In 2015 BE Life interviewed the British breeder of Classic Moet, Elaine Hepworth, and, following her incredible win at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, we revisit the interview to find out about the lady who bred the fastest event horse in the world. Full report click here
Jonelle Price and her star mare Classic Moet have won the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.
“I had Lady Luck on my side,” beamed Jonelle. “She is a deserving winner despite the luck today.
“It was so tight, I really thought anyone in the top-
“I’m just so pleased with her and for her owner, Tricia Rickards.
“We haven’t ever jumped a clear round on the last day, but sometimes dreams do come true and you have to believe it is possible.
“At 15 years old it just feels like she is getting better and better. Each day we have pulled off what I hoped we would be able to achieve.”
Jonelle, 37, is the first female winner in 11 years and returned to eventing last autumn after a six-
Classic Moet also recently became a mother — her embryo transfer foal by Upsilon was born earlier this year.
The Kiwi rider added it is “special” to join the four-
“Last night I told myself it was going to take a clear round to win, there’s some very good horses behind me,” added Jonelle, who rose 21 places after dressage.
“Classic Moet is a good jumper, she tries, but is a bit unorthodox in her style, it doesn’t come easy to her — just like everything else she does, she tries her heart out.”
Jonelle Price and Classic Moet Make it a Year to Remember at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials -
Classic Moet 3rd in the New Zealand team Badminton Horse Trials 2016
A Classic Performance at WEG
Classic Moet fourth at the Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG) in France with New Zealander Jonelle Price, is a British-
Classic Moet, an 11-
“I came here hoping for a respectable performance and never dreamed she would finish fourth at the World Championships,” said Jonelle. “And she's confident and only going to get better and better – this is the highlight of my career.”
Classic Moet has a younger full sister Classic Piper (2004) also bred by Elaine and produced by Karen Dixon. Classic Piper is now competing with Under-
25 Sep 15
Classic Moet wins British Breeders Prize at Land Rover Burghley
The British Horse Foundation/Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015 breeder’s prize for the highest placed British bred horse has been awarded to Elaine Hepworth as the breeder of Classic Moet. Ridden by New Zealander Jonelle Price and owned by Trisha Rickards, Classic Moet finished in fifth place on her Burghley debut to pick up the Burghley British bred breeders prize.
Following Classic Moet’s twelfth placed four star debut at Luhmuhlen in spring 2014 with Jonelle, the pair were selected for the Caen World Equestrian Games in 2014 where they finished in fourth place with the fastest cross country round of the competition.
This season she followed up a good result at Badminton with runner up spot in the British Eventing Open Championship at Gatcombe before taking fifth place and the Burghley British bred breeders prize at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. She has now won a total of 817 British Eventing points and was just one of two horses to make the optimum cross country time at Burghley.
A cheque for £1,000, which comes from the proceeds of the annual Breeders Awards Dinner held every January, was sent to Elaine immediately after Burghley in recognition of this 12 year old black mare by the thoroughbred, Classic, out of the Bohemond mare, Gamston Bubbles.
Elaine Hepworth was delighted to be the recipient of the prize, she said, “I started off Classic Moet, we hunted for two seasons with the Blankney and I rode her in her pre novice events. I then sold her on to Karen Dixon. It is wonderful that she has ended up with a rider as experienced as Jonelle”.
Classic Moet’s dam, Gamston Bubbles was herself an advanced mare, she was ridden by Elaine and campaigned at advanced and three star level for several seasons before Elaine bred Classic Moet from her.
Elaine continued, “Gamston Bubbles was advanced by the time she was 6, although she was ¼ Shire and 3 star was her limit, we were going flat out and she just wouldn’t have had the speed for Badminton. It is interesting as it means that Classic Moet is 7/8 thoroughbred and 1/8 shire. I bred three full brothers and sisters from Gamston Bubbles. There is Classic Moet, the very talented Classic Piper who has just completed Blenheim and a hunter”. Classic Moet is registered with Sports Horse Breeding of Great Britain.
Breeders’ Awards Dinner Chairman, Desi Dillingham, said “we are delighted to be able to offer this prize. British breeders are really beginning to reap the rewards for the talented horses they are consistently breeding”.
Royal International Horse Show
In the showing classes, Hertfordshire-
Arkendale sets his sight on European Championships
Arkendale has continued to impress his connections on the eventing circuit with completions this season at Chatsworth in the Open Advanced Intermediate and at Bramham in the Under 25. What is more, Arkendale has caught the eye of the selectors and he and his young owner/rider, Laura Cocking, have been selected to train for a place on the British team for the European Championships at Blair. Congratulations to his breeder, Paul Dodgson. Arkendale is by Yorkshire-
The winner of the in-
Foal by Classic