British Breeder Magazine May 2020

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<strong>May</strong> <strong>2020</strong><br />

Stallion Spotlight:<br />

Cevin Z<br />

Update:<br />

Lockdown<br />

News<br />

Futurity:<br />

Virtual Futurity<br />

Announced<br />

<strong>Breeder</strong><br />

Profile:<br />

Di Lampard


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MAY - INDEX<br />

Welcome from the editor<br />

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reviews and updates. Di Lampard is<br />

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as World Class Performance Manager<br />

for Showjumping. Turn to page 54 to<br />

read about her passion for breeding.<br />

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Welcome to this digital edition of <strong>British</strong><br />

<strong>Breeder</strong> magazine. We all love the print<br />

copy, but with events cancelled and<br />

many veterinary practices closed to<br />

visitors, our usual distribution channels<br />

are limited and so this digital edition<br />

became the most viable option. On the<br />

positive side, we are delighted that so<br />

many groups and organisations have<br />

offered to distribute this issue by email,<br />

and we therefore look forward to<br />

welcoming many new readers!<br />

Life has changed for all of us in the<br />

past 6 weeks as this hitherto unknown<br />

COVID-19 virus continues its rampage<br />

around the world. Whilst many are<br />

fortunate to be able to carry on life<br />

almost as normal, at home with horses,<br />

mares foaling, enjoying space and the<br />

current spell of good weather, there is<br />

the ever-present risk to health whenever<br />

we step outside of our property. Many<br />

are learning to balance working from<br />

home with home schooling for children,<br />

some are struggling with health issues<br />

exacerbated by the restrictions and<br />

our heart goes out to you if you are<br />

fighting the virus. But as horse people<br />

we are made of stern stuff, we are used<br />

to battling the elements, dealing with<br />

the heartache and still enjoying the<br />

thrills that horses inevitably bring and as<br />

breeders we also put our faith in the<br />

future – it is what we do. So get<br />

through this we will.<br />

Going digital has allowed us to expand<br />

our coverage of the Stallion Event and<br />

you can enjoy our gallery of images.<br />

We have our usual round up of news<br />

and updates from the disciplines and<br />

UK Studbooks, plus insight on Breeding<br />

Contents<br />

4-11<br />

14-17<br />

20-25<br />

28-30<br />

32-41<br />

46<br />

47-49<br />

53-55<br />

56-57<br />

59<br />

62-65<br />

68-69<br />

70-71<br />

73<br />

in <strong>2020</strong> by Sacha Shaw, advice on<br />

feeding dietary protein from Baileys<br />

Horse Feeds and veterinary insight from<br />

Tomlinson Equine. Our breeder profile<br />

on Di Lampard provides a<br />

fascinating look at her breeding<br />

programme, we learn about Hazel<br />

Offord’s new collection facility at<br />

WG Stud and our interview with Tullis<br />

Matson gives a frank account of how<br />

Stallion AI is coping with lockdown.<br />

A special mention should go to the team<br />

at Bolesworth for getting their<br />

Equestrian Relief project into action<br />

so quickly and raising a magnificent<br />

£250k for NHS Charities COVID-19<br />

Appeal.<br />

The <strong>British</strong> Breeding /Baileys Horse<br />

Feeds Futurity Evaluations are due to<br />

commence in August, but if restrictions<br />

are not sufficiently lifted for us to tour the<br />

country safely and within government<br />

guidelines, then we need a contingency<br />

plan! Our team have been working<br />

hard and you can rest assured that there<br />

WILL BE a Futurity series this year, but<br />

with a difference. Our international<br />

team of evaluators, veterinary and<br />

condition scorers are all keen to deliver<br />

this year’s series for breeders, and we<br />

are, as ever, extremely grateful to our<br />

loyal sponsors, Baileys Horse Feeds,<br />

for their continued support. We will, of<br />

course, continue to monitor the<br />

situation so that we are in a position<br />

to run live events once restrictions are<br />

lifted. Check out our Futurity Update for<br />

further details. So, cameras at the<br />

ready…<br />

Stay safe and keep well,<br />

Rachael<br />

News<br />

Obituaries<br />

<strong>British</strong> Breeding Stallion Event Report<br />

<strong>British</strong> Breeding Virtual Futurity<br />

Studbook News: AES, BHHS, NPS, SHB-GB, SPSS, Trak, WBS-UK<br />

Living with Lockdown<br />

<strong>Breeder</strong> article: WG Stud<br />

Baileys Feeding Feature<br />

<strong>Breeder</strong> Profile: Di Lampard<br />

Breeding in <strong>2020</strong><br />

Stallion Profile: Cevin Z<br />

Vet insight: Options Available - Tomlinson Equine<br />

Interview with Tullis Matson<br />

Classifieds<br />


NEWS<br />

Team Eventing Wins Gold As Equestrian Relief<br />

Raises £250,000 For The NHS Covid-19 Appeal<br />

Equestrian Relief culminated in an elaborate finale on Monday<br />

night as our teams participated in a round of Dark Horse, where<br />

our teams shared their hidden talent. They went all out to impress<br />

the celebrity judges, TV presenter and Pop Idol judge Nicky<br />

Chapman and opera singer Russell Watson. This was combined<br />

with the public vote and the teams pulled out all the stops to win the<br />

final challenge and take the crown.<br />

Going into the final in the lead, Team Eventing unleashed their<br />

secret weapon. A comical parody of Netfilx’s latest smash hit ‘The<br />

Tiger King’ performed by Ben Hobday. This put him at the top of the<br />

challenge leaderboard and sealed the overall win for the team. An<br />

outstanding rap performance by Team Polo’s Jack Richardson and<br />

Tom Morley put them just behind Ben boosting Team Polo into a<br />

runner up spot in the final rankings.<br />

The amazing commitment and effort from all the riders and<br />

presenters, kind donations by our sponsors and generosity of those<br />

who pledged auction prizes has resulted in Equestrian Relief<br />

smashing its initial target. Equestrian Relief and the team at<br />

Bolesworth are thrilled to be handing over £250,000 to the NHS<br />

Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Now is time that the<br />

NHS really need these vital funds.<br />

Top lot in the charity auction was membership of a Nick Bradley<br />

Racing syndicate which raised £7,501. Zara Tindall’s painting from<br />

the Horse Drawn challenge raised £5,700. Frankie Dettori’s signed<br />

breeches raised £4,9000 and the round of golf with Sir AP McCoy<br />

and Oli Bell earned £3,800. Collectively the charity auction<br />

added £165,440 to the overall amount raised. Said Nina Barbour,<br />

Bolesworth Managing Director: “It has been an overwhelming<br />

fortnight – and we are delighted to be in a position to be donating<br />

over quarter of a millions pounds to the NHS Covid-19 Crisis Fund.<br />

I would just like to extend a massive thank you to everyone from the<br />

Equestrian World who has supported this fantastic cause in every<br />

way, and helped us achieve this great result.” Ellie Orton, CEO or<br />

NHS Charities Together said “We are massively grateful and<br />

inspired by all of the sports people, who are our idols, that are<br />

giving back and saying thank you. To hear the NHS are their<br />

heroes is fantastic and although the donations are important, as<br />

they’ll make a massive difference, it’s the morale and emotions that<br />

are involved which mean so much to all of our teams”.<br />

Zara Tindall, Team Captain for the Eventers said “It was a honour<br />

to be asked to get involved with Equestrian Relief, such an amazing<br />

group of people to be able to come together to try and support<br />

our NHS for the unbelievable job they are doing to fight this war<br />

against corona and hoping that the money raised will help in the<br />

areas that it is really needed. She added “Obviously the highlight is<br />

to take overall team Gold. What an incredibly talented and game<br />

spirited Eventing team we had and the most valuable player has<br />

to be Ros with her double gold! A huge thank you to all those who<br />

donated and please keep supporting our NHS through this difficult<br />

time. Stay safe everyone.”<br />

Mark Tomlinson, Team Captain for the Polo riders said “I’m very<br />

proud of the Polo Teams performance and our silver medal, which<br />

is impressive as we were late comers to the competition. The<br />

highlights for me have to be Jack and Tom’s rap, which was<br />

outstanding, and the fact that as a collective the equestrian world<br />

came together to raise over a quarter of a million pounds for the<br />

Covid-19 Appeal.”<br />

Sir AP McCoy of Team Racing said “It was a pleasure to be<br />

involved and I’m really proud of everyone from the equestrian<br />

world for helping to raise a great sum of money for a cause that<br />

has touched everyone in recent times.” It is still possible to make a<br />

donation by visiting www.equestrianrelief.com, where you can see<br />

the full results and revisit all the action.<br />



BEF & MBs in<br />

consultation for<br />

financial stability<br />

and resumption of<br />

sport.<br />

The <strong>British</strong> Equestrian Federation<br />

(BEF) is working closely with its<br />

Olympic and Paralympic<br />

governing bodies <strong>British</strong> Dressage,<br />

<strong>British</strong> Eventing and <strong>British</strong><br />

Showjumping, in conjunction with<br />

the <strong>British</strong> Horse Council, on<br />

planning for safeguarding the<br />

viability of the sport and a<br />

resumption of activity when the<br />

government is in a position to relax<br />

coronavirus restrictions.<br />

commented; “There is a great deal of<br />

work going on in the background by the<br />

volunteer Boards and remaining staff<br />

in the sports of dressage, eventing and<br />

show jumping and those involved are to<br />

be commended on their efforts.<br />

Collectively, we want to ensure our<br />

sports are financially secure and that,<br />

when we get to a position where<br />

competition can resume, they’re ready to<br />

go with their organisers, officials,<br />

sponsors and venues. However, we must<br />

all appreciate that that is still some time<br />

away and our immediate focus remains<br />

to support the government and the NHS<br />

by holding firm and supporting the<br />

lockdown restrictions.” The BEF are also<br />

in constant communication with the<br />

<strong>British</strong> Horse Society, <strong>British</strong> Riding<br />

Clubs, The Pony Club, Riding for the<br />

Disabled and other sporting member<br />

bodies on their approach to financial<br />

management and any plans for<br />

resumption. Malcom added; “These are<br />

tough times and every single one of us<br />

has felt the impact of this pandemic in<br />

some way. We must maintain focus and<br />

work together and support one another<br />

to get through to the other side so that<br />

equestrianism can continue to flourish.<br />

We need to get riders riding, coaches<br />

coaching, businesses trading, venues<br />

running and the industry moving but<br />

only when the time is right. We all still<br />

have a social responsibility to do all we<br />

can to stop the spread and minimise the<br />

impact of the coronavirus on our health<br />

and emergency services. The work and<br />

planning in place means that, when the<br />

day comes, the equestrian world will be<br />

open for business.”<br />

Each of the organisations face tough<br />

economic challenges as their main<br />

income streams, membership revenue,<br />

competition levies and sponsorship, are<br />

decimated as a result of the pandemic.<br />

All three disciplines have made use<br />

of the government’s Coronavirus Job<br />

Retention Scheme by furloughing staff<br />

while a number of further cost savings<br />

and reductions have been made around<br />

operating costs and project deferment.<br />

The boards and management teams in<br />

each of the companies are fully<br />

committed to ensuring economic stability<br />

for their stakeholders to return to when<br />

conditions allow. With lockdown<br />

restrictions in place until 7 <strong>May</strong> at the<br />

earliest, calls are being made for a return<br />

to competitive riding and all three<br />

organisations are working on plans<br />

for getting underway in line with any<br />

requirements set by the government.<br />

However, all are fully committed to<br />

supporting the government’s continued<br />

message of Stay at home, stay safe and<br />

support the NHS’ and will not action any<br />

return until it is safe to do so.<br />

There will be a period of transition as<br />

those competitive members will need to<br />

get back riding and build their personal<br />

fitness levels, as well as training their<br />

horse to be ‘competition ready’.<br />

Organisers and venues will need to<br />

make adaptations in line with any<br />

restrictions imposed by government and<br />

the competitions themselves may have<br />

alternative formats, restricted numbers<br />

and different environments to operate<br />

within social distancing parameters.<br />

Each sport is formulating and<br />

developing what will be needed to meet<br />

these requirements, as well as closely<br />

monitoring what other sports are<br />

proposing, alongside any changes in<br />

government policy. BEF Interim<br />

Chairman Malcolm Wharton<br />


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Update from<br />

Jude Matthews,<br />

<strong>British</strong> Eventing CEO<br />

Firstly, I hope that you and your families are keeping well.<br />

I thought it may be a good time to update you on the work we<br />

are doing for sport recommencement. The announcement last<br />

Thursday of a period of at least another three weeks of<br />

restrictions was inevitable, but it also puts an increased focus on<br />

the work we can do to ensure an appropriate sport<br />

recommencement.<br />

There remains a huge number of unknowns which means that<br />

any plans will have to remain fluid, and we will need all<br />

stakeholders to work together to get eventing back up and<br />

running.<br />

Sport resumption strategies<br />

Unfortunately, it is inevitable that some of you may not be in a<br />

position to compete in the way you would have planned prior<br />

to COVID-19, but we know that there are others who are<br />

desperate to get going again.<br />

We are therefore looking at our<br />

fixtures list to ensure it can meet a<br />

potentially changing level and type<br />

of demand.<br />

We know that many of you are keen<br />

to understand what the plans are for<br />

BE Championships and we know how<br />

important these are to all our members.<br />

We are working on plans for each of<br />

our Championships, this too takes time<br />

and involves input from organisers<br />

and sponsors. We will update you<br />

as soon as we have any more<br />

information. All of the above<br />

requires significant work to<br />

develop, and BE will continue to<br />

work with all its stakeholders<br />

over the coming weeks.<br />

We are working on a number of strategies for<br />

recommencement. Much will depend on both the<br />

timing and the way that the government lifts restrictions.<br />

However, we are currently working on the following:<br />

•Hybrid competition formats –<br />

Such as arena eventing or combined training, to bridge<br />

the gap between relaxing of restrictions and full rider<br />

and horse fitness for normal eventing. We know that<br />

our different segments of member will have differing<br />

needs and we will continue to discuss proposals with<br />

all stakeholders as we get closer to a restart.<br />

•Social distancing –<br />

What measures can we take to limit close social<br />

contact on event. We are planning on the basis that<br />

some level of social distancing will be required for<br />

some time. It is also likely that many people will feel<br />

safer to compete again knowing we are putting these<br />

measures in place.<br />

•Restrictions on mass gatherings –<br />

Restrictions on mass gatherings – what would a restriction in<br />

numbers mean to how we can operate?<br />

We know that there will be a number of key considerations, not<br />

only restrictions. For example,<br />

•Will we be able to procure appropriate medical cover?<br />

•Will our volunteer base be comfortable and willing to take<br />

up their roles again? We have to consider that they may not<br />

want to volunteer until the situation stabilises.<br />

•Will the contractors used to support events still be in business<br />

and able to supply the services we need?<br />

•Are there rules that we will need to review in order to enable<br />

us to resume sport but maintain our high standards and resume<br />

sport again?<br />

We also do not know what demand for competition will be<br />

when we can recommence, but we are carefully listening to<br />

member feedback.<br />

Working through<br />

these scenarios also<br />

provides us the<br />

opportunity to really look<br />

at how sport is delivered,<br />

and ways that we can<br />

make what we do more<br />

efficient & cost effective.<br />

We have committed to<br />

you that we will look<br />

at ways we can<br />

reward the loyalty of<br />

those who have<br />

retained membership<br />

with us during the<br />

period of no sport,<br />

which will also form<br />

part of the work to<br />

be done when we<br />

know when sport<br />

can recommence.<br />

We do not know<br />

what the future looks<br />

like, but we will come<br />

out of this, and the sport<br />

will thrive again.<br />

Take care, Jude<br />

Tim Price<br />



<strong>British</strong> Eventing to pilot<br />

BE90 Three Day Event<br />

As part of <strong>British</strong> Eventing’s<br />

commitment to continue the<br />

development of their<br />

grassroots offering, they<br />

are pleased to confirm that<br />

they will pilot a BE90 Three<br />

Day Event in 2021 and<br />

2022.<br />

The pilot BE90 Three Day Event follows<br />

member feedback and will be run with<br />

both BE90 and BE90 Open sections, it<br />

will include a dressage test in a 60m x<br />

20m arena and steeplechase phase.<br />

The process to secure a venue to<br />

host the two-year pilot started at the<br />

beginning of the year with expressions<br />

of interest welcomed from existing BE<br />

venues. These venues were then invited<br />

to formally apply to host the exciting<br />

new competition.<br />

From these applications, BE have<br />

published the venues who will move<br />

forward to the next stage of the<br />

application process.The following<br />

venues will be inspected* by the<br />

Venue Assessment Panel:<br />

•Bicton<br />

•Great Witchingham<br />

•Keysoe<br />

*Following the current guidance to<br />

avoid unnecessary travel, all<br />

inspections will take place in due<br />

course.<br />

The Venue Assessment Panel will<br />

submit venue reports to the Regional<br />

Coordinators and Sport Team.<br />

The final stage of the application<br />

process will see the venues presenting<br />

to a panel of the sport’s key<br />

stakeholders, including:<br />

An Independent Chair, the BEOA,<br />

the EHOA, a member of ERA or rider<br />

representative and a member of the<br />

Performance team. The successful<br />

venue and further details of the pilot<br />

competition will then be shared with<br />

the membership.<br />

SsangYong<br />

Blenheim<br />

Palace Horse<br />

Trials will<br />

sadly not be<br />

running in <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>British</strong> Eventing, alongside the Blenheim<br />

Estate and sponsors SsangYong, have<br />

announced that the SsangYong Blenheim<br />

Palace Horse Trials will not be running in<br />

September <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

The statement by <strong>British</strong> Eventing said that<br />

financial viability remains a Board priority,<br />

and as the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is<br />

a BE owned event it would not be prudent<br />

to continue to move forward with event<br />

planning, and the costs that this would<br />

incur, with the level of uncertainty which<br />

exists about whether the event will be able<br />

to run.<br />

The government have indicated that a<br />

level of social distancing is likely to remain<br />

necessary until at least the end of this<br />

year, and the potential impact this would<br />

have on the viability of the event in terms<br />

of spectator numbers has resulted in the<br />

decision to cancel this year’s event.<br />

The organisers expressed disappointent,<br />

but wished to thank their sponsors and<br />

said they were looking forward to seeing<br />

competitors, owners, spectators,<br />

exhibitors, volunteers and officials at the<br />

2021 Blenheim Palace Horse Trials.<br />



Virtual Windsor<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Receives<br />

