse, Jayne Ross and Casino III, claimed the title for the third successive year, with Oliver Hood riding Diamonds are Forever to victory in the Alltech Large Riding Horse securing the Alltech Supreme Riding Horse Championship, just as his Dad, Allister did in 2018.
Jayne was also on winning form in both the Alltech Small Hack and the Alltech Lightweight Hunter, winning with Moluccas High Thyme and Temple Ogue. Her ride from 2017, Bloomfield Valhalla defended his title in the Alltech Middleweight Hunter.
Henrietta Spencer riding Lord John retained the Alltech Heavyweight Hunter, for the third year running, before going one better than 2017 by taking the The Alltech Supreme Hunter Championship.
A highlight of the meeting was Jo Bates winning the Alltech Large Hack and then going on to take the Alltech Supreme Hack Championship riding Suzannah Welby’s prolific champion, Elusive.
The prize was presented to Jo in the International Arena by Alison Thompson who had won the honour in a joint competition between Alltech and World Horse Welfare.
The Alltech Small Hunter –Georgina Wilkes riding Mexican Summer
The Alltech Maxi Cob – Stephen Norris riding Lord Alexander
The Alltech Small Riding Horse – Jayne Ross riding Casino III
The Alltech Large Riding Horse – Oliver Hood riding Diamonds Are Forever
The Alltech Supreme Riding Horse Championship - Oliver Hood riding Diamonds Are Forever
The Alltech Small Hack – Jayne Ross riding Moluccas High Thyme
The Alltech Large Hack – Jo Bates riding Elusive
The Alltech Working Hunter – Katy Green riding Im a Diamond
The Alltech Supreme Hack Championship – Jo Bates riding Elusive
The Alltech Lightweight Hunter – Jayne Ross riding Temple Ogue
The Alltech Middleweight Hunter – Jayne Ross riding Bloomfield Valhalla
The Alltech Heavyweight Hunter – Henrietta Spencer riding Lord John
The Alltech Supreme Hunter Championship – Henrietta Spencer riding Lord John
The Alltech CHAPS UK Native/Cob/Traditional Open In-Hand – Emma Lucas with Kung Fu Panda
The Alltech CHAPS UK Non-Native Open In-Hand – Georgia Aungier with Tarnbrook Take it All
The Alltech CHAPS UK Open Youngstock – Mrs J Purcell White with Abbotswood Diva
The Alltech Supreme Coloured Horse In-Hand Championship – Georgia Aungier with Tarnbrook Take it All
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MANY of the best bloodlines from around the world came to the fore at another glittering Elite Auction at this year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
Leading the way was the Untouchable sired Up in the Air Z, a grey filly that fetched £24,500 and brought the fuel-charged finale to a climax at the end of the evening.
Sourced from the best show jumping horse breeders and producers in Europe, the 17 lots presented, made £280,500 averaging £16,500 on the Thursday evening of the show.
Another to cause much interest and reach a sales price of £24,000 was Funky Zoetedaele Z a chestnut filly by the legendary For Pleasure out of Cover Queen H, a mare competed at 1.50m level.
The brown colt, Carrera GT3 VH Reukenis Z, by Cornet Obolensky, also sold for £24,000 as the bids came thick and fast for this stunning moving foal.
Without doubt this year’s Bolesworth Elite Auction proved a real high spot, with the electric atmosphere projected all around the international arena on a floodlit evening.
The auction once again included foals and yearlings and was run in partnership with Luk van Puymbroeck and Gerald Lenearts, organisers of the successful Flanders foal auctions, based in Belgium.
The unique concept of selecting youngstock with ‘Black type’ dam lines continued with the strict criteria followed for selection ensuring that every lot was by a top commercial show jumping stallion, with close relations on the dam side that have competed internationally at 1.50m level or above.
Bolesworth International President Nina Barbour said: "We had some of the very best bloodlines across the world represented, and I was delighted with the quality of the foals and yearlings in the Elite Auction. It was a wonderful evening with keen interest from some of the leading names and stables looking for future stars and talent."
