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Stable name: Enzo

Looking for a co-owner

One of the most exciting young event horses Clifton Eventers has ever seen

Twice Young Event Horse Champion in New Zealand

Holds record for lowest Horse Trials score in New Zealand, winning on 12.5 penalties. One of his many wins!

8yo 16.3hh Chestnut Gelding TB x Hanoverian

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Definitely a top star of the future. However, a big-framed horse that will need time to mature. Therefore being taken slowly with the long term in mind.

This horse's track record in New Zealand is almost too good to be true:
  • November 2009 – Won Young Event Horse Championship, Puhinui.
  • March 2010 – Won Training Horse Trial with 12.5 penalty score.
  • May 2010 (next start) – Won Training.
  • May 2010 (nest start) – Won Training.

Rider then went overseas to prepare for and compete at WEG. Just after he returned he moved Clifton Signature up to Pre-Novice.

  • November 2010 (next start) – equal top score at first Pre-Novice. Placed second.
  • November 2010 (next start) – Won Pre-Novice.
  • November 2010 – Won Young Event Horse Pre-Novice Championship class by more than 10 marks.
  • December 2010 – Second at Pre-Novice 3DE finishing on dressage score.

In this time he:

  • Never had a cross country jump fault (once had 0.8 time faults).
  • Never had a show jumping fault.

Looking in more detail at these results:

Won Young Event Horse class at first attempt:

  • 90% dressage (1st)
  • 88.9% jumping (1st)

Won first Training Horse Trial where asked to be competitive with a new New Zealand record low score of 12.5 penalties (March 2010):

  • Won dressage with 87.5%. All marks '9' except for three '8's; Paces '9'; Impulsion '9'; Submission '9'.
  • One of only six horses to show jump clear.
  • One of only nine horses to jump clear cross country.
  • One of only two horses under time cross country.
  • Won on 12.5 penalties, almost half score of second-placed horse on 22.2.

Won his two subsequent Training Horse Trial starts – May 2010.

  • Next event won dressage with 74% (out of 38 starters). Finished on this 26.0 penalties.
  • Next event, despite rider's absence competing overseas and returning only days before competition, won with an 80.0% dressage, double clear jumping with 0.8 time cross country, finishing on 20.8 penalties.

On average, won his last three Training Horse Trials with final score under 20 penalties! Moved up to Pre-Novice November 2010 with similar spectacular results:

  • First Pre-Novice – placed equal second after dressage. Moved to equal first after show jumping clear. Finished on dressage score but placed second as other horse closer to optimum time.
  • Second Pre-Novice – placed third after dressage. Moved to first after show jumping clear. Won finishing on dressage score.

Pre-Novice Young Event Horse Championship:

  • Won dressage with 77.8%, 22.2 penalties (everyone else's penalties in the 30s or 40s).
  • Finished on dressage score, more than 10 marks clear.

Pre-Novice 3DE:

  • Second after dressage on 31.7 penalties.
  • Finished on dressage score and placed second.
Moved to UK in early 2011 and straight into Novice Horse Trial level.

Very consistent performer 2011/12.

Always in top few after dressage.

Nearly always clear show jumping with only the occasional rail.

Always jumped clear cross country.

Generally taken steady cross country, but whenever asked to go for time has finished first or second in class.

Suffered loss of energy second half 2012, which is common 12-18 months after horses are imported from the southern hemisphere. After a couple of starts when he just wasn't himself, he was given a break. Came back in 2013 fully 100% again and back in top form.

Will move up to Intermediate as soon as he can get a start.

Three truly stunning paces. Floating elevation. Natural rhythm and balance.

Athletic, scopey jump with great technique.

Very trainable brain. Willing and eager to learn. Never hots up.

Beautiful looking horse with enormous presence. Always turns heads in any company.

Bold cross country with good natural gallop.

Horses of this calibre are very rarely found. He has 150% of everything it takes to make a top world class eventer.

We are proud to have him as the ‘Signature' statement for Clifton Eventers – you can't get much better than this!


Born 8th January 2005. By Espri (German Hanoverian – imported semen) out of TB mare, Madame la Rouge.

See his British Eventing performance record.

Part-ownership opportunity

We would love to have a co-owner buy into this horse. We truly believe he is absolutely world-class, but he still needs to mature and will not be at his best until he is at least 10 years old. His main target should be WEG 2018 and Olympics 2020, along with Badminton and other top 4-star competitions from about 2015 onwards. If you are interested please contact us.


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Information updated: 6 August, 2013

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