NEWs

British-bred mare lands six-year-old title at Le Lion d’Angers Young Horse Championships

A foot-perfect clear cross country inside the time, and just 0.8 time faults show jumping added to a 26.1 dressage, saw Izzy Taylor and Johnny Hornby’s British-bred mare Barrington Alice land the six-year-old title at the FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championships Lion D’Angers 2023.

“What a superstar,” Izzy said. “I’m so proud of this fantastic mare winning at Mondial Du Lion, and I’m absolutely thrilled for my owners Barrington Sports Horses and Alice’s breeder Susie Holroyd. Alice is an incredibly talented young horse with a very trainable brain and a seriously exciting future ahead of her. ”

The win tops a fabulous season for the grey mare who hasn’t finished out of the top three at novice and intermediate level, as well as landing a third in the CCI-S 2* at Nunney International followed by 11th in the CCI-S YH2* (6YO) at Cornbury House International & Young Horse Championships.

France’s Stephane Landois and Hermes Du Gevaudan were second with 27.7, while Amanda Goldsbury and Cooley On Ice were third with 28.8 for New Zealand.

Kitty King and Kantango (owned by Penelope Holley, Joanna Jones, Jane Boggis and Jane Tolley) had an unfortunate four faults show jumping which dropped them down from third after cross country to eventual sixth on a score of 30.4, while Mollie Summerland and Mojo (owned by Mark Johns, Ginnie Wellings, Jane Grover and Oliver Wood), who were leaders after dressage and cross country, added eight faults show jumping to finish in ninth on 33.1.

In the seven-year-old ranks, Caroline Harris (pictured above) and Karen Dunford, Dinah Posford and Gail Sinclair’s Cooley Mosstown were best of the Brits, finishing on their dressage of 28.9 after a flawless double clear.

“I am absolutely delighted with him, he gave me absolutely everything he could for where he’s at in his training, but the exciting thing is I know there is still so much more to come,” said a delighted Caroline. “He’s got a brilliant brain and just takes everything in his stride. I couldn’t be more delighted for his owners who have all been such huge supporters of mine and I am so grateful to them.”

Caroline finished behind winners Thomas Carlile and Golden De Beliard for France (28.3), Belgium’s Lara De Liedekerke-Meier and Kiarado D’Arville in second (28.4) and France’s Astier Nicolas and Gravure De La Mouline in third (28.7).

Max Warburton and United 36 (owned by Michael Stenning) landed a top 10 placing, finishing eighth after adding 2.4 time penalties cross country and 1.2 time penalties show jumping to his 28.1 dressage for a total score of 31.7.

A total of 6.4 time penalties cross country saw Alex Bragg and Keith Lovelock’s stallion Masterclass drop from second after dressage to 13th, but a clear show jumping round lifted them to eventual 10th on 32.4.

For the full list of results, visit https://results.worldsporttiming.com/event/172

Image of Izzy Taylor and Barrington Alice courtesy of Peter Nixon

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