Briar 899 - a fantastic stallion and dressage horse!
The Elite stallion Briar 899 was bred 1991 by his owner Hans-Yngve Göransson. Briar´s sire is Magini 695, who is by Maraton 600-Ganesco 503. The dame Charis (F2) 21695 is by Krocket 651 out of Mickaela (F2) 13537 by Illum 527-Gaspari 340. Briar 899 is known in the competition ring as Björsells Briar, under steady rider Jan Brink.
In spite of his youth he competed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, as the youngest horse there. Briar made a big impression on the international scene after finishing second behind Rusty and Ulla Salzgeber at the 2003 European Championships in Hickstead, England. He placed seventh in the 2004 Olympic Games. In 2005 he won double bronze individually and in the team at the European Championship, and wrote history within the equestrian sport with his superior victory in the Grosse Preis, Aachen. In 2006 Briar became historical by winning his fifth gold medal in the Swedish Championship, which no horse has ever before achieved. In 2007 he won his sixth Swedish Championship gold medal and a bronze medal at the European Championship in Turin. Briar and Jan took World Cup victory in Stockholm 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and in Neumünster 2006 and in Gothenburg 2007. Briar won his last competition in Sweden at Gothenburg Horse Show 2009.
Briar has been amongst the top placed dressage stallions of the world since 2001. He was the second highest placed dressage stallion after Krack C in the 2003 World Breeding Ranking for Sport Horses, managed by WBFSH (World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses). 2004 WBFSH announced that Briar 899 was the highest placed breeding sire for the year.
Briar is approved for breeding in Sweden, Hannover, Oldenburg and KWPN. He has ten approved sons - Berlioz 978, Biggles 1015 and Brisbane 1081 in Sweden, Isos 9067, Bella Caroli and Agastrofos in USA, Meges and Anton in Oldenburg, Byalee Briar and DS Burlington Bertie in Australia.
Briar has several offsprings competing on the international sence - Bukowski (Anders Dahl), Crossy (Marie Munthers), Mac Brian (Amy Stovold), Charleston (Kristian von Krusenstierna), April 4cible (Kristian von Krusenstierna), Biggles 1015 (Kristian von Krusenstierna), Baltzar (Elisabeth Hjelm) and Candyman (Axel Olin).
Movie on Briar and Jan when they got standing ovations in the price giving ceremony in Gothenburg 2009:
Source: Briars homepage and several competition result lists. Movie from YouTube.