Shirley Light’s Brendon Stud enjoyed great success in the showjumping classes on the third and final day of the 2021 NEXGEN Young Horse Championships (23-25 September) at Hickstead, West Sussex.
Shirley bred the Coldstream Seven-Year-Old Final winner, Emma Ziff’s Klent Kick On, who took the £2,000 first prize under Ben Walker.
The Warrior stallion is out of the British-bred Caretino Glory mare, Sussex Caretino, who won a lot with Philip Miller, with whom Ben is based.
“We bought him as a four-year-old, and he’s quietly come along ever since,” said Ben. “Every show he goes double clear; every time I’ve put him up a level he’s always jumped clear. He’s got the brightest brain - you only ever have to teach him something once, and has the calmest, loveliest temperament. He’s the dream - he’s got everything.
“That was probably the last class in which I will take him against the clock - I’m going to spend the next two weeks getting him ready for HOYS, where he’s got the Foxhunter and Talent Seekers’ Finals.”
Ben added: “Philip won this class last year on this horse’s sister, so I was under a bit of pressure to do the same today! The prize-money here at NEXGEN is fantastic, and at a really busy time of year, that does help you decide where to aim your horses.”
Klent Kick On’s full-brother, the Brendon Stud-bred Klent Spot On, was sixth in the Coldstream NEXGEN Five-Year-Old Final, and Brendon Stud also owned the Coldstream Six-Year-Old Final winner, Pandito Van’T Merelsnest Z.
“Wifi”, as the Plot Blue x Larino stallion is known at home, was bought by Shirley Light as a foal, and comes from the same damline as McLain Ward’s 2008 Olympic team gold medal winner Sapphire.
Wifi was ridden at Hickstead by Morgan Shirley, who said: “He’s always wanted to jump clear. He’s naturally quick and super-careful. I’ve had a bit of time off, so he’s given me a nice big win to come back to.”
“He’s extra-special, and so easy - he has a beautiful temperament.”
Shirley Light said: “I think NEXGEN is a brilliant idea, and I will do whatever I can to support it.”
The Coldstream Five-Year-Old Final went to Keith Doyle and Renkum Oriana, a chestnut Baloubet Junior x Renkum Off Centre mare.
Keith said: “She’s absolutely drop-dead gorgeous to do anything with - an old head on young shoulders. The good thing about her was that when the fences got a bit taller in the second round, she jumped even better than she had in the first round, which is very encouraging.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in her, because everywhere she’s gone, she does everything with a smile on her face, which attracts clients.
This was Keith’s first visit to the NEXGEN finals, which is in its second year.
He said: “I love the format, the show has a great feel and it’s great to be jumping on this surface at Hickstead. The prize-money is great - it exceeds anything elsewhere, and I give a lot of credit to the organisers for that.”
Canterbury-based Charlotte Foreman took the Coldstream Four-Year-Old Final and its £1,600 first prize on the Diamant De Semilly x Quickstar mare Diamantine Z.
The NEXGEN series of classes for young showjumpers, dressage horses and eventers was launched last year, and riders have praised its format and the excellent prize-money on offer for each of the four age classes at the Hickstead final.
NEXGEN director Victoria Wright said: “We’ve had a brilliant three days with great feedback from riders and owners. This is a new series showcasing the very best of British-based equine talent in the three Olympic disciplines, and we have big plans and high hopes for the future; we’d like to emulate Germany’s Bundeschampionnat, and we will keep working towards producing an event of that significance.”
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