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INSIDE this issue...


As I write this introduction, the rather

wet Spring weather continues and many

of our readers will be wishing for the

reappearance of the sunshine so the

new born foals can get out and stretch

their legs. This time of year is probably

the most exciting for a breeder, as we

start to discover whether our

breeding plans from the previous year

have worked out.

Breeding can be an expensive game and

we have two excellent articles looking

at developments in the technical world

of equine reproduction by Noelle Baxter

from the Sussex Equine Hospital and a

fascinating world exclusive interview

with Tullis Matson, the brains behind

Stallions AI.

Our regular Great British Broodmare

feature is devoted this time to Sarah

Oppenheimer’s Rubinsteena, who had

three offspring competing at the recent

NAF Five Star Winter Dressage

Championships at Hartpury. We also

report on the best British sires at those

Championships and caught up with

leading rider Becky Moody who was

competing two British bred horses at

the show.

Staying at Hartpury, we report on the

2018 Blue Chip Championships and the

successful British bred horses jumping

there. Our breeder’s profile introduces

Charlotte Taylor from Clements Equine

who has her eyes set on breeding

international show jumpers.

The Stallion Spotlight shines on 26 year

old eventing sire Catherston Liberator,

sire of last year’s Badminton placed

Xavier Faer among a number of other

international eventers. We ask a range

of breeders their thoughts on breeding

for the eventing market and the

challenges they face.

This edition introduces you to the new

team behind British Breeding, who with

Legal Notice:

the support of the Olympic Disciplines

and the British Breeders Network will

be working tirelessly to support all

areas of the industry. We are very proud

to announce Baileys Horse Feeds have

returned as headline sponsors for the

Futurity Evaluation series and the

British Horse Foundation have also

generously donated funds to support

the programme. Read Eva-Maria

Broomer’s article on the plans for the

Futurity for 2018 including the full list

of dates and venues. We also look back

on some past stars of the series and see

what they have achieved since.

As usual we have lots of news from

the sport horse and pony studbooks

and images from some of the fantastic

stallion parades that have taken place

this Spring.

In the next edition our invited expert

will be Lynne Crowden, the brains

behind Woodlander Stud, who will

be discussing the merits and pitfalls

of stallion licensing. If you have any

questions on this topic that you would

like answering, please send them in

to The

questions and answers will published in

the next edition.

British eventing breeding has been

showcased at the highest level this

Spring with victory for British

bred Classic Moet at Badminton and

for British sired Colley Master Class (by

Ramiro B) at Kentucky. Read reports on

both these victories in this edition.

In the next edition we will be

examining the impact of Warmblood

Fragile Foal Syndrome and the

implications for the sport horse

breeding industry. The AES have already

issued a statement on the syndrome

and are advising all stallion owners to

test their stallions to see if they carry

the gene and this information will be

added to their database.

Sacha Shaw - Editor

Front Cover Image:

Tony Noble’s AES Stallion Cobra 18

(Cornet Obolensky x Ramiro Z x Usurpator XX).



















Dates for your diary.

British Breeding - Meet the team.

Ramiro B son Kentucky Win.

British bred triumph at Badminton.

British Success at the winter Championships.

Blue Chip winter show jumping Championships.

Futurity Graduates.

British Breeding plans.

Studbook updates.

Breeder Profile - Charlotte Taylor.

Great British Broodmares - Rubinsteena.

How to breed an Eventer.

Advances in assisted reproductive techniques.

British Breeders on British Horses - Becky Moody.

Stallion shows roundup.

Stallion Spotlight - Catherston Liberator.

Ask the expert - Tullis Matson.


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DATES for your diary


11th May

11-13th May

18th May

18th May

18th May

24th May

25-28th May

26th May

30th May

31st May

- BYEH Qualifier – Floors Castle

– Shearwater Insurance & Hickstead Young Dressage Horse Qualifiers – Addington Manor

– BYEH Qualifier – Rockingham Castle

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Hunters

– Hickstead Young Dressage Horse & Young Pony Qualifiers – Kingswood

– BYEH Qualifier – Houghton International

– Shearwater Insurance & Hickstead Young Dressage Horse Qualifiers – Somerford

– BYEH Qualifier – Hambleton Show

– BYEH Qualifier – Yorkshire Sport Horse Show

– 2nd June – Young Horse SJ Champs – Northcote


1st June

6-10th June

8th June

8th June

9th June

14th June

14th June

16th June

17th June

19-23rd June

22nd June

23rd June

24th June

24th June

25th June

to 15th July

27th June

29th June

29th June

29th June

29th June

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Oldencraig

– Shearwater Insurance & Hickstead Young Dressage Horse & Young Pony Qualifiers – Wellington

– BYEH Qualifier & Stallion Parade– Bramham

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Kings Sedgemoor

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Crow Wood

– Bolesworth Elite Auction

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Onley

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse & Young Pony Qualifier – Rockrose

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Cholderton

– Hickstead Young Horse Qualifier - Hickstead

– BYEH Qualifier – Keysoe

– Hickstead Young Dressage Horse Qualifier - Myerscough

– BHHS Mare Performance Test at Fosshey Stables

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Widmer

- AES Elite Foal Auction Selections & Mare and Youngstock Grading.

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Northallerton

– BYEH Qualifier – Chepstow

– BYEH Qualifier – Weston Lawns

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Qualifier – Sparsholt

– 1st July – Shearwater Insurance & Hickstead Young Dressage Horse & Young Pony Qualifiers – Sheepgate


2nd July

4-8th July

5th July

5th July

8th July

18th July

19th July

21st July

23rd July

24th July

25th July

26th July

26-29th July

27th July

27th July

28th July

31st July

– SHB(GB) Loose Jumping Competition – Addington EC, Bucks

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Semi Final & Young Pony Final– Hartpury

– BYEH Qualifier – Barbury

– BYEH Qualifier – Richmond EC

- Hickstead Young Dressage Horse Qualifier - Hartpury

– Shearwater Insurance Young Dressage Horse Semi Final – Port Royal

– BYEH Qualifier – Field House EC

– BYEH Qualifier – Tattersalls July Show

– BEF Futurity - Xanstorm Equestrian, Scotland

– BEF Futurity - Richmond Equestrian, Yorkshire

- BEF Futurity - Derby College, Morley, Derbyshire

- BEF Futurity - Kings Equestrian Centre, Herefordshire

– Hickstead Young Dressage Horse Finals – Hickstead CDIO

- BEF Futurity - Catherston Stud, Hampshire

– BYEH Qualifier – Burgham

- BEF Futurity - Tall Trees Arena, Cornwall

– BYEH Qualifier – Ryedale Show


British Breeding


A group of five individuals from different spheres of the

equine world came together in 2017 to form the new British

Breeding Partnership. In collaboration with the Olympic

Disciplines and the British Breeders Network, they will be

responsible for delivering the key elements of the equine

development programme previously undertaken by the British

Equestrian Federation.

These five elements are:

· The Stallion Event

· The Futurity

· The British Breeder magazine

· The Burghley Horse Trials Stallion Parade

· The Equine Bridge

This magazine will provide coverage of all these areas,

keeping breeders at home and abroad up to date with what is

happening in the world of breeding. This is the team who will

ood experience of watching the all time greats competing

at Aachen. Eva runs an equine photography and PR business,

and some of you will have seen her and her camera at various

breeding and dressage events, or know her from her work

with the AES, Stallion AI Servcies and Woodlander Stud. In

her spare time, Eva writes a blog for Eva

says “I look forward to working on new initiatives to support

breeders everywhere in the UK and to blowing the trumpet

for British breeding!”

Jane Skepper


Jane founded Horse IT Ltd in 1999 – which runs the online

equestrian directory and the

information site In 2012, she fulfilled

a long ambition of creating a one stop shop for British

Competition stallion owners; creating the first edition of

the Competition Stallion Guide in print and online at www. She is the 4th generation of a

family breeding flat Thoroughbred race horses, pure Arab race

horses, and Anglo and Part-bred Arabs for show jumping and

eventing. Jane also competed to CCI*** Eventing as a Young

Rider before spending a time producing young homebreds.

“I also manage the family stud, Heritage Coast Stud on the

beautiful east coast of Suffolk. It is a family affair as my

husband, Piers Marson, is a designer and brings everything to

print! Our daughters both actively compete most weekends.

Joris van den Oetelaar

Joris has been breeding horses all his life, and runs one

of the largest equestrian show venues in the South of the

Netherlands where he organizes great events from concerts

to big competitions. He has also loved Britain and British

horses – “without the English Thoroughbred, there would be

no modern sport horse breeding! This is why I am passionate

about helping breeders in Britain get the national and global

recognition they deserve through my work with the AES and


Rachael Holdsworth

Rachael has worked in the equestrian industry for many years

as a PR and marketing consultant. She has been involved in

the promotion of the BEF Futurity Evaluations and British

Breeding since 2009 and has also worked with British Young

Breeders, developing a passion for British bred horses during

this time. “I have owned and ridden horses all my life and

consider myself fortunate to combine my love of all things

equestrian with my career. I am excited to be a part of this


Sacha Shaw

Sacha has been involved with the breeding industry her whole

life, starting with Thoroughbreds and now breeding sport

horses under the Volatis prefix and standing a WBS-UK graded

stallion. From small crops, Volatis stock have been successful

at Royal International, Royal Windsor and many other major

county shows. In 2016 Sacha was the HOYS coloured horse

Breeder of the Year and has also bred horses competing

successfully BD, BS and BE as well as Premium graded mares.

Sacha writes the Breeding British blog and has written for a

number of leading equestrian publications. She worked for a

number of years for Paul Schockemohle in Germany and was

Equestrian Manager for Horse of the Year Show. Sacha also has

a background in accountancy having previously been the Head

of Management Accounts for a large acute NHS Trust.

The team can be contacted through the website.


Eva-Maria, Sacha, Jane & Rachael at the 2018 Stallion Event



RAMIRO B son - Cooley Master Class

Wins The Land Rover Kentucky

Three-Day Event

It was celebrations all round for the team at Harthill Stud

after the Ramiro B sired Cooley Master Class and Oliver

Townend took the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky CCI 4* title.

The British based stallion is currently number four on the

WBFSH sire rankings for eventing stallions, and is highly

placed in the BEF Futurity sire rankings including siring the

2017 BEF Futurity Eventing Foal Champion. Cooley Master

Class is the first 4-star victor for the popular sire who is

owned by Harthill Stud and stands at Stallion AI Services in

Shropshire. After a clear round cross country, Oliver stood in

third position overnight.

It was a tense finish as Oliver took the lead from Michael

Jung, with a foot perfect fault-free show jumping round with

Cooley Master Class, to finish on his dressage score of 28.7

penalties. Nina Barbour of Harthill Stud: “We are delighted

for Oliver and Cooley Master Class, he is a hugely talented

horse who has risen through the eventing ranks and has

proven that Ramiro B is capable of producing event horses

capable of winning at the very highest level of the sport.”

Oliver was delighted to win, as this victory is his second leg

of the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. To secure the title the

rider must win the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton, Land Rover

Burghley and Land Rover Kentucky Horse Trials consecutively

in any order. Oliver won Burghley last September with

Ballaghmor Class, so will be contesting the vital third leg at

Badminton along with Cooley SRS, another prolific Ramiro B


Article by Sacha Shaw

Oliver Townend on Cooley Master Class

Baileys Moving Forwards

with the Futurity

Baileys Horse Feeds are delighted to confirm renewal of

their support for the British Breeding Futurity Young Horse

Evaluations for 2018. After a period of uncertainty, this year’s

dates have been finalised and the Baileys team are looking

forward to attending each of the days to offer

no-obligation nutritional advice.

and development of any youngster so we’re delighted

to have the opportunity to continue to help and advise

those who bring their horses to the Futurity,” says Baileys

Nutrition Director, Liz Bulbrook. Baileys have collected data,

throughout their involvement, and this has been analysed to

identify links between body condition and premiums awarded.

Marketing Manager, Jane Buchan says, “We’ve invested a lot

into the Evaluations, over the years, so it’s good to be

able to continue our involvement and move

forward with the Futurity over the

coming years.”

Having supported the Futurity since its inception, Baileys

started a more “hands-on” involvement in 2011 and, ever

since, their nutritionists have assessed youngsters’ body

condition and muscle development as each horse is examined

by the vet. “Correct nutrition is so important to the growth



British Bred



British breeding made the headlines for all the right reasons

at the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. The

British bred mare Classic Moet and Jonelle Price give a

masterclass in cross country riding to storm into the lead

after day two, and clinched victory with a clear over a tough

show jumping track on the final day.

It was a first 4-star victory for Jonelle and Classic Moet. They

have previously won the best British bred prize at Burghley

in 2015 and 2016 and were 4th at the World Equestrian

Games in 2014. On holding ground Jonelle made full use of

her gallant mare’s class and relentless gallop to post the

fastest round of the day over Eric Winter’s track, just 1

second over the optimum time. Classic Moet is a daughter

of the late Thoroughbred sire Classic (Alzao x Simbir) out of

the advanced event mare Gamston Bubbles who is again by

a Thoroughbred sire Bohemond. Bohemond is also the dam

sire of the Olympic eventer Winsome Adante and directly the

sire of the regular Belgian Championship team horse Withcote


Breeder Elaine Hepworth also bred a full brother to Classic

Moet, Classic Piper who is competing at CCI*** level. Although

Classic passed away a few years ago, Beechwood Stud still

have frozen semen available.

Runner up Oliver Townend was aiming for the third leg of

Rolex Grand Slam having won Burghley in 2017 and Kentucky

just a week ago. However 5.2 penalties stood between him

and victory. His 2017 European Championship mount Cooley

SRS showed real class throughout and although Irish bred,

is a son of super sire Ramiro B, who stands at Stallions AI in


Irishman Padraig McCarthy finished in 8th place on Mr Chunky,

a 13-year-old British-bred SHB(GB) registered gelding. He is

by the incredibly successful sire Jumbo. Jumbo was fairly

unique among eventing sires in that he competed to advanced

level himself (including winning at Lion D’Angers), in a sport

that stallions tend not to dominate in.

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet - Photo Kit Houghton

By the Irish Draught sire Skippy out of the showjumper Betty,

who was by the thoroughbred Seven Bells, Jumbo sired

45 advanced horses, including Avebury ( 3 times Burghley

winner), Henry Tankerville (Bramham winner), Skylight

(European Young Rider Gold Medallist) and Allercombe Ellie

(short list Rio Olympics) and graded stallion Philanderer II

(European Young Rider Team 2017). Mr Chunky is out of the

thoroughbred mare Avin Fun Bar by Sergeant Drummer. He

was bought from his breeder Sue Trump by Padraig’s wife Lucy

Wiegersma and produced by Lucy to four-star level – the pair

completed Burghley in 2015 – and Padraig took the ride at the

beginning of 2016.

A top 20 finish for the ever consistent Coopers Law and Emilie

Chandler rounded off a great weekend for British bred horses.

Coopers Law is one of seven offspring for the mare Miss

Cooper who was by the Irish Draught stallion Kildalton Gold

(the damsire of Ballincoola). He was bred by owners Nicola

Dickson and Sally Wiliams and was bred to be a family horse.

Coopers Law is a son of the late Mill Law, a stallion who

produced a number of advanced eventers and was also a

leading sire of BEF Futurity entrants. Mill Law was purchased

as a yearling by his owner Sue Browne, was by the HIS

stallion Samiel out of a part Arab mare. He was known for his

wonderful temperament and evented himself to advanced

level with Sue’s daughter Nicola. Outside of the main event

there was more to celebrate. Both sections of the Dubarry

Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier were British bred. The

4 year Myspires Another Star is a daughter of breeder Lianne

Verity’s own stallion Myspires Revolution out of Another

Gamble. The 5yo victor was the 2017 SHB(GB) Stallion

Grading Champion A Moment in Time. Bred and owned by

Carolyn Bates, he combines two of the best stallions from her

Grafham Stud – Wish Upon a Star and Jumbo.

