Louise Harwood’s eventer Whitson has topped the Top 20 list of eventing horses in Britain, after his rider’s “best season ever”.
The 65 points Whitson won at Pau nudged the son of Cameo’s Reflection above triple Land Rover Burghley winner, Avebury.
Whitson, a bay 16.3hh gelding bred in Britain by Roy Baker, is owned by Baker and Emma Baker-Jones. He finished the year with 432 points, 56 ahead of Avebury.
Paul Ridgeon’s Armada and Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero share third place on 340 points.
“When I started the year I so didn’t expect he’d be finishing ahead of all those great four star horses,” Harwood said. “I had a leg operation in February so at the beginning of the season it was simply a case of seeing what I could do – I certainly didn’t think it was going to be my best season ever.
“Whitson being named as a reserve for WEG was very exciting, and having made nothing of the biggest fences at Pau I know he has plenty of scope. The real goal is to get the call-up for next year’s Europeans; all I have ever wanted is to represent my country and wear the Union flag. For Whitson to finish third in the Britannia League was great, but I am totally thrilled that he’s topped the main points table.”
Whitson’s breeder Roy Baker receives the the Wide Awake Trophy, named after Lucinda Green’s Badminton winner and presented to the breeder of the leading British bred horse. Baker also bred Whitson’s dam Castle Weir Rebel [by Coosheem Liam], and his Grand Dam, Spring Cruise [by Cruise Missile].
“I’m so proud of Whitson, and of Louise; long may it continue,” Baker said said. “I first set out to breed myself a hunter, and never expected the successes we have had over the years. Breeding event horses was almost an accident, although Whitson’s full brother Sam I Am is making his way up the grades with Paul Sims.
“Castle Weir Rebel, Whitson’s dam, was a successful show hunter, who competed at HOYS. Sadly we lost her last year, but she produced five lovely foals. Cameo’s Reflection, his sire, was owned and bred by John Rawding, who had always admired our mare on the show circuit, so it was an obvious place to go when choosing a sire.
“Our breeding days are probably over now, but we have had a lot of fun, and this in particular has been a wonderful season. Winning the Wide Awake trophy is the icing on the cake.”
Top 20 Horses 2014
|Position||Name, sire / dam sire||Owner/s country of origin||Points|
|1st||WHITSON||Roy Baker and Emma Baker-Jones||432|
|CAMEO’S REFLECTION / COOSHEEN LIAM||United Kingdom|
|2nd||AVEBURY||Mr Mark Barlow, Mrs Rosemary A Barlow||376|
|JUMBO / BAIRN||United Kingdom|
|3rd=||ARMADA||Mr Paul W Ridgeon||340|
|FINES / GOLFI||Spain|
|3rd=||BAY MY HERO||Mrs Catherine Witt||340|
|CULT HERO / TOMGAR POWER CREST||Ireland|
|5th||CLASSIC MOET||Mrs Trisha Rickards||336|
|CLASSIC / BOHEMOND||United Kingdom|
|6th||PAULANK BROCKAGH||Mrs Jules Carter, Steve and Dinah Posford, Mr Sam Griffiths||294|
|TOUCHDOWN / TRIGGERERO||Ireland|
|7th||KILRONAN||Mr Fred Barker, Mrs Penny Barker, Mr Paul Tapner||275|
|GHAREEB / DIAMOND LAD||Ireland|
|8th||IMPROVISE||Mrs Elisabeth Murdoch, Mrs Jenny Levett, Mrs Alison Butler||267|
|MASTER IMP / MARWOOD||Ireland|
|9th||DE NOVO NEWS||Mrs Kristina Cook, Mr Jim Chromiak||259|
|LAST NEWS /x QUOUGLOF ROUGE||United Kingdom|
|10th||CHILLI MORNING||Mr Christopher Stone||258|
|PHANTOMIC / KOLIBR||Germany|
|11th||WESKO||The Wesko Syndicate||253|
|KARANDASJ / MYTENS||Netherlands|
|12th=||FENYAS ELEGANCE||Mr P J Hegarty||246|
|RICARDO Z / GOOD THYNE||Ireland|
|12th=||KBIS BRIARLANDS MATILDA||Mr Guy N Avis||246|
|MILEY / GOOD APPLE||United Kingdom|
|14th||WILLY DO||Mrs Lucy Jackson, Mrs Gillian Greenlees||236|
|MATINEE DU MADON / HOPTON LANE||United Kingdom|
|15th=||ANNIE CLOVER||Mary and Barry Tweddle||233|
|NEWMARKET VENTURE / CLOVER HILL||Ireland|
|15th=||INDIAN MILL||Colm and Sally McGinn, Mr Paul Tapner||233|
|MILLKOM / INDIAN RIDGE||United Kingdom|
|17th||ONE TWO MANY||Mr Gerry Kemp, Mrs Mary Kemp, Mrs Janine Shewan||220|
|CHACOA / COLIN DIAMOND||Ireland|
|18th||ARCTIC SOUL||The Soul Syndicate||212|
|LUSO / ROI DANZIG||Ireland|
|19th||THE DEPUTY||Mrs Lucy Sangster, Selwood.com, Mrs Jonelle Price||211|
|CULT HERO / CALYPSO||Ireland|
|20th||BLACK TIE II||Miss Karyn Shuter||210|
|MUGHTANIM / BRILLANT INVADER||New Zealand|