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BRITISH

BREEDER

May 2020

Stallion Spotlight:

Cevin Z

Update:

Lockdown

News

Futurity:

Virtual Futurity

Announced

Breeder

Profile:

Di Lampard


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MAY - INDEX

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renowned as a rider and more recently

as World Class Performance Manager

for Showjumping. Turn to page 54 to

read about her passion for breeding.

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Welcome to this digital edition of British

Breeder magazine. We all love the print

copy, but with events cancelled and

many veterinary practices closed to

visitors, our usual distribution channels

are limited and so this digital edition

became the most viable option. On the

positive side, we are delighted that so

many groups and organisations have

offered to distribute this issue by email,

and we therefore look forward to

welcoming many new readers!

Life has changed for all of us in the

past 6 weeks as this hitherto unknown

COVID-19 virus continues its rampage

around the world. Whilst many are

fortunate to be able to carry on life

almost as normal, at home with horses,

mares foaling, enjoying space and the

current spell of good weather, there is

the ever-present risk to health whenever

we step outside of our property. Many

are learning to balance working from

home with home schooling for children,

some are struggling with health issues

exacerbated by the restrictions and

our heart goes out to you if you are

fighting the virus. But as horse people

we are made of stern stuff, we are used

to battling the elements, dealing with

the heartache and still enjoying the

thrills that horses inevitably bring and as

breeders we also put our faith in the

future – it is what we do. So get

through this we will.

Going digital has allowed us to expand

our coverage of the Stallion Event and

you can enjoy our gallery of images.

We have our usual round up of news

and updates from the disciplines and

UK Studbooks, plus insight on Breeding

Contents

4-11

14-17

20-25

28-30

32-41

46

47-49

53-55

56-57

59

62-65

68-69

70-71

73

in 2020 by Sacha Shaw, advice on

feeding dietary protein from Baileys

Horse Feeds and veterinary insight from

Tomlinson Equine. Our breeder profile

on Di Lampard provides a

fascinating look at her breeding

programme, we learn about Hazel

Offord’s new collection facility at

WG Stud and our interview with Tullis

Matson gives a frank account of how

Stallion AI is coping with lockdown.

A special mention should go to the team

at Bolesworth for getting their

Equestrian Relief project into action

so quickly and raising a magnificent

£250k for NHS Charities COVID-19

Appeal.

The British Breeding /Baileys Horse

Feeds Futurity Evaluations are due to

commence in August, but if restrictions

are not sufficiently lifted for us to tour the

country safely and within government

guidelines, then we need a contingency

plan! Our team have been working

hard and you can rest assured that there

WILL BE a Futurity series this year, but

with a difference. Our international

team of evaluators, veterinary and

condition scorers are all keen to deliver

this year’s series for breeders, and we

are, as ever, extremely grateful to our

loyal sponsors, Baileys Horse Feeds,

for their continued support. We will, of

course, continue to monitor the

situation so that we are in a position

to run live events once restrictions are

lifted. Check out our Futurity Update for

further details. So, cameras at the

ready…

Stay safe and keep well,

Rachael

News

Obituaries

British Breeding Stallion Event Report

British Breeding Virtual Futurity

Studbook News: AES, BHHS, NPS, SHB-GB, SPSS, Trak, WBS-UK

Living with Lockdown

Breeder article: WG Stud

Baileys Feeding Feature

Breeder Profile: Di Lampard

Breeding in 2020

Stallion Profile: Cevin Z

Vet insight: Options Available - Tomlinson Equine

Interview with Tullis Matson

Classifieds

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NEWS

Team Eventing Wins Gold As Equestrian Relief

Raises £250,000 For The NHS Covid-19 Appeal

Equestrian Relief culminated in an elaborate finale on Monday

night as our teams participated in a round of Dark Horse, where

our teams shared their hidden talent. They went all out to impress

the celebrity judges, TV presenter and Pop Idol judge Nicky

Chapman and opera singer Russell Watson. This was combined

with the public vote and the teams pulled out all the stops to win the

final challenge and take the crown.

Going into the final in the lead, Team Eventing unleashed their

secret weapon. A comical parody of Netfilx’s latest smash hit ‘The

Tiger King’ performed by Ben Hobday. This put him at the top of the

challenge leaderboard and sealed the overall win for the team. An

outstanding rap performance by Team Polo’s Jack Richardson and

Tom Morley put them just behind Ben boosting Team Polo into a

runner up spot in the final rankings.

The amazing commitment and effort from all the riders and

presenters, kind donations by our sponsors and generosity of those

who pledged auction prizes has resulted in Equestrian Relief

smashing its initial target. Equestrian Relief and the team at

Bolesworth are thrilled to be handing over £250,000 to the NHS

Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Now is time that the

NHS really need these vital funds.

Top lot in the charity auction was membership of a Nick Bradley

Racing syndicate which raised £7,501. Zara Tindall’s painting from

the Horse Drawn challenge raised £5,700. Frankie Dettori’s signed

breeches raised £4,9000 and the round of golf with Sir AP McCoy

and Oli Bell earned £3,800. Collectively the charity auction

added £165,440 to the overall amount raised. Said Nina Barbour,

Bolesworth Managing Director: “It has been an overwhelming

fortnight – and we are delighted to be in a position to be donating

over quarter of a millions pounds to the NHS Covid-19 Crisis Fund.

I would just like to extend a massive thank you to everyone from the

Equestrian World who has supported this fantastic cause in every

way, and helped us achieve this great result.” Ellie Orton, CEO or

NHS Charities Together said “We are massively grateful and

inspired by all of the sports people, who are our idols, that are

giving back and saying thank you. To hear the NHS are their

heroes is fantastic and although the donations are important, as

they’ll make a massive difference, it’s the morale and emotions that

are involved which mean so much to all of our teams”.

Zara Tindall, Team Captain for the Eventers said “It was a honour

to be asked to get involved with Equestrian Relief, such an amazing

group of people to be able to come together to try and support

our NHS for the unbelievable job they are doing to fight this war

against corona and hoping that the money raised will help in the

areas that it is really needed. She added “Obviously the highlight is

to take overall team Gold. What an incredibly talented and game

spirited Eventing team we had and the most valuable player has

to be Ros with her double gold! A huge thank you to all those who

donated and please keep supporting our NHS through this difficult

time. Stay safe everyone.”

Mark Tomlinson, Team Captain for the Polo riders said “I’m very

proud of the Polo Teams performance and our silver medal, which

is impressive as we were late comers to the competition. The

highlights for me have to be Jack and Tom’s rap, which was

outstanding, and the fact that as a collective the equestrian world

came together to raise over a quarter of a million pounds for the

Covid-19 Appeal.”

Sir AP McCoy of Team Racing said “It was a pleasure to be

involved and I’m really proud of everyone from the equestrian

world for helping to raise a great sum of money for a cause that

has touched everyone in recent times.” It is still possible to make a

donation by visiting www.equestrianrelief.com, where you can see

the full results and revisit all the action.

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NEWS - FROM THE DISCIPLINES

BEF & MBs in

consultation for

financial stability

and resumption of

sport.

The British Equestrian Federation

(BEF) is working closely with its

Olympic and Paralympic

governing bodies British Dressage,

British Eventing and British

Showjumping, in conjunction with

the British Horse Council, on

planning for safeguarding the

viability of the sport and a

resumption of activity when the

government is in a position to relax

coronavirus restrictions.

commented; “There is a great deal of

work going on in the background by the

volunteer Boards and remaining staff

in the sports of dressage, eventing and

show jumping and those involved are to

be commended on their efforts.

Collectively, we want to ensure our

sports are financially secure and that,

when we get to a position where

competition can resume, they’re ready to

go with their organisers, officials,

sponsors and venues. However, we must

all appreciate that that is still some time

away and our immediate focus remains

to support the government and the NHS

by holding firm and supporting the

lockdown restrictions.” The BEF are also

in constant communication with the

British Horse Society, British Riding

Clubs, The Pony Club, Riding for the

Disabled and other sporting member

bodies on their approach to financial

management and any plans for

resumption. Malcom added; “These are

tough times and every single one of us

has felt the impact of this pandemic in

some way. We must maintain focus and

work together and support one another

to get through to the other side so that

equestrianism can continue to flourish.

We need to get riders riding, coaches

coaching, businesses trading, venues

running and the industry moving but

only when the time is right. We all still

have a social responsibility to do all we

can to stop the spread and minimise the

impact of the coronavirus on our health

and emergency services. The work and

planning in place means that, when the

day comes, the equestrian world will be

open for business.”

Each of the organisations face tough

economic challenges as their main

income streams, membership revenue,

competition levies and sponsorship, are

decimated as a result of the pandemic.

All three disciplines have made use

of the government’s Coronavirus Job

Retention Scheme by furloughing staff

while a number of further cost savings

and reductions have been made around

operating costs and project deferment.

The boards and management teams in

each of the companies are fully

committed to ensuring economic stability

for their stakeholders to return to when

conditions allow. With lockdown

restrictions in place until 7 May at the

earliest, calls are being made for a return

to competitive riding and all three

organisations are working on plans

for getting underway in line with any

requirements set by the government.

However, all are fully committed to

supporting the government’s continued

message of Stay at home, stay safe and

support the NHS’ and will not action any

return until it is safe to do so.

There will be a period of transition as

those competitive members will need to

get back riding and build their personal

fitness levels, as well as training their

horse to be ‘competition ready’.

Organisers and venues will need to

make adaptations in line with any

restrictions imposed by government and

the competitions themselves may have

alternative formats, restricted numbers

and different environments to operate

within social distancing parameters.

Each sport is formulating and

developing what will be needed to meet

these requirements, as well as closely

monitoring what other sports are

proposing, alongside any changes in

government policy. BEF Interim

Chairman Malcolm Wharton

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NEWS - FROM THE DISCIPLINES

Update from

Jude Matthews,

British Eventing CEO

Firstly, I hope that you and your families are keeping well.

I thought it may be a good time to update you on the work we

are doing for sport recommencement. The announcement last

Thursday of a period of at least another three weeks of

restrictions was inevitable, but it also puts an increased focus on

the work we can do to ensure an appropriate sport

recommencement.

There remains a huge number of unknowns which means that

any plans will have to remain fluid, and we will need all

stakeholders to work together to get eventing back up and

running.

Sport resumption strategies

Unfortunately, it is inevitable that some of you may not be in a

position to compete in the way you would have planned prior

to COVID-19, but we know that there are others who are

desperate to get going again.

We are therefore looking at our

fixtures list to ensure it can meet a

potentially changing level and type

of demand.

We know that many of you are keen

to understand what the plans are for

BE Championships and we know how

important these are to all our members.

We are working on plans for each of

our Championships, this too takes time

and involves input from organisers

and sponsors. We will update you

as soon as we have any more

information. All of the above

requires significant work to

develop, and BE will continue to

work with all its stakeholders

over the coming weeks.

We are working on a number of strategies for

recommencement. Much will depend on both the

timing and the way that the government lifts restrictions.

However, we are currently working on the following:

•Hybrid competition formats –

Such as arena eventing or combined training, to bridge

the gap between relaxing of restrictions and full rider

and horse fitness for normal eventing. We know that

our different segments of member will have differing

needs and we will continue to discuss proposals with

all stakeholders as we get closer to a restart.

•Social distancing –

What measures can we take to limit close social

contact on event. We are planning on the basis that

some level of social distancing will be required for

some time. It is also likely that many people will feel

safer to compete again knowing we are putting these

measures in place.

•Restrictions on mass gatherings –

Restrictions on mass gatherings – what would a restriction in

numbers mean to how we can operate?

We know that there will be a number of key considerations, not

only restrictions. For example,

•Will we be able to procure appropriate medical cover?

•Will our volunteer base be comfortable and willing to take

up their roles again? We have to consider that they may not

want to volunteer until the situation stabilises.

•Will the contractors used to support events still be in business

and able to supply the services we need?

•Are there rules that we will need to review in order to enable

us to resume sport but maintain our high standards and resume

sport again?

We also do not know what demand for competition will be

when we can recommence, but we are carefully listening to

member feedback.

Working through

these scenarios also

provides us the

opportunity to really look

at how sport is delivered,

and ways that we can

make what we do more

efficient & cost effective.

We have committed to

you that we will look

at ways we can

reward the loyalty of

those who have

retained membership

with us during the

period of no sport,

which will also form

part of the work to

be done when we

know when sport

can recommence.

We do not know

what the future looks

like, but we will come

out of this, and the sport

will thrive again.

Take care, Jude

Tim Price

BRITISH BREEDER| 7


NEWS - FROM THE DISCIPLINES

British Eventing to pilot

BE90 Three Day Event

As part of British Eventing’s

commitment to continue the

development of their

grassroots offering, they

are pleased to confirm that

they will pilot a BE90 Three

Day Event in 2021 and

2022.

The pilot BE90 Three Day Event follows

member feedback and will be run with

both BE90 and BE90 Open sections, it

will include a dressage test in a 60m x

20m arena and steeplechase phase.

The process to secure a venue to

host the two-year pilot started at the

beginning of the year with expressions

of interest welcomed from existing BE

venues. These venues were then invited

to formally apply to host the exciting

new competition.

From these applications, BE have

published the venues who will move

forward to the next stage of the

application process.The following

venues will be inspected* by the

Venue Assessment Panel:

•Bicton

•Great Witchingham

•Keysoe

*Following the current guidance to

avoid unnecessary travel, all

inspections will take place in due

course.

The Venue Assessment Panel will

submit venue reports to the Regional

Coordinators and Sport Team.

The final stage of the application

process will see the venues presenting

to a panel of the sport’s key

stakeholders, including:

An Independent Chair, the BEOA,

the EHOA, a member of ERA or rider

representative and a member of the

Performance team. The successful

venue and further details of the pilot

competition will then be shared with

the membership.

SsangYong

Blenheim

Palace Horse

Trials will

sadly not be

running in 2020

British Eventing, alongside the Blenheim

Estate and sponsors SsangYong, have

announced that the SsangYong Blenheim

Palace Horse Trials will not be running in

September 2020.

The statement by British Eventing said that

financial viability remains a Board priority,

and as the Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is

a BE owned event it would not be prudent

to continue to move forward with event

planning, and the costs that this would

incur, with the level of uncertainty which

exists about whether the event will be able

to run.

The government have indicated that a

level of social distancing is likely to remain

necessary until at least the end of this

year, and the potential impact this would

have on the viability of the event in terms

of spectator numbers has resulted in the

decision to cancel this year’s event.

The organisers expressed disappointent,

but wished to thank their sponsors and

said they were looking forward to seeing

competitors, owners, spectators,

exhibitors, volunteers and officials at the

2021 Blenheim Palace Horse Trials.

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NEWS - FROM THE DISCIPLINES

Virtual Windsor

2020 Receives

Thousands Of

Entries From

Around The World

Following the cancellation of Royal

Windsor Horse Show due to COVID-19,

the Organisers of the Show have put an

innovative solution in place;

Virtual Windsor 2020, an online

platform that merges virtual competition

with ecommerce and social media.

Virtual Windsor has already generated

an astounding number of entries to its

online Showing classes, which are taking

place at the same time as the usual

competitions at the Show.

Across all classes, there have already

been 3,122 entries from all corners of

the globe, demonstrating the willingness

of the worldwide equestrian family to

pull together and celebrate their passion

virtually (a ‘normal’ Royal Windsor

would receive around 2,300 entries

to its Showing classes). The classes will

be judged by Chief Showing Steward,

Nigel Hollings, with expertise also

provided by John Peacock and Linda

Lawrance.

