British Breeder November 2022

This issue contains full reports on this year's BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity young horse evaluations and previews of the Equine Bridge and Futurity Elite Auction. The vet insight provided by Sussex Equine Hospital takes a detailed look at foal limb management while the breeder profile peeks behind the scenes at Ridgeway Farm Stud. Plus the latest news from British studbooks!

This issue contains full reports on this year's BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity young horse evaluations and previews of the Equine Bridge and Futurity Elite Auction. The vet insight provided by Sussex Equine Hospital takes a detailed look at foal limb management while the breeder profile peeks behind the scenes at Ridgeway Farm Stud. Plus the latest news from British studbooks!


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<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Futurity<br />

Season in Full<br />

Reports from the venues<br />

and virtual evaluations<br />

Equine Bridge & Futurity<br />

Elite Auction Preview<br />

Nutrition: Feeding<br />

Mares through Winter<br />

Vet Insight:<br />

Managing Foals<br />

Limbs<br />

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

Ridgeway Farm<br />

Stud<br />

Studbook<br />

Reports<br />


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<strong>November</strong> Issue - Index<br />

Vet Insight:<br />

Managing Foals<br />

Limbs<br />

Futurity<br />

Season in Full<br />

Reports from the venues<br />

and virtual evaluations<br />

Equine Bridge & Futurity<br />

Elite Auction Preview<br />

Nutrition: Feeding<br />

Mares through Winter<br />

Cover<br />

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

Ridgeway Farm<br />

Stud<br />

Production<br />

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Harry Haines, Borben.co.uk<br />

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Studbook<br />

Reports<br />


<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Princess Kiara, Elite Futurity foal for<br />

Eventing at Hothorpe, owned by<br />

Anthony Haslam. Photo: Tanja Davis<br />

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Welcome from the editor<br />

Welcome to the <strong>November</strong> issue<br />

of <strong>British</strong> <strong>Breeder</strong> magazine. This<br />

issue is dedicated to the celebration<br />

of the wonderful young horses and<br />

ponies presented at this year’s <strong>British</strong><br />

Breeding/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity<br />

Evaluations. With a full schedule of<br />

physical venues back on the calendar,<br />

the quantity and quality of animals<br />

being presented was superb. The<br />

virtual option evolved out of necessity<br />

during covid, but it remains a popular<br />

option for those who cannot or do not<br />

wish to travel to the physical venues<br />

and ensures that the unique benefits of<br />

the Futurity evaluations are available to<br />

everyone. This year was no exception<br />

with a huge virtual entry again showing<br />

great quality, meaning that judging ran<br />

on well into October. Congratulations<br />

to everyone who participated. I have<br />

received so many lovely stories and I<br />

am sorry I cannot do them all justice<br />

in this one issue but I look forward to<br />

following their development and writing<br />

more on these exciting youngsters in<br />

the future.<br />

There is yet more excitement on the<br />

horizon as we move towards the <strong>British</strong><br />

Breeding/Baileys Horse Feeds Equine<br />

Bridge and Futurity Elite Auction at<br />

the end of this month. If you have not<br />

witnessed the Equine Bridge you would<br />

do well to get down to Hothorpe on<br />

Contents<br />

3<br />

4<br />

6-8<br />

9<br />

10-19<br />

22-41<br />

42-43<br />

45<br />

46-47<br />

48<br />

51-53<br />

55<br />

59<br />

60-62<br />

28/29 <strong>November</strong> or tune in to the livestream<br />

by ClipMyHorse.TV for this twoday<br />

performance test of showjumpers<br />

and eventers. It is interesting to watch<br />

their progress over the two days, which<br />

involve a training session, full vet and<br />

paraprofessional assessment, ride by<br />

the test rider, and final ridden test,<br />

which all gives great insight to their level<br />

of training and natural talent.<br />

Another up and coming highlight is<br />

the Futurity Elite Auction, and Eva<br />

and Jane have selected a wonderful<br />

collection of foals to 3-year olds for<br />

dressage, showjumping and eventing,<br />

that will be offered for sale on 30th<br />

<strong>November</strong>. This auction is unique as<br />

every lot has been through the Futurity<br />

evaluations giving detailed assessment<br />

and feedback along with the usual<br />

vet reports for anyone interested in<br />

purchasing. Don’t miss this wonderful<br />

opportunity to snap up your next<br />

competition horse!<br />

We welcome the return to Addington<br />

for the Stallion Event now firmly in the<br />

diary for 4th February, combined with<br />

our Baileys Futurity awards. There is<br />

plenty to look forward to in the coming<br />

months and I look forward to seeing<br />

you soon!<br />

Rachael.<br />

Welcome<br />

News in Brief<br />

BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Equine Bridge<br />

Stallion Event<br />

Studbook Reports<br />

BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Reports<br />

Nutrition: Feeding the Mare in Winter<br />

Insurance for Youngstock<br />

<strong>Breeder</strong> Profile: Ridgeway Farm Stud<br />

The National Stud<br />

Vet Insight: Management of foal limbs<br />

Product focus<br />

Could pregnancy help your Asthmatic Mare?<br />

Vet Insight: Nutritional Maintenance for Optimal Reproductive Health<br />


News<br />

<strong>British</strong> Dressage<br />

National Convention<br />

<strong>2022</strong>: Generation BD<br />

Badminton date<br />

changed for<br />

Coronation<br />

Good Employment<br />

Week <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

14–18 <strong>November</strong><br />

Current and former World Championships<br />

team riders Gareth Hughes and Michael<br />

Eilberg headline the <strong>2022</strong> National<br />

Convention, with the biggest training event<br />

in the BD calendar returning to a capacity<br />

in-person audience at Hartpury, on<br />

26-27 <strong>November</strong>.<br />

Day one covers training the next generation<br />

from Young Horse to Grand Prix, with<br />

sessions looking at what has made <strong>British</strong><br />

dressage so successful from London to<br />

Tokyo. Gareth Hughes considers how and<br />

when to introduce lateral work to young<br />

horse training, focusing on 4 and 5yo young<br />

horses, and Michael Eilberg discusses, and<br />

demonstrates, introducing flying changes for<br />

training and competition for 6 and 7 year<br />

olds. Higher up the levels, the hosts will be<br />

looking at rider alignment on advanced<br />

work, and introducing Piaffe in hand<br />

and ridden.<br />

Day two considers taking your horse from<br />

prelim to medium and includes sessions on<br />

foundations and scales of training, way of<br />

going and groundwork.<br />

Tickets are now on sale, with in person prices<br />

frozen at pre-pandemic levels in order to<br />

offer the best value training experience for<br />

all BD members.<br />

For more information, visit www.<br />

britishdressage.co.uk/events/nationalconvention-<strong>2022</strong>/.inspection<br />

