By Eva Maria Broomer / AES
As the only studbook with all its teams in the medals, the Anglo European Studbook truly made its marks at the inaugural WBFSH Studbooks Global Champions Trophy at the Longines Jan Tops International Arena in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands.
The only studbook from Britain to participate, the AES fielded teams in the five-, six-, and seven-year-old classes. According to Lucy Simpson, AES evaluator and team selector ““We didn’t have a lot of time from the original announcement in June to put together our teams, but everyone has been enormously supportive of the concept and enthusiastic. We would like to thank everyone who participated for all their efforts in putting their horses forward and bringing them all the way to Holland. We could not be prouder of them all.”
It is perhaps not surprising that the team of five-year-old horses were the ones to find the step up to the international arena and big atmosphere at Valkenswaard initially challenging. The team nevertheless managed to finish in a very respectable sixth place overall after the qualifiers. The most improved horse in this group was the mare Moneypenny (Golden Eye x Classe), bred by Carron Nicol whose son, Leo Lamb, was piloting horses in the six- and seven-year-old teams. Following disqualification in round one, the mare showed a great improvement in round two and, really finding her stride and focus by the end. Moneypenny had been awarded an Elite score at the British Breeding Futurity as a foal, identifying her as a youngster with international potential.
In end the AES five-year-old team claimed third place in the 1m30 final of 10 teams with a total of eight faults, only one fence behind the winners, the Hanoverian Association on four. Katie Speller with Breen Equestrian’s Z7 Pink Panther (Cuick Star Kervec x Obos Quality) jumped clear, while Tom Dovkants with Moneypenny and Danielle Ryder’s stallion Espeshelli (Zambesi TN x Karandasj) each collected four faults... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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