Posted on 25th October 2020


Today the best five-year-old horses in Great Britain came together to contest the 2020 British Eventing Tigga’s Saddlery Five-Year-Old Championship at Oasby, Lincolnshire. Defending Champion Eliza Stoddart was once again victorious, taking the win with her own, Georgina Stoddart, Heather Sandell and Sue Brankin Frisby’s De Pleasure.

De Pleasure, a grey Hannoverian gelding (Diacontinus x For You) jumped a double clear inside the time to complete on their impressive dressage score of 28.0. Topping off a fantastic 2020 eventing season, De Pleasure adds the Championship title to his five other top-ten finishes at BE100 level.

Eliza commented, “De Pleasure is a wonderful young horse who has been ultra-consistent all season. He has the most incredible temperament and gives me such a great feel. He has matured throughout the season and was obviously saving his best for the big occasion! He is as talented, as he is eye catching. I am hugely grateful to his special co-owners, Susie Brankin Frisby, my grandmother Heather Sandell and my mum Georgina Stoddart. I won in 2019 on Codebreaker for the same partnership, so to do it again was very exciting”.

Following closely behind in second place was Caroline Harris on the British-bred Woodlands Be Individual (Billy Be Cool x Nenagh), owned by Dinah Posford, Teresa Dufosee, Jules Carter and Gail Sinclair they completed on their dressage score of 28.5. The pair also conclude the 2020 eventing season following a fantastic run of form including a second place at Moreton Morrell BE100 and third place at both Aston Le Walls (X) and Dauntsey Park (1).

Completing the podium for third place was John-Paul Sheffield on Willa Newton’s Holstein gelding Quality Time (Quiran x Beiliat) on a final score of 28.5. The combination won the five-year-old qualifier at Shelford Manor (2) and also won the BE100 at Norton Disney (3).

For many riders, owners and breeders of young event horses, the Championship provides a key focus as the very best five-year-old horses are brought together to contest for the coveted title. The Championship is set at BE100 level with horses qualifying through a series of events that took place across the country between July and September. A total of 29 combinations competed in this year’s British Eventing Five-Year-Old Championship generously sponsored by Tigga’s Saddlery,

View the final results HERE.

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