Finally the Mitsubishi Motors Cup 90

winner was Lauren Burton’s 8 year

old D Akieda, by the AES Elite graded

stallion Treliver Decanter.

Padraig McCarthy and Mr Chunky - Photo Kit Houghton

Article by Sacha Shaw



British Success

At the Winter Champs

The 2018 NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships saw

British bred horses claim 19 titles stretching from under 18

Area Festivals to the gala evening highlight, the Intermediate

I Freestyle. With household names such as Charlotte Dujardin,

Alice Oppenheimer, Paul Friday and Becky Moody, all

campaigning horses bred in this country, the tide appears to

be slowly turning in favour of British breeders.

A number of those British bred champions were sired by

stallions that stand in Germany, Holland or Denmark, but UK

resident stallions can also boast of some excellent results at

the championships.

The standout sire both in terms of number of offspring

qualified and final results was the late, great Dimaggio.

With no fewer than 17 individual offspring qualified for 29

Championships, he then sired three champions: Keystone

Dynamite in both the Superflex Intermediate I Championship

on the Friday and in the Freestyle and Headmore Davina

heading up a Dimaggio 1,2 in the Advanced Medium Freestyle


T-Movistar and Cardinar both had 5 progeny qualified.

The Hanoverian Cardinar only passed away in 2015 at the

age of 29. His owner Paul Friday bred a number of good

competition horses from him and two of those secured top

five placings – Callum Himself (out of a Florestan mare) and

Cavallina Herself ( out of a Welches Gluck mare). T-Movistar,

who stands with The Dressage Company in East Anglia, sired

the Area Festival Medium Silver Champion Movinight, who

had also qualified for the Elementary equivilant. Jo Stoyell

purchased him as a 2 year old from breeder Sarah

Tyler-Evans. Movinight’s dam Lanoeska is a daughter of

the great jumping sire Voltaire and hails from the same

motherline as top young stallion Grey Flannell.

Keystone Dynamite and Sadie Smith.

Image courtesy of Kevin Sparrow/BD

Keystone Dynamite is owned and ridden by Carl Hester’s

stable jockey Sadie Smith, and the pair have previously

taken titles at the National Championships at Stoneleigh.

Keystone Dynamite was bred by Suzanne Lavandera, who

competed Dimaggio to success in the 2000 World Breeding

Championships in Verden, Germany. What makes Dimaggio

even more of a success story for British breeding, is how

popular he has been with German breeders, standing at stud

there for a number of years with sons graded into all the main


To demonstrate how dominant Dimaggio was at these

championships, the most represented non- British stallion was

Belissimo M who had 8 offspring contesting 14 championships.

With just one representative less is the British stallion

Showmaker. His most successful get was Nemo VII, owned and

bred by Katie Roberts, who qualified for the championships

on a wild card. The pair had hit a really consistent vein of

form this Spring, culminating in 3rd place in the Novice Silver


Jo Stoyell and Movinight.

Image courtesy of Kevin Sparrow/BD

Four British stallions each had four offspring competing:

Amour G, Donnersohn, Flayne Don Don Daiquiri and Pro-Set.

Amour G is a graduate of the Futurity series (earning two

Elites in 2008) and his offspring secured 3 top five placings,

with the best place achieved by his daughter EV Amore Mia

who was Vice Champion Novice Freestyle Gold. EV Amore Mia

was bred by Lindsay Moffat out of a Samber mare and won

two Scottish Championship titles in 2017 before taking the

Novice Gold and Freestyle Winter Regional titles on the way

to Hartpury.

Grafham Stud resident Wish Upon A Star, may be better known

as an eventing sire, but he is a son of the World No 2 Dressage

Sire (2016) Gribaldi. Wish Upon A Star had two offspring

qualified for the Prelim Silver Area Festival and it was Amy

Daye riding Prince William MBS won took the title, heading a

top eight clean sweep for British bred horses in that class.

Another stallion sadly no longer available to breeders is the

ex-Catherston Stud resident Deanes San Ciro Hit (Sandro Hit

x Dutch Courage) who produced the Under 18 Medium Area

Festival Champion Delhurens Sunshine who was also 4th in the

Advanced Medium Bronze Area Festival.



The pony stallions really kept British sires

to the fore with victories in the Under

18s Preliminary Area Festival for Haybells

Cinderella sired by Cefyn Playboy and

Edendawn William Wombat by Honeypot

Stromboli winning the Elementary Silver.

Welsh Section C Twyford Salamander (by

Persie Renown) won the Elementary Silver

Freestyle ridden by Nicola Byam-Cook.

The next crop of British superstar riders

were evident in the Under 18 Elementary

Area Festival. 13 year old Emilia Nelson

was victorious on Sarah Steggall’s WFS Top

Red (by the late Elite SPSS graded stallion

Top Yellow out of Bernwode Poppy Red).

WFS Top Red and Emilia added a 3rd place

in the following day’s Medium section.

Top Yellow was an international dressage

pony and Westphalian licensing champion

before moving to the UK and has a number

of exciting British bred offspring coming

through. Even though he was bred in

Germany, both his grandsires were British,

one a British Riding Pony (Rosedale Tiberius)

and one a Welsh Section B (Kirby Cane

Bugler). British riders have accepted they

can find the quality they are looking for at

home, now more British breeders need to

start considering British based stallions when

making their breeding plans.

Emilia Nelson and WFS Top Red.

Image courtesy Kevin Sparrow/BD

Article by Sacha Shaw

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Winter Show Jumping


Every April, the Hartpury Arena is filled with competitors

targeting the many National titles on offer over 5 days at the

Blue Chip Winter Championships.

Varco II was beaten in the Discovery by another exciting

young British bred - Kimba Uttah.

He is a son of a previous Blue Chip champion in Uttah van

het Indihof, a Heartbreaker daughter who is turning into a

very smart broodmare for owner Kim Barzilay. She is also

the dam of 2016 Foxhunter finalist and 2016 Blue Chip

Karma Performance winner Kimba Flamenco (by Je T’Aime

Flamenco). Kimba Uttah’s sire is the homebred stallion Kimba

Kannarko, who as his name suggested combines Kannan and

Arko bloodlines. Kimba Uttah followed up his championship

win, with a 1m restricted winter classic victory.

The Blue Chip Grand Prix is always the highlight and British

breeding came close to securing victory over Paul Connor’s

track. Instead they filled second and third places thanks

to Harry Wainwright, who opened the 13 horse jump off

with Pinheiro Beech and Miles Pearson riding his homebred

Castiel. Pinheiro Beech is a son of Geoff Glazzard’s former

International horse and AES Elite graded stallion It’s the

Business out of the Cantero daughter Ragua. Ragua is quite

closely related to the 3-star eventer Calcourt Landline

(Pan-Am Games, Event Rider Masters). Third placed Castiel is

an eight year old son of Larino.

The breeding stallion Varco II, bred by Claire Miller and

ridden for Di Fairclough by Ryan Page, took the Horsequest

UK Novice title and was also runner up for the Joshua Jones

Winter Discovery title. A son of Winstein V (Voltaire) out of

a Darco mother, the six year old has his first foals on the


Although not a main championship class, Bryan Smith

recorded a victory in the 1.25m qualifier on the Ragazzo

son Osprey Hookster, bred by Pauline Williams. Ragazzo

was a Hanoverian grandson of the great Ramiro, and stood

at Hartpury for a number of years. Ragazzo was known as

a producer of Grand Prix dressage horses as well as show


A British bred mare who has CSI* wins under her belt, took

the 1.20m open supporting class. Naomi 55 was bred by

Sven Platt whose daughter Charlotte competes many of the

families homebred youngsters.

Naomi 55 was ridden by Nicola

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As the Futurity enters it’s 11th year, we look back at some

of the graduates of the series who have gone to achieve

international and national success, flying the flag for British

breeding. With no central database of competition and

breeding results, and differing levels of information

available across the disciplines, keeping track of Futurity

graduates is no easy task. But when we can, we want to take

every opportunity to celebrate our breeders, stallion owners

and riders success.


LE Chiffre – (Caeser 171 x Donnerwetter) Higher First

(8.81) as a foal in 2007 British Team Member at the Pony

European Championships 2016, 8th in the Freestyle & 11th

individually. Graded SPSS stallion. Bred by Bev Brown of

Leamside Equestrian

Ella – (Caeser 171 x Santano ) Elite (9.04) as a foal in 2009

Member of the Irish Dressage Team at the 2016 Pony

Europeans who is now competing internationally for GB

ridden by Sophie Williams. SPSS Elite graded mare. Bred

by Julie Lockley of Bramley Stud

Ella - Myerscough Futurity 2009 - Photo

Trevoulter Ladies Man – (Gorsfraith Brenin) First Premium

(8.35) as a foal in 2007 and (8.29) as a 3 yo. Jumping

internationally (CSIP), Winner of the JA Title at the 2016

Pony of the Year Show. SPSS graded stallion. Bred by

Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick.

Catherston Bit of Gold – (Littledale Bright Star x

Catherston Gold Eagle) Elite (9.36) as a foal in 2009 After

slightly outgrowing the pony section, has graduated to

CIC** level eventing. Bred by Catherston Stud.


Ella & Sophie Williams representing GB in 2017 - Photo Julie Bramley

Woodlander Farouche - (Furst Heinrich x Dimaggio)

Higher First (8.72) as a 2yo in 2008. Double World Young

Horse Champion, International Small Tour Winner. Bred by

Woodlander Stud.

Don Dante - (Dancier x Salvano) Higher First (8.65) as a

yearling in 2008. National Medium Champion 2014. Placed in

all 4yo,5yo and 6yo young horse championships. Now Winning

Inter 1 at Premier Leagues. BHHS and WBS Graded Stallion.

Bred by Wendy McKay.

Woodlander Donna Summer - (Del Amitri x Consul) Elite

(9.38) as a 3yo in 2008. Made her International debut at small

tour in 2016. Bred by Woodlander Stud.

Woodcroft Kristabelle - (Le Rouge x King Arthur) Elite (9.11)

as a 3yo in 2009. Winning PSG with her amateur owner. Bred

by Woodcroft Stud.

Romanno Rafiel - (Rubin Star N x de Niro) First Premium

(8.46) as a 2yo in 2009. Novice National Champion 2014.

Regional PSG Champion 2018. Bred by Jennifer Gilchrist.

Woodlander Wild Child - (Wavavoom x Furst Heinrich).

Elite (9.79) as a foal in 2011. Licensed stallion and sire of 3

sons graded in Germany (Hanoverian and Oldenburg) and UK

(BHHS and WBS) in 2017. Winning Elementary 2018. Bred by

Woodlander Stud.

Flamingo - (Flemmingh x Harvard) Elite (9.54) as a 2yo in

2009 Regional Medium Freestyle Champion 2018. Bred by

Christine Trendell.

Woodlander Forever Amadeus - (Fidertanz x His Highness)

Elite (9.54) as a foal in 2009. Winning PSG. Bred by

Woodlander Stud.


Woodlander Farouche - Futurity

2008 - Photos Kevin Sparrow

Woodlander Farouche winning

the National PSG Title



Coopers Law - (Mill Law x Kildalton Gold) – High First (8.75)

as a 3yo in 2007. International 4-star competitor, 14th at Pau

2017 year and completed Burghley 2015. Entered Badminton

2018 as one of the best hopes for a British bred result. Bred

by Nicola Dickson and Sally Williams.

Parkfield Quinessential - (Quicksilber x Carino Sun) Elite

(9.08) Dressage section and Elite (9.23) SJ section as a foal

in 2008. Ridden by Holly Woodhead, won the CNC** at Tyrella

2018 following from a 3rd place at Belton CIC**. 2017 3rd in

the CIC***8/9Yo at Blenheim. In 2014 had x 2 CIC* victories.

Bred by Parkfield Breeding.

Pencos Crown Jewel – (Jumbo x Rock King) Elite (9) as a foal

in 2009. Competing Advanced with Rosalind Canter. CIC**

placed, winner CCI*, competed at Le Lion D’Angers World

Championships 2016. Bred by Pennie Wallace.

Spring Ambition - (Handel II x Spinway Prosperity) - Higher

First (8.71) as a foal in 2009. Competing Advanced with Ros

Canter. CIC**Bred by Ian Scott.

Tregilder - (Royal Concorde x Hand in Glove xx) – Higher First

(8.75) as a foal in 2010. Placed CCI ** now with Oli Townend.

Bred by Preci Spark Event Horses.

Parkfield Quintessential and Holly Woodhead Blenhim CIC***

Image courtesy of Parkfield Breeding


Renkum Centre Star

Futurity 2009 - C. Payne


Renkum Centre Star

Photo AES

MFS Dandyman - (Marlon x Holland) Elite (9.21) as a

yearling in 2009. Exported to Germany and winning at

1.40m level. Bred by Morayfirth Stud.

Handels Classic – (Handel II x Splitau) Elite (9.32) as a

3yo in 2009. Has been jumping 1.50m at CSI****, now

winning with a young Norwegian rider. Bred by Viki


Renkum Centre Star - (Renkum Off Centre x Quick

Star)- Elite (9.07) as a 3yo in 2009. Has been jumping

1.50m at CSI****FEI 4 star shows. Bred by Renkum Stud.

Arrietty - (Armitage x Esteban) Elite (9) as a foal

in 2010 Just started international career with Alex

Thompson. Breeder Geraldine Ward.

Grenacres Diadoro - (Diarado x Vigaro Z) Higher

First (8.61) as a foal in 2010 Best British bred 7 year

old of 2017, qualified for the Talent Seekers Final at

HOYS ridden by Mark Williams. Bred by Ella Taylor,

Greenacres Stud.

Kaalif – (Silver Zaanif x Pevensey Safari) Higher First (8.53) as a 2yo in 2012 The winner of the AHS Sports Horse class at the

British National Championship show as a 3 year old and was ridden champion at the Crabbet Arabian show as a 5 year old.

Advanced Endurance competitor with Susan Hawes. Bred by Anne Brown.



British Breeding


Hocus Pocus - Photo Kevin Sparrow

With much work having gone on behind the scenes, we are

absolutely delighted to announce the dates and plans for

our 2018 British Breeding Baileys Futurity evaluations. As

always, the aim of the Futurity is to identify talented horses

that will go on to compete successfully in the future, but it

will also offer much more!

A Wider Choice of Locations and Dates

In order to make the Futurity accessible to as many breeders

as possible, the series will be held over two separate weeks

this year, one in late July and one in late August, to give you

a choice to present foals and young stock at the peak of their

development. As in previous years, the Futurity will be open

to foals, yearlings, 2 and 3 year olds in the disciplines of

Dressage, Endurance, Eventing and Show Jumping.

The 2018 series will take place across 11 locations:

23rd July - Xanstorm Equestrian, Lanarkshire, Scotland

24th July - Richmond Equestrian, North Yorkshire

25th July - Derby College Equestrian Centre, Derbyshire

26th July - Kings EC, Herefordshire

27th July - Catherston Stud, Hampshire

28th July - Tall Trees Arena, Devon

20th Aug - Writtle College, Essex

21st Aug - The College EC, Keysoe, Bedfordshire

22nd Aug - Swallowfield EC, The Midlands

23rd Aug - Tushingham Arena, Cheshire

24th Aug - Northcote Stud, Lancashire

This marks an increase in the number of Futurity venues from

last year in order to make the series attractive and accessible

to more breeders. Familiar venues have been joined by some

new locations, and all offer a safe, indoor environment that

breeders have come to expect at Futurity evaluations.

