Dutch mare Azarah wins young event horse title

September 5, 2009

For just the third time a mare has won a Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse final at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Alex Postolowsky rode the Dutch-bred black mare Azarah to victory in the 36-strong four-year-old class. The combination went into the final section with a strong lead after the mare with Concorde and Corland bloodlines scored highly in the jumping section. Postolowsky took the ride on in February for Yorkshire based owner Rachael Evison who bought her as a two-year-old from auction in Holland.

"I bought her to show jump and then bred a foal from her using my former international jumper Contiki that I used to compete," said Evison.

"I sent her to Alex in February as I thought she could do well in this class and this is all she has done - she is just unflappable."

It will be a double celebration for the Billy Stud after a close second place for Pippa Funnell and Billy Buck - the full brother to her second placed five-year-old Billy Beware. Both are by international show jumper Kannan out of a half-bred Cavalier mare. Like his brother, Billy Buck also gained top marks in the final section.

"He is quite similar to him and definitely one I want to go eventing - you put fences in front of him and he jumps," said Funnell, "He has a lovely attitude".

Jane Starkey's homebred mare Miss Grace who under Matthew Heath gained the highest dressage mark in this class, was third. The chestnut mare, the last of 12, is by the British-based Dutch-bred stallion Monte Carlo.

Mares made their mark in this class; Angela Mace's grey Dimaggio daughter Faerie Dianimo out of the Catherston Dazzler mare Faerie Dancer was fourth and the Puddick's homebred Concerto mare The Corn Dolly ninth.