Thousands Of<br />

Entries From<br />

Around The World<br />

Following the cancellation of Royal<br />

Windsor Horse Show due to COVID-19,<br />

the Organisers of the Show have put an<br />

innovative solution in place;<br />

Virtual Windsor <strong>2020</strong>, an online<br />

platform that merges virtual competition<br />

with ecommerce and social media.<br />

Virtual Windsor has already generated<br />

an astounding number of entries to its<br />

online Showing classes, which are taking<br />

place at the same time as the usual<br />

competitions at the Show.<br />

Across all classes, there have already<br />

been 3,122 entries from all corners of<br />

the globe, demonstrating the willingness<br />

of the worldwide equestrian family to<br />

pull together and celebrate their passion<br />

virtually (a ‘normal’ Royal Windsor<br />

would receive around 2,300 entries<br />

to its Showing classes). The classes will<br />

be judged by Chief Showing Steward,<br />

Nigel Hollings, with expertise also<br />

provided by John Peacock and Linda<br />

Lawrance.<br />

Alan Titchmarsh, Royal Windsor Horse<br />

Show Member, celebrated gardener<br />

and television presenter has joined in<br />

with the spirit of the event and is set to<br />

judge the fancy dress competition, which<br />

has already had some very creative<br />

entries. He joins a line-up of judges<br />

who have been selected for their expert<br />

knowledge, and who have previous<br />

experience at top Showing events.<br />

There are exceptional stories from some<br />

of the other entries, such as a driving<br />

entry from the US whose competitor<br />

hand-built the wicker cart used for<br />

the photograph. Elsewhere, Frances<br />

Hampson-Jones has entered her trusted<br />

partner, Holliday, in the Ridden Senior<br />

Horse or Pony. Their combined horse<br />

and rider age is 90-years-old – quite a<br />

feat! Other heartwarming stories include<br />

the 27-year-old horse Sweet William,<br />

who has – despite health issues –<br />

competed at Royal Windsor every year<br />

since he was 16 in the Senior Horse<br />

or Pony classes, which he continues to<br />

contest virtually this year.<br />

Emma Tovey, owner of Sweet William,<br />

said: “Royal Windsor is a very special<br />

show to us, and we will miss it<br />

enormously this year, but I’m pleased to<br />

be able to enter the virtual version.<br />

Bring on 2021 and thank you for coming<br />

up with a way to keep our spirits up!”<br />

Elsewhere, the line-up includes<br />

racehorse Saint Are – five-time runner in<br />

the Grand National, including a second<br />

placing in 2015 – who is entered in the<br />

Retraining of Racehorses class, with his<br />

owners hoping to win one of the<br />

prestigious Royal Windsor rosettes.<br />

Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director,<br />

said: “It’s a great shame that Royal<br />

Windsor Horse Show couldn’t go ahead<br />

as planned; however, Virtual Windsor<br />

<strong>2020</strong> has been phenomenally popular,<br />

showing that everyone can come<br />

together during these tough times. The<br />

amount of entries we have received has<br />

been astonishing, with the variety and<br />

level of competition extremely high.<br />

We want to thank everyone who has<br />

supported Virtual Windsor <strong>2020</strong> so far<br />

and look forward to what is set to be an<br />

exciting Championships taking place on<br />

17 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.”<br />

Virtual Windsor <strong>2020</strong> was also created<br />

to support the shops that the show<br />

houses each year, many of whom are<br />

independent traders. The online show<br />

has now welcomed more than 190<br />

brands, with some of them displaying<br />

their wares at “Royal Windsor” for the<br />

first time this year. Many have selflessly<br />

contributed to the NHS however they<br />

can, with Hayfield England producing a<br />

beautiful hat pin in blue and white<br />

feathers to raise money for the NHS;<br />

Thermatex colleagues making scrubs<br />

bags for NHS employees; and the<br />

owner of Bella Singleton – a luxury<br />

clothing designer specialising in silk<br />

products – creating face masks available<br />

to the general public.<br />

The Royal Windsor Horse Show<br />

community has shown an admirable<br />

ability to seamlessly transfer into the<br />

“Virtual World”, with more than 50,000<br />

page views on the Virtual Windsor <strong>2020</strong><br />

platform, coupled with all Royal<br />

Windsor related social media pages<br />

growing exponentially. As well as this,<br />

Virtual Windsor <strong>2020</strong> continues to grow<br />

the content platform. Interviews with a<br />

golden list of equestrian stars, including<br />

Ros Canter, Martin Fuchs and Daniel<br />

Naprous, videos of unforgettable Royal<br />

Windsor Horse Show moments of the<br />

past and top tips on horse care and<br />

nutrition.<br />

Classes will be judged during Show<br />

week, 13th-17 <strong>May</strong>, with final winners<br />

progressing to the Championships being<br />

judged on Sunday 17 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2020</strong>.<br />




Dressage World<br />

Breeding<br />

Championship<br />

<strong>2020</strong><br />

It is with pleasure that the WBFSH can<br />

announce that the new dates for the<br />

FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding<br />

Championship <strong>2020</strong> have been<br />

confirmed for 9th to 13th December<br />

<strong>2020</strong> in Verden Germany.<br />

The Dressage Calendar Task Force is one<br />

of the eight FEI discipline-specific task<br />

forces that were appointed to evaluate<br />

the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on<br />

the FEI Calendar and possible<br />

solutions to mitigate its effects. They have<br />

been working in close cooperation with<br />

organising committees for a number of<br />

events, including the host of the <strong>2020</strong><br />

Dressage World Breeding<br />

Championship and the German FN.<br />

The new dates, which were also<br />

approved by the WBFSH President Jan<br />

Pedersen, mean that the event this year<br />

will be held indoors.<br />

The WBFSH was informed last Thursday<br />

that the dates were approved pending<br />

a final decision of the FEI Board, before<br />

they could be published. The dates are<br />

now on the FEI website.<br />

Studbooks and their national federations<br />

are requested by the WBFSH to carry<br />

out the selections for the<br />

postponed championships, according to<br />

the permissions that exist within each of<br />

their countries as a result of the Covid-19<br />

pandemic, in terms of holding equestrian<br />

events.<br />

The dates for nominations and final entries<br />

have not yet been published. The FEI<br />

and the host of the WBCYH Dressage<br />

will be working on this in the coming<br />

weeks and months.<br />

For now, the WBFSH is pleased that this<br />

event, which has become an<br />

annual highlight for breeders, riders and<br />

dressage lovers, will also take place in<br />

<strong>2020</strong>.<br />

The Championships for Young Horses<br />

focus on the connection between<br />

breeding and sport and continue to<br />

contribute to the development and<br />

improvement of top horses for the<br />

International sport.<br />

www.wbfsh.org<br />

Five year old KWPN stallion Jovian in 2019<br />



Wishes presented with the Twemlows<br />

<strong>British</strong> Showjumping Scholarship<br />

Twemlows Stud, one of the UK’s leading<br />

artificial insemination and embryo<br />

transfer centres, run by Edward Matson<br />

and his family in Shropshire, is very<br />

kindly supporting <strong>British</strong> Showjumping<br />

by once again offering the Twemlows<br />

<strong>British</strong> Showjumping Scholarship.<br />

The Scholarship offers two embryo<br />

transfers to a horse that meets their<br />

chosen criteria. It is to be awarded to the<br />

highest placed <strong>British</strong> Bred mare at the<br />

end of the previous year on the <strong>British</strong><br />

Showjumping Top Horse League. The<br />

mare must also have been eligible for<br />

<strong>British</strong> Team selection during the same<br />

period and any previous winners are<br />

disregarded.<br />

Based on the above criteria, the 2019<br />

Twemlows <strong>British</strong> Showjumping<br />

Scholarship has been awarded to Claire<br />

Inglis’ homebred 12 year-old mare,<br />

Wishes.<br />

The objective of the Twemlows <strong>British</strong><br />

Showjumping Scholarship is to<br />

encourage owners to breed from the best<br />

mares whilst they are still competing at<br />

their optimum breeding age with minimal<br />

interruption to their competition career.<br />

Wishes claimed the scholarship<br />

following her rapid rise to success during<br />

the 2019 season with Claire’s daughter<br />

Amy. Wishes competed on two CSIO5*<br />

Senior Nations Cup teams successfully<br />

at La Baule and Hickstead and also<br />

went on to jump double clear for fourth<br />

place in the La Baule Grand Prix. Wishes<br />

was also part of the <strong>British</strong> Team that<br />

won the Les Talents Hermes Under 25<br />

competition at the CSIO5* Saut Hermes<br />

Paris Show. These results earned Claire<br />

the <strong>British</strong> <strong>Breeder</strong>s Award at the <strong>British</strong><br />

Showjumping Awards Ball in October<br />

and also assisted Amy in gaining her<br />

place on the World Class Potential<br />

Programme Squad.<br />

Wishes has a wealth of quality breeding,<br />

she is sired by Guidam, a Selle Francais<br />

stallion by the great Quidam De Revel.<br />

Along with Wishes, Guidam has sired<br />

many international showjumpers<br />

including Olympic Gold Medallist<br />

Authentic, ridden by USA’s Beezie<br />

Madden. Liranka, the dam, has<br />

bloodlines tracing back to stallions such<br />

as Wellington and<br />

Nimmerdor who<br />

also produced<br />

Olympic Gold<br />

Medallists.<br />


Franz Ferdinand<br />

Fürst Heinrich x Dimaggio x Caprimond<br />

Chilled £750<br />

Grand Designs<br />

Grand Galaxy Win x Florencio x Sao Paolo<br />

Chilled £750<br />

Double Bubble<br />

Don Frederic x Rousseau x Alabaster<br />

Frozen £800<br />

Wild Child<br />

Wavavoom x Fürst Heinrich x Dimaggio<br />

Chilled €850<br />

Wavavoom<br />

Weltregent x Longchamp x Davignon I<br />

Chilled & Frozen £950<br />



Cevin Z<br />

Outstanding sire<br />

of Olympic Eventers<br />

& International SJ’s<br />



<strong>2020</strong><br />

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International SJ & Eventer<br />

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Group 1 winning stallion<br />

Top class Arabian bloodlines<br />

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TB with excellent<br />

temperament,<br />

trainability & scope<br />

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breeding the Best of <strong>British</strong> sport horses for 25 years<br />

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Tribute:<br />

Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer<br />

Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer passed<br />

away in Switzerland on 8 April <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

