Stallion Profile : Chilli Morning
BY: Horse Deals
In our series putting Britain’s performance sires under the spotlight, we meet the international eventer Chilli Morning.
Bred in East Germany, Chilli Morning has achieved the accolade of Britain’s highest ranked competing stallion and is third in the world based on British Eventing points (441) last year.
His sire Phantomic, a German Thoroughbred who goes back to the legendary Northern Dancer, won 11 times on the track and clocked up $139,206 in winnings.
And Chilli Morning’s competition record to date is equally impressive. He was winner of last year’s Houghton's CIC3* and fourth at Vairanio in Italy. In 2009, he finished 10th at Blenheim and at the British Open and in 2008, he won the two-star at Weston Park.
He is based with his rider, Nick Gauntlett, but goes to West Kington Stud for stud duties. His semen is offered chilled or frozen and is limited due to his busy competition schedule.
Chilli Morning knows he’s special. He has the kind of presence that definitely turns heads – Nick Gauntlett
A rider's view
“Chris and Lisa Stone bought Chilli for me when we saw him at German rider Peter Thomsen’s yard as a five-year-old,” says Nick Gauntlett. “Peter would have gelded him, as he didn’t want to keep a stallion, but Chris rang me after Britain won the bid to host the London Olympics and asked me to find him a horse good enough to ride there for him.
“We didn’t intend to buy a stallion, but Chilli was so impressive as a potential competition horse — he has presence, movement, jump, bravery and a great brain, so the fact that he was entire seemed irrelevant.”
Nick says Chilli Morning’s rhythm and scope is impressive: “This, combined with his fantastic temperament, means he’s not only the perfect event horse, but an ideal sire. He’s been selected for the Equine Pathway and is moving ever closer to championship team selection.”
Nick describes the stallion’s personality as “chilled”: “He likes being the centre of attention and dislikes not being noticed!” he says. “You wouldn't really know he is a stallion and he’s an easy horse to have around and to ride. He has a fantastic brain and has also helped me improve my weak phase — the dressage!”
Chilli went on to the Equine Pathway scheme — designed to identify potential international performers — at its inception.
“He knows he’s special. He has the kind of presence that definitely turns heads,” says Nick.
When he’s not training or competing, Chilli likes to take time out relaxing in the field but “he doesn’t like to think he’s being ignored”, says Nick.
His progeny are proving to have inherited his good looks and talent, too. His crop of two-year olds enjoyed success on the county show circuit last year and each of his four foals presented at the BEF evaluation gained at least a first premium, with two receiving the highest conformation marks of the day.
This year’s foals include successful embryo transfers to Mary King’s four-star mare Kings Temptress, as well as numerous other established competition mares and there has been a huge demand from overseas.
“He stamps his progeny,” says Nick. “I’ve been delighted that everyone who sees them or has one is so positive. His oldest crop’s now three, so hopefully they’ll be as successful in the BEF Futurity as they were last year!
“It’s early days, but I’m quite excited about one in particular, a mare called Jalapeno who achieved a higher premium and a place in the top 10 rankings of future stars. This has confirmed Chilli as an ideal sire for the next generation of competition horses.”
• Chilli Morning is based at Chescombe Farm in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire. Contact Nick Gauntlett (07770 373200) or visit www.gauntlett.me.uk