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B is for Bigger, Better, Barbury

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If you want to see eventing at it’s finest and fancy a cheeky preview of many of the horse and rider combinations likely to be heading to the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina this September, then head to the St James’s Place Barbury Horse Trials ( 5-8th July).

 

Barbury has undoubtedly become one of the premier international events of the equestrian calendar. It attracts the leading professional riders as well as the amateurs at the top of their game, so has never been short of thrilling action. With around 1000 horses to see this year, from one of the best spectator-viewing spots around, you certainly won’t be bored.

 

The four day event runs more international horses than any other UK event. Who come from all over the UK and even the world, to contest the ultimate cross-country challenge set by Captain Mark Phillips. He also designs Burghley, Gatcombe and Lexington. This year offers a CIC3* class as well as the fourth leg of the Event Rider Masters Series (ERM) plus sections of CIC2*, a final Pony Trial for the European Championships and seven Novice sections. Even the Novice sections include the best of the best at that level and with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse classes staged on Thursday; this really is a chance to see the stars of tomorrow as well as today.

 

Don’t quote us on this but Barbury has often been used as an “unofficial trial” for major Championships like WEG and the Olympics and this year is expected to be the same. It’s not just the British riders under the spotlight either. With a significant number of foreign eventers based over here, don’t be surprised you are in the midst of team selectors from several nations.

 

The entries list has an eye-popping number of medal and 4* winning riders and the World number one and two- Horse Scout Advocate Oliver Townend and Gemma Tattersall. Then there is Andrew Nicholson, certainly the most successful Barbury rider of all time, having won the CIC3* consecutively, five times from 2012 to 2016. Other gifted Antipodeans in the line-up include Badminton babe Jonelle Price and her husband Tim plus Sir Mark Todd, last year’s Burghley winner, Chris Burton and Blyth Tait- who has also designed this year’s Novice course. The Brits include European Champion Nicola Wilson on her gold medal-winning mare Bulana, Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt and Horse Scout advocate Emily King. Plus our very own CEO, Lucienne Elms is taking a rare day off to compete her 3* horse, Mistralou who she is aiming to take 4* next year.

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The Barbury nightlife is as good as any at an event. With parties on Friday and Saturday, you may find it hard to leave, especially after you have seen your eventing heroes pulling their moves on the dance floor. From personal experience, I can reassure you that in most cases- their talents lie elsewhere.

 

This year, changes have been made to the event layout, to give a better experience both for the riders and spectators. The final decision on this was made after the Organisers sought feedback from the riders on to improve the event. Which is very positive news, given that the Barbury Estate was sold to new owners last year and some were in doubt that the event would continue to run. The event is now “owned” by ERM, so we can be confident that Barbury Horse Trials, is here to stay.

 

Arena attractions include The JCB Champions’ Challenge on Saturday, all in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. This is where top National Hunt Jockeys, including Champion Jockey, Richard Johnson and Sam Twiston-Davies, take on eventers Mark Todd, Jonelle and Tim Price and Lissa Green, in a relay show jumping competition.

 

Furthermore, there will be no need to feel guilty about dragging the family along. There is a “Kidzone” with a mini-zoo and real life meerkats; a dog show and dog agility masterclass with a World Champion agility competitor. Of course there is also tonnes of shopping and some great British nosh. So bring deep pockets and empty stomachs.

… But In the words of Baz Lurhmann, don’t forget to wear Sunscreen.

 

To buy tickets and for more information, visit www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk

Written by Ellie Kelly

Cover Image by Adam Dale

 

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Finding a dressage horse with Liz Diegutis

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Finding a dressage horse with Liz Diegutis

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“It’s about temperament and rideability. Breeding and looks are of secondary importance” says International Dressage rider and trainer Liz Diegutis.

Whether Liz is looking for a potential Grand Prix horse for herself or a schoolmaster for an amateur, she believes that the horse’s temperament should be top of the list.

“They need a trainable brain. A horse who likes to work makes the job much easier.” For top level sport, Liz explains that whilst they need some spirit to give them a presence, if it is “over the top” it is likely to problematic. “They need a good natural engine but they must be rideable. People blame breeding and certain bloodlines but I think this usually goes down to how well it has been trained. I have bought horses with all the talent but if they are anxious or too hot, they require a lot of patience and expertise and sometimes it never comes right.”

“The most important thing for any rider, is to look for something within you abilities. If you buy talent, then you have to be able to manage it. You must have a good feeling for it. Don’t sit on a horse and think. “I’ll learn to ride this”.”