Alan Titchmarsh, Royal Windsor Horse

Show Member, celebrated gardener

and television presenter has joined in

with the spirit of the event and is set to

judge the fancy dress competition, which

has already had some very creative

entries. He joins a line-up of judges

who have been selected for their expert

knowledge, and who have previous

experience at top Showing events.

There are exceptional stories from some

of the other entries, such as a driving

entry from the US whose competitor

hand-built the wicker cart used for

the photograph. Elsewhere, Frances

Hampson-Jones has entered her trusted

partner, Holliday, in the Ridden Senior

Horse or Pony. Their combined horse

and rider age is 90-years-old – quite a

feat! Other heartwarming stories include

the 27-year-old horse Sweet William,

who has – despite health issues –

competed at Royal Windsor every year

since he was 16 in the Senior Horse

or Pony classes, which he continues to

contest virtually this year.

Emma Tovey, owner of Sweet William,

said: “Royal Windsor is a very special

show to us, and we will miss it

enormously this year, but I’m pleased to

be able to enter the virtual version.

Bring on 2021 and thank you for coming

up with a way to keep our spirits up!”

Elsewhere, the line-up includes

racehorse Saint Are – five-time runner in

the Grand National, including a second

placing in 2015 – who is entered in the

Retraining of Racehorses class, with his

owners hoping to win one of the

prestigious Royal Windsor rosettes.

Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director,

said: “It’s a great shame that Royal

Windsor Horse Show couldn’t go ahead

as planned; however, Virtual Windsor

2020 has been phenomenally popular,

showing that everyone can come

together during these tough times. The

amount of entries we have received has

been astonishing, with the variety and

level of competition extremely high.

We want to thank everyone who has

supported Virtual Windsor 2020 so far

and look forward to what is set to be an

exciting Championships taking place on

17 May 2020.”

Virtual Windsor 2020 was also created

to support the shops that the show

houses each year, many of whom are

independent traders. The online show

has now welcomed more than 190

brands, with some of them displaying

their wares at “Royal Windsor” for the

first time this year. Many have selflessly

contributed to the NHS however they

can, with Hayfield England producing a

beautiful hat pin in blue and white

feathers to raise money for the NHS;

Thermatex colleagues making scrubs

bags for NHS employees; and the

owner of Bella Singleton – a luxury

clothing designer specialising in silk

products – creating face masks available

to the general public.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show

community has shown an admirable

ability to seamlessly transfer into the

“Virtual World”, with more than 50,000

page views on the Virtual Windsor 2020

platform, coupled with all Royal

Windsor related social media pages

growing exponentially. As well as this,

Virtual Windsor 2020 continues to grow

the content platform. Interviews with a

golden list of equestrian stars, including

Ros Canter, Martin Fuchs and Daniel

Naprous, videos of unforgettable Royal

Windsor Horse Show moments of the

past and top tips on horse care and

nutrition.

Classes will be judged during Show

week, 13th-17 May, with final winners

progressing to the Championships being

judged on Sunday 17 May 2020.

BRITISH BREEDER| 9


NEWS - FROM THE DISCIPLINES

FEI WBFSH

Dressage World

Breeding

Championship

2020

It is with pleasure that the WBFSH can

announce that the new dates for the

FEI WBFSH Dressage World Breeding

Championship 2020 have been

confirmed for 9th to 13th December

2020 in Verden Germany.

The Dressage Calendar Task Force is one

of the eight FEI discipline-specific task

forces that were appointed to evaluate

the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on

the FEI Calendar and possible

solutions to mitigate its effects. They have

been working in close cooperation with

organising committees for a number of

events, including the host of the 2020

Dressage World Breeding

Championship and the German FN.

The new dates, which were also

approved by the WBFSH President Jan

Pedersen, mean that the event this year

will be held indoors.

The WBFSH was informed last Thursday

that the dates were approved pending

a final decision of the FEI Board, before

they could be published. The dates are

now on the FEI website.

Studbooks and their national federations

are requested by the WBFSH to carry

out the selections for the

postponed championships, according to

the permissions that exist within each of

their countries as a result of the Covid-19

pandemic, in terms of holding equestrian

events.

The dates for nominations and final entries

have not yet been published. The FEI

and the host of the WBCYH Dressage

will be working on this in the coming

weeks and months.

For now, the WBFSH is pleased that this

event, which has become an

annual highlight for breeders, riders and

dressage lovers, will also take place in

2020.

The Championships for Young Horses

focus on the connection between

breeding and sport and continue to

contribute to the development and

improvement of top horses for the

International sport.

www.wbfsh.org

Five year old KWPN stallion Jovian in 2019

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NEWS - FROM THE DISCIPLINES

Wishes presented with the Twemlows

British Showjumping Scholarship

Twemlows Stud, one of the UK’s leading

artificial insemination and embryo

transfer centres, run by Edward Matson

and his family in Shropshire, is very

kindly supporting British Showjumping

by once again offering the Twemlows

British Showjumping Scholarship.

The Scholarship offers two embryo

transfers to a horse that meets their

chosen criteria. It is to be awarded to the

highest placed British Bred mare at the

end of the previous year on the British

Showjumping Top Horse League. The

mare must also have been eligible for

British Team selection during the same

period and any previous winners are

disregarded.

Based on the above criteria, the 2019

Twemlows British Showjumping

Scholarship has been awarded to Claire

Inglis’ homebred 12 year-old mare,

Wishes.

The objective of the Twemlows British

Showjumping Scholarship is to

encourage owners to breed from the best

mares whilst they are still competing at

their optimum breeding age with minimal

interruption to their competition career.

Wishes claimed the scholarship

following her rapid rise to success during

the 2019 season with Claire’s daughter

Amy. Wishes competed on two CSIO5*

Senior Nations Cup teams successfully

at La Baule and Hickstead and also

went on to jump double clear for fourth

place in the La Baule Grand Prix. Wishes

was also part of the British Team that

won the Les Talents Hermes Under 25

competition at the CSIO5* Saut Hermes

Paris Show. These results earned Claire

the British Breeders Award at the British

Showjumping Awards Ball in October

and also assisted Amy in gaining her

place on the World Class Potential

Programme Squad.

Wishes has a wealth of quality breeding,

she is sired by Guidam, a Selle Francais

stallion by the great Quidam De Revel.

Along with Wishes, Guidam has sired

many international showjumpers

including Olympic Gold Medallist

Authentic, ridden by USA’s Beezie

Madden. Liranka, the dam, has

bloodlines tracing back to stallions such

as Wellington and

Nimmerdor who

also produced

Olympic Gold

Medallists.

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Frozen £800

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Chilled €850

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Tribute:

Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer

Dr Wilfried Bechtolsheimer passed

away in Switzerland on 8 April 2020,

following a short illness. A statement by

the Bechtolsheimer family said, “We see

the sun slowly setting, and we are still

surprised when it is suddenly dark”.

British Equestrian echoed the thoughts

of many in their statement: “His deep

passion for our sport and his love of all

creatures, but horses in particular, were

at the heart of his artful horsemanship

which touched so many of us and will

continue to inspire.”

A German born orthodontist, Wilfried

moved to the UK with his wife, Ursula,

in 1986 and settled into their yard near

Cirencester.

As a rider he was skilful and sympathetic,

and he was a great pupil, but even more

so a teacher. Always keen to support up

and coming talent, he is widely credited

for launching the career of Carl Hester.

In three and a half years under Wilfried’s

guidance, Carl made his senior debut in

1990, then to the Barcelona Olympics

in 1992. Such was Dr B’s generosity that

he gave Carl the ride on his most prized

horse, the licensed Oldenburg stallion

Giorgione, the first horse he trained

himself to Grand Prix. ‘Gino’ gave Carl

his first National Champion title and

Olympic experience, putting him on the

map.

Wilfried and Ursula embraced all things

British and Wilfried even changed

nationality, proudly wearing the Union

flag at the 1995 European

Championships when rode Giorgione

(by Grundstein x Perser xx) on the British

team. The pair were also reserve for the

1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

His focus then turned towards

mentoring his daughter, Laura, into

one of the sport’s leading medallists.

He coached her from pony level and

success in the youth teams was followed

quickly by medals at senior level, all

under Wilfried’s close guidance. With

Mistral Hojris, Laura found success, but

it didn’t come easily because ‘Alf’ was

a tricky horse to train – to turn a horse

some said was unrideable into an

Olympic, World and European medallist

was testament to Wilfried’s patient and

sympathetic training methods, which

Laura continues to champion. Their

individual bronze and team gold medals

at the 2012 Olympic Games in London,

was undoubtedly a proud achievement.

Since 2010, Lara Butler has been part

of the Eastington Stud team and Wilfried

and Ursula have supported her as

mentors and owners, helping her to

achieve her ambitions. Success with

Rubin al Asad and their homebred

Kristjan with Lara riding has given almost

as much pride as Laura’s own

achievements.

At Eastingston Stud, Wilfried and Ursula

also ran a small scale breeding farm

which started with their own stallions

Giorgione and Polarion. They collaborated

with the Oldenburg society and

initially invested in a series of

broodmares, including Starlight Surprise

(by Sion), Deutsche Eiche (by

Donnerhall), Sven Rothenberger’s

Donne, First Lady (by Feiner Stern),

Utima (by Landadel), and Wild Rose (by

Weltmeyer). Later on Laura’s retired sport

mares were added to the fold (Unique,

Pamina).

Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive at

British Dressage, said: “Everyone at BD

is desperately sad to hear this awful

news. Dr Bechtolsheimer has done so

much for British Dressage over the years,

it is hard to overstate his contribution to

our sport. Wilfried was hugely respected

and very highly regarded by everyone

in the dressage community, his immense

technical knowledge and expertise was

second to none. There have also been so

many examples of his incredible

generosity in supporting BD, often

without public recognition, in his quietly

modest and unassuming way. The sport

certainly wouldn’t be where it is today

without Dr Bechtolsheimer’s substantial

influence and input. Our thoughts and

condolences go out to Ursula, Laura and

all of his family at this difficult time.”

He is survived by his wife Ursula Laura;

his children Felix with wife Geraldine,

Götz with wife Alida, Till with wife Julia

and Laura with husband Mark; and

grandchildren Annalisa, Amélie, Wilfred,

Lukas and Hanni.

A memorial service will be held in

Gloucestershire later this year.

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Liz Edgar

(28 April 1943 – 25 April 2020)

It was with great sadness that we learned

of the death of former international

showjumper and British Showjumping

Board Director Liz Edgar following a

short battle with cancer.

Liz, the younger sister of David Broome

CBE, moved to Leek Wootton in

Warwickshire from her family home in

Monmouthshire when she married the

late international Showjumper Ted Edgar

in 1965. The Rio Grande farm at Leek

Wootton continued to be their family

home, which they enjoyed with

daughter Marie who arrived six years

after their marriage, and the centre of

their equestrian business until their death.

Liz was widowed at the end of 2018

when husband Ted passed away but

continued with the equestrian business,

alongside daughter Marie, and was

frequently seen at shows taking a

particular interest in the young horse

classes as well as following the success

of those that she had home bred.

As a rider, Liz was incredibly successful

representing Great Britain on numerous

Championship and Nations Cup teams

and a tremendous ambassador for

British Showjumping and equestrianism.

At the age of just twelve she made her

first appearance at Horse of the Year

Show and at the age of 17 years she

won the Young Rider Championships

for the first time before winning it again

the following year. Winning the Queen

Elizabeth Cup five times, a record which

remains unbeaten, she was also the

first woman to win the FEI 5* Aachen

Grand Prix in 1980. Her most prolific

partnership was with the chestnut Everest

Forever, with whom she won the Aachen

Grand Prix, three of her Queen Elizabeth

wins, partnered at the 1984 European

Championships in Munich and also

rode on the Nations Cup team at Dublin

Horse Show in 1985 when they lifted the

Aga Khan trophy.

In latter years, breeding showjumping

horses of the future was a particular

passion for Liz and she took great pride

in having bred Diva II who had a very

high profile Grand Prix win at Olympia

in 2014 before going on to represent

Great Britain at the European

Championships in 2015 with Ben Maher.

Having bred Diva, from a mare that she

had competed successfully with herself

called Debutante, it gave Liz great

pleasure to see her flourish with Ben

whom she had also assisted early on in

his career. Liz was highly respected and

liked by all who knew her, she always

made time for everyone & was extremely

personable.

Read full obituary at

www.britishshowjumping.co.uk

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Kings Temptress

Dies from

complications

after foaling.

We are sad to report that Kings

Temptress, Mary King’s home-bred 2011

Kentucky winner, has died following

complications after foaling. Her foal,

King Vincent, is with a foster mare.

The 20 year old mare, known

affectionately at home as ‘Tess’, was

the product of Mary’s early breeding

programme. By Primitive Rising, she

was the most successful of 5 foals out of

Kings Mistress (x Louella Inschallah II).

After an inauspicious start, her illustrious

eventing career really started to shine

as she climbed the levels. In her third

season she won 3 Intermediates and had

double clear at Le Lion CCI2*.

The following year she was 16th at

Bramham CCI3* and 17th at Boekelo

CCI3*, and in 2009 she finished 4th at

Luhmuhlen CCI4* and 18th at Burghley

CCI4*, completing her second season

without a fault XC. She completed five

4* events (now 5*) in her career and

Burghley was a particularly good

hunting ground, where she finished

seventh in 2010 and third in 2011. But

her career highlight came at Kentucky

4* in 2011 which she won.

She retired shortly after Badminton

in 2015 where Mary withdrew after

dressage on finding that the mare was

not quite sound. They later found that

the mare had some arthritic changes. In

an interview with Horse & Hound, Mary

said: “She was the third horse I bred

out of Kings Mistress and when I started

jumping Kings Gem and Kings Fancy

they were really neat and organised

from the start. When I started jumping

Tess, she really couldn’t do it and I

thought, ‘What have I bred?’”

“But when she got to intermediate level

she started to learn to get high enough

and she went on to become really

confident. It’s amazing she did what she

did. Her two older sisters both reached

four-star, but she’s the one who won

one.”

Tess had a foal by Mednight Mahout

when she was four, who was bred with

the intention of being a suitable

teenager’s horse for Emily. Initially called

King Casper, he was later renamed

Everys King and competed with Mary

and then Emily until she went on to

bigger things, when he was sold on.

While competing, Tess has had five

embryo transfer offspring, who all stayed

with Mary — King Robert, now

competing with Mary at 4*, Kings

Ginger has reached 2*, and Kings Tilly,

who won the 5yo class at Much Marcle

last year, all by Chilli Morning; Kings

Rose by Grafenstolz and King Cyrus by

Future Gravitas. After her retirement from

competition she went on to have three

foals of her own, Kings Kizzy and Kings

Belief by Cevin Z, and this year’s foal,

King Vincent, by Van Gogh.

In a statement on her Facebook page,

Mary said, “I am absolutely devastated

to have lost her. I was so lucky to have

bred such a wonderful mare, who gave

so much to me and others through her

life to the end.”

“She has left me with a beautiful boy,

Vinnie,” continued Mary in the

statement. “He is by the stallion Van

Gogh whose Christian name was

Vincent … so King Vincent he is!” The

healthy colt has been paired up with a

foster mare in Warwickshire following a

plea on facebook. Our thoughts are with

the King family at this sad time.

Watch Mary King and Kings Temptress

complete their copybook round at

Kentucky 4* in 2011

https://youtu.be/FJaiD1OJSmQ

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Juswith

Genoa

We were sad to learn of the loss of Julia

Hodkin’s lovely mare, Juswith Genoa,

who was by the thoroughbred stallion,

Bohemond, also sire of the double

olympian, withcote Nellie. Her dam was

Just Gingerbread, by the HOYS

Champion Riding Horse, Carbrooke

Surprise.