for the<br />

CCI5*-L. Trade stands will be open from<br />

Thursday.<br />

Badminton Horse Trials, presented by<br />

Mars Equestrian, will start a day later than<br />

planned so that cross-country day does not<br />

clash with the Coronation of Charles lll and<br />

the Queen Consort on Saturday, May 6,<br />

2023.<br />

The dressage phase will now take place<br />

on Friday and Saturday (May 5 and 6),<br />

cross-country on Sunday (May 7) and the<br />

show jumping finale on Monday (May 8).<br />

Dressage will start earlier on Saturday so<br />

that everyone—competitors, spectators and<br />

officials—can be part of this historic day; the<br />

Coronation service will be shown on the<br />

big screens.<br />

‘Ever since the news came through that the<br />

Coronation would be held on the Saturday<br />

of Badminton we have been working out<br />

how best to deliver the Event around the<br />

celebrations,’ said Badminton Director<br />

Jane Tuckwell. ‘We very much hope that<br />

the wonderful and historic occasion of the<br />

Coronation will make it a truly memorable<br />

Badminton and that everyone will be able to<br />

attend as usual.’<br />

The dressage phase of the Voltaire Design<br />

Grassroots Championships will start on<br />

Wednesday, May 3, continuing on to<br />

Thursday, May 4. The Dubarry Burghley<br />

Young Event Horse qualifier will also take<br />

place that day, plus the first horse inspection<br />

for the CCI5*-L. Trade stands will be open<br />

from Thursday.<br />

The Equestrian Employers Association<br />

(EEA) has teamed up with key industry<br />

organisations (BD, BE, BS, BHS, BEF, ABRS,<br />

Horsescotland and Haddon Training) to<br />

raise awareness of the importance of good<br />

employment in the <strong>2022</strong> renewal of Good<br />

Employment Week.<br />

Good Employment should be the norm.<br />

Tullis Matson, President of the EEA says, “It is<br />

the responsibility of everyone to ensure that<br />

employment practices within the equestrian<br />

industry meet legal requirements, plus adhere<br />

to best practice. Together we need to make<br />

working with horses an attractive career<br />

choice and in turn achieve a sustainable<br />

workforce.”<br />

Good Employment Week <strong>2022</strong> will provide<br />

educational content for employers and<br />

workers within the equestrian industry around<br />

what ‘good’ looks like, whilst addressing<br />

current challenges and providing practical<br />

solutions.<br />

The week will focus on the links between<br />

positive employment practices, increased<br />

productivity and business viability.<br />

Key themes include contracts of employment,<br />

employment status, recruiting and retaining<br />

staff, business viability and sustainability.<br />

Find out more about Good Employment<br />

Week <strong>2022</strong>: equestrianemployers.org.<br />

uk/good-employment-week<br />

Two equestrian coaches<br />

nominated for UK<br />

Coaching Awards<br />

UK Coaching, which celebrates its 25th<br />

anniversary this year, has announced the<br />

finalists of its annual UK Coaching Awards.<br />

After an open nomination process, the expert<br />

judging panel has selected finalists across<br />

10 categories – and two equestrian coaches<br />

feature in that number.<br />

The Awards recognise the incredible<br />

contribution from coaches across the<br />

national sporting landscape in transforming<br />

lives and communities.<br />

Stephanie Buchanan, a coach at a <strong>British</strong><br />

Horse Society (BHS) approved riding centre,<br />

RAC Saddle Club, is nominated for the<br />

Change a Life Award, supported by Sport<br />

England. She started the BHS Changing<br />

Lives Through Horses programme there,<br />

following the sudden loss of her nephew<br />

through suicide. Her tireless work has given<br />

purpose to many young people and reduced<br />

their isolation, providing them with a sense of<br />

belonging.<br />

Kady Chatman, a Riding for the Disabled<br />

Association coach, is nominated for the<br />

Community Coach of the Year – Children<br />

and Young People, supported by the<br />

Children’s Coaching Collaborative.<br />

Kady works to promote continual learning<br />

and rider development, both in and away<br />

from the coaching environment at Saxon<br />

RDA group. She builds rapport with the<br />

children and keeps sessions short and suited<br />

to their capability. Her inclusive ethos has<br />

introduced non-riding sessions for those<br />

unable to ride.She also trains volunteers to<br />

achieve required levels of competence.<br />

The UK Coaching Awards ceremony will<br />

be held on 6 December at The Queens<br />

Hotel in Leeds.<br />




News<br />

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Contributes<br />

to gastric mat<br />

For healthy<br />

pH balance<br />

and acid ease<br />

Aids mucosal integrity<br />

of stomach wall<br />


Also available for racehorses in a 10kg tub under the name of Gastro Form.<br />

Contact NAF using our FREE Nutritional Advice Line<br />

Call 0800 373 106 or email info@naf-uk.com<br />

naf-equine.eu/uk<br />



<strong>British</strong> Breeding - Equine Bridge & Auction Preview<br />

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

Horse Feeds Equine<br />

Bridge Joins Up with<br />

Futurity Elite Auction<br />

Following the great success of our<br />

Equine Bridge Dressage event earlier<br />

this year, it is now the turn for our latest<br />

crop of <strong>British</strong> Breeding Baileys Horse<br />

Feeds Futurity Graduates, from eventing<br />

and showjumping, to join us for their<br />

very own tailored two-day training<br />

and evaluations programme, which will<br />

take place at the <strong>British</strong> Showjumping<br />

National Training Centre at Hothorpe<br />

from 28th-29th <strong>November</strong>.<br />

The aim of the Equine Bridge is to<br />

support the very best Futurity graduates<br />

from each Olympic discipline on their<br />

journey into the sport and to provide<br />

an opportunity for riders and owners to<br />

meet some of the best up-and-coming<br />

<strong>British</strong> bred horses. It is for that reason<br />

that we are particularly excited about a<br />

new concept of combining this autumn’s<br />

Bridge Event with Futurity Elite Auction at<br />

the BS National Training Centre on 29th<br />

<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong>, showcasing some of<br />

the highest scoring and most exciting<br />

eventers and showjumpers from this<br />

year’s summer series.<br />

The Futurity Elite Auction<br />

Every year, we see exceptionally<br />

talented and well-bred eventers and<br />

showjumpers at our Futurity evaluations,<br />

but their ongoing success in the sport<br />

would not be possible without the<br />

passion and commitment of owners and<br />

riders to take them on and allow them to<br />

fulfil their potential.<br />

It is for that reason that our Futurity Elite<br />

Auction, now going into its third year,<br />

is a key component of building that all<br />

important bridge between breeding and<br />

the sport.<br />

<strong>Breeder</strong>s need the opportunity to<br />

showcase their best stock to a national<br />

and international audience of investors<br />

who have the knowledge and ambition<br />

to take our best <strong>British</strong> bred horses<br />

forward into the sport. Buyers need to<br />

be able to see a good selection of high<br />

quality prospects in one place, with<br />

information they can trust.<br />

Among the myriad of foal and<br />

youngstock auctions, the Futurity<br />

Auction is unique. Every candidate<br />

has first been assessed, not only by an<br />

independent team of internationally<br />

experienced senior evaluators, but also<br />

by a veterinarian and nutritionist who, in<br />

addition to the standard sales vetting that<br />

all our auction lots must have passed as<br />

a matter of course, provide a detailed<br />

insight into each entry’s long-term<br />

prospects for a sporting career.<br />

Says <strong>British</strong> Breeding Director Jane<br />

Marson:<br />

“We are very excited about this year’s<br />

selection of auction candidates for<br />

eventing and showjumping. We are in<br />

the fortunate position to have been able<br />

to select from a great range of entries<br />

who all received outstanding Futurity<br />

results and feedback. From those, we<br />

were able to pick out auction lots with<br />

exceptional pedigrees, placing a lot<br />

of emphasis on provenance from the<br />

motherlines, so our buyers can bid with<br />

confidence!”<br />

The Bridge and the Futurity Elite<br />

Auction will both be livestreamed by<br />

ClipMyHorse, giving viewers and<br />

prospective investors from all over the<br />

world a front seat at the proceedings.<br />

The auction will be run as a hybrid event<br />


<strong>British</strong> Breeding - Equine Bridge & Auction Preview<br />

with online and physical bidding,<br />

available on the night. The online<br />

catalogue will go live on 21st <strong>November</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong> on www.clipmyhorse.tv/<br />

