The Easter Festival hosted by Kyalami Equestrian Park saw some incredible performances, new partnerships forming and young horses making their debut in the competitive arena. While Nicole Horwood claimed her 3rd South African Outdoor Grand Prix title, Liam Stevens was just one of the many riders to showcase a relatively new partner in the form of a young talent, Capital Kenzo, from the 2020 Capital Stud Auction.
Liam Stevens had been a regular feature at the top levels of the sport until his superstar mare, Wanda, retired in 2019, which left him without a top-level campaigner. The Outdoor Grand Prix in 2020 was an exciting event as it saw Liam return to the top with the Stevens-and-Ladeira-owned Guillaume. By Heartbreaker out of a Burggraaf mare, the 9-year old gelding has had a steady journey with Liam but the slower progression has been a great advantage for the gelding as his debut class was an impressive performance.
The gelding has not returned to those heights since that event, however, his regular appearances in the top grades are sure to be coming in the near future as he currently remains active in the 1.35m/1.40m heights. With Guillaume as Liam’s top campaigner, he has not neglected the development of his young horses but rather, has introduced some exciting young blood to his string. By Capital Kronos out of a Capital Capriccio mare, Kenzo is a strong, solid chestnut gelding who has displayed a great technique, eager attitude, and ground-covering paces.
With great foundations being established by Liam, the 4-year-old gelding will enjoy quality development and progressive training to ensure he has the best possible start to his open career in a few years time.
Congratulations Liam, we look forward to watching you two progress in the future.