British Breeder Magazine November 2019

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Magazine for breeders of sport horses in Britain

November 2019

BRITISH

BREEDER

British Breeding Futurity

& Equine Bridge Results

EHV - The latest from Zoetis

British Bred News from Young Horse

Champs to the Europeans

Stallion Spotlight:

El Thuder

Studbooks:

Latest news

Vet Insight:

Oakham Veterinary Hospital

‘Timing is Everything’


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NOVEMBER ISSUE - INDEX

Inside this issue

It’s been another busy summer for the

team at British Breeding, and we are

immensely grateful to all those who

have supported our activities, from

our incredible panel of evaluators,

vets, scorers and stewards to our

breeders and sponsors who all

contribute so much to make it happen.

The Futurity proved to be extremely

popular yet again, with good entries

and the veterinary and evaluating

panel working long hours to ensure

every exhibit had a thorough assessment.

The series concluded with the

Championship Show at Solihull, and

a report on each of the venues and

the championship is included in this

edition with some super photographs

supplied by Kevin Sparrow Photography

& Horsepower Creative.

Plans are already underway for the

2020 series with more improvements

and tweaks in the pipeline.

The newly relaunched Equine Bridge

was well received, and participants

enjoyed the opportunity to train with

world class trainers Peter Storr, Yogi

Breisner and Corinne Bracken. We

have received excellent feedback

from the inaugural event which is

invaluable as we develop and improve

the concept for 2020. The team are

working closely with the Olympic

disciplines to ensure the Bridge

provides the best opportunity for this

young equine talent to develop and go

on to compete at the highest levels.

The team also organised the stallion

parade at Burghley Horse Trials, which

showcased a range of talented British

based sires, offering mare owners a

good variety when making their 2020

breeding choices.

Next are prepara tions for The

Stallion Event which will be held again

at Addington on Saturday 8th February.

Bookings are open and stallion owners

can book their stud adverts for the

magazine, their entry in the

Competition Stallions Guide and their

entry for the Stallion Event all in one

booking.

And finally, we look forward to seeing

many of you at the Celebration Ball to

be held on 9th November at Grittleton

House, Chippenham, where we will be

celebrating the achievements of

British breeders this year and having

an end of season party. Get those

dancing shoes on!

Your British Breeding Team!

Front Cover Image:

European team Bronze medalist Holly Smith

riding Hearts Destiny.

Contents

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26-27

28-29

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Production

Dates for your Diary

BD News, Paradressage & Bolesworth

Auction

British Breds scoring in Eventing

BS News

European Championships

British Breeding Futurity Evaluations

British Breeding Equine Bridge

AES Studbook News

BHHS Studbook News

BAPSH Studbook News

NPS Studbook News

SHB(GB) Studbook News

SPSS Studbook News

Trakehner Studbook News

Overcoming Advertisty

EHV & Respiratory Diseases

Broodmare - World’s Finest

Rider Profile - Felicity Collins

Breeder Profile - Myspires Stud

Stallion Spotlight - El Thuder

Weaning Q & A- Baileys horse feeds

Vet Insight - Timing is Everything

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NEWS

DIARY DATES

9th November

British Breeding Celebration Ball including

The Futurity Awards

12th–17th November 2019

Dodson & Horrell National Amateur & Veteran BS

Championships at Aintree Equestrian Centre

22nd–24th November 2019

BS Keysoe CSI2*/CSIYH1*

5th-8th December 2019

BD Keysoe including U25s & FEI Silver Championships

(Small Tour)

16th–22nd December 2019

Olympia, The London International Horse Show

British Showjumping & Dressage CDIW4*

27th–31st December 2019

Liverpool International Horse Show

British Showjumping & Dressage CDI3*

11th January 2020

British Breeders Awards Dinner

Obituaries

It is with great sadness that we have to report on the loss

of the exciting young stallion Spring’s Spirit. He is survived

by some top class young horses competing internationally

in showjumping at CSI3* and Eventing at CCI2*s.

He was the youngest British Bred stallion to have had

youngstock competing in the 2017 and 2018 at the British

Eventing FEI Young Horse Championships and the 2019 FEI

International showjumping sunshine tour in Spain.

www.british-breeding.com

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- Magazine,

- Membership Offers

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NEWS - BRITISH DRESSAGE

BRITISH

DRESSAGE

NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIPS

ROUND UP

One of the most positive things about

the improvement in the breeding of

dressage horses in this country has

been the increase in the number of

top riders competing them. This is

reflected in national titles being won

in the Gold section across a number of

levels.

Ashley Jenkins and His Highness were

the 2017 Novice Champions and this

year added the Medium Gold title

to their CV. His Highness was bred

by part owner Cat Austin out of her

foundation mare Fahrenheydt (Fabriano

x Donnerhall).

It is at Grand Prix level that we

really want to see more British bred

horses not just competing but being

competitive. Although Carl Hester

was a deserved National Champion

once again in the showcase class, the

Reserve Champion was the British bred

Kristjan. Lara Butler’s ride was bred

by his owner Dr Bechtolsheimer and

although he carries an Oldenburg brand

is essentially a Trakehner, being a son

of Grand Prix stallion Polarion (also the

sire of leading event sire Grafenstolz)

out of the Napoleon Quatre daughter

Kardinale and therefore this is the top

motherline of Kaiser Wilhelm (Grand

Prix), Kentucky (Champion Sire) and

Kairos (Int Show Jumper).

Alice Oppenheimer and her Winter

PSG and Inter 1 National Champion

Headmore Davina ended their small

tour career with the runners up spot

in the Inter 1 Freestyle. The Dimaggio

daughter will be an exciting addition

to the Grand Prix ranks and is of course

a daughter of the family’s incredible

foundation mare Rubinsteena.

Rob Barker and River Rise Isabella. Image courtesy

British Dressage/Kevin Sparrow

Fahrenheydt is a direct half sister to

the leading sire His Highness, who gave

his name to this homebred young horse.

His sire is the Jazz son Wynton who

was champion of the KWPN Stallion

licensing.

Although a little below par in the

Medium Gold, Alice Oppenheimer and

her homebred Headmore Bella Ruby

took the Advanced Medium National

title in their first season at this level.

The Belissimo M daughter was placed

in the finals of the Young Horse Finals

at both five and six and was the Winter

Elementary Champion earlier this year.

In the Elementary Final Becky Moody

was also on a homebred, Jagerbomb,

by Dante Weltino out of Becky’s retired

mare Udysee. The pair ended up as

Vice Champions, beaten only by Becky’s

other ride James Bond II.

Alice Oppenheimer and the home bred Headmore

Bella Ruby. Image British Dressage/Kevin Sparrow

Also following on from a Winter

National title was Nikki Barker and Viv

Gleave’s homebred Dan Icarus. This

time they added a Novice Gold Reserve

Champion title to their collection.

Dan Icarus is a son of Nikki’s small tour

stallion Durable (by Spielberg). The

Silver sections yielded two British bred

winners. One was Charlotte Dujardin’s

Rive Rise Isabella ably ridden by Rob

Barker who has produced the chesntut

mare since a 3 year old. Bred by Sarah

Tyler Evans, the 6 year old is by Don

Frederic and is half sister to River Rise

Nisa, last year’s PSG Reserve Champion.

In the Novice section Louise Robson was

Champion with the Desert Moon son

Remi II who has also qualified for the

Paradressage Finals.

His Highness Medium Gold National Champion.

Image courtesy British Dressage/Kevin Sparrow

There were also three Reserve

Champions in the Silver sections. Super

sire Dimaggio was responsible for two

of them in the Prelim (DiMinutive) and

Novice (Keystone Dawn Chorus).

In the Advanced Medium, and beaten

by just 0.1% , the Reserve Champion

was Maddy Frewin and Woodlander

Rhythm n Blues a son of Woodlander

Rockstar.

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NEWS - BRITISH DRESSAGE

PARADRESSAGE

The Paradressage results were really positive for British

breeding. The Grade III section had a 1,2 with the winner

being Erin Orford and Dior UKH, the third time the pair have

taken this title. Dior is yet another National Champion sired

by Dimaggio. The European Championship gold medallists

Georgia Wilson and Midnight continued their winning run

with a win in the Grade II with the highest score of all five

sections. Midnight is a daughter of the pony stallion Hilkens

Black Delight. The part bred Connemara Strong Beau was

the winner of the Grade I section ridden by Gabriella Blake

and is by Spinway Blackthorn.

Young Horse Classes

The young horse classes always showcase some fabulous

young British talent and although we can only claim one

National title this year, there were some real future talents

on display. Last year’s National Four Year Old Champion

repeated that feat in the Five Year section this year. Hawtins

Lirica is by the Londonderry son Lemony’s Nicket out of a

daughter of Dimaggio. Lirica and regular rider Lucinda Elliot

were selected for the Young Horse World Championships in

Ermelo earlier this year and with her big engine and forward

thinking nature, will no doubt be a short priced favourite to

take a third title next year.

This year’s Four Year Old Champion was the German bred

Sezuan daughter Special Diva, but filling the next two places

were British bred horses. Bryony Goodwin rode Hawtins

Floresta to second place, a Follow Me half sister to the dam

of British team horse Hawtins Delicato. In third was Greg

Simms and Waverley Fellini (Furstenball x Sandro Hit), bred

by Sara Longworth.

In the Six Year Old section, Hawtins Stud again bred the

runner up. This was Hawtins Quattro by Quasar De Charry

out of the Belissimo daughter Hawtins Belladonna. Hannah

Biggs was victorious in the class with the German bred

Foundation son Freeman.

BOLESWORTH ELITE

AUCTIONS Celebrates

Best of British Breeding

Celebrating British Breeding in true

Bolesworth style, the World Class

Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction in the

heart of the Equitop Bolesworth Young

Horse Championships delivered on all

levels. Situated in Club Boles, guests

enjoyed an up close and personal

viewing experience as the Lots were

showcased in the new auction arena.

With a strong emphasis on ‘Black Type’

dam lines, coupled with prolific sires,

the highly desirable Lots pushed British

Breeding to the forefront of sports

horse progeny. Hand-picked by the

Bolesworth Elite Auctions Team, all Lots

met a very exacting criteria based on

breeding with strength in the dam-line,

conformation, paces and attitude.

With a serious amount of ‘wow factor’

the auction Lots were welcomed to

the new auction ring by a record

number of guests and interested buyers

both on site and via pre-arranged

telephone bidding. Fast and furious

bids secured two sales toppers both

reaching £40,000. ASK Tinka, a blue

blooded, super athletic filly by the

legendary Casall ASK and out of the

one and only Tinka’s Serenade – Billy

Twomey’s top ride for many years. Plus,

Cavalier HF a stunning model of a colt

by the famous Diamant De Semilly and

directly out of top 1.50m performer

Remi Cavalleri – a Bronze medallist at

the Junior European Championships.

The toppers were closely followed by

popular colt Mr Tuxara, an outstanding

model by top sire Taloubet Z, directly

out of consistent 1.60m performer

Ashdale Luxara and Lot 15 - Superstar

by Olympic Gold Medallist Big Star out

of Ruby VIII currently ridden by Holly

Smith. With such strength in pedigree

the auctioneers hammer firmly

dropped against a strong selection of

world class progeny with notable sires

including Big Star, Escape Z, Quintero

La Silla, Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve and

influenced by the strength of the dam

line.

Managing Director of the Equitop

Bolesworth Young Horse Championships,

Nina Barbour said: “The atmosphere

tonight was truly exceptional, we

were delighted to present a world

class selection of foals handpicked by

our team. This auction highlights the

strength of British breeding and marks

the beginning of a new era for buyers

searching for British Bred Elite Sport

Horses, capable of competing on a

global stage.” Bolesworth AES Elite Foal

Auction:

Lot 1: Armani EM (Arko III x Harmony)

Sold £5,000

Lot 2: Kinessa (Escape Z x Kynesse)

Sold £8,000

Lot 3: Millfield Tarzan (Tangelo VD

Zuuthoeve x Zazou HE) Sold £11,000

Lot 4: Diamond Star (Big Star x Quite

Feeling) Sold £17,000

Lot 5: JTH Jones (Derby x Martha 55)

Not Sold

Lot 6: ASK Tinka (Casall ASK x Tinka’s

Serenade) Sold £40,000

Lot 8: Millfield Tangible (Tangelo VD

Zuuthoeve x Pretty Woman) Sold £9,000

Lot 10: Mr Tuxara (Taloubet Z x Ashdale

Luxara) Sold £38,000

Lot 11: Crown Archie (Cicero Z Van

Paemel x Flavour Of Fame) Sold £

12,000

Lot 12: ESH Mamma Mia (Casall ASK x F

Palma) Sold £21,000

Lot 13: SFS Breakout (Escape Z x SFS

Arla) Sold £17,000

Lot 14: Millfield Digress (Diamant De

Semilly x Quitania) Not sold

Lot 15: Superstar (Big Star x Ruby VIII)

Sold £32,000

Lot 16: Unbelievable HD (Untouchable

x Concordia) Sold £27,000

Lot 17: Spinning Top OS (Quintero La

Silla x Tinka’s Showtime) Sold £12,500

Lot 18: Tinka’s Lady (Big Star x Tinka’s

Serenade) Sold £30,000

Lot 19: Millfield Casallina (Casall ASK x

Millfield Tina) Sold £28,000

Lot 20: Cavalier HF (Diamant De

Semilly x Remi Cavalerri) Sold £40,000

Following a year’s planning, the very

first Bolesworth AES Elite Foal Auction

has been deemed an unrivalled success

for British Breeding by both the buyers

and breeders alike. The Bolesworth

Auction team are very much looking

forward to following the future

progress of each and every graduate,

homeward bound and throughout their

future careers. For further information

contact claire@creativeequine.co.uk

T: 0780 372 8846

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NEWS - BRITISH EVENTING

British

Eventing

BRITISH

BREDS

Placed at 2* and above

from 1st July to the 15th

October 2019

Sire of Multiple placings at 2* and above

include the ever consistent Cevin Z, sire

of the Billy Stud’s Billy the Biz (placed

at Hartpury Internation CCI-S 4*) and

Billy Wonder (placed at CCI-S 3*) both

ridden by Pippa Funnell. Cevin Z also sired

Brokenborough Bouncer ridden by Michael

Jackson to take 2nd at the Gatcombe CCI-S

2* for the owner/Breeder Mr Christopher

Jenkin.

Grafennact with William Fox-Pitt courtesty of DJ Stokes Photography

Grafenstolz had FIVE progeny competing

at CCI-S 2* to CCI-S YH3*. The highest

scoring being Grafennacht who was 2nd at

the CCI-S YH3* ridden by William Fox-Pitt

for the owner/breeder Susan Eggleton.

Preci Spark Ltd bred horses featured

with Tremanton (Grafenstolz ex Trevia)

placed at Osberton International CCI-L2*,

Treamble (Grafenstolz ex Trevillett)

placed at Gatcombe CCI-s 2* and Treglider

(Royal Concorde ex Trewins) was 4th at the

Burgham International CCI-S 4* under Oliver

Townend.

Good dam lines are showing how important

they really are with the exciting Highdown

March, ridden by Piggy French, recently

picking up the Osberton International Young

Horse Champs as well as winning the CCI-S

3* at Burgham International. Highdown

March, bred by Ros Jones, is by Jaguar

Mail out of the Advanced Eventing mare

Velentina II. Grafennact, noted above,

was equally out of an Advanced mare,

Nachtigall.

Billy the Biz - Pippa Funnell courtesy of DJ Stokes Photography

Another dam proving her worth is Cornish

Queen, owned by Pennie Wallace, whose

offspring Pencos Crown Jewel (by Jumbo

& ridden by Tom Jackson) was placed at

the Burgham International CCI-S 4* and

her other offspring Lordships Graffalo (by

Grafenstolz & ridden by Tom McEwen) was

3rd at Gatcombe CCI-S 3*.

In Total there were 38 British Bred horses

placed 5th or above at CCI 2* or above from

1st July to the 15th October 2019.

CevinZ

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NEWS - BRITISH SHOWJUMPING

EQUITOP BOLESWORTH

Young Horse Championships

2019 saw a new home for the Show

Jumping Young Horse Championships

which moved to the impressive

showground of Bolesworth Castle.

The show primarily acts as a selection

tool for the World Championships

in Lanaken and results in fierce

competition. In a change to previous

years, there was no separate

competition for British bred youngsters,

as no matter the country of origin all

age groups would compete together.

Therefore it was very satisfying for the

6 year old champion to be the British

bred mare Ivory, ridden by Matthew

Sampson and bred by Castell Sport

Horses. The grey mare is a daughter of

one of the best show jumpers in the

world – Don VHP Z and was conceived

when the son of Diamant de Semilly

stood in Sussex at Brendon Stud.

Ivory’s dam Karen is a daughter of the

Carthago son Cartogran.

Ivory and Matthew won the 6 year old

Championship at the Hickstead Derby

and 6 year old final at Wales and West

in the Spring and were the 5 year old

Reserve Champions at last year’s British

Young Horse Championships as well as

qualifying for Lanaken.In a British bred

1,2,3, Pippa Funnel took second with

Billy Marmite by Billy Mexico and third

with the mare Billy Sarafina.

Billy Marmite is full brother to Billy

Dorito, currently winning at five

star shows with Darragh Kenny. Also

qualifying for Lanaken as the fourth

best British-bred was James Shore

with the Luidam son, MEC Look At Me,

owned and bred by Emerson Tough.

The 6 year old consolation final saw a

convincing win for Ben Clark riding

Julian Mincher’s AES registered mare

Alvescot Expressive. Alvescot Stud

can take great pleasure in knowing

they also bred sire and dam, with

their stalwart stallion Pouchka III the

damsire.

Dan Wright of

Windmill Farm

Estate, with

Bolesworth Managing Director

Nina Barbour, presents Matt

Sampson and Ivory with their award after a great win.

The 5 year old final saw Keith Shore

riding his own Mystic Magic into the

runners up spot. The Breeders Elite

registered mare was bred by Betty

Brandon out of a daughter of Michael

Whitaker’s old ride Handel and sired

by Asterix EZ who was competed

internationally by Robert Whitaker.

Her dam is the half sister to the top

international horse Magic Max and 3

star eventer Mystic Million. Joining

Mystic Magic in Lanaken will be Billy

Lambert (Cevin X x Andiano), ridden

by Pippa Funnell and owned and bred

by The Billy Stud, RSH Innovation

(Odermus R x Darco), ridden and bred

by Ben Dunning and jointly owned with

Mark Dyer and Klent Kick On (Warrior x

Caretino Glory), ridden by Philip Miller,

bred by Brendon Stud and owned by

Emma Ziff.