Julia wrote in February: It is with the

deepest of sadness that in the sunshine

yesterday we had to let our Elite mare

Juswith Genoa go. At 32 years old she

had lived a long and healthy life until just

a few weeks ago. She was the

backbone of our stud. Her legacy is

immense. Juswith Genoa was only

15.2hh and did not have a competition

record, but as the mother of Olympic

Individual Silver medalist, WEG Gold

medalist and 3 times winner of the Land

Rover Kentucky 5*, Winsome Adante,

and full sister to Juswith Ginny, who is

competing at advanced level, she was

already proven when she arrived at

Future Sport Horses. She was twice

nominated for the Horse & Hound

Outstanding Mare award but was

pipped in the final.

She went on to produce Future

Gravitas, a Life Graded SHBGB stallion,

Life Approved AES stallion, and 2*

International eventer who got to the

National Dressage Championships;

Future Genie, a 3* International eventer;

Future Gravitie, now competing at Intermediate

in eventing; Future Glamour,

BEF Futurity National Champion Event

Foal, and Future Gold Digger, BEF Elite

Event Foal and multiple County Show

Champion. Her grand-children and

great grand-children include AES stallion

licensing Champion and Futurity

Champion Sire, Future Guilty Pleasure;

Double National Futurity Mare

Champion and In Hand Supreme Sport

Horse Champion at the National Hunter

Show, Future Class Act, and National

Futurity Eventing Champion, National

Futurity Overall Foal Champion, and

Elite Foals Registration Tour National

Eventing Champion, Future Classic

Pleasure HH.

Julia said “Her influence will live on

at Future Sport Horses through her

offspring. She was one hell of a mare

and we will be eternally grateful to her

breeder Marian Vaughan for selecting

us to become her owners 19 years ago,

and to her previous owners Chris and

Janet Gooch for allowing us to buy her

from them. We will miss her wonderful

personality and presence, but her

memory and legacy will be dearly

cherished”.

The foal with her in the photo is Future

Glamour who became the National BEF

Futurity Champion Event Foal.

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Full brother to the Advanced

Eventer The Classic Composer

By the British Eventing Breeding Young Horse

Champion Classic Primitive (68% TB)

British Eventing Winner as a 5 year old on his

dressage score

Grandson of the Champion of the 2002 Holstein

Licensing of Show Jumpers

Shares a paternal line with the 2016 Team GBR

Olympic Trial Winner & two time CCI4* winner

Chico Bella P

Used on a Burghley CCI5* mare

His dam was the highest ranked broodmare for

Dressage under the British Equestrian Federation

Futurity Rankings for Dressage

Sport Horse GB Graded stallion & WFFS negative

Winner and Champion at County Level In the Show

Ring on every outing as a 3 year old

Concessions to proven Evening mares

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The 2020 Stallion Event organised

by British Breeding and sponsored by

Baileys Horse Feeds in association with

Competition Stallions, was held again at

Addington on 8th February. With more

stallions than ever taking part, the event

allowed visitors to see some of the best

sport horse and pony stallions standing

in the UK. The stallions were showcased

in the main arena under saddle,

demonstrating their ability in their

discipline with sections dedicated to

dressage, show jumping and eventing.

Stallions could also be viewed in the two

stable blocks, enabling visitors to meet

the horses and their connections.

The doors opened at 9.30am and the

first stallions to be shown in the arena

were the eventers. The selection

presented offered a good choice to

breeders looking for a stallion with the

genetic talent to produce a top level

horse, without sacrificing temperament

and trainability.

Future Sport Horses presented three

young stallions, including the four year

old Future Guilty Pleasure, bred from the

damline of Olympic medallist, Winsome

Adante. Future Gravitas, by Grafenstolz,

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is a half brother to Winsome Adante and

has already proven himself competing at

CCI** in eventing and British Dressage

National Championships at medium

and elementary level. Also from the

stud were Future Prophecy, a 4 year old

thoroughbred by Power Blade and was

shown in hand, and Future Hepsilon, a

3 year old exciting prospect out of a

Heraldik mare.

Another stud with multiple stallions

forward was Catherston Stud from

Hampshire. Opposition Bombshell

is a homebred son of junior eventing

medallist Fleetwater Opposition out of

a Dutch Courage mare. He was joined

by his son Catherston Oakley, a 6 year

old who carries a second cross to Dutch

Courage through his damsire Dutch

Gold.

Catherston also presented Tiger Attack,

a very successful show horse who has

also started eventing. Their final stallion

was Timolin who showed the level of

his dressage training with clear tempi

changes under his usual eventing rider.

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One of the highlights in the eventing section

was Leprince Des Bois, the most successful

offspring of Yarlands Summer Song (x

Fleetwater Opposition) who was ranked in the

top ten stallions of the World Breeding

Federation for over ten years.

A direct eventing pedigree was evident in

Britannia Royal who is a son of the multiple

5 star winner Headley Britannia, ridden to

success in multiple championships by Lucinda

Fredericks.

The crowd-pleasing Big Star clearly enjoyed

his status in the showjumping section. His

natural ability shone through and, as a dual

Olympic gold medallist it is good to having

him standing in the UK.

Stallions AI brought several retired Grand Prix

stallions including Whin Whin a big framed

horse ideal for breeders looking to add size

and power to their mare. Je T’aime Flamenco

enjoyed a tremendous international career

with Billy Twomey who now competes his

talented son Kimba Flamenco.

Robert Whitaker riding Cavason Z

Cornets Pleasure WW combines the blood of

Cornet Obolensky x For Pleasure x

Nimmerdor. His dam is the full sister to Scott

Brash’s Hello Forever. One of the young

stallions that particularly caught the eye was

Klaris Giddy-Up, produced and bred by

Brendon Stud by the top Nations Cup and

championships performer Don VHP Z out

of their successful international mare Sussex

Caretino.

A stallion previously produced by

Brendon Stud was Greg Le Gear’s El Thuder,

looking very ridable on the flat and over

fences. Brendon Stud stand two further

stallions that where shown; the 5 year old

Pandito Merelsnest Z and the 22 year old

Caretino Glory, who demonstrated his great

ridability with a very young jockey.

Robert Whitaker brought two young stallions

– Cavaso Z and Vermento. The former is very

stamped by his damsire Darco and

demonstrated powerful and quick reactions.

Vermento, a son of Argento a consistent

Grand Prix performer for John Whitaker, looks

to have a huge amount of scope and is a very

interesting young prospect.

Britannia Royal - Son of the multiple 5 star winner Headley Britannia

The only coloured stallion in the jumping

section was Hazelwood Utah’s Romeo, a son

of John Whitaker’s old ride Utah van Erpekom.

Edobantos showed his great temperament with

a display that included interaction with the

crowd. He has competed BD and BE before

focusing on show jumping.

The final section of this day was dedicated to

dressage stallions and an excellent display

by international dressage rider Nikki Barker

and her Grand Prix ride, Durable (Spielberg x

Tango).

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This 17.2hh big boned stallion was a correct

stamp with a lovely temperament and is aimed

at making his international Grand Prix debut

in 2020.

Another stallion to catch the eye with more

advanced work was Caunton Manor Stud’s

Branduardi (Breitling W x Weltmeyer).

Already successful up to Inter 1, he is modern

in his frame with some thoroughbred blood

Oxfordshire based Don Dante (Dancier x

Salvano) has a good track record to Inter 1.

He demonstrated he is working towards

Grand Prix starting the piaffe and passage

work and showing nice clean two time

tempi changes. Catherston Stud brought four

stallions forward, with the truly dual purpose

Timolin (Totilas x Sion). After showing his

jumping ability in the eventing section,

Timolin came back out to showcase his

dressage talent. Already competing at

Inter 1, he showed his development towards

Grand Prix.

Ashwey Laurenzo

Woodlander Stud always bring a good

selection of stallions to this event and

Woodlander Double Bubble (Don Frederic

x Rousseau) and Wavavoom (Weltregent x

Longchamp) did not disappoint. Both are

now in training with Luis Principe who rode

them here. Double Bubble is only 6 this year

but is really catching the eye. A big powerful

horse, he is already showing talent for the

start of piaffe work demonstrating half steps.

Wavavoom is a really neat compact little

horse and with sons and grandsons licensing

in Germany he is proving to be a real flagship

for British breeding.

Luke Baber-Davies did an excellent job

professionally showcasing his team of three

young stallions both under saddle and in the

stable area. The 4 year old Versace (Vivaldi x

Davignon II) is stamped by his popular sire,

Vivaldi, and it is interesting to see a quality

son standing in the UK.

Philanderer

Warwickshire based FHS Diamond In The

Rough (Solitaire x Strong Gale xx) is an

interesting stallion who has moved from

eventing to dressage. His damsire was a

significant National Hunt sire and his sire is a

son of the legendary Voltaire. He won his

Area Festival at AM and is now competing at

PSG.

Throughout the day there was a good

selection of blood lines, ability and

performance records for British breeders to

choose from.

The whole day was a very useful

exercise for British breeders offering plenty of

food for thought with mixture of established

talent and some exciting young stallions to

watch out for. We look forward to another

great event in 2021.

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NEWS - BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY 2020

Virtual

Futurity

Ever since it became clear that the

coronavirus lockdown would continue

well into the summer season, we have

been working on a safe and fair

alternative assessment programme that

is accessible to all and that does not

compromise on the quality and detail

of the evaluation we have all come to

value in the Futurity. With restrictions on

international travel likely to continue, how

could we continue to provide the team

of internationally renowned evaluators

everybody has to come to expect? How

could we maintain social distancing while

still allowing everyone to interact, to

give our evaluators a chance to discuss

their observations, and to give you an

opportunity to get feedback and ask

questions?

The answer is by running an online

series. And so we are proud to present

our Virtual Futurity 2020, our first ever

complete online assessment.

Who can take part?

The virtual Futurity is a loose assessment on the flat, and open to all British

bred foals, yearlings,2,3 and 4yr olds, that are aimed at Dressage,

Showjumping, Eventing or Endurance. With the exception of Endurance,

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

some flat hard standing, and an arena or flat paddock (well grazed or

mowed) and get filming!

What do you need to do?

Our online entry system will open on 01 July 2020 and run for two months. This

means that if you have several horses you would like to enter, you can spread

them out a bit, making it more manageable for you. We are organising a

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

You will complete your online entry pretty much as normal. At the end of the

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

example videos on our website for you with some useful hints and tips to show

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

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

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

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

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

the grass is nice and short.

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Above all, please ensure you stay safe and

adhere to the government guidelines, avoiding

unnecessary travelling and maintaining social

distancing. We have designed this year’s

evaluation with that in mind!

The first section

The first section of videos will cover the part of

the assessment you normally complete with the

vet and nutritionist, as well as the conformation

assessment you normally complete in the

indoor school. For this, you need some hard

standing, and a straight bit long enough to

show as few steps of walk and trot. You will

show your youngster standing up and in hand

walking and trotting away from and towards

the camera.

The second section

The second section of videos will cover the walk, trot and canter

assessment you normally complete in the indoor school. We are not

able to support ridden assessments at the moment, so movement will

only be judged loose, which is why the age maximum is 4 years. In

order to comply with Government guidelines on safe activities, we

won’t be able to assess loose jumping this year.

For this part of the assessment, you will need to get some footage of

your youngster on both reins in all three gaits. Try and get as much

footage side on as possible, as this makes it easiest to assess.

For this part, you can use an arena if you have one available, but if

not, a flat paddock with short grass is equally fine. Think about the

practicalities of having to catch your youngster in a large field, and

choose one that is not too big, with good, safe fencing. Please avoid

anywhere with long grass or tall weeds (or get them mowed, first), as

this will obscure parts of the movement.

The walk is usually best

shown in hand, make

sure you take long and

active strides, as this

will encourage your

youngster to do the

same.

The trot can be shown

loose or in hand, or

you can opt for a

combination of the two.

The canter will need

to be shown loose. For

foals, you can either

let both mare and foal

loose, or you can take

them both to one side of

the arena or paddock,

hold on to the foal while

you move the mare away

to the other side, then let

the foal loose who will

then usually canter to join

his or her mother.

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

call away, so do not hesitate to get in touch!

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How does the Assessment work?

Your videos will be looked at by all evaluators, with the veterinarian and

nutritionist paying special attention to correctness and limbs, and the rest of the

team evaluating the topline conformation and gaits of your horse or pony, just like

in a normal futurity.

After looking at your videos individually, the evaluators will hold a weekly

conference call where they discuss and agree the profiles, feedback and marks

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

all of those observations down, and email you a full and detailed feedback pack,

including your linear scores, numerical marks and verbal feedback comments. At

the end of the season, you will receive a certificate and rosette in the post.

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

opportunity to book an online conference feedback slot, where you can speak to

the evaluators and ask any questions you may have.

We will produce a weekly highlights video with the best footage and positive

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

also upload any photos and descriptions to your online database profile.

We are also working with ClipMyHorse, who would normally be providing our

livestream, and they are offering you the opportunity to upload the best bits of

your videos to their platform, where they will market your foal to their global

audience.

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

further questions. Please watch out for more announcements, explanations and

examples on our website and social media. If you have any comments, thoughts,

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

Stud Services at Oakham Veterinary Hospital

New, purpose built stud barn with lab, semen collection

area, mare scanning facilities and large foaling/mare

and foal stables

Competitive pricing structure to minimise ‘per cycle’ costs

On site foaling facilities with 24 hour supervision provided

by an experienced and highly trained team specialising

in care of the new born foal

Embryo transfer and transported embryo service

BEVA approved practice for AI with fresh, chilled and

frozen semen

DEFRA approved semen collection and distribution

centre for walk in stallions

Close working relationships with agents representing

Europe’s leading dressage, showjumping and eventing

stallions

On site semen freezing service available year round

For more information please contact Matt Hecking, Stud Manager on:

01572 722647 or 07976 822903

matthew.hecking@oakhamvethospital.co.uk

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Supporting

our Breeders

The AES Introduces Special

Measures During the

Coronavirus Outbreak

Unprecedented challenges require

unprecedented measures, which is why

we are introducing a special ranges of

new services and support initiatives to

help you in these difficult times. These

include online mare and foal gradings,

a new prize fund for AES Futurity foals,

and a new initiative with Clip My Horse

to help you market your foals to an

international audience. To safeguard the

integrity of your DNA records, we have

also invested in a brand new laboratory

called AES Genetics, which will be

operational from this summer.

New £1950 AES Futurity

Prize Fund 2020

We recognise the big effort made by

every AES breeder who presents their

foal for Futurity evaluation. It’s great

news to see so many of them doing

exceptionally well, and we would like to

encourage everyone to take advantage

of this world leading opportunity to have

your foal assessed by a senior

veterinarian and independent,

international panel of evaluators.

Finnegan

This year, we want to celebrate your

achievements with a big thank you from

us. With the British Breeding Team

ensuring that there will be a Futurity

series this year, we are therefore

delighted to launch a great

opportunity of cash prizes for the top

AES foals in each of the three disciplines

of Showjumping, Dressage and Eventing.

The top scoring AES foal in each of these

disciplines will be awarded £500, the

second highest AES foal will be awarded

£100, and the third highest scoring AES

foal will receive £50. The winners will be

decided on 1st November 2020, and

to be eligible, you must have submitted

your passport application to our office.

To find out more, you can email Eva:

eva@angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk and

keep an eye on our and on the Futurity

facebook page. Good Luck to you all!

