The horses who will represent Britain in the 2020 FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers, France (15-18 October) have been announced.
This hugely prestigious competition for six- and seven-year-olds is often a pointer to future stars in the sport. Britain will field the maximum number of horses — three six-year-olds and 12 seven-year-olds. Let’s meet them…
Six-year-olds selected to represent Britain at Le Lion d’Angers
Monbeg Hendricks (Harlequin Du Carel x Puissance) (pictured above)
Rider: Kitty King
Owner: Adrian Sweet
Best results: first CCI2*-S Burgham 2020; seventh CCI2*-S Wellington 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Kitty has had plenty of top 10 results here and won twice — Zidante, who was later successful at three-star (now four-star) before her career was cut short by injury, took the seven-year-old title in 2011 and Cristal Fontaine the six-year-old gold in 2018.
MHS Brown Jack (OBOS Quality 004 x Cavalier Royale)
Rider: Tom McEwen
Owners Fred and Penny Barker
Best results: first Wellington CCI2*-S 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Tom has had four rides here, with his best result being second in the seven-year-olds in 2014 on Toledo De Kerser, who has since been a world gold medallist and won Pau CCI5*. He was third in the seven-year-olds last year on Brookfield Benjamin Bounce.
Cooley Rosalent (OBOS Quality 004 x unlisted)
Rider: Oliver Townend
Owner: Paul Ridgeon
Best results: first Burgham CCI2*-S 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Le Lion hasn’t been such a happy hunting ground as many events for Oliver. His best result is ninth in the seven-year-olds in 2014 on Cooley SRS, with whom he went on to finish second at Badminton before the horse was sold to Australia and renamed Willingapark Cooley
Seven-year-olds selected to represent Britain at Le Lion d’Angers
(Note some of these horses are still seeking a final minimum eligibility result to confirm their selection)
Ardeo Premier (Hold Up Premier x unlisted)
Rider: Alex Bragg
Owners: Debbie and Neill Nuttall
Best results: 10th CCI2*-L Hartpury 2019; 10th CCI3*-S Wellington 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Alex makes his Le Lion debut.
Izilot DHI (Zavall VDL X Marlon (Zucchero))
Rider: Ros Canter
Owners: Alex Moody and Ros Canter
Best results: first British six-year-old championships CCI2*-S Osberton 2019; first Burgham CCI2*-L 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Ros has had three rides at Le Lion and finished second in the six-year-olds in 2011 on Aprobanta, who has since won four international classes with Connie Copestake.
Moonlight Charmer (OBOS Quality 004 x Good Thyne xx)
Rider: Laura Collett
Owners: Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy
Best results: eighth CCI2*-S Lignières 2019; second CCI2*-L Burgham 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Laura has had three top-four finishes here, including a win in the seven-year-olds in 2015 on Mr Bass, who has since been second in the CCI4* (now five-star) at Luhmühlen and won at three-star (now four-star) level.
Forthright (Frankfort Boy x unlisted)
Rider: Matthew Glentworth
Owners: Margaret Silver and Barbara Hervey
Best results: 11th British six-year-old championships CCI2*-S Osberton 2019; 15th Burgham CCI2*-L 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Matthew makes his Le Lion debut.
Igor B (Vittorio x Carabas Van De Wateringhoeve)
Rider and owner: Kristina Hall-Jackson
Best results: fifth Burgham CCI2*-L 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Kristina makes her Le Lion debut.
Fools in Love (Harlequin Du Carel x Cruising)
Rider: Hayden Hankey
Owners: Philippa Heler and Hayden Hankey
Best results: sixth Chatsworth CCI2*-S 2019; ninth Blair CCI2*-L 2019
Rider’s Le Lion record: Hayden has had three spins round Le Lion, with two top-12 placings.
Cooley Lancer (Coeur De Nobless M x Ogano Sitte)
Rider: Piggy March
Owner: The Lancer Stud
Best results: five top-10 placings in international classes, including first Le Lion six-year-old championships 2019
Rider’s Le Lion record: Cooley Lancer’s win last year was Piggy’s second triumph here as she also took the seven-year-old laurels in 2007 on Cast Away II, who went on to be placed at three-star (now four-star) level with Chloe Newton. Piggy has had plenty of other top-10 placings here too.
I Diablo Joe (Solaris Amoureux x unlisted)
Rider: Piggy March
Owners: Geoffrey Burton
Best results: sixth CCI2*-L Burgham 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: as above, Piggy has won twice here.
Irene Leva (Everglade VDL x Amethist)
Rider: Rhian Smith
Owners: Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and Rhian Smith
Best results: sixth Bicton CCI2*-S 2019
Rider’s Le Lion record: Rhian makes her Le Lion debut.
Ballingowan Leia (Future Trend x Master Imp)
Rider: Polly Stockton
Owners: Susan Goodall
Best results: seventh CCI2*-L Burgham 2020; sixth Wellington CCI3*-S 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Polly was sixth here in 2006 on Westwood Joker and fourth in 2008 on Westwood Mariner, both times in the seven-year-old championship. Westwood Mariner went on to compete at four-star (now five-star) with Polly and Piggy March.
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Darcy De La Rose (Quite Easy x Corrado I)
Rider: Georgie Strang
Owners: Wendy and Johnnie Watherston
Best results: third Burgham CCI2*-L 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Georgie makes her Le Lion debut.
Briarlands Sweetango (Jumbo x unlisted)
Rider: Izzy Taylor
Owner: Guy Avis, who also bred her out of five-star mare Briarlands Matilda
Best results: ninth Burgham CCI2*-L 2020
Rider’s Le Lion record: Izzy’s three top-three placings here include a win in the six-year-olds in 2017 on Monkeying Around, who is now competing at four-star.
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