en_GB/auction.<br />

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

Feeds Equine Bridge Programme<br />

Our Equine Bridge is open to 4-6<br />

year-old horses and ponies who have<br />

obtained a qualifying Gold score at the<br />

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

Futurity. This year only, we have also<br />

included the 7 years old as we had to<br />

cancel the event in previous years due<br />

to covid restrictions. The event stretches<br />

over two days and is limited to only 10<br />

candidates from each discipline, thus<br />

ensuring that each horse is evaluated<br />

with the attention of detail they deserve,<br />

and to give plenty of opportunity for<br />

feedback.<br />

Kosuttas Korolevski Tsar Richmond 2019<br />

Day 1, 28th <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

1. Veterinary Evaluation<br />

The evaluation by our senior veterinarian<br />

experts is a key component of the<br />

assessments. This autumn, we are<br />

delighted to welcome Ed Lyall from<br />

Sussex Equine Hospital who is well<br />

known and highly respected in the<br />

field. He will be supported by a team<br />

of professionals, including Lorna Edgar,<br />

nutritionist from Baileys Horse Feeds.<br />

Says Baileys Horse Feeds Marketing<br />

Manager Jane Buchan:<br />

“We are delighted to support the<br />

<strong>British</strong> Breeding Baileys Horsefeeds<br />

Equine Bridge as part of our ongoing<br />

work with the <strong>British</strong> Breeding Futurity.<br />

Correct nutritional support is crucial in<br />

promoting long term soundness in our<br />

equine athletes. The Bridge provides<br />

an excellent opportunity for individual<br />

feedback and advice to enable these<br />

promising young horses to fulfil their<br />

potential.”<br />

2. Training Sessions<br />

Also on Day 1 each horse and rider<br />

combination will benefit from a 45<br />

minute training session with our discipline<br />

experts, Carron Nicol for Showjumping<br />

and Darrell Scaife for Eventing.<br />

Says <strong>British</strong> Breeding Director, Dr Eva-<br />

Maria Broomer:<br />

“The training session with our highly<br />

experienced evaluators forms an<br />

important part of our Bridge programme<br />

by providing great feedback and<br />

development opportunity to our<br />

Diamonds Cawever at Solihull 2019<br />

participants. It is also very helpful to<br />

the horses who get the opportunity to<br />

settle in at Hothorpe ahead of their final<br />

assessment on the second day. Our<br />

trainers also value this opportunity to<br />

get a close insight into the temperaments<br />

of our candidates and their ability to<br />

learn, which will feed into the overall<br />

trainability score.”<br />

3. Assessment<br />

The final assessment is reserved for<br />

the second day. Every horse will be<br />

presented on the flat and over a course<br />

of fences with their own rider, followed<br />

by our test rider. The purpose of the test<br />

rider is to provide valuable feedback to<br />

the evaluators about the rideability of<br />

the horses and to create a “level playing<br />

field” to assist in the assessment.<br />

Says Darrell Scaife from <strong>British</strong> Eventing:<br />

“It is always very useful and interesting to<br />

see our young Bridge horses with a test<br />

rider. We can learn a lot from watching<br />

a horse adapt to a different rider,<br />

and their insight from having actually<br />

experienced the horse under saddle is<br />

invaluable to us.”<br />

4. Awards and Prizes<br />

As in dressage, the successful eventers<br />

and showjumpers will also be rewarded<br />

with a great range of prizes, ranging<br />

from vouchers, numnahs and discipline<br />

memberships to a coveted £1000<br />

Training Bursary each for the highest<br />

scoring showjumper and eventer. The<br />

eventing prize is generously supported<br />

by the Tim Holderness-Roddam<br />

Memorial Fund, set up in memory of<br />

Tim who has throughout his life been an<br />

ardent supporter of <strong>British</strong> Breeding and<br />

<strong>British</strong> Eventing and a great friend to our<br />

organisation.<br />

The entire Bridge event can be watched<br />

live on ClipMyHorse.tv, and visitors<br />

are also warmly welcome to come and<br />

watch in person!<br />

To register your interest in the auction or<br />

to find out more, do not hesitate to email<br />

info@british-breeding.com.<br />


News<br />

Friday 3rd February at Horwood House Country Hotel<br />

Book your rooms now at www.horwoodhouse.co.uk<br />

Returns to Addington Manor Eques trian Centre, Buckinghamshire<br />

Saturday 4th February 2023<br />

65+ Graded & Approved Stallions<br />

Breeding Industry tradestands<br />

Visit stallions in their stables<br />

NEW Addington VIP Area<br />

For informaaon & c kets:<br />

www.briish-breeding.com<br />

Stallion enquiries:<br />

Jane Marson 07771608376<br />


Studbook News - AES<br />

A young stallion presented<br />

by Louie Cunningham<br />

AES Stallion Gradings Winter Tour<br />

It is a great pleasure to announce<br />

dates at some great dates for<br />

our Winter Stallion gradings. We<br />

pride ourselves in providing a fair,<br />

rigorous and transparent assessment<br />

centred around the needs of the<br />

horses. Our team of evaluators<br />

consists of experts from the UK<br />

and Holland who are coming over<br />

especially to inspect this year’s upand-coming<br />

stallions.<br />

We warmly welcome new stallions to<br />

be assessed in hand or under saddle, as<br />

well as already licensed stallions whose<br />

owners are interested in an upgrade to<br />

fully approved status.<br />

27th <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Ladykirk House Stables, Upsettlington,<br />

Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1SU<br />

We start our series at the beautiful<br />

historic facilities of Ladykirk House<br />

Stables. As well as always providing a<br />

warm welcome to visitors and horses,<br />

Ladykirk provides the perfect backdrop<br />

for photography for our newly graded<br />

stallions. Situated in the Scottish Borders,<br />

this venue is ideal for horses from<br />

Scotland as well as from the North East<br />

of England.<br />

30th <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

<strong>British</strong> Showjumping National Training<br />

Centre, Hothorpe, LE17 6QX<br />

After a short break to attend the <strong>British</strong><br />

Breeding Equine Bridge, we will be<br />

holding our next grading at the fabulous<br />

facilities at the <strong>British</strong> Showjumping<br />

National Training Centre in Hothorpe. It’s<br />

a beautiful and very recently refurbished<br />

venue, again offering some great spots<br />

for stunning photography, too!<br />

1st December <strong>2022</strong><br />

Moor Hall, Dodds Green Lane, ,<br />

Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 8DP<br />

It is always a great pleasure to come<br />

to Cheshire to this lovely venue, where<br />

we run our stallion evaluations in<br />

cooperation with Dave Quick and<br />

Louie Cunningham from Ashdale Sports<br />

Horses and L.J.C. Stables. Louie and<br />

Dave also offer a grading preparation<br />

service, and are experts at presenting<br />

young stallions in a professional way.<br />

Watch out for further venues to be<br />

added, as the team will also travel South<br />

on their tour.<br />

A friendly atmosphere is the<br />

hallmark of AES gradings<br />

To find out more, contact<br />

info@angloeuropeanstudbook.co.uk<br />


Studbook News - AES<br />

AES Stallion<br />

Gradings and<br />

Welfare<br />

As members of the equestrian<br />

community, we all increasingly have<br />

to face the question of the so-called<br />

“Social Licence to Operate”, and<br />

need to try and maximise welfare<br />

and reduce potential harm or<br />

distress to our horses wherever we<br />

can. All our studbook events are<br />

organised with his in mind, and it is<br />

often the small changes we can all<br />

make, paying more consideration<br />

to reducing unnecessary stress (for<br />

horses and their handlers alike), that<br />

can make a big difference.<br />

Let us take a closer look at the “Welfare”<br />

Section of the AES Breeding Programme<br />

and consider some of its key elements:<br />

Welfare<br />

“Equine welfare is at the centre of the<br />

Social Licence to Operate and therefore<br />

key to the long-term survival of the sport<br />

horse breeding industry.<br />

It is for that reason that the AES<br />

breeding, selections and evaluation<br />

programme has been designed with the<br />

happy equine athlete in mind.”<br />

As an industry, we are increasingly<br />

in the spotlight and have to confront<br />

the question whether it is ethical to<br />

breed and compete sports horses<br />

constructively, self-critically and above<br />

all with honesty. For us at the AES<br />

the concept of the “Happy Equine<br />

Athlete”, a horse bred with the ability,<br />

temperament and soundness to enjoy<br />

their job and carry out its demands with<br />

ease is key to addressing this question.<br />

Our goal is to support a human-horse<br />

relationship based on respect for the<br />

horse and on sound, knowledgeable<br />

foundations.<br />

Welfare and Evaluation Criteria<br />

“The AES studbook evaluations have<br />

been designed with clear welfare goals<br />

in mind. The overarching goal in all three<br />

Olympic disciplines is to support the<br />

breeding of sound horses who can enjoy<br />

success in the sport while remaining free<br />

from pain.”<br />

In our experience, studbook evaluations<br />

are about a lot more than ranking horses<br />

by assigning a numerical value, or<br />

creating a linear score. They are a<br />

conversation between evaluator,<br />

Older stallions are presented under saddle<br />

owner/breeder and the horse and a<br />

valuable opportunity to lend support<br />

and provide encouragement.<br />

Welfare and Evaluation Structure<br />

“The AES recognises that studbook<br />

inspections and evaluations can be<br />

stressful for horses and owners. We<br />

have learned that stress in owners and<br />

handlers can have a negative emotional<br />

Otra Vez (Dakar VDL x Up to Date) bred by<br />

Carina Bethlehem at his AES licensing<br />

impact on horses and a negative effect<br />

on their performance. We therefore seek<br />

to minimise personal stress by training all<br />

our staff in friendly and helpful conduct.<br />

Physical evaluations with the AES are<br />

designed to reduce potential pressure<br />

and stress on the horses by taking some<br />

simple steps.<br />

We start by endeavouring, wherever<br />

and however possible, to reduce<br />

waiting time between different stages of<br />

the assessment. Evaluations are never<br />

rushed. Evaluators are trained and<br />

encouraged to support the exhibitors of<br />

the horses to ensure they are presented<br />

in a relaxed manner showing their<br />

natural ability. Evaluators communicate<br />

with the owners and breeders to provide<br />

a relaxed atmosphere and encourage<br />

conversation.”<br />

It may seem a little counter intuitive to<br />

consider the emotional experience of<br />

owner and handlers when thinking about<br />

reducing horses stress at grading events.<br />

However, the more we think about it,<br />

the more this makes sense: our horses<br />

know us inside out and will look to their<br />

owners and handlers for guidance and<br />

reassurance. Creating a friendly and<br />

welcoming atmosphere can help to<br />

make everyone feel more relaxed, which<br />

will make horses feel more confident.<br />

Our ultimate aim is that we want young<br />

horses to return home from their grading<br />

with their confidence increased and<br />

having had a positive experience.<br />

As the welfare question will continue<br />

to grow in importance in our sport, we<br />

look forward to meeting this challenge<br />

together and to forging a way ahead<br />

that will ensure our beautiful sport and<br />

our wonderful animals are here for<br />

everyone in years to come.<br />


Studbook - AHS<br />


Based on the Weatherbys Online<br />

System, The Arab Horse Society<br />

will shortly upgrade its registration<br />

programme to an online state of the art<br />

system. This system is also now in use in<br />

some countries in the Middle East.<br />



Dates have now been set for the <strong>British</strong><br />

Breeding Futurity Scheme. Available<br />

again either at a venue or by video<br />

submission in August.<br />



The National Stallion Association<br />

(NaStA) <strong>2022</strong> Performance Testing<br />

for Stallions, Mares and Geldings will<br />

take place on 23rd and 24th August at<br />

Solihull Riding Club.<br />



CENTRE – 22-24 JULY <strong>2022</strong><br />

The National Show for the Arabian<br />

Breed is at the David Broome Event<br />

Centre for its second year. With<br />

alterations to the layout from last year,<br />

this showcase show for the breed<br />

includes some popular annual awards:<br />

Premium Performance Horse Awards<br />

For 2021-<strong>2022</strong><br />

A display of horses competing in all<br />

spheres including Dressage, Cross<br />

Country, Endurance, Show Jumping and<br />

Ridden Showing will line up in the Main<br />

Arena to receive their awards with points<br />

attained throughout the year to the end<br />

of March <strong>2022</strong>. This award includes the<br />

NEW Winter Dressage Championships<br />

Trophy presented by Alistair Leslie.<br />

The Waho Trophy awarded to a<br />

Supreme Ambassador for the breed<br />

The World Arabian Horse Organisation<br />

Trophy is presented each year to a<br />

Pure-Bred Arabian in every country<br />

who is considered a true Ambassador<br />

of the Breed. WAHO is the Worldwide<br />

Umbrella Organisation for Pure Bred<br />

Registries throughout the world.<br />

This year the UK winner of this award<br />

is the racehorse, Zayin Achilles. A<br />

Zachilles hits the front to win the NAIP<br />

Hcap Stakes photo by GJ Media.<br />

Arabian Performance Horse Events<br />

For <strong>Breeder</strong>s And Competitors<br />

www.arabhorsesociety.org<br />

recently awarded Merit AHS Premium<br />

Performance Stallion, Zayin Zachilles has<br />

achieved 9 race wins, is an advanced<br />

endurance horse and was home bred by<br />

racing enthusiast Paul Simmons of Zayin<br />

Arabian Stud. He has already bred<br />

successful offspring wich are now out<br />

competing.<br />

Hoys Qualifiers<br />

The Arab Horse Show has 3 HOYS<br />

Qualifiers, from the winners of Ridden<br />

Stallions, Mares and Geldings to be<br />

awarded at the National Show.<br />

Biddesden Palikari - NaStA Performance<br />

Testing 2021 photo by Matt Nuttall<br />

The NaStA Performance Test is open<br />

to any stallions, mares or geldings<br />

registered with a stud book affiliated to<br />

NaStA. It is intended to complement<br />

any breed society approval process<br />

giving breeders an indication of the<br />

performance ability of a particular<br />

stallion against a uniform standard.<br />

Aimed mainly at young stallions, who<br />

have yet to show their competition<br />

worth, the test focuses on athletic<br />

ability predominantly under saddle.<br />

Participating stallions are trained to set<br />

standards during the spring/summer<br />

and, after submitting qualification<br />

certificates, come forward in August for<br />

the final testing over a couple of days.<br />

The testing includes Dressage, Show<br />

and Free Jumping, Cross Country and a<br />

Paces test as well as a Judge’s Ridden<br />

Assessment.<br />



JORDAN 8th-18th OCTOBER<br />

Jordan is looking forward to hosting<br />

the delayed biannual World Arabian<br />

Horse Organisation Conference in<br />

Amman. This wonderful event with<br />

international speakers from around<br />

the Globe will be focussing on the<br />

Importance of the Arabian Horse in<br />

Today’s World. Delegates from more<br />

than 40 countries will be attending this<br />

two-day conference on the 9th and<br />

10th October and subsequent tours of<br />

studs and sightseeing in Jordan. This is<br />

an occasion that is not to be missed to<br />

learn about the Arabian Horse and its<br />

influence around the world. Jordan is a<br />

wonderful, beautiful and friendly country<br />

and has so much to offer. Anyone can<br />

attend, you just have to join WAHO for<br />

the year. Please log onto the WAHO<br />

website www.waho.org for more<br />

