Talent, scope and future stars - it has to be the British Young Horse Championships

Talent, scope, rideability and bloodlines. The British Young Horse Championships at Addington had it all.

David McPherson headed the seven-year-old championship with the scopey, impressive Sirocco VII, a gelding with Balou du Rouet/Guidam bloodlines.

The pair also collected a HOYS talentseekers ticket. The seven-year-old was purchased by owner Alan Burnell two years ago from breeder Sarah Williams – who claims the £1,500 breeder’s award.

“He’s phenomenal,” said David.

Alex Gill took second, the final HOYS talentseekers place on offer and the second-placed British breeder award for Billy Stud on the Billy Congo daughter Billy Fraulein.

Phillip Miller took third on the Moschino-sired Roulette H, Holly Brougham claimed fourth aboard ElvisV and fifth went to Stuart Harvey on Egbert. Jumping clears every day to share the £4,000 bonus was Alex Gill in sixth on Billy Chatter and Aelx Thompson with Cathalina.

Mennell Watson claimed the first stallion and mare eight-year-old and over class on the consistent stallion Whisper In the Wind. The eight-year-old with Cobretti/Mr Majestic bloodlines took the leading rider award at Shrewsbury Flower Show a week earlier.

A total of 11 from 27 starters reached the jump-off with Mennell taking the top spot by an impressive margin. Last to go Chad Fellows challenged with Beat Me but was 1.73 sec in arrears for second and also picked up the top mare’s £500 bonus.

Laura Renwick on the stallion Utrillo De Breve took third with Philip Spivey on Tracey and Greg Forrest’s home-bred Darya I Nur in fourth. Amy Inglis was fifth on Wishes and Helen Tredwell eased Larksong into sixth.

And Mennell was in the mix on day two, taking fourth on Whisper to claim the stallion bonus of £500 for the second day running.

Laura Renwick headed the five-horse jump-off on MHS Washington, an Obos Quality eight-year-old jumping five star.

“It was a sweetener, but the course was decent enough,” said Laura on Bob Ellis’ 13-fence track.

Yazmin Davis was second on the Guidam 12-year-old Zilverster, Laura Mantel was in third on Glory B V and Philip Spivey took fifth on Darya I Nur.

Lauren Edwards used her final draw to clear every fence on the Kannan/Grandilot daughter Kesara to take the British-bred six-year-old title. However, one time fault marred their foot-perfect round and they missed out on the clear round bonus.

“There’s a bigger picture, she’s a future grand prix horse so I’m producing her and never push her against the clock,” said Lauren, who has the backing and full agreement of owner/breeders Kevin Cooper and Andy Doswell, British breeders prize claimants.

Aoife O’Connor took second with Billy Du Montois – by Cevin Z and out of William Funnell’s former International ride Amber Du Montois – and Zak Beesley claimed third on Billy Mexico-sired Billy Kodak. Emily Mason was fourth on Laura Renwick’s home-bred Arkuga – by Arko and out of Laura’s brilliant speed mare Beluga – with Zoe Adams fifth on Manderville Crescendo and Harry Bateman in sixth aboard Anvils Every Little Helps.

Chloe Reynolds posted the sole double clear for the non British-bred five-year-old title on Grenadier Volo, and they picked up the £4,000 clears-every-day bonus. The Numero Uno/Quidam De Revel gelding was bought from Nick Benterman two years ago.

“He’s little, only 15.2hh, and it’s the only reason we managed to buy him, he’d have been out of our price range,” said Chloe.

Julie Welles took second with the Valentino/Lordanos mare Vienna and Michael Fursedonn on Nirvana Vant Vossenhof Z, a Nonstop/Caritano Z mare, was third. Carron Nicol took fourth on new ride Galerius – a Diamant De Semilly/Sandro Boy stallion, Danielle Ryder on the Untouched/Cardento mare Grand Touched Numo finished fifth with Shane O’Reilly sixth on Di Caprio.

Derek Morton claimed the non British-bred six-year-old championship on the Casall/Corrado I stallion Aegis Water’s Cadenza, who stands over 18hh.

“He’s enormous and has taken time to get it together, but he’s always had a phenomenal jump,” said Derek.

David McPherson took second and a half share of the £2,000 clear round bonus with the Carlo gelding Carlosspri.

Rachael Connor was in third in the 10-horse decider on Zaha and fifth aboard Fantastic. Michaela Webb took fourth on Eluci Gene with Dan Delsart sixth with Diamants Aurora.

Aoife O’Connor topped the British-bred six-year-old aboard Billy Stud’s Billy Penny, a Chacco Blue/Kannan mare. Their final clear also earned the other half of the all-clears bonus – a handsome £2,000.

“She’s easy to keep in a good rhythm and simple to ride,” said Aoife, who has been based with William Funnell since January.

Helen Tredwell took second on Philip Tuckwell’s Cornet’s Stern gelding Galtur with Alex Gill on Billy Porter third, Mark Williams and Greenacres Diadora fourth and Ben Walker aboard Warratino in fifth in the five-horse decider.

Seventeen four-year-olds shared first and the bonus prize in the final – 11 non British-bred horses jumping double clear alongside six British-breds.

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