The show really promoted British

Breeding on a number of levels. A

stallion parade was organised as one

of the highlights of the Sunday of

the show, with some of the very best

British based jumping stallions parading

in the International Arena. Serious

international stars such as Argento, Je

T’aime Flamenco and of course Big Star

were among the names attracting the

crowds.

Two youngstock auctions were hosted

over the week. The first one was

restricted to offspring of Nina Barbour’s

late super sire Ramiro B. The second

one, that took place on the Friday

night showcased some of the most blue

blooded of British jumping bred foals

and was run in conjunction with the

Anglo European Studbook. By selecting

foals with real black type pedigrees,

demand from buyers was strong. The

top price of £40,000 was secured for

two lots. ASK Tinka, a blue blooded,

super athletic filly by the legendary

Casall ASK and out of the one and only

Tinka’s Serenade – Billy Twomey’s top

ride for many years. Plus, Cavalier HF a

stunning model of a colt by the famous

Diamant De Semilly and directly out

of top 1.50m performer Remi Cavalleri

– a Bronze medallist at the Junior

European Championships.

In addition, the Bolesworth team

allowed riders to showcase any

horses that were for sale by placing

a Bolesworth blue disc onto the

saddlecloth of sale horses. With private

trial facilities available and a leading

vet on site, the scheme really offered a

great opportunity for buyers.

WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championships Lanaken

Matt and Ivory built on their Bolesworth success at the World Championships at Lanaken,

qualifying for the 6yo final and finishing in eventual 14th place just one place behind

Laura Robinson and Millfield Colette, British bred by Cornet Obolensky, bred by Sue

Jagger. Another British bred who had a great show was Charlotte Taylor’s Renkum

Olinthos (Offender x Cobretti), a fully approved stallion with the AES and Breeders Elite.

He jumped a double clear in the first round of the World Seven Year Old Championship

ridden by Colin Keeling and finished in the top twenty of the consolation final. Olinthos

was purchased in utero from Renkum Stud.

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Renkum Olinthos jumping clear at Lanaken


NEWS

2019 FEI

EUROPEAN

CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 European Championships

saw just one gold medal for a British

bred horse, but it was also a first

gold medal for one of the younger

British studbooks. The Sport Pony

Studbook registered Midnight and

Georgia Wilson took the gold medal

in the Grade II Freestyle test. The

lovely 10 year old mare is a daughter

of the beautiful Weser Ems stallion

Hilkens Black Delight and was bred by

Carrie Passmore. Her dam Broomwich

Cassandra is by David and Serena

Pincus’s Dutch bred small tour stallion

Cassander. The pair were also part of

the silver medal winning British team.

Another team medallist was in the

show jumping, with the ever consistent

Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny who

kept the British bred flag flying with

their huge contribution to the team

bronze medal.

Another AES registered competitor in

the show jumping was Lizziemary and

her regular partner Danielle Waldman

(nee Goldstein), but sadly they

didnt managed to carry their recent

Global Champions Tour form into the

Europeans. So close to a team medal

in the dressage was Hawtins Delicato

who would have added a European

team silver medal to his World team

bronze but for Charlotte Dujardin’s

unfortunate elimination. Carl Hester

has formed such a great partnership

with the Diamond Hit son finishing

individually 9th in the Grand Prix

Special with so much potential heading

towards Tokyo 2020.

Sadly the European Eventing

Championships were quite a

disappointment from a British bred

point of view. The highest placed

horse registered with a British studbook

was Vittoria Panizzon’s SHB(GB)

registered Super Cillious who finished in

33rd place. Bred by Sue Bullen, the 10

year old is a son of Deanes San Ciro Hit,

who used to stand at Catherston Stud

and out of a Rock King daughter.

Para Gold Medallists Georgia Wilson and Midnight - Copyright FEI / Liz Gregg

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British Breeding / Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations 2019

BRITISH

BREEDING

Baileys Horse Feeds

Futurity Series 2019

The Futurity Evaluations have been

talent spotting for well over a decade,

and as we reflect on another superb

series of assessments looking at the

performance potential of our young

horses and ponies, it is evident that

British breeders have talent, and that

the standard of animals coming before

the evaluators continues to get higher.

For the statisticians, entries in 2019

were up by over 20% and as usual,

almost 50% of those are foals. The

newly introduced three to five year old

days took place at just 3 venues but the

number of three year olds evaluated

was only slightly down. However, it

was good to see over 30 four and five

year olds attending the evaluations and

there was an overall increase in the

number of horses coming forward in

this category for potential qualification

for the Equine Bridge. The new format

was generally well received and we

look forward to developing this further

next year. There was an increase in

the number of Elite scores awarded,

from 38 in 2018 to 42 in 2019, showing

an increase that is consistent with the

number of entries and the number of

gold and silver scores awarded also

reflected this.

We were privileged this year to

welcome a highly experienced panel

of evaluators, including renowned

european judges. For dressage, Hans

Heinrich Brüning (Germany), Katy

Holder-Vale and Lesley Peyton-Gilbert;

for showjumping, Carron Nicol, Mikael

Nolin (Sweden), and Rik van Miert

(Belgium); and for eventing, Renee

Groeninx, Jennie Loriston-Clarke and

Nick Gauntlett. Veterinary assessments

were carried out by Jane Nixon, Liam

Kearns and Lesley Barwise-Munro, and

nutritional advice and condition scoring

was provided by Baileys Horse Feeds.

The Futurity would not run without

the help of our wonderful band of

volunteers, including linear scorers,

Lucy Simpson and Anna Lowndes. Both

have a wealth of breeding experience.

Lucy, a fully trained Monty Roberts

instructor, runs the successful Ladykirk

Stud in Scotland standing several

stallions and offering AI services. Anna

used to run the stud section at Hartpury

College as well as breeding sport horses

at her Olandia Stud. Lauren Ball has

been invaluable, turning her hand

to whatever needs doing at Futurity

events. She was a founding member

of the Hartpury Breeding Society and

is still a student at Hartpury. Lottie

Alexander, Tanya Endres, Chris Parker

and Pam Harrison have all been so

helpful at various venues throughout

the country.

The highest scoring horse of the series

was presented at the last venue,

Solihull, on 21 September, when

Amanda Maine Tucker’s beautifully bred

4 year old filly, Fashion, by Freddie

M out of a Blue Hors Zack mare, bred

by Woodlander Stud, scored 9.55 for

an Elite premium in the dressage

section. The evaluators gave marks

of 9.5 for all three gaits and Lesley

Peyton Gilbert commented that the

horse showed quality, suppleness and

purpose, with super carriage in trot

and canter, always finding the correct

balance through the corners, but it was

her frame that most impressed, being

totally harmonious and earning a score

of 10. Fashion is now qualified for the

Equine Bridge and we look forward to

seeing this exciting horse again in the

future.

The top scoring foal and second highest

of the series was Fiona O’Hara’s colt,

Finnegan, by Foundation out of a

Garibaldi mare, again in the dressage

section. Presented at Addington

by Wickwater Stud, this June foal

scored an impressive 9.45 for an Elite

premium. His movement particularly

impressed the judges, showing

elasticity and a lot of freedom through

the shoulder earning a score of 9.75 for

his trot.

Sally Warner’s lovely yearling filly,

Time to Fly, earned an Elite premium

as a foal last year and returned to take

a second Elite with a score of 9.025

for eventing and the highest placed

yearling of the series this time. By

Timolin, the filly is out of Sally’s own

eventing mare, Kate II, who is by the

renowned ID stallion, The Crofter.

Sally has owned Kate since a youngster

and it was a big decision to put her

in foal. “She means a lot to me and

it was heart wrenching when she had

a difficult foaling and we very nearly

lost her. But thanks to the exceptional

care at Catherston she came through”,

explained Sally after their Futurity

success as a foal.

The top two year old went to the

impressive Hanoverian chestnut filly,

Reggatta De Blanc, by Revolution out

of Zandra, the Blue Hors Zack mare

that is also the dam of our highest

scoring horse, the four year old,

Fashion. Bred by Lynne Crowden at

the Woodlander Stud and owned by

Zahra Sadry, Reggatta De Blanc was

presented at Swallowfield in August and

impressed with excellent movement. A

trot mark of 9.75 reflected her elastic

places, impulsion and balance and an

overall score of 9.275 earned an elite

premium. This filly went on to win the

two year old section and stand Supreme

Futurity Champion at the Futurity

Championship show in September.

The top three year old was Finale,

a British Hanovarian colt by Franklin

out of Senerin (by Show Star). Bred by

Gillian Jones and owned by Kathryn

Marsh, Finale scored 9.125 and an elite

premium for dressage.

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BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

RICHMOND

29th - 30th July

Richmond Equestrian Centre was the venue for the Baileys

Horse Feeds/ British Breeding Futurity evaluations held over

two days on the 29th and 30th July.

Day one saw the introduction of the new three to five-yearold

day format, where participants were assessed on a course

of jumps, a dressage test and in hand without a saddle. These

bring a different dynamic to the Futurity evaluations with

the opportunity for horses and ponies in this age group to

qualify for the recently relaunched Equine Bridge, providing a

pathway into their chosen equestrian sport.

The highest score on day one went to Mel Gravell-Barnes’

four-year-old showjumping gelding, Kosutta’s Korolevski Tsar,

by the stallion, Rasputin, out of an Undercover mare, who

took home a gold score of 8.51 and duly qualified for the

Equine Bridge in October. “I only have two stallions and two

breeding mares, and I have had two foals from this mare and

both have had extremely trainable brains and attitudes and

are very inquisitive”, explained Mel. “Kosutta’s Korolevski

Tsar is currently doing a lot of flatwork training under the

guidance of our grand prix dressage trainer and he will

hopefully be attending the Equine Bridge in October. After

that he will be for sale. Richmond was a fabulous venue for

the British Breeding futurity - I would definitely go back.”

Five year old gelding, GFE Cordexus (Cevin Z x Desideratum)

took home the highest eventing score with 8.3 achieving

a gold premium. Owned and shown on the day by Caitlin

Pitcher of Golden Flatts Eventing, this gelding also qualified

for the Equine Bridge. Owner, Caroline Pitcher, said “This is

the first horse we have ever bred. He is from a thoroughbred

mare that was given to us by family friends for my daughter

to start her eventing career. Unfortunately, she got an injury

in the field so we decided to breed a horse for my daughter

that we could not afford to go out and buy- hence using

‘Cevin Z’ as the sire. People told me I was mad to breed from

a thoroughbred, but we knew we wanted the ‘Cevin Z’ jump

and movement but with the blood and stamina of a

high-quality thoroughbred. My daughter, Caitlin, will produce

him, and the dream is one day to get to Badminton. He is

quirky and opinionated, but he is so talented that we forgive

him! We found the Futurity feedback immensely helpful

and it was very comforting to hear praise for our bloodline

choices as we already have his full brother who is a yearling!”

The top dressage entry in this age group at Richmond was

Phillip Jones’ three-year-old gelding, Forgiveness, by the

Hanoverian dressage stallion, Finest, out of a Dormello mare,

with a score of 8 which gained him a gold premium.

Day two at Richmond saw the foals to two-year olds come

forward for their evaluations. A larger number of entries and

a notable amount of ‘golds’ came from the day.

Just one Elite score was awarded and this went to Sally

Banks L’Amie’s impressive three-month-old colt, Merikanto,

(Morricone I x Showmaker) who achieved a score of 9.1 for

dressage, the highest scoring dressage foal of the first week.

Sally said: “We bought the mare before she was born,

We were buying ‘the foal’ for the bloodline and we were

convinced we were getting a colt.

Merikanto - Photo Horse Power Creative

We were gutted at the time! My daughter competed her for

many years but after a serious injury, we decided to put her

in foal as we couldn’t bear the thought of selling her. She

is one of the sweetest natured horses we have ever owned.

Eric is our very first foal and we are over the moon to have

produced an Elite foal and delighted with the mare. We have

fallen in love with the breeding process, so we have recently

bought another three mares to start a dressage breeding

programme under the name of SLS stud.”

The highest scoring showjumper of the day was Mandy Riley’s

8-month-old colt foal, Clintekko, (Clintendro K x Lupicor),

achieving a gold score of 8.7. ‘Clintekko’s grandsire was the

well-known Clinton who had notable successes with a win in

the 2003 grand prix in Lummen, a second place in the Nations

Cup in Aachen the same year and third place in the individual

rankings at the 2004 Olympics, in Athens.

Mandy explained “I have been breeding for about fifteen

years on a small scale for myself and my daughter. This foal

was from a very special mare who is extremely sharp and

careful but just a bit too much for my daughter at this time

so we decided to put her in foal and see if it might take the

edge off her a bit! My daughter is trained by Jamie Gornall

where the stallion is based so we saw him a lot and chose to

use him. I would love to keep the colt entire but we are not

really set up for keeping stallions at home so unless we geld

him he will be up for sale.”

The eventing category saw Linda Reeds’ Snowdon Carr Sundae

(Future Gravitas X Dolmen Déjà vu), a seven-week-old colt

foal earning an impressive score of 8.475 for a gold premium.

This colt’s sire, Future Gravitas, has also been selected by

Olympic event rider Mary King to breed from her Rolex CCI

four star winning mare Kings Temptress.

Owner Linda Reeds explained, “Snowdon Carr Sundae is our

first ever homebred colt. My daughter managed to get to

Badminton grassroots in 2017, and we wanted her to have

another eventer coming through as we knew we could not go

out and buy what we wanted. The jury is out as to whether

he stays entire but despite his extremely laid-back attitude

he is massive already and potentially too big for me to

handle. Either way he will be staying with us”, she said.

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VALE VIEW

31st July

Vale View Equestrian Centre attracted a strong entry of foals

to three-year-olds from across the disciplines.

James Boulton from Ginley’s Stud was delighted with his

thirteen-week-old foal, Ginleys Gunpowder, called ‘Waldo’

at home, by the stallion, Myspires Fider Hit, out of a Johnson

mare. The foal achieved an impressive score of 9, earning him

the only Elite premium of the day, and making his 160-mile

round trip from Grimsby worthwhile.

“Waldo is our first foal from Ginleys Stud. We have three

broodmares who are all in foal for next year, all to Lianne

Verity’s Myspires Fider Hit. The foal’s joint owner, Rachel

Holden, and I struck up a really good relationship with Lianne,

and when Waldo was born I fell head over heels for him and

we decided to use the stallion for our next batch of foals.

One will be from the Johnson mare so that will be full brother

or sister to Gunpowder”, explained James. “The stud name,

Ginleys, came from a combination of our favourite drinks –

Gin and Baileys – and ‘Gunpowder’ comes from the Gin brand

which we drank to celebrate Waldo’s birth! I am over the

moon with how well behaved he was during the evaluation.

He is for sale because he will never be big enough for me - I

am 6’6!”

As a first time breeder, James was delighted with his

experience at the event. “I have found the whole process

absolutely brilliant. I also had my mare graded today at 3

stars so I am over the moon.”

score of 8.4 and a Gold premium. Penny has been breeding for

about fifteen years, averaging three or four foals a year.

“I have an amazing section B mare who is the mother of this

colt and she has bred fourteen foals, many of which have

gone on to do amazing things”, explained Penny. “The full

brother to this colt, Bathleyhills Smart Decisions, was sold as

a yearling and is doing incredibly well in the showing world.

The mare has also bred a sports pony that has gone on to

represent Great Britain. Bathleyhills Toby is full of life and

charisma and is a firm favourite on the yard. I will start to

produce him myself and might do some in-hand showing as I

believe it gives them some great life skills.”

“The British Breeding Futurity series is a key date in the

calendar. It has been a key tool for me for years and I often

use them to help advertise my horses. The feedback is also

highly beneficial as a breeder to know whether you are

headed in the right direction with what you are breeding”,

Penny added.

Zoe Smith’s sixteen-week-old filly, Comme Telona, by Comme

La Pere out of a mare by Calvados, was presented for

showjumping and took home a gold score of 8.3. Zoe was

delighted with filly’s performance. “This is the second foal we

have had from my Calvados mare. She had a gorgeous colt for

us but unfortunately our lorry broke down the day before the

futurity last year. A number of people have said how well put

together this filly is, so we just had to bring her”, said Zoe.

“The filly’s mother jumped up to 1.40 with me at 3-star level

and she was an absolute dream in every way. She owed us

nothing, so we decided to keep and breed from her”, added

Zoe, who runs a string of five showjumpers and wanted to

breed a couple of young ones for the future. “I’m planning

on keeping Comme Telona for myself and will produce her

through the age classes if all goes to plan.”

(Both) Ginleys Gunpowder - Photo Horse Power Creative

Aynslie Carnan’s twelve-week-old colt, Rfh Leprince De La

Terre, by Leprince Des Bois out of a Search For Royalty XX

mare, scored 8.85 to earn an impressive gold premium and

the highest eventing score. The foal’s sire, Leprice Des Bois,

achieved a staggering amount accolades including winning

the German Junior Eventing Championships in 2014, Winning

the CIC2* Sahrendorf & Copenhagen and also making 8 CIC4*

appearances.

The highest scoring yearling of the day was also in the

eventing section. Kerry Varley’s Lynara Higgs Bozon, by the

KWPN dressage stallion, Osmium, out of a Paradiesvogel

mare, scored 8.75, earning a gold premium.

The top scoring Sports Pony of the day was Penny Walster’s

two-month-old colt, Bathleyhills Toby, by Thistledown Copper

Lustre out of Bathleyhills Swift (Casino Royale K), earning a

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BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

WRITTLE

1st August

Writtle University College was the venue for the Baileys

Horse Feeds/ British Breeding Futurity foals to two-year-old

evaluations on August 1st, 2019. Writtle hosted a great day

for all participants involved and it was a superb showcase

for their own breeding programme. The university runs their

own stud and the students were involved in the showing their

mares and foals.

There was a strong entry of dressage horses, with twelve

horses forward for evaluation. The highest score of the day

went to Liz Ball of Bramble Stud, who achieved an Elite

premium with her six-week-old colt, Ravello. The colt is by

premium Danish Warmblood dressage stallion, Revolution,

who broke the record for all German stallion auctions at

the Hanoverian licensing in Verden in 2015 with a winning

bid of 1.2 million euros. Ravello is out of Liz’s 15 year

old mare, Limoncello, by Londonderry. “She has had a

number of good quality foals and last year we decided to

try ‘Revolution’ as he had done very well at the World Young

Horse Championships. We looked at the conformation of the

stallion and we looked at the confirmation of Limoncello and

we felt the pair would make a good foal”, said Liz. “Ravello is

very ‘quirky’ but once he understands what is being asked of

him he is always well behaved. I knew as soon as he was born

he was going to be a special one.”

