Exceptionally easy in all three phases, with natural talent to go Advanced. Won at Novice Horse Trials. Clear cross country at only Intermediate. Never had a cross country jump fault.
9yo 16.1hh Day Bay Gelding.
Exceptional natural talent. We liked him so much we named him after Clifton Promise – need we say more!
It is rare to find such a well bred eventer combining the great bloodlines of Aberlou (sire of the world champion Messiah) and Primitive Rising (sire of Cool Mountain).
Primitive Rising is grandsire of Clifton Pledge and sire of Cool Mountain. Ridden by William Fox-Pitt, Cool Mountain won Rolex Kentucky 4-star in April 2010 and team gold and individual silver medals at WEG 2010. Primitive Rising is an exceptional sire of eventers and show jumpers who stood in the UK.
- Clifton Pledge's dam was imported from the UK as an Intermediate eventer. She is Scarlet Rising by Primitive Rising.
- Clifton Pledge's sire is Red Cat, grandson of Aberlou.
Clifton Pledge won his last Novice Horse Trial of 2010:
- 74.5% dressage.
- Finished on dressage score with 25.2 penalties.
Completed National 3-Day Event Championships CCI* (May 2010):
- 66.5% dressage (50.2 penalties).
- Clear under time cross country.
- Two rails show jumping.
Consistently placed at Horse Trials from Training up to Novice and lovely clear cross country at only Intermediate start.
Regularly over 70% in dressage.
Never had a cross country jump fault. Easy, bold and safe.
Could be a straight dressage horse, he is so strong in this phase.
- Scored up to 77.6%.
- 16 out of 20 marks were 8s.
- All collective marks were 8s.
- Another test at 75.3% with collective comment '3 very good paces, quality movement'.
- Placed 4th in only test at Dressage Championships, only 3.5% off second place.
Never gets hot. Very rideable and extremely eye-catching.
Beautifully scopey jump. Finds it all very easy. Very bold cross country but doesn't pull at all.
Born 25th December 2002.
Snaffle mouth in all three phases.
Fully vetted in 2008.
Clifton Pledge tripped down a ramp in 2010 and developed fluid on his knees as a result. He has competed with these since with no problems but visually it is unattractive and means he is no longer destined for glory on the world-stage at top level eventing. We, therefore, do not have a need for this horse.
Note: Novice Horse Trial level in New Zealand equates to Preliminary Horse Trial level in the USA.