Enhanced Benefits

Woodlander Woodstock - Photo Kevin Sparrow

While maintaining the same entry price for the Futurity, we

are working on numerous added benefits to you, to ensure

that the Futurity provides not only excellent value for money,

but also a great return on the time and effort invested by all


Discussions with veterinary practices are on the way to offer

a wider range of veterinary services on the day, including

marking sheets and microchipping, which you can then send

to your relevant breed societies for registration of your foals.

Studbooks are also invited to use the Futurity events as an

opportunity to connect with their breeders. The Futurity

has always been a great vehicle for public recognition for

British breeders, as Futurity reports are picked up widely

by regional, national and international media. There will be

an opportunity to expand this by using the Futurity website

and the presence of excellent professional photographers

and videographers to provide additional sales and marketing

opportunities to our breeders in the form of online classifieds

and social media exposure.



By enhancing the sales and marketing potential of the

Futurity, we want to attract larger audiences to become

interested in British breeding. The series offers anybody an

ideal opportunity to enjoy a great day of looking at beautiful

horses and meeting their breeders.

Anybody looking to buy a young horse can use the series as

an opportunity to see a wide range of horses. The added

benefit to buyers is the reassurance that each foal and horse

has been seen and assessed by a reputable veterinarian and

by a panel of highly qualified judges, making it a go-to place

to find future talent. The Futurity is also a great opportunity

for young breeders and riders to come and learn about young

horse development. We are planning to work with the British

Young Breeders and equine students and apprentices to widen

participation and accessibility of breeding.

We are also collaborating with the British Breeders Network

to organise an end-of-season Futurity Championship,

which will provide a great opportunity for celebration and

recognition of the outstanding achievements of British

breeders across the country.

World-Leading Evaluation System

The Futurity provides excellent continuity in a consistently

high level of integrity and quality of its assessment systems.

We are investing in state-of-the-art systems and inviting

world-leading experts to fulfil the Futurity’s potential

as a vehicle for national and global recognition for the

achievements of British breeders.

Above all, the Futurity offers what no other evaluation

system can, and this is what makes it unique across the

world: An objective and detailed feedback system based

on performance potential for everyone in Britain breeding

sport horses and ponies from licensed or approved stallions,

irrespective of studbook or breed. We will maintain the

holistic approach of the Futurity evaluation system, including

a specialist veterinary assessment and a linear description by

highly respected evaluators with international experience.

New for 2018 will be an enhancement of the linear score

sheets to make them easier to understand and more

meaningful as a useful feedback mechanism for you, with a

physical copy available for breeders to take home on the day.

The Futurity will be going back to the system of having all

evaluators together in the ring, so that each horse is assessed

by the full panel.The panel will also include highly regarded

international judges, which will give a wider perspective and

help to fulfil the remit of the Futurity as a way of identifying

future FEI prospects.

The veterinary assessment at the Futurity evaluations is

central to providing confidence in the quality of British

bred young stock and presents a highly useful feedback

opportunity. It covers key indicators of long term soundness

and suitability for the sport, as well as giving valuable

guidance on the correct management of young horses. The

correct management of broodmares, foals, and young horses

is crucial to ensuring the best long-term outcomes for British

bred horses. We are therefore delighted that the Futurity

continues to be supported by Baileys Horse Feeds who will be

our headline sponsor again for 2018, and who will continue

to provide their highly valued and popular nutritional advice

to all participants. We are also putting in place a veterinary

advisory panel of national and international experts in

the field to ensure the quality and consistency of the


State-of-the-Art Data Collection & Management

New for 2018 and beyond will be that linear score data will be

collected and recorded in a way that enables future analysis

on the heritability of traits and the connection between

characteristics observed in foals and future performance


Linear score data are not only a great feedback opportunity

for breeders on their existing foals and young horses. They

are a way of collecting objective data that will allow British

breeders to identify trends in breeding and hone their future

breeding decisions. As we go forward, the Futurity database

will turn into a great resource for everyone involved.

Crucially, it will be important for British Breeding to work

with the Olympic disciplines to share performance data. In

order to make all this possible, the Futurity will benefit from

a purpose-built data management system and related IT

software sponsored by the Anglo European Studbook.

Our new Futurity database is already set up to link to FEI

performance records. However, there has always been a gap

in terms of traceability of Futurity graduates in National

competitions. By setting out to map national performance

records onto our Futurity database, we will be able to see

how the traits we observe in foals and young horses may – or

may not – translate into performance attributes later on. We

will also begin to see which British stallions and mare families

are passing on particular performance attributes.

Getting More People Involved

To foster a wider understanding of the assessment of young

horses, and of the evaluation system and its implementation,

several training events are being organised across the UK

that will be open to breeders and interested parties to come

and judge a range of young stock alongside the Futurity

evaluators. This will give breeders an opportunity to learn

more about what the judges are looking for, and to become

closely acquainted with the information and detail the

evaluation system can provide. Transparency is important

to us, and we want people to become more involved in the

Futurity process and in breeding more generally. We are

grateful to the British Horse Foundation for their continued

support of the Futurity this year, which has allowed us

to introduce informative activities designed to widen

engagement and fulfil the Futurity’s potential as a place to

learn and encourage.

Beyond the Futurity: The Equine Bridge

We all recognise the importance and potential of the Equine

Bridge as a pathway for British bred horses into the sport.

With representation on our board from the three Olympic

disciplines, we will foster a greater connection between

breeder, riders, and owners, and offer a new and far reaching

approach to making the Equine Bridge an integral part of the

sport and a mechanism for the discovery and recruitment

of talent. This requires a fresh approach, and the British

Breeding Futurity Bridge will therefore be re-launched in

2019. Horses that have already qualified for 2018 will be able

to join the programme next year.

How to get in Touch: British Breeding are setting up

an online entry system for the series, links to which will be

provided in due course via the

website. Anybody interested in the Futurity can get in touch:

Eva: 07834 194821,

Rachael: 07850 017587,



News from the


It is a pleasure to introduce this British Breeder issue’s

cover boy, the AES Approved stallion Cobra 18 who jumped

internationally at 1.50m before retiring from the sport due to

a severe injury. As a result, Cobra is now able to concentrate

fully on his career as a breeding sire with bloodlines that

present a great addition to the AES stallion portfolio, offering

a great combination of the legendary Cornet Obolensky and

Ramiro Z with that all important thoroughbred injection

behind through Usurpator XX.

It is going to be another busy summer for the Anglo European

Studbook, as we are looking forward to selections for our

third AES Elite Foal Auction on 17th August at Addington

Manor EC and to our increasingly popular AES mare gradings

and foal evaluations tours. As we are seeing AES horses

compete at the very top of their game in all three Olympic

disciplines, it is exciting to meet this year’s crop of foals

among whom we are sure to find the next generation of

international stars.

To support the important work done by British Breeding

and the Futurity Evaluations to identify and nurture young

talent, we are delighted to support the new company by

providing it free of charge with our purpose-built state-ofthe-art

database management and IT system and software.

We envisage that this great initiative will go from strength

to strength, holding the key to ensuring a prosperous and

successful future for British breeders.

AES Horses in the Sport

Congratulations to Danielle Goldstein and her fabulous mare

Lizziemary (Cabri d’Elle x Acord II) who won the $384,000

CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix at Wellington in February. This is

another outstanding result for Danielle Goldstein and her

plucky mare who was bred in Britain by Mike Dawson. To

take the win, Danielle and Lizziemary had to beat five other

pairs in the jump-off from an original field of 40. They were

one of only two clear rounds in the jump off, and finished an

impressive 10 seconds ahead of their nearest competitor.

This year’s sunshine tour saw a plethora of wins for AES

horses, including a Grand Prix victory for Billy Twomey

with Kim Barzilay’s Kimba Flamenco (Je t’aime Flamenco x

Heartbreaker) at Vejer de la Frontera. Another pair going

from strength to strength are Michael Whitaker and JB’s Hot

Stuff (Locarno x Cavalier Royale), who is owned by her

FHS Diamond in the Rough

breeder Jayne Bean. The two counted among their successes

this year a victory in the Göteborg Grand Prix.

Closer to home, it has been all about girl power, with two

fabulous AES mares going from strength to strength in

British Dressage among tough competition. At the BD Winter

Nationals, River Rise Escarla (Lord Leatherdale x Ferro), now

half owned and ridden by Charlotte Dujardin, won both the

PSG and the Magic PSG Freestyle. Another up-and-coming

star is Charlotte’s River Rise Nisa (Negro x Amsterdam), also

bred by Sarah Tyler-Evans, who claimed the Charles Owen

advanced medium honours and the Albion medium gold title.

AES Elite Foal Auction

Now in its third year, the AES Elite Foal Auction is

experiencing a phenomenal growth and presents an

outstanding opportunity for breeders for whom the auction is

a shop window to exhibit their stock to worldwide audiences.

As in previous years, the selection of foals and their

promotion will be handled by us at no cost to you. We will

spend late June and the first two weeks in July to travel

across the country to see and assess the best foals bred in all

three Olympic disciplines.



We are proud of our linear scoring system, which provides a

description of the entire horse and all its gaits. To make sure

that we are completely up-to-date in our assessments, we

attend the annual WBFSH International Workshops on Linear

Scoring in the Warmblood Horse, where colleagues from all

international studbooks come together and compare their

scoring systems and evaluate a range of horses.

This gives us a great opportunity to set a global standard for

studbook assessments, something that we think is crucial

This gives us a great opportunity to set a global standard for

studbook assessments, something that we think is crucial

when it comes to supporting our breeders in producing future

FEI horses.

Filly bred by Sally Forster

We will take photographs and video footage to help with

the online promotion, as well as with the production of a

high quality catalogue that will be sent out to thousands of

contacts. For the auction itself, we are again teaming up with

Brightwells who will handle the business side, enabling us

to use the popular Young Horse Championships at Addington

Manor EC as the perfect backdrop to the event.

We look forward to seeing your auction entries, if you want to

find out more, please contact Eva: who will book you in for

your auction assessment. Please make sure you get in touch

in good time for the selections to avoid disappointment.

AES Mare Gradings and Foal Evaluations

Mare gradings do not have to be daunting. Our evaluators

are very friendly, and it is important to us that you find the

experience useful and enjoyable. We organise several grading

tours alongside our various activities over the summer, as

well as stand-alone tours. You can come to one of our grading

venues, or we can come to you.

We are also very pleased to be supporting the Elite Foals

Registration Tour this summer, which will be a great

opportunity for British breeders. To find out more, why not

contact Eva or Lucy: and

AES Stallion Gradings Spring Series

The AES team of national and international evaluators

enjoyed another successful and inspiring series of public

gradings this spring. Public stallion grading tours take place

twice a year, in the spring and in the autumn, using a series

of venues across the UK.

The AES mare grading system is an opportunity for you to

receive detailed and helpful feedback about your mares

and their offspring, and an opportunity for us to get a good

idea about the quality of all the AES broodmares and the

foals produced by the stallions licensed or recognised by the


Cornet’s Pleasure

Stallions are given a detailed linear score feedback, which is

also accessible via our public database, thus giving breeders

useful information for their stallion choices. It is a pleasure

to introduce some of the new additions and welcome them to

our studbook:

At Northcote Stud, we licensed two different and very

promising young dressage stallions who will be available to

breeders on their initial license:

Mandy Sanderson of Longacres Stud presented a young

coloured stallion bred by Suzy Mainprice called First

Impression (UCS Flawless x Udo van Padhuis x Rubin Royal).

First Impression showed three good, correct gaits and a

powerful hind leg, as well as having very attractive markings

that will be of interest to many breeders of coloured horses.

First Impression



First Impression provides a great mix of coloured breeding

DNA with outstanding proven dressage blood from Floriscount

in the sire and Rubin Royal in the dam. Recently, Mandy very

tragically lost her much loved stallion Samara Fly, and we

know that she will do a wonderful job with this promising

young stallion who has some very big boots to fill.

Caroline Leigh of Stretton Hall Stud presented her own bred

stallion King Leatherdale SHS (Lord Leatherdale x Negro x

Sadenio) who convinced the evaluators with three excellent

elastic and expressive gaits. King Leatherdale is the full

brother to the multiple licensed stallion Chapter Leatherdale

who is standing on the Continent, thus giving breeders in

this country direct access to some of the best continental

breeding lines. From the same pairing came also the Elite

mare Dreamer. King Leatherdale’s mother is a sport Elite

mare with a successful competition record in the UK and the


We then paid a special visit to Future Sport Horses in

Yorkshire where we caught up with Julia Hodkin and her

beautiful stallions and their offspring. Both Future Illusion

and Future Gravitas were awarded a highly deserved lifetime

approval. Future Illusion had to cut short his very promising

competition career due to a severe injury, but has since more

than proven himself as a breeding sire of outstanding and

versatile offspring. He has a way of really stamping his stock

with his beautiful type, which he combines with passing on

excellent performance ability and temperament, making

him a popular choice with those seeking to breed a serious

event horse, as well as for wider purposes, including showing.

Future Gravitas is enjoying a successful competition career,

and we were able to catch up with him at the winter dressage

nationals at Hartpury earlier in the month. His main domain

is eventing, and he brings an exciting cocktail of bloodlines

via his outstanding sire Grafenstolz and a good dose of more

blood through the dam sire Bohemond XX. He is another

stallion with great athleticism and wonderful type.

We finished the day at Foxisle Stud where we enjoyed

meeting a few fantastic broodmares, as well as a beautiful

son of the AES stallion Quinlan Z called Foxisle Olympus

(Quinlan Z x Handel Elite x Guidam) who was bred by Steve

Fagg and presented by Tina Grey. Quinlan Z is a young stallion

competing internationally with Emily King, by Quinar out of

a Contender mare from the famous Holsteiner Stamm 18A2.

Handel Elite and Guidam require no further introduction.

Foxilse Olypmus’s grandmother Run and Go van Thornesele

has competed internationally at 1.40m and is half-sister to

the 1.50m international showjumper Lexus van Thornesele Z

and Rebel van Thornesele, as well as the stallion Centolys Z.

The last day of our stallion grading tour took us to Catherston

Stud where we saw a range of very interesting young show

jumping stallions. Edward Bleekman presented a very

attractive son of Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve out of a Lux x

Calvados x Ramiro Z mare. He convinced the evaluators with

three outstanding balanced gaits and an excellent attitude in

the loose jumping assessment.

On behalf of Gerda Weston of Weston Warmbloods, Edward

also presented Cornets Pleasure WW (Cornet Obolensky x

For Pleasure x Nimmerdor) who convinced with three very

good gaits, beautiful type and an enormous amount of

scope. Cornet Obolensky needs no introduction, nor does

For Pleasure, however, what makes this such an exciting and

unique opportunity for breeders is that the mother, Jella

Ariane vd Bucxtale is the full sister to none other than Scott

Brash’s 1.60m horse Hello Forever and the international

1.50m stallion Vaillant.

Future Gravitas

We finished the day off on another high with Maddie Gardner’s

lovely stallion FHS Diamond in the Rough who carries the

influential blood of Solitair (Voltaire x Libero H) combined

with a full thoroughbred mother by Strong Gale XX who sired

successful international eventers such as Moonfleet XX. This

beautiful stallion has outstanding type and convinces with

great trainability and temperament, which he passes on to

his offspring. The team saw the stallion jumping, as well

as showing his dressage training. He is now working at PSG

at home and recently qualified for the BD Winter Nationals

at Advanced Medium. The stallion was awarded lifetime

approval based on his presentation on the day, as well as his

own competition record and the quality of his offspring.