Bramble Stud work very closely with Baileys Horse Feeds.

“Baileys visit the yard every three months to ensure that we

are on the right track. Every season is different for the mares

and the foals and we use Baileys guidance as each foal grows

at a different rate”, explained Liz. “It doesn’t just stop with

the nutrition. We sometimes have the farrier every two weeks

for the foals. Often, their feet can need micro-management

so the vet, the farrier and the nutritionists at Baileys all work

together to help us produce the foals to this standard.”

Henrietta Edwards from the nutrition team at Baileys was

present as every horse was vetted during the day at Writtle.

“My first impressions of this foal at the vetting today was

that he has a perfect body score. Just the right amount of

weight whilst still being able to see the ribs very slightly. He

is growing very evenly. This is what we like to see in a foal of

his age”, she explained.

The highest score in the eventing section was Judy Savage’s

six-week-old colt, Charlie, by the renowned eventing stallion,

Chilli Morning, formerly competed at top level by William

Fox-Pitt, out of a mare by ‘Oscar’. The colt earned a score of

7.975 achieving a silver premium.

In the Showjumping section it was an exciting day for Writtle

University College as their own 12-week-old Lordships Bear

Necessities, by the stallion, Balou For Pleasure, and out of a

Now Or Never M mare, took the second Elite score of the day

with an impressive score of 9.2. Emily Southwick, Assistant

Stud Manager at Writtle, said “Balou has bags of personality

as you could see on the livestream but he is extremely good

to do in every way. It is great for the students at the college

to see what you can achieve with British Breeding; it really

helps their education. All of the students play a small part

in the foals’ care so it is great that we can all celebrate the

success as a team.”

Ravello - Photo Horse Power Creative

Caroline Farr, Equine lecturer at Writtle told us a little bit

about the breeding programme. “We try to breed two or

three of our own every year. We have a dressage mare, a

showjumping mare and an eventing mare so we are trying

to breed across the board on each discipline. Most of the

students are studying here for three years so they get to

experience every part of the breeding process from selection

of the stallion up to the foals starting their early days of

work. All of the foals bred at Writtle are for sale as this helps

us fund our breeding activities, but we are very much ‘intouch’

with all the current owners or riders of the youngstock

we have bred here.”

Megan Carlton’s ten-week-old Arko’s King Of Hearts also

scored highly in the showjumping section. The colt is by

the legendary stallion, Arko III, who was the number 1

showjumper in Europe in 2004, 2005 and 2006, with earnings

over £1.2 million. The dam, Warovola, is by the KWPN

stallion, Heartbreaker. Arko’s King Of Hearts achieved a score

of 8.95, earning a gold premium at their first futurity event.

Megan plans to keep the foal to compete for herself.

A single entry in the Endurance section achieved a high score

of 8.8, earning a gold premium for the 2 year old colt from

Jane Marson’s Heritage Coast Stud. Heritage Valentino, owned

by Jane and her mother, Hannah Skepper, is by former Arab

racing stallion, Vadeer, whose progeny includes numerous FEI

endurance winners, out of their homebred mare, Heritage

Silver Delaney.

“This is a very promising colt. His full brother was also

awarded a higher first under the previous scoring system of

the Futurity and is currently in training to run in Arab races

in 2020. The plan with Heritage Valentino is for him to be

backed and then attend the Futurity as a three-year-old.

Eventually he will be a dual-purpose horse for my daughter

who is currently competing in British Eventing.”

The day at Writtle also included an opportunity to view the

latest models of yard machinery from sponsors, Avant, and

they were on hand to answer any enquiries or questions.

British Equestrian Federation Director, Lottie Olsen, also

attended the day. “We at the BEF are very keen to support

British Breeding. It is great to see such high quality

youngstock coming through. The Futurity series provides

excellent feedback to breeders and it shows that with the

right management from the beginning and with responsible

breeding there is no reason that Britain cannot produce top

quality sports horses”, she said.

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BILSINGTON PRIORY

2nd August

Dressage horses inevitably featured strongly at the British

Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity evaluations that took

place on 2nd August at Bilsington Priory Equestrian in Kent,

home to International dressage rider, Dan Watson and young

horse expert, Craig Messenger. The evaluation team saw over

21 young British bred horses and ponies from foals to twoyear-olds

assessed over the course of the day.

The top score of the day went to Lianne Verity’s Myspires

Fider Victorious who achieved a score of 9.3 and an Elite

premium. This was the second foal of the Futurity series sired

by Lianne’s homebred stallion, Myspires Fider Hit, to achieve

an Elite premium. Two days earlier the Ginley’s Stud entered

foal, Ginley’s Gunpowder, scored 9 for an Elite premium at

Vale View Equestrian. A delighted Lianne said, “It’s surreal to

have my stallion produce two elite scoring foals. I am excited

for the future to see what he produces. This is the first foal

I have bred from the Goodtimes mare specifically for this

stallion and she has produced exactly the type of foal I hoped

for from the combination.”

Also earning a coveted Elite premium was David Rumsey’s

three-month-old dressage foal, Voyage DRD, with a score of

9.125. Voyage DRD is by the KWPN dressage stallion, Vitalis,

and out of a Flammengold mare. ‘Vitalis’ was is a highly

successful stallion who was himself champion foal in the

Netherlands in 2007. David explains, “This colt is from a very

special mare, Florina H, owned by Ali Parsons. I took over the

ride on her as a 6 year old when Ali acquired her and she took

me from Novice to Grand Prix and all the first international

competitions in my career. She owed us nothing and we

wanted to quit competing whilst we were ahead so decided to

have a foal from her.”

at stud but the breeding programme is quite small with four

or five foals a year. We focus on breeding horses for the age

classes or to show. My aim has always and will always be

to breed very ‘correct’ horses who are sound and can on to

perform or do a job”, explained Jane. “I knew this colt was

a special one from the day he was born, he was always very

beautiful! He was an absolute dream today in every way and

we are very proud of him. It will be a shame to see him go

when he is sold but we run a very ‘filly-based’ ship at home

and have not got the set up to keep colts.”

“This is Ali’s and my first voyage into breeding together. We

had no clue just how well regarded our foal would be at the

Futurity evaluations and we are absolutely delighted. We

have put the mare back in foal to Vitalis again for 2020 and

next year are looking into buying a mare specifically to use

for embryo transfer.”

Classictop Chance Encounter - Photo Horse Power Creative

“The plan for the colt is to produce him myself and keep him

entire. He is registered with the Hanoverian Horse Society

and if everything goes well we will get him licensed.”

Aster Sports Horses bought forward a strong field of dressage

horses with the bay colt foal, Aster De Luxe, by Champion De

Luxe out of a Black Shadow mare, the top scorer with 8.75

for a gold premium. Foals Aster Romance, Aster La Vista and

Aster Titania, and yearling colts Niko Aster and Noble Aster all

earned gold premiums for the event hosts.

Myspires Fider Victorious - Photo Horse Power Creative

Jodi Randall’s Hambrookes Cally’s Girl was the sole entry

in the showjumping section. The filly foal by Invito out of

Hanbrookes Lady Fabrice, by Fabrice van Overis Z, scored 7.8

to gain a silver premium.

The highest scoring entry in the eventing section was Jane

Townshed’s Classictop Chance Encounter who achieved an

Elite premium with a score of 9.025 with her twelve-weekold

colt by Brief Ecounter out of an Ad Valorem mare. Jane

has been breeding sport horses for over 20 years and stands

two eventing stallions, including the advanced event horse,

Brief Encounter. “I am currently standing a couple of stallions

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Voyage DRD - Photo Tanja Davies


BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

THE GRANGE

26th August

Dressage horses inevitably featured strongly at the British

Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity evaluations that

took place on 26th August at The Grange Equestrian in

Okehampton, Devon. The top score of the day went to

Kristina Floyd-Walker’s 3-month-old colt DBM Secre C who

was entered in the Dressage section. The colt, by the stallion

Secret and out of a Krack C mare, achieved a score of 8.45

which meant a gold premium for the ‘professional hobby

breeder’ Kristina. “He is a very high-quality Colt, and off to

auction next week at the BD nationals. He is the first foal

from my dressage mare by a German stallion, I wanted to

try something new as the foals I had from her previously

had all been by my own stallion”, she said. “The mare was

being started off as a dressage horse but due to injury she

ended up coming to me as a broodmare. She has been an

exceptional mare to breed from and easy in every way. This

is her third foal as part of a small breeding programme that I

run alongside working full time- producing two or three foals

every year.”

The Endurance section saw a high score for Jo Claridge with

her ‘Hosanna Bey’, a two-year-old filly by R Ali Bey and out of

the Halleiluja Bey mare. They scored 8.05 also earning them

a gold premium. An avid supporter of Futurity Evaluations,

Jo was “delighted” with the outcome of the day. She added

“we only breed one or two foals a year- we are a small-time

breeding operation, but this is our first foal from Halleiluja

Bey and a really special filly. We are looking forward to the

future with her. She will soon be taken on by my daughter,

Rachael, who will produce her. My daughter currently owns

Coral Bey who is also out of the Halleiluja Bey mare and has

competed up to advanced level in Endurance.”

There were three Eventing entries at The Grange and the

highest scorer in the section came from Wellpark Sports

Horses’s filly Wellpark Calista, by a Hallmark DS stallion and

out of a Silvano mare, who scored 8.2 earning them a Gold

premium. It appears to be an extremely successful bloodline

for Wellpark, as owner Sharon Dudden explained. “This is

our third foal from the mare and stallion combination. We

acquired the mare when she came to us for some schooling

and she never left because we ended up buying her! Calista’s

full sister was graded Elite in 2017 and her full brother

Wellpark Don Giovanni also gained a strong Gold at last year’s

futurity evaluations. He has gone on to have a successful

in-hand showing career as a yearling in hunter and sports

horse classes. The foal will be put up for sale once she is

weaned but we would love to keep her, she is a fabulous

stamp of mare and just as good as her full brother in terms of

potential.”

DBM Secre C - Photo Horse Power Creative

Flynnzatanz - Photo Horse Power Creative

Horses moving on

British Bred and Futurity Elite graduate Catherston

Ticktock (by Timolin ex Bee Precise (by Breitling) has been

sold to Canada to become a Foundation Sire and Event with

4* rider Lindsay Beer. Ticktock is a 3yr old colt who was a

Sport Horse Champion at the Royal Bath & West Show as

well as receiving an Elite Award with the Futurity.

He is full brother to Catherston Timeless.

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CATHERSTON

27th August

The British Breeding Futurity team were at Catherston

Stud on Tuesday 27th August for the first of their two days

of evaluations. Day one was for foals to two year olds and

saw seven entries earn the coveted Elite premium. A strong

eventing section saw John Johnston’s Opposition Pirate,

Catherston’s Catherston Tarantella and Lucinda Frederick’s

Upsi Britannia all gaining Elite scores.

Opposition Pirate, a 2 year old dark bay colt by Fleetwater

Opposition, out of a Heraldik mare, earned an Elite score of

9.025. He is one of four Fleetwater Opposition horses owned

by John Johnston. “Opposition Pirate will be produced slowly

by us at home as an event horse. I don’t believe young horses

should be rushed and over worked at a young age so he will

definitely spend a lot of time being a ‘horse’ in the field. I

believe that he is the best Opposition horse I own. We bought

him to the Futurity Evaluations as a foal and then this year

as a two-year-old, so we were thrilled that he gained an Elite

premium”, said John.

Opposition Pirate - Photo Horse Power Creative

Catherston Tarantella, a 2 year old bay filly by Timolin out of

a Dornenkoenig mare, did the stud proud on home turf with

her Elite score of 9.025. Timolin’s progeny have an exciting

future if they follow in his footsteps as he climbs the eventing

ladder, finishing 6th in the British Novice Championships at

Gatcombe this year.

Lucinda Fredericks’ grey yearling colt by Upsilon earned an

Elite score of 9. Alex Chapman was handling Upsi Britannia for

the evaluation. “His mother is out of Lucinda’s top eventing

mare, Headley Brittania, and by Jaguar Mail. He will be

kept entire and be produced for (hopefully) a very exciting

eventing career. He is like a baby lamb in the stable and so

easy to handle - we all adore him”, she said.

Catherston Tarantella - Photo Horse Power Creative

Showjumping saw an elite premium score of 9.025 for Risada

Stud’s Risada Peter Parker, a bay colt foal by the late Ramiro

B, sire to numerous nations cup showjumpers and 4* eventers,

and out of a Tolan R mare. Owner and breeder, Amy Derber of

Risada Stud, said “Peter Parker is from a showjumping mare

that I competed and backed myself, she had a freak accident

in the ring which meant she needed a few months off and we

also felt like she needed some more time to develop so we

took the opportunity to put her in foal.”

Catherston gained another Elite premium with Catherston

Thriller scoring 9 for dressage. The colt foal is out of a

Sir Donnerhall mare and by Catherston’s highly-respected

Dressage turned Eventing stallion Timolin.

Upsi Britannia - Photo Horse Power Creative

Sally Warner’s lovely yearling filly, Time to Fly, earned an Elite

premium as a foal last year and returned to take a second

Elite with a score of 9.025 this time. By Timolin, the filly

is out of Sally’s own eventing mare, Kate II, who is by the

renowned ID stallion, The Crofter. Sally has owned Kate since

a youngster and it was a big decision to put her in foal. “She

means a lot to me and it was heart wrenching when she had a

difficult foaling and we very nearly lost her. But thanks to the

exceptional care at Catherston she came through”, explained

Sally after their Futurity success as a foal.

The highest scoring sports pony was Henza Selene, Dianne

Kilshaw’s filly foal by Dallmayr K, out of a mare by

Dressman I. She scored 9 for an Elite premium in Dressage.

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Risada Peter Parker - Photo Horse Power Creative


CATHERSTON 3-5 yo

28th August

BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

The second day at Catherston brought forward an impressive

selection of young horses between three and five years

old, across all the disciplines. Catherston Stud’s own three

year old ‘Catherston Ticktock’ scored 9.025 for an Elite

premium in dressage. Ticktock is by Jennie-Lorriston-Clarke’s

impressive eight year old stallion Timolin and out of a

Breitling W mare.

Also being awarded an Elite premium in the dressage section

was Bayfield Stud’s impressive dark bay three year old colt,

Furst Romeo, who achieved a score of 9.05. Furst Romeo is

by the stallion Fuerst William HC, who was the Oldenberger

State Champion in 2015, and out of a Don Davidoff mare.

Furst Romeo went on to win at the Futurity Championship

show in September.

Catherston Ticktock - Photo Horse Power Creative

Pippa Drew brought forward a high-scoring entry for the Pony

(Dressage) section with her three year old colt, Hammerwood

Ritz, by Remembrandt and out of a Cavan. The colt scored

8.875 to achieve a high gold premium.

The showjumping section saw another high score for

Catherston Stud, demonstrating how they successfully breed

across all the disciplines. Maverick XVIII, a three year old

gelding by Sir Obolensky Z and out of a Limmerick mare,

scored 8.86 to achieve his gold premium.

Deanna Cook’s three year old filly ‘Solomon’s Star’ was the

highest scoring entry in the Eventing section, also by Timolin.

Scoring 8.445, the filly, out of a Millenium Star mare was

awarded a gold premium.

Furst Romeo - Photo Horse Power Creative

Soloman’s Star - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Maverick XVIII - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Hammerwood Ritz - Photo Kevin Sparrow

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British Breeding / Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations 2019

ADDINGTON

29th August

The British Breeding Futurity team travelled to Addington

Manor Equestrian Centre for the fourth day of the second

week of Futurity evaluations. The biggest day of the week,

there were 68 entries in total. There was a very impressive

selection of young horses brought forward for evaluation at

Addington including 10 ‘Elite’ scoring horses and 29 Gold

scores.

A strong dressage section included the highest score of the

day, and the highest scoring foal of the series, Fiona O’Hara’s

‘Finnegan’, by the stallion Foundation and out of a Gribaldi

mare, who scored an outstanding 9.45 to achieve his Elite

premium.

Finnegan - Photo Horse Power Creative

Bramble Stud had a successful day with two Elite’s in the

dressage section - the ‘First Words’ colt, by For Romance I out

of a Wavavoom mare, scored 9.05, and the filly, Floradiora

by Fidertanz and out of a Diamond Hit mare, scored 9.075 to

gain her premium.

Anna Wilson five month old ‘Fangio’ colt by ‘Foundation’ out

of a ‘De Niro’ mare was another Elite in the dressage category

with a score of 9.15.

Rounding up the Elite dressage scorers of the day, Woodlander

Stud’s colt, Wild Fire, by Wild Child out of a ‘Don Diego’ mare

scored 9.1.

Hill View Stud presented the top scoring showjumping entry,

earning an Elite premium with a score of 9.05 for their

four-month-old filly, Crystal Silver, by Silvester and out of a

Guidam mare.

First Words - Photo Horse Power Creative

Chescombe Eventing presented two unnamed foals in the

showjumping section, and both earned an Elite premium.

A four-month-old filly by Caroly scored 9.025 and another

filly Classic Orange Z scored 9. Chescombe eventing’s Nick

Gauntlett was delighted with the results but admitted that

it is his wife, Amanda, who is really the mastermind behind

their breeding programme.

The highest scoring sports pony of the day went to

Hammerwood Stud’s Hammerwood Champagne, a two-monthold

colt by FS Champion De Luxe and out of a Rhondeo mare

who scored 8.75 to achieve a Gold premium.

Wild Fire 2 - Photo Horse Power Creative

Unnamed Chescombe Eventing Foal - Photo Horse Power Creative

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Crystal Hill - Photo Horse Power Creative


SWALLOWFIELD

30th August

BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

The evaluation day at Swallowfield, near Solihull, saw a good

turnout across the disciplines. The top score of the day and

highest score for any two year old of the series, went to

the impressive chestnut dressage filly, Reggatta De Blanc,

earning an elite score of 9.275 for owner, Zahra Sadry. Bred

and shown by Woodlander Stud, this Hanoverian filly, by

Revolution out of a Blue Hors Zack mare, went on to become

Futurity Supreme Champion at Solihull.

Katie Brownbridge was delighted with her eventing foal,

R Springtime Distinction, a bay colt by Tolan R out of a mare

by the thoroughbred stallion, Merit, who scored 9.075 earning

an elite premium. Katie also showed the dam’s yearling

offspring, Springtime B, by Ramiro B, achieving a very high

silver score of 7.9 and the highest scoring yearling of the day.