Lot 1 - Witch One - Bay Filly - Casall x Witch. Sold for £16,000 to Belgium.
Lot 2 - Millfield Cor Blimey - Grey Colt - Cornet Obolensky x Caught in Action. Sold for £13,000 to Isle of Man.
Lot 3 - Millfield Eminence - Grey Colt - Emerald x Outshine. Sold for £14,500 to United Kingdom.
Lot 4 - Carvalho vd Molendreef - Grey Colt - Comme II Faut x Esprit Van 'T Zorgvliet. Sold for £19,500 to United Kingdom.
Lot 7 - Christian's Son - Chestnut/Grey Colt - Christian x Le Beau. Sold for £22,000 to United Kingdom.
Lot 8 - Doursin FZ - Bay Colt - Ard Vdl Douglas x Irsina. Not sold.
Lot 9 - Mazzeltov - Brown Colt - Cape Coral RBF Z x Wiske O. Sold for £15,000 to United Kingdom.
Lot 11 - Cooper vd Bergheove Z - Brown Colt - Comme II Faut x Casqa Van de Berghoeve. Sold for £15,500 to Belgium.
Lot 12 - Malus LVP Z - Grey Colt - Malito De Reve x Quinta LVP Z. Sold for £10,000 to United Kingdom.
Lot 14 - Now or Never - Chestnut Colt - Casall x Benevita. Sold for £17,000 to United Kingdom.
Lot 15 - SFS Arrano - Bay Colt - Canturano x Lady Arko. Sold for £14,000 to United Kingdom.
Lot 16 - Midnight - Brown Colt - Comme II Faut x Imira. Sold for £21,000 for United Kingdom.
Lot 17 - Diadoro van Overis Z - Brown Colt - Diarado x Cibelle Van Overis. Sold for £12,000 to Belgium.
Lot 18 - Caragh Angren MS - Brown Filly - Cornet Obolensky x Cestia. Sold for £18,500 to USA.
Lot 19 - Funky Zoetendaele Z – Chestnut Filly - For Pleasure x Cover Queen H. Sold for £24,000 to Italy.
Lot 20 - Carrera GT3 VH Reukenis Z - Brown Colt - Cornet Obolensky x Katinka III. Sold for £24,000 to United Kingdom.
Lot 21 - Up in the Air Z - Grey Filly - Untouchable x Telysette. Sold for £24,500 to United Kingdom.
WBFSH Developing Jumpers Exhibition Planned for World Equine Expo™ During FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018
TRYON, NC, USA - June 18, 2018 - Organizers of the World Equine Expo™ announced today the addition of the WBFSH Developing Jumpers Exhibition presented by Spy Coast Farm and in partnership with the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH), happening concurrent to the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG) at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC).
The collective event theme of the WEG is "Celebrate the Horse, Celebrate the Sport," which honors and highlights the unique connection between horses and humans across the world, and top sport horse breeding is an important element within this theme.
"Spy Coast Farm is delighted to be partnering with the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses to present the WBFSH Developing Jumpers Exhibition," said Lisa Lourie, Owner of Spy Coast Farm. "We hope that the concept of a 'Battle of the Breed Registries' will be well received and that viewers will enjoy watching and learning as some of the finest five and six-year-olds here in North America are critiqued over fences."
The demonstration will focus on the evaluation of developing jumping horses to educate the public on the criteria for judging young jumpers, including the height of fences and technical abilities that five and six-year-old horses are required to demonstrate. This demonstration will serve to draw attention to young horse championships, such as the World Breeding Jumping Championships. While the format will be similar in principle, it will vary from the annual competition in Lanaken, Belgium.
The aim of the WBFSH Developing Jumper Exhibition is to further draw attention to breeding for sport, and as such, to the studbooks that support breeders in producing these horses.
The horses that will take part in the demo will be chosen by invitation and based on their performance results in Developing and Young Horse competitions within North America that have taken place during the 2018 season. The organizers strive to select horses from a variety of studbooks, both U.S.-born horses as well as imported horses, to give a good representation of studbooks that focus on show jumping breeding.