following a short illness. A statement by<br />

the Bechtolsheimer family said, “We see<br />

the sun slowly setting, and we are still<br />

surprised when it is suddenly dark”.<br />

<strong>British</strong> Equestrian echoed the thoughts<br />

of many in their statement: “His deep<br />

passion for our sport and his love of all<br />

creatures, but horses in particular, were<br />

at the heart of his artful horsemanship<br />

which touched so many of us and will<br />

continue to inspire.”<br />

A German born orthodontist, Wilfried<br />

moved to the UK with his wife, Ursula,<br />

in 1986 and settled into their yard near<br />

Cirencester.<br />

As a rider he was skilful and sympathetic,<br />

and he was a great pupil, but even more<br />

so a teacher. Always keen to support up<br />

and coming talent, he is widely credited<br />

for launching the career of Carl Hester.<br />

In three and a half years under Wilfried’s<br />

guidance, Carl made his senior debut in<br />

1990, then to the Barcelona Olympics<br />

in 1992. Such was Dr B’s generosity that<br />

he gave Carl the ride on his most prized<br />

horse, the licensed Oldenburg stallion<br />

Giorgione, the first horse he trained<br />

himself to Grand Prix. ‘Gino’ gave Carl<br />

his first National Champion title and<br />

Olympic experience, putting him on the<br />

map.<br />

Wilfried and Ursula embraced all things<br />

<strong>British</strong> and Wilfried even changed<br />

nationality, proudly wearing the Union<br />

flag at the 1995 European<br />

Championships when rode Giorgione<br />

(by Grundstein x Perser xx) on the <strong>British</strong><br />

team. The pair were also reserve for the<br />

1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.<br />

His focus then turned towards<br />

mentoring his daughter, Laura, into<br />

one of the sport’s leading medallists.<br />

He coached her from pony level and<br />

success in the youth teams was followed<br />

quickly by medals at senior level, all<br />

under Wilfried’s close guidance. With<br />

Mistral Hojris, Laura found success, but<br />

it didn’t come easily because ‘Alf’ was<br />

a tricky horse to train – to turn a horse<br />

some said was unrideable into an<br />

Olympic, World and European medallist<br />

was testament to Wilfried’s patient and<br />

sympathetic training methods, which<br />

Laura continues to champion. Their<br />

individual bronze and team gold medals<br />

at the 2012 Olympic Games in London,<br />

was undoubtedly a proud achievement.<br />

Since 2010, Lara Butler has been part<br />

of the Eastington Stud team and Wilfried<br />

and Ursula have supported her as<br />

mentors and owners, helping her to<br />

achieve her ambitions. Success with<br />

Rubin al Asad and their homebred<br />

Kristjan with Lara riding has given almost<br />

as much pride as Laura’s own<br />

achievements.<br />

At Eastingston Stud, Wilfried and Ursula<br />

also ran a small scale breeding farm<br />

which started with their own stallions<br />

Giorgione and Polarion. They collaborated<br />

with the Oldenburg society and<br />

initially invested in a series of<br />

broodmares, including Starlight Surprise<br />

(by Sion), Deutsche Eiche (by<br />

Donnerhall), Sven Rothenberger’s<br />

Donne, First Lady (by Feiner Stern),<br />

Utima (by Landadel), and Wild Rose (by<br />

Weltmeyer). Later on Laura’s retired sport<br />

mares were added to the fold (Unique,<br />

Pamina).<br />

Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive at<br />

<strong>British</strong> Dressage, said: “Everyone at BD<br />

is desperately sad to hear this awful<br />

news. Dr Bechtolsheimer has done so<br />

much for <strong>British</strong> Dressage over the years,<br />

it is hard to overstate his contribution to<br />

our sport. Wilfried was hugely respected<br />

and very highly regarded by everyone<br />

in the dressage community, his immense<br />

technical knowledge and expertise was<br />

second to none. There have also been so<br />

many examples of his incredible<br />

generosity in supporting BD, often<br />

without public recognition, in his quietly<br />

modest and unassuming way. The sport<br />

certainly wouldn’t be where it is today<br />

without Dr Bechtolsheimer’s substantial<br />

influence and input. Our thoughts and<br />

condolences go out to Ursula, Laura and<br />

all of his family at this difficult time.”<br />

He is survived by his wife Ursula Laura;<br />

his children Felix with wife Geraldine,<br />

Götz with wife Alida, Till with wife Julia<br />

and Laura with husband Mark; and<br />

grandchildren Annalisa, Amélie, Wilfred,<br />

Lukas and Hanni.<br />

A memorial service will be held in<br />

Gloucestershire later this year.<br />



Liz Edgar<br />

(28 April 1943 – 25 April <strong>2020</strong>)<br />

It was with great sadness that we learned<br />

of the death of former international<br />

showjumper and <strong>British</strong> Showjumping<br />

Board Director Liz Edgar following a<br />

short battle with cancer.<br />

Liz, the younger sister of David Broome<br />

CBE, moved to Leek Wootton in<br />

Warwickshire from her family home in<br />

Monmouthshire when she married the<br />

late international Showjumper Ted Edgar<br />

in 1965. The Rio Grande farm at Leek<br />

Wootton continued to be their family<br />

home, which they enjoyed with<br />

daughter Marie who arrived six years<br />

after their marriage, and the centre of<br />

their equestrian business until their death.<br />

Liz was widowed at the end of 2018<br />

when husband Ted passed away but<br />

continued with the equestrian business,<br />

alongside daughter Marie, and was<br />

frequently seen at shows taking a<br />

particular interest in the young horse<br />

classes as well as following the success<br />

of those that she had home bred.<br />

As a rider, Liz was incredibly successful<br />

representing Great Britain on numerous<br />

Championship and Nations Cup teams<br />

and a tremendous ambassador for<br />

<strong>British</strong> Showjumping and equestrianism.<br />

At the age of just twelve she made her<br />

first appearance at Horse of the Year<br />

Show and at the age of 17 years she<br />

won the Young Rider Championships<br />

for the first time before winning it again<br />

the following year. Winning the Queen<br />

Elizabeth Cup five times, a record which<br />

remains unbeaten, she was also the<br />

first woman to win the FEI 5* Aachen<br />

Grand Prix in 1980. Her most prolific<br />

partnership was with the chestnut Everest<br />

Forever, with whom she won the Aachen<br />

Grand Prix, three of her Queen Elizabeth<br />

wins, partnered at the 1984 European<br />

Championships in Munich and also<br />

rode on the Nations Cup team at Dublin<br />

Horse Show in 1985 when they lifted the<br />

Aga Khan trophy.<br />

In latter years, breeding showjumping<br />

horses of the future was a particular<br />

passion for Liz and she took great pride<br />

in having bred Diva II who had a very<br />

high profile Grand Prix win at Olympia<br />

in 2014 before going on to represent<br />

Great Britain at the European<br />

Championships in 2015 with Ben Maher.<br />

Having bred Diva, from a mare that she<br />

had competed successfully with herself<br />

called Debutante, it gave Liz great<br />

pleasure to see her flourish with Ben<br />

whom she had also assisted early on in<br />

his career. Liz was highly respected and<br />

liked by all who knew her, she always<br />

made time for everyone & was extremely<br />

personable.<br />

Read full obituary at<br />

www.britishshowjumping.co.uk<br />



Kings Temptress<br />

Dies from<br />

complications<br />

after foaling.<br />

We are sad to report that Kings<br />

Temptress, Mary King’s home-bred 2011<br />

Kentucky winner, has died following<br />

complications after foaling. Her foal,<br />

King Vincent, is with a foster mare.<br />

The 20 year old mare, known<br />

affectionately at home as ‘Tess’, was<br />

the product of Mary’s early breeding<br />

programme. By Primitive Rising, she<br />

was the most successful of 5 foals out of<br />

Kings Mistress (x Louella Inschallah II).<br />

After an inauspicious start, her illustrious<br />

eventing career really started to shine<br />

as she climbed the levels. In her third<br />

season she won 3 Intermediates and had<br />

double clear at Le Lion CCI2*.<br />

The following year she was 16th at<br />

Bramham CCI3* and 17th at Boekelo<br />

CCI3*, and in 2009 she finished 4th at<br />

Luhmuhlen CCI4* and 18th at Burghley<br />

CCI4*, completing her second season<br />

without a fault XC. She completed five<br />

4* events (now 5*) in her career and<br />

Burghley was a particularly good<br />

hunting ground, where she finished<br />

seventh in 2010 and third in 2011. But<br />

her career highlight came at Kentucky<br />

4* in 2011 which she won.<br />

She retired shortly after Badminton<br />

in 2015 where Mary withdrew after<br />

dressage on finding that the mare was<br />

not quite sound. They later found that<br />

the mare had some arthritic changes. In<br />

an interview with Horse & Hound, Mary<br />

said: “She was the third horse I bred<br />

out of Kings Mistress and when I started<br />

jumping Kings Gem and Kings Fancy<br />

they were really neat and organised<br />

from the start. When I started jumping<br />

Tess, she really couldn’t do it and I<br />

thought, ‘What have I bred?’”<br />

“But when she got to intermediate level<br />

she started to learn to get high enough<br />

and she went on to become really<br />

confident. It’s amazing she did what she<br />

did. Her two older sisters both reached<br />

four-star, but she’s the one who won<br />

one.”<br />

Tess had a foal by Mednight Mahout<br />

when she was four, who was bred with<br />

the intention of being a suitable<br />

teenager’s horse for Emily. Initially called<br />

King Casper, he was later renamed<br />

Everys King and competed with Mary<br />

and then Emily until she went on to<br />

bigger things, when he was sold on.<br />

While competing, Tess has had five<br />

embryo transfer offspring, who all stayed<br />

with Mary — King Robert, now<br />

competing with Mary at 4*, Kings<br />

Ginger has reached 2*, and Kings Tilly,<br />

who won the 5yo class at Much Marcle<br />

last year, all by Chilli Morning; Kings<br />

Rose by Grafenstolz and King Cyrus by<br />

Future Gravitas. After her retirement from<br />

competition she went on to have three<br />

foals of her own, Kings Kizzy and Kings<br />

Belief by Cevin Z, and this year’s foal,<br />

King Vincent, by Van Gogh.<br />

In a statement on her Facebook page,<br />

Mary said, “I am absolutely devastated<br />

to have lost her. I was so lucky to have<br />

bred such a wonderful mare, who gave<br />

so much to me and others through her<br />

life to the end.”<br />

“She has left me with a beautiful boy,<br />

Vinnie,” continued Mary in the<br />

statement. “He is by the stallion Van<br />

Gogh whose Christian name was<br />

Vincent … so King Vincent he is!” The<br />

healthy colt has been paired up with a<br />

foster mare in Warwickshire following a<br />

plea on facebook. Our thoughts are with<br />

the King family at this sad time.<br />

Watch Mary King and Kings Temptress<br />

complete their copybook round at<br />

Kentucky 4* in 2011<br />

https://youtu.be/FJaiD1OJSmQ<br />



Juswith<br />

Genoa<br />

We were sad to learn of the loss of Julia<br />

Hodkin’s lovely mare, Juswith Genoa,<br />

who was by the thoroughbred stallion,<br />

Bohemond, also sire of the double<br />

olympian, withcote Nellie. Her dam was<br />

Just Gingerbread, by the HOYS<br />

Champion Riding Horse, Carbrooke<br />

Surprise.<br />

Julia wrote in February: It is with the<br />

deepest of sadness that in the sunshine<br />

yesterday we had to let our Elite mare<br />

Juswith Genoa go. At 32 years old she<br />

had lived a long and healthy life until just<br />

a few weeks ago. She was the<br />

backbone of our stud. Her legacy is<br />

immense. Juswith Genoa was only<br />

15.2hh and did not have a competition<br />

record, but as the mother of Olympic<br />

Individual Silver medalist, WEG Gold<br />

medalist and 3 times winner of the Land<br />

Rover Kentucky 5*, Winsome Adante,<br />

and full sister to Juswith Ginny, who is<br />

competing at advanced level, she was<br />

already proven when she arrived at<br />

Future Sport Horses. She was twice<br />

nominated for the Horse & Hound<br />

Outstanding Mare award but was<br />

pipped in the final.<br />

She went on to produce Future<br />

Gravitas, a Life Graded SHBGB stallion,<br />

Life Approved AES stallion, and 2*<br />

International eventer who got to the<br />

National Dressage Championships;<br />

Future Genie, a 3* International eventer;<br />

Future Gravitie, now competing at Intermediate<br />

in eventing; Future Glamour,<br />

BEF Futurity National Champion Event<br />

Foal, and Future Gold Digger, BEF Elite<br />

Event Foal and multiple County Show<br />

Champion. Her grand-children and<br />

great grand-children include AES stallion<br />

licensing Champion and Futurity<br />

Champion Sire, Future Guilty Pleasure;<br />

Double National Futurity Mare<br />

Champion and In Hand Supreme Sport<br />

Horse Champion at the National Hunter<br />

Show, Future Class Act, and National<br />

Futurity Eventing Champion, National<br />

Futurity Overall Foal Champion, and<br />

Elite Foals Registration Tour National<br />

Eventing Champion, Future Classic<br />

Pleasure HH.<br />

Julia said “Her influence will live on<br />

at Future Sport Horses through her<br />

offspring. She was one hell of a mare<br />

and we will be eternally grateful to her<br />

breeder Marian Vaughan for selecting<br />

us to become her owners 19 years ago,<br />

and to her previous owners Chris and<br />

Janet Gooch for allowing us to buy her<br />

from them. We will miss her wonderful<br />

personality and presence, but her<br />

memory and legacy will be dearly<br />

cherished”.<br />

The foal with her in the photo is Future<br />

Glamour who became the National BEF<br />

Futurity Champion Event Foal.<br />


Full brother to the Advanced<br />

Eventer The Classic Composer<br />

By the <strong>British</strong> Eventing Breeding Young Horse<br />

Champion Classic Primitive (68% TB)<br />

<strong>British</strong> Eventing Winner as a 5 year old on his<br />

dressage score<br />

Grandson of the Champion of the 2002 Holstein<br />

Licensing of Show Jumpers<br />

Shares a paternal line with the 2016 Team GBR<br />

Olympic Trial Winner & two time CCI4* winner<br />

Chico Bella P<br />

Used on a Burghley CCI5* mare<br />

His dam was the highest ranked broodmare for<br />

Dressage under the <strong>British</strong> Equestrian Federation<br />

Futurity Rankings for Dressage<br />

Sport Horse GB Graded stallion & WFFS negative<br />

Winner and Champion at County Level In the Show<br />

Ring on every outing as a 3 year old<br />

Concessions to proven Evening mares<br />



REPORT - STALLION EVENT <strong>2020</strong><br />

In Association with<br />

<strong>British</strong> Breeding<br />


EVENT<br />

<strong>2020</strong><br />

Report<br />

The <strong>2020</strong> Stallion Event organised<br />

by <strong>British</strong> Breeding and sponsored by<br />

Baileys Horse Feeds in association with<br />

Competition Stallions, was held again at<br />

Addington on 8th February. With more<br />

stallions than ever taking part, the event<br />

allowed visitors to see some of the best<br />

sport horse and pony stallions standing<br />

in the UK. The stallions were showcased<br />

in the main arena under saddle,<br />

demonstrating their ability in their<br />

discipline with sections dedicated to<br />

dressage, show jumping and eventing.<br />

Stallions could also be viewed in the two<br />

stable blocks, enabling visitors to meet<br />

the horses and their connections.<br />

The doors opened at 9.30am and the<br />

first stallions to be shown in the arena<br />

were the eventers. The selection<br />

presented offered a good choice to<br />

breeders looking for a stallion with the<br />

genetic talent to produce a top level<br />

horse, without sacrificing temperament<br />

and trainability.<br />

Future Sport Horses presented three<br />

young stallions, including the four year<br />

old Future Guilty Pleasure, bred from the<br />

damline of Olympic medallist, Winsome<br />

Adante. Future Gravitas, by Grafenstolz,<br />


is a half brother to Winsome Adante and<br />

has already proven himself competing at<br />

CCI** in eventing and <strong>British</strong> Dressage<br />

National Championships at medium<br />

and elementary level. Also from the<br />

stud were Future Prophecy, a 4 year old<br />

thoroughbred by Power Blade and was<br />

shown in hand, and Future Hepsilon, a<br />

3 year old exciting prospect out of a<br />

Heraldik mare.<br />

Another stud with multiple stallions<br />

forward was Catherston Stud from<br />

Hampshire. Opposition Bombshell<br />

is a homebred son of junior eventing<br />

medallist Fleetwater Opposition out of<br />

a Dutch Courage mare. He was joined<br />

by his son Catherston Oakley, a 6 year<br />

old who carries a second cross to Dutch<br />

Courage through his damsire Dutch<br />

Gold.<br />

Catherston also presented Tiger Attack,<br />

a very successful show horse who has<br />

also started eventing. Their final stallion<br />

was Timolin who showed the level of<br />

his dressage training with clear tempi<br />

changes under his usual eventing rider.<br />

Future Sport Horses - Future Guilty Pleasure

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One of the highlights in the eventing section<br />

was Leprince Des Bois, the most successful<br />

offspring of Yarlands Summer Song (x<br />

Fleetwater Opposition) who was ranked in the<br />

top ten stallions of the World Breeding<br />

Federation for over ten years.<br />

A direct eventing pedigree was evident in<br />

Britannia Royal who is a son of the multiple<br />

5 star winner Headley Britannia, ridden to<br />

success in multiple championships by Lucinda<br />

Fredericks.<br />

The crowd-pleasing Big Star clearly enjoyed<br />

his status in the showjumping section. His<br />

natural ability shone through and, as a dual<br />

Olympic gold medallist it is good to having<br />

him standing in the UK.<br />

Stallions AI brought several retired Grand Prix<br />

stallions including Whin Whin a big framed<br />

horse ideal for breeders looking to add size<br />

and power to their mare. Je T’aime Flamenco<br />

enjoyed a tremendous international career<br />

with Billy Twomey who now competes his<br />

talented son Kimba Flamenco.<br />

Robert Whitaker riding Cavason Z<br />

Cornets Pleasure WW combines the blood of<br />

Cornet Obolensky x For Pleasure x<br />

Nimmerdor. His dam is the full sister to Scott<br />

Brash’s Hello Forever. One of the young<br />

stallions that particularly caught the eye was<br />

Klaris Giddy-Up, produced and bred by<br />

Brendon Stud by the top Nations Cup and<br />

championships performer Don VHP Z out<br />

of their successful international mare Sussex<br />

Caretino.<br />

A stallion previously produced by<br />

Brendon Stud was Greg Le Gear’s El Thuder,<br />

looking very ridable on the flat and over<br />

fences. Brendon Stud stand two further<br />

stallions that where shown; the 5 year old<br />

Pandito Merelsnest Z and the 22 year old<br />

Caretino Glory, who demonstrated his great<br />

ridability with a very young jockey.<br />

Robert Whitaker brought two young stallions<br />

– Cavaso Z and Vermento. The former is very<br />

stamped by his damsire Darco and<br />

demonstrated powerful and quick reactions.<br />

Vermento, a son of Argento a consistent<br />

Grand Prix performer for John Whitaker, looks<br />

to have a huge amount of scope and is a very<br />

interesting young prospect.<br />

Britannia Royal - Son of the multiple 5 star winner Headley Britannia<br />

The only coloured stallion in the jumping<br />

section was Hazelwood Utah’s Romeo, a son<br />

of John Whitaker’s old ride Utah van Erpekom.<br />

Edobantos showed his great temperament with<br />

a display that included interaction with the<br />

crowd. He has competed BD and BE before<br />

focusing on show jumping.<br />

The final section of this day was dedicated to<br />

dressage stallions and an excellent display<br />

by international dressage rider Nikki Barker<br />

and her Grand Prix ride, Durable (Spielberg x<br />

Tango).<br />

Amiro Z<br />



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This 17.2hh big boned stallion was a correct<br />

stamp with a lovely temperament and is aimed<br />

at making his international Grand Prix debut<br />

in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Another stallion to catch the eye with more<br />

advanced work was Caunton Manor Stud’s<br />

Branduardi (Breitling W x Weltmeyer).<br />

Already successful up to Inter 1, he is modern<br />

in his frame with some thoroughbred blood<br />

Oxfordshire based Don Dante (Dancier x<br />

Salvano) has a good track record to Inter 1.<br />

He demonstrated he is working towards<br />

Grand Prix starting the piaffe and passage<br />

work and showing nice clean two time<br />

tempi changes. Catherston Stud brought four<br />

stallions forward, with the truly dual purpose<br />

Timolin (Totilas x Sion). After showing his<br />

jumping ability in the eventing section,<br />

Timolin came back out to showcase his<br />

dressage talent. Already competing at<br />

Inter 1, he showed his development towards<br />

Grand Prix.<br />

Ashwey Laurenzo<br />

Woodlander Stud always bring a good<br />

selection of stallions to this event and<br />

Woodlander Double Bubble (Don Frederic<br />

x Rousseau) and Wavavoom (Weltregent x<br />

Longchamp) did not disappoint. Both are<br />

now in training with Luis Principe who rode<br />

them here. Double Bubble is only 6 this year<br />

but is really catching the eye. A big powerful<br />

horse, he is already showing talent for the<br />

start of piaffe work demonstrating half steps.<br />

Wavavoom is a really neat compact little<br />

horse and with sons and grandsons licensing<br />

in Germany he is proving to be a real flagship<br />

for <strong>British</strong> breeding.<br />

Luke Baber-Davies did an excellent job<br />

professionally showcasing his team of three<br />

young stallions both under saddle and in the<br />

stable area. The 4 year old Versace (Vivaldi x<br />

Davignon II) is stamped by his popular sire,<br />

Vivaldi, and it is interesting to see a quality<br />

son standing in the UK.<br />

Philanderer<br />

Warwickshire based FHS Diamond In The<br />

Rough (Solitaire x Strong Gale xx) is an<br />

interesting stallion who has moved from<br />

eventing to dressage. His damsire was a<br />

significant National Hunt sire and his sire is a<br />

son of the legendary Voltaire. He won his<br />

Area Festival at AM and is now competing at<br />

PSG.<br />

Throughout the day there was a good<br />

selection of blood lines, ability and<br />

performance records for <strong>British</strong> breeders to<br />

choose from.<br />

The whole day was a very useful<br />

exercise for <strong>British</strong> breeders offering plenty of<br />

food for thought with mixture of established<br />

talent and some exciting young stallions to<br />

watch out for. We look forward to another<br />

great event in 2021.<br />

Jamhoori<br />


REPORT - STALLION EVENT <strong>2020</strong><br />

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Branduardi<br />

Caretino Glory<br />

Cavaso Z<br />

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Hazelwood Utah’s Romeo<br />

Kerouac<br />

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Timolin<br />

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COLOUR - BAY<br />

HEIGHT - 170cms<br />

PEDIGREE - El Salvador x Nebab De Reve<br />

Invictus fully KWPN approved stallion, now 7 years old already<br />

jumped a double clear in the winter national 7 year old qualifier<br />

at Onley very early into the new year, after this show he collected<br />

all of his fox hunter (1.20) double clears for the summers second<br />

rounds and is well aimed at the HOYS fox hunter final and the<br />

talent seeker 7 year old final.<br />

As a 6 year old he was double clear in the KWPN stallion final of<br />

6 year olds and also collected many clears and placings in the<br />

CSI 1* YH classes in Oliva Nova Spain. Always consistent and<br />

incredibly brave this stallion hosts all the qualities in a young<br />

horse you would like, untapped scope and natural ability.<br />

His mother Lababe Van Hamme (Nebab de Reve) bred 4 horses<br />

who all had international form over 1.40 level including “Baco” who<br />

jumped at 1.50 with Kim Bril who can be seen on YouTube showing<br />

what a top horse he was. Invictus was bred and produced by Roelof Bril,<br />

who needs no introduction as a breeder and prolific show jumper himself.<br />

He has used Invictus to breed with as have many breeders in the Netherlands<br />

and all of his progeny carry all the qualities Invictus boasts, some are as old as<br />

4 years old and have started their jumping education and already look like real stars<br />

of the future. All videos of his progeny can be seen and fully recommended. An exciting<br />

colt by Invictus is 3 year old ‘My Choice’ who also recently graded at the KWPN stallion<br />

grading with very high marks and fantastic reviews. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity<br />

for breeders to produce top horses for the future, it is incredibly hard to find young horses<br />

coming through that naturally show these qualities we all strive long and hard to find that are<br />

destined for the top and have scope for Grand Prix level!<br />



VIGARO<br />






KOJAC<br />




FABRE<br />

ULENA’S<br />

RIDER - RONNIE JONES - Tel. 07792749137 OWNER - RUTH DOWIE - Tel. 077711092164<br />


NEWS - BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY <strong>2020</strong><br />