The showjumping foal, Fashion Accesssory, took the third

highest score of the day achieving a score of 9 and an elite

premium for owner, Sandra Nicol. The Galerius filly, out of a

For Fashion mare scored particularly highly with a mark of

9.5 for frame and 9.5 for canter, both essential traits in a

showjumper.

Springtime Distinction (Above) Regatta De Blanc - Photo Horse Power Creative

Completing the disciplines line-up, Georgina Vaughan’s

endurance foal, CD Elektra, scored a very high gold with 8.9.

This chestnut filly features Shah Shadow on both sides, being

by Vlacq Zibaq, out of a Shah Shadow mare.

Fashion Accessory - Photo Horse Power Creative

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British Breeding / Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations 2019

NEWTON RIGG

31st August

The evaluations at Newton Rigg again saw a good showing

of horses and ponies from across the disciplines, with the

sports pony yearling, Imperial High Night Fighter, achieving

a high gold premium score of 8.9 for owner and breeder

Trudy Goulding. This beautiful rose grey yearling colt by

Rotherwood Signature out of Queen of the Night (Piccolo),

scored particularly highly with 9’s for frame, walk and canter.

Joanne Thomas’s bay colt eventing foal, Larz Robert,

also scored a high gold premium of 8.9. By the grade A

showjumping stallion, Landpirol, out of a Caritano Z mare,

this colt is bred to jump and scored very highly with a trot

mark of 9.5 and 10 for canter. A two year old full brother,

Larz Reuben, also earned a gold premium with a score of 8.2,

making him the highest scoring eventing 2 year old and a

successful day for Joanne.

Andrea Nigam’s foal, Otilias Prima Donna, a filly by Totilas

out of a Don Primero mare, was the highest scoring dressage

entry of the day with 8.8 for a gold premium. The foal

showed obvious balance, elasticity and impulsion, particularly

in the canter which earned a high mark of 9.5.

The top showjumping score went to Jeanette Powell’s Escape

Z foal, Escada, a chestnut filly out of a Grand Master mare,

with a score of 8.6 for a Gold premium.

Showjumping also took the top 2 year old score, with Mel

Gravell-Barnes’ Motka GBS, by Rasputin out of an Undercover

mare, earning a score of 8.3 for a gold premium.

Larz Robert (Above) - Photo Horse Power Creative

Imperial High Night Fighter - Photo Horse Power Creative

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LADYKIRK

30th August

BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

The British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations

then headed to Ladykirk in Scotland to see a good quality

selection of horses and ponies, with three elite scores being

awarded. The top score of the day went to Nicola Smith’s

filly foal, Rilinka, by Oldlands Vivaldi out of a Glaneur mare.

This lovely chestnut filly was presented for showjumping and

earned an elite score of 9.175, with a mark of 9.5 for all

three paces.

Godrics Stud dominated the sports pony scores at Ladykirk,

with their 4 year old colt, Godrics Decoy, by Danger 36 out

of No Promises (by Ceasar 171), presented for dressage and

earning a top score of 9.15 for an elite premium. This was

closely followed by Godrics Cryptonite, another 4 year old

colt by Ceasar out of Tiger Lily (by Donnerwetter), who

earned a score of 9.025 and another elite premium. Godrics

also supplied the top 3 year old, Godrics Dionysus, by Danger

36 out of Tiger Lily, the same dam as Cryptonite. This brown

colt scored 8.2 for a gold premium.

Godrics Cryptonite - Photo Horse Power Creative

Ladykirk Equitation showed three lovely jumping foals on

home turf for Lucy Simpson. The grey filly foal, Cezanne LE,

by AC Activate out of Hendersyde Limpopo (by Its Without

Doubt), took the top eventing score of the day with 8.8 for a

gold premium. A bay colt foal, Picasso LE, by Canturano I out

of a Capital mare, also earned a gold premium with a score of

8.65 for showjumping. Another colt, Vermeer LE, by Harvard

LS out of Bon Voyage W, a Viento Uno W mare, scored 8.25 for

a gold premium in showjumping.

Lauren Piercy of Sannabay Sports Horses also had a good day,

achieving 3 gold and a high silver premium. Sannabays Dream

Leader, a colt foal by Dream on out of Present Leader (by the

thoroughbred stallion, Presenting), earned a score of 8.575

for eventing, with particularly good marks for his frame.

Sannabays Reflection, by Ramiro B out of a Grannox mare,

was the top scoring eventing yearling with a score of 8.45,

a score which was matched

by the colt dressage foal,

Sannabays Foosball, by

Feinrich out of a Jazz mare.

Sannabays Nu-Star, by

T Movistar out of an Isgard

Trak mare, was the highest

scoring dressage yearling

with a high silver score of

7.775.

Godrics Decoy - Photo Horse Power Creative

Relinka, top score of the day

- Photo Horse Power Creative

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British Breeding / Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations 2019

SOLIHULL 3-5yr

21st September

The final Futurity evaluation of the series was for 3-5 year

olds at Solihull on 21st September. This event also preceded

the Championship Show held the following day at the same

venue, so some of the older entries were able to maximise

their outing by entering on both days.

The top score of the day, and highest of the whole series,

went to Fashion, a lovely 4 year old bay mare by Freddie M

out of a Blue Hors Zack mare, bred and shown by Woodlander

Stud for owner, Amanda Maine Tucker. Fashion scored an

impeccable 10 for her frame, and with movement marks of

9.5 for all three gaits and an overall elite score of 9.55 for

dressage, there was nothing not to like about this mare.

An elite premium also went to Finale, the top scoring

dressage 3 year old by Franklin out of Senerin (by Show Star),

bred by Gillian Jones, who scored 9.125 for owner, Kathryn

Marsh.

The top eventing score of the day went to Diamonds Cawever,

a 3 year old bay gelding by Diamond Hit out of Caw Blimey

(by the thoroughbred, Ring of Ford). Owned and bred by

Barbara Heaton Smith, he earned a very high gold score of 8.9

when evaluated as a 2 year old, but is maturing well and

scored 9.03 this year for an elite premium.

Fashion - Photo Horse Power Creative

Penny Walster was thrilled with her 3 year old coloured colt,

Bathleyhills Colour Creation, by Bathleyhills Monet out of

Bathleyhills Dream In Colour (by Acado), who earned a high

gold score of 8.8 for eventing and the highest pony score of

the day.

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BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY

BRITISH

BREEDING

Celebrates the 2019

Futurity Season

It was great to round off the 2019

Futurity Series with a Show and

Championship at Solihull on 22

September. Breeders from all over the

country came to participate in the

Futurity Championship, a Mare Show

and an Open Youngstock Championship

celebrating British Breeding with a

great range of beautifully bred quality

horses. The judges came from this

year’s pool of Futurity judges, including

Mikael Nolin from Sweden, Rik van

Miert from Belgium and Lesley Peyton-

Gilbert and Carron Nicol from the UK.

The judges were spoiled for choice with

some lovely youngsters coming forward

for all ages and disciplines. Entries

were initially judged in their own age

and discipline group, with the top

candidates from each age group going

forward to the Futurity Championship.

It was great to see a wide range of

horses and ponies coming forward,

reflecting the diversity and

Regatta Le Blanc

inclusiveness of the Futurity, which is

an evaluation series for all British bred

sports horses and ponies, regardless

of studbook. It was also great to see a

high quality range of Endurance horses

coming forward who received their

own award, generously sponsored by

Zoe Lindop. There were lovely prizes

on offer for the Futurity show winners,

ranging from Baileys feed vouchers and

Absorbine product prizes for all section

winners, to free tickets to our British

Breeding Celebration Ball in November

for the Futurity Champions.

The judged faced a difficult task

of picking a champion and reserve

champion from a line-up of real quality

horses. In the end, they settled on

Woodlander Stud’s lovely dressage bred

2yo Reggatta de Blanc (Revolution x

Zack) as the overall Futurity Champion

in recognition of her truly outstanding

movement and international

performance potential.

The Reserve Champion was the

gorgeous Eventing foal Future Classic

Pleasure by the up-and-coming young

stallion Future Guilty Pleasure out of

the Future Gravitas mare Future Class

Act. This is a particularly remarkable

achievement for her breeder, Julia

Hodkin, who also bred the sire and

the mother, as well as the dam sire,

showing what generations of careful

breeding can achieve – a real triumph

for British breeding! Congratulations to

them all! To celebrate the importance

of the mares, the show held a Mare

Championship with some wonderful

examples coming forward. The overall

champion of this class was the very

harmonious eventing mare Future Class

Act (Future Gravitas x Cruising), with

reserve going to another eventing mare

in Morelands Carousel (Billy Be Cool

x Kiltealy Spring) who convinced with

great movement and athleticism.

It was overall a great day for British

eventers, with the Open Youngstock

Championship won by another

youngster from Future Sports Horses

in Future Guilty Liaison (Vincent x

Cantoblanco) who added a lovely splash

of colour to the proceedings. The

Reseve Champion was the beautiful

Hochabella (Hochadel x Relevant).

From this fantastic line up of

Champions and Reserves it was a tricky

job to pick out the overall Supreme

Champion. In the end, this wonderful

accolade went to the fantastic

Reggatta, owned by Zhara Sadry – what

an exciting horse for the future! The

Reserve Supreme was the lovely Future

Class Act, whose wonderful foal came a

very close runner up, so it all stayed in

the family.

Future Guilty Liaison - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Julia Hodkin’s Future Classic Pleasure

and Future Class Act

Congratulations to all participants who

supported this event and made it a

wonderful display of the breadth and

quality of British breeding!

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BRITISH BREEDING’S EQUINE BRIDGE

Balou For Pleasure - Photo Horse Power Creative

BRITISH

BREEDING

EQUINE BRIDGE

The eagerly anticipated relaunch

of the British Breeding Equine

Bridge, sponsored by Baileys Horse

Feeds in association with British

Dressage, British Eventing and British

Showjumping, took place on 14/15

October at Addington Equestrian.

The new format event over two days

for eligible horses that have graduated

through the Futurity series provided a

full programme of activities to assess

the development and potential of these

young horses. Day 1 was a valuable

training session with top trainers Yogi

Breisner for eventing, Peter Storr

for dressage and Corinne Bracken

for showjumping. Each horse then

underwent a veterinary assessment

with Dr Jane Nixon and her team,

including farrier, saddle fitter and

nutritionist. The following day, horses

completed a dressage test with their

own rider and were then put through

their paces by a test rider.

The veterinary assessment incorporated

a saddle fitting check by Society of

Master Saddlers Master saddler, Helen

Reader. “It is so important when horses

are first backed to have a saddle that

fits. If they are blocked, then the horse

cannot move correctly and you want

them to be comfortable. Adjustable

gullets on saddles are really useful for

young developing horses. Awareness is

growing, but simple things like where

the buckles are on the bridle can make

a difference”, she said.

Master Farrier, Dean Dibsdale AWCF,

emphasized the importance of

maintaining correct foot balance

to ensure the athletic longevity of

the horse. “Regular visits from the

farrier will keep limbs straighter for

longer. Nutritrition plays an important

role as weight affects conformation

which affects feet, particularly early

on when there is a lot going on with

growth plates and they are gaining

weight rapidly Working together with

saddle fitter and vet will help keep

everything straight in the early years

to achieve the ideal support for their

conformation”, he explained.

Yogi Breisner trained the eventers on

day 1, with horses trained in pairs for

a 45 minute session. “I have designed

the exercises for this assessment to

show their rideability, that is that they

can steer, stop and start, which they

need to be able to do as eventers.

It also gave the horses a chance to

show what each can do, and their

mental approach as well as physical,

so we included a x-country element,

some flat work and show jumping.

The horses were well presented and

ridden and looked extremely trainable.

The different levels of training and

experience showed between the 5

and 6 year old, and they were quite

different types, one being stronger and

the other finer, but eventers come in

all shapes and sizes and both had the

right qualities for a future as an event

horse”, said Breisner.

“If the young stallion reproduces

this temperament and attitude in his

offspring, then he has a big future

as an eventing sire. They were green

throughout the session, but they coped

well with the more advanced exercises

that they had never seen before.

“This event is a wonderful

opportunity for breeders and

producers to send horses here

– it is the strongest advertising

tool you could have to sell.

Good competition results are

one thing but no guarantee of

conformation and longevity.

This event combines an

assessment of conformation

and performance and shows

their level of training”.

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BRITISH BREEDING’S EQUINE BRIDGE

Corinne Bracken trained the show

jumpers and worked through a series of

exercises to help these horses develop.

“This is an exciting project that will

clearly develop into a showcase for

young talented horses in the future.

The Equine Bridge is such a crucial

link for the breeders to further their

youngsters for the competition arena

and something I am very pleased to

have been involved with today”, said

Corinne.

During the afternoon, the dressage

participants enjoyed their coaching

sessions with Peter Storr, who explored

the extent of each horse’s education

to date. “This is a really good idea

and gives riders the opportunity to

get their training on the right path, in

accordance with the scales of training

for dressage. I found that riders

generally needed to ride more forward

to the contact to develop their horse’s

balance”, explained Peter.

The evening saw a feature showcase

of the top scoring 3 year olds from this

year’s futurity evaluations.

On the second day, each horse

completed a test with their own rider

and was then put through their paces

by the test riders – Mat Baker rode

the dressage horses, Alex Kennedy

the eventers and Tracey Priest the

showjumpers.

In the dressage section, Catherston

Timeless put in a fine performance

for a gold premium score of 8.61, the

top score of the event. With a 9 for

trot and for trainability from both the

trainer and the test rider and a 9.25

for trainability from the evaluators,

this 4 year old filly has all the right

credentials. She is the 1st foal to

be born by Jennie Loriston-Clarke’s

multi-purpose stallion, Timolin, who is

by the famous dressage sire, Totilas.

She is out of a Breitling W daughter,

Bee Precise, who was out of the

Laurentainer mare, Lambada.

The 5 year old chestnut filly, Don

Domonique, was ridden by breeder and

owner, Ashleigh Hill to score 8.54 for a

gold premium. She is by Don Frederic

out of a Jazz mare, Tacktiek, who

Ashleigh bought as a 9 year old and

competed up to medium at regional

level before deciding to breed. The filly

has only been backed for 2 months and

was a little green at times, but Ashleigh

was delighted with her performance

and is very excited about her future

potential.

The top pony went to Pippa and

Bridget Drew’s Hammerwood Ritz,

who scored 8.41 for a gold premium,

ridden by Natasha Powell-Richards

who has previously competed ponies

internationally. Ritz, by Rembrant

out of a Cavan mare, came 3rd in

the British 4yr Dressage Pony Final at

Hartpury this year and then enjoyed

stud duties.

A disappointing number of eventers

were forward, but the standard was

very high. The only 6 year old in the

event, Tinka’s de Niro, took the highest

spot by a narrow margin, scoring

8.32 for a gold premium, ridden by

Steven Smith for owner, Gwynneth

Stageman. “Leon”, as he is known,

by Dark De Niro out of a Tinker’s

Boy mare, was originally produced

by James McCullough and came to

Steven at the end of June. He has had

4 runs since then and he successfully

completed the 6yr old championship at

Osberton, at the beginning of October.

He will be competing at dressage and

showjumping over the winter, the aim

is for him to do a 3* at the end of the

2020 season.

Catherston Oakley scored 8.29 for

a gold premium, with high scores

for his trainability. This 5 year old

stallion is by Oppositon Bombshell out

of the Dutch Gold mare, Catherston

Deodara, who was herself out of the

International event mare Wellingtonia

ridden in the Junior Europeans in Rome

in 1983 by Anne Dicker. Also in Rome

then was Fleetwater Opposition who

won individual and team Gold who

is the sire of Opposition Bombshell.

Oakley was ridden by Charlotte Dicker,

Anne’s daughter. He is Premium Graded

with Sport Horse Breeding of Great

Britain and, as a foal, he went Elite at

the BEF Futurity.

In showjumping, the 5 year old colt,

Balou for Pleasure, took the honours

with a gold score of 8.06, owned and

bred by Lisa Maynard and Chris Jackson

and ridden by Lisa Maynard. Balou for

Pleasure is by Balou du Route out of

Lordships La Rochelle, and already has

several career highlights. He went Elite

as a foal at the futurity 2014 and has

the highest 2yr old across all disciplines

2016 futurity. He was the leading 3

year old jumper in 2017 and British

Breeding supreme champion 2017.

This young stallion has 2 colt foals on

the ground in 2019 Blue Balou (Gold,

Futurity Writtle) and Lordships Bear

Necessities (Elite, Futurity Writtle).

Rachael Holdsworth

Photos - Horse Power Creative

Hammerwood Ritz - Photo Horse Power Creative

Catherston Timeless - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Tinka-s De Niro - Photo Horse Power Creative

Some of the evaluators - From left to right:

Rik van Miert, Patrick van Miert, Mikael Nolin, Frank

de Kok, Lucy Simpson, Carron Nicol.

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Studbook - NEWS

Cavalier HF - Photo Horse Power Creative

AES Breeders enjoyed a busy and

successful summer this year. achieving

excellent results at the British Breeding

Futurity and Elite Foal Tour Evaluations

and having the opportunity of three

separate auctions to market their

stock.

September Auctions

Earlier in the year, we paired up

with Bolesworth to deliver a word

class Elite auction for showjumping

foals. The concept was to pre-select

all candidates on pedigrees, with

particular emphasis on damlines.

From a broad field of applications,

we narrowed it down to a shortlist of

top candidates, all by internationally

renowned stallions, and all from mares

who have either jumped successfully

at Grand Prix themselves, or who have

exceptional Grand Prix credentials

in the direct motherline. We then

visited and inspected all shortlisted

candidates and selected the best 20 to

put together what must have been the

most convincing and high quality range

of auction foals in the UK to date.

Studbook Director Joris van den

Oetelaar explains:

“We are delighted with this new

concept for an Elite auction that

places so much emphasis on what

really matters: our wonderful

mares in this country whose

legends live on through their

offspring.

“We took great care in the

selection by ensuring we not

only had foals with the very best

pedigrees, but also that this

was matched in their quality

at inspection, with exceptional

gaits, flawless conformation and

beautiful type.

“Nina Barbour and her team

added their very special brand

of magic to make it a night for

everyone to remember, and to

create a wonderful celebration

of the very best of British

breeding!”

The prices achieved at the auction

spoke for themselves and proved

that true quality and performance

credential command a high price in

this industry. The two top lots were out

of famous international competition

mares, in ASK Tinka, by Casall ASK

out of Billy Twomey’s legendary

Tinka’s Serenade, and Cavalier HF, by

Diamand de Semilly out of the Junior

European team mare Remi Cavalleri.

