Breeding, Eventing

Half of WEG Squad British Bred!


Three of the six horses selected for the Eventing squad for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) Eventing Championships in Normandy this summer are British bred.

Both Kristina Cook’s ride, De Novo News and Pippa Funnell’s ride, Billy Beware are home bred. Izzy Taylor will ride British bred Allercombe Ellie who was bred by Susan Holroyd. All three British bred horses are making their squad debuts in Normandy.

Allercombe Ellie, (Jumbo x Poetic Justice) is owned by Frances Carter and Susan Holroyd. She was bred by Susan Holroyd, out of Susan’s mare, My Last Edition, by former HIS stallion, Poetic Justice. Allercombe Ellie is one of several foals from My Last Edition, whose dam line goes back to Grade A showjumper, Late Night Extra and Little Mermaid who was third at Badminton in 1965. Four of the foals bred from My Last Edition have competed at British Eventing Intermediate level or higher.

De Novo News, (Last News x Quouglof Rouge) is owned by Jim Chromiak and his rider / breeder Kristina Cook. De Novo News is homebred by Kristina, out of her former four star mare, the Selle Francais, Douce de Longvaut. Imported from France as a young horse, Douce de Longvaut was a finalist at Le Lion-d’Angers as a 7 year old in 1998 and then went on to complete a clear cross country round at Burghley CCI4* in 2002.


Billy Beware, (Kannan x Cavalier) was bred by Pippa and William Funnell and Donal Barnwell of the Billy Stud. He is owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke and is the first progeny from the Billy Stud to represent the British Senior squad in Eventing. Billy Beware is out of the Cavalier mare, Dollar Day whose offspring also include grand prix showjumper Billy Grand.

British bred horses have become a regular feature on Great Britain’s Eventing squads in recent years and this new group of British bred squad horses have replaced the recently retired, Miners Frolic and Opposition Buzz. Other British bred horses that have represented Great Britain in Eventing in recent years include Cool Mountain and Jakatα.

The strength and depth of the talent being produced by British breeders is beginning to consistently reap rewards for the profile of British breeding.

Head of Equine Development at the BEF, Jan Rogers said “This new generation of British bred horses selected for the British squad is a testament to the thought, consistency and effort that goes into breeding these world class horses. It shows that British bred horses are here to stay, and linking the Futurity with the World Class Equine Pathway through the new, Equine Bridge means that we have a long term plan in place.”


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