information.<br />


Studbook - BHHS<br />

Stallion Licensing<br />

Moreton Morrell<br />

26 October <strong>2022</strong><br />

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

(BHHS) concluded its series of events<br />

for this year in the last week of October,<br />

with their Annual Stallion Licensing in<br />

partnership with the <strong>British</strong> Warmblood<br />

<strong>Breeder</strong>s Studbook at Moreton Morrell<br />

in Warwickshire.<br />

The BHHS Committee were joined by Dr<br />

Ludwig Christmann of the Hannoveraner<br />

Verband and Chairman of the BHHS<br />

and International Judge Katy<br />

Holder-Vale.<br />

The Champion Stallion, for both the<br />

BHHS and BWS, was awarded to<br />

Sean White’s Hanoverian Ducati who<br />

is by Desperados out of a dam by Sir<br />

Donnerhall, bred by Johann-Hinrich Koj<br />

from Vorwerk, Germany. The colt was an<br />

elegant, beautiful, modern type with a<br />

very elastic trot and canter. He was also<br />

supple and intelligent over the jumps.<br />

Dr Christmann commented that “he stood<br />

out as the winning stallion of the entire<br />

licensing. The stallion ideally combines<br />

the advantages of both parents: really<br />

good type and movement, long legged<br />

and compact with a strong back in<br />

addition very athletic and with a lot of<br />

energy that can be regulated very well”.<br />

Ducati was purchased as a foal<br />

in Germany by Denise Mitchell of<br />

Gamblethorpe Stud and is now owned<br />

by Sean White. Sean said “Ducati is an<br />

absolute joy to work with at home and is<br />

a kind horse with a wonderful work ethic.<br />

I am delighted to be able to offer him<br />

to <strong>British</strong> <strong>Breeder</strong>s from 2023 and look<br />

forward to seeing his first crop of foals”.<br />

The Reserve Champion was Wild<br />

Romantic, bred and owned by Lynne<br />

Crowden of Woodlander Stud, who<br />

is a son of Wild Child and the Han.<br />

Pr.St For your Love by For Compliment.<br />

He has Hanoverian parents but has<br />

an Oldenburg passport. The judges<br />

commented “he is a very likeable,<br />

medium sized and correct stallion, who<br />

convinced with his very good trot and<br />

walk. Equipped with the chestnut colour<br />

he is a typical hopeful from the paternal<br />

line of the legendary Weltmeyer”. Wild<br />

Romantic is the full brother to the licensed<br />

and performance tested stallion Wild<br />

Love also bred by Lynne Crowden of<br />

Woodlander Stud.<br />

The other stallions licensed on the day<br />

by the <strong>British</strong> Warmblood Society were<br />

Queqrido and Officier:<br />

Queqrido, a grey six year old by Clinton<br />

(Heartbreaker x Landadel), with a great<br />

jumping pedigree and who showed<br />

typical style over the jumps. He was bred<br />

by Dries Lammens / Mts Team Nijhof<br />

Belgium and owned and presented by<br />

owners Grace Collister and Ryan Hall.<br />

The three year old Officier by<br />

Imposantos / Zizi top / Jazz, was a<br />

very elegant well developed colt with<br />

a powerful elastic trot and canter. Bred<br />

by M.Kool-Van Woudenbergh in the<br />

Netherlands and owned by Ruth Hole.<br />

As well as the stallion licensing, the<br />

BHHS also offer their members a<br />

yearling colt assessment class. The<br />

purpose of this evaluation is so that the<br />

judges can give the owners feedback<br />

on the yearlings’ prospects as a future<br />

stallion. It is important feedback for<br />

owners who are interested in licensing<br />

and know the commitment, time and<br />

resource required in preparing any horse<br />

for this process.<br />

Voce Viva RL (Viva Gold x Royal<br />

Rubin x Walsee) was presented to the<br />

judges for the yearling assessment. The<br />

judges commented that he had correct<br />

conformation and three correct strong<br />

paces. Voce Viva RL is bred and owned<br />

by Lucinda Bellis and Rob Gilsenan of RL<br />

Dressage. The judges advised that he is a<br />

good prospect to grow on as a stallion.<br />

Lucinda of RL Dressage said “it’s such an<br />

invaluable opportunity from the BHHS to<br />

be able to take yearlings to be assessed.<br />

Voce Viva RL was a very high scoring<br />

premium foal, and we were advised to<br />

keep him entire, so it was great to see<br />

that he’s still showing good potential for<br />

this route at this state in his development.<br />

Ducati with Carsten Sandrock and<br />

owner Sean White (C) Christiane Baars<br />

Woodlander Wild Romantic (Left) and<br />

Ducati right (C) Christiane Baars<br />

It’s our dream to breed a licensed stallion<br />

so we are one step closer!”<br />

Katy Holder-Vale concluded that “the<br />

standard of the stallions was extremely<br />

high with fashionable pedigrees and<br />

great preparation clearly having been<br />

undertaken prior to the event. In all a<br />

great day that showed off all the colts<br />

presented to their maximum potential”.<br />

Both judges believe that a huge thank<br />

you must go to Carsten Sandrock in<br />

particular, as he prepared and presented<br />

three of the stallions for their very happy<br />

owners in a most excellent way.<br />

About the <strong>British</strong> Hanoverian Horse<br />

Society (BHHS):<br />

The BHHS is a full daughter society<br />

of the Verband Hannoverscher<br />

Warmblutzüchter (Hanoverian<br />

Warmblood <strong>Breeder</strong>s’ Association)<br />

in Germany. The impressive record<br />

of Hanoverian horses internationally<br />

underlines the importance of the<br />

relationship between a sound breeding<br />

programme and the highest level of<br />

achievement in sport.<br />

For further information please contact:<br />

Kate Eaton, Studbook Manager, The<br />

<strong>British</strong> Hanoverian Horse Society Email:<br />

bhhsuk@gmail.com - Telephone: +44 (0)<br />

7479 366 046<br />


Studbook News - Trakehners UK<br />

Trakehner <strong>Breeder</strong>s’<br />

Fraternity News<br />

October <strong>2022</strong><br />

With another very successful season<br />

for Trakehners, both on the national<br />

and international stage, in <strong>2022</strong>, the<br />

Trakehner <strong>Breeder</strong>s’ Fraternity (TBF)<br />

was very pleased to be able to grade<br />

a number of top quality new mares into<br />

the studbook.<br />

Three mares came forward at the<br />

annual grading show held at Solihull<br />

and all three became Premium Potential<br />

mares.<br />

Our Champion was Godington<br />

Burundi (Helium x Elite Godington<br />

Hannibal), a daughter of the Premium<br />

mare Godington Barcelona who<br />

also produced last year’s Reserve<br />

Godington Balenciaga. Reserve<br />

Champion was Claire Garrett’s<br />

homebred Genevieve (Godington Utah<br />

x Elite Godington Hannibal) who was<br />

also champion of the performance test<br />

confirming her Premium status. Reserve<br />

Champion of the performance test,<br />

and also achieving Premium status,<br />

was Rebecca Jackson’s Donaufee (Sir<br />

Sansibar x Donaufischer)<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Annual Grading Show L-R Godington<br />

Burundi, Genevieve, Donaufee<br />

A huge thank you to our judges<br />

Lynn Sander from the Trakehner<br />

Verband e.V., Mr Paul and Mrs Susan<br />

Attew from Holme Park Stud and<br />

our performance test rider Bryony<br />

Goodwin.<br />

Assessors Paul and Susan Attew then<br />

visited David Shand of Achilty Sports<br />

horses near Inverness to grade two<br />

Trakehner mares. Both mares were<br />

home bred out of Emily by I-Punkt.<br />

Achilty Miss Dezember, a 3 year old<br />

by the Herakles TSF son Dezember<br />

scored an amazing 59.5 points.<br />

Her year old half sister Achilty Miss<br />

Independent by Grafenstolz TSF scored<br />

53.5 points. Both mares are now<br />

eligible for Premium status subject to<br />

completing their Mare Performance<br />

Tests.<br />

Miss Dezember has also had a<br />

successful year in the show ring<br />

including Supreme of Show at both<br />

Sutherland and Ross-Shire Shows.<br />

Premium Potential graded<br />

Achilty Miss Dezember<br />

In international sport Tsetserleg TSF<br />

(Windfall x Buddenbrock) was on<br />

the Silver Medal winning team at the<br />

World Eventing Championships, and<br />

rider Boyd Martin also celebrated<br />

when Sky Moon (Sixtus x Cadeau)<br />

was the Young Event Horse champion<br />

in the USA. The <strong>British</strong> bred part-bred<br />

Trakehner Lordships Graffalo (by<br />

Grafenstolz) was 4th individually on his<br />

championship debut.<br />

The prestigious Bundeschampionate<br />

saw Trakehners excel in eventing<br />

once again with the 5 year old<br />

Vice Bundeschampion title going<br />

to Sturmpfeil ( Under Fire x Sixtus)<br />

and the bronze medal to Isselhook’s<br />

Outstanding ( Adorator x Latimer).<br />

The Trakehner influence was very<br />

strong in the successful bloodlines at<br />

the Dressage World Championships<br />

with the Dutch team horse Hermes (by<br />

Gribaldi), the German DSP Quantaz<br />

(out of a Hohenstein mare) and the top<br />

ten Marshall-Bell all carrying strong<br />

Trakehner blood up close.<br />

On home soil, Trakehners have been<br />

represented in a number of disciplines.<br />

The late HM Queen Elizabeth II’s<br />

homebred mare Daydream (Millennium<br />

x Lord Luciano) qualified for Horse of<br />

the Year Show in the hack section and<br />

came 4th in the very competitive final at<br />

the NEC. In dressage Godington Oriel<br />

(Elite Godington Hannibal x EH King<br />

Arthur) is winning with excellent scores<br />

at medium and about to debut at AM.<br />

Godington Trinidad (Elite Godington<br />

Hannibal x Maestro) was Area Festival<br />

Regional Medium Freestyle Champion.<br />

Approved stallion Godington Utah<br />

(Contis x Roland) and Godington<br />

Okavango (Elite Godington Hannibal<br />

x EH King Arthur) both qualified for the<br />

Horse Events evening championship<br />

joining previously qualified Godington<br />

Balenciaga (EH herzensdieb x Elite<br />

Godington Hannibal).<br />

Another successful season for<br />

Godington Balenciaga<br />

Paradressage Laura Gulliver rider has<br />

had a fabulous season with Farok v<br />

Singing (EH Hofrat x EH Munchhausen)<br />

with a top five place at the Nationals<br />

and a number of excellent results at FEI<br />

level all season.<br />

Farok v Singing and Laura<br />

Gulliver had a successful<br />

season at FEI and National<br />

para dressage<br />

Please remember to get your foal<br />

registrations in as soon as possible as<br />

the year end deadline draws in. The<br />

TBF can register both pure and part<br />

bred Trakehner foals.<br />


Studbook News - NPS<br />

<strong>British</strong> Riding Pony Show Hunter Pony Champion <strong>2022</strong> –<br />