Each sold for £40000, closely followed

by Mr Tuxara (by Taloubet Z out of

Davi Quick’s Grand Prix mare Ashdale

Luxara) who achieved £38000.

The average price for the auction lots

was a highly respectable £22,000.

Our congratulations go to all the

breeders, the foals, their new owners,

and Nina Barbour who put on a

fantastic show for everyone to enjoy!

Here is to a great success for 2020,

when we want to do it all again!

ASK Tinka

AES Success at the

British Breeding Futurity

The AES are proud supporters of the

British Breeding Futurity, having made

a big investment in the company’s

software and website to support its

future. It is therefore particularly nice

to see so many AES horses doing well

yet again at the Futurity evaluations.

The Futurity assessments are extremely

rigorous and detailed, with a detailed

veterinary evaluation of soundness and

correctness of limbs and management,

before candidates are presented in all

three gaits to a panel of 4 independent

evaluators. The top eventing foal at

the Futurity in 2019 was a by now

familiar face in Julia Hodkin’s Future

Classic Pleasure, who needs no further

introduction!

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Studbook - NEWS

She achieved an excellent Elite score

of 9.2, marking her out as an excellent

prospect for the Future!

It is perhaps no surprise that the top

spot among the showjumping foals was

occupied none other than David Quick’s

Mr Tuxara, who surely had one of the

most successful summers ever enjoyed

by a foal, with the same Futurity Elite

score of 9.2.

The top 3yo position across all four

disciplines went to Finale (Franklin

x Show Star) who is a newly licensed

stallion with the AES – congratulations

to his breeder, Gillian Jones, and his

owner Kathryn Marsh! Finale gained

a fantastic Elite score of 9.125 and

qualified for the prestigious British

Breeding Equine Bridge programme.

The 3yo filly DVS Lekota (Lekanto x

Interadel Z) gained top spot among

the Endurance horses, also qualifying

for the Equine Bridge. Congratulations

to Tanya Endres on this lovely

achievement!

Elite Scores are highly desirable and

gained by averaging a mark of over 9

across a range of criteria, including

veterinary assessment, conformation,

walk, trot and canter (and jump in the

older showjumpers and eventers).

2019 AES Youngster achieving

Elite scores also include:

Fashion Accessory (Galerius x For

Fashion) bred by Sanda Nicol

Ginleys Gunpoweder (Myspires Fider Hit

x Johnson) bred by Ginleys Stud

Risada Peter Parker (Ramiro B x Tolan

R) bred by Risada Stud

Ashdale Royale (Casall Ask x Cassiano)

bred by Ashdale Sport Horses

Myspires Fider Victorious (Myspires

Fider Hit x Goodtimes) bred by Lianne

Verity

Crystal Silver (Silvester x Guidam) bred

by Hill View Stud

Rilinka (Vivaldi x Glaneur) bred by

Nicola Smith

The best 3-5yos presented at this

year’s Futurity have been invited to

join the Equine Bridge programme to

provide them with further support and

opportunities to aid their transition

into the sport. We wish all our AES

breeders, riders and owners the

very best with these exciting young

prospects!

The highest scoring AES foals from the

Futurity were selected for the AES

September Auctions at the BD Nationals

and the busy Arena UK show, giving our

breeders the opportunity to showcase

their foals to a professional audience

of riders, trainers and buyers, which

is a wonderful opportunity for brand

building and networking!

To celebrate the end of a successful

season, which saw entries increased

by over 20% and a wonderful

atmosphere at busy evaluation days,

enjoyed by all, British Breeding put

on an end-of-season Championship for

Futurity candidates, broodmares and

youngstock.

AES breeders and owner turned up in

force and were successful in a wide

range of classes:

Futurity Championships

Jade Hall’s Whoopi Whiteface (Sandros

Boy Z x Eurocommerce Washington)

won the showjumping foals class,

while the eventing foals were topped

by Julia Hodkin’s Future Classic

Pleasure (Future Guilty Liaison x Future

Gravitas)

Chloe Thomas’s Penmawddwy Prime

Marvel (Ynyslyns Orlando x Country

Top Gun) bred by Bianca Hill won the

showjumping yearlings class. Kelly

Bodwell’s Heathersesge Neddy Norton

(Quantensprung x Toronto’s Muza)

bred by Laurie Ibbotson came first

in the eventing yearlings class, and

Bramble Stud’s Moondance (Morricone

x Woodlander Del Amitri) topped the

dressage yearlings.

Future Classic Pleasure went on to win

the Futurity Reserve Champion title.

Mare Championships

The Champion Mare, presented by

Future Sport Horses, was Future

Class Act (Future Gravitas x Cruising)

who graded 3*** with the AES. Daniel

Russell presented the AES mare

Morelands Carousel (Billy Be Cool x

Kiltealy Spring) who gained the reserve

champion title.

Future Class Act went on to win the

Supreme Reserve Champion title.

Open Youngstock Championships

The Champion of the Open Youngstock

Championships was again presented by

Future Sport Horses in Future Guilty

Liaison (Vincent II x Cantoblanco).

Huge congratulations to all AES

breeders and owners who have reason

to celebrate some fantastic results this

year!

AES Foals Excel at Elite Foals Tour

Like last year, the quality of AES

breeding shone at the Elite Foals Tour,

with lovely foals presented in all three

Olympic disciplines.

Future Classic

Pleasure

In dressage, a particular highlight

was So Very in Vogue, bred by Claire

Cooper-Wyatt from her own AES

licensed stallion Devivio out of an

Elroon mare. This lovely foal who was

crowned regional champion among a

very strong field of 25 candidates at

Twemlows Stud farm.

In eventing, we had some excellent

results in the regional championships

with no fewer than 6 Champions and

6 Reserve Champions across all three

venues.

They qualified for the National

Finals, where the overall national

championship was won by Julia

Hodkin’s Future Classic Pleasure

(Future Guilty Pleasure x Future

Gravitas), flying the flag for AES

success, with this lovely filly out of her

young AES licensed stallion.

In showjumping, the AES dominated

the field from the start, with 11 out of

12 regional champions and 8 out of 11

reserve champions:

It was therefore little surprise that

the national final saw another AES

champion and reserve champion in Amy

Tucker’s lovely Brunello (Cristo x Cevin

Z) and David Quick’s by now famous Mr

Tuxara (Taloubet Z x Luidam), still in

celebratory mood after his excellent

auction success earlier in the summer.

Congratulations to all the breeders

who supported the tour and brought

their lovely foals for us to inspect!

Our thanks go to Lorna Wilson and her

team for their hard work in creating

another fabulous celebration of British

bred foals. Top scoring foals from all

disciplines were also invited to the AES

September Auctions at the BD Nationals

and at the busy Arena UK show.

Thank you very much to everyone

who has been supporting our studbook

this year! With so many fantastic new

youngsters on the ground, we are

very excited about the future for the

studbook and for our breeders, riders

and owners!

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Supreme Champion Fürstlich. Copyright Kevin Sparrow

Ultimate Breeders

Warmblood

Championships 2019.

The busy summer show season for

the British Hanoverian Horse Society

(BHHS) was concluded on the 7/8th

of September with the 2019 Ultimate

Breeder’s Warmblood Championship at

Moreton Morrell in Warwickshire.

The BHHS Committee was joined by

Hans Henning Von Der Decken Chairman

of the Hannoveraner Verband for what

was a very successful event and the

biggest the Society has seen for many

years. The British Hanoverian foal

Fürstlich (For Romance x Charmeur

x PaintedBlack), bred by Sandra

Biddlecombe and owned by Bill & Janey

Hopkins and Sean & Amanda Edmonds,

was named this year’s 2019 Supreme

Champion.

The show, which was held at Moreton

Morrell’s Equestrian Centre in

Warwickshire ran for two days from

Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th September

2019 and saw a large number of entries

from across the UK. The weekend

started with the Mare Performance

Test with the British Warmblood mare,

Briarwood Firefly, bred by Laura

Humphreys and owned by Lucinda

Bellis took 1st place and was awarded

the Premium Candidate status. Sunday

started with our Part Bred

Championship and followed by the Foal

and Mare Champions, the results are:

Supreme Championship

Champion: Fürstlich (For Romance x

Charmeur x Painted Black)

Breeder Sandra Biddlecombe

Owner Bill and Janey Hopkins & Sean

and Amanda Edmonds

Reserve: Regatta de Blanc (Revolution x

Zack x Don Schufro)

Breeder: Woodlander Stud

Owner: Zahra Sadry

The Mare Performance Test

Champion:

Briarwood Firefly (Fürstenball x Roxana

La Rossa) bred by Laura Humphreys

owned and ridden by Lucinda Bellis.

Foal Championship:

Champion Filly Foal: Franka (Franklin

x Fiona) bred by Darren Mattia and

owned by Darren Mattia and Julie

Deverill.

Reserve Filly Foal: Wild Dreams (Wild

Child x St Pr Foxy Lady), bred and

owned by Lynne Crowden.

Champion Colt Foal: Fürstlich (For

Romance x Charmeur x Painted Black),

bred by Sandra Biddlecombe and owned

by Bill & Janey Hopkins and Sean &

Amanda Edmonds.

Reserve Colt Foal: Vanilla Ice (Valverde

x Vanatella) owned and bred by Kath

Moreton.

Overall Champion Foal: Furstlich

Reserve Champion Foal: Franka

Youngstock Champion:

Regatta De Blanc: (Revolution x Zack x

Don Schufro) Breeder: Lynne Crowden

and owned by Zahra Sadry.

Mare Champion:

St Pr For Your Love, (For Compliment

x St Pr Louisiana) bred and owned by

Lynne Crowden.

Mare Families:

Woodlander Stud, Lynne Crowden.

Part Bred Championship:

RHL Don Lymbria’s Law (Don Olymbrio

x Dante’s Romantic Diamond) bred and

owned by Becky Colwill & Stuart and

Emma Jackson.

World’s Finest - Photo Kevin Sparrow

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Our 2019 Mare of the Year was awarded

to Hanoverian State Premium mare

World’s Finest. Owner of World’s

Finest, Judith Davis from Hawtins

Stud said “a very personal and special

moment for me was the award of

Hanoverian mare of the year to State

Premium World’s Finest. One of our

original foundation mares ‘Wolfie’ is

now the mother, grandmother and

great grandmother of some of our top

horses including Hawtins Floriana,

Hawtins Delicato, Hawtins Duchessa

and Hawtins San Floriana to name but

a few. In 2017 she was the Horse and

Hound outstanding mare of the year. At

25 years young she still looks fantastic

and I think she really enjoyed her day

out.

The show is a great no pressure event

for the young horses and by the end of

the weekend they have learnt so much

which will really benefit them (and us!)

in the future. We’re already looking

forward to next year’s show.”

The BHHS also held a special

presentation to thank one of our long

standing Committee Members, Lynne

Crowden, who had retired from the

Committee earlier this year. We would

like to say a special thank you to Lynne

for her exceptional contribution to the

Society. The Society has benefitted

Lynne Crowden

enormously from Lynne’s knowledge

of Hanoverian breeding and her

outstanding judging skills have been

invaluable to us over many years.

Congratulations to all our competitors,

thank you to the Committee for their

support and to the volunteers, without

whom the show would not take place.

Thanks also to the Moreton Morrell

Equestrian centre for their venue.

The British Hanoverian Horse Society

would like to thank Elite Stallions,

Baileys Horse Feeds, Premier

Performance CZ, Wheatley Wood Stud,

Arenamate for their sponsorship and

lovely prizes.

About the British Hanoverian Horse

Society (BHHS): The BHHS is a full

daughter society of the Verband

Hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter

(Hanoverian Warmblood Breeders’

Association) in Germany. The

impressive record of Hanoverian

horses internationally underlines the

importance of the relationship between

a sound breeding programme and the

highest level of achievement in sport.

For further information please contact:

Kate Eaton, Studbook Manager, The

British Hanoverian Horse Society

Email: bhhsuk@gmail.com

Telephone: +44 (0) 7479 366 046

Thinking Warmbood?

Think Briish

Think Briish Hanoverian

www.hanoverian-gb.org.uk

The Hanoverian and Rhineland Studbooks

have merged. The Rhineland Studbook accepts

mares and stallions from most major Studbooks.

Please check your stallion choice with us, many

foals are eligible for Briish papers.

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and conformation measurements, linear

morphological analysis, movement in

hand and loose, temperament and work

ethic, and jumping potential/ability.

Top Stallion Marks went to the

spectacular dark grey 3yr old, ORV

Bandit, with 88.25% (Gold Award),

bred and owned by Jennifer Thomson.

This charismatic stallion had great

conformation, showed great paces,

and a very positive and athletic ability

over fences. He is to be developed for

Eventing.

MISTRALS SNOW FIRE, 5yr old

palomino, was the only mare forward

this inaugural year. Bred by Helena

Berrisford, owned by Laura-Jane

Hardy, this mare was calm and regal

throughout, showing good paces and a

huge jumping ability. She gained a Gold

Award with 82.5%.

BAPSH Studbook News

The new EU Zootechnics legislation

2016/1012, November 2018, changed

everything about the organisation and

management of Equine Breeding/Stud

Books. It was clear from the legislation

that the law no longer recognised the

type of pedigree partbred studbook run

by many UK Equine breed societies for

the last 50 plus years; including the

36 year old BAPSH Ltd PRE Partbred

Register II Studbook. So rather than

allow our highly valued PRE Partbred

horses to be turned into ID-Only horses

by DEFRA and EU law, BAPSH Ltd took

action to get our Register II Studbook

horses recognised by DEFRA as a

Purebreed Studbook under the rather

confusing and obscure ‘crossbreeding

purebreds’ EU regulations which

seemed to be a potential fit (similar to

European Warmblood studbooks).

It proved to be a long struggle.

After 7 months of long and detailed

Equine Breeding Program applications,

negotiations, DEFRA meetings, much

support & assistance on technicalities

from our excellent Equiventus Ltd

colleagues, endless emails, discussions,

and repeat applications, BAPSH Ltd

received on 6th August

ORV Bandit Gold Award PFH Stallion with Jen & Kyle

2019 a wonderful letter from DEFRA

stating the PRE Fusion Horse breeding

programme was officially approved

by the UK Government and would be

included on the officially recognised

equine breed societies listing.

It is very, very exciting, the PRE

Fusion Horse is officially a New

British Horse Breed!!

It was so worthwhile to spend many

months battling to get this recognition

from DEFRA. Horses registered in

the original PRE Partbred Studbook

are now transferred into the new

PRE Fusion Horse Studbook; most are

Main Studbook and eligible for ‘pink’

purebreed passports with 5 generation

pedigrees. BAPSH Register IV horses are

re-categorised as PRE Fusion Horses

Appendix-B and are eligible for ‘blue’

purebreed passports for uncertified/

unknown breeding but with pedigree

inserted where known.

The first national grading for PRE

Fusion Horses (PFH) took place on 21st

August at the Unicorn Trust, the day

after the PRE Grading was completed.

Assessment consisted of detailed body

The UK Purebred Spanish Horse basic

grading was held on the two days

before the PFH Grading. 23 PREs were

entered for this critical event for

potential breeding stock; Grading must

be passed before any progeny can be

registered. For the first time in many

years ALL the horses passed as APTO

(approved for breeding).

Three British-bred Mares received

spectacular results, gaining 9/9 for

Breed Fidelity - something never

previously recorded for any PRE

mare in Britain. Thomas Jone’s VALLE

AVENTURA, 4 yr old grey bred by

Juliette Riley, is the first to gain the

top marks, 9/9, for both Breed Fidelity

and Overall Harmony since the stricter

Grading Regulations in-force 2013.

Aventura is mainly Cartujano breeding,

and granddaughter to Neron XII, BAPSH

National CH Stallion twice. The other

two high-scorers were Emma Ware’s

5yr bay IVANA NVW, who travelled from

Scotland to attend (breeder Naomi

Vance-Webb), and Mrs Jackie Burns’

homebred 4yr bay VALIENTE ESTRELLA.

Highest scoring Stallion was the

grey 4yr old Spanish import, ARMAS

LEVITON, belonging to Mrs L M Westlake

(breeder Yeguada Plaza de Armas) with

9/9 for Breed Fidelity, 8/9 for Overall

Harmony, and 8/9 for each pace.

British-bred Stallions also got very

good results with Mrs Lesley Robinson’s

3yr bay, KAISER NVW, (bred by Naomi

Vance-Webb) achieving 8/9 for Breed

Fidelity, Overall Harmony, and Walk,

and Mrs Eileen Brooks homebred,

ALIADO CR, the last son of her CR

Stud’s foundation stallion Donado,

achieved 8/9 for Breed Fidelity and 7/9

for Overall Harmony.

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Mistrals Snow Fire

Our kind and efficient ANCCE-LGPRE

Grading delegate, Sñra Carmen

Saavedra, commented enthusiastically

on the high proportion of good quality

horses and the excellent training and

preparation of every horse examined.

Valle Aventura

Carmen has evaluated PREs all over

the world and said to the BAPSH

directors that she has never seen

such a universally good behaviour for

the measurements and movements

sections; high praise indeed.

Well-done everyone who prepared a

horse for this Basic Grading.

Mary McBryde

It has been a successful summer

for the purebred Spanish horse

with six delegates from the

Spanish studbook, ANCCE,

attending Hartpury College to

carry out the UK’s first ever

“calificado” grading.

An accolade awarded only to superior

examples of the breed - who must

have already obtained basic grading

status - 11 horses were assessed with

7 being approved (4 stallions and 3

mares) of which 3 were British bred.

The assessment for calificado status

involves a reproductive examination,

an evaluation of conformation,

movement and functionality

(a compulsory ridden test for stallions,

optional for mares) as well as an

X-ray exam to rule out OCD. There

are currently only 1,596 purebred

Spanish horses who hold calificado

status compared to a total population

of almost 250,000 purebred Spanish

horses, so it is a great achievement.

The youngest horse approved, 4yo

stallion Desperado PPD, owned and

bred by Karen Bourdon of Premier PRE

in Oxfordshire, is a son of Karen’s own

Inter I Spanish stallion Deseado CCV.

Deseado - a popular sire in the UK -

has competed in dressage successfully

nationally and internationally with

Alice Hurley and, more recently, with

Victor Alvarez of Spain. The 6yo mare

HF Cadazadora - owned and bred by

Stephanie Hurstfield - and 13yo mare

Primadonna - bred by Amanda Blake

and owned by Krissy Real, rounded

Desperado PPD

up the British bred successes at the

calificado grading. Greatest Hit, from

Germany where she had been graded

and awarded the coveted Staatspramie

(State Premium) accolade by the

Weser-Ems Studbook. Remarkably,

another of Greatest Hit’s progeny,

German born SPSS graded stallion

Chartstürmer WE (by Caramel FH)

was the 6 year old Reserve Champion.