The exact dates for the two-day demonstration are to be confirmed, but it will take place during the Jumping competitions at the WEG. Access to the demonstration will be open to all WEG ticketholders free of charge.
The inaugural annual World Equine Expo™, that will include the launch of the WEQx Games™ will run concurrently with WEG between September 11-23, 2018.
TIEC as a venue and its partners support the root of the sport. In combination, the representation of the studbooks at the World Equine Expo™, as well as the WBFSH Developing Jumper Exhibition, will provide visibility to studbooks and breeders who are a vital part of the industry. All demonstrations/exhibitions included in World Equine Expo™ will be run in accordance with USDA/NC State Vet biosecurity requirements.
More information will be provided in the coming months, after invitations have been sent out.
Olympia, The London International Horse Show is delighted to announce international animal welfare charity, Brooke, as the event’s official charity for 2018.
Brooke is dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. With around 900 staff, including vets, animal welfare experts and development specialists, the charity reaches over two million working horses, donkeys and mules across the world each year.
The 2018 edition of Olympia, The London International Horse Show coincides with Brooke’s yearlong Every Horse Remembered campaign, which marks 100 years since World War I and the struggle of working horses, donkeys and mules of the past and present, to create a better life for future generations.
Eight million horses, mules and donkeys were killed during World War I, not only from fierce shellfire and gas attacks but also from the extreme conditions they had to endure. At the end of the war, many surviving equines were sold into a life of hard labour, and when charity founder Dorothy Brooke went searching for these forgotten heroes, she found walking skeletons, working in the harsh and dry streets of Cairo. With the support of the British public, she was able to establish the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital in Cairo in 1934, where Brooke’s story began. That same year, two of the lucky few horses to return home to Britain, ‘Jorrocks’ and ‘Ransome’, were invited to Olympia, The London International Horse Show to be part of a parade of veteran war horses.
Brooke CEO, Petra Ingram, said: “Whilst World War I ended 100 years ago, 100 million equines are still working in punishing environments every day, from the searing heat of brick kilns and coal mines to treacherous icy rivers and mountains, helping people to work their way out of poverty. We’re excited to use our presence at Olympia to raise awareness of the struggles of working horses, donkeys and mules around the world today, and it’s an honour to be the chosen charity for the Show.”
Organisers of the Show are proud to be supporting such a fantastic charity and will be working closely with Brooke to maximise the outcome. There will be a special charity performance, from which 50p of every ticket sold will go to help working horses, donkeys and mules. Brooke will also be undertaking a range of activations to help raise awareness and funds for the cause.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “It’s great to be supporting Brooke in 2018 as we mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I. Horses, donkeys and mules have played a vital role in the development of countries worldwide throughout history, and Brooke do an excellent job at improving the livelihoods of these working animals.”
Olympia, The London International Horse Show will return for another year of elite equestrian action from Monday 17 – Sunday 23 December 2018. With three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Show Jumping, Dressage and Carriage Driving, many of the world’s top riders will be present, looking to sign off the 2018 season in style. In addition to the top-class competition, there will be an array of international displays and acts set to entertain the crowds throughout the week.
To find out how to donate to Brooke or to purchase tickets, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.
Rapidly becoming one of the biggest and best equestrian events in the country, Bolesworth International has a plethora of equestrian superstars in attendance, a vast array of shopping and a programme full to the brim with exciting action to get you hot under the collar.
The Cazenove Capital Eventers Grand Prix
Eventing legends and rising stars, all are set to line up for the exciting Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix on Thursday evening.
This fast and furious competition will provide a high calibre invitational spectacle as both elite show jumpers and event riders tackle a course of show jumps and feature cross-country fences in a relay format.
Event riders taking part include triple Olympic Gold Medallist, Andrew Hoy for Australia; as well as 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials winner, and fellow Australian Christopher Burton, Cheshire-based Brazilian and Rio Olympian, Carlos Parro and Chinese Olympian, Alex Hua Tian, who won a Silver Medal for China at the 2014 Asian Games.
