Caunton Manor Stud BE Six and Seven Year Old Champions Crowned
Sunday 6 October marked the conclusion of the Caunton Manor Stud British Eventing Six and Seven Year Old Championships at Osberton International Horse Trials, and experience showed with familiar faces claiming the prestigious titles.
Caunton Manor Stud BE Seven Year Old Championship
Piggy French lifted her 14th international win of the 2019 season in the BE Seven Year Old Championship on board the March Stud’s Sportsfield Top Notch. Following an impressive dressage score of 27.1 penalties in the CCI3*-S, Piggy and the Irish gelding added four show jumping penalties and 1.6 time penalties from the cross country but maintained their advantage over the rest of the field to take the win by 0.2 penalties.
After a successful season, that has now seen them claim five wins and four top ten placings, the combination will head to the FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses in France along with Championship runner up Grafennacht. Susan Eggleton’s British-bred German mare, piloted by William Fox-Pitt, added just 2.4 time penalties from the cross country to her dressage score of 30.5 to take second place. The seven year old, sired by Grafenstolz out of BE Grade 1 mare Nachtigall, will head to the World Young Horse Championships with nine top ten finishes under his belt this season including a second place in the Dodson & Horrell Novice Championships at this year's Festival of British Eventing.
Italy’s Giovanni Ugolotti made up the top three on Kristina Rausing and Karin Rausing’s British-bred mare Swirly Temptress (For Ladies Only x Betty Barclay) on a score of 33.5.
Caunton Manor Stud BE Six Year Old Championship
World Champion, Rosalind Canter, continued her winning return to eventing following the birth of her first child, Ziggy, in July, taking the CCI2*-S BE Six Year Old title on Izilot DHI (pictured). Ros, who won Ballindensik (IRE) CCI4*-L on Allstar B last weekend, added just 0.8 time penalties from the show jumping to claim the title on a score of 27.8 with her own and Alex Moody’s Dutch gelding.
Taking the runner up position by just 0.1 of a penalty, Piggy French maintained her run of good form with The Lancer Stud’s Swiss-bred gelding Cooley Lancer. With nothing to add to their dressage score of 27.9, the combination held a comfortable advantage over their closest rivals, Alexa Palmer and her own German-bred mare Global Super Nova, who finished in third place on 30.6.
Images credit Adam Fanthorpe