Earlier in the Spring we were also delighted to catch up with

Solaris Sport Horses’ stunning stallion Kambarbay at the

Northern Stallion Showcase. Kambarbay was awarded lifetime

approval in recognition of the outstanding quality of his

offspring. He passes on a wonderful type, and his foals have

impressed across the board, and from a wide range of mares,

achieving excellent futurity scores, winning at foal and breed

shows, and being selected for the AES Elite Auction. He is a

truly unique horse who is making his mark on breeding in this

country and across the world.

Congratulations to all the breeders and owners involved in

this successful spring gradings series. We would like to thank

all the venues who so generously supported our tour and we

look forward to working with you all again. To find out more

about our next round of stallion gradings, which will take

place in the late autumn this year, please do not hesitate to

contact Eva:



Elite Foal Auccon

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All other passports from £25

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The Arab Horse Society celebrates its Centenary this

year and to mark this is hosting a range of events

during the year. The first was a Parade of Performance

horses held on Saturday 28th April at the Sir Peter

O’Sullevan Arena at Palace House, Newmarket. It

showed the full diversity of the Arabian influence on

the modern day competition horse with pure Arabs from

Racing, Showing and Endurance being paraded, but also

Part-Breds and Anglo Arabs representing Eventing, Show

Jumping, Dressage and Showing.

Some of the Stallions paraded included:

Tomatillo (Tarnik x Mellita) the 5yr old Part Bred Arab Stallion

Clone of the Olympic Eventing Gelding, Tamarillo. Tamarillo

was a hugely successful Event horse being long term member

of the British Eventing team and winner of Badminton and

Burghley CCI****.

Mukhtar Ibn Eternity (Eternity Ibn Navarrone D x Monsson)

NaStA Graded and AHS Premium performance Arab stallion

who is truly dual purpose having successfully competed BE,

SJ,D as well as being a multi-champion show horse in hand

and under saddle. He qualified for the BE Arena Eventing

Champs in 2016/17 and earlier this was awarded the WAHO


Incognito (Indoctro (KWPN) ex Turkish Candle (Anglo Arab)–

Part Bred Arab 8yr old Gelding who moved up to Intermediate

in 2017 completing last season with a double clear in the 7yr

old Championships. He has frozen semen stored.

Yawl Hillbilly (Dhruv x Burrowshot Lass) – NaStA Graded &

AHS Premium Elite Stallion competing in Advanced Endurance

rides. He completed 4 FEI 160km 3* rides. He also competed

at BE100.

Fifty Shades of J & Abi Shaw

Silvern Prince (Prince Sadik x Silvern Image) AHS Premium

Stallion. Won all four of the most coveted titles in

Ridden Showing; The British National Championships, UK

International Championship, Royal International Ridden

Arabian Championship and the Horse of the Year Show

Supreme Championship.

Fames Dakota (Dakota Ink Spots x MS Fames Jubilee) Tobiano

part bred arab AHS Premium Stallion and also graded with

the Sports Pony Studbook . Qualified for the 2016/2017 BD

summer regionals and for the 2018 BD winter regionals.

CF Winter Amadeus (Rumak x Winter Persephone) Won 2014

Endurance GB Novice Championships. Member of the EGB

Inter Regional Championships winning team, was the 2017 AHS

Performance Horse Awards Reserve Champion. He was 5th in

the EGB Senior Champs.

Arabian blood has long influenced many sports horse

bloodlines but has particularly had influence in Eventing. Top

International Event riders have long found Anglo-Arab blood

an essential ingredient in the world class eventing horse. The

Anglo Arab is the prefect base for breeding a horse that has

stamina, courage to tackle 4 star tracks, speed, paces for

dressage and the desire to jump clean.

Fifty Shades of J (Chilensky x Phyches Precious Gemm R) 5yr

old Grey Part-Bred mare (51% Arab). In her first season BS

has already amassed 123 BS Points qualifying for the British

Novice Regionals, Horsequest Winter Champs.

Treenhill Aristotle (AH Cheshmak x Treenhill Shillelagh)

Premium Graded Stallion with SHB(GB), received a higher first

at the 2014 Futurity. Aristotle is also a registered as a Sports

Horse Pony and AHS Premium Stallion. Anglo Arab British

National Champion in 2016, AHS Reserve Supreme in hand

champion 2016. Under saddle he was reserve British National

Champion Anglo Arab. British Arabian Championships Supreme

Overall Champion among other titles. He was also 2nd in the

BD Arab Dressage Champs.


Fames Dakota


Top horses carrying such bloodlines include:

Tamarillo (Tarnok x Mellita) Three Day Event Multi Champion

Badminton & Burghley CCI**** winner as well as multiple

GB Team member and Olympic Event Horse, Surocco du

Gers (Dorsay x Anglo Arab mare Jalienny) 7yr old World

Young Horse Eventing Champion in 2013 who then went onto

compete for France in the 2014 European Championships.

Upsilon (Canturo out of Anglo Arab mare O’Vive) won two

CCI** in 2016 and then went onto win Blenheim CCI***

Michael Yung’s European Champion fischerTakinou (Jaguar

Mail out of Anglo Arab mare Gita)

Tenareze (Jaguar Mail out of Anglo Arab mare Utopie du

Maury) Double Young Horse World Champion winning both

the 6yr old and 7yr old Championships. He completed his

first season with Harry Meade in the UK winning four events


Silvern Prince - Caroline Sussex

The Arab Horse Society uses the NaStA Performance Test with

an additional conformation examination for Stallions, Mares

and now Geldings to become Premium Horses for Breeding.

The AHS Premium Scheme offers bursaries and awards.

Other Events coming up include:

From 22nd March to the 13th July there is an Arabian Horse

Exhibition ‘From Desert to the World’ running at the National

Horseracing Museum, Newmarket.

CF Winter Amadeus + Pat Guerin

Endurance champions PHA.

West End Photography

Silvern Prince

HOYS Ridden champion Arab


The Arab Horse Society National Show 26th – 28th July at the

Three Counties Showground, Malvern Racing throughout the

season with the International meetings at Windsor racecourse

on 28th May & Dubai International Meetings at Newbury on

14th June, 12th July and 29th July. Endurance Competitions

throughout the season but highlights in the Spring calendar

are FEI CEI1* & CEI** Ride Royal Windsor 11th May, Golden

Horseshoe 19/20 May, FEI CEI*, CEI**, CEIYR**, CEI***Euston

Park 23rd/24th June. | www. |



Has had a fantastic start

to the New Year.

British Hanoverian horse owners collected an

array of awards at the British Breeders Award

Ceremony, held in January, at the Grange City

Hotel, London.

The British Dressage Young Horse Awards went to

four-year-old Waverley Dante (Dimaggio out of

Floria by Furst Heinrich) who is owned by Greg

Sims and bred by Sara Longworth. The five-yearold

award went to Hawtin’s San Floriana who is

owned by Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin,

bred by Judith Davis of Hawtins Stud.

The British Equestrian Federation Award which

was presented to the highest place British

Bred Horse at the 2017 Longines FEI Senior

European Championships went to Dior UKH, who

is by Dimaggio out of St Premium Mare Hetta,

(Hitchcock). The breeder is UK Hanoverians

Suzanne Lavandera and owned by Annabel

Whittet. The best dressage foal was awarded

jointly to Lisa Greenhill’s Who’s that Girl

(Wavavoom x Manhatten) and Lynne Crowden’s

Woodlander Regatta De Blanc (Revolution x


The joint winners, once again were British

Hanoverians. Following on from this huge

success, British Hanoverians were out in full

force at the NAF Five Star Winter Dressage

Championships at Hartpury in April. The Winter

championships were a great success for British

breeding as many of the titles and top placings

went to British bred horses.

Charlotte Dujardin and Hawtins San Floriana

(San Amour I x Florestan) claimed two

championship titles at the show, in the novice

and elementary classes. Sam Rahmatallah and

her own Hawtins Falerno (Furst Romancier out

of Hawtins State Premium Mare World’s Finest)

improved on their position in the advanced

medium to gain a top ten place in the very hot

medium gold class.

Breeder Judith Davis and Hawtins San Floriana

Bridget Tate and Hawtins Werona (Wolkentanz II x Sherlock Holmes) were

already qualified for three classes at the championship and then added a

fourth class by qualifying for the PSG freestyle in Friday’s gala evening.

It was a great experience for this young pair with a lot of promise for the


Bryony Goodwin and Hawtins Soave (by Sir Donnerhall out of Hawtins

Belladonna by Belissimo M) were a close second in the novice gold. Judith

Davis of Hawtins Stud said; “This was the mare’s first championship. We

were so proud of how she coped with the atmosphere and are very excited

about her future. Bryony and Hawtins Duchessa (Decamerone out of Hawtins

Donna Lisa by Don Frederico) finished fourth in the medium gold with 9s for

some of the trot work and the walk, but a few green moments which were

costly. Although having done well in the young horse championships over

the past couple of years, Hawtins Duchessa is relatively inexperienced in


Alice Oppenheimer, another British Hanoverian rider, rode eleven tests

during the Championships. Eight year old, British Hanoverian Headmore

Davina (Dimaggio X Rubenstein x Donnerhall) gave Alice the Advanced

Medium Freestyle title. This mare was consistent through the five days and

was also third in the Albion medium, fifth in the Charles Owen advanced

medium and sixth in the medium Spillers freestyle. Jo Gummer and her

twenty year old Gironde (Garcon x Glucksfall) was thrilled to have qualified

for the Nationals at Inter I, having bought him as a foal and trained him all

the way herself. Jo Blood bought her mare Felicia (Flammengold x Elroon x

Donnerhall) as a two year old and she came second in the Novice Silver.


Sam Rahmatallah and Hawtins Falerno. - Image courtesy of owner


The BHHS has a very busy year planned to start was our

Annual General Meeting was held at Horwood House, Milton

Keynes, on Sunday 24 March 2018 at 1pm.

We have a large number of Hanoverian Day’s planned for the

year, with this year’s Annual Show taking place at Keysoe on

Thursday 27th – Friday 28th September 2018.

We have many more classes planned for this year and will be

holding our Gelding Performance Test again.

British Hanoverians and British Rhinelands are also pleased

to announce that, subject to members demand, it will be

supporting Elite Stallions during their series of Foal Shows

during the summer.

We would like to reassure our members that our regular

Hanoverian Tour will continue as normal and will follow the

same format as in previous years.

Our British Rhineland studbook accepts mares and stallions of

most major studbooks.

There are many cases where it will be possible to register

foals with the Rhineland studbook who are by stallions who

are not approved for the Hannoveraner breeding programme.

What is British Rhineland?

• It is a Breeding programme allowing a broader base of horses

• The same philosophy is employed – following a strong and

well-established Breeding Programme

• Rhineland is a quality brand representing the process –

maintaining the rules and integrity of the process

• The Rhineland brand is global – with the same standards in

UK as internationally

• Stallions come from approved populations and must

achieve a pass in both the testing standards – licensing and


Felicia – Image courtesy of Jo Blood

Hanoverian venues and dates. (NOTE: These are in addition to the Elite Tour)


Sunday 24 June 2018

Saturday 4 August 2018

Sunday 5 August 2018

Monday 6 August 2018

Friday 10 August 2018

Saturday 18 August 2018

Sunday 19 August 2018

Sunday 19 August 2018

Saturday 25 August 2018

Sunday 26 August 2018

Thursday 27 September 2018

Friday 28 September 2018


Mare Performance Test – Fosshey Hanoverian Stud, Cheshire

Regional Foal Show Windmill Dressage - Buckinghamshire

Regional Foal Show Witcham Farm Stud – Cambridgeshire

Regional Foal Show Glossoms Farm Stud – Leicestershire

Regional Foal Show Brownscombe Stud – Devon

Regional Foal Show Court Farm Stud – Herefordshire

Regional Foal Show Hawtins Stud – Gloucestershire

Regional Foal Show Woodlander Stud – Gloucestershire

Regional Foal Show Westoak Stud – Northumberland

Regional Foal Show – Fosshey Stud, Cheshire

Annual Show – Keysoe,

Annual Show – Keysoe

We have still to confirm dates in Ireland, Wales and Scotland

so please visit the website and Facebook pages for up to date


British Hanoverians are also pleased to announce that there is

no price increase this year for grading and registration. British

Hanoverians are also pleased to announce that there is no price

increase this year for grading and registration. For further

information on: Membership, Stallion Registration & Licensing/

Assessment, Mare Grading, Mare Upgrading, Foal Registration etc


Kate Eaton, Studbook Manager, The British Hanoverian Horse Society:

Email: - Telephone: +44 (0) 7479 366 046



Kimba Uttah

Breeders Elite

progeny have

had an excellent

start to the

season both at

home & abroad.

The five year old Tiptoe C.E produced some super results on

the Atlantic Tour in Vilamoura, Portugal this Spring, ridden

by Colin Keeling. He was placed in eleven classes, including

three equal firsts, jumping 12 clears out of a total of 13

rounds contested over the four week tour - the most clears

jumped in the five year old section. He also jumped a treble

clear over the two days of the prestigious European Cup to

finish in fifth place.

Tiptoe is by the Breeders Elite licencsed stallion, Renkum

Radetzky, and is owned by his breeders, Clements Equine,

where Radetzky also stands at stud.

Tiptoe CE

Both Radetzky and Tiptoe’s dam Otesse Rouge have several

other younger progeny registered with Breeders Elite,

including a full sister to Tiptoe C.E.

Meanwhile Breeders Elite horses have also been flying the flag

in the UK. Kimba Uttah, owned by his breeder Kim Barzilay,

and ridden by Emma-Jo Slater claimed the Joshua Jones

Discovery Championship at the Blue Chip Championships, held

at Hartpury.

Uttah is by Kimba Kannarko, Kim’s home-bred stallion with

Kannan and Arco lines. His dam Uttah van het Indihof had a

successful showjumping career herself, and is also the dam of

Kimba Flamenco, currently competing in top level sport with

Billy Twomey.

Breeders Elite will be supporting the Elite Foals Registration

Tour held at studs around the UK between 11th – 22nd August.

We look forward to catching up with many of our breeders

here and seeing this year’s crop of foals.

If you are interested in presenting a stallion

for grading, and for foal registration or other

queries please call the office:

tel. 01684833714





Sport Horse Breeding

of Great Britiain



Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain (SHB-GB) is one of the

oldest studbooks in the UK – our registrations go back to 1885

when we were then called called the Hunter Improvement

Society (HIS) and the majority of horses were bred for

hunting. Today SHB(GB) registers horses from all disciplines

into the studbook and offers owners a wide choice of stallions

suitable for all types of mares.


Others to grade

• PSH Twilight (PSH Overture-Rotspon); the seven-yearold

bred by owner Gary Power has successfully competed

in dressage up to advanced medium.

• Bathleyhills Justified (Garuda K-Andes XX); a sevenyear-old

bred by Penny Walster of Bathley Hill Farm near

Newark and now owned by Penny and rider Jake Fowles.

Justified has also competed in dressage and has started

eventing. He sired the reserve champion foal in the light

horse section at last year’s British National Foal of the

Year Show.

• The After Party (Primitive Proposal XX-Tolan R); bred

and owned by Nick Gauntlett FBHS, the five-year-old by

the SHB(GB) graded thoroughbred Primitive Proposal is a

half-brother to the 2015 grading champion Party Trick.

• The thoroughbred Mullionmileanhour (Mull of

Kintyre-Royal Applause). Formerly of Batsford Stud this

lovely stamp of a thoroughbred is now standing at Great

Brockhamhurst Stud near Betchworth in Surrey.

