Britain’s top six and seven-year-olds will contest the prestigious World Breeding Championships at Lion d’Angers, France this weekend (20-22 October). A contingent of nine British riders and world class young horses will be heading across the channel, hoping to take home the coveted first prize.

Blenheim winner and Team World Silver medallist, Daisy Dick will be partnering Cracked Ice, by prolific event sire Welton Crackerjack in the seven-year-old CCI two-star. The pair have already amassed 79 BE points and won the CCI one-star at Aldon last year.

Mary King, a member of Britain’s WEG squad, will be riding the home-bred Kings Gem by Rock King, also in the seven-year-old class. Joining Mary and Daisy will be fellow WEG squad member William Fox-Pitt and Chuckelberry. The pair took second place in the championships at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe this summer.

Pippa Funnell, Polly Stockton, Cressida Clague-Reading, Ian Stark and Lucy Wiegersma will also be competing aboard promising seven-year-olds. Combinations will tackle an FEI two-star dressage test, 22 cross-country obstacles over 5255 metres and a show jumping course.

Sarah Cohen and Trebetherick are the only British combination entered in the six-year-old CCI one-star. The combination, who finished 12th in the recent PAVO British Breeding Championships at Tweseldown, will negotiate a 4400m cross-country course as well as a one-star level dressage test and show jumping course.

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