Charti was ridden by Jennifer Ritchie

and is owned by her sister Ann-Marie

Manning who brought him to the UK

after his Weser-Ems

Following shortly after was the GBPRE

national championships which proved

to be another celebration of British

breeding. The studbook-affiliated

competition saw 5 of the 13 sections

won by British bred entrants with

Champion Colt, Reserve

Champion Filly, Reserve Champion

Mare, Reserve Champion Stallion and

Junior Movement Champion all being

obtained by British bred PRE horses.

The highest score of the competition

was obtained by 3yo PRE colt Bacchus

NSHL, bred and owned by Nadia Lister

and a son of the British-owned Grand

Prix Spanish stallion Guardadamas I,

owned by Naomi Vance-Webb. The

remaining national show and dressage

classes were widely supported with

British PRE, Fusion and Lusitano horses

obtaining top awards in the in-hand

PRE mares, novice ridden mares and

with many more accruing top scores in

both the MCI (Iberian dressage league)

as well as British Dressage classes.

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BAPSH Ltd is the National Studbook

and legal body working with

DEFRA and the ANCCE-LGPRE

(Spanish PRE studbook), handling

all ANCCE-LGPRE paperwork and

applications for PRE owners/

breeders living in the UK and Eire.

We cover all aspects of Registration

for Imported and homebred PREs,

Hispano-arabs, our British PRE

Fusion Horse and other Pure-breeds

based upon PRE blood, eg. Change

of Owner, Passport Updates,

Covering Certificates, Breeding

paperwork, British and Irish-bred

Foal registrations, and many other

areas of owning Spanish Horses.

The next Annual Breeding Approval

Evaluations & Grading for PREs

and for PRE Fusion Horses will be

held on 17-19 August 2020

Rt: Approved PRE Stallion Puma PM

TopLeft: Aztec Soleada, 4 month filly,

50% PRE.

Lft:Silversons Winchester - Approved

Spanish-Norman Stallion, 50% PRE.

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Registered Office:-

BAPSH Ltd, Holly Trees Farm,

Chesterblade, Shepton Mallet,

Somerset, BA4 4EQ.

Tel: +44 1749 838791

Mob:+44 7887 890098

Email: bapshregistrar@btinternet.com

Website: www.bapsh.co.uk

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youngstock,

Sally McMillan’s Heronsmill Stud has

had a successful 2019. Her homebred

filly HERONSMILL TIGER LILY qualified

for the Cuddy earlier this summer at

the Royal Welsh Show. Tiger Lily’s half

brother HERONSMILL TIGERS EYE is

continuing his eventing career with a

win at Floors Castle and a double clear

at Forgandenny. Tiger Eye is a son of

Copybush Eye of the Tiger, himself

a son of Trellech Courvoisier, a very

successful sire and also the damsire of

the very good German jumping pony

Beautiful Bright Eyes WE.

NPS licensed stallion TIGER ATTACK

continues to straddle both the worlds

of sport and showing. He has a son

qualified for the Cuddy and himself is

successfully eventing at Novice level

with a number of top ten placings

across the Summer.

THE NATIONAL

PONY SOCIETY

For the first time in many years the

NPS reintroduced a stallion parade to

the annual championship show. With

stallions presented both in hand and

under saddle, the parade showcased

licensed stallions who would produce

offspring for both sport and the show

ring. Held in the Grand Ring, beneath

the atmospheric Malvern Hills, the

society handed out a free colour

brochure with each stallions’ details

and a complementary glass of bubbly to

spectators.

Sadly the rain moved in which affected

the livestreaming of the event but

after a lot of positive feedback the

parade will be held again in 2020. One

of the stallions who was only brought

to the show to support the parade,

rekindled his showing career at the

show, and ended up taking the Riding

Pony Breed Supreme Championship.

STANLEY GRANGE COCKSURE is a 15

year old with a strong record producing

show winners. He won the stallion

class, and then went on to beat the

Champion British Riding Pony of 2019

15 year old Stanley Grange Cocksure.

Image courtesy Equinational

foal and broodmare champions to be

awarded the Vincent Taylor Trophy, the

highest accolade in the breed.

The 2019 Futurity series resulted in the

overall champion yearling sport pony

title being awarded to British Riding

Pony IMPERIALHIGH NIGHT FLYER. The

grey colt was bred by Trudy Goulding

of End House Stud in Lancashire. The

son of Rotherwood Signature was the

top score of all entrants at the Newton

Rigg assessment and scored 9s for his

frame, walk and canter. The colt will

be submitted for the famous Fayre

Oaks sale as Trudy does not have a

small jockey who could take him into

sport. She feels he would make an

absolutely cracking eventing pony, or

a serious stallion prospect. He is also a

half brother to this year’s 2yo Bramham

event prospect winner Dream of the

Night.

Champion Sport Pony Yearling 2019 Imperialhigh

Night Flyer. Image courtesy Horsepower Creative

Another NPS licensed stallion having

a successful 2019 is Catherston Stud’s

LITTLEDALE BRIGHT STAR. His daughter

Holme Park Koko was the champion

part bred at the recent Trakehner

Breed Show. His son CATHERSTON

BRIGHT SPARK is a registered British

Riding Pony who qualified for the BD

Regionals this Summer and had a top

ten finish at the Keysoe Area Festival.

Champion Sport Pony Yearling 2019 Imperialhigh

Night Flyer. Image courtesy Horsepower Creative

If you have any British Riding Pony

news, please send it into the office at

admin@nationalponysociety.com

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Craikhow Hall Jensen hunting

More New Stallions

for SHB(GB)

A rare breed native stallion, a

thoroughbred stallion and a gelding

might be an unusual combination for

a grading but all have recently been

graded into the SHB(GB) studbook.

As a studbook SHB(GB) has always

been keen to grade both native

breeds and of course thoroughbreds,

that were once the mainstay of The

Society, although in the more recent

‘sport horse’ years fewer have come

forward for grading. We were therefore

delighted that last month a native

stallion attended the autumn grading

held at Dalamires Stables, near

Harrogate.

The 11-year-old Suffolk Punch Craikhow

Hall Jensen (Robeck Classic the

First-Wingfield Billy) owned by Bruce

Langley-McKim and Brenda Foster,

made history as the first of his breed

to come forward for grading and was

subsequently the first Suffolk to be

graded into the studbook. Jensen is

well-used to hitting the headlines;

unusually for a pure-bred Suffolk

stallion he is ridden. He and Bruce go

hunting and this year Jensen completed

two unaffiliated one-day events.

“I am over the moon that he has passed

the grading,” said Bruce who runs the

Thorpeley Irish Draught and Rare Breed

Stud near Market Harborough.

“Obviously it was an outside-of-the-box

thing to do but people do want partbreds

with bone and there is definitely

a place in the market for him.”

Jensen already has several pure and

part-bred offspring; he served 12 purebred

mares and 6 non-pure mares this

last season.

Owner Krista Brown of Malton in

North Yorkshire brought forward her

Dutch-bred gelding Joris (Rafurstinels-

Prestige VDL) to the same grading. The

five-year old, by the Rubinstein son

Rafurstinels passed the assessment.

He has competed in dressage, recently

started eventing and has frozen semen

available.

Sport Horse Breeding

of Great Britiain

“I have a foal by him which I needed

to get registered so having him graded

was the way forward and fortunately it

all worked out really well,” said Krista.

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West Kington Stud now stand the

thoroughbred and former flat racing

stallion Jamhoori (2008) who was also

recently assessed and accepted into the

studbook. By the Dane Hill son Tiger

Hill who stood at Dalham Hall Stud, he

is out of Tanasie by Cadeaux Genereux.

Jamhoori gained 5 wins in the UK and

another 7 in the UAE while his dam was

a winner in France. Jamhoori is now

available for stud duties.

SHB(GB) Chairman David Dixon said;

“SHB(GB) welcomes entries from native

breeds and thoroughbreds for grading

although any native coming forward

must first be approved with its own

breed society. We were delighted to

grade the Suffolk stallion who with

selective breeding should produce good

heavyweight horses.”

New Plaques

Craikhow Hall Jensen was not only the

first Suffolk to grade with the Society

but he was also the first stallion to

gain one of our new hot-off-the-press

‘graded stallion’ plaques that from

now on will be awarded to owners of

all stallions that pass gradings. The

attractive silver and green plaques

have kindly been sponsored by a

member of the SHB(GB) Council. Any

owner that has a previously SHB(GB)

graded stallion can buy a stable door

plaque for the price of £38.50 including

post & packing. Please apply to the

office.

Craikhow Hall Jensen is the first Suffolk Punch to grade with The Society’ Photo credit Equinational

Please Check Applications

It is a busy time of the year in the

office for registrations due to the influx

of this year’s foal registrations. As

many come in around the same time

the system can easily come under

stress. One of the main reasons for

a slowdown is incorrect, or lack of,

paperwork and payment which means

extra work for everyone as quite often

they will have to be sent back and put

on hold. It really helps the office staff

and to keep the process moving if,

before sending in your application, you

please check that all the paperwork

is present, complete and signed and

that you have included the correct

payment. Please remember that having

Joris completes his first one-day event at Allerton Park

your foal DNA tested means that the

breeding of the foal will be verified and

recorded forever. DNA testing, (which

does take three weeks to verify) is

however not just about the now. It is

important for future breeders to know

the bloodlines and especially important

to verify mares who one day might

have sons, daughters, grandsons and

granddaughters forward for grading. A

lack of breeding information quite

simply prevents them being properly

included in studbooks and in the case

of stallion prospects, those without

three full generations of pedigree are

not accepted for grading.

Contact:

Telephone - 01732 866277

Email - info@sporthorsegb.co.uk

or for studbook enquiries

marian@sporthorsegb.co.uk

Website - www.sporthorsegb.co.uk

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The Sports Pony Studbook Society

Midnight & Georgia Wilson

Magnificent Medals

for Midnight

The SPSS is so proud that Midnight

(Hilkens Black Delight x Cassander),

ridden by Georgia Wilson as part of the

British Team at the 2019 Longines FEI

Para Dressage European Championship,

became not just the first SPSS

passported horse to compete at a

Senior Championships but also the first

to win Championships medals – taking

home Team Silver, Individual Silver and

Freestyle Gold, making them the most

successful British pair at the event.

Midnight, a ten year old mare was bred

by Carrie Passmore, and after their

winning performance in the Freestyle,

Georgia said “It’s been an amazing

week, Midnight has never even been

abroad before and she’s coped so well

and been really easy”.

Elevated to ELITE

Following recent FEI International

competitions, the SPSS Directors

are pleased to announce that the

prestigious SPSS Elite Graded Status has

been awarded to three SPSS ponies:

Penny Walster’s SPSS Head Studbook

graded mare Loveden Sea Swallow

(Gigman Jacana x Downland Sea Eagle)

whose SPSS passported son, Bathleyhills

Sea Wurzel (by SPSS Elite graded

Caesar 171), has now competed at

both the Hickstead and Waregem FEI

International Pony Competitions ridden

by 15 year old Olivia Langley. Sea

Swallow is a Welsh Section B who was

bred by Mrs M I Lord.

Then Katy Wise’s SPSS graded &

passported stallion Prometheus

(Romulus x unknown) earned his own

Elite status by achieving 14th place at

the 2019 Chilham Castle CCI-S 2* (ie

International Novice level eventing

– Novice level being the same as

the Pony Euros). This is a significant

achievement as Prometheus is just 6

years old and only started eventing just

over 12 months earlier. Prometheus was

bred by Annabel Blake and Charles Wise

and is out of their daughter’s successful

competition pony, A Pinch of Pepper,

who also now has SPSS Elite Graded

status.

Grading Success

The escalating number of equine

influenza cases in the early summer

meant that the SPSS team reassessed

planned events and instead of a full

grading and evaluation tour, just

did three Stallion Grading days.

However, we still had a similar

number of stallions to previous years

presented for assessment by our

regular judges, Hans-Heinrich Brüning

(an international judge & breeder

of Hanoverian dressage and jumping

horses in Germany) and SPSS Chairman

& Director, Jacke Mathieson (who has

competed successfully in jumping,

eventing & dressage, is a stallion owner

and breeder of competition horses

& ponies). The SPSS judges and SPSS

Studbook Manager, Lucy Sheldrake,

were delighted with the quality of

the stallions entered and all bar one

of the stallions passed this first step

to becoming SPSS licensed stallions

with both the Supreme and Reserve

Supreme Champions gaining very high

marks for the loose jumping phase and

that crucial element for a sports pony,

temperament.

The stallions presented were grouped

into two regions and the Northern

Champion was Emma-Louise Johnston’s

4 year old Irish-bred Connemara,

Carnakilly Pom Pom (Dexter Leam Pondi

x Castleside JJ) with Penny Walster’s

home-bred 3 year old Bathleyhills

Colour Creation (Bathleyhills Monet

x Acado) being the Northern Reserve

Champion.

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Then in the other group, Bianca Hill’s

8 year old WPCS Section D, Ynyslyns

Orlando (Hendrewen Meredith x Dwyfor

Sunrise; breeder Mrs L Roberts) was the

Central Regional Champion and another

pure-bred Welsh, Kris Osborne’s 4 year

old Section B Brynseion Dancing Dervish

(Brynmeillion Llewelyn x Parvadean

Lotta Bottle; breeder Mrs C Fell), was

the Central Reserve Champion.

Overall, it was a very close contest for

the 2019 Supreme Champion Stallion,

with just one mark dividing the top

two stallions, but Carnakilly Pom Pom

was just ahead of Ynyslyns Orlando

and the SPSS Directors look forward

to presenting their owners with their

sashes and rosettes at the AGM in

November.

Following the changes to the SPSS

Tour, both the British Breeding Futurity

Evaluations and the Elite Foals

Registration Tour kindly offered their

events as opportunities for mares to

be SPSS graded and, despite the short

notice, some enthusiastic mare owners

were able to take advantage of this.

Overall all of these mares, the highest

scorer and therefore 2019 Mare Grading

Champion was Fiona Davies’ home-bred

Pioneerstud Sheer Lace (Pioneerstud

Silver Sheikh x Psycheclone), a 3 year

old part-bred Arab who graded into

the SPSS Head Studbook. Then the

Reserve Champion Mare accolade goes

to Everglades By Request (Questa

Sea Pearl of Barkway x Rosevean Sea

Fever), a 9 year old British Riding Pony

bred by Mrs J A Tobin & Mrs D Webb

and owned by Rachel Howard who also

graded into the SPSS Head Studbook.

In addition, at both Futurity and Elite

Foals events, SPSS Premiums and

Gold Premiums were awarded to SPSS

passported or overstamped youngstock

according to the marks gained in their

Futurity or Elite assessment. Across all

events, some truly outstanding SPSS

youngstock were presented, with the

best impressing their judges with their

athleticism, elastic gaits and modern

sports type so that they scored 80% or

higher and were awarded a coveted

SPSS GOLD premium.

Fantastic Foals

As a supporter of the Elite Foals

Registration Tour, the SPSS was thrilled

that the SPSS passported eventing-bred

foal Diva’s Little Bright Star (Littledale

Bright Star x Celano) was judged

to be the best foal forward in the

entire Eventing section at Catherston

Stud, despite being a pony, and was

awarded the Eventing Champion sash

and qualified for the Eventing National

Final. Then at the Elite Foals Gala

National Final, in the pony section,

Naomi Maxted-Massey & Marcus

Fielding’s SPSS passported palomino

filly MM Sweet Deluxe (Woodlander Sir

Gorgeous x FS Champion de Luxe) was

a creditable third. So great results not

just for their owners but also for the

SPSS graded stallions who sired them.

For more information

Please look at our website

www.sportpony.org.uk or contact the

Studbook Office on 07703 566066 or

sportsponies@gmail.com

Diva’s little bright star - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Ynyslyns Orlando

Carnakilly Pom Pom

Bathleyhills Sea Wurzel - Photo Kevin Sparrow

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It has been a really positive Summer

for the Trakehner breed with success

on both the international and

national scenes. At the European

Championships, the beautiful Easy

Game daughter DALERA BB TSF was a

key member of the dominant German

Gold Medal winning dressage team.

With her rider Jessica Von Bredow-

Werndl, the mare is now ranked 5th

in the world.

Trakehners also dominated the 5yr

old Finals at the Bundeschampionat

in Germany in September. The new

Bundeschampion of 5yr old event

horses is the approved stallion

ISSELHOOK’S FIRST SIGHT (by Lossow -

Hibiskus - Karo As) with Sophie Leube.

The bay stallion took home the only

+90% score of the afternoon and after

a solid round in dressage and show

jumping, won with a lead of over 2.5

points.

Trakehners were also represented with

4 & 6th place in the finals - quite a feat

for this small stud book! The approved

stallion BOURANI qualified for the

Finals of the 4yr old Riding Horse Class.

The dark bay stallion by Fairmont Hill

- Legretto, took home 4th place in this

strong field.

On home soil the annual breed show

was held at Solihull Riding Club

over the weekend of the 21st-22nd

September. After having to cancel the

show in 2018, the decision was made

to share the venue with the British

Breeding team who were running their

own Futurity championship show. The

weekend was an unqualified success

with competitors praising the centrally

located venue and friendly inclusive

competition. Trakehner Verband judge

Bjorn Hanke came from Germany

to officiate alongside Paul Attew,

with Craig Neil Millard an excellent

performance test ride judge.

Godington Stud from Oxfordshire had

an incredible show, taking numerous

championships with their homebred

stock, offspring of their international

eventing stallion Godington Hannibal.

The Supreme Champion of 2019 was

the Mare Grading and Performance

Test Champion GODINGTON ORIEL.

The 6 year old mare is by Hannibal out

of the Premium Mare Offerte, who in

Godington Oriel (R) and Chantilly (L) Champion and

Reserve of the 2019 Performance Test

turn is by the Grand Prix stallion King

Arthur. Owned by Maggi Abbot and

Peter Dolman, Oriel has a very exciting

future ahead of her.

Reserve Supreme came from the

Broodmare section where the 20 year

old GODINGTON BARCELONA was named

Champion, following on from her

earlier success in the Veteran class.

