On the second day, the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships offered riders the opportunity to contest the young horse classes in pursuit of the highly sought-after qualification tickets for the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken (BEL). Including the Horseware Ireland CSI2* 1.30m and the Hunter Woodshavings CSI1* 1.25m before closing the day with the impressive Al Shira’aa CSI2* 1.40m.
Joss Williams aboard Fourfields Darc Maxim (Vdl Douglas x Maxim Clearance), finishing clear of the field with just under two seconds in hand. The sixteen placed combinations included Sally Goding (GBR) on her home-bred mare Spring Willow, Jack Ryan (IRL) on Operette Van De Koeboek, followed by Humaid Abdulla Khalifa Al Muhairi (UAE) with Al Shira’aa’s own Chalina 9. The Ashdale Sports Horse 4-Year-Old Final saw a fair test in the International Arena, with ninety-four participants piloting an impressive field of future young talent at the beginning of promising careers. This now completes the qualifying stage of both 4-Year-Old classes with clear rounds from now on to Saturday’s final. Ridden to perfection and proving hard to beat, leading lady Laura Renwick and her home-bred mare, Symphony held the lead from the start finishing triumphantly in the Horseware Ireland CSI2* 1.30m, set in the Castle Arena. Continuing in fine form, the 8-year-old by Parco adds this win to her impressive record. James Smith and his relatively new ride Kung Fu Van’T Heike were finishing in second place, followed by Christopher Smith and the Indoctro mare Filandria in third.
The second Dallamires Stables 5-Year-Old Qualifier proved once again fruitful for John Renwick’s breeding program with his own Nfs Valentina (Arko x Dollar De La Pierre) winning in style with Megan James followed by John Crippen on Science Supplements Bennys Kelly. Laura Renwick in third with Nfs Angelina also bred and owned by John Renwick and out of the iconic stallion Arko III. Based on Laura and John Renwick, winner Megan said, “Nfs Valentina is naturally quick and super competitive, she’s on great form, fresh from winning the Pyecombe 5-Year-Old Championship. She’s the loveliest, easiest mare, bred to be a superstar of the future”.
Teamwork made the dreamwork for 16-year-old Madison Heath and her relatively new ride Bouncer in the Castle Arena, taking the top spot in the Hunter Woodshavings CSI1* 1.25m. The ground covering gelding, owned by George O’Shea, continued his winning ways at Bolesworth, following on from his victory with Madison at the Dodson & Horrell Bolesworth International Horse Show earlier in the year.
Trained by Geoff Billington and supported by top groom and Dad, Graham, Madison commented, “He’s very quick across the ground and happy to come on any line as long as I stay confident. We were against a lot of fast professionals today, so needed to push for the lines, keep going and hope for the best; he’s got a heart of gold and helps me out a lot”.
The Al Shira’aa CSI2* 1.40m class brought power and precision to the International Arena, with top riders Laura Renwick, Anthony Condon, and Angelie Von Essen all in the mix. Proving unbeatable against the clock was Irish rider Anthony Condon with John Hales’ prolific mare Zira vh Kapelhof Z. Closely followed in second place was Ava Vernon with Jolie Fleur Van De Noordheuvel, with third awarded to the on-form Laura Renwick with Jess Dimmock’s Haitske. Consistently placed in the last four Grand Prix classes at Bolesworth, Anthony commented on his winning mare, “Zira vh Kapelhof Z is naturally fast and ultra-careful, literally doesn’t want to touch the jumps. She’s fighting for the win as much as I am, which is such a quality. She’s a natural athlete who wants to win”. A proven performer in her own right, Anthony Condon’s ride Zira vh Kapelhof Z is the dam of Lot 3 SFS Arizona, by Anthony’s 1.60m stallion, SFS Aristio. The promising bay colt with exceptional parentage is available in the Science Supplements Bolesworth Elite Foal and Embryo Auction on Friday, 20th August.
Press release Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships