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The British Eventing Young Horse leagues winners 2023 announced

British Eventing is delighted to announce the 2023 winners of The Howden Way Young Horse Leagues.

Launched last year, The Howden Way Young Horse Leagues recognise the achievements of young horses as they develop, with leagues for 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses, plus a combined league for 8- & 9-year-olds. The leagues, powered by Equiratings, are based on a Power Based Average algorithm (PBA). Taking the average of a horse’s three best finishing scores at their respective level, the PBA highlights consistency.

THE HOWDEN WAY 5-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE

Our 5-year-old League Champions are Holly Woodhead and Irish-bred gelding Jagerbomb PH (Womanizer x Desir de L’Espirit) owned by Linda Penfold. For this league, the PBA is calculated using the three best finishing scores from all 2023 British Eventing competitions at BE100, BE105 and CCI1* levels. Holly and Jagerbomb finished with a PBA of 22.9 which came from 18.8 at Burgham International, 28.8 at West Wilts (2) and 21 at Oasby (2) – all winning scores.

“I found ‘Bomber’ in Ireland as an unbacked three-year-old, and rang a very fantastic owner Linda Penfold and said I think we should go get him,” told Holly. “He really stood out with a lovely look in his eye, three good paces and a lovely athletic jump. He is a very exciting horse for the future and I would love to have him go to Le Lion as a seven-year-old. Next year, will be aiming for solid results at novice and a 2*.”

  1. Jagerbomb PH, Holly Woodhead, 18.8, 21, 28.8 = 22.9
  2. PRF Made In England, Lucinda Atkinson 22.3, 24.8, 26.4 = 24.5
  3. Happy Time, Michael Winter 23.3, 25.3, 26.1 = 24.9

THE HOWDEN WAY 6-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE

The 6-year-old League was topped by Katie Magee and Irish-bred gelding Cushlas Indigo (Imperial Heights x Olovo’s Love Me Do), owned by Sharon Parnaby. The three best finishing scores for the 6-year-olds are taken from results at Novice, CCI2*-S and CCI2*-L. The pair landed a 24.3 at Breckenbrough, 21.8 at Alnwick Ford (1) and 21.9 at Burgham international.

“He’s been fab – you never know how they are going to step up but he’s been a good boy all year,” said Katie. “I’ve had him since the end of his five-year-old year. He’s definitely a little sharper as he gets older and fitter, but he’s good in all three phases and has been good to produce. He’s got lovely paces and is a nice-looking horse. We’ll try and aim him towards qualifying for Le Lion.”

  1. Cushlas Indigo, Katie Magee 21.8, 21.9, 26.5 = 23.4
  2. Mojo, Mollie Summerland 20.3, 25.3, 27.4 = 24.3
  3. Kantango, Kitty King 23.1, 25.2, 26.1 = 24.8

THE HOWDEN WAY 7-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE

This league counts the three best scores from Intermediate, CCI3*-S and CCI3*-L. It was Sarah Bullimore and British-bred Corimiro who topped the league with a PBA of 26.1. Their scores came from a 31.8 at Aston le Walls (1), a 23.6 at Little Downham International (3) and 22.8 at Kelsall Hill (2). The gelding by Amiro Z out of Lilly Corinne is owned by Brett Bullimore, Bruce Saint and Christopher and Susan Gillespie.

“He missed a lot of the season to the abandoned events and then caught a virus in the middle of the year, and then came out and was very excited, so it hasn’t been a smooth season,” told Sarah. “He is an awesome horse and top class. The 8 & 9 year old class at Blenheim will be the aim for next year.  He is a pleasure to ride and makes me smile every time I sit on him and is quite a personality with it. He’s into everything and likes to be kept busy so I’m not sure how long he’ll be on holiday for!”

  1. Corimiro, Sarah Bullimore 22.8, 23.6, 31.8 = 26.1
  2. Hathaway Royale, Izzy Taylor 22.1, 31.9, 32.7 = 28.9
  3. Midnight Endeavour, Tom Jackson 28.3, 30.4, 30.7 = 29.8

THE HOWDEN WAY EIGHT & NINE-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE

For the 8 & 9-year-old League, the PBA is calculated using the three best finishing scores from all 2023 British Eventing competitions at Advanced, CCI4*-S and CCI4*-L levels. Our 2023 Champions are Selina Milnes and Irish-bred Cooley Snapchat who finished with a PBA of 37.6. Their scores came from a 29.8 at Kelshall Hill International (1), a 24.1 at Tweseldown and a 29.9 at Boekelo. The gelding by Kannan out of Arabee Arkansas is owned by Mr and Mrs William Rucker.

“We bought him from the Cooley Stud as a four-year-old and produced him,” said Selina. “He is seriously talented. He’s been pretty easy but can be a bit sharp in the winter and when he comes out at the start of the season. He is very consistent in all three phases although we will aim to knock a few marks off our dressage scores next season. He is a very good jumper and quick cross country because he’s not strong. The plan next year is to do a 4* long early season. He’s on the radar for Paris so it would be nice for him to be shortlisted. Then I’d like to do a five star with him.”

  1. Cooley Snapchat, Selina Milnes 33.8, 34.9, 44.1 = 37.6
  2. Plot Twist B, Tom Jackson 35.4, 36.1, 43.9 = 38.5
  3. DHI Jackpot, Vittoria Panizzon 36.2, 37.4, 44.9 = 39.5

To access the leagues, visit The Howden Way Young Horse Academy page here.

For more information on The Howden Way and all that it offers all British Eventing members, from regional training through to talent and young horse academies, click here.

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