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This hugely popular competition has been integral to Burghley Horse Trials for over 30 years and is still acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘four star’ horses at an early age.

Open to four and five year olds, the aim of the Series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world class three day event horse. The judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude which, with correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong three day eventer. The winner is that with the highest overall marks from the four sections.

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  • 2019 Information


Section Discipline Judge Marks
Section I Dressage Test followed by Mr Andrew Fletcher 30 Marks
Section II Jumping (Up to 90cms for 4yo & up to 1.05m for 5yo) Mr Eric Smiley 40 Marks
Section III Conformation (12 marks) and Quality (8 marks) Mr Alastair Pim 20 Marks
Section IV Suitability and Potential
(First 10 horses only will be required to complete this section)
Ms Vina Buller 10 Marks
Prize Money
1st €60
2nd €45
3rd €35
4th €25 (over 10 starters)
5th €25 (over 20 starters)
6th €25 (over 30 starters)
1-15 starters 1 Qualifier
16-30 starters 2 Qualifiers
Over 31 starters 3 Qualifiers

Subject to finishing in the top 4 placings - this is applicable when previously qualified horses are placed higher up the line.

Judges Guidelines

Judging Section I: Dressage Test (60m x 20m) Arena
Marks will not be awarded for individual movements but the test will be marked for general impression and overall performance. Test to be ridden from memory.

Dressage Test
A Enter in working trot
From X proceed directly to M
M Working Trot
C Serpentine 3 loops each loop touching the side of the arena finishing at A
F X H Change rein showing some lengthened strides (Not required for 4 year olds)
Between H & C Working canter right
C Circle right 20m diameter
M X K Change rein with transition to trot between X and K
Between K & A Working canter left
A Circle left 20m diameter
Between A & F Working trot
Between F & B Medium walk
B Half 20m circle in free walk on a long rein
E Directly to A - leave arena free walk on a long rein

To be followed immediately by:

Section II: Jumping
NO time will be allowed between these sections for any adjustment to tack or rider’s dress. Maximum height of fences 0.90m (4 years) 1.05m (5 years). Fall of horse or rider or a total of 3 refusals will result in elimination.

Note: fence height at Final 1.00m (4 year olds) and 1.10m (5 year olds).

Section III: Conformation (12 marks) and Quality (8 marks)
Note: following Section III, the ten horses with the highest marks will proceed to section IV.
In the event of equality of marks at this stage, the horse with the higher jumping mark will be
given precedence. Should this still produce an equality of marks, all horses on that same jumping mark will come forward.

Section IV: Suitability and Potential
Only the top ten horses are required for this section where they will be judged for potential international quality to make a WORLD CLASS THREE DAY EVENT HORSE. The 5 year old horses will be required to gallop one at a time. The 4 year olds will only be required to show a forward moving canter indicating they could learn to gallop with further development and maturity. It is the responsibility of the rider to ensure they present themselves in time for this section which usually takes place 10-15 minutes after the last horse.

Note: in the event of equality of marks at the end, i.e. after all four sections, the jumping mark will be given precedence. Should this still produce an equality of marks, the highest mark attained in the final section will be the deciding factor.

DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY: Save for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the Organisers or anyone for whom they are in law responsible, neither the Organisers, Tattersalls July Show, Tattersalls Ireland, Tattersalls Ltd. nor any agent, employee or representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury, illness to horses, owners, riders, grooms, spectators, dogs, exhibitors, land, cars, the contents of, their accessories or any other person or property whatsoever whether caused by the negligence, breach of contract or in any other way whatsoever.