Chilli Morning: Britain’s hottest eventing property

Eventing leaders Willian Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning.
William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. © Rolex

Flashy chestnut eventer Chilli Morning became the first stallion to win a major four-star event – and there were even some of his kids at Badminton competing.

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning, second place after the dressage.
William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. © Nigel Goddard

Ridden by William Fox-Pitt, the graded British Sport Horse stallion took out the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials at the weekend, finishing on his sub 40 dressage score.

The combination had been in second place until the final jumping phase, where they went clear. Leader Andrew Nicholson and Nereo had to jump clear to win the title, but dropped three rails to finish sixth overall, handing the sought-after Badminton trophy to Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning.

The 16.3hh stallion also won individual Bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France and won the dressage at 2014 Rolex, Kentucky.

Owned by Christopher and Lisa Stone, the 15-year-old German bred horse is a Trakehner cross Brandenburg stallion but is 56.25% thoroughbred. He is by the Thoroughbred Phantomic, (a son of Secreto, by Northern Dancer) out of Koralle who is from a very successful Trakehner family and by the jumping stallion Kolibri. Koralle’s line goes back to Kassette, one of the few survivors of the war-time trek from East Prussia and who has had an important role in modern Trakehner breeding. The damline also includes two important stallions – Donauwind, sire of Olympic gold medal showjumper Abdullah, and Ibikus, four time winner of the German Riding Championships.

Chilli Morning was produced to four-star level by Nick Gauntlett, and before Fox-Pitt took over the ride, he was with Mary King for a time. Chilli’s first start with Fox-Pitt was in May 2012.

His oldest progeny are now seven-year-olds, and are in competition – including at Badminton this year in the Burghley Young Event Horse Class.  Two horses based with Karin Donckers – Jalapeno and Chilli Pepper II – placed in the Belgian 5yo championships in 2013, and Wickstead Kangaroo, owned by Paul and Georgina Tapner, has made a good early start to his career.

His frozen semen is available in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, with a fee of £1000 + tax.

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2 thoughts on “Chilli Morning: Britain’s hottest eventing property

  • May 13, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Chilli Morning also goes back to The Tetrach through the sire line.

  • May 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Please could you tell me who is the agent for semen for Chilli Morning in New Zealand?


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