In 1998 Bev and John Edwards purchased the Hanoverian mare Gloria from Werner Schokemhole. They had been looking for a stallion, and indeed, also purchased Carbine from Werner.
Gloria was a super moving mare by the great Glorieux, a Bundeschampion and sire of both Grand Prix Dressage Horses and Grand Prix Showjumpers. She was out of the Elite mare Grosse Liebe by Grundstein 1. She was also a full sister to Gerco Schroeder’s Grand Prix Showjumping Stallion Eurocommerce Rome.
Bev didn’t need a second look to buy this mare. She had been served by Alabaster, also a Bundeschampion and son of Akzent 11.
The mare foaled a chestnut colt on lst March, 1999 in Australia and he was christened Jaybee Alabaster.
He was ridden by Adam Reiss at DWTS in 2002 for fourth place in the four year old. In 2003 the ride was taken over by Tor Van den Berg when Adam moved to Victoria.
Tor was very successful on the horse, including first in the 5yo at DWTS and Champion of Champions. They then went to Verden for the World Young Dressage Horse Championships, where he went well enough to impress some very good judges.
On returning to Australia, he sired some very good young horses, indeed, there are at least 5 four olds by him in the 4yo competition this year at DJWTS.
Tor continued to ride the horse and took him to Prix St. Georges/Inter 1, where he won many Championships at that level.
In March 2007 Rachael Sanna took over the ride and took the horse to Grand Prix. They were immediately successful, being under serious consideration for the 2008 Olympics.
He was runner-up for the Pacific League of the World Cup for Dressage, both 2008 and 2009 and has been named on the Australian Elite Squad and long listed for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA, 2010. He was also named NSW Grand Prix Horse of the Year.
Jaybee Alabaster and Rachael have consistently scored between 66% and 70% at Big Tour, and have scored 73% in Grand Prix Freestyle. Not many horses in Australia consistently perform up to this level.