The winner of the Championship, Warrior needs no introduction - owned and produced by Brendon Stud, he is currently being competed by Shane Breen, with great success, as his performance at Aachen and at Hickstead demonstrates, and stands at Brendon Stud. His sire, Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve, is a Belgian Warmblood, whose own sire was the Selle Francais Narcos II, descending from the great mare and breeder of champions Ma Pomme. Warrior's dam, Philliane A, has distinguished breeding on both the top and bottom line - her sire was the great Heartbreaker, and through her dam she goes back to Burggraaf and Voltaire.
(photos of Warrior are from his appearance in the Queen Elizabeth Cup and courtesy of Fiona McOuat as we had a slight mishap with the original photos!)
The second placed horse, Jawaher (below), is a young stable mate of Old Lodge's Super Trooper de Ness, and is one of two horses in this class sired by Chellano Z. Jawaher won the area Novice championship earlier in the month, and came 5th in the Hickstead Grade B Championship.The grey's sire, the Holsteiner Chellano Z (Contender x Cor de la Bryere) had an international showjumping career, and was very much in his prime when he died in 2006. His dam Fayence was the full sister of Corrado I, ridden by Frankie Sloothaak.
The third placed horse, Midsummer Nights Dream, ridden by Damien Charles, is an 7 year old grey mare who qualified for HOYS Fox last week at Crofton Manor(thank you to Shirley at Brendon Stud for that info) and has been scoring some recent successes, coming third in the Towerlands Horse and Hound Foxhunter 2nd round; there is no pedigree record that I can immediately discover .... I'll keep on researching!
Both Jawaher and his stablemate, Super Trooper de Ness, (below) who was placed fourth, were ridden by Nicky Boulter, who looks amazingly young to be an international showjumper and to have second in the Hickstead Derby! Super Trooper is a Belgian Sports Horse (sBs) by Vigo d'Arsouilles, with a sire line that goes back through Nabab de Reve to Jalisco B. His dam, Patrones, has Polydor on the topline of her pedigree, and a bottom line that includes an unattributed Warmblood, Trakehner and Oldenburg grandparents.
Old Lodge had a further horse in the ribbons in fifth place - the young mare Abeer (below) - ridden by Nicole Pavitt. In May and June of this year she scored a HOYS hat trick, qualifying for the HOYS 7 & 8 year old final, for the Grade C final, and for the Foxhunter Final ..... Her sire, Concorde, also appears as the grandsire of Ben Maher's horse Triple X.
The 6th horse, Cacharel vd Slaring, ridden by Timothy Wilks, is owned by Duncan Inglis, who has had a distinguished SJ career, which includes being a European Young Rider gold medallist, and representing GB on numerous nations cup teams. He's now an accredited coach and selector for Senior British teams. Cacharel's sire, Toshi, has the SF Skippy II (Galoubet A) on the topline of his pedigree, and some rather more mixed parentage on the bottom line, with incomplete information on his dam Oeshi, a Belgian Warmblood.
Triple X, a Dutch Warmblood jointly owned by Ben Maher and Quainton Stud and ridden by Ben Maher, confusingly shares a name with another KWPN stallion sold to Taiwan in 2008. Ben's Triple X has Voltaire appearing as a great-grandsire, whilst the 10 year old has Voltaire as a sire. Whew, takes some disentangling! And here comes Concorde again - the sire of Namelus R, Triple X's sire, bred by Stal Roelofs. Namelus R has sired an impressive number of international showjumpers.
Cara Raether rode O'Vol de la Roque, one of many successful offspring of Kannan, (Voltaire x Nimmerdor), and owned by the US stud Trelawny Farm where Cara is based. Cara has been longlisted for the US WEG team.
Shane Breen's ride Cherubini Z is by Chellano Z (see above) and is listed as being out of Carmel Ryan's great broodmare Trump Carder (King of Diamonds x HarriganXX). But this is a bit of a puzzle, as though Trump Carder bred foals well into a ripe age, the chronology doesn't quite add up - she would be 29 this year, whilst Cherubini Z is a 5 year old. Might she really have foaled him when she was 23/24???? Again, more research needed!
Much of this demonstrates how little information was provided on the breeding of many of the horses competing in this class, and how much research you might need to do if you were interested in any of the young horses. Something to be corrected for next year, I hope, as the title of the class implies that pedigrees would be readily available/listed against the names of the competing horses.
The other - perhaps unsurprising - thing is how often the classic names appear close up in the pedigrees of all these young horses - Voltaire runs through them like a golden thread.