Quest for future eventing stars begins

  • The 2006 qualifying shows for the prestigious WINERGY Burghley Young Event Horse Series have been announced. A series of 20 qualifiers will take place around the country from 19 May to 18 August 2006, culminating in a final held on Friday, 8 September at the world-famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (7-10 September 2006).

    The Young Event Horse Series is the UK’s “Showcase for breeding for Eventing,” and qualifiers are open to four and five-year-old horses of a minimum height of 148cm, and riders over 16 years old.

    Pippa Funnell, winner in 1998 with her 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Primmore’s Pride, claims that the young event horse class is “widely acknowledged as a shop window for breeders.” Tina Cooks’ British team horse General Jock is also a Young Event Horse finalist. “It is a good competition for owners and breeders to aim for,” says Cook, who also won the five-year-old championship in 2003 with Miner’s Frolic.

    Tamarillo, Shear H20, Cornerman, Jurassic Rising, Midnight Dazzler, Matinee and Welton Romance are just a few of the long list of equine finalists that have proved their talent in the top echelons of eventing. Last year no less than seven former Young Event Horse finalists took part in the 2005 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

    Since the inception of the sport of eventing, British-bred event horses have been acknowledged and rewarded as the best in the world. Since the launch of the Young Event Horse competition 21 of the 32 winners with known breeding have been British-bred. This year, sponsor Effem Equine Ltd is introducing a new prize dedicated to the significant achievement of breeders.

    For further details on the qualifiers and how to enter visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk (tel: 01780 752131).  
     Winergy Burghley Young Event Horse Series 2006

    19th May         Chepstow Horse Trials

    21st May         College Equestrian Centre Horse Trials

    28th May         Hambleton District Show

    4th June           Rutland Show

    9th June           Bramham Horse Trials

    14th June         Yorkshire Sports Horse Show

    24th June         Milton Keynes Horse Trials

    24th June         Sports Horse Breeding (North West) Show

    30th June         Eridge Horse Trials

    9th July            Richmond Equestrian Centre

    15th July          Chard Show

    25th July          Ryedale Show

    27th July          Field House Equestrian Centre

    28th July          Border Union Show

    29th July          Knaptoft Horse Trials

    30th July          Worcester Lodge Horse Show

    4th August       Gatcombe Horse Trials

    11th August     Hartpury Horse Trials

    18th August     Brockenhurst Park Horse Trials

    18th August     Thirlestane Castle Scottish Championships

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