Virtual<br />

Futurity<br />

Ever since it became clear that the<br />

coronavirus lockdown would continue<br />

well into the summer season, we have<br />

been working on a safe and fair<br />

alternative assessment programme that<br />

is accessible to all and that does not<br />

compromise on the quality and detail<br />

of the evaluation we have all come to<br />

value in the Futurity. With restrictions on<br />

international travel likely to continue, how<br />

could we continue to provide the team<br />

of internationally renowned evaluators<br />

everybody has to come to expect? How<br />

could we maintain social distancing while<br />

still allowing everyone to interact, to<br />

give our evaluators a chance to discuss<br />

their observations, and to give you an<br />

opportunity to get feedback and ask<br />

questions?<br />

The answer is by running an online<br />

series. And so we are proud to present<br />

our Virtual Futurity <strong>2020</strong>, our first ever<br />

complete online assessment.<br />

Who can take part?<br />

The virtual Futurity is a loose assessment on the flat, and open to all <strong>British</strong><br />

bred foals, yearlings,2,3 and 4yr olds, that are aimed at Dressage,<br />

Showjumping, Eventing or Endurance. With the exception of Endurance,<br />

entries must be by licensed stallions. All you need is a smart phone or tablet,<br />

some flat hard standing, and an arena or flat paddock (well grazed or<br />

mowed) and get filming!<br />

What do you need to do?<br />

Our online entry system will open on 01 July <strong>2020</strong> and run for two months. This<br />

means that if you have several horses you would like to enter, you can spread<br />

them out a bit, making it more manageable for you. We are organising a<br />

weekly prize draw for all entries from that week, so it’s well worth starting early!<br />

You will complete your online entry pretty much as normal. At the end of the<br />

entry process, you will be asked to submit your video files online. We will have<br />

example videos on our website for you with some useful hints and tips to show<br />

you what to watch out for. Your foal or youngster will not be evaluated on the<br />

quality of the video footage or your editing skills, so keep it simple, and don’t<br />

worry, videos taken on a smart phone or tablet are perfectly suitable for this!<br />

Equally, you can use any type of arena or other surface you have available. If<br />

you don’t have an arena, a straight bit of paddock is absolutely fine, as long as<br />

the grass is nice and short.<br />


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Above all, please ensure you stay safe and<br />

adhere to the government guidelines, avoiding<br />

unnecessary travelling and maintaining social<br />

distancing. We have designed this year’s<br />

evaluation with that in mind!<br />

The first section<br />

The first section of videos will cover the part of<br />

the assessment you normally complete with the<br />

vet and nutritionist, as well as the conformation<br />

assessment you normally complete in the<br />

indoor school. For this, you need some hard<br />

standing, and a straight bit long enough to<br />

show as few steps of walk and trot. You will<br />

show your youngster standing up and in hand<br />

walking and trotting away from and towards<br />

the camera.<br />

The second section<br />

The second section of videos will cover the walk, trot and canter<br />

assessment you normally complete in the indoor school. We are not<br />

able to support ridden assessments at the moment, so movement will<br />

only be judged loose, which is why the age maximum is 4 years. In<br />

order to comply with Government guidelines on safe activities, we<br />

won’t be able to assess loose jumping this year.<br />

For this part of the assessment, you will need to get some footage of<br />

your youngster on both reins in all three gaits. Try and get as much<br />

footage side on as possible, as this makes it easiest to assess.<br />

For this part, you can use an arena if you have one available, but if<br />

not, a flat paddock with short grass is equally fine. Think about the<br />

practicalities of having to catch your youngster in a large field, and<br />

choose one that is not too big, with good, safe fencing. Please avoid<br />

anywhere with long grass or tall weeds (or get them mowed, first), as<br />

this will obscure parts of the movement.<br />

The walk is usually best<br />

shown in hand, make<br />

sure you take long and<br />

active strides, as this<br />

will encourage your<br />

youngster to do the<br />

same.<br />

The trot can be shown<br />

loose or in hand, or<br />

you can opt for a<br />

combination of the two.<br />

The canter will need<br />

to be shown loose. For<br />

foals, you can either<br />

let both mare and foal<br />

loose, or you can take<br />

them both to one side of<br />

the arena or paddock,<br />

hold on to the foal while<br />

you move the mare away<br />

to the other side, then let<br />

the foal loose who will<br />

then usually canter to join<br />

his or her mother.<br />

Happy Filming! If you have any questions or want some further advice, we are only ever a phone<br />

call away, so do not hesitate to get in touch!<br />


NEWS - BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY <strong>2020</strong><br />

How does the Assessment work?<br />

Your videos will be looked at by all evaluators, with the veterinarian and<br />

nutritionist paying special attention to correctness and limbs, and the rest of the<br />

team evaluating the topline conformation and gaits of your horse or pony, just like<br />

in a normal futurity.<br />

After looking at your videos individually, the evaluators will hold a weekly<br />

conference call where they discuss and agree the profiles, feedback and marks<br />

for all the entries from that week – just like on a normal Futurity day. We will write<br />

all of those observations down, and email you a full and detailed feedback pack,<br />

including your linear scores, numerical marks and verbal feedback comments. At<br />

the end of the season, you will receive a certificate and rosette in the post.<br />

If you would like to discuss your results and find out more, you will have the<br />

opportunity to book an online conference feedback slot, where you can speak to<br />

the evaluators and ask any questions you may have.<br />

We will produce a weekly highlights video with the best footage and positive<br />

comments from that week to be published on social media. As always, you can<br />

also upload any photos and descriptions to your online database profile.<br />

We are also working with ClipMyHorse, who would normally be providing our<br />

livestream, and they are offering you the opportunity to upload the best bits of<br />

your videos to their platform, where they will market your foal to their global<br />

audience.<br />

We realise that this is a lot of information to digest, and that you will all have<br />

further questions. Please watch out for more announcements, explanations and<br />

examples on our website and social media. If you have any comments, thoughts,<br />

or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are always happy to help!<br />

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Studbook - NEWS<br />

Supporting<br />

our <strong>Breeder</strong>s<br />

The AES Introduces Special<br />

Measures During the<br />

Coronavirus Outbreak<br />

Unprecedented challenges require<br />

unprecedented measures, which is why<br />

we are introducing a special ranges of<br />

new services and support initiatives to<br />

help you in these difficult times. These<br />

include online mare and foal gradings,<br />

a new prize fund for AES Futurity foals,<br />

and a new initiative with Clip My Horse<br />

to help you market your foals to an<br />

international audience. To safeguard the<br />

integrity of your DNA records, we have<br />

also invested in a brand new laboratory<br />

called AES Genetics, which will be<br />

operational from this summer.<br />

New £1950 AES Futurity<br />

Prize Fund <strong>2020</strong><br />

We recognise the big effort made by<br />

every AES breeder who presents their<br />

foal for Futurity evaluation. It’s great<br />

news to see so many of them doing<br />

exceptionally well, and we would like to<br />

encourage everyone to take advantage<br />

of this world leading opportunity to have<br />

your foal assessed by a senior<br />

veterinarian and independent,<br />

international panel of evaluators.<br />

Finnegan<br />

This year, we want to celebrate your<br />

achievements with a big thank you from<br />

us. With the <strong>British</strong> Breeding Team<br />

ensuring that there will be a Futurity<br />

series this year, we are therefore<br />

delighted to launch a great<br />

opportunity of cash prizes for the top<br />

AES foals in each of the three disciplines<br />

of Showjumping, Dressage and Eventing.<br />

The top scoring AES foal in each of these<br />

disciplines will be awarded £500, the<br />

second highest AES foal will be awarded<br />

£100, and the third highest scoring AES<br />

foal will receive £50. The winners will be<br />

decided on 1st November <strong>2020</strong>, and<br />

to be eligible, you must have submitted<br />

your passport application to our office.<br />

To find out more, you can email Eva:<br />

eva@angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk and<br />

keep an eye on our and on the Futurity<br />

facebook page. Good Luck to you all!<br />

Online Gradings and Feedback<br />

Sessions<br />

It is important to us to be able to support<br />

you as much as possible this summer with<br />

mare gradings and feedback<br />

opportunities for your foals and<br />

youngstock while keeping everyone safe<br />

by maintaining social distancing and<br />

avoiding non-essential travel. We have<br />

therefore developed an online<br />

evaluation and personal feedback<br />

process to provide you with the best<br />

possible service under the<br />

circumstances and to maintain safe<br />

accessibility to important services even<br />

for those most vulnerable during the<br />

current coronavirus outbreak.<br />


Studbook - NEWS<br />

To participate, simply enter your mare,<br />

foal or youngster via the online entry<br />

system on our website,<br />

www.angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk.<br />

For non-AES registered broodmares,<br />

you will need to provide full identity<br />

and pedigree information, which our<br />

entry system will guide you through. You<br />

will then be asked to submit a series of<br />

videos.<br />

Examples of each piece of video<br />

footage that we need can be found<br />

on our website, together with detailed<br />

instructions. All you will need is a straight<br />

section of hard standing (such as tarmac<br />

or concrete) to stand your horse up and<br />

walk and trot away from and towards<br />

the camera, and either an arena or<br />

mowed paddock (please avoid long<br />

grass, as that makes it difficult to see the<br />

movement) to show walk, trot and canter.<br />

Broodmares without foal at foot and<br />

older youngstock from 2 years of age<br />

can also be filmed loose jumping,<br />

provided this can be done safely. Please<br />

don’t worry about video equipment, we<br />

made sure that we trialled each section<br />

of the evaluation using normal<br />

smartphones to capture the footage.<br />

Our team of evaluators will then review<br />

the footage you sent in and will complete<br />

a full linear score. We might have to<br />

contact you if there are particular<br />

sections we would like to see more of,<br />

and we are always happy to support<br />

you with further advice if you are<br />

struggling to collate the right videos.<br />

Once we have reviewed the footage<br />

and discussed the scores, we will send<br />

you your linear score sheets and verbal<br />

feedback comments. We will also<br />

arrange a zoom conference with you<br />

where we can review the footage<br />

together to explain our scoring and give<br />

you the opportunity to ask questions.<br />

The cost of evaluation will be £40 + vat<br />

per entry. To find out more, contact Lucy<br />

07772 572461 or Eva 07834194821.<br />

We hope you will find this new system<br />

helpful and look forward to receiving<br />

your videos.<br />

Market Your Foal<br />

We know how difficult it is to sell foals<br />

during the current climate, not only<br />

because of the enormous economic<br />

uncertainty, but also because of the<br />

limitations imposed by social distancing<br />

and lockdown measures, which make<br />

it difficult to engage with our potential<br />

buyers in the usual ways.<br />

We therefore welcome a new initiative<br />

by Clip My Horse, the Digital Foal<br />

Summer <strong>2020</strong>, which is available to<br />

all AES breeders. All you need to do is<br />

submit a video and further details via the<br />

website: https://en.foals.clipmyhorse.tv<br />

Of course you could use video<br />

footage you already created for your<br />

AES online assessment. If you would like<br />

any advice with choosing the right<br />

footage, we would be very happy to<br />

discuss this during your zoom conference<br />

call. Clip My Horse have a global<br />

audience and wide reach, making this<br />

an excellent opportunity for everyone.<br />

AES Genetics<br />

There is no denying that DNA records<br />

and analysis hold enormous future<br />

potential and have a lot to offer to us as<br />

a studbook, as well as to you, our<br />

breeders. We also feel that the<br />

safeguarding and ownership of DNA<br />

data are important topics that need to be<br />

considered. We are therefore delighted<br />

to announce the launch of our own DNA<br />

testing service in our brand new<br />

laboratory, which is going live this<br />

summer, and which will be available to<br />

our breeders for <strong>2020</strong> registrations. We<br />

are very excited about the great future<br />

potential of this new initiative, which<br />

allows us to provide you with excellent<br />

value for money support. We will start<br />

by offering parentage verification and<br />

WFFS testing, with further developments<br />

planned.<br />

www.angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk<br />


Studbook - NEWS<br />

BHHS Elects a new Vice Chairman<br />

The <strong>British</strong> Hanoverian Horse Society is<br />

very pleased to welcome Judith Davis as<br />

their new Vice Chair.<br />

Judith who was elected by the BHHS<br />

Committee following a unanimous<br />

decision at the Annual General Meeting,<br />

will join Chairman, Katy Holder-Vale to<br />

lead the Society forward especially during<br />

the difficult times ahead.<br />

Judith started breeding in 2000 and chose<br />

the Hanoverian breed as the foundation<br />

for her stud due to the success and high<br />

standards of the breed and society. Judith<br />

has been a long standing member of the<br />

BHHS and has been on the Committee for<br />

at least 10 years. Judith was delighted to<br />

be elected into the role and said that she..<br />

“welcomes the opportunity to continue to<br />

work alongside Katy and the rest of my<br />

colleagues on the Committee on behalf<br />

of all Hanoverian breeders in this country.<br />

We are all putting <strong>British</strong> Breeding on<br />

the map and we have an exciting future<br />

ahead”<br />

Chairman, Katy said..<br />

“I have been Chairman of the BHHS for<br />

9 years and feel it is time to share some<br />

responsibilities. I am extremely pleased to<br />

have Judith Davis who is an Internationally<br />

acclaimed Hanoverian breeder be<br />

elected to the Vice Chair.”<br />

In 2019 the BHHS Mare of the Year was<br />

awarded to Judith’s Hanoverian State<br />

Premium mare World’s Finest. Judith said<br />

“a very personal and special moment for<br />

me was the award of Hanoverian mare of<br />

the year to State Premium World’s Finest.<br />

One of our original foundation mares<br />

‘Wolfie’ is now the mother, grandmother<br />

and great grandmother of some of our<br />

top horses including Hawtins Floriana,<br />

Hawtins Delicato, Hawtins Duchessa and<br />

Hawtins San Floriana to name but a few.<br />

In 2017 she was the Horse and Hound<br />

outstanding mare of the year. At 25 years<br />

young she still looks fantastic”.<br />

www.hanoverian-gb.org.uk<br />

bhhsuk@gmail.com<br />

07479 366 046<br />


Now Offering:<br />

Video<br />

Grading/<br />

Inspeccons<br />

&<br />

Foal<br />

Assessments<br />

The Briish Hanoverian and Rhineland Studbook accepts<br />

mares and stallions from most major Studbooks<br />

We are hoping to run our shows and performance tests<br />

later in the year as normal and will also be carrying out<br />

video grading/studbook inspeccons and foal assessments<br />

Please email us for more<br />

informaaon<br />

bhhsuk@gmail.com<br />

www.hanoverian-gb.org.uk<br />

www.jegraham.co.uk<br />


Studbook - NEWS<br />

At the time of writing SHB(GB) should have been holding one of two stallion gradings<br />

originally planned for this week. Needless to say they had to be cancelled along with our<br />

April AGM and our supreme championship ridden and breed show which was scheduled<br />

for the beginning of July. Of course these are just a few of the many hundreds if not<br />

thousands of equestrian events and shows that have now been cancelled or<br />

postponed – the autumn calendar, if it goes ahead, is going to be busy. As a governing<br />

and membership body of showing, as well as a studbook, SHB(GB) has had to furlough<br />

members of staff. Fortunately, we can still attend to studbook duties and issue passports<br />

although due to the veterinary lockdown, registrations will be thin on the ground for a while<br />

yet. There is however no rush for owners to register this year’s foals which are now arriving<br />

thick and fast as we approach the busiest time of the year for breeders.<br />

Sport Horse Breeding<br />

of Great Britiain<br />

To test or not to test<br />

While many of our stud and stallion owners are reporting good numbers of visiting mares<br />

it is too early to tell, or guess, what effect Covid 19 will have on the breeding industry.<br />

One suspects however that in order to counteract what are bound to be more expensive<br />

production costs many breeders and studs will be tightening belts and reducing their<br />

own expenses wherever possible. One of the costs that often goes out of the window<br />

when breeders feel the pinch is the cost of DNA testing, that is verifying the breeding and<br />

bloodlines the of the foal. Whilst the cost of one DNA test could be considered negligible in<br />

the lifetime of a horse understandably the cost of 10 or more can represent a decent saving<br />

to a breeder. The fact that in the UK breeders even have a choice and can opt for what we<br />

call an identity passport – that is one without DNA verification is still surprising. In Europe if<br />

you want your foal or potential competition horse to do anything in the future, eg compete<br />

or breed, then the foal has to be DNA tested. It is considered non-negotiable. In France<br />

horses that are not fully verified and registered with the governing body of the Haras<br />

Nationaux are not allowed to compete at any level above riding club level. No affiliated<br />

competition. Simple. It is fully accepted that DNA testing is what you do.<br />

Breeding unknown<br />

SHB(GB) too insists that all foals wishing to be entered in the studbook are DNA tested<br />

to verify their breeding. It will say in the passport that the horse has been tested. Lack of<br />

DNA verification simply stacks up problems for the future of the horse and its future owner.<br />

Just entering the breeding because you know what it is, is meaningless when it comes to<br />

discipline registration for example. All horses that compete in young horse classes have<br />

to have a DNA verified three-generation pedigree. Once the DNA testing is stopped the<br />

breeding officially becomes unknown which is why, for example, many well-known<br />

<strong>British</strong>-bred international horses have U/K by their name in World Breeding ranking.<br />

Meaning their breeders miss out and stallions miss out on what could have been a bigger<br />

stud career. Colts cannot come forward for grading if they do not have a fully verified<br />

three-generation pedigree. Not DNA testing fillies means their future offspring or<br />

grandchildren will have unknown breeding and be denied grading and that includes mare<br />

grading. In order to be included in full stud books mares too have to have proven<br />

three-generation parentage.<br />

Beware bargain passports<br />

One excuse for obtaining an identity passport, is that the horse is (or will be) a gelding<br />

and therefore will not appear in the future gene pool. True, but geldings are the majority<br />

of competition horses and most of us certainly want to know the breeding of competition<br />

horses – how else do you know which stallion is producing what. It is so frustrating to<br />

come across U/K by a horse’s name in a programme. While only studbooks and breed<br />

societies can record the breeding in a passport part of the problem in the UK is that we still<br />

have other passport issuing organisations (PIOs) offering cheaper identity passports. These<br />

non-studbook and breed societies are legally not allowed (re DEFRA minimum operating<br />

standards) to record breeding. Yes having the breeding verified (by taking a sample of<br />

tail hair with roots) takes longer to issue the passport – no studbook can issue a verified<br />

passport in less than four weeks. It will be worth the wait.<br />

Revised contact details<br />

In-line with Government requirements and like many other organisations, SHB(GB) is<br />

currently working with reduced office staff. The telephone line (01732 866 277) remains<br />

open for calls, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00 – 12.00. In addition, any<br />

queries can be emailed to office@sporthorsegb.co.uk. We wish you all well. Please stay<br />

safe and please follow Government guidelines during this difficult time for everyone.<br />


