Chilli Morning is one of just a handful of eventing stallions who have competed at the very highest level of the sport, including the Rio Olympic Games, where he finished 12th with William Fox-Pitt as the highest placed British partnership.
Initially produced up to four-star level by Nick Gauntlet, the ride passed briefly to Mary King in 2012 – who found the stallion too strong for her – before the successful partnership with William Fox-Pitt was formed a few months later.
Chilli finished in the top 10 in 23 out of his 45 international eventing starts and became the first stallion to have won a European four-star at Badminton in 2015.
The stallion was bred by Rainer Schicketanz from Neustadt in Germany by Phantomic out of a Kolibri mare called Koralle. He is owned by British businessman and eventing enthusiast Christopher and Lisa Stone. He is standing at Tim and Jane Holderness-Roddam’s West Kington Stud in Wiltshire in 2017 following his retirement from the sport after the Rio Olympic Games.
Chilli was ranked 22nd on the British Eventing top 50 sires of young horses for the 2016 season and some of his progeny are already enjoying eventing success.
Chillis Gem was seventh with Gemma Tattersall at the seven-year-old World Championships for young horses in Le Lion last year, while Chilli Knight scored multiple wins at novice, also with Gemma, and came third at Gatcombe CIC* as a six-year-old. Meanwhile Jalapeno, partnered by Belgium’s Karin Donkers, has scored victories at one- and two-star level.