Barcelona is also by Hannibal and is

a NASTA performance tested Elite

mare who also evented successfully

to 3 star level herself. Barcelona was

initially only coming to the show as her

colt foal, GODINGTON BANDERAS was

entered in his foal class, but she defied

her age and showed herself beautifully

to impress the judges. Banderas also

took the Foal Championship. He is a son

of homebred stallion Godington Utah.

The mare grading was held on the

first day of the show and in addition

to the eventual champion, one other

mare was awarded Premium Potential

status. This was ACHILTY DIAMONDS

IN THE SKY, a 6 year old daughter

of Grafenstolz out of the Adamello

daughter Isolde Iona III.

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Her full sister ACHILTY MISS BOSS

also graded as did Anna Vaahtera‘s

homebred CHANTILLY another daughter

of Godington Hannibal. Chantilly also

was awarded the Ingrid Christodulu

trophy for best loose jumping

performance.

Diamonds in the Sky and Miss Boss

are both bred by David Shand who

travelled over 9 hours from Scotland

to attend his first Trakehner Breed

Show. He also bred the Youngstock

Champion and Reserve. The Champion

was the yearling filly ACHILTY MISS

INDEPENDENT, another daughter of

Grafenstolz who the Judges praised

for sporty type and quality. In Reserve

was Diamond’s in the Sky’s son

ACHILTY RIMFIRE, a big moving son

of international Grand Prix stallion

Imperio. After such a successful

show, David was awarded the Leading

Independent Breeder award.

The part bred in hand champion was a

Trakehner in miniature. HOLME PARK

KOKO is a daughter of the British Riding

Pony Littledale Bright Star out of Holme

Park Kur. Standing around 14.2hh, the

judges praised Koko for her energy and

athleticism.

PP Achility Diamonds in the Sky bred by David Shand

The riding horse classes were the

most popular of the show. The in hand

winner and eventual reserve was Holme

Park Stud’s homebred HOLME PARK

HERMIONE, an elegant and big moving

daughter of Holme Park Krug. In the

ridden class it was the part bred son of

Hohenstein HIS JUWEL who triumphed

after displaying wonderful rideability

and rhythmic paces. Owned by Fiona

Hulme, His Juwel is out of a Florestan

mare and competes at Medium level

with BD.

The British Dressage Nationals were

held the week before the grading and

the licensed Trakehner stallion GARUDA

K and Laura Gulliver were proclaimed

National Paradressage Champions.

In the Grand Prix and Grand Prix

Freestyle, the Vice Champion was

KRISTJAN, a son of Grand Prix stallion

Polarian, bred by Dr Bechtolsheimer.

Trakehners UK wish to thank all the

sponsors, members and breeders who

supported the show this year and wish

all the riders the very best of success

with their beautiful Trakehners over

the winter.

For more information please visit our

website www.trakehners.uk.com

Supreme Champions at the 2019 Breed Show – Godington Barcelona and Godington Oriel

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OVERCOMING

ADVERTISTY

Breeders seem to have something to

worry about no matter what time of

year it is. Will you get your mare in

foal, will the semen get delivered in

time, will the birth go smoothly etc. It

is especially vital to spot any signs of

illness or lameness as early as possible

not only in a young foal but also in all

breeding stock. Many of us are small

breeders and to lose just one mare or

youngster can be financially crippling

as well as emotionally heartbreaking.

I spoke to a selection of breeders who

had rather terrifying but ultimately

inspirational stories to share. In an

ideal world none of us will have to

go through anything like this, but

forewarned is forearmed.

Alison Smith and her daughter Shelby

run Champion Park Farm and last year

had to go through every breeder’s

nightmare of a very sick yearling with

no confirmed diagnosis and a very

poor prognosis. Alison had a herd of

7 youngsters running together from

yearlings to 5 year olds. She noticed

that one of the yearlings (Itsy Bitzy)

isolated himself from the rest of the

herd in mid-December. He was brought

in with a companion and presented as

though he had peritonitis. A tummy tap

came back negative as did a number

of other tests. Itsy Bitzy had chronic

diarrhoea but was eating everything.

On Christmas Day, a second yearling

went down with the same symptoms

called Bolero. The vets were still

stumpted and it wasn’t until after the

New Year that they finally diagnosed a

bird strain of Salmonella as the cause

of the symptoms. Itsy Bitzy was by now

recovering but by mid-January Bolero

worsened. He went down and wouldn’t

get up. Alison was concerned there may

be organ failure or something equally

as serious. Her vet advised her to put

Bolero to sleep. Alison asked for blood

tests to be run to confirm for organ

failure but they came back fine. At this

point Alison and her team where having

to get him up to feed and water him,

but he would then lay back down. By

the Thursday Bolero couldn’t lift his

head off the floor and the vet and the

farrier who was on site both advised

this was time to have him put down.

Alison convinced 5 men who were on

site that day to pick him up and get

him on his feet and he managed to

stay on his feet till 10.30 that night,

so Alison was convinced he had fight in

him.

Bolero fighting the Salmonella infection

Bolero back to health

For the next few months Alison

arranged each day for local farmers to

come and lift him so he could spend

the day on his feet and allow him to

lie down at night with some one giving

him water every few hours. By April a

hoist had been erected so Alison and

her team could lift him on their own.

By the end of the month he was able to

get to his feet unaided.

Just a few months later Bolero was

back out in the herd and 2 small

pressure sores on his hip bones are

only evidence of his fight against

salmonella. Long term Alison hopes to

produce him as a stallion to follow on

in the footsteps of his sire Champions

Limelight and to also go into training

with dressage rider Natalie Allen.

He has fabulous movement and

temperament and was an awarded

an Elite at the Futurity in 2017. The

vets cannot believe how well he has

recovered, and the illness does not

appear to have set him back. Alison

said she just didn’t want to give up as

he always reminded bright in his eye

but there were of course moments of

doubt about putting him through the

months of treatment. We look forward

to seeing him out in sport in the future.

Tanya Hallett Endres also has a tale

that highlights how important it is to

know your horses normal behaviour so

you can be alerted when things are not

quite right. In 2013 her ex-eventing

mare Bobby had her third foal by the

Trakehner stallion Craig. Everything

had indicated a normal foaling, but

around day 4 or 5, Tanya found Bobby

lying in the stable at feeding time,

and just not looking quite right.

Tanya describes her as low grade

uncomfortable. The vet came out 2 or

3 times as the mare was not eating, but

was passing droppings, she was starting

to sweat up and looking uncomfortable.

Tanya wonders if as she had the foal at

foot she was not showing such obvious

symptoms as she might have done.

After about 24 hours Tanya took her to

the vet practice as Bobby still looking

uncomfortable.

A scan of the abdomen showed some

inflammation but rectal exams were

not showing anything. At around 3am

Tanya receive a call that Bobby she was

getting worse and so Tanya agreed to

surgery. At 5am her vet called to say

they had found a massive swelling in

small colon, and taken a biopsy, but

they did not think the mare would

survive and Tanya prepared for the

worst.

What was a stroke of luck was that

there was an intern on site who had

recently been involved in a study at

Liverpool researching Idiopathic Focal

Eosinophilic Enteritis, With a laboratory

on site the results were back within

6 hours and confirmed the diagnosis.

Bobby was put on a massive dose of

steroids and Tanya was advised to find

a foster mare. After a week Bobby

was able to come home and carried

on feeding the foal herself. Tanya

purchased an Arc Equine which would

have been fairly new equipment at the

time to help get Bobby through her box

rest of 12 weeks. During this time she

was just walked in hand 2/3 times a

day so her foal could stretch his legs.

What was interesting was during these

short walks Bobby would take herself

round the hedgerow and pick at the

cleevers and docks and ignore the

grass as though self-medicating. After

2 weeks she started to want to pick

at the grass too. After 8 months her

foal was weaned as normal, and he is

now a strapping 5 year old called Dan

I Am, and is a future event prospect

for Tanya’s daughter and it is hoped

he will attend the 5yo Equine Bridge

assessment at the Futurity this summer.

Just 85 horses in the country had

Idiopathic Focal Eosinophilic Enteritis

that year, a lot in the North East.

But Tanya would have been left with

an orphan foal to raise had she not

noticed the slight behaviour changes in

her beloved mare. Both these stories

have happy endings and highlight just

some of the obstacles breeders have to

surmount on the way to rearing healthy

and successful competition prospects.

The reward for both Alison and Tanya

will be watching Bolero and Dan fulfil

their potential in the sporting arena in

the future.

Sacha Shaw

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Feature - ARTICLE

Respiratory disease:

Don’t take the risk

Did you know that respiratory disease

is one of the most significant causes of

poor performance in sports horses and

that young horses are most susceptible

to infection1, says Zoetis Vet Dr Wendy

Talbot. Respiratory diseases are highly

contagious and can pass rapidly from

horse to horse, especially when horses

are mixing in close contact such as at

equine events.1,2

Flu isn’t the only infectious

respiratory disease

The recent flu outbreaks have alerted

horse owners to the detrimental

effects of this common viral respiratory

disease, which can cause serious illness

especially in unvaccinated, young or

ill horses.1 These outbreaks have also

served to raised awareness of another

common infectious respiratory disease

that may not yet have reached every

horse breeder’s radar – Equine Herpes

Virus (EHV). It has potentially serious

welfare, performance and financial

implications across every sector of the

equestrian industry and it’s in every

breeder’s interests to be aware of it

and take appropriate steps to minimise

the risks to our horses. 3

,4

What is Equine Herpes Virus (EHV)?

EHV is related to human cold sores,

chicken pox and shingles viruses. It can

cause respiratory disease, abortion and

neurological disease.5

Just like the human viruses, EHV lies

dormant (latent infection) in the

horse after it recovers from infection.

Carrier horses show no clinical signs,

but the infection remains in their

body and the virus can be reactivated

at any time and spread to other

horses. Reactivation often occurs

during stressful conditions or a period

of fatigue such as during transport,

strenuous exercise or mixing at

equine events.3 Reactivation results

in the virus being released into the

environment (‘viral shedding’) and

the potential for new outbreaks and

clinical cases which can affect the

health of the whole yard.5

Isolation HR

How is EHV transmitted?

EHV can be transmitted by direct

horse-to-horse contact such as

nose-to-nose touching and by nasal

or ocular discharge, which can travel

through the air over short distances.

It can also be spread by sharing

infected equipment, including

wheelbarrows, brushes and buckets and

via the hands and clothes of people

who have been in contact with infected

horses.6

What are the symptoms of EHV?

The symptoms of EHV can be very

similar to equine flu such as a high

temperature, snotty or runny nose, dry

cough, lethargy, loss of appetite and

swollen neck glands. It can also cause

abortion in pregnant mares. Nervous

system problems are less common but

can result in the horse appearing weak

and wobbly on its hind legs, often

accompanied by urinary incontinence.2

How can I reduce the risks of EHV?

Reducing the spread of Equine Herpes

Virus through management, as well as

vaccination, is important for disease

control. As with flu, rigorous hygiene

and isolation protocols (known as

‘biosecurity’) are imperative to help

minimise the risks of EHV spreading;

avoid contact with other horses, don’t

share equipment, bowls or stables

and quarantine all new horses. Also

remember that humans can spread EHV

indirectly via their hands or clothing

if they have been in contact with an

infected horse.5,6 It’s also important

not to mix unvaccinated horses with

vaccinated ones to provide the best

level of protection.4

If you think your horse may have any

symptoms of respiratory disease it’s

sensible to isolate them immediately

and contact your vet to discuss the

next course of action. In most cases

horses will make a good recovery

from EHV respiratory disease, the

prognosis is guarded for those with EHV

neurological disease.2

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Vaccination

Vaccination against EHV is important

because it helps tip the balance in

favour of the horse’s immune system. It

reduces viral shedding, the severity and

spread of the respiratory disease and

the frequency of abortion.4

Vaccination and subsequent boosters

for young horses should be timed

to provide the maximal level of

immune protection for the stresses

associated with weaning, transport,

relocation, introduction into new social

groups, yearling sales, training and

performance events.2 Mares should

be vaccinated during pregnancy;

additionally all other horses on the

premises should be vaccinated.4

Speak to your vet for further advice.

MM-06425

1. Davis E. Disorders of the respiratory system. In: Reed, Bayly WM, Sellon DC, eds. Equine Internal Medicine, 4th ed. St Louis,

MO: Elsevier, 2018: 313- 386

2. Allen GP. Respiratory Infections by Equine Herpesvirus Types 1 and 4. International Veterinary Information Service. 2002

3. Slater J. Equine Herpesviruses. Eds, Sellon DC and Long MT. Equine Infectious Diseases, Chapter 14. 2nd Edition. Saunders, St

Louis, Missouri. 2014, 151-168

4. Ivens P, Rendle D, Kydd J, Crabtree J, Moore S, Neal H, Knapp S, Bryant N, Newton JR. Equine Herpesviruses: A Roundtable

Discussion. UK Vet Equine, July/Aug. 2019

5. Slater J. What is Equine Herpes Virus? Accessed August 2019. https://www.horsedialog.co.uk/Health/WhatisEHV.aspx

6. Epidemic disease caused by equine herpesvirus-1: recommendations for prevention and control. Allen, G. P. Equine Veterinary

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World’s Finest receiving her 2019 BHHS

Mare of the Year Award

BRITISH BROODMARE

WORLD’S FINEST

The 25 year old BHHS Mare of the

Year is one of the key foundation

broodmares of Hawtins Stud, one

of the most successful producers of

dressage horses in the UK. The State

Premium daughter of Weltmeyer has

produced numerous National and

Regional champions and is the grand

dam of British team medallist Hawtins

Delicato. She was awarded the Horse

& Hound Mare of the Year award in

2016. I spoke to Hawtins Stud owner

Judith Davis to find out more about this

wonderful mare. Judith says;

“We bought World’s Finest

in 2000 when she was five

years old. She was one of

our six original foundation

mares. I haven’t bought any

mares since then, I have

focused on building on these

original lines. It’s what really

motivates me - to see how

the horses progress over

the generations. I believe

that we are guardians of the

pedigrees of the mares that

we breed from and we are

adding to their story that has

developed over many years.

Hopefully we are doing

this in a good way and that

future generations continue

to look after and develop

their bloodlines.”

I was curious to find out what made

World’s Finest stand out when Judith

was searching for those original

foundation mares. She told me “We

were very attracted to World’s Finest

because she was a lovely modern type

with very good movement and a very

good hindleg. Both of these are very

important to our breeding programme

as a good looking and correct horse is

important in dressage and a very good

hind leg is essential. Temperament is

another key factor as is our focus on

breeding for a very good canter. All her

offspring are very good looking, have

very good fronts (neck and shoulders)

and very good hind legs. They also

have very good walks and her lovely

big ears! They are all very much

competition horses and respond really

positively to being out in the arena. I

have bred World’s Finest to a number

of different stallions but every foal has

developed into a good horse.”

“We have also retained

several mares, especially

in the early days, who

have been Hanoverian

performance tested, and

they have also produced top

quality offspring.”

This year the German bred State

Premium mare had 3 children and

2 grandchildren competing at the

Nationals. Her last foal, the 4 year old

Hawtins Floresta was pronounced the

National 4yo Vice Champion &Hawtins

Falerno was 3rd in a strong Advanced

Medium Gold Final.

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• 1998 – Diadora by De Niro

• 1999 – Ringo Starr by Ragazzo – 1.40m SJ

• 2000 – Leysieffer by Londonderry – State Premium

• 2001 – Hawtins Lalique by Londonderry – BE90

• 2002 – Hawtins Ravenna by Regazzoni – BHHS Elite - Dam of Hawtins Delicato – WEG Team Bronze Medallist and Hawtins Sirica

PSG Hawtins Donna Lisa by Don Frederico – Dam of Hawtins Duchessa – 4yo National Champion & 6yo National Vice

Champion

• 2005 – Hawtins Fiorenza by French Kiss – Elite BHHS, Advanced Medium, Medium Winter Regional Champion – Dam of Hawtins

Barolo – Hickstead International 6yo Champion, Qualified 5yo National Final

• 2006 – Hawtins Floriana by Florestan I – Elite BHHS, Competed Young Horse World Championships 2012 and Intermediate I –

Dam of Hawtins San Floriana – Elite BHHS - National 6yo, 5yo & 4yo Champion, Winter Novice & Elementary Champion,

National Medium Champion

• 2007 – Hawtins Dante by De Niro – CDI (Junior) in the USA

• 2009 – Hawtins Horatio by Hotline – Inter 1 & PSG Regional Champion

• 2010 – Hawtins Falerno by Furst Romancier – Inter 1, AM Regional Champion, Medium Winter Champion

• 2011 – Hawtins Bellegra by Belissimo M – Medium Regional Champion

• 2012 – Hawtins Salerno by Sir Donnerhall – Novice Regional Champion

• 2015 – Hawtins Floresta by Follow Me – National 4yo Vice Champion 2019

Hawtins delicato

World’s Finest sire Weltmeyer is one

of the cornerstones of the modern

Hanoverian breed and is especially

sought after as a broodmare sire.

Weltmeyer was the 1998 Hanoverian

Stallion of the Year producing 86

licensed sons, stamping his stock with

a wonderful hock action and strength

in the hind quarter. He often partnered

well with stallions with Thoroughbred

blood such as Lauries Crusader and

Bolero, who is the damsire of World’s

Finest.

World Finest has 2 full sisters who are

also State Premium mares. Her half

sister by Alabaster produced two Small

Tour dressage competitors herself and

is also the granddam of a further two.

There can be no doubt that Judith

is doing an incredible job in the role

as guardian of her bloodlines of her

precious mares.

Sacha Shaw

Hawtins Horatio

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Rider Profile

FELICITY COLLINS

Felicity Collins is a European Young

Rider and Junior Medalist and National

Under 21 Champion who is a name we

are bound to hear more about in the

equestrian press.

One of her top rides is the quirky

homebred mare JUST AMAZING (Mazie)

who has been flying the flag for British

breeding this year. After a team Gold

Medal at the Young Rider Europeans on

her other ride RSH Contend’Or, Felicity

took Mazie to Camphire International

Horse Trials to compete in the Senior

CCI4*L. In what Felicity considered to

be the biggest result of her career to

date, the pair jumped a double clear

finishing 3rd. Felicity said:

“To be in a line up with my idols

was seriously so cool. In the top 5

of the CCI4*L there were 4 x World

Equestrian Games riders, 3 of

which also Olympians, plus the top

2 placed horses competed at WEG

2018, and then little Mazie & I! I

was also pretty star struck being

stood next to the 2018 Badminton

& Luhmuhlen winner, Jonelle Price!

