Former series sponsors Lycetts have supported this prestigious initiative showcasing equine stars of the future over the past four years. Lycetts, an independently operated rural insurance broker, have made the decision to diversify their sponsorship and as such will not continue to support BE’s Young Horse initiative.
The series sees qualifiers held throughout the season for Four and Five year old horses with Championships held at Osberton for Four, Five, Six and Seven year old horses. The Six and Seven year old Championships are run as International classes, offering a national equivalent to the World Six and Seven year old Championships at Le Lion D’Angers in France.
Mike Etherington-Smith, BE’s Chief Executive commented: “The support that Lycetts brought to the Young Horse series has played an integral part in boosting the profile of this important series for event horse breeding. Their boundless enthusiasm at qualifying events and the Championships at Osberton will be sadly missed.”
Former champions from the series include Billy Landretti who was successful for Pippa Funnell at 3* level including Hartpury and Chatsworth; Flying Machine who went on to win Blenheim’s 8/9 CIC3* class and 4th at Luhmühlen under Piggy French. Granntevka Prince was also a Young Horse Champion and is now competing four-star with Lucy Wiegersma having recently completed Burghley. Another former Young Horse Champion is William Fox-Pitt’s new four star ride, Chilli Morning, who was 4th at Pau in October.
British Eventing are now actively seeking new sponsorship for this popular breeding series; for more information please contact [email protected] or call 02476 69 88 62