Ireland has scooped the top two places in the Five-Year-Old final at the World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses at Lanaken, with Greg Broderick winning gold with Arraghbeg Clover and Bertram Allen taking the Silver medal.
Thursday and Friday’s classes saw 242 horse and rider combinations compete for a place in Sunday’s prestigious final of the WBFSH (World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses) class.
Sixty-three combinations successfully qualified for the chance to take on the challenging course in the final with 25 making it through to the jump off. The gold-medal-winning partnership of Greg Broderick and the ISH Arraghbeg Clover were 18th to go, and they set an unmerciful target when breaking the beam in 39.72 seconds after a scorching round in which the Tipperary rider took every risk. This mare, by Captain Clover who is a son of the legendary Irish stallion Clover Hill, has a mix of breeding that combines the toughness of the Irish horse with the quality of the thoroughbred, Bonnie Prince, on his dam’s side and with the Dutch influence of Animo.
Fellow-Irishman, 18-year-old Bertram Allen, clinched the silver medal spot with the KWPN gelding Castlefield Denver – Quasimodo Z x Ulft, owned by Ballywalter Farms. They broke the beam in 40.86 seconds while French rider, Guillaume Batillat took the bronze with the BWP mare Invisible Star – Winningmood van de Arenberg x Skippy ll – who competed for Les Ecuries d’Ecaussinnes and was less than two seconds slower in the timed round.
Broderick, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday, is a prolific producer of good Irish horses and Arraghbeg Clover has earned €19,000 in prizemoney in the last few months having won the Irish Sport Horse Studbook 5-Year-Old League and the Breeders Classic, while also finishing third in her age category at Dublin Horse Show in August. Arraghbeg Clover – Captain Clover x Bonnie Prince – is jointly-owned by her rider and Declan Orpen.
In the 6 Year Old final, Bertram Allan also won for Ireland on the Dutch Riding Horse and Pony Studbook (NRPS) stallion Barnike (Baldwin B x Animo), owned by Ballywalter Farm.
The winning horse was purchased from Enda Carroll at Ashford Farm in Belgium a few months ago and had only competed at three shows with his new rider. “We never jumped higher than 1.10m or 1.15m before. The two qualifying classes were not too difficult, but the Final was really big so I didn’t know what to expect today. As it turned out, he just has so much scope!” Allen said.
KWPN horses, ridden by Dutch riders, took silver and bronze. The bay mare Calimera – Van Gogh x Perion – owned by M. Willems and Stal Ger Poels, clinched the silver with Marcel Willems on board. “It seems I’m always second with this horse!” Willems said. “We were second in the Dutch Young Horse Championship this year as well!”.
The bronze medal went to the bay stallion Cidane – Heartbreaker x G. Ramiro Z – ridden by Kristian Houwen for owners J.C Boekee and Houwen Sporthorses BV. “I did everything I could, but I couldn’t have gone any faster,” said Houwen of his ride against the clock. “Bertram went for it from the beginning to the very end, and he never took a pull with his horse,” he said.
The Seven-Year-Old final was dominated by Belgian-based riders, with gold going to Gudrun Patteet and Sea Coast Atlantic, (sBs), a gelding by Schilling, taking gold, Jos Lansink and Bacardi VDL (KWPN by Corland) in silver, and Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa third on the Zangerscheide mare GC Atlanta (by Andiamo).
Riding the SBS gelding, Sea Coast Atlantic – Schilling x Aramis de la Cense – Patteet was undisputed in the race against the clock when breaking the beam in 40.76 and leaving the full course intact. The 28-year-old rider talked about the chestnut horse who is owned by Sea Coast Horses – “we bought him a year ago and a lot of people didn’t believe in him. He’s not beautiful but he has a lot of quality and he even helped me on the course today when I had a wrong distance in the jump-off – he just went for it!” Patteet said.
Lansink was delighted with the silver medal won by VDL Stud’s stallion Bacardi VDL – Corland x Kannan – representing the KWPN Studbook. “I saw this horse as a five-year-old and wanted to buy him, but eventually VDL sent him to my stable instead. This is a horse that will do very big classes later in his career, but I didn’t go for it in the jump-off today. He still spends too much time in the air and he wasn’t ready for it, so I went for a nice clear round instead,” said the 2006 World Champion. The chestnut Bacardi VDL is an approved stallion but has not yet been used for breeding. Lansink said he expects he will begin breeding next year.
Rodrigo Pessoa steered Gustavo Mirabal’s chestnut mare, GC Atlanta Z – Andiamo Z x Heartbreaker – into bronze. This pair produced the quickest time in the jump-off when clearing the line in 37.66 seconds, but they left one fence on the floor.
The FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses are the brainchild of Leon Melchior of Zangersheide Stud where the event takes place, so it is particularly satisfying when horses carrying the stud’s world-famous banner take a spot on the medal podium as they have done many times before.
GC Atlanta Z was bought at an auction in Lummen, Belgium and produced many good results in Wellington, Florida, USA early this year. “She’s very fast and she’s really careful, not a 1.60m horse but she’ll be a real winner at 1.40m and 1.50m,” Pessoa said.
“She has the character of a chestnut mare, sometimes you have to do what she wants, although I tell her she also has to listen to me a little – she has great quality, and she’s a fighter,” the rider said. The mare will now return to the USA and will take a break before being prepared for the Florida circuit once again this winter.
• Despite some poor weather earlier in the week, the event attracted another enormous crowd of enthusiastic breeders, producers, riders, trainers, owners and experts from around the globe who thoroughly enjoyed their annual reunion on Belgian soil. These Championships have long been recognised as the perfect place to share ideas, and compare the merit, development, innovation and success of the studbooks, old and new, which produce the latest stars of our modern sport of Jumping.
A total of 54 stallions participated in the WBFSH Sires of the World class. Eleven were fault-free in the first round, with the title going to Belgian Gregory Wathelet and the sBs stallion Riesling du Monselet. In second was Germany’s Tim Rieskamp-Goedeking with Quartz 7 (Zangersheide), and third was Christian Ahlmann with Asca Z (Holsteiner).
The Irish Sport Horse (ISH) Studbook also won 5 Year Old Consolation classes at the championships on Saturday when Alexander Butler prevailed aboard the Tinaranas Inspector (WEFSF) mare Talks Cheap (ISH). There was a significant increase in the number of 5 year olds at the Championships this year with a 26.4% increase in the numbers from last year. The starting field in the 5 Year Old Consolation numbered 148 and Butler led from the midway point. Putting in a faultless performance, he crossed the finish line with just under two seconds to spare proving unbeatable for the remainder of the field.
Reporting: Louise Parkes; Horse Sport Ireland; WBFSH
Five-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Arraghbeg Clover (Studbook ISH) Greg Broderick IRL 0/0 39.72; SILVER - Castlefield Denver (Studbook KWPN) Bertram Allen IRL 0/0 40.88; BRONZE - Invisible Star (Studbook BWP) Guillaume Batillat FRA 0/0 42.40.
Six-Year-Old Final: GOLD - Barnike (Studbook NRPS) Bertram Allen IRL 0/0 37.71; SILVER - Calimera (Studbook KWPN) Marcel Willems NED 0/0 39.22; BRONZE - Cidane (Studbook KWPN) Kristian Houwen NED 0/0 39.28.
Seven-Year-Old Final: GOLD – Sea Coast Atlantic (Studbook SBS) Gudrun Patteet BEL 0/0 40.76; SILVER – Bacardi VDL (Studbook KWPN) Jos Lansink BEL; BRONZE – GC Atlanta Z (Studbook ZANG) Rodrigo Pessoa BRA 0/4 37.66.