Of the 6 horses selected for the 2014 WEG Eventing Squad (announced 20.06.14) at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Eventing Championships in Normandy this summer, three of the six horses selected are British-bred.
The three British-bred horses making their squad debuts in Normandy are:
Allercombe Ellie: (Jumbo x Poetic Justice) bred by Susan Holroyd out of Susan’s mare, My Last Edition, by former HIS stallion, Poetic Justice, is owned by Frances Carter and Susan Holroyd. Allercombe Ellie is one of several My Last Edition foals, whose dam line goes back to Grade A showjumper, Late Night Extra and Little Mermaid who was third at Badminton in 1965. Four of the foals bred from My Last Edition have competed at British Eventing Intermediate level or higher.
De Novo News: (Last News x Quouglof Rouge) homebred by Christina Cook out of her former four star mare, the Selle Francais, Douce de Longvaut, is owned by Jim Chromiak and his rider / breeder Kristina Cook. Imported from France as a young horse, Douce de Longvaut was a finalist at Le Lion-d’Angers as a 7 year old in 1998 and then went on to complete a clear cross country round at Burghley CCI4* in 2002.
Billy Beware: (Kannan x Cavalier) bred by Pippa and William Funnell and Donal Barnwell of the Billy Stud, out of the Cavalier mare, Dollar Day whose offspring also include grand prix showjumper Billy Grand, is owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke. Billy Beware is the first progeny from the Billy Stud to represent the British Senior Eventing Team.
The strength and depth of the equine talent being produced by British breeders is beginning to raise the profile of British breeding. In recent years, British-bred horses have featuring regularly on Team GB’s Eventing Squads. This new group of British-bred Team horses replace recently retired, Miners Frolic and Opposition Buzz. Two more British-bred horses to have represented Great Britain in Eventing in recent years include Cool Mountain and Jakatα.
Jan Rogers of the BEF said “This new generation of British bred horses selected for the British squad is a testament to the thought, consistency and effort that goes into breeding these world-class horses. It shows that British-bred horses are here to stay, and linking the Futurity with the World-Class Equine Pathway through the new, Equine Bridge means that we have a long term plan in place.”
For more information please visit http://www.bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=WEG-eventing-squad-showcases-British-breeding.