Studbook - NEWS<br />

Catchphrase’s full sister.<br />

In 2019 the National Pony Society<br />

launched a Performance Scheme to<br />

celebrate the achievements of <strong>British</strong><br />

Riding Ponies both in sport and in the<br />

show ring. Winners were invited to the<br />

AGM held on 22nd February at the<br />

Warwick Hilton hotel to be presented<br />

with their prizes.<br />

Thanks to the support of our wonderful<br />

sponsors Derby House, all section<br />

winners received vouchers and rugs, in<br />

addition to rosettes and commemorative<br />

certificates. The overall champion<br />

was Rachel Bullock’s Stanley Grange<br />

Overture, a 17 year old son of<br />

Copybush Catchphrase out of Stanley<br />

Grange <strong>May</strong>fair (Small-land <strong>May</strong>tino)<br />

bred by Mr Jerome Harforth. Stanley<br />

Grange Overture has had a very<br />

successful dressage career and won<br />

this section on his way to winning the<br />

overall title. Currently competing at<br />

medium level he qualified for the Area<br />

Festivals in 2019 having also gained<br />

his qualifying points at Elementary<br />

earlier in the season. In previous years<br />

he has contested Winter and Summer<br />

Regionals. Stanley Grange <strong>May</strong>fair also<br />

Hightopps Jazz and Harriet Drewery – Show Pony section winners<br />

Rachel Bullock being presented with her prizes by<br />

NPS President Mr Rodger James and Studbook<br />

Representative Miss Anneli Jones<br />

producing the county level PBA and<br />

show pony Stanley Grange City Lights<br />

and Stanley Grange Nightshade<br />

who competed in both affiliated and<br />

unaffiliated dressage after a successful<br />

career as a HOYS small hack. <strong>May</strong>fair<br />

had a strongly Thoroughbred influenced<br />

damline including HIS stalwart Kadir<br />

Cup.<br />

Copybush Catchphrase was the 1994<br />

Supreme In Hand winner at Horse of the<br />

Year Show and this family was in the<br />

spotlight again in 2019 when another<br />

<strong>British</strong> Riding Pony, Heronsmill Tiger Lily<br />

took the same title. Tiger Lily is out of<br />

Stanley Grange Overture<br />

The in hand showing section champion<br />

was Kayleigh Park Fernandes’ home<br />

bred filly Parkholme Princess Louis<br />

Roederer, a 3 year old by the Welsh<br />

section B Flinora Bay Rum out of a<br />

daughter of Elvet Challenger and then<br />

the legendary Kilvington Scoundrel in<br />

the next generation. The hard-fought<br />

ridden showing section was won by<br />

show hunter pony Hightopps Jazz<br />

(Barkway Partytime out of Barkway<br />

Spellbound by Orielton Aristocrat). He<br />

was ridden by Harriet Drewery to many<br />

successes in 2019 including qualifying<br />

for Horse of the Year Show at our own<br />

Summer Championship show.<br />

In Hand Showing Section winner Kayleigh Park<br />

Fernandes, owner/breeder of<br />

Parkholme Princess Louis Roederer<br />

Jazz’s full brother Hightopps Hugo is a<br />

breeding stallion who was a champion<br />

at Summer Champs as a 3 year old.<br />

Their sire Barkway Partytime won the<br />

NPS Stallion Points Awards from 2007<br />

to 2009. With the show season at a<br />

standstill, breeders will still be busy over<br />

the coming months with the <strong>2020</strong> foal<br />

crop arriving. This will see the return of<br />

our Foal Friday feature on social media.<br />

Send in a picture of your <strong>British</strong> Riding<br />

Pony foal, pedigree details and also let<br />

us know if the foal will be for sale and<br />

every Friday we will feature one foal on<br />

our popular FaceBook page. Send your<br />

pictures to admin@nationalponysociety.<br />




Promoting excellence in Sports Pony breeding<br />

for 20 years<br />

Presenting some of the lovely foals<br />

by SPSS graded stallions that have<br />

already been born this year<br />

With the current uncertainty affecting every aspect of our<br />

lives, we’ve decided to follow the last issue’s photo report<br />

on the successful SPSS passported ponies and horses born<br />

in the first 20 years of the studbook with a look at some of<br />

this year’s foals. We hope they become future SPSS stars<br />

but in the meantime we know they will just make everyone<br />

smile. You can find out more about all of the SPSS licensed<br />

stallions on our website - and see more photos of their<br />

progeny on their individual pages.<br />

Left: Kitalpha Star by Killour Star. Bred by Lucy Cockrem and Claire<br />

Thirlwell, this bay filly is the classic Connemara/TB cross and bred to<br />

be an all rounder for Lucy. Her dam, Volitant (Ashkalani x Music Boy),<br />

retired from breeding TBs in 2012 to live with Claire but mothered<br />

everything she could - including Claire’s ponies and dogs, so came out<br />

of retirement to produce a foal for Claire 2 years ago and now this filly<br />

for Lucy. Photo: Lucy Cockrem<br />

Below left: Words of Hope MPS by Wolken Von Blitz MPS. This jet<br />

black filly’s stable name of Hope is both poignant and appropriate as<br />

her home-bred sire sadly died from grass sickness last year aged only<br />

4 and with just two mares in foal. Hope, who like her sire was bred<br />

by Emily Cuthill, is just one day old in the photo and is out of Walinka<br />

(Deniro x Weingau) who has previously had an Elite Auction foal by<br />

Emily’s other stallion. Photo: Emily Cuthill<br />

Below right: Treenhill Archimedes by Treenhill Aristotle.<br />

Archimedes is the first foal by the multi stud book approved Anglo<br />

Arab stallion Treenhill Aristotle. His dam, AES graded Imogen, is<br />

by the German Olympic Reserve and 2016 Trakehner Stallion<br />

of the Year, Imperio, out of Betty Barclay (Brentano II x<br />

Weltmeyer). <strong>Breeder</strong>: Pemaneh Paddick. Photo: Michael<br />

Paddick<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Events<br />

Please look on<br />

our website<br />

for the latest<br />

information<br />

Sports Pony Studbook Society<br />


Top left: Henza Suzanna by Dark Knight.<br />

Bred by Dark Knight’s owner, Diane Kilshaw,<br />

this filly is an exciting cross between legendary sports pony bloodlines with<br />

her dam, Sophie (Dressman x Black Boy) having been awarded the German<br />

Elite & State Premium Mare accolades and Dark Knight being the full brother<br />

to two of the top pony sires Der Feine Lord AT and Dance Star AT. Photo:<br />

Diane Kilshaw<br />

Top centre: Diamanté D’amour by Darosa D’amour. This bay filly, bred by<br />

Jodie Shaw, is born to jump with her sire a successful 138cm jumping pony<br />

and her dam, Lupaire, being by the showjumper Lupicor who is a son of the<br />

Olympic showjumper Lux Z. Photo: Tilly Shaw<br />

Top right: Wilf by Godrics Campeggio. Wilf was bred by Clare Hoermann who<br />

bought his dam, Towerequine <strong>May</strong>queen (Grafenstolz x Welton Crackerjack),<br />

as a foal with the aim of eventing her but sadly she was injured last year, so<br />

Clare put her in foal and chose Godrics Campeggio as she liked his athletic<br />

light frame and hoping to “downsize” a little. Photo: Clare Hoermann<br />

Right: MM Sweet Sensation by Woodlander Sir Gorgeous. The full sibling<br />

of the 3 rd placed sports pony foal at the <strong>2020</strong> Elite Foals Final, this filly is out<br />

of MM Sweet de Luxe (FS Champion de Luxe x Scampi) who is off to Canada<br />

after weaning. <strong>Breeder</strong>: Naomi Maxted-Massey. Photo: Anne Høier<br />

Left: Farleaze Lord Beauregarde by Farleaze Lord Prenwyn. This colt is the first<br />

foal for Claire Moreton’s talented homebred Welsh Cob eventing pony and as his<br />

dam, Violet Beauregarde (Captain Gerrard x Acclamation) is a ponysized<br />

racehorse, he too has to be an exciting<br />

eventing prospect. Photo: Claire Moreton<br />

Left: Skelwith Love of Gold by Hilkens<br />

Gold Card. With sire and dam, Hilkens<br />

My Love (FS Don’t Worry x Arts-Dancer-<br />

Boy), both being bred by the famous<br />

Hilkens Stud, breeder, Elizabeth Launder,<br />

has high hopes for this colt, who is just<br />

3 days old in the photo. Photo: Emma<br />

Launder<br />

Bottom left: Barrowby Connemaras<br />

(both by Kippure Lancelot). These two<br />

pure-bred Connemara colts have yet to be<br />

named by their breeder, Tom McManus.<br />

The colt on the left is out of Cill Bhríd<br />

Judy (Woodbrook Cognac x Ormond<br />

Oliver) who is also the dam of the SPSS<br />

licensed stallions Barrowby Lord D’Arcy<br />

and Barrowby Thunder Rebel) Then, on<br />

the right, this colt is out of Kirtle Maple<br />

Leaf (Castle Gizmo x Sydserff Silver<br />

Spruce). Photo: Frankie Hirst<br />

www.sportpony.org.uk<br />

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Studbook - NEWS<br />

Trakehners UK<br />

News April <strong>2020</strong><br />

With the show season ahead of us still looking<br />

very uncertain at the time of writing this article,<br />

we hope that all breeders are safe and we look<br />

forward to seeing your pure and part bred<br />

Trakehner foals as the year progresses.<br />

We are very much hoping the Futurity series will<br />

be able to go ahead as planned and we are<br />

pleased to be able to offer members the chance<br />

to get their mares graded alongside the Futurity.<br />

Our judges will be available at all Futurity venues<br />

from 11th to the 17th August. We are also looking<br />

into options for stallion grading, so if you have<br />

a stallion or colt that you would like to present,<br />

please get in contact so we know what numbers<br />

we are dealing with.<br />

Even if you don’t have a Trakehner mare, if you<br />

are planning to put your mare in foal this year,<br />

then Trakehner stallions can offer so much to your<br />

breeding programme.<br />

The Trakehner was once deemed unfashionable,<br />

especially in the UK, but for many riders and<br />

breeders, once they have first-hand experience<br />

of this fantastic breed, they are converted.<br />

Trakehners are the Thoroughbreds of warmblood<br />

breeding. They are brave and athletic with<br />

stamina, a powerful combination for the eventing<br />

world.<br />

Top performers include Windfall who was an<br />

international performer at the highest level with<br />

Darren Chiacchia and is now producing 5 star<br />

eventers himself.<br />

Many UK breeders will regonise Fleetwater<br />

Opposition who was a junior eventing gold<br />

medallist who went on to sire many top<br />

performers, and whose bloodlines are still<br />

available in today. Grafenstolz is now flying<br />

up the world rankings for eventing sires. For<br />

dressage breeders Gribaldi needs no introduction<br />

as one of the most eminent modern sires and<br />

famous names such as Caprimond and Consul<br />

can be found in many pedigrees.<br />

Trakehners were originally bred in East Prussia<br />

destinated as cavalry horses that needed to<br />

be faster and tougher than their counterparts.<br />

Thoroughbred and Arabian stallions were used<br />

to add refinement and blood. After the second<br />

world war decimated numbers, the Trakehner<br />

Verband was founded in Germany in 1947 to<br />

preserve these extraordinary horses.<br />

The Trakehner studbook has always valued the<br />

mare lines, with offspring being named with the<br />

initial of their dam’s name. Trakehner breeders<br />

can tell you all the details of the motherline of<br />

their stock before expanding on the achievements<br />

of the sire.<br />

As the breed was dispersed around Germany,<br />

it’s stallions in particular have had a significant<br />

impact on the other German studbooks when<br />

used as a refining influence. They are sensitive<br />

and want to work, and riders who channel this<br />

find they have incredibly loyal and talented<br />

partners. Add in their charm and beauty and it is<br />

no wonder once you own a Trakehner you tend<br />

to find you are hooked.<br />

Currently one of the highest ranked horses in<br />

world dressage is the beautiful mare TSF Dalera<br />

BB (Easy Game x Handryk) who already has<br />

world and European medals under her belt. The<br />

Latimer son Erlentanz has international results<br />

with both Charlotte DuJardin and his regular rider<br />

Sonnar Murray Brown.<br />

In Denmark the approved stallion Aston Martin<br />

(Monteverdi x Sixtus) was earning world ranking<br />

points at CDI 5 star shows just a few months ago.<br />

In eventing the previously mentioned Windfall is<br />

the sire of world top ten Tsetserleg and another<br />

top 5 star horse in Vandiver. Primero, a Polish<br />

bred Trakehner, is one of the highest ranked<br />

eventers in Eastern Europe with a number of top 5<br />

placings at 4 star level in 2019.<br />

There are a number of <strong>British</strong> breeders who will<br />

have stock for sale this year if you are looking for<br />

your next competition partner.<br />

If you would like any advice on using a Trakehner<br />

stallion or sourcing a mare to add to your<br />

breeding programme then please<br />

get in contact.<br />

www.trakehners.uk.com<br />

Godington Trasimeno winning at Cherwell earlier in <strong>2020</strong><br />


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Stallion Grading 2019<br />


Studbook - NEWS<br />

This year we combined our stallion grading<br />

with the <strong>British</strong> Hanoverian Society. We had<br />

7 entries, two of which were eligible to be<br />

licenced by both societies. Our judges were<br />

Katy Holder-Vale (UK) and Jorn Wedermann<br />

(Germany).<br />

Six stallions were licenced by WBS-UK and<br />

two for BHHS (pending performance testing.)<br />

FURST SUMMER Champion Stallion by<br />

Fürst Romancier / Sandro Hit / His Highness<br />

bred by Fiona Coleman & jointly owned by<br />

Victoria Moss this stallion licenced for both<br />

societies. The judges described him as an<br />

elegant, beautiful and modern type with very<br />

elastic trot and canter.<br />

General Impression: 7.50<br />

Fantasie<br />

MILESTONE ST.GILES Reserve Champion<br />

Stallion by Millennium / Hohenstein /<br />

Weltmeyer, owned and bred by Dinah<br />

Lady of Shaftesbury again licenced for both<br />

societies. A tall colt and although a little<br />

immature the judges liked his elegance,<br />

athleticism and good elastic paces.<br />

General Impression: 7.50<br />

Another four colts were licensed by the <strong>British</strong><br />

Warmblood studbook and these were:<br />


Furstenball / Rousseau / Saros xx, bred<br />

by Vicki Sandison and owned by Carol<br />

Soormally. Judges Comments: A compact<br />

stallion, a little small but moved well with a<br />

good walk.<br />

General Impression: 7<br />

Furst Summer<br />

FIRST WORDS by For Romance /<br />

Wavavoom / Del Amitri bred and owned by<br />

Liz Ball. Judges Comments: Tall, handsome<br />

good riding type with very good trot.<br />

General Impression: 7.25<br />

FIRE KRAKA by Fidertanz / Diamond Hit<br />

/ Rubinstein. Purchased from Gamblethorpe<br />

Hanoverians now owned by Clair Wyatt.<br />

Judges Comments: A little small and<br />

immature but shows great trot and power.<br />

Good limbs.<br />

General Impression: 7<br />

FANTASIE a four year old by Flammengold<br />

/ Fleetwood xx / Exit to Knowere xx,<br />

bred and owned by Jo Gummer. Judges<br />

Comments: Very nice correct type, good<br />

elasticity in walk and trot.<br />

General Impression 7.50<br />

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Living With Lockdown<br />

How the Equestrian Industry is dealing with the crisis<br />

Along with the rest of the nation, the<br />

equestrian community is learning to live<br />

with ‘lockdown’. Thank goodness that<br />

this extraordinary situation coincided<br />

with an improvement in the weather, and<br />

many of us will be counting ourselves<br />

fortunate that we have space and horses<br />

to help keep us sane.<br />

There has been much uncertainty over<br />

the past 6 weeks, and the initial well<br />

intended advice did nothing to dispel<br />

the fears of many for their businesses<br />

and for equine wellbeing. In such<br />

unprecedented circumstances, human<br />

wellbeing was the priority, saving lives<br />

and supporting the NHS, and action<br />

had to be taken before it was possible to<br />

assess the countless implications for so<br />

many of us in so many walks of life.<br />

But as organisations have explored the<br />

directives and updated their guidelines<br />

to professional members, a more<br />

workable situation is now evolving.<br />

The joint announcement by the Royal<br />

College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)<br />

and the <strong>British</strong> Equine Veterinary<br />

Association (BEVA) on 9 April updating<br />

their guidance and allowing vets to<br />

assess risk on a case by case basis,<br />

came as a lifeline to so many breeders<br />

worried about the care of their mares<br />


at this busy foaling time, and for the<br />

essential stud work of inseminating mares<br />

to continue the breeding programme.<br />

The Farriers Registration Council and the<br />

<strong>British</strong> Farriers & Blacksmiths Association<br />

have also provided their members with<br />

guidance to ensure this vital work can<br />

continue.<br />

The <strong>British</strong> Equestrian Trade Association<br />

(BETA) have been excellent, not only<br />

keeping their members updated with the<br />

latest advice and providing information<br />

on financial support but also stepping in<br />

with authority to lobby Government for<br />

businesses to continue to work provided<br />

they comply with current restrictions. The<br />

Government’s Job Retention Scheme has<br />

now opened its online portal to allow<br />

businesses to claim for furloughed staff,<br />

and the business support grant for those<br />

eligible for Small Business Rate Relief<br />

and those in the leisure and hospitality<br />

industry, will help ease the pain for<br />

some.<br />

The <strong>British</strong> Breeding website has a<br />

dedicated COVID-19 page and we<br />

have gathered useful links to the key<br />

organisations giving guidance that is<br />

relevant to our industry. If you have not<br />

already checked out the Government,<br />

veterinary and equestrian governing<br />

body’s advice, this is the place to start.<br />

The page is updated regularly with<br />

any new directives, including a link to<br />

the latest from the <strong>British</strong> Horseracing<br />

Authority, who are at the forefront of<br />

planning the resumption of racing, thus<br />

paving the way for other equestrian<br />

sports.<br />

The message throughout is clearly<br />

that this is not ‘Business as usual’, but<br />

business carried out in line with the latest<br />

government advice to employers and<br />

businesses, is still possible.<br />

As we look forward, it is hard to predict<br />

when the restrictions might be lifted.<br />

The <strong>British</strong> Horseracing Authority are<br />

planning a phased resumption of racing<br />

consistent with any gradual easing of<br />

Government restrictions, and it is safe to<br />

say that if racing can resume, then other<br />

equestrian sports will follow, albeit in a<br />

controlled way. The BEF have released<br />

an update on the work going on behind<br />

the scenes so that, when the day comes,<br />

the equestrian world will be ready to go.<br />

There are many considerations, but we<br />

must all remain committed to adherence<br />

to Government guidelines and keeping<br />

everyone safe.<br />

Rachael Holdsworth

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Hazel Offord<br />

WG Stud<br />

WG Stud, the home of stallions Silvester and Carthago Chicago, has installed its new on-site<br />

collection unit, so all semen collections and evaluations can happen in house.<br />

