The British Horse Foundation / Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2014 breeder’s prize for the highest placed British bred horse has been awarded to Andrew Nicholson for his homebred Burghley winner, Avebury, owned by Mr Mark Barlow and Mrs Rosemary Barlow. This is the third consecutive year Andrew and Avebury have won the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and in doing so, taken home the Burghley British bred breeders prize.
Avebury, registered with Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain (SHBGB) has now amassed over 2,000 British Eventing points, his Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials victory this year followed on from wins earlier in the season in the Barbury CIC3* event and the British Open Championships at Gatcombe.
A cheque for £1000, which comes from the proceeds of the annual Breeders Awards Dinner held every January, was sent to Andrew immediately after Burghley in recognition of this 14 year old grey gelding by renowned event stallion Jumbo, out of 2008 Breeders Awards Dinner outstanding broodmare award winner, Bairn Free (by Bairn (USA).
Andrew bought the thoroughbred, Bairn Free, out of training, she won and was placed in Novice events with Andrew (under the name Memento) and was then put in foal. “I really value a good amount of thoroughbred blood in an event horse” said Andrew. “When the cross country gets longer, at 3* and above, the thoroughbred blood is what you need to make both the distance and the time”.
Andrew sold Bairn Free to Mark Chamberlayne in 2001, she has proved to be a consistent brood mare with several progeny who are competing at the highest levels. Andrew has a full brother to Avebury, the 11 year old Tristar II who has won at advanced level and also finished 11th at Bramham in 2012. Mark Chamberlayne owns and bred Avebury’s half-brother, the nine year old gelding Tomaz Gudanov by Baryshnikov who has competed to advanced level. Sadly Bairn Free died in 2006.
Avebury’s sire, Jumbo, is an International Advanced Eventer who has sired Badminton, Burghley, Bramham, Blenheim, Saumur and Rolex Kentucky winners, including dual 4* winner, Headley Britannia. He stands at the Grafham Stud in Devon for owner Carolyn Bates. He was the top sire of young eventers for the 2013 season in the British Eventing stallion rankings and stands 2nd top eventing sire of all time, in the British Eventing all-time top sire rankings.
Breeders’ Awards Dinner Chairman, Desi Dillingham, said “we are delighted to be able to offer this prize. British breeders are really beginning to reap the rewards for the talented horses they are consistently breeding”.
For more information on this and other awards available for breeders of British bred horses please visit www.bef.co.uk/British_Breeding