• Shadwell Stud’s Group 1 winning Arab Handassa

(Madjani-River Mist) is possibly a first for The Society. This

lovely, tough and sound Chestnut Arab stands 16hh and

would be suitable for those looking to refine mares and

ideal for anyone looking to breed an Anglo-Arab. He is

standing at West Kington Stud.

‘The newly graded Ashwey Laurenzo’ © Carole Mortimer

SHB(GB) has recently added seven new stallions to the

studbook. At the recent stallion grading at West Wilts EC

judges Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Henrietta Knight and Roland

Fernyhough awarded the highest mark of the day to Rebecca

Gordon’s six-year-old Ashwey Laurenzo. Bred by Lucy

Sheldrake of the Delaroche Stud, he is a son of Lauriston out

of a mare by Ircolando. Although jumping bred Laurenzo will

soon be out eventing.

• New Priory Stud’s young showjumping stallion NPS

Supernova (Casall-Carthago) is also now SHB(GB)


Badminton SHB-GB

Stallion Parade

The thoroughbred Mullionmileanhour has been graded into the

studbook - Image © Hoofbeats and Pawprints.

Chilli Morning takes centre stage in the main arena last year

(© Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials/Kit Houghton)



The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials offers a unique

opportunity to see some of our graded stallions in the

SHB(GB) Stallion Parade that takes place in the main arena

after the end of dressage on Friday. Stallions in the parade

this year:

1) Jaguar Mail 1997 (Hand in Glove xx-Laudanum xx) This

three-quarter-bred former Olympic showjumper is the

number two sire in the World Breeding Federation for

Sport Horses (WBFSH) eventing sire rankings. Contact Elite


2) Chilli Morning 2000 (Phantomic xx-Kolibri) The 2015

winner of Badminton with William Fox-Pitt also competed at

the Rio Olympic Games in 2016 and now has winning progeny.

Standing at West Kington Stud.

3) Party Trick 2012 (Chilli Morning-Tolan R) Bred by his

owner/rider Nick Gauntlett FBHS, he was champion of the

2016 SHB(GB) spring grading and was 3rd in the Burghley

Young Event Horse final. Available through Chescombe Farm

near Chipping Sodbury.

4) A Moment in Time 2013 (Wish upon a Star-Jumbo). Bred

by owner Carolyn Bates this five-year-old has the bloodlines

of two champion stallions and was himself champion of the

SHB(GB) 2017 spring grading.

Exciting new loose jumping


On the evening of Monday July 2 at Addington EC we

will be holding a brand new loose-jumping competition.

The Sculpture to Wear Performance Horse class, open to

three-year-olds, not only offers a first prize of £500 to

the owner of the winning horse but also a £500 prize to

the breeder and member of SHB(GB) whose horse is the

highest placed British-bred in the top five.

The competition will be held the night before the start

of the two-day SHB(GB) Supreme Championship show.

Another new lucrative championship will be the ‘Breeders

Cup’ which offers a first prize of £1000 to be divided

between the owner and the breeder. The breeder will

also receive a framed oil painting by Rebecca O’Dwyer,

of their winning horse. The winner of every SHB(GB)

affiliated in-hand class held at shows prior to the

Championships will qualify.

Conformation Clinics

5) Tiger Attack 2012 (Dolphin Supreme AA -The Outlaw)

Bred by owners Joanne and William Moran this six-year-old

is a winner in dressage and eventing, has qualified for this

year’s Mitsubishi Motors Cup and bred young stock champions.

Stands at Catherston Stud.

6) Britannia’s Mail 2008 (Jaguar Mail-Jumbo). A son of Jaguar

Mail out of the former Badminton winner Headley Britannia

by Jumbo bred by Lucinda Fredericks. ‘Marley finished last

season at two-star level.

7) Sir Shutterfly 2002 (Silvio I-Forrest) A full brother to the

internationally successful showjumper Shutterfly ridden by

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Standing at Fairlight Stud in


8) NPS Supernova 2012 (Casall-Carthago) This six-yearold

has jumping in his blood being a son of the world class

champion Casall out of a mare by Carthago. He stands at New

Priory Stud near Chippenham.

9) KL Mac 2011 (Larduc-Graf Quidam) – standing at Kington

Langley Stud brings the jumping lines of the famous stallion

Quidam de Revel. Has been competing in dressage and is

a regional novice champion and qualified for summer and

winter championships. Bred and owned Kington Langley Stud

(near Chippenham) where he stands.

10) Timolin 2011 (Totilas-Sion) Catherston Stud’s British-bred

son of dressage star Totilas was Champion of his grading, is

a champion in the show ring, and is winning in dressage and

eventing and siring young stock winners.

11) Glencarrig Dolphin 2010 (Coosheen Stormboy-Coral Star)

– Connemara stallion has been placed in affiliated eventing.

His first offspring out of sport horse mares have been

winners in the showring. Walks in at the Hockerwood stud in


12) Hallmark DS 2010 (West Coast Cavalier-Fourstars Allstar

xx) Irish Sport Horse stallion graded in 2015. Now competing

in eventing. Has already sired winners in the show ring.

Last year we introduced a series of practical clinics

designed to help recognise the importance of

conformation. They proved a popular innovation and we

will be continuing them this year.

The clinics, that are open to all, offer a unique

opportunity to discuss the conformation of several horses

during a one-to-one session with a listed judge. Or bring

a friend – pairs welcome if you would prefer company.

These clinics are especially useful for those hoping to

attend a judge’s assessment.

We aim to run the clinics throughout the summer at

venues around the country; keep an eye on the website

and our FaceBook page for future dates.



Mare Grading

Equine Reproduction Centre

Annie Clover was last year’s leading graded mare

SHB(GB) believes that mare grading is as equally important

as stallion grading and we are delighted that B&W Equine

Vets will again be sponsoring the prizes at the end of our

mare grading series. B&W Equine Vets have a dedicated

stud and reproduction team based at the Willesley clinic,

nr. Tetbury, in Gloucestershire where they also stand the

SHB(GB) graded stallion Royaldik.

We are happy to grade mares of all types as long as they are

at least three-years-old and stand 14.2hh (148cm) or more,

with or without foal at foot and in-hand only. Depending

on the mark and pedigree, mares that pass will be graded

accordingly into one of our studbooks. While we will soon

be arranging venues around the country although we are

also happy to come to you on the proviso there are six

mares and a safe outdoor arena or small enclosed paddock.

• The leading mares of the year, sponsored by B&W

Equine Vets will receive a generous Service Voucher (valid

for 2 years) to be used against the cost of an SHB(GB)

graded stallion, registered for the current year.

• All mares that are graded into the Head Studbook will

receive a £100 voucher for the cost of the registration

(including DNA testing) of her foal.

• Progeny foaled in the UK out of an SHB(GB) graded mare

by an SHB(GB) graded stallion (or a stallion standing abroad

that fulfills the SHB(GB) criteria), will be eligible

for registration in the Main studbook.

If you would like to bring your mare forward for

grading, or arrange a mare grading, contact the

office. Marian will be pleased to answer any of your

breeding queries especially those relating to passports,

registration or grading rules and regulations.

All information pertaining to stallion and mare grading

can be down-loaded from the website. Stallion and

mare grading dates will be advertised on the front

page and on our FaceBook page:

T: 01732 866277


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Silken Creme

The Sports Pony Studbook Society

SPSS Update

Spring is here and as well as being a busy

time for members with stallions and those

expecting and planning for foals, the Sports

Pony Studbook Society (SPSS) committee

are hard at work planning another UK-wide

grading and evaluation tour.

Success Breeds Success

The SPSS has always promoted grading and evaluation as

key to improving the quality of British-bred sports ponies

and we are delighted that each year more British-bred SPSS

passported or registered ponies with SPSS graded sires and/or

dams are coming through to top level competition.

So far in 2018, we have seen SPSS registered George Clooney

B.S. & Sophie Taylor in the top placings in international pony

dressage. George was bred by Julie Lockey of Bramley Stud

and is by Godrics Stud’s SPSS Elite graded senior stallion,

Caesar 171, out of SPSS registered Ballarena F.H. (Santano

x Democrat). George and Sophie were in the top 3 in all the

classes at the Keysoe CDIP in March, winning the Individual

Class. Then in April they went to Belgium for the Sint-Truiden

CDIP and excelled against strong opposition from top German

& Dutch riders to be 2nd in the Team Test and only beaten

by the experienced combination of Jana Lang & 12 year old

NK Cyrill (FS Champion de Luxe x Power Man) whose previous

international competition was the 2017 Pony European

Championships - where they won the team test – a huge

contrast to 7 year old George on his first trip overseas.

Others doing well and representing GB in international pony

dressage this year have been George’s full sister, SPSS Elite

graded Ella (SPSS Elite Caesar 171 x Santano) who, ridden

by Sophie Williams, competed for GB at the Keysoe CDIP

and in the Netherlands at the Nieuw en Sint Joosland CDIP

(where they were 3rd in the individual consolation class).

Photos -

Then Maddy Whelan and SPSS passported Beaurepaire Frodo

(SPSS Elite Littledale Bright Star x Florencio I) were 4th at

the Keysoe CDIP – which meant that 3 of the top 4 ponies in

this class were British-bred, a major step forward from the

situation a few years back when to be competitive a

German-bred pony was perceived as essential.

The 8 year old Beaurepaire Frodo was bred by Penelope

Makins out of her small horse Beaurepaire Florence (Florencio

I x Sandro Hit), whose pedigree also includes the legendary

Hanoverian sire Weltmeyer. Frodo’s sire, SPSS Elite graded

Littledale Bright Star (aka “Titch”), who is just 127cms tall,

has frequently been used by Catherston Stud and others on

horse mares to reduce their size while maintaining the quality

with two of his other progeny also competing at international

level, one in Eventing and one in Showjumping.

Beaurepaire Frodo and Maddy Whelan - ©

These successes led to Titch being awarded the prestigious

2017 SPSS Pony Performance & Breeding Award at the 2018

British Breeders Dinner. The award was collected by Philly

Adams (his co-breeder along with her grandmother, Mrs

Littledale) and Jennie Loriston-Clarke of Catherston Stud,

Littledale Bright Star’s home for many years.



Some exciting 2018 sports pony foals whose sire and dam are both SPSS graded – Connemara Barrowby Virtue, by SPSS graded

Killour Star, and his dam Quelle du Netz (left); Ghabar Magic Flute, by Speyksbosch Diablo and out of Craiglea Flute (centre) and

MM Sweet Sass by Chartstürmer WE and out of Sweet Fancy (right).

British Passports for British

Sports Ponies

As a DEFRA recognised Passport Issuing Organisation, the

SPSS issues pedigree passports to enable

British-sports pony breeders to clearly identify their foals

as British-bred for sport. Hence, the SPSS will not only

issue passports the progeny of SPSS graded mares

and/or stallions (regardless of expected adult height) but

will also passport foals by EU-based licensed sports pony

(and horse) stallions and other licensed stallions where

the breeder’s intent is to breed a sports pony or small

horse. To encourage breeders not to leave passporting

their foals too late (by law it must be done by the end

of the year of birth), there is a £25 discount off the cost

of an SPSS foal passport if it is applied for by the 1st

November in the year of birth. If you have any questions

regarding passporting a foal with the SPSS, please contact

the Studbook Office and ask to speak to the Studbook

Secretary, Phil Cole.

Pony European Championships

The ultimate achievement for any sports pony is being picked

to represent GB at the annual Pony European Championships

and the next few months will be a tense time for all the top

ponies and riders as they compete for the team places under

the watchful eyes of their discipline’s selectors. This year, it’s

very exciting that the Championships are being held in the

north of England, from 7-12 August, at Bishop Burton College,

near Beverley, East Yorkshire. SPSS representatives once again

plan to be there to cheer on Team GB and report back on

what is the ultimate achievement for any dressage, jumping

or eventing pony. As well as the British-bred dressage ponies

mentioned above, we are looking forward to seeing Britishbred

jumping and eventing ponies, like the 2015 SPSS Reserve

Supreme Champion mare, Sarah Rook’s homebred Stambrook

Miss D’Mena (FS Don’t Worry x Tsing Lite) and Mollie Harris

who are contesting the Eventing Pony Trials – as well as the

Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton.

Select to Succeed - Mare Grading

Alongside it being clear that success breeds success, it is also

evident that the grading of mares is a key aid to breeders, be

they a large stud or someone with just one beloved mare. So

as well as recommending that mare owners carefully select a

stallion to suit their mare, the SPSS encourages all breeders

to present their mares for grading and we are happy to see

mares from 2 years old upwards, including those in-foal and/

or with a foal at foot or any which may be bred from in the

future. All breeds of mare are welcome to attend, including

ones with missing or unknown pedigree as the primary focus

is on the conformation and movement required to produce

athletic and sound sports pony progeny. The SPSS grading

process is the perfect opportunity to have an assessment

by expert and unbiased eyes – and, as a bonus, any foals at

foot will be evaluated for free as will 2 or 3 year old mares

without a foal at foot so that they also have the chance

of gaining an SPSS Premium (for scoring 70% or more) or

Gold Premium (for those that score 80% or more) to further

enhance their credentials as quality sports ponies or small


NEW for 2018 Mare Performance Testing

For the very first time in 2018, the SPSS will be holding Mare

Performance Testing at every SPSS Tour venue, alongside

our Stallion & Mare Gradings and Youngstock Evaluations.

This will be open to all SPSS graded mares who are 4 years

of age or older and it will be possible for the mare to be

graded earlier on the same day. We will very much follow

the continental model for this, with the mares initially being

ridden by their own rider in small groups (3 or 4) of similarly

aged mares. They will be assessed in walk, trot & canter on

both reins for their way of going, their gaits & temperament

with ridden and loose jumping as an option (no mare will be

disadvantaged for not jumping). Then all mares which pass

this initial assessment will be ridden by our test rider who

will score their rideability. The overall performance test mark

out of 10 for each mare is then calculated by averaging all

the judges’ scores given to a mare, with 7 or above being

considered a pass. All successful mares will get a certificate

and a rosette and, at the end of the year, the highest scoring

mares will be announced as the 2018 Mare Performance Test

Champion and Reserve Champion.

We very much anticipate that this addition to our Grading

& Evaluation schemes will offer a very valuable extra

method for breeders to evaluate and promote their breeding

programme, whilst also allowing sports pony producers to an

opportunity to add a quantified achievement to their ponies

and small horses (up to an expected mature height maximum

of 158cm).




Stallion & Mare Grading, Mare Performance Testing & Youngstock

Evaluations at ALL venues (max height 158cms at maturity).

Entries close 13th August - Late entries may be accepted if

space (late entry fee applies).

Monday 3rd


Sidewood Dressage

Sidewood Farm,

Forth, Scotland, ML11 8ET

1pm – 4pm

Tuesday 4th


Leamside Equestrian Centre

Leamside, Houghton-le-Spring

Tyne & Wear, DH4 6QJ

9am - 4pm

Wednesday 5th


Wellow Equestrian

The Old rectory, Kirton,

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from Clements


The British breeding industry

encompasses a wide range of

experience, size and objectives. Some

people are breeding a one off foal for

themselves out of a favourite mare,

some are breeding small numbers to

ensure they have a good supply of

competition horses coming through,

and some are large scale commercial

operations who stand their own

stallions and have access to the very

best bloodlines.

Each issue of this magazine will feature

an interview with a breeder to find

out how they started, what their

philosophy is and to learn more about

the horses they own and have bred.