British rising talent and locally based, Sam Ecroyd joins the line up, as well as exciting 4* event rider Imogen Murray.
Said Simon Ashworth of Cazenove Capital: “We are excited to be supporting the Eventers Grand Prix which will showcase the talent and training of some of the world’s best show jumping and event riders."
Added Carlos Parro: “I am very much looking forward to the Eventing Grand Prix, not only will it be good fun, it will also be a top class competition.”
Show jumpers joining in this fast action-paced competition include speed specialist Harriet Nuttall, local rider Keith Shore, second in last year’s Equerry Grand Prix and the hugely popular and fun-loving Jay Halim.
Major British and continental dressage stars are heading to this year’s Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show.
The show is set to host a number of prestigious Dressage Viewing Trials for the World Equestrian Games, Young Dressage Horse World Championships and the European Pony Championships as well as the prestigious CDI3* Grand Prix and Freestyle.
Big names to look out for on the dressage front are of course Carl Hester and Britain’s golden girl, Charlotte Dujardin who so enjoyed last year’s show. Carl and Charlotte will be riding their current stars and potential World Equestrian Games rides, Hawtins Delicato and Mount St John Freestyle.
They will be joined by Michael Eilberg a former winner at the Bolesworth Estate on Woodlander Farouche and Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari “Siri” Nariratana Vajiralongkorn from Thailand who is set to compete in the Small Tour classes alongside a number of major dressage stars including London 2012 Olympians Richard Davison and Laura Tomlinson.
Dressage-goers can then watch top horses and riders over the first two official days of the show with the competition focus getting underway on Wednesday, June 13 with the CDI*** Grand Prix, the Small Tour Inter 1 Freestyle Dressage to Music as well as the Viewing Trials for the Young Dressage Horse World Championships at five, six and seven-year-old stages.
On the Thursday classes include the CDI*** Grand Prix Special and CDI*** Grand Prix Freestyle as well as an FEI Pony Team Test, a Viewing Trial for the Pony Europeans later in the year.
A second pony class, the FEI Pony Freestyle to Music Test takes places on the Saturday morning.
International Show Jumping
Showjumping competitors include equestrian ‘Royalty’, John Whitaker, British number one, Ben Maher and leading British women, Laura Renwick and Amanda Derbyshire.
From the USA, showjumpers Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough, Eve Jobs, the daughter of the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs and Jessica Springsteen, the daughter of ‘rock Royals’, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, will be in action.
Irish riders include last year’s Equerry Bolesworth Grand Prix winner, Anthony Condon, along with Shane Breen and Connor Swail. Jos Verlooy will compete for Belgium and Brazilian interest will focus on eventer Carlos Parro, a two-time Olympian who will be competing in the Cazenove Capital Eventing Grand Prix.
Bolesworth president, Nina Barbour said: “We are proud to have some of the world’s top riders with us again at Bolesworth. We are always trying to stage the best in traditional show jumping alongside new innovations for the 21st Century and it’s terrific that some of the biggest names in the sport like what we’re doing.
“We also like to think that Bolesworth is a great day out and for 2018, we have the best programme of family fun and entertainment that we’ve ever had. We have a great team at Bolesworth and we’re all passionate about bringing our sport to the widest possible audience.”
Bolesworth is the key event in the Cheshire summer social calendar and a great excuse to put on the glitz, glamour and gladrags. A celebrity judge will choose the best dressed show-goer and prizes will include a £1000 outfit from the Ian Stuart collection, courtesy of Adele Louise Bridal.
Every day includes evening entertainment, including Freestyle Motorcross, Polo Demonstration, the Bentley Ride & Drive and riders facing the huge Puissance wall. Music also features on the bill, with Ibiza Classics at Club Boles and Rick Parfitt Junior and his band rocking on Saturday night.
Bolesworth has a shopping village, selling everything from diamonds to designer shirts and the Fine Food and Lifestyle Marquee celebrates local produce and gifts.
For families with children, Bolesworth has pony rides, exotic animals, crazy golf, an assault course and the ever-popular Bolesworth Dog Show.