“It has been a godsend to have the unit at home so we can continue to supply semen to mare<br />

owners through these difficult times. We are taking the lockdown very seriously, all teaching,<br />

training and youngstock sales are temporarily suspended, and of course we would not be<br />

travelling the stallions to a collection centre – so this has been a very positive move for us. It also<br />

means we can react instantly to customers’ needs.” continues...<br />

Silvester Foals<br />


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“Both the stallions are enjoying the new<br />

set up at home - we are blessed with the<br />

stallions Silvester and his son, Carthago<br />

Chicago - their easy temperament and<br />

exceptional fertility has made the instant<br />

switch over very easy.”<br />

To assist with this Hazel has a strong<br />

team of longstanding staff who she is<br />

very proud of, “Many of my staff have<br />

been here for over 20 years and are<br />

highly skilled in all aspects of stud work<br />

and so we always have a trained team<br />

on hand – very useful if a customer’s<br />

mare suddenly needs our stallions’<br />

services!”<br />

The latest BEVA guidance has been a<br />

lifeline for the stud allowing them to<br />

continue collecting and shipping semen<br />

at this crucial time for breeders. The new<br />

collection facility includes an onsite<br />

laboratory for semen evaluation to<br />

ensure quality before the chilled semen is<br />

packaged and sent by next day special<br />

delivery or courier to arrive ready for<br />

insemination.<br />

Hazel is confident that this new<br />

in-house facility will streamline their<br />

operation - with readily available semen<br />

supply keeping life easy for both mare<br />

owners and for the stud’s own breeding<br />

program.<br />

Hazel had previously bred her own<br />

horses but with the arrival of Silvester<br />

in 2006, WG Stud became a more<br />

dynamic venture. “I was not actively<br />

looking for a stallion at the time, but we<br />

just happened to be visiting the yard<br />

where he was for sale and immediately<br />

fell for him. It was fate that we got to see<br />

him, and the rest is history!”, says Hazel.<br />

By 2009 he was champion show<br />

jumping sire in the Futurity rankings,<br />

and the following year he was reserve<br />

champion eventing sire. “He is quite<br />

unique in that he has achieved this<br />

success across a range of disciplines,<br />

proving his versatility”, adds Hazel, who<br />

rode him herself in show jumping and<br />

dressage before she paused to have her<br />

own famiSilvester’s progeny are now out<br />

competing successfully in showjumping<br />

and eventing, with is first offspring now<br />

at FEI 4* level.<br />

Having established Silvester as a sire,<br />

Hazel wanted to improve the line and<br />

kept his son, Carthago Chicago, out of<br />

Call Girl by Chicago. Out of Broadstone<br />

Stud’s Daytona, a RIHS champion ridden<br />

by Jo Bates, Call Girl was one of Hazel’s<br />

foundation mares and is the dam of 4<br />

Futurity Elite foals. Cathago Chicago<br />

is now producing successful progeny,<br />

including the champion showjumping<br />

foal at both the 2017 and 2018 Futurity<br />

Elite Foal Championships.<br />

His offspring are now winning<br />

consistently in county sport horse classes.<br />

The stallions at WG Stud have superb<br />

temperaments and are treated like<br />

normal horses. “I finish my day sorting<br />

out the stallions – it is a good way to<br />

finish the day as they are such good<br />

company. Under normal circumstances,<br />

visitors are surprised that they are just<br />

normal horses – but they have to be to<br />

be part of our busy set up”, explains<br />

Hazel.<br />

Total Belief at Blenheim - William Carey Photography<br />

New lab Kit<br />

As well as the stallions, there are over<br />

40 horses on site at WG Stud, 18 of<br />

which are used in Hazel’s busy training<br />

establishment, plus the competition<br />

liveries, mares and youngstock and a<br />

busy saddlery shop.<br />

The stud is currently home to 4 brood<br />

mares, including one by Darco that has<br />

showjumped to Foxhunter level and<br />

produced 3 Futurity elite champion foals,

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and a Kuwait Beach mare who has<br />

produced an elite eventer, Kuwait Silver<br />

now in training with Coral Keen.<br />

“We sell the majority of our foals<br />

at weaning and they have such<br />

trainable temperaments that they sell to<br />

professional riders and amateurs alike.<br />

Youngstock sales were going really well<br />

before the lockdown, and we have 3<br />

cracking new foals this year. We keep<br />

some – I have two Darco colts at the<br />

moment, one was a futurity champion<br />

last year and we have just had his full<br />

brother. I want to keep one as a stallion,<br />

so will have to make a choice. It is<br />

important to have the next generation<br />

of stallions to keep improving the<br />

lines”, explains Hazel. “I have always<br />

liked working with stallions. Perhaps I<br />

am lucky to have such lovely stallions<br />

to work with but then that is not by<br />

accident! My 11 year old daughter was<br />

having lessons on Carthago Chicago<br />

before the lockdown”.<br />

In Vogue II<br />

Chicago’s Darco<br />

WG Stud has always been a supporter<br />

of <strong>British</strong> breeding and especially the<br />

Futurity Evaluations, with Silvester’s<br />

progeny having been awarded 11 Elites<br />

to date. Let’s hope their new venture will<br />

help bring many more.<br />

WG Stud<br />

Tel. 07779 217 215<br />

Tel. 01869 252224<br />

www.wgstud.co.uk<br />

Email. hazel.wgs@zen.co.uk<br />

Silver Heart<br />

Silver Chicago






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Heavy-topped<br />

Rapid growth<br />

Development issues<br />


Low calorie micronutrient drench<br />

5 days - 3 months<br />


Low calorie, high spec<br />

3 months +<br />

For practical nutrition team contact Baileys Horse Feeds<br />

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Dietary Protein and its<br />

importance to the Horse<br />

Proteins are complex compounds,<br />

made up of combinations of “building<br />

block” amino acids, which are joined by<br />

peptide bonds. It is thought that protein<br />

makes up 15-19% of the total body mass<br />

of the horse and is found in almost every<br />

cell, with muscle containing the largest<br />

concentration. Protein can be found in<br />

various forms and has many roles in the<br />

body which can be loosely grouped into<br />

the following classes by function:<br />

Essential vs Non-Essential<br />

There are 21 identified amino<br />

acids, of which all but 10 can be<br />

synthesised in the horse’s body<br />

from the conversion of one amino<br />

acid to another, through a process<br />

called transamination which takes<br />

place in the liver. These amino acids<br />

are termed non-essential or<br />

dispensable. The remaining 10<br />

amino acids are known as essential<br />

• Structural (eg. muscle, skin, hair and connective tissue as well as<br />

the contractile proteins, actin and myosin)<br />

• Transport – in the blood stream (eg. haemoglobin) and across<br />

all cell membranes<br />

• Regulation of metabolic function (eg. enzymes, hormones)<br />

• Defence (eg. immunoglobulins/antibodies)<br />

• As a buffer to minimise fluctuations in body pH<br />

Although a certain amount of energy<br />

can be derived from excess dietary<br />

protein and some amino acids, this<br />

generally only happens in abnormal<br />

circumstances, such as starvation,<br />

when tissue protein is used as a source<br />

of energy. While in some cells, amino<br />

acids are important energy stores, their<br />

metabolism to usable energy is inefficient<br />

so protein is not an important source of<br />

energy, for the horse, overall.<br />

or indispensable amino acids and<br />

must be provided in the diet, as they<br />

cannot be synthesised by the horse<br />

itself or synthesis is insufficient to meet<br />

requirements.<br />

The 10 amino acids essential for the<br />

horse are lysine, methionine, threonine,<br />

valine, leucine, isoleucine, arginine,<br />

tryptophan, histidine and phenylalanine.<br />

Balancers supply protein, along with vitamins and<br />

minerals but no calories, and are ideal for ensuring<br />

optimum intake is maintained<br />

Bayfield Stud youngster canter – Even young or resting horses’ diets should supply<br />

optimum levels of protein to maintain muscle tone and tissue integrity.<br />


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Protein Digestion<br />

The process of digestion essentially frees<br />

amino acids from dietary protein. It<br />

begins in the stomach with the release of<br />

hydrochloric acid (HCl) and the inactive<br />

enzyme, pepsinogen, which is activated<br />

by HCl to pepsin. Pepsin breaks down<br />

protein bonds, creating shorter chains<br />

of amino acids and some free amino<br />

acids, which then empty into the small<br />

intestine where they are broken down<br />

further into smaller fragments (peptides)<br />

by proteolytic enzymes, secreted by the<br />

pancreas, into the duodenum.<br />

Protein requirements increase with workload<br />

Further digestion occurs along the small<br />

intestine where the end products are<br />

absorbed and amino acids are then<br />

transported in the blood to the liver.<br />

The liver plays an important role in<br />

monitoring the amino acid levels and<br />

adjusting rates of metabolism to suit<br />

the body’s requirements. As mentioned<br />

previously, non-essential amino acids<br />

can be formed in the liver, while waste<br />

nitrogen from excess amino acids<br />

is removed as ammonia, which is<br />

converted to urea and excreted, via the<br />

kidneys, in urine.<br />

Protein Quality<br />

The quality of protein is often determined<br />

by its digestibility and the proportion of<br />

essential amino acids present relative to<br />

its total protein content. Although there<br />

are lots of ingredients which supply<br />

protein, when it comes to appropriate<br />

sources for the horse, quality is more<br />

important than quantity.<br />

In the horse’s body, lysine is what is<br />

known as the “first limiting amino acid”,<br />

which means that protein can only be<br />

utilised in accordance with the levels of<br />

lysine present and any deficiencies in this<br />

amino acid will impair protein synthesis.<br />

As such, lysine rich feedstuffs would be<br />

considered higher quality and more<br />

suited to the horse as protein sources<br />

yet many plant protein sources supply<br />

too little of one or more of the essential<br />

amino acids.<br />

Cereal Protein<br />

Cereals themselves, for example, are a<br />

poor source of protein but their byproducts,<br />

like distillers’ grains, supply<br />

more concentrated levels, though their<br />

amino acid composition will still be<br />

poor. Alfalfa, alfalfa meal, grass meal,<br />

peas and soya beans are all common<br />

feed ingredients, which come under<br />

the umbrella of forages or legumes.<br />

Legumes, such as alfalfa, peas and<br />

beans, typically have good crude<br />

protein levels (generally exceeding 14%<br />

dry matter), while grasses are typically<br />

lower in crude protein in comparison.<br />

The crude protein content of grass varies<br />

depending on the stage of growth and is<br />

usually at its highest when the plant is in<br />

a vegetative stage and lowest when in a<br />

late stage of maturity. Well maintained<br />

pasture can contain as much as 14-20%<br />

crude protein, on a dry matter basis,<br />

during growing season, so any equines<br />

whose forage (grass, hay, haylage) is<br />

restricted to control calorie intake, will<br />

be missing out and need additional<br />

protein sources in the form of alfalfa<br />

or an appropriate compound feed or<br />

balancer.<br />

Protein Rich<br />

Soya beans are common in horse<br />

feed due to their desirable amino acid<br />

content. When oil is extracted, the meal<br />

that remains is high in protein and soya<br />

bean meal is the richest plant source of<br />

protein and lysine available for use in<br />

the UK. Raw soya beans contain what<br />

are known as “anti-nutritional factors”<br />

which must be inactivated during the<br />

feed manufacturing process. To achieve<br />

this, heating (micronising) or extruding is<br />

essential, yet too much heat can damage<br />

the protein and reduce amino acid<br />

availability.<br />

Other seed meals, like sunflower, are<br />

also high in protein but these are<br />

comparatively lower in lysine, making<br />

them less desirable for the horse. If<br />

these protein sources are used or, if the<br />

nature of the product restricts the use of<br />

more suitable protein sources, it may be<br />

necessary to balance the amino acid<br />

profile using an amino acid additive<br />

in a feed’s formulation. Manufacturers<br />

have access to feed-grade sources of<br />

several individual amino acids, which<br />

can be synthesised in either the D or<br />

L form, (variations of the molecule’s<br />

configuration) so you may see ‘L-Lysine’<br />

listed as a feed ingredient, meaning<br />

lysine has been added.<br />

Milk Powder<br />

Milk protein is considered a high quality<br />

protein source due to its amino acid<br />

profile and its high digestibility. The<br />

protein in mare’s milk declines over the<br />

course of lactation and, once the foal<br />

reaches 2 to 3 months of age, most<br />

of its dietary protein will be derived<br />

from other sources. Creep feeds and<br />

weanling diets may contain milk proteins<br />

to help the youngsters’ transition to<br />

plant-based sources. Milk powder is<br />

rarely used as the main protein source<br />

for adult horses as, unless a milk-based<br />

diet is maintained from weaning, lactose<br />

enzyme activity is lost so excessive<br />

amounts in the diet may lead to digestive<br />

upset, such as diarrhoea.<br />


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Supplements containing individual<br />

amino acids or a combination of amino<br />

acids are increasingly available but,<br />

as with so many supplements, should<br />

not be necessary if the base diet is fully<br />

balanced to supply optimum levels<br />

of quality nutrients, including protein.<br />

Choosing a good quality compound<br />

feed or balancer and feeding it at<br />

recommended levels for bodyweight and<br />

workload will supply a range of nutrients<br />

in the correct ratios and at optimum<br />

levels, whilst supplementing, often with<br />

single nutrients, can upset the balance<br />

and even have negative effects.<br />

The protein level in mare’s milk declines over the course<br />

of lactation. Creep feeds may contain milk proteins to<br />

help the youngster’s transition to plant-based sources<br />

How much?<br />

Apart from lysine, individual amino acid<br />

requirements are not known for the horse<br />

so a balanced diet has to be formulated<br />

using protein and lysine levels. The<br />

“crude protein” level is the only<br />

indication required by law to declare on<br />

feed labels but, as this doesn’t provide<br />

an indication of protein quality, owners<br />

should look for ingredients which provide<br />

a good amino acid profile and which<br />

also have to be declared in descending<br />

order of inclusion. The presence of soya<br />

bean meal, or any other ingredients<br />

mentioned above, gives an indication<br />

that the feed should provide adequate<br />

quality of protein.<br />

With regard to the right levels of<br />

protein for the equine diet, this may<br />

vary depending on factors such as, the<br />

horse’s age, reproductive status and<br />

work level. Protein plays a key role in<br />

muscle, connective tissue and metabolic<br />

functions (enzymes, hormones), all of<br />

which may be increased for growing<br />

youngstock, breeding stock, and those<br />

in work. Protein levels within feed<br />

are typically based on the National<br />

Research Councils (NRC) Nutrient<br />

Requirements of Horses (2007), which<br />

provide guidelines on minimum levels to<br />

aim for in the ration.<br />

As an example, an adult horse at<br />

maintenance would require a minimum<br />

of 630g of crude protein per day,<br />

which would equate to 6.3% total,<br />

based on a dry matter intake of 10kg<br />

(2% of bodyweight) per day. Since<br />

nutrient availability and digestibility can<br />

vary, reputable feed manufacturers will<br />

formulate to supply in the region of 8%<br />

protein in a ration, in order to ensure the<br />

horse receives optimum levels. Protein<br />

cannot be stored by the body, however,<br />

so feeding excessively above required<br />

levels, particularly if the quality is poor,<br />

offers no advantage to the horse as it<br />

has to be excreted through a process<br />

that uses energy.<br />

Protein Digestion<br />

Feeding the Right Amount<br />

As all feed companies are working to<br />

the same requirements (those of the<br />

horse!), a good first step is to ensure that<br />

your current feed is suited to your horse<br />

and his/her requirements. For example,<br />

if he is in light work, ensure the feed is<br />

designed for this - as some nutritional<br />

requirements increase with workload,<br />

most feeds will state the intended<br />

workload. Likewise, if you have a<br />

growing youngster, a stud specific feed<br />

will generally be more appropriate.<br />

Secondly ensure that he/she is receiving<br />

the recommended amount for their<br />

size and workload - if you are feeding<br />

significantly less, it may be worth<br />

considering moving down a step to a<br />

lower calorie/energy feed. If you are<br />

feeding a suitable feed at the correct<br />

rates and feeding average forage<br />

(grass/hay/haylage), it is likely that you<br />

will be meeting minimum protein and<br />

lysine requirements.<br />

Soya is the richest plant source of protein,<br />

and lysine, available in the UK.<br />

In addition to this using a muscle<br />

assessment, similar to Body Condition<br />

Scoring, is another way to get an idea<br />

of whether you are meeting quality<br />

protein requirements, however, muscle<br />

development is not only a reflection of<br />

providing the correct building blocks in<br />

the diet but also of appropriate training<br />

and exercise. If you have any concerns,<br />

you should contact your feed company<br />

who would be happy to advise.<br />

www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk<br />

info@baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk<br />

01371 850247<br />


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Di Lampard<br />

Images courtesy <strong>British</strong> Showjumping<br />

European Champs team last year where GB qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games by taking Team<br />