Online Gradings and Feedback

Sessions

It is important to us to be able to support

you as much as possible this summer with

mare gradings and feedback

opportunities for your foals and

youngstock while keeping everyone safe

by maintaining social distancing and

avoiding non-essential travel. We have

therefore developed an online

evaluation and personal feedback

process to provide you with the best

possible service under the

circumstances and to maintain safe

accessibility to important services even

for those most vulnerable during the

current coronavirus outbreak.

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To participate, simply enter your mare,

foal or youngster via the online entry

system on our website,

www.angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk.

For non-AES registered broodmares,

you will need to provide full identity

and pedigree information, which our

entry system will guide you through. You

will then be asked to submit a series of

videos.

Examples of each piece of video

footage that we need can be found

on our website, together with detailed

instructions. All you will need is a straight

section of hard standing (such as tarmac

or concrete) to stand your horse up and

walk and trot away from and towards

the camera, and either an arena or

mowed paddock (please avoid long

grass, as that makes it difficult to see the

movement) to show walk, trot and canter.

Broodmares without foal at foot and

older youngstock from 2 years of age

can also be filmed loose jumping,

provided this can be done safely. Please

don’t worry about video equipment, we

made sure that we trialled each section

of the evaluation using normal

smartphones to capture the footage.

Our team of evaluators will then review

the footage you sent in and will complete

a full linear score. We might have to

contact you if there are particular

sections we would like to see more of,

and we are always happy to support

you with further advice if you are

struggling to collate the right videos.

Once we have reviewed the footage

and discussed the scores, we will send

you your linear score sheets and verbal

feedback comments. We will also

arrange a zoom conference with you

where we can review the footage

together to explain our scoring and give

you the opportunity to ask questions.

The cost of evaluation will be £40 + vat

per entry. To find out more, contact Lucy

07772 572461 or Eva 07834194821.

We hope you will find this new system

helpful and look forward to receiving

your videos.

Market Your Foal

We know how difficult it is to sell foals

during the current climate, not only

because of the enormous economic

uncertainty, but also because of the

limitations imposed by social distancing

and lockdown measures, which make

it difficult to engage with our potential

buyers in the usual ways.

We therefore welcome a new initiative

by Clip My Horse, the Digital Foal

Summer 2020, which is available to

all AES breeders. All you need to do is

submit a video and further details via the

website: https://en.foals.clipmyhorse.tv

Of course you could use video

footage you already created for your

AES online assessment. If you would like

any advice with choosing the right

footage, we would be very happy to

discuss this during your zoom conference

call. Clip My Horse have a global

audience and wide reach, making this

an excellent opportunity for everyone.

AES Genetics

There is no denying that DNA records

and analysis hold enormous future

potential and have a lot to offer to us as

a studbook, as well as to you, our

breeders. We also feel that the

safeguarding and ownership of DNA

data are important topics that need to be

considered. We are therefore delighted

to announce the launch of our own DNA

testing service in our brand new

laboratory, which is going live this

summer, and which will be available to

our breeders for 2020 registrations. We

are very excited about the great future

potential of this new initiative, which

allows us to provide you with excellent

value for money support. We will start

by offering parentage verification and

WFFS testing, with further developments

planned.

www.angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk

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BHHS Elects a new Vice Chairman

The British Hanoverian Horse Society is

very pleased to welcome Judith Davis as

their new Vice Chair.

Judith who was elected by the BHHS

Committee following a unanimous

decision at the Annual General Meeting,

will join Chairman, Katy Holder-Vale to

lead the Society forward especially during

the difficult times ahead.

Judith started breeding in 2000 and chose

the Hanoverian breed as the foundation

for her stud due to the success and high

standards of the breed and society. Judith

has been a long standing member of the

BHHS and has been on the Committee for

at least 10 years. Judith was delighted to

be elected into the role and said that she..

“welcomes the opportunity to continue to

work alongside Katy and the rest of my

colleagues on the Committee on behalf

of all Hanoverian breeders in this country.

We are all putting British Breeding on

the map and we have an exciting future

ahead”

Chairman, Katy said..

“I have been Chairman of the BHHS for

9 years and feel it is time to share some

responsibilities. I am extremely pleased to

have Judith Davis who is an Internationally

acclaimed Hanoverian breeder be

elected to the Vice Chair.”

In 2019 the BHHS Mare of the Year was

awarded to Judith’s Hanoverian State

Premium mare World’s Finest. Judith said

“a very personal and special moment for

me was the award of Hanoverian mare of

the year to State Premium World’s Finest.

One of our original foundation mares

‘Wolfie’ is now the mother, grandmother

and great grandmother of some of our

top horses including Hawtins Floriana,

Hawtins Delicato, Hawtins Duchessa and

Hawtins San Floriana to name but a few.

In 2017 she was the Horse and Hound

outstanding mare of the year. At 25 years

young she still looks fantastic”.

www.hanoverian-gb.org.uk

bhhsuk@gmail.com

07479 366 046

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Now Offering:

Video

Grading/

Inspeccons

&

Foal

Assessments

The Briish Hanoverian and Rhineland Studbook accepts

mares and stallions from most major Studbooks

We are hoping to run our shows and performance tests

later in the year as normal and will also be carrying out

video grading/studbook inspeccons and foal assessments

Please email us for more

informaaon

bhhsuk@gmail.com

www.hanoverian-gb.org.uk

www.jegraham.co.uk

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

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

April AGM and our supreme championship ridden and breed show which was scheduled

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

thousands of equestrian events and shows that have now been cancelled or

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

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

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

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

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

thick and fast as we approach the busiest time of the year for breeders.

Sport Horse Breeding

of Great Britiain

To test or not to test

While many of our stud and stallion owners are reporting good numbers of visiting mares

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

One suspects however that in order to counteract what are bound to be more expensive

production costs many breeders and studs will be tightening belts and reducing their

own expenses wherever possible. One of the costs that often goes out of the window

when breeders feel the pinch is the cost of DNA testing, that is verifying the breeding and

bloodlines the of the foal. Whilst the cost of one DNA test could be considered negligible in

the lifetime of a horse understandably the cost of 10 or more can represent a decent saving

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

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

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

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

horses that are not fully verified and registered with the governing body of the Haras

Nationaux are not allowed to compete at any level above riding club level. No affiliated

competition. Simple. It is fully accepted that DNA testing is what you do.

Breeding unknown

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

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

DNA verification simply stacks up problems for the future of the horse and its future owner.

Just entering the breeding because you know what it is, is meaningless when it comes to

discipline registration for example. All horses that compete in young horse classes have

to have a DNA verified three-generation pedigree. Once the DNA testing is stopped the

breeding officially becomes unknown which is why, for example, many well-known

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

Meaning their breeders miss out and stallions miss out on what could have been a bigger

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

three-generation pedigree. Not DNA testing fillies means their future offspring or

grandchildren will have unknown breeding and be denied grading and that includes mare

grading. In order to be included in full stud books mares too have to have proven

three-generation parentage.

Beware bargain passports

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

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

of competition horses and most of us certainly want to know the breeding of competition

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

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

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

have other passport issuing organisations (PIOs) offering cheaper identity passports. These

non-studbook and breed societies are legally not allowed (re DEFRA minimum operating

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

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

passport in less than four weeks. It will be worth the wait.

Revised contact details

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

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

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

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

safe and please follow Government guidelines during this difficult time for everyone.

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Catchphrase’s full sister.

In 2019 the National Pony Society

launched a Performance Scheme to

celebrate the achievements of British

Riding Ponies both in sport and in the

show ring. Winners were invited to the

AGM held on 22nd February at the

Warwick Hilton hotel to be presented

with their prizes.

Thanks to the support of our wonderful

sponsors Derby House, all section

winners received vouchers and rugs, in

addition to rosettes and commemorative

certificates. The overall champion

was Rachel Bullock’s Stanley Grange

Overture, a 17 year old son of

Copybush Catchphrase out of Stanley

Grange Mayfair (Small-land Maytino)

bred by Mr Jerome Harforth. Stanley

Grange Overture has had a very

successful dressage career and won

this section on his way to winning the

overall title. Currently competing at

medium level he qualified for the Area

Festivals in 2019 having also gained

his qualifying points at Elementary

earlier in the season. In previous years

he has contested Winter and Summer

Regionals. Stanley Grange Mayfair also

Hightopps Jazz and Harriet Drewery – Show Pony section winners

Rachel Bullock being presented with her prizes by

NPS President Mr Rodger James and Studbook

Representative Miss Anneli Jones

producing the county level PBA and

show pony Stanley Grange City Lights

and Stanley Grange Nightshade

who competed in both affiliated and

unaffiliated dressage after a successful

career as a HOYS small hack. Mayfair

had a strongly Thoroughbred influenced

damline including HIS stalwart Kadir

Cup.

Copybush Catchphrase was the 1994

Supreme In Hand winner at Horse of the

Year Show and this family was in the

spotlight again in 2019 when another

British Riding Pony, Heronsmill Tiger Lily

took the same title. Tiger Lily is out of

Stanley Grange Overture

The in hand showing section champion

was Kayleigh Park Fernandes’ home

bred filly Parkholme Princess Louis

Roederer, a 3 year old by the Welsh

section B Flinora Bay Rum out of a

daughter of Elvet Challenger and then

the legendary Kilvington Scoundrel in

the next generation. The hard-fought

ridden showing section was won by

show hunter pony Hightopps Jazz

(Barkway Partytime out of Barkway

Spellbound by Orielton Aristocrat). He

was ridden by Harriet Drewery to many

successes in 2019 including qualifying

for Horse of the Year Show at our own

Summer Championship show.

In Hand Showing Section winner Kayleigh Park

Fernandes, owner/breeder of

Parkholme Princess Louis Roederer

Jazz’s full brother Hightopps Hugo is a

breeding stallion who was a champion

at Summer Champs as a 3 year old.

Their sire Barkway Partytime won the

NPS Stallion Points Awards from 2007

to 2009. With the show season at a

standstill, breeders will still be busy over

the coming months with the 2020 foal

crop arriving. This will see the return of

our Foal Friday feature on social media.

Send in a picture of your British Riding

Pony foal, pedigree details and also let

us know if the foal will be for sale and

every Friday we will feature one foal on

our popular FaceBook page. Send your

pictures to admin@nationalponysociety.

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Promoting excellence in Sports Pony breeding

for 20 years

Presenting some of the lovely foals

by SPSS graded stallions that have

already been born this year

With the current uncertainty affecting every aspect of our

lives, we’ve decided to follow the last issue’s photo report

on the successful SPSS passported ponies and horses born

in the first 20 years of the studbook with a look at some of

this year’s foals. We hope they become future SPSS stars

but in the meantime we know they will just make everyone

smile. You can find out more about all of the SPSS licensed

stallions on our website - and see more photos of their

progeny on their individual pages.

Left: Kitalpha Star by Killour Star. Bred by Lucy Cockrem and Claire

Thirlwell, this bay filly is the classic Connemara/TB cross and bred to

be an all rounder for Lucy. Her dam, Volitant (Ashkalani x Music Boy),

retired from breeding TBs in 2012 to live with Claire but mothered

everything she could - including Claire’s ponies and dogs, so came out

of retirement to produce a foal for Claire 2 years ago and now this filly

for Lucy. Photo: Lucy Cockrem

Below left: Words of Hope MPS by Wolken Von Blitz MPS. This jet

black filly’s stable name of Hope is both poignant and appropriate as

her home-bred sire sadly died from grass sickness last year aged only

4 and with just two mares in foal. Hope, who like her sire was bred

by Emily Cuthill, is just one day old in the photo and is out of Walinka

(Deniro x Weingau) who has previously had an Elite Auction foal by

Emily’s other stallion. Photo: Emily Cuthill

Below right: Treenhill Archimedes by Treenhill Aristotle.

Archimedes is the first foal by the multi stud book approved Anglo

Arab stallion Treenhill Aristotle. His dam, AES graded Imogen, is

by the German Olympic Reserve and 2016 Trakehner Stallion

of the Year, Imperio, out of Betty Barclay (Brentano II x

Weltmeyer). Breeder: Pemaneh Paddick. Photo: Michael

Paddick

2020 Events

Please look on

our website

for the latest

information

Sports Pony Studbook Society

(SPSS)


Top left: Henza Suzanna by Dark Knight.

Bred by Dark Knight’s owner, Diane Kilshaw,

this filly is an exciting cross between legendary sports pony bloodlines with

her dam, Sophie (Dressman x Black Boy) having been awarded the German

Elite & State Premium Mare accolades and Dark Knight being the full brother

to two of the top pony sires Der Feine Lord AT and Dance Star AT. Photo:

Diane Kilshaw

Top centre: Diamanté D’amour by Darosa D’amour. This bay filly, bred by

Jodie Shaw, is born to jump with her sire a successful 138cm jumping pony

and her dam, Lupaire, being by the showjumper Lupicor who is a son of the

Olympic showjumper Lux Z. Photo: Tilly Shaw

Top right: Wilf by Godrics Campeggio. Wilf was bred by Clare Hoermann who

bought his dam, Towerequine Mayqueen (Grafenstolz x Welton Crackerjack),

as a foal with the aim of eventing her but sadly she was injured last year, so

Clare put her in foal and chose Godrics Campeggio as she liked his athletic

light frame and hoping to “downsize” a little. Photo: Clare Hoermann

Right: MM Sweet Sensation by Woodlander Sir Gorgeous. The full sibling

of the 3 rd placed sports pony foal at the 2020 Elite Foals Final, this filly is out

of MM Sweet de Luxe (FS Champion de Luxe x Scampi) who is off to Canada

after weaning. Breeder: Naomi Maxted-Massey. Photo: Anne Høier

Left: Farleaze Lord Beauregarde by Farleaze Lord Prenwyn. This colt is the first

foal for Claire Moreton’s talented homebred Welsh Cob eventing pony and as his

dam, Violet Beauregarde (Captain Gerrard x Acclamation) is a ponysized

racehorse, he too has to be an exciting

eventing prospect. Photo: Claire Moreton

Left: Skelwith Love of Gold by Hilkens

Gold Card. With sire and dam, Hilkens

My Love (FS Don’t Worry x Arts-Dancer-

Boy), both being bred by the famous

Hilkens Stud, breeder, Elizabeth Launder,

has high hopes for this colt, who is just

3 days old in the photo. Photo: Emma

Launder

Bottom left: Barrowby Connemaras

(both by Kippure Lancelot). These two

pure-bred Connemara colts have yet to be

named by their breeder, Tom McManus.

The colt on the left is out of Cill Bhríd

Judy (Woodbrook Cognac x Ormond

Oliver) who is also the dam of the SPSS

licensed stallions Barrowby Lord D’Arcy

and Barrowby Thunder Rebel) Then, on

the right, this colt is out of Kirtle Maple

Leaf (Castle Gizmo x Sydserff Silver

Spruce). Photo: Frankie Hirst

www.sportpony.org.uk

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Trakehners UK

News April 2020

With the show season ahead of us still looking

very uncertain at the time of writing this article,

we hope that all breeders are safe and we look

forward to seeing your pure and part bred

Trakehner foals as the year progresses.

We are very much hoping the Futurity series will

be able to go ahead as planned and we are

pleased to be able to offer members the chance

to get their mares graded alongside the Futurity.

Our judges will be available at all Futurity venues

from 11th to the 17th August. We are also looking

into options for stallion grading, so if you have

a stallion or colt that you would like to present,

please get in contact so we know what numbers

we are dealing with.

Even if you don’t have a Trakehner mare, if you

are planning to put your mare in foal this year,

then Trakehner stallions can offer so much to your

breeding programme.

The Trakehner was once deemed unfashionable,

especially in the UK, but for many riders and

breeders, once they have first-hand experience

of this fantastic breed, they are converted.