Tandridge First Edition. Image courtesy 1st Class Images<br />

<strong>British</strong> Riding Pony<br />

Studbook News<br />

October <strong>2022</strong><br />

The National Pony Society (NPS) has run<br />

a number of events this summer for <strong>British</strong><br />

Riding Ponies (BRP). The first of these<br />

was the NPS Summer Championships in<br />

early August which contains the breed<br />

show for BRPs. The Vincent Taylor Cup is<br />

awarded to the champion <strong>British</strong> Riding<br />

Pony in the show pony section and is one<br />

of the most prestigious awards within the<br />

breed. This year the winner was Allan<br />

Dillingham’s homebred 2 year old filly<br />

Royaloaks (Aus) Love Scandal (Anton<br />

Scandal – Royaloaks (Aus) Love Affair<br />

by Royalwood Boy Soprano).<br />

The Vincent Taylor Reserve Champion<br />

was the champion stallion Moor Hall<br />

Peter Pan (Stanley Grange Cocksure<br />

– Moor Hall Tinkerbelle by Ninfield<br />

Spectacular), owned and bred by<br />

Mandy Godden and Mrs Newnham.<br />

Now a 6 year old, Peter Pan has been a<br />

prolific winner in hand and also won the<br />

Show Pony Gold Medal at the show.<br />

The Home Produced <strong>British</strong> Riding Pony<br />

Championship is always a competitive<br />

final and the champion came from the<br />

Show Hunter Pony class and was the 5<br />

year old gelding Tandridge First Edition,<br />

bred by Joanna Adams and owned by<br />

Samantha Ross (Tandridge Democrat –<br />

Bankswood Honeysuckle by Comberton<br />

Cadet). This pony had a fabulous show,<br />

also taking the Open SHP Final and the<br />

SHP Gold Medal and has already had a<br />

successful first season under saddle.<br />

Following the Summer Championships,<br />

a Sport Assessment was held for<br />

<strong>British</strong> Riding Pony mares and stallions<br />

alongside the Trakehner annual grading<br />

at Solihull Riding Centre. Martine<br />

Harding’s mare Adencroft Enchantress<br />

(Toy Boy II x Chasecroft Ladybird by<br />

Fairley Rembrandt) was awarded a mark<br />

of 50.5 which equalled a 72.14% and<br />

the mare was therefore awarded her<br />

Sports Accreditation. The 2 year old colt<br />

Martlees The Philosopher (The Squire<br />

x Towyvalley Firefly by Matchmaker of<br />

Towyvalley) was awarded 54.5 points<br />

and once he has applied for his stallion<br />

licence, will be eligible to be awarded<br />

his sports accreditation. His sire was<br />

the highest scoring pony at last year’s<br />

assessment.<br />

The NPS end of season showing finale<br />

was the Great <strong>British</strong> In Hand Show held<br />

at Onley Grounds EC. The riding pony<br />

sections were especially strong and<br />

the champion in the show pony section<br />

came from the broodmare class where<br />

Lindsey Hewitt & Sophie Clohessy’s 15<br />

year old Rhos Extravagance (Derwent<br />

Rainbow Bandit x Rhos Eloquence by<br />

Walstead Composer) took the title of<br />

Supreme <strong>British</strong> Riding Pony (Show<br />

Pony). In the hunter pony equivalent, Di<br />

Nicholson’s homebred stallion Dibynn<br />

Status Symbol (Tiger Attack x Status<br />

View xx by Modern Day) took the title.<br />

The climax of the show is overall supreme<br />

where each breed champion comes<br />

forward under the spotlights. Out of<br />

16 horses and ponies forward, the two<br />

<strong>British</strong> Riding Pony representatives did<br />

the breed proud by finishing eventual<br />

3rd (Dibynn Status Symbol) and 4th<br />

(Rhos Extravagance).<br />

<strong>British</strong> Riding Pony Breed Champion <strong>2022</strong> –<br />