Bronze. Image is Scott Brash, Di Lampard, Amanda Derbyshire, Holly Smith and Ben Maher.<br />

World Class Performance Manager<br />

for Showjumping, Di Lampard, would<br />

typically be travelling the international<br />

show circuit at this time of year.<br />

However, at the time of writing, Di is<br />

currently in lockdown at her Spring Farm<br />

home in Oakham, Rutland as a result of<br />

the Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

Depsite the sport closure and everyone<br />

in lockdown, she is incredibly busy<br />

keeping in touch with all stakeholders<br />

from riders through to much valued<br />

owners and grooms. “Like everyone else,<br />

we are dealing with the unknown so it’s<br />

important that we check in and keep<br />

moral and motivation boosted. Within<br />

the World Class Programme we are<br />

continually refining and double checking<br />

process ready for when we back to<br />

normality”says Di.<br />

This has however given Di the<br />

opportunity to follow the progress of<br />

her small breeding operation.“I’m not<br />

a professional breeder – I’ve only bred<br />

about 10 horses in my life,” said Di,<br />

who delights in watching two recipient<br />

mares and foals in a field at the side of<br />

the house – “They’re growing & showing<br />

their characteristics so quickly it’s so nice<br />

to watch”.<br />

Di’s home-bred Ruby VIII, an<br />

international winner with Louise Whitaker<br />

and Holly Smith, with bloodlines of sire<br />

Balou Du Rouet and Adieu Z dam Equity<br />

– successfully competed at International<br />

level by Di – is the mainstay using<br />

Embryo Transfer. Nick Skelton’s Rio 2016<br />

hero Big Star was the first choice. “He<br />

complemented Ruby with substance,<br />

bone, stride, scope and temperament,”<br />

assessed Di. “The colt was purchased<br />

by Old Lodge Stud and they update<br />

me with his progress. So far he looks to<br />

be ticking all the boxes” said Di. “I use<br />

recipient mares from Twemlows Stud and<br />

I took their professional advice on which<br />

mares to use & hired three this year.<br />

My local Oakham Veterinary Hospital<br />

did the stud work and transported the<br />

embryo to Twemlows for insemination<br />

into the recipient mare (Classic). When<br />

scanned in foal with a heartbeat at four<br />

weeks she came to us to foal.”<br />

Di with current Individual Gold medallist and<br />

London 2012 Team Gold medallist Nick Skelton<br />


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Classic has stayed at Spring Farm<br />

recently giving birth to her second foal<br />

a Conthargos x Ruby colt. “The foal is<br />

similar in looks, size and stamp to the Big<br />

Star foal of last year.”<br />

“The mares are all good types with<br />

super temperaments and look after their<br />

foals well,” said Di, who asked Billy<br />

Stud breeder and showjumper William<br />

Funnell for advice. “William knows<br />

Ruby well and has so much breeding<br />

experience; he suggested Conthargos. I<br />

also talked to Paul Schockemohle – who<br />

stands Conthargos at stud –he agreed<br />

wholeheartedly with William”<br />

The first foal this year was by Rolf-Goran<br />

Bengtsson’s world class ride Casall.<br />

“Again, I thought he’d complement Ruby<br />

and the longevity of his top level career<br />

is amazing”. Di’s first foray into breeding<br />

goes back to Miss M, a mare she<br />

competed in the early 1980’s , resulting<br />

in Master Bob.<br />

“I used the Thoroughbred stallion Bridge<br />

of Sighs through the H.I.S. scheme when<br />

they used to travel the stallions. With one<br />

covering Bingo! Riding the progeny of a<br />

mare you have previously competed has<br />

a feeling of déjà vu. “I was competing<br />

Miss M and Master Bob in the same<br />

International classes and that was very<br />

rewarding as you can feel the similarities<br />

in their progeny and you fully appreciate<br />

their ways and actions. More credit<br />

should be given to mares – as I believe<br />

70% comes from the mare.”<br />

Another mare Di jumped to success<br />

is Ruby’s dam Equity.“Dietmar<br />

(Ackermann, Di’s husband) liked Balou<br />

Du Rouet for his movement, elasticity and<br />

blood, so even though he wasn’t proven<br />

at the time Internationally, we took a<br />

chance,” said Di, who bred another four<br />

from Equity using Parco, Argentinus,<br />

Landlord and Coronado.<br />

“Parco wasn’t a great cross as he was<br />

short-legged like Equity and neither<br />

was Argentinus. The majority have gone<br />

eventing with good homes the priority.”<br />

Ruby returned to Spring Farm from Louise<br />

Whitaker for her first ET and stayed. “I<br />

was coaching Holly Smith and it made<br />

sense to coach Ruby as well – and I get<br />

to ride her when home,” said Di, who<br />

has a third recipient, yet to foal. “Ruby<br />

incurred a small injury at Dublin show so<br />

we now have a Big Star embryo due in<br />

August – and we’re hoping for a filly this<br />

time.”<br />

Demanding commitments as<br />

Performance Manager meant Di closed<br />

the Spring Farm training facilities. “If I<br />

hadn’t got the land and the right mare,<br />

I wouldn’t be breeding but wanted to<br />

do something with the place. Looking<br />

forward we all need to help our <strong>British</strong><br />

riders & produce the very best we can”<br />

Nicky Williams, my yard manager, is<br />

fantastically patient with the foals; they’re<br />

handled well and by five weeks old they<br />

pick their feet up and cross over like<br />

showjumpers!”<br />

I’ve got over the disappointment of the<br />

Olympic postponement and it will be a<br />

totally different Games in 2021 – we’re<br />

all a year older, horses as well. New<br />

partnerships will come into selection &<br />

the option to purchase new horses will<br />

be a massive opportunity for all Nations.<br />

We all need to be patient, stay focused<br />

on our horse’s wellbeing & be ready to<br />

start building the competitions up again<br />

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Feature - ARTICLE<br />

Je T’Aime Flamenco, one of many <strong>British</strong> based stallions standing at stud this year.<br />

Breeding in<br />

<strong>2020</strong> By Sacha Shaw<br />

As the foal crop of <strong>2020</strong> emerges into<br />

the world, breeders are left in a difficult<br />

position with many questions on their<br />

minds about the future. <strong>Breeder</strong>s are<br />

asking themselves ‘Can I afford to run on<br />

my animals that make up my breeding<br />

herd until demand picks up? How many<br />

mares should I put in foal while the future<br />

market is uncertain?’<br />

Regardless of whether your business<br />

plan is to sell all your stock as foals, or<br />

run them on till they are under saddle,<br />

the effects of an economic downturn will<br />

be felt across all sectors of the breeding<br />

industry. Of more immediate impact<br />

is the availability of semen, access<br />

to veterinary services and the ability<br />

to transport mares. At present semen<br />

coming in as freight from mainland<br />

Europe is unaffected, and many large<br />

studs and stallion centres in the UK are<br />

also able to have in place the protocols<br />

needed to continue to collect and<br />

ship. These centres may also able to<br />

take in mares for foaling, to scan and<br />

inseminate.<br />

The terrible situation the world finds itself<br />

in should also be a time for all breeders,<br />

large or small, to look at their reasons for<br />

breeding. It costs just as much money to<br />

breed a bad horse as a good one, and<br />

it is hoped we don’t see inexperienced<br />

breeders choosing to put a mare in foal<br />

as they have no other job for her, when<br />

the mare is not a good candidate.<br />

If you are wanting to breed for dress<br />

age, as a basis you are looking for<br />

an athlete with powerful yet elastic<br />

movement and sufficient correctness<br />

to ensure they can stay sound to do<br />

the job. Then limbs are the foundation<br />

of the horse so they are important too.<br />

The same can be said for the jumpers,<br />

replacing the elastic movement with<br />

scope and jumping technique. And<br />

eventers cannot lose the bravery and<br />

ability to cover the ground. For all these<br />

disciplines, soundness combined with<br />

ability and a trainable temperament are<br />

fundamental aims of any breeder.<br />

If the mare is a good enough candidate<br />

then the job of choosing the right stallion<br />

begins. Stallion grading is a benchmark<br />

for young unproven stallions to help<br />

mare owners make decisions over<br />

suitability. An older stallion that is proven<br />

in sport has shown he can cope with the<br />

stresses of travel, training and of course<br />

competing. Hopefully he will also stock<br />

on the ground so the mare owner can<br />

assess his merit as a producer.<br />

Clements Equine in Suffolk is one of many major<br />

centres able to offer breeding services this year.<br />

A mare or stallion with a bad<br />

temperament should never be used for<br />

breeding.<br />

There is little advantage to be gained<br />

by using a cheaper, ungraded stallion<br />

when the stud fee is only a small part of<br />

the cost of getting a healthy foal on the<br />

floor. Even if a breeder wishes to only<br />

produce a single foal for their own use<br />

and enjoyment, the future uncertainty we<br />

all face from the global pandemic means<br />

every breeding needs to be a measured<br />

and thoughtful decision. Every foal born<br />

must be bred with soundness, ridability<br />

and ability in mind, so there is a market<br />

for that foal in a worse case scenario.<br />

We wish all breeders the best and look<br />

forward to hearing about both this year’s<br />

and future foal crops.<br />

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Feature - STALLION PROFILE<br />

Cevin Z<br />

Cevin Z is without doubt among the<br />

most proven stallions standing in the UK<br />

today, with countless sons and daughters<br />

competing successfully at national<br />

and international level, the striking<br />

powerhouse that is Cevin Z has been<br />

a fundamental part of the Billy Stud’s<br />

success story, not only in his own right,<br />

but also as the sire of many the stud’s<br />

most successful performance horses,<br />

including the flagship stallion Billy<br />

Mexico.<br />

As we see so often with Zangersheide,<br />

Cevin Z is a product of combining<br />

some of the best elements in German<br />

and French performance line breeding<br />

by combining on both sides two of the<br />

most important stallions in the history<br />

of showjumping, the famous Capitol I<br />

and the legendary Cor de la Bryere.<br />

Where it is used at its best, line breeding<br />

allows us to consolidate some of the<br />

best genetic material from a stallion’s<br />

back pedigree, and Cevin Z’s record as<br />

a stallion certainly proves the validity of<br />

this strategy.<br />

Billy Tudor<br />

Behind that, however, comes an<br />

interesting motherline. The dam of Cevin<br />

Z, Larthago, is from the Holstein family<br />

8749 and was a successful international<br />

showjumper in her own right, winning a<br />

major class at HOYS in 2003 and the<br />

CSI-A CH10 Rotterdam at 1.45m. She<br />

combined her success as a sport horse<br />

with an outstanding and prolific breeding<br />

record, counting 5 licensed stallions<br />

and 3 international horses competing<br />

at 1.50m and above. Among her most<br />

famous offspring we also count the<br />

Heartbreaker son Harley VDL.<br />

Before focusing entirely on stud duties,<br />

Cevin Z had a successful competition<br />

career of his own, starting off as one of<br />

the most consistent 6 year olds in the<br />

country in 2003 achieving 4th place<br />

in the Foxhunter Championships at the<br />

Horse of the Year Show. His international<br />

winnings totalled £8000.00 when<br />

competing at Lisbon, Chantilly and<br />

Vimeiro in 2007, with UK wins at<br />

both The Surrey County and New<br />

Forest Shows. What makes this stallion<br />

particularly interesting is his proven track<br />

record as a sire both in showjumping<br />

and eventing. In 2018, Cevin Z featured<br />

at the top end of all categories in the<br />

<strong>British</strong> Showjumping and <strong>British</strong> Eventing<br />

sire rankings, and in 2019 he ranked<br />

at 3rd in the overall BS rankings and<br />

2nd in sires of 4-6yr olds. As the sire of<br />

Billy Mexico, his influence carries on<br />

in the next generation in international<br />

events such as Billy Walk On and Billy<br />

Champagne.<br />


Billy Diamo - Had a fantastic career as a<br />

young horse which has now carried him<br />

through to the top level of the sport. Has<br />

was 3rd in the 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix<br />

of Royal Windsor 5* and jumped his<br />

first 5* Nations Cup in St Gallen 2019.<br />

Dam: Annagroff (x Andiamo)<br />

Billy The Biz - Was the winner of<br />

Tattersalls CCI4* Horse Trials and<br />

competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic<br />

games with Pippa Funnell for Team GB<br />

eventing. Dam: Little Miss Prim<br />

(x Coevers)<br />

Billy Mexico - Is an elite graded stallion<br />

who started his competitive career with<br />

William Funnell. He was successful in the<br />

UK. He is now competing in the US with<br />

rider, Vani Khosla. Dam: Bidorette<br />

(x Le Mexico).<br />

Billy Tudor - He was joint winner<br />

of the 4 year old Championship at<br />

The All England Jumping Course at<br />

Hickstead. He was equal first in the 5<br />

year old classes at the Welsh Masters.<br />

He qualified for the Big Star National<br />

6 Year Old Championship. He was<br />

clear everyday in the 6 year old<br />

championship at Hartpury. He has since<br />

been sold to Bourne Hill Stables and<br />

ridden by Jane Annett he has progressed<br />

to 1.45 World Ranking Grand Prix.<br />

Tudor, who is a licenced stallion in<br />

the UK by the AES, has the same<br />

unbelievable technique and careful jump<br />

as his sire, as well as his great brain and<br />

trainable attitude. Billy Tudor is out of<br />

the same dam, Annagroff, by Andiamo<br />

out of a Burggraaf mare, as Billy Diamo<br />

and is a nephew of Billy Birr who jumped<br />

and the 2010 World equestrian games<br />

in Kentucky.

Feature - STALLION PROFILE<br />

Billy Balou - Won both the<br />

Newcomers and Foxhunter finals<br />

at The Horse of the Year Show with<br />

William and Pippa Funnell.<br />

Dam: Bearveck (x Vechta).<br />

Billy Lemon - Ridden by Alice Watson<br />

was the winner of the prestigious Tom<br />

Hudson trophy at Hickstead 2015<br />

and has won numerous 1.45m World<br />

Ranking classes. Dam: Lemmon (x<br />

Andretti XX).<br />

Cevin Z is owned by The Billy Stud<br />

and stands at West Kington Stud,<br />

owned by Tim and Jane<br />

Holderness-Roddam.<br />

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Cevin Z<br />

Coriall Z<br />

Larthago<br />

Pippa Funnell and Billy The Bizz<br />

Cor de la Bryer<br />

Vera II<br />

Carthago Z<br />

Daisy IV<br />

Rantzau XX<br />

Quenotte<br />

Capitol I<br />

Ladykind<br />

Capitol I<br />

Perra<br />

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Outstandingly tough, sound and confident<br />