Trakehners are the Thoroughbreds of warmblood

breeding. They are brave and athletic with

stamina, a powerful combination for the eventing

world.

Top performers include Windfall who was an

international performer at the highest level with

Darren Chiacchia and is now producing 5 star

eventers himself.

Many UK breeders will regonise Fleetwater

Opposition who was a junior eventing gold

medallist who went on to sire many top

performers, and whose bloodlines are still

available in today. Grafenstolz is now flying

up the world rankings for eventing sires. For

dressage breeders Gribaldi needs no introduction

as one of the most eminent modern sires and

famous names such as Caprimond and Consul

can be found in many pedigrees.

Trakehners were originally bred in East Prussia

destinated as cavalry horses that needed to

be faster and tougher than their counterparts.

Thoroughbred and Arabian stallions were used

to add refinement and blood. After the second

world war decimated numbers, the Trakehner

Verband was founded in Germany in 1947 to

preserve these extraordinary horses.

The Trakehner studbook has always valued the

mare lines, with offspring being named with the

initial of their dam’s name. Trakehner breeders

can tell you all the details of the motherline of

their stock before expanding on the achievements

of the sire.

As the breed was dispersed around Germany,

it’s stallions in particular have had a significant

impact on the other German studbooks when

used as a refining influence. They are sensitive

and want to work, and riders who channel this

find they have incredibly loyal and talented

partners. Add in their charm and beauty and it is

no wonder once you own a Trakehner you tend

to find you are hooked.

Currently one of the highest ranked horses in

world dressage is the beautiful mare TSF Dalera

BB (Easy Game x Handryk) who already has

world and European medals under her belt. The

Latimer son Erlentanz has international results

with both Charlotte DuJardin and his regular rider

Sonnar Murray Brown.

In Denmark the approved stallion Aston Martin

(Monteverdi x Sixtus) was earning world ranking

points at CDI 5 star shows just a few months ago.

In eventing the previously mentioned Windfall is

the sire of world top ten Tsetserleg and another

top 5 star horse in Vandiver. Primero, a Polish

bred Trakehner, is one of the highest ranked

eventers in Eastern Europe with a number of top 5

placings at 4 star level in 2019.

There are a number of British breeders who will

have stock for sale this year if you are looking for

your next competition partner.

If you would like any advice on using a Trakehner

stallion or sourcing a mare to add to your

breeding programme then please

get in contact.

www.trakehners.uk.com

Godington Trasimeno winning at Cherwell earlier in 2020

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Stallion Grading 2019

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Studbook - NEWS

This year we combined our stallion grading

with the British Hanoverian Society. We had

7 entries, two of which were eligible to be

licenced by both societies. Our judges were

Katy Holder-Vale (UK) and Jorn Wedermann

(Germany).

Six stallions were licenced by WBS-UK and

two for BHHS (pending performance testing.)

FURST SUMMER Champion Stallion by

Fürst Romancier / Sandro Hit / His Highness

bred by Fiona Coleman & jointly owned by

Victoria Moss this stallion licenced for both

societies. The judges described him as an

elegant, beautiful and modern type with very

elastic trot and canter.

General Impression: 7.50

Fantasie

MILESTONE ST.GILES Reserve Champion

Stallion by Millennium / Hohenstein /

Weltmeyer, owned and bred by Dinah

Lady of Shaftesbury again licenced for both

societies. A tall colt and although a little

immature the judges liked his elegance,

athleticism and good elastic paces.

General Impression: 7.50

Another four colts were licensed by the British

Warmblood studbook and these were:

FASIDE FURST REVOULUTION by

Furstenball / Rousseau / Saros xx, bred

by Vicki Sandison and owned by Carol

Soormally. Judges Comments: A compact

stallion, a little small but moved well with a

good walk.

General Impression: 7

Furst Summer

FIRST WORDS by For Romance /

Wavavoom / Del Amitri bred and owned by

Liz Ball. Judges Comments: Tall, handsome

good riding type with very good trot.

General Impression: 7.25

FIRE KRAKA by Fidertanz / Diamond Hit

/ Rubinstein. Purchased from Gamblethorpe

Hanoverians now owned by Clair Wyatt.

Judges Comments: A little small and

immature but shows great trot and power.

Good limbs.

General Impression: 7

FANTASIE a four year old by Flammengold

/ Fleetwood xx / Exit to Knowere xx,

bred and owned by Jo Gummer. Judges

Comments: Very nice correct type, good

elasticity in walk and trot.

General Impression 7.50

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NEWS - COVID UPDATE

Living With Lockdown

How the Equestrian Industry is dealing with the crisis

Along with the rest of the nation, the

equestrian community is learning to live

with ‘lockdown’. Thank goodness that

this extraordinary situation coincided

with an improvement in the weather, and

many of us will be counting ourselves

fortunate that we have space and horses

to help keep us sane.

There has been much uncertainty over

the past 6 weeks, and the initial well

intended advice did nothing to dispel

the fears of many for their businesses

and for equine wellbeing. In such

unprecedented circumstances, human

wellbeing was the priority, saving lives

and supporting the NHS, and action

had to be taken before it was possible to

assess the countless implications for so

many of us in so many walks of life.

But as organisations have explored the

directives and updated their guidelines

to professional members, a more

workable situation is now evolving.

The joint announcement by the Royal

College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

and the British Equine Veterinary

Association (BEVA) on 9 April updating

their guidance and allowing vets to

assess risk on a case by case basis,

came as a lifeline to so many breeders

worried about the care of their mares

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at this busy foaling time, and for the

essential stud work of inseminating mares

to continue the breeding programme.

The Farriers Registration Council and the

British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

have also provided their members with

guidance to ensure this vital work can

continue.

The British Equestrian Trade Association

(BETA) have been excellent, not only

keeping their members updated with the

latest advice and providing information

on financial support but also stepping in

with authority to lobby Government for

businesses to continue to work provided

they comply with current restrictions. The

Government’s Job Retention Scheme has

now opened its online portal to allow

businesses to claim for furloughed staff,

and the business support grant for those

eligible for Small Business Rate Relief

and those in the leisure and hospitality

industry, will help ease the pain for

some.

The British Breeding website has a

dedicated COVID-19 page and we

have gathered useful links to the key

organisations giving guidance that is

relevant to our industry. If you have not

already checked out the Government,

veterinary and equestrian governing

body’s advice, this is the place to start.

The page is updated regularly with

any new directives, including a link to

the latest from the British Horseracing

Authority, who are at the forefront of

planning the resumption of racing, thus

paving the way for other equestrian

sports.

The message throughout is clearly

that this is not ‘Business as usual’, but

business carried out in line with the latest

government advice to employers and

businesses, is still possible.

As we look forward, it is hard to predict

when the restrictions might be lifted.

The British Horseracing Authority are

planning a phased resumption of racing

consistent with any gradual easing of

Government restrictions, and it is safe to

say that if racing can resume, then other

equestrian sports will follow, albeit in a

controlled way. The BEF have released

an update on the work going on behind

the scenes so that, when the day comes,

the equestrian world will be ready to go.

There are many considerations, but we

must all remain committed to adherence

to Government guidelines and keeping

everyone safe.

Rachael Holdsworth


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Hazel Offord

WG Stud

WG Stud, the home of stallions Silvester and Carthago Chicago, has installed its new on-site

collection unit, so all semen collections and evaluations can happen in house.

“It has been a godsend to have the unit at home so we can continue to supply semen to mare

owners through these difficult times. We are taking the lockdown very seriously, all teaching,

training and youngstock sales are temporarily suspended, and of course we would not be

travelling the stallions to a collection centre – so this has been a very positive move for us. It also

means we can react instantly to customers’ needs.” continues...

Silvester Foals

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“Both the stallions are enjoying the new

set up at home - we are blessed with the

stallions Silvester and his son, Carthago

Chicago - their easy temperament and

exceptional fertility has made the instant

switch over very easy.”

To assist with this Hazel has a strong

team of longstanding staff who she is

very proud of, “Many of my staff have

been here for over 20 years and are

highly skilled in all aspects of stud work

and so we always have a trained team

on hand – very useful if a customer’s

mare suddenly needs our stallions’

services!”

The latest BEVA guidance has been a

lifeline for the stud allowing them to

continue collecting and shipping semen

at this crucial time for breeders. The new

collection facility includes an onsite

laboratory for semen evaluation to

ensure quality before the chilled semen is

packaged and sent by next day special

delivery or courier to arrive ready for

insemination.

Hazel is confident that this new

in-house facility will streamline their

operation - with readily available semen

supply keeping life easy for both mare

owners and for the stud’s own breeding

program.

Hazel had previously bred her own

horses but with the arrival of Silvester

in 2006, WG Stud became a more

dynamic venture. “I was not actively

looking for a stallion at the time, but we

just happened to be visiting the yard

where he was for sale and immediately

fell for him. It was fate that we got to see

him, and the rest is history!”, says Hazel.

By 2009 he was champion show

jumping sire in the Futurity rankings,

and the following year he was reserve

champion eventing sire. “He is quite

unique in that he has achieved this

success across a range of disciplines,

proving his versatility”, adds Hazel, who

rode him herself in show jumping and

dressage before she paused to have her

own famiSilvester’s progeny are now out

competing successfully in showjumping

and eventing, with is first offspring now

at FEI 4* level.

Having established Silvester as a sire,

Hazel wanted to improve the line and

kept his son, Carthago Chicago, out of

Call Girl by Chicago. Out of Broadstone

Stud’s Daytona, a RIHS champion ridden

by Jo Bates, Call Girl was one of Hazel’s

foundation mares and is the dam of 4

Futurity Elite foals. Cathago Chicago

is now producing successful progeny,

including the champion showjumping

foal at both the 2017 and 2018 Futurity

Elite Foal Championships.

His offspring are now winning

consistently in county sport horse classes.

The stallions at WG Stud have superb

temperaments and are treated like

normal horses. “I finish my day sorting

out the stallions – it is a good way to

finish the day as they are such good

company. Under normal circumstances,

visitors are surprised that they are just

normal horses – but they have to be to

be part of our busy set up”, explains

Hazel.

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New lab Kit

As well as the stallions, there are over

40 horses on site at WG Stud, 18 of

which are used in Hazel’s busy training

establishment, plus the competition

liveries, mares and youngstock and a

busy saddlery shop.

The stud is currently home to 4 brood

mares, including one by Darco that has

showjumped to Foxhunter level and

produced 3 Futurity elite champion foals,


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and a Kuwait Beach mare who has

produced an elite eventer, Kuwait Silver

now in training with Coral Keen.

“We sell the majority of our foals

at weaning and they have such

trainable temperaments that they sell to

professional riders and amateurs alike.

Youngstock sales were going really well

before the lockdown, and we have 3

cracking new foals this year. We keep

some – I have two Darco colts at the

moment, one was a futurity champion

last year and we have just had his full

brother. I want to keep one as a stallion,

so will have to make a choice. It is

important to have the next generation

of stallions to keep improving the

lines”, explains Hazel. “I have always

liked working with stallions. Perhaps I

am lucky to have such lovely stallions

to work with but then that is not by

accident! My 11 year old daughter was

having lessons on Carthago Chicago

before the lockdown”.

In Vogue II

Chicago’s Darco

WG Stud has always been a supporter

of British breeding and especially the

Futurity Evaluations, with Silvester’s

progeny having been awarded 11 Elites

to date. Let’s hope their new venture will

help bring many more.

WG Stud

Tel. 07779 217 215

Tel. 01869 252224

www.wgstud.co.uk

Email. hazel.wgs@zen.co.uk

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Dietary Protein and its

importance to the Horse

Proteins are complex compounds,

made up of combinations of “building

block” amino acids, which are joined by

peptide bonds. It is thought that protein

makes up 15-19% of the total body mass

of the horse and is found in almost every

cell, with muscle containing the largest

concentration. Protein can be found in

various forms and has many roles in the

body which can be loosely grouped into

the following classes by function:

Essential vs Non-Essential

There are 21 identified amino

acids, of which all but 10 can be

synthesised in the horse’s body

from the conversion of one amino

acid to another, through a process

called transamination which takes

place in the liver. These amino acids

are termed non-essential or

dispensable. The remaining 10

amino acids are known as essential

• Structural (eg. muscle, skin, hair and connective tissue as well as

the contractile proteins, actin and myosin)

• Transport – in the blood stream (eg. haemoglobin) and across

all cell membranes

• Regulation of metabolic function (eg. enzymes, hormones)

• Defence (eg. immunoglobulins/antibodies)

• As a buffer to minimise fluctuations in body pH

Although a certain amount of energy

can be derived from excess dietary

protein and some amino acids, this

generally only happens in abnormal

circumstances, such as starvation,

when tissue protein is used as a source

of energy. While in some cells, amino

acids are important energy stores, their

metabolism to usable energy is inefficient

so protein is not an important source of

energy, for the horse, overall.

or indispensable amino acids and

must be provided in the diet, as they

cannot be synthesised by the horse

itself or synthesis is insufficient to meet

requirements.

The 10 amino acids essential for the

horse are lysine, methionine, threonine,

valine, leucine, isoleucine, arginine,

tryptophan, histidine and phenylalanine.

Balancers supply protein, along with vitamins and

minerals but no calories, and are ideal for ensuring

optimum intake is maintained

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Protein Digestion

The process of digestion essentially frees

amino acids from dietary protein. It

begins in the stomach with the release of

hydrochloric acid (HCl) and the inactive

enzyme, pepsinogen, which is activated

by HCl to pepsin. Pepsin breaks down

protein bonds, creating shorter chains

of amino acids and some free amino

acids, which then empty into the small

intestine where they are broken down

further into smaller fragments (peptides)

by proteolytic enzymes, secreted by the

pancreas, into the duodenum.

Protein requirements increase with workload

Further digestion occurs along the small

intestine where the end products are

absorbed and amino acids are then

transported in the blood to the liver.

The liver plays an important role in

monitoring the amino acid levels and

adjusting rates of metabolism to suit

the body’s requirements. As mentioned

previously, non-essential amino acids

can be formed in the liver, while waste

nitrogen from excess amino acids

is removed as ammonia, which is

converted to urea and excreted, via the

kidneys, in urine.

Protein Quality

The quality of protein is often determined

by its digestibility and the proportion of

essential amino acids present relative to

its total protein content. Although there

are lots of ingredients which supply

protein, when it comes to appropriate

sources for the horse, quality is more

important than quantity.

In the horse’s body, lysine is what is

known as the “first limiting amino acid”,

which means that protein can only be

utilised in accordance with the levels of

lysine present and any deficiencies in this

amino acid will impair protein synthesis.

As such, lysine rich feedstuffs would be

considered higher quality and more

suited to the horse as protein sources

yet many plant protein sources supply

too little of one or more of the essential

amino acids.

Cereal Protein

Cereals themselves, for example, are a

poor source of protein but their byproducts,

like distillers’ grains, supply

more concentrated levels, though their

amino acid composition will still be

poor. Alfalfa, alfalfa meal, grass meal,

peas and soya beans are all common

feed ingredients, which come under

the umbrella of forages or legumes.

Legumes, such as alfalfa, peas and

beans, typically have good crude

protein levels (generally exceeding 14%

dry matter), while grasses are typically

lower in crude protein in comparison.

The crude protein content of grass varies

depending on the stage of growth and is

usually at its highest when the plant is in

a vegetative stage and lowest when in a

late stage of maturity. Well maintained

pasture can contain as much as 14-20%

crude protein, on a dry matter basis,

during growing season, so any equines

whose forage (grass, hay, haylage) is

restricted to control calorie intake, will

be missing out and need additional

protein sources in the form of alfalfa

or an appropriate compound feed or

balancer.

