MSJ claim the North

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:01

North Yorkshire based stud Mount St John enjoyed an inspired show at the second Shearwater Semi-Final hosted by Port Royal EC. Amy Woodhead and Leah Beckett joined forces with Emma Blundell’s horse power and reaped the rewards earning a batch of tickets to the LeMieux National Championships in September.

MSJ Zonetta showed her class to win the six-year-old class with Amy Woodhead in the saddle. The black mare by Glocks’ Zonik was awarded 8.50 from judges Andrea Smith and Paul Fielder to beat Alice Oppenheimer with Headmore Bella Ruby and Stuart Mason with Hollywood VI to the top spot. Zonetta was purchased by MSJ as a foal from the AOS auction and has matured to bring in some fabulous results for the stud, including a trip to the World Breeding Dressage Championships for Young Horses in 2017.

Speaking from her Facebook page, proud owner Emma said, “Amy and Mount St. John Zonetta showed their true partnership now in the six-year-old class to produce a stunning winning test for 8.5, made more amazing because it was produced in less than a week since Zoe left MSJ after producing two super embryos due for 2019 and has had an easy training month!”

The Shearwater five-year-old class belonged to Leah Beckett and Mount St John Furstin Totilas, a maternal half-sister of the legendary Totilas. The pair scored 8.0 despite only being a partnership for seven days. It was a one-two for Leah and Mount St John as the Sir Donnerhall mare MSJ Soul Sister took the runner up spot with a score of 7.96 to also earn her place at the finals in September.

In the four-year-old class, Samantha Britton and the Dante Weltino sired gelding Woodcroft Django Mon Ami impressed to win the class with a brilliant 8.10. The eye-catching grey led from the start of the large field to finish just in front of Herefordshire-based rider Calum Whitworth and his own Damaris S (Don Frederic x Wynton) who were the runners up with 8.08.

Congratulations to all who took part, the Shearwater Young Horse Championships are set to be a thriller. Don’t miss your chance to watch this prestigious class play out in the Stoneleigh arena, click here to purchase your tickets.

Thanks go to title sponsors Shearwater and all the team at Port Royal for running a superb qualifying show.


Shearwater 4YO
1st Samantha Britton with Woodcroft Django Mon Ami, 8.10

Shearwater 5YO
1st Leah Beckett with Mount St John Furstin Totilas, 8.00

Shearwater 6YO
1st Amy Woodhead with MSJ Zonetta, 8.50