Ceylor L.A.N. ridden by WOW Saddles sponsored Kitty King, is this year’s winner of the five-year-old section of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final.
The pair gained the top marks for jumping 38/40 from judges Alain Storme (BEL) and Matthew Lanni and 9/10 for suitability and potential from former Irish Olympic team member Eric Horgan and were convincing winners heading the class by four marks.
Kitty, who has been in strong form this season with former young horse champions Zidante and Persimmon, found Ceylor almost by accident as she just happened to be in Sussex and looked in Horse & Hound to see if there were any young horses for sale in the area. “He was too big and too expensive but I was in Sussex and so was he,” said Kitty.
The good-looking KWPN gelding is by Veron (deceased) a KWPN stallion by the Quidam de Revel son Quite Easy. “He is not really my size as he is tall but he is a lovely quality horse and one to produce for the future,” said Kitty, who has sold three legs to a small syndicate of owners.
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This year has seen some of our most celebrated equestrian events cancelled due to the typical British weather, but despite a bit of rain in the morning, Barbury Castle was in full flow with the sun shining.
The CIC2* sections were a favourite for many spectators and the focus of the day. There have been some recent changes to the course, but it remains one of the bigger CIC2* tracks of the eventing calendar.
Kitty King at Salperton
We were extremely pleased to see our sponsored rider, Kitty King win section Section B on her horse Persimmon. Together they only added 6 time penalties to their dressage score after also jumping clear in the showjumping.
Paul Tapner came second in section B on his horse Indian Mill.
Barbury Castle had a bit of light relief on offer (no one took it that seriously of course!) They had the Hit Air Rodeo Bull Eventers vs Jockeys challenge. Our very own Paul Tapner managed to stay on ‘Billy the Bull’ for a very impressive 59 seconds!
View this great footage of Kitty King riding Cross-Country
A brief history
When London last hosted the Olympic Games in 1948 the 10th Duke of Beaufort was President of the Institute of the Horse and Pony Club which was charged with organising the Equestrian competitions on behalf of the FEI. The Three Day Event, with the Cross Country held behind the RMA Sandhurst on Barossa common, was deemed a medal opportunity for the home team, steeped in hunting and racing history.
Sadly it didn’t work out that way during the week of 9th-14th of August. Only two British riders finished: Major Borwick and Liberty in 17th place and Brigadier Bolton on Sylveste,27th. The Duke decided that he would offer his park at Badminton to run an event of Olympic specifications in order to give British riders match practice. Billed as ‘ The most Important Horse Event in Great Britain.’ , the first Badminton Horse Trials ran in April 1949.
With the Olympics returning to London, and Equestrian sports no longer out on a limb at some distant venue, but at the centre of things in Greenwich Park, Badminton Horse Trials will be supporting Equestrian Team GBR’s fund raising efforts for the British intetrnational teams of today and the future . The Trials, which run from 3rd-7th May now hosts riders from all over the world, who will be using it as a final attempt to impress their selectors and Team GBR will have a major presence on site London 1948 spawned Badminton. Badminton 2012 is returning the compliment.
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Our sponsored riders Paul Tapner, Francis Whittington and Kitty King will all be at The Badminton Horse Trials.