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Liz is also wary of spectacular paces, for any level of rider. “I avoid massive paces because they often come with problems” Liz says. “Particularly when you are trying to collect a pace. Look for three good paces, they certainly don’t have to be extraordinary particularly for an amateur. I look for a good four beat walk and a natural jump in the canter. The trot can be produced and developed. In fact I have a homebred mare who perhaps didn’t have the best canter as a young horse but we have trained the pace. She is at Grand Prix now.”

Buying British is something Liz feels strongly about. “ We have some brilliant studs in the UK now who are breeding and producing some fabulous stock. There are many examples all around the country but I have been particularly impressed by Court Farm Stud, Mount St John, Caledonia Sport Horses in Scotland and the Oppenheimer’s at Headmore Stud in Hampshire.”

“I also think you can usually trust the UK sellers and breeders more than foreign sellers. I was based on the Continent for a few years and I know how it works. If you choose to go abroad, you have to know where to go and who to trust. Wherever you go I think you should always take someone with you. Preferably more experienced than yourself and ideally someone who will sit on the horse for you too and give their verdict on top.”

Liz is less fussed about bloodlines when she is buying a horse but as she breeds her own, she has a wealth of experience in the area. “I go for old, established bloodlines like De Niro and Negro and I’ve always been a fan of Sandro Hit. They have a reputation for being tricky but if you understand their brain, they can be brilliant. Of course the mare is the important bit, so you need to look at that side too. I only breed from a good mare.”

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Conformation is not a deal breaker for Liz but she does have three rules on this. “Good bone, good feet and straight limbs” she states. “The rest, like length of back I can overlook, if it gives me a good feel. Dressage horses come in all shapes and sizes, even at Grand Prix level. To be competitive I would always buy something that is attractive to the Judge but that is not just about looks.”

An over-produced horse should also be avoided. “I don’t like to see a three year old that looks like a five year old, simply because it has been over fed and over trained. This will nearly always result in issues later. As my aim is Grand Prix, if I am buying a youngster, I like something that has been slowly produced. With my homebreds, they live out rough for the first three years of their lives before they come in to be broken. Then if they are any good, I take it very slowly.”

 

Written by Ellie Kelly

 

Photography by Stuart Lark

 

 

Advertised on Horse Scout Stallion At Stud Pages this Event Horse has 4 progeny for sale on Horse Scoutt

Wish Upon A Star British Sports Horse Stallion

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Advanced Event Horse: Stallion at Stud, British Sports Horse, WISH UPON A STAR has four progeny currently advertised for sale on Horse Scout.

Wish Upon A Star is a UK based eventing stallion with the right attitude and looks to go with it.  Taking everything in his stride this handsome Stallion has copes with a seasons Eventing and standing at stud he has now gained 258 British Eventing points.  His offspring, advertised here on Horse scout, surely are testament to the strength of his stamp.

Check out his very detailed biography on our Horse Scout Stallions at Stud by using our link here.

Professional Producer Wayne Garrick has a Chestnut Wish Upon A Star mare for sale

Produced by with Wayne Garrick, international 3* Event rider Tack Farm this very smart young mare has a very trainable attitude and a will go attitude.  Wayne is sure she is a sound competition prospect. Standing at 16hh this chestnut mare by Wish Upon A star would make into the perfect all rounder with three correct paces, a good jump and presence on the flat this British Warmblood has Donnersong on her dam side.

Follow this link to our Horse Sales pages and look at her profile page.

Four Year Old By Wish Upon A star

Closer to Wish Upon A Stars home stamping ground is this 2012 youngster in Crediton; an eye catching four year old x Plume of Feathers v. Ali Royal.  Looking for an eventing career she was schooled by Matthew Hall last year and is showing great promise over show jumps. Having been turned away her owner has now begun her training again and says she is really enjoying her work.  This well made youngster has good paces and looks ready to go places.

Use this link to our Horses for Sale pages and read more about this young horse on her profile page on Horse Scout.

Dressage mare by Wish Upon A Star

Well priced Elementary Dressage Mare who has been produced by a teenager she is now competing successfully at British dressage Elementary and working towards Medium.  This year she has been campaigned at prestigious shows such as the U25 Championships at both Novice and Elementary, at the Pony Club Dengie Dressage winter finals at Intermediate and in the Open and has qualified for the BYRDS Home International Competition.  She has been jumped and does show a lot of promise. This handsome mare is an ideal amateur looking for a horse to collect the ribbons!