Charlotte Taylor runs the Suffolk based

family business Clements Equine with

her husband Rob and her parents

Paul and Valerie Clements. As well

as breeding show jumpers, Clements

Equine is also a thriving AI centre, with

both resident stallions, walk ins and

stallions coming in for dummy training

and semen freezing. They specialise

in taking on older problem mares for

AI and ET work and work very closely

with leading Newmarket vet practice



The Clements Equine Team

Breeding is in the blood. Charlotte’s

grandfather bred Suffolk Punches and

her father bred champion Simmentals

that not only won at every major show

in the country but also allowed the

export of valuable embryos around the

world. The interest in breeding horses

and then show jumpers was a natural

progression from that. Charlotte herself

started out jumping ponies and went

on to be fairly successful up to 1.40m

level. In her late teens her father had a

few good old jumping mares that they

bred the occasional foal from. One of

these was a really good young rider’s

horse called Malaika’s Dream, who

had previously won the British Novice

Final at Horse of the Year Show. When

Charlotte retired Malaika’s Dream the

family started breeding from her.

As the interest in sporthorse breeding

grew, many of the older farm buildings

were converted to accommodate the

horses. The farm has always provided

homegrown hay and straw and it was

a natural progression to take in some

liveries and produce some of the

homebred stock ready for their ridden

careers. After foaling down mares for

friends, their reputation grew and now

they have around 25 mares a year to

foal down.

Things really started to progress

with the purchase of the first stallion

Renkum Radetzky II. He was acquired

after Paul and Charlotte took a mare

to Renkum Stud to be covered by John

Whitaker’s old partner Randi. The then

2 year old Radetzky caught his eye

and he came home to the farm. The

Renkum Valentino son was then joined

by the Irish bred Cavalier Royale son

Shannondale Delta. Both stallions stood

in Ireland for a time but have been

back home in Suffolk for a few years

now. Their addition saw Charlotte &

Paul actively start to purchase some

good mares to support them and there

are now 7 breeding mares on the farm.

As well as producing jumpers,

Shannondale Delta has attracted mare

owners from the eventing world due to

his bloodlines and also the show ring,

including HM The Queen!. Known as

Stuey at home, Charlotte brought the

17 year old stallion to the Competition

Stallions Event in February where he

gained many admirers for his fabulous

temperament and powerful canter and

scope. Stuey was presented there by

Polly Mountford who is a key member

of the team at Clements Equine, riding

many of the young horses and stallions

at home.


stallion choices. She advises all aspiring

breeders not to just look at what works

on paper, but really get know your

mares. She always tries to use really

strong sport proven dam lines.

Delta at the Stallion Show

The third stallion is the 6 year old

Renkum Olinthos. Elvis as he is known

at home was purchased in utero with

his dam Renkum Cobriana who hails

from the Stamm 242 Holstein damline

(famous for producing Ahorn, Liostro

and Coster). She was purchased

for her bloodlines which in the

immediate family include international

competitors Ciano, Campino and

Excelle Z. Elvis is being managed

with the future in mind, and has only

competed lightly and not yet been

pushed against the clock. The focus

has been on age classes. He was placed

in the young horse championships

at Addington last year, jumping

clear in the final. There was further

success in the Weston Lawns 5 year

old championships. He jumped in 13

Newcomer and Foxhunter classes last

year, with 11 double clears.

Charlotte has an Animo daughter due

to him this year and some outside

mares. His half sister Rock n Ruby CE

(by Renkum Rock n Roll) will also be out

competing this year.

Charlotte and Paul have supported

British Sport horse auctions in the

past and 2 years ago purchased a very

smart colt by Levisto at the AES Elite

Auction. His dam is the grandam of

licensed stallion Jackpot TN. The colt

was purchased as a stallion prospect

partly because of his proven pedigree

on both sides and he has developed

into a striking and scopey individual

with a very athletic canter. Being a

rider first has helped Charlotte develop

her own principles with regard to

Renkum Olinthos and Emily Hilton

The current band of young horses are

the first main crop from the mares that

were purchased to support their own

stallions. Previous homebreds were

good amateur horses but the current

crop of 5 and 6 year olds are the most

focused breeding selection for the top

level of the sport.

The star of these so far might be Tiptoe

CE – by Renkum Radetzky out of a

French bred Oldenburg premium mare

who has come through the stables of

Paul Schockemohle and Anthena Onassis

on her way to Suffolk. She has a half

brother by Balou De Rouet jumping

on the World Cup circuit and is by the

International Anglo Arab show jumper

Hermes d’Authieux. Tiptoe was 5th in

European Cup in Vilamoura this Spring

and on the 4 week Atlantic Tour jumped

the most clear rounds out of all the 5

years old (12 out of 13)

Another exciting mare who Charlotte

will be taking embryo transfers from

this year is the 21 year old Atlanta Z,

a winner at 1.50m. She hails from the

immediate dam line of both Global

Champions Tour winner Victoria

(by Tangelo) and the leading Dutch

dressage stallion Chippendale. A family

favourite is the palomino Ard Spun Gold

who was purchased as a foal.

Renkum Olinthos

Known as Barbie for obvious reasons

she has jumped with great consistency

and is now Grade A, winning up to

1.45 and has a number of Puissance

victories. Barbie will also have embryo

transfer foals this year.

If Charlotte doesn’t use her own

stallions on the mares, she often looks

for up and coming young stallions for

her mares. These are often spotted

on the annual trip to the Young Horse

World Championships at Lanaken or on

Ard Spun Gold

the young horse international tours, on

many occasions having followed their

careers since seeing them at licensing

age. It can be a risky strategy but by

really knowing her mares it can allow

Charlotte to use young stallions while

they are affordable, and hopefully

pick a future star. She tends to not sell

foals but prefers to sell once broken

and under saddle. If possible the best

fillies are retained and put into sport

and with the option to then take

embryos, and this will be the preferred

option going forward. This gives the

opportunity to learn more about

their ability and temperament before

breeding from them. Clements Equine

only breed around 5 foals of their own

a year and by not selling till they are

between 4 and 6 years old there is less

pressure to make commercial stallion

choices. The stock can be sold on their

own merits and performances. The stud

has formed great partnerships over

the years with both Colin Keeling and

Emily Hilton who produce for them.

Finally I asked Charlotte what her

advice would be to new young


“Buy the best mare you can afford, 1

good mare is better than 3 average

mares. Don’t be afraid to take a

chance on buying an older mare if it

gives you the opportunity to get into

motherlines that might otherwise

be unobtainable. Don’t be afraid to

use a young stallion and trust your

judgement. Really know your mares

and pick the stallion that suits her

personally, not just the one you like

the best. If you need the stallion to fix

too many aspects of your mare, then

perhaps re-evaluate the mare first

and see if she really fits in with your

programme. Know your market as if

you are not keeping the foal you need

to know what job that foal is going to

do. Never aim to breed average, breed

the most talented athletes you can

without compromising on temperament

and rideability.”

This sensible advice is certainly reaping

rewards with the success the young

Clements Equine horses are having and

it will be interesting to follow their

progress on the international stage.

Article by Sacha Shaw



Sport Horse GB Graded Stallion

for Eventing & Showing

• Horse of the Year Show Cuddy In Hand Finalist.

• British Eventing Section winner himself as a 5 year old on his

dressage score.

• Exceptional Showing record, unbeaten at County Level being

Champion on every single outing as a 3 year old.

• Won or Champion at County Level as an In Hunter, Small

Hunter and Sports Horse.

• Shares paternal line with Bramham CCI*** Winner Chico

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• Dam was 2007 British Equestrian Federation’s Highest

ranked broodmare for dressage in Great Britain.

• His sire was the 2007 British Eventing Breeding PAVO


• His sire was the 2007 BEF Futurity Reserve National

Champion for Show Jumping.

• Full brother to the successful eventer The Classic Composer.

• Full sister to Geminis Classic Valentine – Reserve Champion

at NPS Summer Champs

• Used on a Burghley CCI**** mare in his first season at stud.

• Ideal choice to breed Hunters, Riding Horses, Small Hunters &


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Many of us know that the most

important ingredient in a successful

breeding programme is great

broodmares. But those mares do not

always get the credit they deserve, and

to try and redress the balance slightly,

we are continuing our series profiling

outstanding British broodmares. Sarah

Oppenheimer’s Rubinsteena (Ruby) has

been the cornerstone of the celebrated

Headmore Stud’s success story. The 22

year old mare is the dam of no less than

six 2018 Winter Regional Champions,

which is surely an unprecedented result.

Those champions were:

Headmore Davina (by Dimaggio)

Advanced Medium Freestyle, Medium

Gold and Medium Freestyle Regional


Headmore Dirubinio (by Dimaggio)

Advanced Medium Gold and Advanced

Medium Freestyle Regional Champion

Headmore Bella Ruby (by Belissimo M)

Novice Freestyle Regional Champion

and qualified for the Novice Gold

Winter Championship.

At the recent British Dressage NAF

Five Star Winter Championships, that

winning run continued, culminating

in a 1,2 in the Advanced Medium Gold

Freestyle where Sarah’s daughter Alice

took the National title on Headmore

Davina and the runner up spot on her

full brother Headmore Dirubinio.

Speaking to Sarah it is clear Ruby

is adored by all the family. Sarah

confirmed Ruby always passes on her

correct conformation, including an

amazing front end to her offspring. She

has always been a fantastic mother

but kept her babies in their place and

knows she is the matriarch of the stud.

In addition to the current crop of

Regional and National champions,

Ruby is also the dam of Half Moon

Frizzante (by Furstenreich) the 2011

Winter Elementary Champion who

is now competing at Small Tour,

Headmore Wimoweh (by Woiwode)

now competing Inter II, Headmore

Wrubinstar (by Weserstar) Advanced

Medium, Headmore Dionysus (by

Dimaggio ) qualified Novice Regionals

and Headmore Valentina (by Vilancio)

BEF Futurity Overall Foal Champion

2016 with a score of 9.7.

Headmore Valentina at the Futurity

Photo Kevin Sparrow

As her name suggests Rubinsteena is a

daughter of the legendary Rubinstein

who hailed from the same granddam as

Reiner Klimke’s star Ahlerich.

Rubinstein became one of the most

important stallions in German breeding,

was a Grand Prix performer himself and

is famous for the ridability he passed

on to his descendants.

Among his most famous offspring are

the breeding stallions Rotspon (State

Stud Celle and in the WBFSH Top Ten

Dressage Sires), Regazzoni (Elite sire

now based in the USA and sire of over

14 approved sons), full brothers Royal

Diamond and Rohdiamant (3rd placed

on the 2010 World Rankings and sire of

Romanov and Rubin Royal) and Relevant

(Silver medallist at the 2002 World

Equestrian Games and Bronze medallist

at the 2004 Olympics)

Ruby’s damsire is possibly even more

famous as the foundation sire of the

D line – Donnerhall. Through his sons

and grandsons, Donnerhall is one of

the most dominant forces in dressage

breeding and his blood is often doubled

up on in pedigrees with no ill effects.

Ruby’s motherline is very interesting

too. Her dam Dujana is full sister to

the international Grand Prix horse

Donna Carrera and the dam line has

produced other Grand Prix performers

such as Harmony’s Fiorano and most

interestingly this is also the damline of

the stallion Donnerwetter, sire of none

other than Donnerhall himself! This

implies the crossing of Ruby’s granddam

with Donnerhall was not an accident

but a careful plan to consolidate these

important genetics.

Ruby might be 22, but it is clear her

influence on British dressage breeding

is really only just beginning.

The Oppenheimers will ensure her star

continues to shine at Championship

level for many years to come.

Article by Sacha Shaw



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Future Illusion, Julia Hodkin’s homebred

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Eventing has undergone a number

of changes since the long format

was dropped, one of which has been

the increase in non-Thoroughbreds

competing at the highest levels.

Eventing breeders probably have the

hardest job in breeding for the highest

levels of the sport as the best eventers

have to be proficient in so many areas,

and that talent can be harder to spot

at a young age.

An eventer does need dressage talent

with good basic gaits, with essentially

a great canter otherwise they can be

at a distinct disadvantage after the

first day. Very flamboyant paces may

mean high dressage scores, but this is

at the disadvantage of the horse then

usually having the incorrect mechanics

to really gallop, so a balance must be


Then horses must also be careful

enough in the show jumping phase and

have the courage, tenacity and gallop

to shine in cross-country. On top of this

they require soundness and good health

to enable them to get to the top of the


In addition to trying to combine this

cocktail of skills into one horse,

eventing breeders also face additional

challenges when marketing their stock.

Some riders believe it is not possible

to breed a purpose bred eventer,

or hold on to the view that a 4-star

champion can be picked up for peanuts

as a racecourse reject. To further

complicate matters, most eventers do

not want to take the risk on buying

a foal or a youngster but want an

eventing prospect that is already under

saddle and at least showing an aptitude

for both the show jumping and crosscountry


If all these obstacles have not put

you off, how does a breeder go about

selecting the right mares and stallions

to breed from. The World Breeding

Federations’ annual publication of

the top sires in eventing, does not

at first glance prove to be as useful

a tool as it might be for dressage or

show jumping breeders. Many of the

stallions at the top of the list are dead

and no longer available to breeders:


some are Thoroughbred, some show

jumpers, some traditionally Irish, and

some Warmbloods with very little blood

in their own pedigrees. There are

even some out and out dressage sires

creeping into the lists.

British Eventing (BE) also publishes data

on the top competing stallions, young

horse sires and overall leading sires.

BE aim to promote and incentivise

knowledgeable breeding of event

horses for all levels. The highest placed

British based stallion in the BE 2017 sire

rankings (BE points only) was Ramiro

B, also currently the world number

4. In the number 2 spot in the World

Rankings belonged to the British based

Jaguar Mail, an Olympic show jumper

with a high proportion of Thoroughbred

blood. Both these stallions are now in

their 20s but are still actively breeding.

We then have to drop down to 32nd

place to find the next British based

active stallion – William Fox Pitt’s great

partner Chilli Morning.

We spoke to a number of breeders,

from small breeders looking to produce

a good competitive ride for themselves,

to commercial studs aiming to produce

4-star competitors - to discover more

about their breeding philosophies and

also the challenges they are facing.

Hannah Iddeson

Hannah Iddeson bred the 2017 BEF

Futurity Champion Eventer, Buddy B

Good (Ramiro B x Hamlet). With a keen

interest in breeding and the heritability

of genetics, Hannah set herself key

benchmarks that had to be met when

selecting a stallion. These included

functional conformation and longevity

plus offspring with a good performance

record in the sport. Choosing to breed

rather than purchase gave Hannah a

distinct advantage; she would know

everything there was to know about

her youngster, and so would not be

inheriting any bad habits caused by

incompetent handling. By starting

with a quality mare with good jumping

genetics, she felt that choosing a

sire who was proven to produce top

eventing stock, would give her the best

chance of breeding that elusive top

level eventer.

Buddy B Good - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Rosie De Courcy

Rosie De Courcy has been breeding

eventers under the Libris prefix for

11 years since she first decided to

breed from her retired 3-star mare

Royal Twist. She is a great believer in

the importance of retaining a good

percentage of Thoroughbred blood in

her stock.

Her mantra is ‘A good sport horse

always carries Thoroughbred blood in

his veins. Without it, it doesn’t work.

The Thoroughbred works best through

the mother, just look at Voltaire or

our younger stallions like Quidaro and

Carambola. They produce very modern

foals because they have Thoroughbred

in their pedigree. The use of a

Thoroughbred stallion does require a

long term vision.’

These are the words of leading Dutch

breeder and vet Jan Greve, who

started his career as team vet to the

Dutch Olympic eventing team before

his involvement in show jumping.

Finding that sought after Thoroughbred

blood is not as easy as it seems even in

this country, the cradle of the breed.

Rosie feels that most of the great

Thoroughbred event sires of the past

had two things in common; they got

at least 1 mile 2 furlongs on the Flat,

and they were good ground specialists.

