Wednesday, 02 September 2020
The sad news came through recently of the passing of Chris and Lisa Stone’s prolific stallion Chilli Morning, a British team horse on three occasions.
Twenty-year-old Chilli Morning, by Phantomic and out of a Koralle mare, claimed a place in the history books as the first ever stallion to win the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials, where he completed on his dressage score.
In his youth, ‘Chilli’ was ridden by Nick Gauntlett, who produced him to five-star level, before the reins were taken over briefly by Mary King and then by William Fox-Pitt. Chilli and William soon bonded, winning back-to-back Bramham titles in 2012 and 2013. They then went on to represent Great Britain at the European Championships at Malmo, Sweden, where they won an individual bronze medal.
At the World Equestrian Games in 2014, William and Chilli won another individual bronze medal alongside the team silver medal. Their Badminton victory came in 2015, then William and Chilli were selected for the Olympic team heading to Rio de Janerio in 2016, where they finished as best Brits in 12th individually. This was, in fact, Chilli's last competitive start before retiring to stud duties at the Stone’s base in Sussex.
Chilli has proved very popular sire amongst the breeding world, and has sired many up-and-coming event horses, in addition to three clones owned by Chris and Lisa. His sweet nature and exceptional talent will be continuing on for others to see.
Chris said on Facebook; “Chilli was known and loved around the world as the most successful stallion that the sport of eventing has ever seen. His competition record was outstanding and he was also very successful as a sire. However, his biggest impact for Lisa and me has been the most amazing memories he has given us.
“Thanks to all those who cared for him over the years, especially to the team at Fox-Pitt Eventing and more latterly to Gemma [Tattersall], Charlotte [Overton] and the team here at Tattleton.
“It goes without saying that we are all heart-broken today. We loved and cherished this boy more than anyone will ever know and are the luckiest team in the world to have had the privilege of looking after such a wonderful horse. We are also incredibly lucky to have some of his special babies here with us who we have no doubts will follow in their father’s footsteps!”
We send our heart-felt sympathy to everyone involved with Chilli over his distinguished career.