Check out this link to find out more about this home produced mare. http://www.horsescout.co.uk/horses-for-sale/profile/2271

Event mare in the Making produced by Joanne Holder from Pencil farm

Finally we have an eye catching sales livery produced by Joanne Holder of Pencil Farm near Cheltenham. A good looking bay mare (2011) (x v.Jumbo) walk oOn Bye II who is expected to campaign as an Eventer and certainly looks the part.  Sadly the owner does not have the time to do this mare justice.

You can link to her Horses For Sale advertisement here on Horse Scout.

Professional Producer has a number of horses listed on Horse Scout. Do take a look by linking to her profile page for Pencil Farm here.

http://www.horsescout.co.uk/yards/penhill-farm/profile/217

 

Joe Bright Dressage producing quality dressage horses for sale on Horse Socut

Joe Bright Dressage – Professional Producer

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Joe Bright Dressage based near Canterbury has three top competition prospects for sale.

Producing horses to PGSI I this professional rider offers training livery and clinics to all levels and disciplines.  Produced form his lovely yard are three very interesting competition prospects.

PSG/ Juniors Schoolmaster Gelding.

Eye Catching Dressage schoolmaster who started out as a show jumper has a fluid and easy way of going in the dressage arena.  With winnings of £1,800.00 under his belt he was jumping at 1.30m.  He still jumps well  but has taken to his new career in the dressage ring and it seems that this is where his strengths lie. Established lateral work and a big heart, this handsome bay gelding is definitely an ideal ladies ride even though his stands at 17.2hh.

For Professional or Amateur Dressage rider a stunning 4 year old by Charmer

An adorable attitude to work and life defines this super talented four year old Dutch Warmblood gelding who would suit a professional looking for serious competition horse or, equally, an ambitious amateur looking to secure a rising star.

This 16.2hh liver chestnut gelding holds your eye taking everything in his stride and tuning into his rider.  He loves hacking and is not spooky, he turns out and works well in the arena.  At his first British dressage Show he scored 71.96 (riding HC).

See more great photos of this horse and contact Joe through his Horses for Sale Profile page on Horse Scout here.

A Serious Dressage Horse for the Future by Glocks Johnson

Stunning grey gelding by Glock’s Johnson the 5* Grand Prix Stallion, this established dressage horse stands 17.1hh.  With a light uphill carriage he makes the right statement in the ring supported by his enviable scores at the Addington Premier League Shearwater Qualifier.  He scored 8.5 for both his attitude to work and his trot with 8.4 for his walk and a great score of 8.6 for his canter.  A testament to his way of going at such a young age. His temperament will make him a candidate for an amateur rider and his talent will attract the professionals.

Take a look at the sales profile for this horse here on Horse Scout

Details about Joe Bright and his training and livery yard are also advertised on Horse Scout. Follow Joe Bright and the horses he produced by networking with him, and other professional producers on Horse Scout. Joe Bright Dressage

For these and other Dressage horses visit our horses for sale pages on Horse Scout

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Music to your ears – Jazz

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Horse Scout Bulletin Board:

We have several horses on the “Horses For Sale Pages” at the moment, all with top breeding and three, in particular, are directly related to Elite KWPN Stallion “Jazz”

Grand Prix Keur Stallion Jazz is a foundation stallion of the highest Caliber, reading back through our blogs his name crops up again and again. (click through here to see Horse Scout Listed horses who are related Jazz)

There is a great article about him in #Eurodressage with the telling strap line “Jazz Offspring Bred For The Elite” a direct quote from their article “Described in his approval as honest, reliable, temperamental, Jazz is known as a horse that likes to look at everything yet those who have shared an intimate relationship with a Jazz foal believe that his sensitivity is also his greatest strength. “I love horses by Jazz!” exclaimed Olympic silver medalist Adelinde Cornelissen. “I know they are sharp and can really be quick but in the end that is also their strength!””

The two photos above show a two 4 year olds;

A 16.1hh Danish Warmblood mare by Blue Hors Don Olymbrio (Jazz/ Donnerhall) – With Assouline Dressage Colne Engaine , Essex, is  described as a light moving mare with outstanding temperament and looks.

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Based in South Yorkshire a stunning Weltmeyer/Johnson/Jazz  4 year old 6.2hh Chestnut Gelding. Would easily make Prix St Geroges/Inter 1, has bags of potential for the future. Simply stunning, and eft him a little longer than normal to grow and develop naturally, is now ready to start an exciting future. Three fabulous paces with big extravagant movement, showing lots of natural elevation with an excellent hind leg and seems very balanced.

Also listed is as for sale is a ‘talented beautiful’ stallion listed by Renske Lankreijer from RMC Horses – Zeewolde Holland also by the Jazz X Don schufro