Very rare opportunity to buy a Clifton Eventer produced by Jock Paget- Badminton winner with Clifton Promise.
16.1hh chestnut New Zealand bred thoroughbred gelding born 8/9/04.
Clifton Dickara is offered for sale by Clifton Eventers having been produced slowly and correctly by Jock – rarely being run fast against the clock, but showing exceptional speed when asked. They have never had a cross country jump fault.
Clifton Dickara is a very attractive, elegant horse with a beautiful fine head, lovely sloping shoulder and naturally engaged hocks. However, like most New Zealand thoroughbreds, he has needed time to mature and strengthen in his body – time we have happily given him. He goes in a nice light contact and a snaffle bit in all phases. He does not pull or rush his fences – he keeps a nice even rhythm throughout and adjusts himself as needed for the fence. He has been taught to look for his fences and think for himself and work out what is required by each type of obstacle. He has exceptional jump technique and endless scope so makes any fence seem easy. He is very easy to ride – safe, brave, careful, accurate, honest, fast and with loads of scope. He is not at all like the general perception of a thoroughbred – he has a calm and kind nature.
Excellent horse for an ambitious junior, young rider or amateur wishing to be taken to the top by a very talented horse which has been beautifully and correctly trained. He will look after them, give them great confidence, a lot of fun and help them to move up the grades safely and successfully.
Clifton Dickara won his last UK Novice Horse Trials (US Prelim level) with a 26.9 score. Second after dressage (26.5 versus leader on 26.0), one of only 6 clears show jumping and fastest cross country by a considerable margin (0.4 time with next fastest 6.4 time). His winning score of 26.9 was over 10 ahead of second placed on 38.3.
He has successfully competed at 2* level, including 13th CIC2* at Gatcombe, despite being taken slowly for 12.4 time faults due to the ground.
The 'Clifton' stable is world-renowned for producing a small selection of hand-picked horses to become top-class eventers. Over the last 15 years they have produced 8 different horses to represent New Zealand at senior team level, with six different riders. All of these horses except one were bought as green youngsters and produced from scratch by Clifton eventers who always develop horses slowly and correctly to gain the best long-term results at the major competitions. Clifton horses have been sold to riders across the globe, including David O'Connor when he was reigning Olympic Eventing Champion. Many have also been chosen by amateur, junior or young riders due to the horses' excellent correct basic training which makes them easy to ride and sets them up for long successful competition careers.
Due to the founders of Clifton Eventers having moved from New Zealand, there are now only six Clifton horses still in their ownership. Clifton Dickara and Clifton Cognac (see separate listing) are the only horses to be offered for sale by them in the last 12 months. This very rare opportunity to join the elite band of Clifton Eventer owners and riders is now available. Clifton Dickara is ready to follow in the hoof prints of the only other four Clifton horses still owned by Clifton Eventers. They are all UK based and their results speak for themselves:
- Clifton Promise – Winner Badminton CCI4*, 2nd Burghley & Pau CCI4*, Olympic bronze medalist.
- Winner Bramham CIC3*, 2nd Blair Castle Scottish Championships CIC3*, twice 5th Burghley CCI4*.
- Clifton Pinot – 5th Luhmühlen CCI4*, 5th Houghton CIC3*.
- Clifton Signature – 4th Blenheim CIC3* 8/9yos, 3rd Hartpury CCI2*.
Clifton Dickara has loads of scope for jumping and is a careful show jumper but is brave, accurate, honest and careful cross country. He has learnt to look for his fences, work them out, adjust himself, lock on and jump as needed. Because he does not pull or rush at a fence he is much smoother to ride than many horses. Jock Paget has trained him beautifully so he has no issues with any type of cross country fence – water, ditches, skinnies, corners, etc, – hence their amazing record of never having had a cross country jump fault. Clifton Dickara also has a great ground-covering gallop which makes him very fast when asked (proven by him being so much faster than any other horse in his recent Novice/ Prelim win).
He is a New-Zealand born and bred thoroughbred – by Lord Ballina out of Sports Model. His pedigree reflects some of New Zealand's best jumping bloodlines. However, he also possesses three excellent dressage paces and his elegance gives him good presence to catch the eye in this phase.
Clifton Dickara is offered for sale by Clifton eventers as they have become rather disillusioned with the FEI and Equestrian Sports New Zealand as a result of events following Burghley 2013. They also need to recoup some of the great expense they incurred fully funding Kevin McNab's defence against the FEI case. There is no regret by Clifton Eventers at having spent so much to help totally exonerate the riders and all concerned of any wrong-doing, but it has still been a very large and unexpected cost.
Clifton Dickara is very well priced for a quick sale to the right home, but only serious buyers should enquire please.
See his pedigree.