Protein Rich

Soya beans are common in horse

feed due to their desirable amino acid

content. When oil is extracted, the meal

that remains is high in protein and soya

bean meal is the richest plant source of

protein and lysine available for use in

the UK. Raw soya beans contain what

are known as “anti-nutritional factors”

which must be inactivated during the

feed manufacturing process. To achieve

this, heating (micronising) or extruding is

essential, yet too much heat can damage

the protein and reduce amino acid

availability.

Other seed meals, like sunflower, are

also high in protein but these are

comparatively lower in lysine, making

them less desirable for the horse. If

these protein sources are used or, if the

nature of the product restricts the use of

more suitable protein sources, it may be

necessary to balance the amino acid

profile using an amino acid additive

in a feed’s formulation. Manufacturers

have access to feed-grade sources of

several individual amino acids, which

can be synthesised in either the D or

L form, (variations of the molecule’s

configuration) so you may see ‘L-Lysine’

listed as a feed ingredient, meaning

lysine has been added.

Milk Powder

Milk protein is considered a high quality

protein source due to its amino acid

profile and its high digestibility. The

protein in mare’s milk declines over the

course of lactation and, once the foal

reaches 2 to 3 months of age, most

of its dietary protein will be derived

from other sources. Creep feeds and

weanling diets may contain milk proteins

to help the youngsters’ transition to

plant-based sources. Milk powder is

rarely used as the main protein source

for adult horses as, unless a milk-based

diet is maintained from weaning, lactose

enzyme activity is lost so excessive

amounts in the diet may lead to digestive

upset, such as diarrhoea.

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Supplements containing individual

amino acids or a combination of amino

acids are increasingly available but,

as with so many supplements, should

not be necessary if the base diet is fully

balanced to supply optimum levels

of quality nutrients, including protein.

Choosing a good quality compound

feed or balancer and feeding it at

recommended levels for bodyweight and

workload will supply a range of nutrients

in the correct ratios and at optimum

levels, whilst supplementing, often with

single nutrients, can upset the balance

and even have negative effects.

The protein level in mare’s milk declines over the course

of lactation. Creep feeds may contain milk proteins to

help the youngster’s transition to plant-based sources

How much?

Apart from lysine, individual amino acid

requirements are not known for the horse

so a balanced diet has to be formulated

using protein and lysine levels. The

“crude protein” level is the only

indication required by law to declare on

feed labels but, as this doesn’t provide

an indication of protein quality, owners

should look for ingredients which provide

a good amino acid profile and which

also have to be declared in descending

order of inclusion. The presence of soya

bean meal, or any other ingredients

mentioned above, gives an indication

that the feed should provide adequate

quality of protein.

With regard to the right levels of

protein for the equine diet, this may

vary depending on factors such as, the

horse’s age, reproductive status and

work level. Protein plays a key role in

muscle, connective tissue and metabolic

functions (enzymes, hormones), all of

which may be increased for growing

youngstock, breeding stock, and those

in work. Protein levels within feed

are typically based on the National

Research Councils (NRC) Nutrient

Requirements of Horses (2007), which

provide guidelines on minimum levels to

aim for in the ration.

As an example, an adult horse at

maintenance would require a minimum

of 630g of crude protein per day,

which would equate to 6.3% total,

based on a dry matter intake of 10kg

(2% of bodyweight) per day. Since

nutrient availability and digestibility can

vary, reputable feed manufacturers will

formulate to supply in the region of 8%

protein in a ration, in order to ensure the

horse receives optimum levels. Protein

cannot be stored by the body, however,

so feeding excessively above required

levels, particularly if the quality is poor,

offers no advantage to the horse as it

has to be excreted through a process

that uses energy.

Protein Digestion

Feeding the Right Amount

As all feed companies are working to

the same requirements (those of the

horse!), a good first step is to ensure that

your current feed is suited to your horse

and his/her requirements. For example,

if he is in light work, ensure the feed is

designed for this - as some nutritional

requirements increase with workload,

most feeds will state the intended

workload. Likewise, if you have a

growing youngster, a stud specific feed

will generally be more appropriate.

Secondly ensure that he/she is receiving

the recommended amount for their

size and workload - if you are feeding

significantly less, it may be worth

considering moving down a step to a

lower calorie/energy feed. If you are

feeding a suitable feed at the correct

rates and feeding average forage

(grass/hay/haylage), it is likely that you

will be meeting minimum protein and

lysine requirements.

Soya is the richest plant source of protein,

and lysine, available in the UK.

In addition to this using a muscle

assessment, similar to Body Condition

Scoring, is another way to get an idea

of whether you are meeting quality

protein requirements, however, muscle

development is not only a reflection of

providing the correct building blocks in

the diet but also of appropriate training

and exercise. If you have any concerns,

you should contact your feed company

who would be happy to advise.

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Di Lampard

Images courtesy British Showjumping

European Champs team last year where GB qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games by taking Team

Bronze. Image is Scott Brash, Di Lampard, Amanda Derbyshire, Holly Smith and Ben Maher.

World Class Performance Manager

for Showjumping, Di Lampard, would

typically be travelling the international

show circuit at this time of year.

However, at the time of writing, Di is

currently in lockdown at her Spring Farm

home in Oakham, Rutland as a result of

the Covid-19 pandemic.

Depsite the sport closure and everyone

in lockdown, she is incredibly busy

keeping in touch with all stakeholders

from riders through to much valued

owners and grooms. “Like everyone else,

we are dealing with the unknown so it’s

important that we check in and keep

moral and motivation boosted. Within

the World Class Programme we are

continually refining and double checking

process ready for when we back to

normality”says Di.

This has however given Di the

opportunity to follow the progress of

her small breeding operation.“I’m not

a professional breeder – I’ve only bred

about 10 horses in my life,” said Di,

who delights in watching two recipient

mares and foals in a field at the side of

the house – “They’re growing & showing

their characteristics so quickly it’s so nice

to watch”.

Di’s home-bred Ruby VIII, an

international winner with Louise Whitaker

and Holly Smith, with bloodlines of sire

Balou Du Rouet and Adieu Z dam Equity

– successfully competed at International

level by Di – is the mainstay using

Embryo Transfer. Nick Skelton’s Rio 2016

hero Big Star was the first choice. “He

complemented Ruby with substance,

bone, stride, scope and temperament,”

assessed Di. “The colt was purchased

by Old Lodge Stud and they update

me with his progress. So far he looks to

be ticking all the boxes” said Di. “I use

recipient mares from Twemlows Stud and

I took their professional advice on which

mares to use & hired three this year.

My local Oakham Veterinary Hospital

did the stud work and transported the

embryo to Twemlows for insemination

into the recipient mare (Classic). When

scanned in foal with a heartbeat at four

weeks she came to us to foal.”

Di with current Individual Gold medallist and

London 2012 Team Gold medallist Nick Skelton

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Classic has stayed at Spring Farm

recently giving birth to her second foal

a Conthargos x Ruby colt. “The foal is

similar in looks, size and stamp to the Big

Star foal of last year.”

“The mares are all good types with

super temperaments and look after their

foals well,” said Di, who asked Billy

Stud breeder and showjumper William

Funnell for advice. “William knows

Ruby well and has so much breeding

experience; he suggested Conthargos. I

also talked to Paul Schockemohle – who

stands Conthargos at stud –he agreed

wholeheartedly with William”

The first foal this year was by Rolf-Goran

Bengtsson’s world class ride Casall.

“Again, I thought he’d complement Ruby

and the longevity of his top level career

is amazing”. Di’s first foray into breeding

goes back to Miss M, a mare she

competed in the early 1980’s , resulting

in Master Bob.

“I used the Thoroughbred stallion Bridge

of Sighs through the H.I.S. scheme when

they used to travel the stallions. With one

covering Bingo! Riding the progeny of a

mare you have previously competed has

a feeling of déjà vu. “I was competing

Miss M and Master Bob in the same

International classes and that was very

rewarding as you can feel the similarities

in their progeny and you fully appreciate

their ways and actions. More credit

should be given to mares – as I believe

70% comes from the mare.”

Another mare Di jumped to success

is Ruby’s dam Equity.“Dietmar

(Ackermann, Di’s husband) liked Balou

Du Rouet for his movement, elasticity and

blood, so even though he wasn’t proven

at the time Internationally, we took a

chance,” said Di, who bred another four

from Equity using Parco, Argentinus,

Landlord and Coronado.

“Parco wasn’t a great cross as he was

short-legged like Equity and neither

was Argentinus. The majority have gone

eventing with good homes the priority.”

Ruby returned to Spring Farm from Louise

Whitaker for her first ET and stayed. “I

was coaching Holly Smith and it made

sense to coach Ruby as well – and I get

to ride her when home,” said Di, who

has a third recipient, yet to foal. “Ruby

incurred a small injury at Dublin show so

we now have a Big Star embryo due in

August – and we’re hoping for a filly this

time.”

Demanding commitments as

Performance Manager meant Di closed

the Spring Farm training facilities. “If I

hadn’t got the land and the right mare,

I wouldn’t be breeding but wanted to

do something with the place. Looking

forward we all need to help our British

riders & produce the very best we can”

Nicky Williams, my yard manager, is

fantastically patient with the foals; they’re

handled well and by five weeks old they

pick their feet up and cross over like

showjumpers!”

I’ve got over the disappointment of the

Olympic postponement and it will be a

totally different Games in 2021 – we’re

all a year older, horses as well. New

partnerships will come into selection &

the option to purchase new horses will

be a massive opportunity for all Nations.

We all need to be patient, stay focused

on our horse’s wellbeing & be ready to

start building the competitions up again

carefully when we can. – but I know

we’ve still got a great chance with our

quality of riders, horses & supportive

owners.”

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Damsire is the famous showjumping sire Argentan I whose offspring includes Aramis

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and European Championships), All Star 5, Thunder

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• His granddam is full sister to Heraldik, the world no 1

international eventing sire for ten consecutive years

• 70%+ TB blood, stunning good looks, with rhythmical

paces and a bold, athletic jump;

• Super calm, trainable, polite temperament which he is

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• Exceptional fertility, with a very high rate of conceptions

to first inseminations, chilled and frozen AI;

• Producing very smart foals - Classictop Britannic was

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• Foals already being awarded Gold at the Futurity Young

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Feature - ARTICLE

Je T’Aime Flamenco, one of many British based stallions standing at stud this year.

Breeding in

2020 By Sacha Shaw

As the foal crop of 2020 emerges into

the world, breeders are left in a difficult

position with many questions on their

minds about the future. Breeders are

asking themselves ‘Can I afford to run on

my animals that make up my breeding

herd until demand picks up? How many

mares should I put in foal while the future

market is uncertain?’

Regardless of whether your business

plan is to sell all your stock as foals, or

run them on till they are under saddle,

the effects of an economic downturn will

be felt across all sectors of the breeding

industry. Of more immediate impact

is the availability of semen, access

to veterinary services and the ability

to transport mares. At present semen

coming in as freight from mainland

Europe is unaffected, and many large

studs and stallion centres in the UK are

also able to have in place the protocols

needed to continue to collect and

ship. These centres may also able to

take in mares for foaling, to scan and

inseminate.

The terrible situation the world finds itself

in should also be a time for all breeders,

large or small, to look at their reasons for

breeding. It costs just as much money to

breed a bad horse as a good one, and

it is hoped we don’t see inexperienced

breeders choosing to put a mare in foal

as they have no other job for her, when

the mare is not a good candidate.

If you are wanting to breed for dress

age, as a basis you are looking for

an athlete with powerful yet elastic

movement and sufficient correctness

to ensure they can stay sound to do

the job. Then limbs are the foundation

of the horse so they are important too.

The same can be said for the jumpers,

replacing the elastic movement with

scope and jumping technique. And

eventers cannot lose the bravery and

ability to cover the ground. For all these

disciplines, soundness combined with

ability and a trainable temperament are

fundamental aims of any breeder.

If the mare is a good enough candidate

then the job of choosing the right stallion

begins. Stallion grading is a benchmark

for young unproven stallions to help

mare owners make decisions over

suitability. An older stallion that is proven

in sport has shown he can cope with the

stresses of travel, training and of course

competing. Hopefully he will also stock

on the ground so the mare owner can

assess his merit as a producer.

Clements Equine in Suffolk is one of many major

centres able to offer breeding services this year.

A mare or stallion with a bad

temperament should never be used for

breeding.

There is little advantage to be gained

by using a cheaper, ungraded stallion

when the stud fee is only a small part of

the cost of getting a healthy foal on the

floor. Even if a breeder wishes to only

produce a single foal for their own use

and enjoyment, the future uncertainty we

all face from the global pandemic means

every breeding needs to be a measured

and thoughtful decision. Every foal born

must be bred with soundness, ridability

and ability in mind, so there is a market

for that foal in a worse case scenario.

We wish all breeders the best and look

forward to hearing about both this year’s

and future foal crops.

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Feature - STALLION PROFILE

Cevin Z

Cevin Z is without doubt among the

most proven stallions standing in the UK

today, with countless sons and daughters

competing successfully at national

and international level, the striking

powerhouse that is Cevin Z has been

a fundamental part of the Billy Stud’s

success story, not only in his own right,

but also as the sire of many the stud’s

most successful performance horses,

including the flagship stallion Billy

Mexico.

As we see so often with Zangersheide,

Cevin Z is a product of combining

some of the best elements in German

and French performance line breeding

by combining on both sides two of the

most important stallions in the history

of showjumping, the famous Capitol I

and the legendary Cor de la Bryere.

Where it is used at its best, line breeding

allows us to consolidate some of the

best genetic material from a stallion’s

back pedigree, and Cevin Z’s record as

a stallion certainly proves the validity of

this strategy.

Billy Tudor

Behind that, however, comes an

interesting motherline. The dam of Cevin

Z, Larthago, is from the Holstein family

8749 and was a successful international

showjumper in her own right, winning a

major class at HOYS in 2003 and the

CSI-A CH10 Rotterdam at 1.45m. She

combined her success as a sport horse

with an outstanding and prolific breeding

record, counting 5 licensed stallions

and 3 international horses competing

at 1.50m and above. Among her most

famous offspring we also count the

Heartbreaker son Harley VDL.

Before focusing entirely on stud duties,

Cevin Z had a successful competition

career of his own, starting off as one of

the most consistent 6 year olds in the

country in 2003 achieving 4th place

in the Foxhunter Championships at the

Horse of the Year Show. His international

winnings totalled £8000.00 when

competing at Lisbon, Chantilly and

Vimeiro in 2007, with UK wins at

both The Surrey County and New

Forest Shows. What makes this stallion

particularly interesting is his proven track

record as a sire both in showjumping

and eventing. In 2018, Cevin Z featured

at the top end of all categories in the

British Showjumping and British Eventing

sire rankings, and in 2019 he ranked

at 3rd in the overall BS rankings and

2nd in sires of 4-6yr olds. As the sire of

Billy Mexico, his influence carries on

in the next generation in international

events such as Billy Walk On and Billy

Champagne.

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Billy Diamo - Had a fantastic career as a

young horse which has now carried him

through to the top level of the sport. Has

was 3rd in the 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix

of Royal Windsor 5* and jumped his

first 5* Nations Cup in St Gallen 2019.

Dam: Annagroff (x Andiamo)

Billy The Biz - Was the winner of

Tattersalls CCI4* Horse Trials and

competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic

games with Pippa Funnell for Team GB

eventing. Dam: Little Miss Prim

(x Coevers)

Billy Mexico - Is an elite graded stallion

who started his competitive career with

William Funnell. He was successful in the

UK. He is now competing in the US with

rider, Vani Khosla. Dam: Bidorette

(x Le Mexico).

