British-bred horse tops UK eventing rankings

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Louise Harwood and Whitson
Louise Harwood and Whitson. © Al Crook

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.

Louise Harwood and Whitson
Louise Harwood and Whitson

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

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