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Young Horses Take Centre Stage “Up North”
May 7, 2024

Osberton has long been synonymous with producing young horses for the world stage, as former host of the British Eventing Young Horse Championships.  For the new Spring fixture, BEDE Events once again welcomed dedicated classes for the young horses, not only in the form of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse qualifiers, but with the addition of a 6-year-old and 7-year-old class, as part of The Howden Way series.

Max Warburton once again delivered a stellar performance with Harriet Wright’s MBF Up North to secure the win in the 6-year-old series, running over Osberton’s new Novice track.  The combination are yet to finish outside of the top six as a partnership and have consistently produced flawless cross-country rounds in what has been a busy Spring season.

Of the win, Max Warburton commented:

“He’s a lovely horse and has been so consistent this year already.  I’m riding him for Harriet who’s just had a baby girl, so hoping I can keep him a good bit longer before she wants to steal him back!”

“It was great to have an Osberton spring event, and felt a very worthy replacement for Rockingham, so a huge thanks to the BEDE team.”

Warburton, who this week heads to Badminton to make his CCI5* debut, was no stranger to the podium placings at Osberton, also taking the win in the Dubarry BYEH 4-year-old qualifier with his own and Susie Berry’s Purple Rain.

“We only bought him in March and he’s very green, and probably wasn’t quite ready to go but he’s got a great brain and is so talented.  He’s a super athletic type and we’re very excited to have him going to Burghley.”

Katie Magee delivered a convincing win in the 7-year-old class, riding Sharon Parnaby’s Cushlas Indigo.  The partnership has been no stranger to success with no less than four wins in the 2023 season.  In only their second start of the season the pair rode 7.7 penalties clear of the field adding just 5.2-time penalties to their 29.8 dressage.

The new Spring Osberton International took the place of the cancelled Rockingham Horse Trials and gave organisers BEDE Events the opportunity to adopt a different layout and try new routes ahead of the feature Autumn fixture, that will this year play host to an additional CCI2*-S to replace the class lost from South of England.