Royaloaks (Aus) Love Scandal. Image courtesy<br />

1st Class Images<br />

Sports Accreditation awarded broodmare<br />

Adencroft Enchantress<br />

Broodmare Rhos Extravagance winning at the<br />

Great <strong>British</strong> In Hand Show. Image courtesy 1st<br />

Class Images<br />


Studbook News - SHB(GB)<br />

Sport Horse<br />

Breeding of<br />

Great Britain<br />

Success Breeds Success<br />

It has been a good end to the sporting<br />

season for the SHB(GB) studbook<br />

and its breeders with many SHB(GB)<br />

registered horses gaining good places<br />

at championship events and shows.<br />

What is satisfying for many breeders<br />

is that previously successful SHB(GB)<br />

graded mares and stallions are indeed<br />

producing successful offspring. Horses<br />

however are only half of the winning<br />

equation. Promising horses need<br />

competent riders and we are fortunate<br />

to have breeders that recognise this and<br />

give their young horses the best sporting<br />

chance.<br />


At the World Championships in<br />

Pratoni, Ros Canter and the SHB(GB)<br />

representative Lordships Graffalo<br />

(Grafenstolz-Rock King) were called up<br />

for the <strong>British</strong> team. The fourth placed<br />

pair could not have come closer to world<br />

honours missing the bronze medal by a<br />

whisker – just 3.6 penalties separated<br />

the top five horses. The pair led the team<br />

to fourth place again narrowly missing<br />

out, by less than a penalty behind the<br />

New Zealand bronze medal team.<br />

Austin O’Connor and Salty Syndicate’s<br />

SHB(GB) grey Colorado Blue finished<br />

in 18th and were the best of the Irish<br />

team. Bred by Kate Jarvey Colorado<br />

Blue is by the leading sire Jaguar Mail<br />

out of Rock Me Baby who is also by<br />

Rock King.<br />

Land Rover Burghley Horse trials<br />

Jonelle Price and Classic Moet (Classic<br />

xx- Bohemond xx) produced another<br />

outstanding performance to finish in<br />

a final fourth place winning another<br />

SHB(GB) award (to the highest placed<br />

horse by an SHB(GB) stallion) for owner<br />

Tricia Rickards. The pair has previously<br />

finished third and fifth at Burghley and<br />

won Badminton in 2018. The 19-yearold<br />

mare won her connections the<br />

inaugural Avebury trophy, awarded for<br />

the best cross-country round of the day.<br />

Judge Capt. Mark Phillips said: “Jonelle’s<br />

round on Classic Moet was the only<br />

one inside the time - but that wasn’t the<br />

deciding factor. The mare did it more<br />

easily than the others, and still had time<br />

to add a stride at the final two fences”.<br />

It was a first Burghley for 11th placed<br />

Pencos Crown Jewel, who with<br />

Ros Canter was second at Bramham<br />

CCI4*-L in June. The 13-year-old mare,<br />

another bred by Penny Wallace, is by<br />

the former leading SHB(GB) graded sire<br />

Jumbo and is a half-sister to Lordships<br />

Graffalo, also out of the SHB(GB)<br />

graded mare Cornish Queen (Rock<br />

King-Ben Faerie).<br />

Jack of Clubs trumps the five-year-old final<br />

Dubarry Burghley Young Event horse<br />

final<br />

It was a popular win in the five-year-old<br />

championship for Jack of Clubs and<br />

Robyn Gray. The SHB(GB) bay gelding<br />

bred by owner Mary Tweddle is by<br />

Duke of Hearts out of the international<br />

SHB(GB) Head Studbook mare<br />

(Gurtera) Annie Clover, formerly ridden<br />

by Mary’s daughter Nicola Wilson - the<br />

pair represented Great Britain at the<br />

2014 World Championships. Robyn took<br />

the ride on the young horses following<br />

Nicola’s fall at Badminton in May.<br />

“He was brilliant, I can’t fault him,” said<br />

Robyn. “The young horses I am currently<br />

riding are a credit to Nicola and I feel<br />

very privileged to be sitting on them.”<br />

SHB(GB) registered Zingi was third in<br />

the four-year-old final ridden by Susie<br />

Berry. Bred in Otterburn by Tim and<br />

Anne Robson the bay gelding is by the<br />

former SHB(GB) graded advanced<br />

event stallion Take it 2 the Limit out of<br />

Nutmeg V by Drayton, who like Jumbo,<br />

was a son of the famous Irish<br />

Draught Skippy.<br />

Mondial du Lion<br />

Many congratulations to <strong>British</strong> team<br />

rider Sarah Bullimore and her homebred<br />

Corimiro, who was third in the sixyear-old<br />

final of the prestigious FEI<br />

WBFSH Eventing World Breeding<br />

Championships at Le Lions D’Angers in<br />

France. The SHB(GB) studbook gelding<br />

is by the SHB(GB) approved sire Amiro<br />

Z (Amigo Toss xx- Ramiro Z) out of<br />

Sarah’s former five-star competition<br />

mare Lilly Corinne (by Lovis Forinth)<br />

and is a half-brother to Corouet (by<br />

Balou du Rouet) with whom Sarah won<br />

individual bronze at the 2021 European<br />

Championships. Of the 12 horses and<br />

riders selected to represent GB, Corimiro<br />

was one of only two horses representing<br />

the SHB(GB) studbook and sadly one of<br />

just three <strong>British</strong>-bred horses in the whole<br />

of the competition of 117 horses.<br />


Pencos Crown Jewel makes a successful Burghley debut. Credit. Peter Nixon Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.<br />

The success of SHB(GB) horses in<br />

competition means that currently the<br />

Studbook is holding fifth place in the<br />

WBFSH eventing studbook ranking –<br />

SHB(GB) was fifth at in 2021 out of the<br />

60 WBFSH member studbooks. The<br />

top six horses that have contributed to<br />

the standing are the aforementioned<br />

Lordships Graffalo, Pencos Crown<br />

Jewel, Classic Moet and Colorado<br />

Blue, as well as Faerie Dianimo<br />

(Dimaggio-Catherston Dazzler) third<br />

at Luhmuhlen 5* this year with Jonelle<br />

Price, and Menlo Park (Berlin-Rock<br />

King) ridden for New Zealand by Clarke<br />

Johnstone – the pair contested the World<br />


Studbook News - SHB(GB)<br />

The Life of the Party - Credit 1st Class Images<br />

Championships. Of interest four of the six<br />

are out of SHB(GB) graded Rock King<br />

mares. Lordships Graffalo and Pencos<br />

Crown Jewel are out of Cornish Queen<br />

by Rock King, Colorado Blue is out of<br />

Rock Me Baby by Rock King and Menlo<br />

Park is out of Faerie Queen by Rock<br />

King. Faerie Queen was in fact a halfsister<br />

to Faerie Dazzler who is the dam<br />

of Faerie Dianimo, both sharing the dam<br />

Clayton Mudlark who was by the wellknown<br />

thoroughbred sire Ben Faerie,<br />

one of the cornerstone sires of eventing<br />

breeding. This sire is also the maternal<br />

grandsire of Pencos Crown Jewel and<br />

Lordships Graffalo meaning four of six<br />

horses also have Ben Faerie bloodlines.<br />

Gortermone Vittorio Douglas –<br />

Credit 1st Class Images<br />


SHOW<br />

International event rider Nick<br />

Gauntlett, who alongside competing,<br />

runs Chescombe Stud in South<br />

Gloucestershire, produced the<br />

sport horse foal champion at our<br />

championship show in September. The<br />

attractive foal named Life of the Party is<br />

by the stud’s homebred SHB(GB) graded<br />

stallion The After Party (Primitive<br />

Proposal-Talon R) out of a KWPN<br />

mare by the jumping sire Cantos. It was<br />

however Regina Daly’s Irish-bred threeyear-old<br />

Gortermone Vittorio Douglas<br />

(Vittorio-Ard vdl Douglas) that took<br />

the overall sport horse crown adding<br />

another championship sash to his<br />

’22 tally.<br />


So far this year the Society has graded<br />

five stallions into the studbook and<br />

approved two from other studbooks. The<br />

seven stallions represent a diversity of<br />

breeds and bloodlines that SHB(GB) is<br />

proud of. Those that passed a grading<br />

are: Rosie Dicken’s four-year-old<br />

homebred thoroughbred Devil’s Cub<br />

xx (Hellvellyn-Tamayuz), Paul Hallum’s<br />

five-year-old Hevans Royal Revolution<br />

(Royal Rubin- Demonstrator), Mrs<br />

The Irish Draught Castlegar Cool Fin passed his<br />

SHB(GB) grading<br />

Tea Witchall’s Hevans Shockadelica<br />

(Santana-San Remo), Mr Tom Burke’s<br />

Irish Draught Castlegar Cool Fin<br />

(Castlegar Fin Grove-All the Diamonds)<br />

and Martin Wood’s four-year-old<br />

Zangersheide Carrasco Z (Comilfo Plus-<br />

Bamako de Muze). The two approvals<br />

are Caunton Manor Stud’s Oldenburg<br />

Comfort (Christian-Last Liberty) and the<br />

Godolphin-bred winning thoroughbred<br />

Mildenberger (Teofilo-Dubawi) now with<br />

Groomsbridge Stud. Details of all our<br />

graded stallions can be found on<br />

the website.<br />

Contact:<br />

T: 01732 866277<br />

E: marian@sporthorsegb.co.uk<br />

FB: Sport Horse Breeding (GB)<br />

W: www.sporthorsegb.co.uk<br />


Studbook News - SPSS<br />

The Sports Pony Studbook Society<br />

MM Lady Marmalade- Lenzon Images<br />

AES Stallion<br />

Gradings and<br />

Welfare<br />

Once again, we offered a blended<br />

approach to SPSS Gradings in <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

There were full “in-person” stallion<br />

and mare gradings at a number of<br />

venues plus the opportunity to eGrade<br />

mares or present a stallion for a prEgrading<br />

virtual “eAssessment” (both by<br />

supplying video footage). Overall, we<br />

were very pleased with the success of<br />

this approach and a hybrid approach<br />

was also used for SPSS passported or<br />

overstamped youngstock who could<br />

either be evaluated in person at an<br />

SPSS event or they could be evaluated<br />

through the <strong>British</strong> Breeding Futurity<br />

(both in-person & virtual) where they<br />

were also eligible for an SPSS Premium,<br />

based on their Futurity Evaluation score.<br />

The scores of all eligible youngstock<br />

went forward to the SPSS End of Year<br />

Youngstock Awards and the SPSS is<br />

delighted to also announce those results<br />

as well as the Mare & Stallion Grading<br />

Champions.<br />

Stallions<br />

The SPSS team were pleased that<br />

all bar two of the stallions who were<br />

presented “in-person” in <strong>2022</strong> passed<br />

and have been accepted as SPSS<br />

Graded Stallions. Another stallion that<br />

was seen in person successfully in 2021,<br />

but deferred completion of the postgrading<br />

process until <strong>2022</strong>, has also<br />

now completed the process and been<br />

accepted, so a total of 7 new stallions<br />

will stand with the SPSS in 2023.<br />

So our congratulations to the breeders<br />

and owners of...<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Stallion Grading Champion,<br />

