Over a weekend which confirmed the sale of thoroughbred stallion Road To Happiness to the US, the need for stamina in eventing was evident once more at the five-star event in Bicton in England where eight of the top 10 horses boasted no less than 60% thoroughbred blood.

In addition, five of the top seven horses had over 70% blood, an attribute that is continually seen as a ‘must-have’ for top-level eventing.