Shaab, Primitive Rising, Kuwait Beach,

Java Tiger, are examples. From this you

can deduce that stamina is vital - sprint

bred horses are not as effective for

eventing purposes. A top of the ground

specialist is also handy for our summer


Having said all of that it, is surprisingly

easy to lose the jump - which after all

is necessary in two of the three phases.

So I asked Rosie how she was retaining

enough Thoroughbred blood without

losing the jump.

“My thinking now is to put show

jumping stallions on Thoroughbred

mares. I’m not so enthusiastic about

stallions bred specifically for eventing.

The event horse is by definition an

all-rounder and I would be afraid of

ending up with a run of the mill jack of

all trades - good although such a horse

might be for the middle grades.”

When I asked Rosie what are the key

attributes you will not compromise on

they were “Stamina, engine, soundness

and trainability. The things you cannot

do without, I think. I can’t count the

number of professional riders who’ve

told me they’ll take trainability over

talent all day long.”

Libris Vagabond, a talented homebred

out of a Thoroughbred dam

Julia Hodkin

Julia Hodkin, owner of Future Sport

Horses, sees more obstacles both as

a breeder and a stallion owner. Julia

says financially things are tougher than

ever for breeders. “Breeders get so

little recognition and sales prices have

not improved in the last ten years,

whereas input costs have risen.” She

would really like to see British Eventing

offering breeder’s prizes at the most

visible level (4-star) and then rolled out

to the young horse championships. Even

if not in the form of a financial reward,

breeders still need the recognition in

order to help to unite breeders and the


“The team that BE send to the World

Young Horse Championship at Lion

D’Angers should be British bred, as

this is the chance for each country to

showcase its breeding stock on the

world stage.”

Julia worries that a lot of stallion

owners have pulled out of that side of

the industry as the financial margins

get ever tighter. If all aspects of the

industry don’t pull together, Britain

will lose its place as one of the premier

producers of eventing stock.

Vin & Liz Jones

Vin and Liz Jones own Preci-Spark

Event Horses, one of the most

successful modern breeders of 4-star

event horses. Stars of their breeding

programme include: Trevidden (by

Fleetwater Opposition), highest placed

British bred horse at Burghley 2017;

Treason (by Hand in Glove xx) winner of

the ERM at Wiesbaden and long listed

for the European Championships; and

4-star mare Trebetherick (by Bolivar).

They have a relatively simple approach

to breeding eventers – take foundation

mares with natural proven ability (as

the importance of the mare cannot be


under estimated), then select a stallion

that compliments their attributes.

This approach has allowed the Jones’

to breed champions all the way from

Futurity evaluations, Young Event

horse classes, through all the grades,

culminating in the toughest 4-star

competitions in the world. Their

stallion selections show a lot of respect

for Thoroughbred and Trakehner blood

as well as use of some more traditional

eventing sires such as Jumbo and

Catherston Liberator. Despite their

success, the Jones’ acknowledge that

this has been an expensive process.

Treason – Picture Courtesy Of Preci Spark

Event Horses

In conclusion, breeding an eventer

is trying to perfect the cocktail of

movement, scope, soundness and

retaining enough blood to ensure

stamina and the ability to gallop. It

is having the resilience to run those

youngstock on until they are under

saddle, and convincing riders to look at

purpose bred stock.

It is certainly not a market for the faint

hearted but, to see a horse you have

bred gallop in front of Badminton House

one day, to watch him or her tackle

the toughest tracks with confidence,

to dream of being presented with the

Richard Matson Trophy as the breeder

of the highest placed British bred horse

at Burghley – those are the dreams that

keep the eventing breeders aiming to

perfect that magic formula.

Article by Sacha Shaw


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Advances In Assisted



For many years, artificial insemination

using chilled and frozen semen has

been the most widely used assisted

reproductive technique(ART) in the

horse-breeding industry.

Assisted Reproductive Techniques:

- AI Fresh, Chilled and Frozen

- Embryo Transfer

- Ovum Pickup (OPU) - OT, IVF, ICSI

- & embryo sex determination

- Cloning

- Embryo and Oocyte Freezing

Embryo transfer(ET) in cattle has been

well established for well over twenty

years as a way to increase the number

of progeny per year from a genetically

superior animal. The use of embryo

transfer in horses has been much

slower to develop, partly due to a lack

of commercial/economic incentive,

combined with a much lower yield of

embryos. Cattle can be successfully

super-ovulated (given a program of

drugs similar to women having IVF) ,

producing up to 20-30 embryos per

flush, compared with horses where

only one embryo per flush is expected

unless the mare has ovulated from both

ovaries. The most relevant and useful

application of ET is in the production

of off spring from mares still competing

which increases the ability and

likelihood of improving the genetics

of equine athletes. This seems like an

ideal scenario when previously mares

were only bred once they were older,

retired and less fertile, reducing the

chance of producing many offspring.

This is not always as easy as it sounds,

and sometimes owner expectations

exceed what can be achieved in reality.

Exercise, heat and stress can disrupt

ovarian function while frequent joint

injections have been seen to lower the

overall fertility of mares and stallions.

Furthermore, some disruption to

exercise schedule should be expected,

although every effort is made to plan

breeding around the mare’s work


The process of ET involves the donor

mare being bred with either fresh,

chilled or frozen semen; fertilization

takes place within the mare’s fallopian

tube and the developing embryo is

present in the mare’s uterus by the

sixth day following fertilization. Once

the embryo is in the uterus it can be

flushed out using special tubing through

a cup with a filter; this is usually done

on day 7-8 after ovulation depending

on mare age, time of year and type

of semen used. The gaps in the filter

are smaller than the smallest embryo,

therefore the cup will catch and

retain the embryo during the flushing

process. The contents of the cup is

examined under a microscope and

the embryo which is approximately

the size of a spec of dust is located,

washed and held in a special media

until the recipient mare is prepared

for transfer. It is ideal to select a

couple of recipients for each donor

mare flush to increase the chances of

perfect synchronicity, and provides us

which a choice so we can select the

best recipient on the day and therefore

increase the chances of the transfer

being successful. Studies show more

success with transfer when recipients

have ovulated two days after the donor

mare. ET is widely available throughout

the UK although a high level of skill is

needed to achieve high transfer and

pregnancy rates.

Embryos can be frozen using a method

called vitrification to be stored

indefinitely for the preservation

of genetics or until recipients are

available for transfer. It involves

transferring a small, day 6 - 6.5

‘morula’ stage embryo through varying

concentrations of antifreeze, before

submerging it in liquid nitrogen. Size

of the embryo is critical for success,

therefore it is important to have a back

up plan (i.e. a recfipient on stand-by)

if the embryo that is flushed is too

big, as this will probably not survive

the freezing and thawing processes.

A decreased pregnancy rate following

thawing and transfer is expected with

every frozen embryo, however this can

be limited by using an experienced

technician. The next step in breeding

technologies beyond ET needed to

provide many advantages over embryo

transfer to warrant the ensuing

research needed for development and

the extra costs involved in making it

commercially viable. Ovum pick-up

(OPU) ticks all the boxes!

Advantages Of Opu/Icsi Over ET

1. Donor mares can have one-off

visits to collection center when it

suits work schedule.

2. OPU can be done outside the

normal breeding season; in fact

autumn and early spring are often

the best times to get a high yield

of oocytes.

3. Infertility issues in the mare

where no embryos are retrieved

using conventional ET e.g.

inability to ovulate/ poor uterine

environment/ cervical tearing do

not affect the OPU process.

4. Embryos can be produced using

semen from stallions with low

fertility or very limited stocks of

semen using ICSI once oocytes are

collected using OPU.

5. Potentially more embryos can

be produced per year (this will

hopefully improve as the OPU/ICSI

processes improve with practice

and research).

6. Embryos are usually frozen after

OPU/ICSI and can therefore be

transferred into recipients when

desired; synchronizing with donor


OPU is where the oocytes (ova or

eggs) are aspirated directly from the

ovary, either transvaginally or transabdominally

and identified under a

microscope, washed and transferred

into a special medium ready for further

processing. Trans-vaginal OPU is the

most commonly used technique now; a

long rigid ultrasound probe, held within

the vagina against the ovary, acts as

a visual guide for an attached needle.

Once each follicle is visualized the

needle is advanced and the follicle is

repeatedly flushed with a solution using

a pump. 15-20 follicles may be flushed

from the two ovaries during a single

OPU session, yielding anything from

0-20 oocytes. A large dominant

follicle which is close to ovulation

yields a mature oocyte. As previously

mentioned and similarly to ET, only

1-2 mature oocytes are available per

flush if only dominant follicles are

flushed. However, many immature

oocytes can be harvested from

multiple smaller follicles. Furthermore,

immature follicles are much more

stable and easier to transport for

further processing. A donor mare in the

transitional phase in early spring and

late autumn have the ideal ovaries for

harvesting as many oocytes as possible

each flush. OPU can be carried out

every 2-3 weeks. Oocyte transfer(OT)

has been used in the place of ET for

mares with reproductive issues which

results in no embryo production.


It requires recovery of a mature oocyte

using OPU from the donor mare. The

recipient mare is synchronized with

the donor, her pre-ovulatory follicle is

flushed to remove her mature oocyte

and the donor mare oocyte is placed

in the fallopian tube of the recipient

through a flank incision. The recipient

is inseminated and the fertilzation of

the donor oocyte takes place within the

recipient’s fallopian tube. OT has not

taken off over the years as it holds only

a small advantage over ET and is more

invasive for the recipients involved.

Ten to fifteen years ago, much of the

research effort was concentrated on IVF,

the most widely used ART in humans.

To this day only a couple of foals have

been born using this technique. It

requires the sperm to ‘swim up’ to the

ovum in a petri dish for fertilization to

take place. The equine sperm is usually

unable to fertilize the ovum in these


Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

1. Immature oocytes matured in


2. One sperm selected and

injected into cytoplasm of each

oocyte using micromanipulator.

3. Fertilisation in vitro (in petri


4. Incubation/ culture for 6-8 days

- result = embryo!

5. Embryo transferred or frozen

and keep our talented mares here.

A very recent development which was

reported in 2014 by Dr C Herrera at

Zurich University is sex determination

using material extracted from the

embryo. Embryos produced by ICSI are

biopsied and the genetic material


1. Cells taken from donor animal to

be cloned - can be a gelding

2. Unfertilized oocyte from a

random mare with DNA material

removed therefore not transferring

genetic influence to embryo


3. Cell nucleus from donor

implanted into oocyte and an

electric pulse results in fusion and

the start of cell division

4. Resulting embryo transferred

into recipient as normal

5. Cost around £100000

The practice has the

back up of the RCVS

Accredited Hospital.


undergo genetic analysis using PCR.

More research in this area may

lead to improving our selection of

individuals for phenotype, which is

already commonplace in the cattle

world. Interestingly the collapse of

the embryo following biopsy also

renders it more suitable for freezing

at the blastocyst stage. Somatic cell

nuclear transfer(SCNT) or cloning

is the production of a population

ofgenetically identical individuals.

Dolly, the first animal clone was born in

1996, and the first horse clone born in

2003. Since then, Crestview genetics in

the states has produced over 200 horses

since 2009. Some highly respected

reproductive specialists are concerned

that if we rely too heavily on cloning

we may not be developing and

improving the genetics of our equine

athletes, a sideways step so to speak?

Since 2012, clones have been allowed

to compete FEI, so no matter our

personal view, cloning is here to stay.

Brand-new facilities.

Brand-new name.

The Arundel Equine

Hospital has now

changed to Sussex

Equine Hospital.

It has become very evident at recent

International ART conferences that all

research has shifted towards OPU-ICSI

as the way forward for production of

embryos. An overwhelming amount of

development has taken place in these

areas over the last 6-8 years, and more

equine reproductive clinics and labs

are working towards providing these

techniques commercially around

the world. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm

injection (ICSI) is a really exciting

development in equine breeding, but

requires expensive equipment in a

purpose built lab run by highly skilled

individuals that have dedicated most

of their working life to the processes

involved. However, it is possible for

OPU, which requires less skill than

ICSI and less equipment, to become

available in the UK soon. This will

allow mares resident in the UK to

have oocytes harvested and shipped

to an ICSI lab in Europe. The resultant

embryos can either be transferred into

recipients there and shipped back to

the UK, or the embryos can be frozen

and sent back to the UK, for transfer

into the clients own recipients when

desired. Its really important for the

British equine breeding industry to

keep up with the new developments in

OPU/ICSI to enable us to become more

competitive with our friends in Europe

Sussex Equine Hospital

Billingshurst Road

Ashington, West Sussex

RH20 3BB




Sussex Equine Hospital

01903 883050


Sussex Equine Hospital (RCVS Accredited) is still one of the oldest dedicated

equine practices in the UK. A team of 20 experienced equine vets provide both

routine and emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year throughout

Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

• Dedicated team of 5 experienced stud vets with

further qualifications in stud medicine.

• Thoroughbred mares managed for natural service.

• Excellent fertility with AI - frozen and chilled.

• Many years experience with Embryo Transfer.

• Competitive packages available.

• Stud vet only out of hours service - for routine and

emergency work.

• On-site laboratory - HBLB CEM accredited.

• Full hospital backup for dealing with sick mares

and foals.

• Mares can be boarded for all types of breeding work.

• Mare & stallion - poor fertility investigations carried out.

For further information please contact us…




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In conversation



Becky competing at the 2017 National Championships on British bred Intergalatic Aimbry.

Image courtesy 48 | Horsepower BRITISH BREEDER Creative.

British Breeders

on British Horses

Interview with

Becky Moody

International Grand Prix rider Becky

Moody is based at the family run

Gunthwaite Dressage in Yorkshire,

where she and sister Hannah run a

top flight training and competition

centre. I caught up with Becky at the

BD Winter Championships were she

had just finished a very creditable 6th

behind the all conquering Charlotte

Dujardin in the Advanced Medium Gold


Odwig’s Echo

I asked Becky about her Championship

ride Odwig’s Echo, a British bred 9

year old by Stanhopes Odwig, owned

and bred by Lucy Beckingham, who

also used to compete his sire at small

tour. Becky explained she currently

has the ride as Lucy has recently had

a baby and she will revert back to her

role as trainer once Lucy is back in the

saddle. Although not the biggest mover

in the class, Echo’s trainability and

consistency throughout the test gave

them a very respectable 70% in what

was a very strong championship. The

pair finished the week with a 5th place

in the Medium Gold Final.

Odwigs Echo

Heavenly Kiss BS

Odwig’s Echo qualified for the Winter

Championships at Myerscough, where

Becky qualified another British bred

horse owned and bred by a long term

client – Julie Lockey’s Heavenly Kiss

BS. This huge (over 18hh) gelding is

really trainable and is a serious Grand

Prix prospect. He is a son of Furst Kiss

(Furst Picolo x Lanciano) who was

previously owned by Astrid Bolton and

is now standing in the USA. The dam

was a daughter of the great broodmare

sire Don Schufro (sire of World Number

1 Weihegold).

Heavenly Kiss had secured a top

five place in the Elementary Gold

Championship earlier in the week

and already has his Medium Regionals

qualification under his belt.

Becky really appreciates the

importance of having incredible owners

like Julie, who has sent her a number

of homebreds in the past.

Julie runs Bramley Stud and is also

the breeder of the up and coming

international pony George Clooney BS

(by British based senior stallion Caesar


Heavenly Kiss - Image Julie Lockey

Young Prospects

Another really supportive owner is Jo

Cooper. Jo recently purchased two

young stallions for Becky to produce

including the KWPN licensed and

performance tested stallion James

Bond. He is a son of Desperado out of a

Fidertanz mare from the family of First

Final and Furst Grandios and could be a

very exciting addition to the UK stallion

ranks in the future. Becky says he has

three very correct and trainable paces

and is really one to watch.

