Part-Bred Cleveland Bay Represents England

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Part-Bred Cleveland Bay Represents England
Part-Bred Cleveland Bay Represents England

Part-bred Cleveland Bay, Jemoon Flying Officer, and his rider, Alice McGrath, were selected to represent England on the Northern Aries Team at the recent 2011 BYRDS Home International competition. The competition took place at the prestigious Rowallan Equestrian Centre in Scotland.

Nine-year-old Jemoon Flying Officer, or ‘Jaffa’ as he is known at home, was bred by Jane Moore and has been owned by Liz Lloyd of West Halton in North Lincolnshire for five years. He is by the Thoroughbred stallion, Arms and the Man, out of the very successful brood mare and part-bred Cleveland Bay, Poppy’s Moon.

BYRDS, which stands for ‘British Young Riders Dressage Scheme’ is run by British Dressage and offers opportunities for all young riders from the age of six to 25. Primarily, British Dressage offers structured training opportunities in the regions taken by suitably qualified and approved instructors. It is not necessary at the outset to become a member of British Dressage; there are a number of opportunities to compete in order to get a taste of the sport.

17-year-old Alice, who is also based in North Lincolnshire, qualified back in May at the Northern Region competition, and to be eligible for selection she had to present a list of results showing that she had been competing consistently on Jaffa with scores on or above 66%.

The competition took place over two days and the Northern Aries team finished in fifth place out of 24 teams and Alice was also the overall Champion of the Novice Young Rider Section.

Said a thrilled Alice: "It was very exciting to win my first sash and the whole weekend was brilliant. A lot of preparation went into the trip – St George’s Cross badges had to be sewn onto pockets and numnahs and the box was spruced up especially for the long journey up to Scotland. We even had St George’s Cross quarter markings!" 

Said Norma Wilson, of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society (CBHS): "It is wonderful to hear of any Cleveland Bay horse, pure or part-bred, that is doing so well in. The Society has formed a Cleveland Bay Sport Horse group that will bring attention to the breed through compiling a database of as many performing pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay sport horses as possible, whatever their discipline or level. This will enable us to begin to link performance, involvement and success with Cleveland Bay pedigrees as well as enabling the better promotion of this rare and endangered breed through successful horses."

Alice’s aim is to compete at the British Dressage Nationals and so hopefully it won’t be the last we see of this special part-bred Cleveland Bay and his young rider.

Jane Moore’s part-bred Cleveland Bay, Jemoon Starcatcher, also had great success at the recent Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, taking the Reserve Small Hunter Championship – another significant result for the Cleveland Bay breed.

For further information or to become a ‘Friend of the Cleveland Bay’ contact The Cleveland Bay Horse Society on (01423) 546168 or 541000 or visit