Billy Tudor - He was joint winner

of the 4 year old Championship at

The All England Jumping Course at

Hickstead. He was equal first in the 5

year old classes at the Welsh Masters.

He qualified for the Big Star National

6 Year Old Championship. He was

clear everyday in the 6 year old

championship at Hartpury. He has since

been sold to Bourne Hill Stables and

ridden by Jane Annett he has progressed

to 1.45 World Ranking Grand Prix.

Tudor, who is a licenced stallion in

the UK by the AES, has the same

unbelievable technique and careful jump

as his sire, as well as his great brain and

trainable attitude. Billy Tudor is out of

the same dam, Annagroff, by Andiamo

out of a Burggraaf mare, as Billy Diamo

and is a nephew of Billy Birr who jumped

and the 2010 World equestrian games

in Kentucky.


Feature - STALLION PROFILE

Billy Balou - Won both the

Newcomers and Foxhunter finals

at The Horse of the Year Show with

William and Pippa Funnell.

Dam: Bearveck (x Vechta).

Billy Lemon - Ridden by Alice Watson

was the winner of the prestigious Tom

Hudson trophy at Hickstead 2015

and has won numerous 1.45m World

Ranking classes. Dam: Lemmon (x

Andretti XX).

Cevin Z is owned by The Billy Stud

and stands at West Kington Stud,

owned by Tim and Jane

Holderness-Roddam.

www.westkingtonstud.co.uk

tel. 01249 782050

manager@westkingtonstud.co.uk

Cevin Z

Coriall Z

Larthago

Pippa Funnell and Billy The Bizz

Cor de la Bryer

Vera II

Carthago Z

Daisy IV

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Capitol I

Perra

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Article - VET INSIGHT

Decision Making

…and the options available

The decision to breed a foal from a mare

is only the first step in a multifaceted

journey and the following should be

considered.

• Type and level of horse to be breed

and which stallion to use

• Timing - Ideally breed during

the peak fertility months May -

August. Futurity Equine Bridge

or commercial foal sales may

necessitate earlier breeding. To start

pre-April, an artificial lights regime

must be implemented from early

December to ensure the mare is

cycling in time.

• Competition schedules - often

determine the availability of a mare

or stallion.

• Accurately document the mare’s

previous breeding history; this can

influence breeding plans.

Depending on the requirements of the

stud or clinic being used, the mare will

need: health check, pre-breeding tests

and possibly vaccinations. A high health

status and disease control is important

to ensure all visiting mares to a Stud/

Vet Clinic are free from any contagious

or infectious disease and up to date with

Flu/Tetanus vaccinations. Mares should

also be certified free from Contagious

equine metritis (CEM) and Equine viral

arteritis (EVA) for the current year,

and have negative results for Equine

infectious anaemia (EIA) and Strangles

within 30days of arrival at the Stud or

Vet Clinic.

Natural Covering (NC) is the cheapest

method available to breeders and is

the only method permitted in certain

industries i.e. thoroughbred racehorses.

Many sport horse stallions are not

available for natural cover due to

increased risk of disease transmission

and injury. NC may not suit all mares

as there is less control over a number of

variables.

Artificial Insemination (AI) - allows

a wider Stallion choice and a more

controlled approach to breeding. Frozen

semen can be used from deceased

stallions; chilled & frozen semen can be

used from stallions located all over the

world. The process involves ultrasound

examinations of the mare’s ovaries

and uterus, ovulation induction, semen

shipping, and correct insemination

timing.

AI can allow mares to remain at home

as the semen comes to them. In best

practice mares using frozen semen or

mares that are tricky to get in foal should

visit the clinic for AI to achieve the best

possible outcome. If AI is performed at

home, it is best to invest in a simple set of

examination stocks for the safety of the

mare and attending vet.

AI allows semen to be assessed & semen

quality can be improved by trying

different extenders. The inseminating

volume can be lowered with mares that

may react badly to AI but sometimes

these factors can be out of the

inseminating vet’s control.

AI eliminates the risk of injury associated

with natural covering and also reduces

venereal disease transmission. However,

there are limiting factors, e.g. failed

semen delivery or poor shipped semen

quality.

Embryo Transfer (ET) can be useful for

competing mares, valuable mares (to

avoid the foaling risk), optimise genetics

and make it possible to have multiple

foals on the ground in one year. Mares

who struggle to retain a foetus or have

a history of early pregnancy loss are

good candidates for ET. Mares requiring

long-term medication unsuitable for use

during pregnancy or with behavioural

issues may also be good candidates. ET

is more complicated and needs careful

planning in order to ensure good results.

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Article - VET INSIGHT

The donor mare is inseminated and just

over a week later her uterus is flushed

with an embryo flushing media. The

fluid is searched for an embryo in a

pre-prepared laboratory. Hygiene

and embryo preservation are the most

important considerations. The embryo is

then frozen or transferred into a suitable,

pre-synchronised recipient mare.

The recipient may be located where

the donor is flushed or the embryo

can be chilled and transported to a

recipient herd elsewhere. It is possible to

synchronise only one recipient per donor

ovulation, but it is strongly advisable

to synchronise 2-3 recipient mares per

possible embryo, as the synchrony

process is not failsafe. Sometimes it is

not possible to synchronise a recipient

for a particular donor cycle due to the

following:

• Timing/asymmetric response to

drugs given.

• Recipient having an undesirable

uterus on the day of transfer,

therefore a second recipient is

needed.

Successful synchronisation requires

skilled veterinary expertise, regular

scanning of both donor and recipients

and a high level of communication

between the vets scanning the donor

& recipients. The synchrony process

should start as soon as the donor is first

scanned - drugs such as prostaglandins/

ovulation induction agents should never

be given to the donor before checking

that the recipient synchrony is on track.

It is a wasted investment producing an

embryo without a suitable recipient’s

uterus to transfer to. The perfect recipient

requires:

• Manageable temperament

• Similar size to donor

• Healthy – including up to date

vaccinations and worming

• Reproductively sound

On going care of the recipient is

essential throughout the pregnancy and

nursing as with any broodmare. Regular

scanning of the pregnancy ensures all is

progressing to plan and no veterinary

intervention is required.

The risks of AI and ET are mainly with

the known risk of a potentially fatal

rectal tear during rectal examination

and scanning. This risk is minimised

by competent reproduction vets and

their use of sedative drugs and rectal

relaxant drugs if necessary as well as

ensuring rectal examinations are carried

out in stocks. Whilst ET is successful in

many candidates, some mares are more

complex and may require a different

approach to secure a pregnancy. Other

methods can include:

Ovum Pick Up (OPU) &

Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

(ICSI): In a natural pregnancy the

oocyte (released from the ovary during

ovulation) is fertilised by a sperm in

the oviduct, then the resultant embryo

drops into the uterus. In mares who

suffer with chronic uterus problems or

an oviduct abnormality, OPU/ICSI is

a good option. OPU is done at a clinic

were the mare is sedated and involves

oocytes being retrieved directly from the

ovaries. The oocytes are then sent to an

ICSI lab where they undergo a specialist

IVF procedure involving a single sperm

being injected into the oocyte followed

by a period of embryo development. The

embryo can be frozen for transfer at a

later date, or transferred directly into a

recipient.

The donor is scanned prior to OPU to

ensure she has at least 15 follicles across

both ovaries. The procedure involves a

trans-vaginal scanning method to access

the ovaries and aspirate each viable

follicle to recover an oocyte. The oocyte

recovery rate per follicle is around 50-

60% and usually requires 6-8 oocytes

to successfully produce an embryo using

ICSI. It may not be possible to secure

an an embryo from each OPU session,

it is important to factor in around 2 OPU

sessions (repeatable at 2 week intervals)

for each embryo you want to achieve.

OPU doesn’t require multiple scanning

sessions or AI & Uterine Flushings, but

instead a quick day-case procedure.

Many deceased stallions with limited

stores of frozen semen are now only

available for ICSI produced breedings.

OPU/ICSI can also be performed on

a mare immediately post mortem - if

a valuable mare dies unexpectedly

and the owner wishes to preserve her

bloodlines, then provided the oocytes

are retrieved immediately, it is possible to

produce embryos in the lab.

Cloning is becoming a much more

viable option in terms of success rates,

availability and cost. To clone a horse,

stem cells need to be harvested from the

donor using a simple, minimally invasive

procedure under sedation. These stem

cells are processed in a specialist lab to

produce viable cell lines suitable for use

in the cloning process. These cell lines

can be frozen for use at a later date or

sent immediately to a cloning laboratory

to undergo the cloning process to

produce an embryo. This embryo is then

transferred to a recipient.

Cost is always an important

consideration. It is difficult to accurately

quote since the breeding process for

each horse is different. However it is

useful to assess different sections:

pre-breeding testing, stallion costs,

embryo production, pregnancy

production, pregnancy maintenance,

and foaling. Pre-Breeding testing

costs can vary depending on the stud

requirements and also whether export

testing is needed. As an estimated figure

expect to pay £100 - £300. Stallion

costs and terms vary hugely between

industries, individual stallions and semen

type. Costs need to be established with

the stallion owner/agent. There are also

mare (NC) & semen (AI) transport cost

considerations. A cost guide:

Embryo production

• NC £175 - £250

• AI £200 - £400

Depending on semen type. Treatments

and uterine lavages are usually charged

in addition.

• OPU £750 - £1000 per session

Drugs and oocyte shipping costs

charged in addition

• ICSI £400 - £800 per session

• Cloning £60,000 - £120,000

Priced based on a live guaranteed foal

& includes recipient hire. Price depends

on lab used.

Pregnancy production

• Broodmare NC/AI – no additional

costs

• Embryo Transfer (ET, OPU & ICSI)

£1800 – 3600

Includes Transfer of the Embryo,

Recipient Synchrony & Hire. Shipping &

Health Certification is extra.

Pregnancy maintenance & foaling

• Prices are the same for all

reproduction methods. Cost

varies depending on pregnancy

complications necessitating

treatment and whether the mare is

kept at home with the owner or at

a stud.

Emma Tomlinson MA VetMB MRCVS

Copyright @TomlinsonEquineVets2020

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Article - INTERVIEW

Coping with

Coronavirus

Interview with Tullis Matson

of Stallion AI

How has the Coronavirus

Lockdown affected you?

For us, the effects of the coronavirus

outbreak and subsequent lockdown

were pretty immediate and far reaching.

One of the hardest things to have to do

was to cancel our annual Open Day and

Stallion Show. It was clearly not possible

to run the show under the present

circumstances, but that didn’t make it any

easier. It was a shame for all our stallion

owners and breeders who were looking

forward to the day and who value the

opportunities it provides. It’s always a

great event to kick start the breeding

season, and very uplifting to see people

interact with our stallions and having a

lovely time.

What was clear from the outset was that

we had to look after our staff and their

families, as well as the safety of our

clients in all our interactions. Everyone

is affected in different ways, and every

member of the team is highly valued.

We had to consider the needs of those

who are themselves vulnerable and

others who have vulnerable relatives

at home. Others are affected because

they have children to look after at home.

Where we can, we have reorganised our

administration, so some of those tasks

can be carried out from home, reducing

travel and enabling better distancing on

site.

The complications with horses are, of

course, that they still need looking after,

regardless of the global pandemic. The

exceptional level of care and service we

offer to our stallions and their owners lies

at the very heart of our philosophy as a

business, and is not something we were

willing to compromise on. We therefore

initially radically reduced the number of

stallions on site. Of course it was really

tough for us to do this, financially, as

well as emotionally, because we hated

having to disappoint our many loyal and

valued clients.

The wider impact of how we conduct

ourselves as an industry is very important

to us. While breeding horses might

seem like the most important thing in

the world to us, we have to accept

that the outside world sees things very

differently. We have to be sensitive to this

and understand that our industry is not

seen as an “essential business” to those

outside equestrianism. It is for that reason

that I think we have to show that we are

doing our bit to help our country through

this crisis.

To help where we can, and to set a clear

signal that we care for our communities

and the wonderful work done by our

NHS and all healthcare professionals,

we have set up a programme of sending

out gloves and alcohol spray, which we

produce in our lab, to those who need

it. In this way, we have already donated

over 2,500 gloves to carers in our

community, and we will keep going and

doing our bit.

What measures have you taken to

ensure the safety of your staff and of

your clients?

The first and most obvious thing to do

was to stop any public access, and

to limit the number of stallions on site,

which immediately reduces interactions

and allows us to implement better social

distancing procedures. Of course this

all has to be done within reason, as

it is near impossible to distance when

collecting from a stallion, for example.

We are always having to balance the

different risks and keep health and safety

and the welfare of our precious stallions

in mind.

As an industry, biosecurity is second

nature to us, and we already have a lot

of measures and procedures in place

that, although originally designed to

protect our equine clients, are equally

effective in keeping our staff and

human clients safe. This includes a

high level of awareness of biosecurity,

and the use of protective equipment

as a matter of course. Our stables are

routinely completely washed down with

disinfectant about three times a week.

We are getting through a lot of gloves in

our day to day business.

When new stallions come on site, we

now minimise any interactions by taking

the horses off the transporter ourselves.

Each stallion has their personal tack

locker, so we can reduce the risk of

infection spreading from any equipment

they bring with them. Other items coming

in and out of our facility, such as semen

storage containers and transport boxes

for semen, are thoroughly disinfected.

We are working closely with our

transport partners to ensure we keep

them safe and identify and mitigate any

potential risks.

How are things now for you, several

weeks into the lockdown?

I think it is fair to say that things are

settling down a bit into a new way of

operating. Initially, there was a lot of

confusion around whether veterinarians

could carry out any AI procedures at all,

which had a lot of impact on demand

and created a lot of uncertainty for us

all. While there are still some aspects

that are open to interpretations, breeders

now, by and large, seem to have

established workable solutions with

their vets and are carrying on with their

breeding plans.

While we have taken the decision not

to run our facility at anywhere near full

capacity this season, in order to allow

us to continue with our increased social

distancing measures, we are now able

to open the doors, very carefully, to a

few more stallions coming in, and are

able to support our clients safely and

responsibly. These stallions are gradually

“drip fed” into our facility to avoid any

risks.

One interesting effect of the crisis has

been that we have been contacted by

owners of stallions who are normally

extremely busy in the competition

career at this time of year, and - with

all national and international shows

cancelled - are now free for stud duties.

How do you see the longer term

effect of the coronavirus outbreak

and the future for British stallions and

breeders?

While I don’t have any hard figures

available, my initial impression is that

our British stallions are getting used a lot

more this year. What I don’t know is if

this is because more people are wanting

to breed this year, perhaps because

they are unable to go out and compete,

or if this is because British stallions have

increased in popularity with existing

breeders. The quality and choice of

stallions available in this country is

certainly going up all of the time, which

is great to see!

What I am certain of is that this outbreak

has brought us together as a community

and made us value each other a lot

more. It has made us all re-evaluate

what really matters in life, which is to

show concern and care for each other,

and to take responsibility in the way

we run our businesses and interact with

each other. The welfare of our staff,

clients, and precious stallions always

has to come first. Everybody has been

absolutely incredible in the way they

have worked together to face this crisis.

There is a lot of good will and generosity

out there, which will help us emerge from

this stronger than ever.

