Becky Moody’s Jagerbomb wins NEXGEN 7yr-old final

Becky Moody and Jagerbomb, winners of the NEXGEN seven-year-old championship at Hickstead, 2021
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Becky Moody’s homebred Jagerbomb wins NEXGEN 7yr-old championship final

  • Becky Moody rides away with a first and third in NEXGEN seven-year-old championship final
  • Riders praise NEXGEN tests and scoring system

Becky Moody’s homered gelding, Jagerbomb scooped the NEXGEN seven-year-old dressage championship final at Hickstead on Friday 24th September, riding away with a final mark of nine and an impressive £2,000. Sara-Jane Lanning and Hawtins lyric came in second with 8.26, with Moody also taking third place with Jo Cooper’s Electron x Diamond Hit gelding Jack Diamond, finishing on 7.94.

Becky Moody and Jagerbomb, winners of the NEXGEN seven-year-old championship at Hickstead, 2021
Becky Moody and Jagerbomb, winners of the NEXGEN seven-year-old championship final at Hickstead, 2021. Image credit 1st Class Images.

Jagerbomb (Dante Weltino x Jazz), who was nearly sold as a four year old, was awarded the top score of the three-day show by NEXGEN judges Isobel Wessels and Spanish Olympic rider Severo Jurado Lopez. 

Becky said:

He’s a total legend. As a four-year-old he was actually a little bit plain and boring, and I nearly sold him – I’m so glad now I didn’t. He was almost lazy when he was very young, but he has a real talent for the grand prix work, and that is what is making him sharper and sharper as he gets stronger. He has the most incredible heart and is such a trier – you can’t fault his temperament.

He went well today – we didn’t quite have the power in the extensions he can sometimes have; they are his weakest link at the moment, and they are a strength thing. But, for a seven-year-old, he’s very solid in the changes and the pirouettes and so on – he finds it very easy.

I really liked the instant, honest but positive feedback from the judges – it was brilliant – and it was great to win such good prize-money. That’s so rare in our sport.”

NEXGEN six-year-old dressage championship final

Dante Weltino also sired the NEXGEN six-year-old dressage winner, Swanmore Dantina, who posted a final score of 8.94 under Sadie Smith. Out of a Charatan mare and British-bred by Ben St John James, Swanmore Dantina is owned by Sadie and Steve Reading.

Sadie said:

I’ve really enjoyed riding in the NEXGEN series. The specially-written tests are inviting, and I liked the option as to whether to do a flying change or a simple change, depending on what suits your horse at this stage of its training. I took the risk of the flying change today, which obviously paid off today.

I was really pleased with my mare, and this is a great venue with a good atmosphere.”

Sadie Smith and Swanmore Dantina winners of the NEXGEN six-year-old dressage, Hickstead 2021
Sadie Smith and Swanmore Dantina winners of the NEXGEN six-year-old dressage championship final at Hickstead 2021. Image credit 1st Class Images.

New Zealand rider Sarah Wilkinson was close behind Sadie with a final score of 8.46 on her own Desperado x Johnson mare Koko. Dylan Deutrom took third place in this hotly-contested final with Helen Bell’s King Boy (Dream Boy x United) on a mark of 8.30.

NEXGEN four-year-old dressage championship final

The NEXGEN four-year-old dressage championship final went to Kerry Mackin and Milano 111. Sandra Baxter’s Dream Boy x Jazz gelding was awarded a final score of 8.44, giving him the edge over second-placed Anna Burns, riding Jo Cooper’s Governor mare Magic Dream, who finished on 8.34.

Kerry Mackin and Milano 111 winners of the NEXGEN four-year-old championship
Kerry Mackin and Milano 111 winners of the NEXGEN four-year-old championship final at Hickstead 2021. Image credit 1st Class Images.

Third was Melissa Chapman on her own Majesteit TCE, an In Style x Tango gelding who scored 7.94. 

NEXGEN five-year-old dressage championship final

The final class of the show, the NEXGEN five-year-old dressage championship final, was won by Sarah Rogers. She claimed first and second places on the Bechtolsheimer-bred and owned pair, Full Moon II and Forest Hill, with scores of 8.50 and 8.26 respectively.

Sarah Rog
Sarah Rogers and Full Moon II winners of the NEXGEN five-year-old championship final at Hickstead 2021. Image credit 1st Class Images.

Full Moon II (Fürstenball x Gribaldi ) was the novice gold winner at the recent British National Championships, franking the form of these NEXGEN finals – which are only in their second year – once again.

Sarah, who spent five years working for Klaus Balkenhol and then three in Paris with Marietta Almasy, said:

We’re delighted with both horses’ progress. For such big horses, we are not pushing them too much and bit by bit they feel like they are giving us more and more.

Full Moon is a real gentleman. He loves attention in the stable – he’d be happy if someone would just stay in his stable and cuddle him. We see huge potential in him and love his way of going. Both of the horses go out in the field every day, go hacking, go on the water treadmill – we try to keep it varied for them and give them a happy life.

The NEXGEN series is a great concept, and the final is inviting for these young horses; they get to experience enough atmosphere without it being too overwhelming.”

The NEXGEN series of classes for young showjumpers, dressage horses and eventers was launched last year, and riders have praised its format and the excellent prize-money on offer for each of the four age classes at the Hickstead final.

NEXGEN director Victoria Wright said:

We’ve had a brilliant three days with great feedback from riders and owners. This is a new series showcasing the very best of British-based equine talent in the three Olympic disciplines, and we have big plans and high hopes for the future; we’d like to emulate Germany’s Bundeschampionat, and we will keep working towards producing an event of that significance.”

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