By Sally Reid
Photography: Take The Moment Photography
For some time now, Uriko (Untouchable - Wizzard x Lavito) had been considered an insider tip among breeders. But these times are long gone as, by now, a number of top (international) showjumping riders already have an offspring by Uriko in their stable.
Victory in the 2021 CCI4*-L national four-star championship to claim the Wills Trophy was Trudeau (Magistad - Clarity x Valiant SF), a 14-year-old gelding with Hanoverian, Selle Français, Arab, and Thoroughbred blood. He was bred by his owner, dressage judge Winky Foley, and is ridden by former Olympian Matthew Grayling. The Taupo cross-country track was designed by Chris Ross, and was a proper test of talent. After the event, Grayling said; “It’s as tough as you get. People underestimate what we do in New Zealand.”
Trudeau had a CCI4*-S win at Taupo last year, won the three-star at Kihikihi in 2019, as well as the Taupo CIC3* in 2018. His sire, Magistad (Silver Reflection xo - Sorello x Allermund) is an Arabian-Warmblood cross, while his dam-sire Allermund (Absatz - StPrSt Alcantara x Aumund) was one of the first Hanoverians to arrive in New Zealand. Magistad himself has a licensed Warmblood sire son, Never Never (out of Song Line x Wohler II), and both stallions have produced winning offspring.
Trudeau’s dam, Clarity is a granddaughter of the great Galoubet A; her sire, Valiant (Galoubet A x Bravisimo xx x Bang Up xx) was imported from the USA and has four-star rating with the NZWA.
Second place went to Belmont Holy Smoke xx (Faltaat xx - Flaring Star xx x Dehere xx), a 12-year-old gelding bred by Grangewilliam Stud in Taranaki. He is owned by Clive Long and ridden by Abigail Long, and has a very good competition record, including a CCI4*-S at Matamata recently and the three-star title at the North Island Championships.
The graceful gelding Artist xx (Guillotine xx - Maxamore xx x Volksraad xx), who was bred by Windsor Park Stud and is owned by Monica Oakley and Mary Petersen took third place. He is ridden by Monica Oakley and at only nine years of age is still relatively young, but has had plenty of success, including the 4*-L win at Puhinui. His sire, Guillotine xx, has another good gelding son, DSE Cluny, who competes at the top level, and also sired the nine-year-old mare Cutting Edge xx, who finished second in this year’s three-star championship at Taupo (see below).
Anonymous (Anamour - Morning Star xx x Classic Fame xx) was fourth with his owner/rider Abby Lawrence. He is a 13-year-old Hanoverian, bred by Linda Hunt and sired by one of the most successful stallions ever to stand in this country. Anamour (Aalborg - Lucille x Lombard) was from Stamm 1189109 Schridde 439. He was bred at Zuchthof Bosch and stood for just 10 years here before his death in 2003. His list of winning progeny at the top levels of all three disciplines is simply huge.
Fifth to Thunder Cat (Littorio - Allie Cat x Otis), a 13-year-old Holsteiner-Thoroughbred cross, bred, owned and ridden by Christen Lane. His sire Littorio (Lord) is from Stamm 3558 and was the 1995 Verband grand champion. His dam, Allie Cat, is the daughter of a palomino stock horse and a Thoroughbred stallion who was also a very good eventer with wins at the former three-star level for Lane (née Hayde).
Rockin It xx (Traditionally xx - Tilga xx x Honour Grades xx), a 14-year-old gelding bred by D. and I. Mackay, finished sixth for Abbey Thompson... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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