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Izzy and Monkeying Around got the gold

At the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in three day eventing the Hanoverian gelding Monkeying Around and his British rider Izzy Taylor have been supreme all through the competitions in Le Lion d'Angers and landed 1st, gold medal and the championship title today

Bronze medallist Thomas Carlile and Birmane.
d. 22-10-2017 - 14:31

The handsome dark bay German bred Hanoverian gelding, Monkeying Around by Bertoli W x Donnerhall is bred by Christian Heinrich and was originally bred for dressage. He is out of a very strong damline and he was a nice youngster but not top quality for dressage, and it was decided to sell him.


 I sold him to England as a 3-year-old, and I have never heard anything about him since then and only found out about his participation in Le Lion a few days ago when I was very kindly informed by Dannie Morgan, says breeder Christian Heinrich who followed the competitions in Le Lion from home.


Monkeying Around is ridden by the talented and very successful British rider, 34-year-old Izzy Taylor who took the lead after the dressage scoring 37,6 penalties. Monkeying Around, who is owned by Charlie Sands completed the 4,640 m course in the beautiful park in Le Lion d'Angers yesterday and remained in the lead.


As the very last horse and rider in the show jumping Sunday morning the leading pair showed very convincing form and proved themselves supreme. After a clear round Izzy and Monkeying Around can now call themselves world champions.


42-year-old Australian Paul Tapner and the beautiful grey DSP gelding Bob Chaplin by Cashell x Silver Jasper (bred by Ken Thompson, Australia) came second in dressage and have been able to hold on to that runner-up position all the way through. They stay clear through the cross-country Saturday and jumping convincingly this morning in she show jumping and stayed faultless which put them in the lead until the last contestant eventually referred them to second place and the silver medal.


French Thomas Carlile and the selle français mare Birmane by Vargas de Ste Hermelle x Diamant de Semilly worked their way up the ranks on the show jumping arena this morning. They entered the arena with a provisional fifth and took the lead after a clear round. The two female riders on third place after the cross-country, British Sarah Bullmore and Irish Elizabeth Power both had faults in the show jumpings which put Thomas Carlile and Birmane in third place winning the bronze medal.


View the results HERE.