Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3rd May - Sunday 7th May, 2017 #MMBHT

Kerry Varley

Great Britain
  • 60 - Bluestone Luke

Biography

It will be a first Badminton for British rider Kerry Varley (31) who is based in Stamford Lincolnshire. With Badminton entry Bluestone Luke, Kerry has previously completed Burghley on two occasions – last year (2015) the pair jumped double clear.

A former head girl to former British team riders Piggy French and Oliver Townend, Kerry set up on her own as a freelance groom and rider and has her own yard in Ryhall, a stone’s throw from Burghley horse trials.

After a good run at Bramham in 2010 Kerry made her Burghley and four-star debut with Bluestone Luke, that year the youngest horse in the field – but withdrew before the show jumping. In 2013 the pair returned to Burghley but also had to withdraw before the showjumping – it transpired that Luke had fractured his stifle. He recovered to compete and complete in 2014.  Kerry trains with Jayne White and Tim Brown. She enjoys cooking and watching Masterchef

Bluestone Luke, owned by the rider, is a 15-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. He is by the ISH sire Highscope, a son of the grand prix jumping sire Touchdown. His dam-line is unknown. He stands just 15.2hh and is therefore one of the smallest horses in the field. He was acquired in Northern Ireland as a five-year-old has since been produced through the grades by Kerry – the pair made their three and four-star debuts together.

Horses

Bluestone Luke

ISH, Ireland, 2001
15.2hh, brown, gelding

Sire Highscope

Owner(s): Rider

Notable Results

2015 – Burghley CCI4* 42nd Bluestone Luke

2015 – Houghton Hall CICO3* 42nd Bluestone Luke

2014 – Burghley CCI4* 36th Bluestone Luke

2014 – Houghton Hall CICO3* 51st Bluestone Luke

2013 – Blenheim CIC3* 31st Adagio N

2013 – Burghley CCI4* WD after XC

2013 – Houghton Hall CIC3*O 38th Bluestone Luke

2011 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* El Bluestone Luke

2010 – Burghley CCI4* WD after XC

2010 – Bramham CCI3* 25th Bluestone Luke

2009 – Blenheim CIC3* 8/9 26th Bluestone Luke