Best Brit, best U21 (youngest rider)

best mare, and Mazie now officially

qualified for Badminton”

Just Amazing

Preston Polly

Mazie means so much to the Collins

Family as she is part of a very special

dynasty. Felicity’s mother Vicky Collins

evented 3 generations of the family -

Mazie’s granddam (Molly Malone), dam

(Preston Polly) and also Mazie herself

at her first events (after Felicity had

backed her).

Also hailing from this fabulous family

are stars such as Welton Molecule

(Vicky’s 5* Badminton & Burghley

horse) and Welton Romance (European

Eventing champion ‘95). Welton

Romance is a half sister to Preston

Polly. From the same mare family

comes International show jumper JB’s

Hot Stuff and Lion D’Angers contender

and licensed stallion Primmore’s

Pioneer.

Mazie’s sire is Weston Justice, who

was also an international eventer by

Criminal Law out of a Krisinsky mare

who was a Junior European Gold

Medallist herself. Weston Justice is

now siring Badminton and Burghley

competitors with many younger

offspring in the wings. With both horse

and rider bred in the purple for the

sport of eventing, we look forward to

seeing this talented combination at 5

star level next season.

Sacha Shaw

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Myspires Revolution

BREEDER

PROFILE MYSPIRES

STUD: LIANNE VERITY

Lianne Verity has enjoyed her most

successful Futurity season to date,

notching up two Elite and a gold score

for progeny of her homebred stallion,

Myspires Fider Hit.

“We have had the most amazing

year. I have been trying for 10 years

to get an ‘Elite’, so it was quite

emotional”, Lianne explains. The first

to achieve the elusive elite was Ginleys

Gunpowder, a lovely colt foal out of

a Johnson mare, owned by first time

breeders, James Boulton and Rachel

Holden of Ginleys Stud.

“I was watching on the livestream and

heard the first score as the judges

started to announce them”, said

Lianne. “Then the screen froze and I

missed the rest, but when it came back

on and I saw the rosette and sash, I was

jumping up and down with excitement!

For me it is just as exciting to see

someone else doing well with one of

our progeny”, said Lianne. James and

Rachel are so pleased with their Fider

Hit foal that they now have three

mares, all in foal to him.

Two days later Lianne’s own Myspires

Fider Victorious, by Fider Hit out of

a Goodtimes mare, scored 9.3 for an

elite premium, closely followed by a

gold score of 8.3 for Myspires. Driven

by her passion and unstinting love for

her horses, this self-confessed

‘horsemad girl from Bexhill’ started

breeding horses 10 years ago. “I just

fell in love with horses and my passion

has become my life”, she says.

“I didn’t really know what I was doing,

but I wanted to breed and just made

it up as we went along. There was

something in me and I just wanted to

do it, so I learned as much as I could”.

Lianne was lucky enough to meet

Lynne Crowden of Woodlander Stud

very early on. “I was impressed with

the professionalism and quality of the

horses, and the depth of knowledge of

breeding. If anyone influenced me in

the early days I would say it was the

Woodlander Stud operation”. Lianne

was inspired and the name of her

stud, ‘Myspires’, evolved from ‘my

inspiration’.

Lianne acquired 2 mares, one of which

is Myspires Revolution’s dam, and put

them both in foal to Stanhopes Didicoy.

From there it escalated and the stud

is now home to 12 broodmares and 3

homebred stallions. “I want to do it

properly, or not at all”, says Lianne,

who no longer rides as she is now

focussed on her breeding programme.

Myspires Fider Hit is now 5 years old

and is showing great promise, based

with Amy Woodhead. “He’s been

under saddle for about a year, did the

British Breeding Stallion Show and was

with Amy until April before going off

to stand at stud with Julia Hodkin at

Future Sport Horses for 7 weeks. He

was back with Amy for just 3 weeks

before the Summer regionals, where

they finished 8th with 68% despite a

wet and windy day. But he could cope

with it. I’ve brought him up out in

the field with other horses. He is not

spooky and atmosphere does not bother

him”, explained Lianne.

As a sire, he is proving himself through

the Futurity. Last year was his first

proper breeding season and three of

his progeny were shown this year,

achieving two elites and one gold with

a late foal. His dam is Veronica, by

Sandro Hit, who Lianne bought from

Damian Derbyshire 6 years ago. “She

is an old fashioned stamp of mare

with a powerful trot and I thought he

would refine her and add elegance.

What I got in Myspires Fider Victorious

is exactly what I had hoped for. He

has masses of shoulder, power and

athleticism, and a quick and loose

movement. He is a better version of

his dad and will go to Amy (Woodhead)

and hopefully have an exciting future

with her. I plan to put the mare back in

foal to Fider Hit next year, in the hope

of getting a full sibling that I can run

on as a stallion, and there are some

exciting mares now in foal to him”.

Myspires Fider Victorious - Photo Kevin Sparrow

Lianne also bred Myspires Revolution,

who sired last year’s Futurity reserve

champion, Myspires Another Star,

and Myspires Perfect Courage, a gold

award winner at Addington this time,

as well as a full sister who is currently

competing successfully at BE novice

level. Myspires Revolution is currently

on loan to Aileen Stormonth where

he will compete and carry out stud

duties. Lianne also stands first timer,

Myspires Wanna B Me, a full brother to

Revolution licenced with the AES and

with Diamond Hit and Rubenstein in his

pedigree. His first foals this year are

doing well, with one achieving a gold

score of 8.75 at Addington and a 9 for

his trot. With plans to develop her yard

facilities and start using more outside

stallions, Lianne’s passion and desire to

succeed burns as strongly as ever, and

with her eye for a horse and the quality

she is producing, the Myspires name

will surely soon be appearing at the top

of competition score boards.

Myspires Stud

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STALLION PROFILE

El Thuder

It’s little wonder that El Thuder has

such a relaxed attitude to life, being

the only stallion to stand at Greg Le

Gear’s busy yard just a stone’s throw

from the All England Jumping Course

at Hickstead. At just 167cm, this dark

bay BWP stallion is not a big horse

but he is impressive nonetheless and

his proud stature belies his easy going

temperament and he can certainly

charm everyone who meets him.

A correct and modern stallion with

impeccable bloodlines, El Thuder is by

the late Thunder van de Zuuethoeve

and is believed to be the only approved

son of this predominant sire currently

standing in the UK. Thunder earned

the title of BWP Ambassador, an

honour shared only with greats such

as Darco, Heartbreaker and Clinton.

With the legendary Argentinus as

his grandsire and grand damsire the

renowned Nimmedor, Thunder van de

Zuuthoeve won and was placed at top

level, including the Peer Masters at

+1.70m with Jos Lansink. He retired

to stud due to injury but he continued

to produce a substantial number of

+1.60m showjumpers.

El Thuder’s dam is Ula by Larome by

the illustrious Landgraf I, whose sire

Ladykiller XX is still one of the greatest

TB influences in warmblo od breeding.

Ula’s pedigree contains Gotthard,

whose elite progeny include Goldika,

Gin Tonic, and Gonzales.

Bought as a 2 1/2 year old by t he late

Cyril Light, El Thuder spent around

5 years being produced at Brendon

Stud, which probably accounts for his

excellent manners. Showing his brave

and consistently bold jump from a

young age, he won the loose jumping

competition at his grading at 3 years

old and was a finalist in 4, 5 & 6 year

old classes at Addington and Hickstead.

He was also selected to compete at the

World Championships for Young Horses

at Lanaken, Belgium and was reserve

in the Walwyn Championship at Royal

Windsor (only second to his then stable

mate Don VHP Z). At only 7 years he

was 3rd in the Hickstead Speed Derby

and also jumped in the Eventing Grand

Prix, showing his versatility. As an 8

year old he was bought by Melissa

Wood who competed him lightly before

placing him with Greg so that she could

concentrate on her dressage stallion.

“He has been with me since

2015 and he is such a lovely

boy. I have jumped him up

to 1.40m and was selected

with him for the BS Gold

Programme in 2016. When

Melissa told me she wanted

to sell him as she is moving

abroad, we really did not

want him to go anywhere

else so we bought him at

the start of this year”

...explains Greg, who works as Stud

Manager for Breen Equestrian looking

after their breeding programme and

over 60 youngsters, alongside his own

competition stables.

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El Thuder

Thunder van de

Zuutheove

Ula

Argentinus

Jura van st. Martens

Larome

Ekster

Argentan

Dorle

Nimmerdor

Landlady

Landgraf

Miara

Goldspring de Lauzelle

Silberkunde

“He now concentrates on his breeding

work but is still in work and goes to

stallion parades and local shows,” says

Greg. As a stallion, El Thuder was a

‘best kept secret’ but a very impressive

display at the British Stallion Event at

Addington early in the year resulted in

2019 being his busiest stud season to

date. “He loved all the attention and

was relaxed and happy as everyone

came in to meet him in the stable,”

said Greg.

“Most people want fresh or chilled

semen and he is very efficient to

collect from and very fertile. He goes

in the trailer and I take him to the

Sussex Equine Hospital which is close

by and has excellent facilities and a

complete service including packing and

sending out. At some points we were

going to collect two or three times a

week!” Providing some insurance for

the future, El Thuder has also been to

Stallion AI to collect and store frozen

semen. He produces excellent quality

semen and has a very high first attempt

pregnancy strike rate.

At home he is stabled on a mixed

yard with mares and geldings and is

exceptionally well mannered, enjoying

hacking over the Hickstead showground

and local woodlands. “We’ve some

pretty good hedges round here and he

loves hedge hopping and is so bold and

brave! He has plenty of TB blood and is

fast, so he also appeals to the eventing

breeders and has been eyed up by

several eventers”.

As well as his bold and scopey jump, his

super paces are naturally straight and

elevated. His Thoroughbred influence

makes him a fantastic refining stallion

for the heavier showjumping mare

resulting in more agile and athletic

offspring.

“It is exciting that he has offspring at

all levels in different disciplines - some

jumping internationally and some

eventing at grassroots. He produces

progeny with kind, straightforward,

trainable characters.

None of them are really sharp”. Greg

has four El Thuder sired horses at

home being produced and competing

successfully. For next year Greg has a

Golden Hawk mare and an Unbelievable

Darco mare, both in foal to him. “He

adds quality and we get some really

good progeny from the Unbelievable

Darco mares. Mostly he produces dark

bay offspring with very few markings,

but he has produced one grey”, said

Greg.

His eldest stock are 11 years old and

are already competing internationally

at 4* and 5* shows and on the Global

Champions tour. Some of his older and

more experienced progeny include:

* Rumbolds Starlight: International

grade A mare competing 5* 1.50m

classes and showing potential to

become a good Grand Prix horse.

Recently placed at Paris and Horse of

the Year Show 2019.

* NP Zelah: Competed internationally

at 4* 1.40m level with Jessica Mendoza.

* NP Calne: Gelding sold abroad

competing nationally up to 1.40m

classes.

* Lord Thuder: Graded stallion

competed to 1.45m internationally.

* Amelia 16: Mare competed to 1.35m

internationally.

In Eventing, he has offspring that have

successfully competed at BE Novice

level and have won Event young horse

evaluations. A Grade A silver disc

stallion, El Thuder is fully approved

by Breeders Elite and Anglo European

Studbook and is available AI only with

fresh, chilled and frozen semen.

For more information -

Website: www.glgequestrian.com

Telephone: 07870485339

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Weaning Q & A

I’m new to breeding and am

preparing to wean my mare’s first

foal later this year. I have made

plans to keep the foal with a

companion when the time comes

but want to know how to prepare

him for the changeover from

mother’s milk to hard feed.

The key to successful weaning lies in

good preparation and correct nutrition

is one aspect of that preparation which

can start whilst the foal is still suckling.

At 3 to 4 months of age the foal begins

to be able to digest fibre, cereal grains

and legumes more efficiently as levels

of appropriate enzymes increase. This

is the time to introduce concentrate

feeds, encouraging the gradual change

of the system and helping reduce the

risk of digestive upsets, and associated

drop of condition, when the milk supply

is removed.

Maintaining a steady rate of growth is

essential to try to avoid the dangers

of growth problems, which could

ultimately have an effect on a foal’s

soundness and ability to perform as

an adult. So for foals who hold their

condition well both before and during

the weaning process, a specially

formulated stud balancer is ideal, as

this will provide essential protein,

vitamins and minerals to support

growth but with a minimal calorie

content.

For those who require some help in

maintaining condition, a stud mix or

cube, yearling, prep or youngstock

feed, will provide additional calories

but must be fed at recommended rates

to supply the necessary supporting

nutrients required. Whichever feed

you feel is most appropriate, introduce

it a handful at a time, and build up

the manufacturer’s recommended

levels for the foal’s age and estimated

mature bodyweight. At the time of

weaning, the foal should then be

receiving sufficient nutrients from a

stud ration to maintain weight and

consistent growth when the milk supply

is removed.

My 8 month old Warmblood filly

has just been weaned and is

turned out during the day and

comes in at night. I want to show

her in-hand in the spring and I’m

not really sure what to feed her

to help keep her in good condition

without having growth problems.

There is often a reluctance to feed

youngsters, particularly those who

are naturally good-doers, for fear of

causing growth problems, with protein

wrongly labelled as the culprit. It is

now recognised that it is a high energy

(calorie) intake with insufficient

minerals which can lead to these

problems, as this creates an increased

rate of growth without the nutrients

required to build the tissues to support

the growth.

Monitoring your filly’s growth, by

regular weightaping and plotting the

rate of growth on a chart, can act as

an early warning system to highlight

potential growth-related problems.

Youngsters that are growing very

rapidly will produce an upright curve

which is an indication that the energy

content of the diet may need to be

reduced. Conversely, a very flat curve

suggests that the filly is not growing

and would benefit from additional

calories, which can be supplied by a

traditional stud feed.

The basis of your filly’s diet should be

ad lib forage (grass and hay or haylage)

then, depending on her condition,

choose a stud ration to supply the

additional nutrients to support growth.

If you find she is a good-doer and gets

sufficient calories to maintain condition

from her forage, she should thrive on

a specially formulated stud balancer

which will provide essential nutrients

but no additional calories.

Alternatively, if as the winter

progresses, you find she needs more

calories to keep the weight on, a stud/

youngstock mix or cube will supply both

these and the necessary balance of

vitamins, minerals and quality protein.

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These, or a specially formulated sales

or show prep mix for youngsters, are

preferable to a conditioning feed

designed for adult horses, as this would

not have sufficient supporting nutrients

(vitamins and minerals, in particular)

for a growing youngster. Keeping a

regular eye on your filly’s bodyweight,

as suggested, will help you decide

which feed to choose and how much to

feed.

My Welsh Cob mare is in foal with

a foal at foot who is about to be

weaned. The mare is currently

eating a stud mix and will be

wintering out but I’m not sure

what I should feed her once the

foal is weaned.

It is important that the development

of your mare’s unborn foal is supported

with correct nutrition right from

conception. As she is currently

getting a specially formulated stud

ration, this should be supplying the

necessary nutrients both for lactation

and the foetus but, once her foal at

foot is weaned, her requirements

will obviously be quite different. If

producing milk for her foal has led to

her dropping condition, you will need

to keep her on recommended levels

of the stud mix until she has gained

weight and replaced the body reserves

drawn on by this year’s foal.

On the other hand, if she has held

her condition well, you will need to

reduce the calorie content of her diet

after weaning, which will also help her

milk supply to dry up. It is vital for the

growing foetus though, that your mare

continues to receive vitamins, minerals

and quality protein to support its

development as well as to help her lay

down body reserves which are drawn

on once the foal is born and she is

lactating again. For good-doers, who

receive sufficient calories to maintain

condition from forage alone, specially

formulated stud balancers are ideal

throughout pregnancy as they supply

these essential nutrients at the

required levels without the associated

calorie content found in a traditional

stud mix or cube.

For advice feeding your breeding or

youngstock, contact Baileys Horse

Feeds:

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Stud Services at Oakham Veterinary Hospital

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Competitive pricing structure to minimise ‘per cycle’ costs

On site foaling facilities with 24 hour supervision provided

by an experienced and highly trained team specialising

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Close working relationships with agents representing

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Timing is

everything

Dominant follicle close to ovulation

In a herd/ wild situation the stallion

would cover the mare repeatedly in

one oestrus cycle, during the period in

which she will stand to be mounted.

This leads to a high probability of

viable sperm being present in the

oviduct at the time of egg release

allowing fertilisation to occur.

In the sports horse where artificial

insemination is the norm; Stallion

availability, semen costs, plus the risk

of increased post mating endometritis

or fluid accumulation from repeated

inseminations means that one

insemination per cycle is usually

preferable. The equine oocyte is only

viable if fertilised a maximum of 6-8

hours after ovulation while Semen

processing for shipping and freezing

reduces the lifespan of the sperm cell.

These two factors mean that accurate

timing of insemination in relation to

egg release is crucial.

Semen Longevity

Fresh and chilled semen should survive

within the oviduct for approximately

48-72 and 12-24 hours respectively.

Good pregnancy rates are therefore

achieved with insemination being

performed within these time periods

prior to ovulation. Frozen semen has a

much reduced survival post thaw and

therefore requires greater accuracy,

with insemination as close as possible

to or up to a maximum of 6 hours

post-ovulation.

Semen Longevity

• Repeated examination of the mare is

necessary by rectal ultrasonography of

the reproductive tract and palpation

the cervix.

• As ovulation approaches, follicles will

reach maximum size (>35mm), begin

to lose their round shape, develop a

thicker wall and soften.

• Uterine oedema increases during

oestrus up to a maximum before

decreasing again in the final 12 hours.

• The cervix dilates and softens

• Some will show ovarian pain on

palpation

• Specialist ultrasound techniques

(Doppler) can highlight changes in

blood flow in the follicle wall.

Ovulation Induction Agents

Products containing either Human

chorionic gonadotrophin or deslorelin

are commonly administered to the inseason

mare. These prompt a hormonal

response, accurately and reliably

controlling the timing of a naturally

occurring ovulation, thus avoiding the

need for repeated inseminations and

reducing the number of examinations

required.

Maximal uterine oedema

What can go wrong?

• Failing to follow a conventional

pattern or formation of haemorrhagic

anovulatory follicles, which fail to

respond to ovulation induction agents

may be a one off or a recurring trait

in the individual. Reproductive history

should always be investigated.

• Endometrial infection may alter the

predictors of ovulation and so must be

diagnosed.

• Semen courier and health paper

issues may force an unpredicted delay

in insemination.

Oakham Veterinary Hospital stud vet Victoria

Marchi scanning a mare

For more information contact:-

Matthew Hecking

01572 722647 or 07976 822903

matthew.hecking@oakhamvethospital.

co.uk

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