Becky is quick to credit her support

team for her success, her parents

Patrick and Ann and sister Hannah plus

trainers David Hunt and Carl Hester.

She also prides herself on being a good

employer, with many of her staff having

been based with the family for years

and they play an invaluable part in the

success of the team.


The Breeding

Industry in the UK

Although Becky has some super British

bred horses in her string, her current

number one is the second season KWPN

Grand Prix horse Carinsio (Painted

Black x Beaujolais). I asked Becky what

are the obstacles she finds prevent her

from buying more British bred horses.

Becky said there are better and better

quality stock being bred in this country,

but in Europe the breeding industry

is run as far more of a business. That

commercial outlook means as a rider

Becky can view and try upwards of 30

young horses in 1 or 2 days in Holland

or Germany, all well prepared. With

such a busy schedule of competing

and teaching, this is time well spent.

In the UK there is not the opportunity

to do this at present, but it is an area

the new British Breeding Partnership

are targeting with new initiatives. A

revamped Equine Bridge programme

will build on the new opportunities

offered by the closer co-operation

between the breeding and sport and

offer riders like Becky the chance to

take on the best young horses in the UK

and Becky was very supportive of such

an initiative.

Becky’s advice to breeders who are

aiming to produce Grand Prix prospects

is to pay particular attention to

temperament and soundness. She is

looking for horses that are a little

sharp and forward thinking but who are

trainable and want to learn. She used

Ogdwig’s echo as a perfect example

of a horse that doesn’t have huge

movement but has the perfect brain for


She also wants to train horses that

have a correct foundation and will stay

sound through the years of training to

get to Grand Prix. It is heart breaking

to spend all the time and money to

move a horse up the levels, only to find

he can’t stay sound. If a horse does not

have both these credentials, then all

the flashy movement in the world will

not make up for those short comings.

Very valid points that breeders for all

disciplines should have at the top of

their priority list.

Article by Sacha Shaw





18th February

Photos by Kevin Sparrow

A large crowd attended the inaugural

Competition Stallions Event 2018,

held at Addington Equestrian Centre

on 18th February, and they were not

to be disappointed as Britain’s top

stallions and some of their progeny

demonstrated their talent.

Stallion owners were delighted with the

opportunity to show off a wide variety

of sires across the disciplines, including

some top sport ponies. As well as

watching each stallion put through

their paces in the arena, visitors also

had access to the stables where they

could meet the stallions first hand to

assess their temperament and discuss

their characteristics with connections.

The stallion owners provided a

hospitable welcome by their stables,

as well as displays of photographs and

stallion cards for visitors to take away.

The arena programme started with

the eventing section, and several

stallions were shown with progeny,

an ideal opportunity to see just how

they stamp their stock. The influential

Jaguar Mail demonstrated his ability

with enthusiasm and was followed

into the arena by his son, Lucinda

Fredericks’ Britannia’s Mail, out of the

great Headley Britannia, who showed

great temperament and athletic

ability with Lucinda’s daughter, Ellie,

aboard. Chilli Morning delighted the

crowd demonstrating the movement

and temperament that earned him

impressive competition success.

The showjumpers showed their scope

and ability over a series of fences, and

this star-studded section was a real

crowd pleaser, with John and Michael

Whitaker in the saddle to show the

ability of horses such as Argento, Arko

III, Big Star and Cassionato. As well as

the big guns, there were many exciting

young stallions also demonstrating their

superb ability and temperament.

The knowledgeable audience

appreciated Lynne Crowden’s insightful

commentary on the dressage section,

with stallions demonstrating superb

movement and trainability. Of interest

was Claire Hester’s exciting young

stallion, Integro, out of Weidyfleur

II who is the full sister to Valegro. In

2018, his first breeding season,

John Whitaker on Big Star

Crowd Pleaser - Jaguar Mail

Integro will be available to a limited

number of selected mares.

A highlight was the parade of

Olympians at lunchtime. Argento,

ridden by John Whitaker, Cassionato,

ridden by Michael Whitaker, Arko III, Big

Star, Chilli Morning and Jaguar Mail all

took to the arena again to the delight

of the appreciative audience.

Enthusiastic visitors and participants

have shared their comments.



Tessa Clarke of West Kingston Stud

said, “Wow- what a wonderful

weekend. We were all thrilled with the

professionalism in place. Addington is

a great venue and the drinks party on

Saturday evening was a great start to

the event. There seemed to be plenty

of interested breeders on Sunday - We

certainly felt it was a very worthwhile


Jo Filmer of Longhalves Stud said,

“I congratulate [the Competition

Stallions] team on running such a

superb event. As the owner of the

smallest stallion there, the friendly

atmosphere and smooth running

made for a very enjoyable occasion.

The commentary provided by Lynne

Crowden on the dressage section was

both informative and easy to listen


Liz Warr, who visited the event,

said “It was a really great day!

Some wonderful stallions and good

commentary. The hospitality was

excellent, and the VIP experience was

fabulous. It was lovely to chat to the

breeders and stallion owners and I now

have two potential stallions chosen for

my mare”.


“It’s been really good. We have the

stallions, now people need to put their

good mares to the right stallions. It

would be good to have more British

bred horses at top level – there’s

no reason why not”, said Michael


Studbooks and organisations offering

support services for breeders were on

hand with advice in the popular trade

stand area, the VIP hospitality did brisk

business throughout the day.

For a full list of stallions exhibited

at the event plus a fully searchable

database of stallion information, visit

Future Gravitas

Washington DC



Yorkshire Sport Horse Parade

11th March 2018 - Richmond Equestrian Centre

All images - Sally P Coles

Glencarrig Dolphin

Buddy B Good - Photo Kevin Sparrow



Volatis Defiant



Northern Stallion Showcase

7th April 2018 - Newton Rigg College, Penrith

All images - Images courtesy Horsepower Creative


Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Solaris Buenno

Z Concorde




21st April 2018

All images - Horsepower Creative


Big Star

Finale Arko (centre) and sons Argento (L) and Aristio (R )

Tullis Matson presents Nina Barbour with an award

for Ramiro B’s 4th place in WBFSH Rankings

Woodlander Wild Child

Murkas Gem







With their large advertising

budgets, wonderful facilities,

and eye catching marketing

videos, it is no wonder many

British breeders are tempted to

only consider stallions standing

at stud in mainland Europe.

There are often many gems to

be discovered here in the UK

and in every edition we will

turn the spotlight onto a British

stallion who deserves to be

centre stage.

An older stallion who has excellent

credentials, but who many eventing

breeders may not have considered is

Catherston Liberator, who stands at

Langaller Stud in Devon.

Now 26, he still looks incredibly well

and shows no sign of any loss of topline

that is normally associated with older

stallions. Liberator was successful

himself as a competition horse in all

spheres, winning up to Intermediate

BE (with advanced points), and Prix St

George dressage. He also show jumped

to Foxhunter level. Liberator is really

producing some top eventing stock


Xavier Faer ( x Catherston Dazzler) CSI****

and 3rd Badminton 2017

Tout de Suite ( x Welton Crackerjack)

Multiple CIC*** winner in the USA

Borough Free Flight ( x Dutch Gold)

Winner CCI* and placed CCI** & CSI***

Mr Fahrenheit ( x Java Tiger xx) CIC**

including Lion D’Angers 2017

The Earl of Belvedere ( x The Chocolate

Bean xx) Placed CIC**

Trelotte ( x Fine Blade xx) Competing CIC**

Xavier Faer - Courtesy Nico Morgan

Besides the eventers he has found

success as a sire in the showring with

offspring winning sporthorse and hunter

breeding classes at major county shows

across the country.

Liberator’s sire Liboi was a very tough

racehorse, running 71 times and

retiring sound. As well as siring county

level winning hunters and hacks he is

also the sire of Grand Prix dressage

stallion Catherston Humbug.

Liberator’s dam was the HOYS Grade

C and Foxhunter finalist Catherston

Jetstream. The direct motherline is

exemplary producing among others

Catherston Dazzler (sire of Olympic

and 4 star eventers), Welton Louis

(advanced eventer and sire of European

champion Welton Romance) and

Yarlands Summer Song (WEG Silver

Medalist). This means Liberator offers

a rare combination of Thoroughbred

blood crossed onto a stellar eventing

damline. The importance of the

damline cannot be underestimated as

this gives any breeder the reassurance

that the genetic potential is there

waiting to be unlocked. All the most

successful breeders of both sporthorses

and racehorses recognise how crucial

this is.

Article Sacha Shaw

Catherston Liberator

Tom Rolfe





Liboi xx



Latin Walk


Catherston Dutch Silka


Stall Walker

Le Faquin xx


Dutch Courage

Welton Gazelle




Ask the Expert

Tullis Matson

For this issue of British Breeder,

we invited our readers to

send in their questions for

Tullis Matson, founder and

owner of Stallion AI Services in

Shropshire, who does

pioneering work in the field of

AI and reproduction, applying

the latest research and

technologies not only sport

horse breeding, but also to help

the survival of some of Britain’s

most endangered heritage


Should I be checking semen

that arrives in the post prior

to insemination?

Certainly, for chilled semen deliveries

it’s not a bad idea to check the quality

of the sperm when it arrives, at least

for some peace of mind that the

sperm are still motile and that nothing

deleterious has happened to it during

its transit.

The same applies to frozen thawed

semen, however, because of the

semen extender used to process

cryopreserved sperm, there are more

pitfalls associated with frozen sperm

analysis and it is also worth bearing in

mind that, once thawed, frozen sperm

needs to be inseminated immediately,

so don’t waste too much time with preinsemination


Semen analysis prior to insemination

should be performed according to a

very strict protocol by a practitioner

trained in this area, just to avoid any

falsely negative results.

The conventional method is to observe

sperm under a microscope fitted with a

heated stage. However, not only does

this require a suitable microscope with

good quality optics (phase contrast

is best), a heated surface, pipetting

equipment and consumables including

clean slides and coverslips. You also

need a power supply and a clean

working environment, which is often

easier said than done in the field.

There is now a simpler way. We’ve

recently been helping to develop and

validate a new piece of kit for equine

semen analysis. It’s a great tool to

be used out in the field or even for

veterinary clinics. It’s called ‘iSperm’

and is essentially a set of miniature

optics that attach to your iPad camera

paired with a downloadable app.

Using it couldn’t be simpler and only

takes a few seconds to obtain an

accurate result. You simply place a

drop of semen into a small disposable

plastic vial that snaps on to the

camera attachment. The app will then

automatically analyse sperm motility

Murka’s Gem, clone of Gem Twist

and concentration and even calculates

how many mares you could successfully

inseminate with each shipment of


In addition, the software can also

capture a video of the semen sample

enabling you to store a historic record

of all the samples inseminated,

organised by date and time.

If you would like some further

information about iSperm or about

further training in semen analysis,

please do give me a call on

telelphone 01948 666295

or email me at



When will it be possible to

use sexed semen for equine


Sperm sexing techniques were

perfected in the late nineties and

subsequently commercialised for cattle

breeding, with the first calves born

on the Duke of Westminster’s Eaton

estate in Cheshire in 2001. Since then,

sperm sexing has been used prolifically

within the dairy industry but with a

few adaptations we know the same

technology works equally well for other

mammals, including equids. Stallion

AI Services have been following the

development of sperm sexing with

great interest since its outset and feel

that we are now in a good position to

apply it to stallion semen.

How is it done?

The technology uses a method called

‘flow cytometry’ which basically

involves tagging every individual

sperm cell with a fluorescent DNA

marker and sorting them based on the

amount of DNA, one at a time, in a

very fast-moving stream of fluid. We

can use the fact that X-bearing sperm

(the ones that will give rise to a filly)

have about a 3% increase in mass of

DNA compared to the Y-bearing (colt)

sperm, so they fluoresce brighter and

can be differentiated and sorted using

hi-tech light sensing equipment. The

sorting part is especially clever because

female sperm can be given a positive

electrical charge compared to the male

sperm that are given a negative charge.

Then it’s simply a case of passing them

between a magnetic field. The fillies

jump to the left, and the colts jump to

the right!

Does it work?

Because the difference between X and

Y sperm is relatively tiny, this presents

a number of challenges, especially for

equine compared to bovine because

stallion sperm have very flat heads

(like a canoe paddle) so each one has

to be orientated into the correct plane

as they pass through the fluid stream

otherwise the light sensors won’t be

able to tell them apart. We also need

to sort the sperm quickly to maintain

sperm quality and protect the sperm

as they pass through the machine, so

they remain fertile at the end of the


After much research we are however

pleased to report success in overcoming

these challenges and have arrived with

a process that we believe will work.

Are there any other


The second main challenge for us

was one of numbers. Compared to

bovine AI, stallion sperm needs to

be inseminated in a much larger

dose, around 50 million in the mare

compared to only 2 million that are

required to achieve normal pregnancy

rates in a cow. There are ways of

getting away with much lower numbers

(it only takes one after all!), however

unless we use intracytoplasmic sperm

injection (that is injecting a sperm

directly into an egg inside a petri dish)

we still need to use a large enough

number to make the perilous journey

through the reproductive tract of the


Using a specially designed nozzle and

a with a few other tweaks we can

now orientate around 80% of sperm

correctly through the sexing machine

which means we can yield upwards

of 20000 sperm of the correct sex

every second! This means it should

take roughly 40 minutes to sort an

insemination dose with an accuracy of

around 90%.

Is frozen sexed semen


At this stage we don’t anticipate

freezing the sperm, we plan to

inseminate it shortly after sorting

to maximise its fertilising potential.

However, cryopreservation would be

of huge benefit for preserving and

transporting the sperm and this will

be the next step. We have already

identified some exciting new methods

for long term storage, some of which

we are developing ourselves.

When will it be available?

Work is underway on this exciting new

venture for Stallion AI services and

we fully expect to begin preliminary

insemination trials in the current

breeding season.

Do you ever worry about

“messing with nature”?

Assisted reproductive technologies have

developed at a rapid pace, particularly

over the last decade. This is largely

due to the commercial pressure of

breeding domestic species for large

scale export and a sharp rise in the

treatment of infertile or aging couples.

These technologies include those I have

spoken about and those that we are

employing in equine breeding already,

but also includes massive advances in

IVF techniques, pre-genetic screening,

cloning, time-lapse imaging of

embryos, conversion of stem cells into

sperm and eggs and even freeze-drying

of sperm and embryos.

It may sound like ‘weird science’ but

we are certainly not taking a maverick,

irresponsible approach, this isn’t

Jurassic Park! All of the techniques we

are now using are carefully scrutinised,

checked for safety and ethically

approved. These advanced techniques

merely involve improving outcomes

and do not involve any form of genetic

modification. My personal view is that

many of the techniques are merely

assisting breeders to improve their

overall efficiency and I believe this is a

great thing.

It was only a few years ago that

embryo transfer was perceived as

cutting edge, almost science fiction,

certainly pushing the boundaries not

only in terms of technologies, but

also ethically. Now ET has become

very much part of the mainstream in

breeding, and we are beginning to see

increasingly successful results in the

next level of breeding technologies

from egg harvesting and ICSI methods.

Remember Dolly the sheep, and the

reservations and concerns many of

us had about the ethics of producing

a clone of a living being? Here I am

today with a perfectly healthy clone

in Murka’s Gem standing at my own

facility adding to the many thousands

of other equine clones around the


By harnessing these technologies, we

can potentially preserve genetics and

bloodlines that would otherwise be lost

forever. That is why I am so passionate

about our work with the Rare Breeds

Survival Trust and have even extended

my work into helping conserve other

species by collaborating with charities

like Chester Zoo. This is an initiative

that although not profitable for us

is hugely rewarding and incredibly


Article by Eva-Maria Broomer



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