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ELITE BOSS JUNIOR

(Boss x Night-Star I)

Black, Height: 148 cms,

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Pony Hannover)

Contact: Jennifer Gilchrist - 01899

810223; 07703 535179; FB: Romanno

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ELITE DANCE OF JOY

(FS Don’t Worry x Valentino)

Chestnut, Height: 148 cms,

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Rheinisches)

Contact: Rachel Ablett -

07771 968169;

FB: Pineapple Stud

or rea995@icloud.com

ELITE LE CHIFFRE

(Caesar 171 x

Chestnut, Height: 146 cms,

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Samantha Brown - 07794

094011; FB: Godrics Stud;

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ELITE PROMETHEUS

(Romulus x unknown)

Bay, Height: 148 cms,

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Katy Wise - 07890 438031

or kcwisey@gmail.com

ELITE CAESAR 171

(Condor x Askan)

Bay, Height: 141 cms,

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Weser-Ems)

Contact: Samantha Brown - 07794

094011; FB: Godrics Stud;

www.godricsstud.com

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ELITE DANGER 36

(Davis Cup x Night-Star I)

Bay, Height: 148 cms,

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Westfalen)

Contact: Samantha Brown - 07794

094011; FB: Godrics Stud;

www.godricsstud.com

or orders@godricsstud.co.uk

ELITE LITTLEDALE BRIGHT STAR

(Catherston Nightsafe x Burstye Trajan)

Bay, Height: 128 cms,

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Catherston Stud – 01264

782716; FB: Catherston Stud;

www.catherstonstud.com

or catherston@btconnect.com

ELITE REXTER D’OR

(Dexter Leam Pondi x Elf D’Or)

Grey, Height: 148 cms,

Breed: French PB Conemmara (PSF)

Contact: Stallions AI (agent of semen

owner) - 01948 666295

or office@stallionai.com

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ABBEYWOODS UNDER PRESSURE

(Murraybrook Moriarty x Comanche Ace)

Chestnut/Tobiano, Height: 140 cm

Breed: Part-bred Arab (AHS PBAR)

Contact: Sarah Ablewhite - 07527 435847

or sarah.ablewhite1@gmail.com

BALFOUR WHISPER

(Strinesdale Matador x Thornwood Royalist)

Bay, Height: 143 cm

Breed: British Riding Pony (NPS)

Contact: Natalie Gawley - 01341 423093,

07774 289162

or natalie.gawley@btinternet.com

BATHLEYHILLS COLOUR CREATION

(Bathleyhills Monet x Acado)

Buckskin Tobiano, Height: 145 cm

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (ZFdP)

Contact: Penny Walster - 07753 445614;

FB: Bathley Hill Farm Stud;

www.bathleyhillfarmlivery.com

or billybushfire@aol.com

BRANDO SD

(Hilkens Black Delight x Voyage)

Dark Bay, Height: 147 cm

Breed: British Sports Pony (SSH)

Contact: Jennifer Gilchrist - 01899

810223; 07703 535179; FB: Romanno

Stud; www.romannostud.co.uk

or info@romannostud.co.uk

CHAMP OF DANCE

(Can Dance x Dornik B)

Palomino, Height: 147.5 cm

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Westfalen)

Contact: Maja Waldhausen -

07739 573296

or maja.waldhausen@gmail.com

DARK KNIGHT

(Dressman I x Folklore)

Bay, Height: 145 cms

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Westfalen)

Contact: Diane Kilshaw - 07920 426834;

FB: Dark Knight 2;

darkknight2.com

or darkknight2.stallion@gmail.com

DELAROCHE BLACK GOLD

(Hilkens Gold Card x Hilkens Black

Delight)

Bay, Height: 145 cm

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Bennie Seymour – 07853

067167; FB: Delaroche Black Gold

or bennie.seymour@yahoo.co.uk

DYPOOL MIAMI REEF

(Melau Montana x Ernford Bellboy)

Liver Chestnut, Height: 133 cms

Breed: Welsh Pony (WPCS Sec B)

Contact: Frances Turner - 07801 497736;

or fturner1983@hotmail.com

GLENCARRIG TEMPEST

(Coosheen Stormboy x Coral Star)

Grey, Height: 150 cm

Breed: Connemara (CPBS)

Contact: Emma Rugman - 07500 057363;

www.clarkstownconnemaras.co.uk

or emma.rugman@hotmail.com

BATHLEYHILLS SWIFT PROMISE

(Bathleyhills Monet x Batman)

Buckskin, Height: 142 cm,

Breed: Part-bred Welsh (WPCS W.P-B.R.)

Contact: Jessie Hopkins - 07756 670516;

FB: Islestone Stud;

islestonestud.com

or islestonestud@outlook.com

CARNAKILLY POM POM

(Dexter Leam Pondi x Castleside JJ)

Grey, Height: 147 cm

Breed: Connemara (CPBS)

Contact: Emma-Louise Johnston - 07775

734340;

FB: Carnakilly Pom Pom;

or fenstonstud@outlook.com

CWRTYCAPEL COPPER’S IMAGE

(Greigiau Copper Tornador x Hang on

Johnny)

Liver Chestnut, Height: 156 cm

Breed: Part-bred Welsh (WPCS W.P-B.R.)

Contact: William Jones - 01248 723980,

FB: Cwrtycapel & Merleve Stud

or williamhenryj@gmail.com

DAROSA D’AMOUR

(Loganlea Irco x Hopelaws Budgerigar)

Grey, Height: 138 cms,

Breed: Warmblood x Dartmoor (DPSPB)

Contact: Jodie Shaw - 07707 904419;

FB: Darosa Damour Showjumping Stallion

or jodieshaw@ablehomes.net

DEUFOR SPELLBOUND

(Yswain Dmetrius x Janton Dictator)

Cream, Height: 148 cms

Breed: Welsh Cob (WPCS Sec D)

Contact: Carys Taylor – 07812 562165,

01758 612900;

FB: Genius Performance Welsh Cobs

or carystaylor@icloud.com

FARLEAZE LORD PRENWYN

(Machno Carwyn x Pentrefelin Enfys)

Bay, Height: 145 cm

Breed: Welsh Cob (WPCS Sec D)

Contact: Claire Moreton - 07834 765730;

FB: Farleaze Lord Prenwyn

or moreton_claire@hotmail.com

GODRICS CAMPEGGIO

(Caesar 171 x Apslau xx)

Bay, Height: 143 cm

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Samantha Brown - 07794

094011; FB: Godrics Stud;

www.godricsstud.com

or orders@godricsstud.co.uk


HAMMERWOOD RITZ

(Rembrandt DDH x Cavan Blue Hors)

Black, Height: 148 cm

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Pippa Drew - 07900 993884;

FB: Hammerwood Stud

or hammerwoodstud@gmail.com

HOLMEGARDS BASTIAN

(Ravaldi x Thunder Boy)

Chestnut Leopard, Height: 157 cm

Breed: Knabstrupper (KNN)

Contact: Samantha Brown - 07794

094011; FB: Godrics Stud;

www.godricsstud.com

or orders@godricsstud.co.uk

JONKERS METYO

(Highmead Duty Free x Tetworth Crimson

Lake)

Bay, Height: 148 cm

Breed: Part-bred Welsh (NWPCS Sec K)

Contact: Jo Sholl-Evans - 07889 203903;

FB: Fairlight Stud; www.fairlightstud.com

or jo@fairlightstud.com

KHARTAGO VAN ORCHID’S

(Kanshebber x Berkhof’s Higgledy

Piggledy)

Palomino, Height: 145 cm

Breed: Nederlands Rijpony (NRPS)

Contact: Alison Gessey or Charlotte Visser

- 01435 812248; 07940 850896 (Alison)

or 07864 573065 (Charlotte)

KILLOUR STAR

(Dooneen Supermatch x Slaney)

Buckskin, Height: 147 cms

Breed: Connemara (CPBS)

Contact: Frankie Lee - 07803 752345;

FB: Barrowby Connemaras;

www.barrowbyconnemaras.co.uk;

or barrowbyconnemaras@outlook.com

LANGWEDH SUNNY JIM

(Kalevan Mystic Pride x Ernford Bonanza)

Cremello, Height: 128 cm

Breed: Welsh Pony (WPCS Sec B)

Contact: Penny Walster - 07753 445614;

FB: Bathley Hill Farm Stud; www.

bathleyhillfarmlivery.com

or billybushfire@aol.com

LONGHALVES RENOIR

(Lemonshill Falcon x Eyarth Harlequin)

Grey, Height: 137 cm

Breed: Welsh Pony (WPCS Sec B)

Contact: Jo Filmer – 01273 891828,

07899 910474; FB: Longhalves Stud;

www.longhalvesstud.com

or filmer.jo35@gmail.com

PLATINUM HONEY’S HOPE

(Halifax x Marsvogel xx)

Liver Chestnut, Height: 147 cm

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Weser-Ems)

Contact: Louise Davies – 07802 388348;

FB: Platinum Stud

or louisedcabochon@gmail.com

HILKENS GOLD CARD

(FS Golden Highlight x Black Boy)

Buckskin, Height: 147 cm

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony (Weser-Ems)

Contact: Lucy Sheldrake - 01437 711005;

07989 334929;

www.delarochestud.co.uk

or lucy@delarochestud.co.uk

INNELLAN CONDOR

(Linsfort Barney x Oisin)

Grey, Height: 141 cms

Breed: Connemara (BCPS)

Contact: Frankie Lee - 07803 752345;

FB: Barrowby Connemaras;

www.barrowbyconnemaras.co.uk;

or barrowbyconnemaras@outlook.com

JOSIE JUMP

(Currachmore Cashel x Moy Johnny’s

Pride)

Grey, Height: 148 cm

Breed: Connemara (CPBS)

Contact: Mari-Clare Savage -

michael.savage7@btinternet.com

KILLASPIC ROSS

(Coral Ross x Robin Hood)

Grey, Height: 148 cm

Breed: Connemara (CPBS)

Contact: Frankie Lee - 07803 752345;

FB: Barrowby Connemaras;

www.barrowbyconnemaras.co.uk;

or barrowbyconnemaras@outlook.com

KIPPURE LANCELOT

(Frederiksminde Hazy Merlin x Thunder Bay)

Black, Height: 147 cms

Breed: Connemara (CPBS)

Contact: Frankie Lee - 07803 752345;

FB: Barrowby Connemaras;

www.barrowbyconnemaras.co.uk;

or barrowbyconnemaras@outlook.com

LEMONSHILL FALCON

(Douthwaite Signwriter x Cottrell Artiste)

Grey, Height: 135 cm

Breed: Welsh Pony (WPCS Sec B)

Contact: Jo Filmer – 01273 891828,

07899 910474; FB: Longhalves Stud;

www.longhalvesstud.com

or filmer.jo35@gmail.com

MULTICOUTURE

(Multicolor II x Hoftanz)

Perlino Tobiano, Height: 156 cm

Breed: Warmblood (Breeders Elite)

Contact: Bianca Hill – 07951 822063;

FB: Penmawddwy Stud;

penmawddwystud.weebly.com

or penmawddwystud@gmail.com

POPENHOE PICTURE PERFECT

(Bathleyhills Monet x Copilot)

Skewbald, Height: 143 cm

Breed: British Sports Pony (SPSS)

Contact: Caroline Ward - 01945 880218,

07885 150111

or carolineward@chasefarm.net


ROMANNO LAST CHAT

(Deanhills Royal Jubilee x Radway Ptarmigan)

Bay, Height: 138 cm

Breed: British Riding Pony (NPS)

Contact: Jennifer Gilchrist - 01899

810223; 07703 535179; FB: Romanno

Stud; www.romannostud.co.uk

or info@romannostud.co.uk

RUSHIEFAULD HAVANNA

(Tullibardine Turbo Charge x Rushiefauld

Bethaney)

Black, Height: 117 cm

Breed: Welsh Mountain Pony (WPCS Sec A)

Contact: Debbie Maas - 01333 340501 Ext

4; 07776 307134; FB: Scholland equestrian

at Kilconquhar or info@scholland.com

SHINGLE HALL SENATOR

(Carnaval Drum x Handley Barns Herve)

Chestnut, Height: 154.5 cm

Breed: Warmblood (AES)

Contact: Karen Phillips - 01992 561096;

07710 792994;

www.shinglehallstud.com

or karenwphillips@hotmail.com

STANLEY GRANGE REGAL HEIGHTS

(Willowcroft Regal Bronze x Small-Land Maytino)

Bay, Height: 148 cm

Breed: British Riding Pony (NPS)

Contact: Jennifer Gilchrist - 01899

810223; 07703 535179; FB: Romanno

Stud; www.romannostud.co.uk

or info@romannostud.co.uk

THURSDEN VALLYE RAPHAEL

(Aimbry Chester x Yealand Night Owl)

Bay, Height: 143 cm

Breed: British Sports Pony (NPS)

Contact: Trudy Goulding – 01200 445426;

FB: End House Stud;

www.endhousestud.co.uk

or stallions@endhousestud.co.uk

TRENAWIN LANIKAI

(Trenawin Lydian x Atlantus)

Bay, Height: 149 cm

Breed: British Warmblood (BWBS)

Contact: Ann Bassett - 01258 860037;

07940 151961;

www.etheridgefarmstud.co.uk

or annbassett.etheridge@hotmail.com

WOODLANDER SIR GORGEOUS

(Santana x Synod Rum Punch)

Bay, Height: 149 cm

Breed: Hanoverian x Welsh Sec C (WBS-UK)

Contact: Claire Wyatt - 07902 842381;

FB: Bromson Stud;

www.bromsonstud.co.uk

or claire.l.wyatt@gmail.com

ROTHERWOOD SIGNATURE

(Douthwaite Sign Writer x Desarbre

Street Fighter)

Grey, Height: 128 cm

Breed: Welsh Pony (WPCS Sec B)

Contact: Trudy Goulding – 01200 445426;

FB: End House Stud; www.endhousestud.

co.uk or stallions@endhousestud.co.uk

SCHOLLAND ROYALE CONNECTION

(Casino Royale K x Rushiefauld Bethaney)

Chestnut, Height: 135 cm

Breed: Deutsches Reitpony x Welsh A (SSH)

Contact: Debbie Maas - 01333 340501

Ext 4; 07776 307134; FB: Scholland

equestrian at Kilconquhar

or info@scholland.com

SOS KANTJE’S UNICOLOR

(Berkhof’s Higgledy Piggledy x Watershof

Pretendent)

Palomino, Height: 148 cm

Nederlands New Forest Pony (NNFP)

Contact: Georgia Stokes - 01726 67671;

07969 205245; www.soshorses.co.uk

or george@soshorses.co.uk

TARACO FABRIZIO

(Danaway Flash Jack x Tireinon Triple Crown)

Chestnut, Height: 148 cm

Breed: Welsh Cob (WPCS Sec D)

Contact: Julie Croghan - 07904 453579;

FB: Croghan Pony Producing;

Instagram: juliecroghan

or juliecroghan2@hotmail.com

TREENHILL ARISTOTLE

(AH Cheshmak x Afzal (IRE))

Bay, Height: 158 cm

Breed: Anglo Arab (AHS)

Contact: Pem Paddick – 07508 424502;

FB: Treenhill Arabians

or treenhill-arabians@hotmail.co.uk

WOODBURYS HARLEQUIN

(Ferguson Uno x Moelview Mohawk)

Skewbald, Height: 127 cm

Breed: Part-bred Welsh (WPCS W.P-B.R)

Contact: Patricia Lillington -

01506 855449, 07715 118994;

FB: Woodbury’s Harlequin

or wyndfordfarm@btinternet.com

YNYSLYNS ORLANDO

(Hendrewen Meredith x Dwyfor Sunrise)

Cremello, Height: 152.4 cm

Breed: Welsh Cob (WPCS Sec D)

Contact: Bianca Hill – 07951 822063;

FB: Penmawddwy Stud;

penmawddwystud.weebly.com

or penmawddwystud@gmail.com

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