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British horses selected for Le Mondial Du Lion


British Eventing has announced its selected combinations to head to the 2020 Mondial Du Lion FEI World Breeding Federation Eventing Championships for Young Horses, at Le Mondial du Lion in France

The annual event is scheduled to go ahead from 15th – 18th October without spectators and the organisers are hoping that riders from around the world will converge as normal

Jude Matthews, British Eventing CEO, commented that “The health and safety of our members, organisers, officials and volunteers is of the highest priority and those returning from France to the UK, under current government guidelines, will need to self-isolate on their return unless they are exempt. 

“The BEF provides exemption for Elite Senior Athletes and essential support staff on the BEF World Class Government funded programme. BE will currently provide exemption to those who qualify as an elite athlete where the status of the country in which they were competing changes whilst they were there and, only in a situation where an individual travels from one COVID-19 secure competition environment to compete in another COVID-19 secure environment in the UK. 

“In addition, BE requires each person who obtains exemption to have a negative COVID test on arrival back in the UK before being able to compete.

“Those returning from France to the UK, under current government guidelines, will need to self-isolate on their return unless they fulfil the above exemption criteria

Great Britain is sending the maximum allocation of combinations with three six-year-olds and 12 seven-year-old horses to vie for the Young Horse World Championship titles – including the 2019 six-year-old champion Cooley Lancer.


      Piggy March and Cooley Lancer at Le Lion 2019


In alphabetical order by rider, the six-year-old horses selected are:

Monbeg Hendricks (Harlequin Du Carel X Alda Puissance), owned by Adrian Sweet and ridden by Kitty King, with Adrian Sweet's MHS Monbeg Junior (Quidam Junior X MHS Julianna Joy) in direct reserve

MHS Brown Jack (OBOS Quality 004 X Gowran Lady) owned by Fred and Penny Barker and ridden by Tom McEwen

Cooley Rosalent (Valent X Bllaney Jewel), owned by Paul Ridgeon and ridden by Oliver Townend


Reserves (in order of merit):

Codebreaker (Cody X Dolce Vita K), owned by Eliza Stoddart with Heather Sandell, Georgina Stoddart, Sue Brankin Frisby and ridden by Eliza Stoddart*

Cooley Goodwood (OBOS Quality 004 X Burrane Kate), owned Susie Wood and ridden by Piggy March

Evita AP (Con Air X Elektra), owned by Brett Bullimore and ridden by Sarah Bullimore

Captain Crissy (Fuerty Captain Carismo X Common Cruise), owned and ridden by Jess Watts


       Kitty King and Monbeg Hendricks at Burgham International 2020


In alphabetical order by rider, the seven-year-old horses selected are:

Ardeo Premier (Hold Up Premier X Playgirl), owned by Debbie and Neill Nuttall and ridden by Alex Bragg      

Izilot DHI (Zavall VDL X Zilottie W), owned by Alex Moody and Ros Canter and ridden by Rosalind Canter*

Moonlight Charmer (OBOS Quality 004 X Enchanted Heart), owned by Teresa Stopford Sackville and Charlotte Heber Percy and ridden by Laura Collett*            

Forthright (Frankfort Boy X Bouncer Girl), owned by Margaret Silver and Barbara Hervey and ridden by Matthew Glentworth*

Igor B (Vittorio X Erica B), owned and ridden by Kristina Hall-Jackson*

Fools in Love (Harlequin Du Carel X Tisrara Cruise), owned by Philippa Heler and Hayden Hankey and ridden by Hayden Hankey*

Cooley Lancer (Coeur De Nobless M X Tante Catoche Du Houssoit), owned by The Lancer Stud and ridden by Piggy March

I Diablo Joe (Solaris Amoureux X Scylla), owned by Geoffrey Burton and ridden by Piggy March*

Irene Leva (Everglade VDL X Oleva), owned by Kim Franklin, Kerry Smith and Rhian Smith and ridden by Rhian Smith

Ballingowan Leia (Future Trend X Ballingown Boula), owned by Susan Goodall and ridden by Polly Stockton              

Darcy De La Rose (Quite Easy X Catharina), owned by Wendy and Johnnie Watherston and ridden by Georgie Strang*         

Briarlands Sweetango (Jumbo X Briarlands Matilda), owned and bred in GB by Guy Avis and ridden by Izzy Taylor*

*pending MERs