Relaxed, honest and kind temperament demonstrated in progeny<br />

Youngsters successful at BE100 and going on to 2* in <strong>2020</strong><br />

Suitable for any type of mare<br />

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Article - VET INSIGHT<br />

Decision Making<br />

…and the options available<br />

The decision to breed a foal from a mare<br />

is only the first step in a multifaceted<br />

journey and the following should be<br />

considered.<br />

• Type and level of horse to be breed<br />

and which stallion to use<br />

• Timing - Ideally breed during<br />

the peak fertility months <strong>May</strong> -<br />

August. Futurity Equine Bridge<br />

or commercial foal sales may<br />

necessitate earlier breeding. To start<br />

pre-April, an artificial lights regime<br />

must be implemented from early<br />

December to ensure the mare is<br />

cycling in time.<br />

• Competition schedules - often<br />

determine the availability of a mare<br />

or stallion.<br />

• Accurately document the mare’s<br />

previous breeding history; this can<br />

influence breeding plans.<br />

Depending on the requirements of the<br />

stud or clinic being used, the mare will<br />

need: health check, pre-breeding tests<br />

and possibly vaccinations. A high health<br />

status and disease control is important<br />

to ensure all visiting mares to a Stud/<br />

Vet Clinic are free from any contagious<br />

or infectious disease and up to date with<br />

Flu/Tetanus vaccinations. Mares should<br />

also be certified free from Contagious<br />

equine metritis (CEM) and Equine viral<br />

arteritis (EVA) for the current year,<br />

and have negative results for Equine<br />

infectious anaemia (EIA) and Strangles<br />

within 30days of arrival at the Stud or<br />

Vet Clinic.<br />

Natural Covering (NC) is the cheapest<br />

method available to breeders and is<br />

the only method permitted in certain<br />

industries i.e. thoroughbred racehorses.<br />

Many sport horse stallions are not<br />

available for natural cover due to<br />

increased risk of disease transmission<br />

and injury. NC may not suit all mares<br />

as there is less control over a number of<br />

variables.<br />

Artificial Insemination (AI) - allows<br />

a wider Stallion choice and a more<br />

controlled approach to breeding. Frozen<br />

semen can be used from deceased<br />

stallions; chilled & frozen semen can be<br />

used from stallions located all over the<br />

world. The process involves ultrasound<br />

examinations of the mare’s ovaries<br />

and uterus, ovulation induction, semen<br />

shipping, and correct insemination<br />

timing.<br />

AI can allow mares to remain at home<br />

as the semen comes to them. In best<br />

practice mares using frozen semen or<br />

mares that are tricky to get in foal should<br />

visit the clinic for AI to achieve the best<br />

possible outcome. If AI is performed at<br />

home, it is best to invest in a simple set of<br />

examination stocks for the safety of the<br />

mare and attending vet.<br />

AI allows semen to be assessed & semen<br />

quality can be improved by trying<br />

different extenders. The inseminating<br />

volume can be lowered with mares that<br />

may react badly to AI but sometimes<br />

these factors can be out of the<br />

inseminating vet’s control.<br />

AI eliminates the risk of injury associated<br />

with natural covering and also reduces<br />

venereal disease transmission. However,<br />

there are limiting factors, e.g. failed<br />

semen delivery or poor shipped semen<br />

quality.<br />

Embryo Transfer (ET) can be useful for<br />

competing mares, valuable mares (to<br />

avoid the foaling risk), optimise genetics<br />

and make it possible to have multiple<br />

foals on the ground in one year. Mares<br />

who struggle to retain a foetus or have<br />

a history of early pregnancy loss are<br />

good candidates for ET. Mares requiring<br />

long-term medication unsuitable for use<br />

during pregnancy or with behavioural<br />

issues may also be good candidates. ET<br />

is more complicated and needs careful<br />

planning in order to ensure good results.<br />


Article - VET INSIGHT<br />

The donor mare is inseminated and just<br />

over a week later her uterus is flushed<br />

with an embryo flushing media. The<br />

fluid is searched for an embryo in a<br />

pre-prepared laboratory. Hygiene<br />

and embryo preservation are the most<br />

important considerations. The embryo is<br />

then frozen or transferred into a suitable,<br />

pre-synchronised recipient mare.<br />

The recipient may be located where<br />

the donor is flushed or the embryo<br />

can be chilled and transported to a<br />

recipient herd elsewhere. It is possible to<br />

synchronise only one recipient per donor<br />

ovulation, but it is strongly advisable<br />

to synchronise 2-3 recipient mares per<br />

possible embryo, as the synchrony<br />

process is not failsafe. Sometimes it is<br />

not possible to synchronise a recipient<br />

for a particular donor cycle due to the<br />

following:<br />

• Timing/asymmetric response to<br />

drugs given.<br />

• Recipient having an undesirable<br />

uterus on the day of transfer,<br />

therefore a second recipient is<br />

needed.<br />

Successful synchronisation requires<br />

skilled veterinary expertise, regular<br />

scanning of both donor and recipients<br />

and a high level of communication<br />

between the vets scanning the donor<br />

& recipients. The synchrony process<br />

should start as soon as the donor is first<br />

scanned - drugs such as prostaglandins/<br />

ovulation induction agents should never<br />

be given to the donor before checking<br />

that the recipient synchrony is on track.<br />

It is a wasted investment producing an<br />

embryo without a suitable recipient’s<br />

uterus to transfer to. The perfect recipient<br />

requires:<br />

• Manageable temperament<br />

• Similar size to donor<br />

• Healthy – including up to date<br />

vaccinations and worming<br />

• Reproductively sound<br />

On going care of the recipient is<br />

essential throughout the pregnancy and<br />

nursing as with any broodmare. Regular<br />

scanning of the pregnancy ensures all is<br />

progressing to plan and no veterinary<br />

intervention is required.<br />

The risks of AI and ET are mainly with<br />

the known risk of a potentially fatal<br />

rectal tear during rectal examination<br />

and scanning. This risk is minimised<br />

by competent reproduction vets and<br />

their use of sedative drugs and rectal<br />

relaxant drugs if necessary as well as<br />

ensuring rectal examinations are carried<br />

out in stocks. Whilst ET is successful in<br />

many candidates, some mares are more<br />

complex and may require a different<br />

approach to secure a pregnancy. Other<br />

methods can include:<br />

Ovum Pick Up (OPU) &<br />

Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection<br />

(ICSI): In a natural pregnancy the<br />

oocyte (released from the ovary during<br />

ovulation) is fertilised by a sperm in<br />

the oviduct, then the resultant embryo<br />

drops into the uterus. In mares who<br />

suffer with chronic uterus problems or<br />

an oviduct abnormality, OPU/ICSI is<br />

a good option. OPU is done at a clinic<br />

were the mare is sedated and involves<br />

oocytes being retrieved directly from the<br />

ovaries. The oocytes are then sent to an<br />

ICSI lab where they undergo a specialist<br />

IVF procedure involving a single sperm<br />

being injected into the oocyte followed<br />

by a period of embryo development. The<br />

embryo can be frozen for transfer at a<br />

later date, or transferred directly into a<br />

recipient.<br />

The donor is scanned prior to OPU to<br />

ensure she has at least 15 follicles across<br />

both ovaries. The procedure involves a<br />

trans-vaginal scanning method to access<br />

the ovaries and aspirate each viable<br />

follicle to recover an oocyte. The oocyte<br />

recovery rate per follicle is around 50-<br />

60% and usually requires 6-8 oocytes<br />

to successfully produce an embryo using<br />

ICSI. It may not be possible to secure<br />

an an embryo from each OPU session,<br />

it is important to factor in around 2 OPU<br />

sessions (repeatable at 2 week intervals)<br />

for each embryo you want to achieve.<br />

OPU doesn’t require multiple scanning<br />

sessions or AI & Uterine Flushings, but<br />

instead a quick day-case procedure.<br />

Many deceased stallions with limited<br />

stores of frozen semen are now only<br />

available for ICSI produced breedings.<br />

OPU/ICSI can also be performed on<br />

a mare immediately post mortem - if<br />

a valuable mare dies unexpectedly<br />

and the owner wishes to preserve her<br />

bloodlines, then provided the oocytes<br />

are retrieved immediately, it is possible to<br />

produce embryos in the lab.<br />

Cloning is becoming a much more<br />

viable option in terms of success rates,<br />

availability and cost. To clone a horse,<br />

stem cells need to be harvested from the<br />

donor using a simple, minimally invasive<br />

procedure under sedation. These stem<br />

cells are processed in a specialist lab to<br />

produce viable cell lines suitable for use<br />

in the cloning process. These cell lines<br />

can be frozen for use at a later date or<br />

sent immediately to a cloning laboratory<br />

to undergo the cloning process to<br />

produce an embryo. This embryo is then<br />

transferred to a recipient.<br />

Cost is always an important<br />

consideration. It is difficult to accurately<br />

quote since the breeding process for<br />

each horse is different. However it is<br />

useful to assess different sections:<br />

pre-breeding testing, stallion costs,<br />

embryo production, pregnancy<br />

production, pregnancy maintenance,<br />

and foaling. Pre-Breeding testing<br />

costs can vary depending on the stud<br />

requirements and also whether export<br />

testing is needed. As an estimated figure<br />

expect to pay £100 - £300. Stallion<br />

costs and terms vary hugely between<br />

industries, individual stallions and semen<br />

type. Costs need to be established with<br />

the stallion owner/agent. There are also<br />

mare (NC) & semen (AI) transport cost<br />

considerations. A cost guide:<br />

Embryo production<br />

• NC £175 - £250<br />

• AI £200 - £400<br />

Depending on semen type. Treatments<br />

and uterine lavages are usually charged<br />

in addition.<br />

• OPU £750 - £1000 per session<br />

Drugs and oocyte shipping costs<br />

charged in addition<br />

• ICSI £400 - £800 per session<br />

• Cloning £60,000 - £120,000<br />

Priced based on a live guaranteed foal<br />

& includes recipient hire. Price depends<br />

on lab used.<br />

Pregnancy production<br />

• Broodmare NC/AI – no additional<br />

costs<br />

• Embryo Transfer (ET, OPU & ICSI)<br />

£1800 – 3600<br />

Includes Transfer of the Embryo,<br />

Recipient Synchrony & Hire. Shipping &<br />

Health Certification is extra.<br />

Pregnancy maintenance & foaling<br />

• Prices are the same for all<br />

reproduction methods. Cost<br />

varies depending on pregnancy<br />

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Article - INTERVIEW<br />

Coping with<br />

Coronavirus<br />

Interview with Tullis Matson<br />

of Stallion AI<br />

How has the Coronavirus<br />

Lockdown affected you?<br />

For us, the effects of the coronavirus<br />

outbreak and subsequent lockdown<br />

were pretty immediate and far reaching.<br />

One of the hardest things to have to do<br />

was to cancel our annual Open Day and<br />

Stallion Show. It was clearly not possible<br />

to run the show under the present<br />

circumstances, but that didn’t make it any<br />

easier. It was a shame for all our stallion<br />

owners and breeders who were looking<br />

forward to the day and who value the<br />

opportunities it provides. It’s always a<br />

great event to kick start the breeding<br />

season, and very uplifting to see people<br />

interact with our stallions and having a<br />

lovely time.<br />

What was clear from the outset was that<br />

we had to look after our staff and their<br />

families, as well as the safety of our<br />

clients in all our interactions. Everyone<br />

is affected in different ways, and every<br />

member of the team is highly valued.<br />

We had to consider the needs of those<br />

who are themselves vulnerable and<br />

others who have vulnerable relatives<br />

at home. Others are affected because<br />

they have children to look after at home.<br />

Where we can, we have reorganised our<br />

administration, so some of those tasks<br />

can be carried out from home, reducing<br />

travel and enabling better distancing on<br />

site.<br />

The complications with horses are, of<br />

course, that they still need looking after,<br />

regardless of the global pandemic. The<br />

exceptional level of care and service we<br />

offer to our stallions and their owners lies<br />

at the very heart of our philosophy as a<br />

business, and is not something we were<br />

willing to compromise on. We therefore<br />

initially radically reduced the number of<br />

stallions on site. Of course it was really<br />

tough for us to do this, financially, as<br />

well as emotionally, because we hated<br />

having to disappoint our many loyal and<br />

valued clients.<br />

The wider impact of how we conduct<br />

ourselves as an industry is very important<br />

to us. While breeding horses might<br />

seem like the most important thing in<br />

the world to us, we have to accept<br />

that the outside world sees things very<br />

differently. We have to be sensitive to this<br />

and understand that our industry is not<br />

seen as an “essential business” to those<br />

outside equestrianism. It is for that reason<br />

that I think we have to show that we are<br />

doing our bit to help our country through<br />

this crisis.<br />

To help where we can, and to set a clear<br />

signal that we care for our communities<br />

and the wonderful work done by our<br />

NHS and all healthcare professionals,<br />

we have set up a programme of sending<br />

out gloves and alcohol spray, which we<br />

produce in our lab, to those who need<br />

it. In this way, we have already donated<br />

over 2,500 gloves to carers in our<br />

community, and we will keep going and<br />

doing our bit.<br />

What measures have you taken to<br />

ensure the safety of your staff and of<br />

your clients?<br />

The first and most obvious thing to do<br />

was to stop any public access, and<br />

to limit the number of stallions on site,<br />

which immediately reduces interactions<br />

and allows us to implement better social<br />

distancing procedures. Of course this<br />

all has to be done within reason, as<br />

it is near impossible to distance when<br />

collecting from a stallion, for example.<br />

We are always having to balance the<br />

different risks and keep health and safety<br />

and the welfare of our precious stallions<br />

in mind.<br />

As an industry, biosecurity is second<br />

nature to us, and we already have a lot<br />

of measures and procedures in place<br />

that, although originally designed to<br />

protect our equine clients, are equally<br />

effective in keeping our staff and<br />

human clients safe. This includes a<br />

high level of awareness of biosecurity,<br />

and the use of protective equipment<br />

as a matter of course. Our stables are<br />

routinely completely washed down with<br />

disinfectant about three times a week.<br />

We are getting through a lot of gloves in<br />

our day to day business.<br />

When new stallions come on site, we<br />

now minimise any interactions by taking<br />

the horses off the transporter ourselves.<br />

Each stallion has their personal tack<br />

locker, so we can reduce the risk of<br />

infection spreading from any equipment<br />

they bring with them. Other items coming<br />

in and out of our facility, such as semen<br />

storage containers and transport boxes<br />

for semen, are thoroughly disinfected.<br />

We are working closely with our<br />

transport partners to ensure we keep<br />

them safe and identify and mitigate any<br />

potential risks.<br />

How are things now for you, several<br />

weeks into the lockdown?<br />

I think it is fair to say that things are<br />

settling down a bit into a new way of<br />

operating. Initially, there was a lot of<br />

confusion around whether veterinarians<br />

could carry out any AI procedures at all,<br />

which had a lot of impact on demand<br />

and created a lot of uncertainty for us<br />

all. While there are still some aspects<br />

that are open to interpretations, breeders<br />

now, by and large, seem to have<br />

established workable solutions with<br />

their vets and are carrying on with their<br />

breeding plans.<br />

While we have taken the decision not<br />

to run our facility at anywhere near full<br />

capacity this season, in order to allow<br />

us to continue with our increased social<br />

distancing measures, we are now able<br />

to open the doors, very carefully, to a<br />

few more stallions coming in, and are<br />

able to support our clients safely and<br />

responsibly. These stallions are gradually<br />

“drip fed” into our facility to avoid any<br />

risks.<br />

One interesting effect of the crisis has<br />

been that we have been contacted by<br />

owners of stallions who are normally<br />

extremely busy in the competition<br />

career at this time of year, and - with<br />

all national and international shows<br />

cancelled - are now free for stud duties.<br />

How do you see the longer term<br />

effect of the coronavirus outbreak<br />

and the future for <strong>British</strong> stallions and<br />

breeders?<br />

While I don’t have any hard figures<br />

available, my initial impression is that<br />

our <strong>British</strong> stallions are getting used a lot<br />

more this year. What I don’t know is if<br />

this is because more people are wanting<br />

to breed this year, perhaps because<br />

they are unable to go out and compete,<br />

or if this is because <strong>British</strong> stallions have<br />

increased in popularity with existing<br />

breeders. The quality and choice of<br />

stallions available in this country is<br />

certainly going up all of the time, which<br />

is great to see!<br />

What I am certain of is that this outbreak<br />

has brought us together as a community<br />

and made us value each other a lot<br />

more. It has made us all re-evaluate<br />

what really matters in life, which is to<br />

show concern and care for each other,<br />

and to take responsibility in the way<br />

we run our businesses and interact with<br />

each other. The welfare of our staff,<br />

clients, and precious stallions always<br />

has to come first. Everybody has been<br />

absolutely incredible in the way they<br />

have worked together to face this crisis.<br />

There is a lot of good will and generosity<br />

out there, which will help us emerge from<br />

this stronger than ever.<br />


Article - INTERVIEW<br />

Big Star who stands with Stallions AI at the <strong>British</strong> Breeding Stallion Event February <strong>2020</strong><br />



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Perlino Tobiano, Height: 156 cm<br />

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or info@romannostud.co.uk<br />


(Tullibardine Turbo Charge x Rushiefauld<br />

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Contact: Debbie Maas - 01333 340501 Ext<br />

4; 07776 307134; FB: Scholland equestrian<br />

at Kilconquhar or info@scholland.com<br />


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Contact: Jennifer Gilchrist - 01899<br />

810223; 07703 535179; FB: Romanno<br />

Stud; www.romannostud.co.uk<br />

or info@romannostud.co.uk<br />


(Aimbry Chester x Yealand Night Owl)<br />

Bay, Height: 143 cm<br />

Breed: <strong>British</strong> Sports Pony (NPS)<br />

Contact: Trudy Goulding – 01200 445426;<br />

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www.endhousestud.co.uk<br />

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(Trenawin Lydian x Atlantus)<br />

Bay, Height: 149 cm<br />

Breed: <strong>British</strong> Warmblood (BWBS)<br />

Contact: Ann Bassett - 01258 860037;<br />

07940 151961;<br />

www.etheridgefarmstud.co.uk<br />

or annbassett.etheridge@hotmail.com<br />


(Santana x Synod Rum Punch)<br />

Bay, Height: 149 cm<br />

Breed: Hanoverian x Welsh Sec C (WBS-UK)<br />

Contact: Claire Wyatt - 07902 842381;<br />

FB: Bromson Stud;<br />

www.bromsonstud.co.uk<br />

or claire.l.wyatt@gmail.com<br />


(Douthwaite Sign Writer x Desarbre<br />

Street Fighter)<br />

Grey, Height: 128 cm<br />

Breed: Welsh Pony (WPCS Sec B)<br />

Contact: Trudy Goulding – 01200 445426;<br />

FB: End House Stud; www.endhousestud.<br />

co.uk or stallions@endhousestud.co.uk<br />


(Casino Royale K x Rushiefauld Bethaney)<br />

Chestnut, Height: 135 cm<br />

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony x Welsh A (SSH)<br />

Contact: Debbie Maas - 01333 340501<br />

Ext 4; 07776 307134; FB: Scholland<br />

equestrian at Kilconquhar<br />

or info@scholland.com<br />


(Berkhof’s Higgledy Piggledy x Watershof<br />

Pretendent)<br />

Palomino, Height: 148 cm<br />

Nederlands New Forest Pony (NNFP)<br />

Contact: Georgia Stokes - 01726 67671;<br />

07969 205245; www.soshorses.co.uk<br />

or george@soshorses.co.uk<br />


(Danaway Flash Jack x Tireinon Triple Crown)<br />

Chestnut, Height: 148 cm<br />

Breed: Welsh Cob (WPCS Sec D)<br />

Contact: Julie Croghan - 07904 453579;<br />

FB: Croghan Pony Producing;<br />

Instagram: juliecroghan<br />

or juliecroghan2@hotmail.com<br />


(AH Cheshmak x Afzal (IRE))<br />

Bay, Height: 158 cm<br />

Breed: Anglo Arab (AHS)<br />

Contact: Pem Paddick – 07508 424502;<br />

FB: Treenhill Arabians<br />

or treenhill-arabians@hotmail.co.uk<br />


(Ferguson Uno x Moelview Mohawk)<br />

Skewbald, Height: 127 cm<br />

Breed: Part-bred Welsh (WPCS W.P-B.R)<br />

Contact: Patricia Lillington -<br />

01506 855449, 07715 118994;<br />

FB: Woodbury’s Harlequin<br />

or wyndfordfarm@btinternet.com<br />


(Hendrewen Meredith x Dwyfor Sunrise)<br />

Cremello, Height: 152.4 cm<br />

Breed: Welsh Cob (WPCS Sec D)<br />

Contact: Bianca Hill – 07951 822063;<br />

FB: Penmawddwy Stud;<br />

penmawddwystud.weebly.com<br />

or penmawddwystud@gmail.com<br />

More about the SPSS and the stallions at<br />

www.sportpony.org.uk 07703 566066

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