Summer Solstice (Millcroft Royal<br />

Lustre x Cotrell Artiste). This 15 year old<br />

WPCS Section B was bred by Miss W<br />

Fairbrother and is owned by Charlotte<br />

Caple. Only lightly used at stud todate,<br />

of his 3 known progeny, the two<br />

bred by his owner have achieved Gold<br />

Premiums (ie scored over 80%) when<br />

evaluated as Sports Ponies by the SPSS<br />

or Futurity. Rockwood Royal Celebration<br />

was Reserve Part-bred Champion at<br />

the WPCS SWA Summer Medal Show<br />

this year. His other foal, now a 3 year<br />

old, won the 2/3 year old class at the<br />

same show, was 4th in the Sports Horse<br />

class at Devon County Show in <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

and has also been placed in other local<br />

shows. Summer Solstice himself did well<br />

showing as a youngster and stallion and<br />

more recently has been getting good<br />

scores in Prelim and Novice unaffiliated<br />

dressage classes, recently winning<br />

a Senior Showing & Dressage class.<br />

Summer Solstice impressed the judges<br />

at his grading, with their comments<br />

including “good sports pony type”,<br />

“very balanced and elastic, with good<br />

attitude”. He achieved a high score<br />

of 83%.<br />

The <strong>2022</strong> Stallion Grading Reserve<br />

Champion, Trá Bháin Tailors Shadow<br />

(Silver Shadow x Moy Johnny’s Pride)<br />

Gorsebrook Hot Shot- Joshua<br />

Steer Photography<br />


Studbook News - SPSS<br />

is a 3 year old Connemara, bred in<br />

Ireland by Micheál Reaney and owned<br />

by Pauline Keegan. Licensed as Class<br />

1 by the CPBS in Ireland, this young<br />

stallion is from strong performance lines<br />

with not just his sire having jumped<br />

internationally himself and having FEI<br />

Showjumping progeny, but his dam<br />

Ballinakill Lass is also the dam of the FEI<br />

Showjumping pony, Jack The Lad, who<br />

competes internationally for Denmark.<br />

At the grading, the judges praised his<br />

loose jumping saying “excellent attitude,<br />

willing and bold” and that he had “very<br />

good scope”, awarding him 79.29%.<br />

You can find out more about all the<br />

stallions accepted in <strong>2022</strong>, as well as<br />

the other stallions standing with the SPSS,<br />

in 2023 on our website in the New Year.<br />

Mares<br />

We are delighted to announce that<br />

across the 18 mares graded by the SPSS<br />

in <strong>2022</strong>, the Mare Grading Supreme<br />

Champion is Naomi Maxted-Massey’s<br />

home-bred MM Lady Marmalade<br />

(Chartstürmer WE x Ohio). A 5<br />

year old, who gained 83.54% and<br />

graded into the Head Studbook, she<br />

was described by the judge as a<br />

Summer Solstice- Tanja Davis Photography<br />

Trá Bháin Tailors Shadow -<br />

Tanja Davis Photography<br />

“lovely sports type that should do well<br />

under saddle” and “well mannered”.<br />

Marmalade is currently in foal to FS Mr<br />

Right but prior to this had been training<br />

at Novice level dressage and 1m show<br />

jumping and her dam, Delphy Tango,<br />

is a proven eventer who completed the<br />

3* CDIO at Blenheim in 2011, jumping<br />

clear in both the cross country and<br />

showjumping phases.<br />

The next highest scoring mare, and <strong>2022</strong><br />

Reserve Supreme Champion mare, is11<br />

year old Spirit. Of unproven parentage<br />

(although her sire is believed to be the<br />

Quarter Horse ST TS Sundance King),<br />

Spirit is on loan to Lauren Scarratt who<br />

describes her as a “super fun, forward<br />

thinking mare for any job” and indeed,<br />

Spirit has competed at Western dressage<br />

& barrel racing, plus unaffiliated<br />

dressage, show jumping and hunter trials<br />

as well as teaching young children<br />

to ride.<br />

Presented with her <strong>2022</strong> foal (by HEJ<br />

Roobikks Kuba and who was awarded<br />

Futurity & SPSS Gold Premiums) at foot,<br />

the judge described her as a “good,<br />

strong sports pony type with correct<br />

paces” and awarded her 81.67% which<br />

is a Head Studbook score but, due to her<br />

missing pedigree, she had to go into the<br />

Preliminary Studbook.<br />

A further 3 mares also gained over<br />

80% and, as all had a full 3 generation<br />

pedigree, they went into the SPSS Head<br />

Studbook.<br />

Youngstock<br />

We are delighted to announce that<br />

the <strong>2022</strong> SPSS Supreme Youngstock<br />

Champion title goes to the pony foal<br />

Gorsebrook Hot Shot (Pennal The<br />

Great x Mossrose Triumphant). Bred<br />

and owned by Sally Hibbert, Hot Shot<br />

gained 9.025 at her in-person Futurity<br />

Evaluation and so was awarded a<br />

coveted Futurity Elite Premium. Sally’s<br />

filly, is her second foal out of her SPSS<br />

Head Studbook mare, Rafthouse Gee<br />

Tee I, who is by a Morgan stallion out<br />

of an Arab cross <strong>British</strong> Riding Pony<br />

mare. Remarkably the first foal, full sister<br />

Gorsebrook Hot Totty, scored identically<br />

when presented at the 2021 Futurity<br />

and was the joint 2021 SPSS Reserve<br />

Supreme Youngstock Champion.<br />

The <strong>2022</strong> Reserve Supreme Youngstock<br />

Champion title goes to another Futurity<br />

Elite Premium recipient, Diane Kilshaw’s<br />

home-bred Henza Simply Irresistible<br />

(Rubin Royal x Dressman I) who scored<br />

9.0. Simply Irresistible is another out of<br />

Diane’s wonderful SPSS Elite graded<br />

veteran mare, Sophie, for whom this is<br />

the third foal to be awarded a Futurity<br />

Elite since she arrived in the UK from<br />

Germany in 2019.<br />

Overall, 29 SPSS GOLD Premiums were<br />

awarded and 13 Premiums the SPSS was<br />

thrilled with the quality of youngstock<br />

presented, either directly or through the<br />

Futurity, and we look forward to seeing<br />

these youngsters shine as sports ponies<br />

in the future.<br />

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Baileys Horse Feeds - Futurity Report<br />

Catherston<br />

Horses Shine<br />

on Home Turf<br />

It was a good day at the office for<br />

Charlotte Dicker and the home team at<br />

Catherston Stud at the <strong>British</strong> Breeding/<br />

Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Evaluations<br />

held at this popular venue on 15 August.<br />

Catherston Stud fielded no fewer than 13<br />

entries, and hauled an impressive 4 Elite<br />

scores and 9 Gold awards.<br />

The top score of the day went to the<br />

beautiful 5yo, Catherston Tuxedo,<br />

who earned an Elite score of 9.2 for<br />

dressage, securing not only the top<br />

score of the day but the joint top score<br />

of the <strong>2022</strong> series. He came forward<br />

with a score of 9.5 from the vet, and the<br />

evaluators commented on his ridden<br />

performance that he was uphill and<br />

elegant, showing presence and good<br />

trainability. He earned 9.5 for both his<br />

trot and canter, showing good extension<br />

and balance.<br />

Tuxedo also earned an Elite Score as a<br />

4yo, qualifying him for the Equine Bridge<br />

where he gave an excellent account of<br />

himself at the 2-day performance test<br />

in February. He is currently competing<br />

at Novice level, consistently scoring<br />

over 70%, and has just stepped up to<br />

elementary, while at home he is already<br />

training at medium. “The aim is to qualify<br />

him for the regionals and then aim for<br />

the World Breeding Championships next<br />

year”, said Charlotte.<br />

“He is the youngest progeny of<br />

Catherston Georgia, who was one of<br />

Jennie’s experiment mares”, explained<br />

Charlotte. “Georgia’s sire is an<br />

American saddle bred and the dam line<br />

is Hanoverian.”<br />

Tuxedo’s sire is Catherston’s prolific<br />

stallion, Timolin, <strong>British</strong> Breeding<br />

leading sire of 2021, who evented at<br />

intermediate and is now doing well at<br />

Grand Prix level in dressage, ridden by<br />

Lizzie Murray.<br />

Smiling<br />

Catherston Tuxedo<br />

Catherston Time Again<br />

Timolin also sired the top foal of the day,<br />

Smiling, a chestnut colt out of Tayvale<br />

Illusion by Baloon (by Balou Du Rouet).<br />

This foal scored 9.1 for an Elite award<br />

for eventing. The evaluators commented<br />

that he showed great suspension and<br />

uphill in trot, with a lovely reach and well<br />

balanced in canter.<br />

Another Timolin offspring, Catherston<br />

Time Again, out of a Breitling W mare,<br />

scored 9.1 for an Elite for dressage,<br />

and the highest yearling score of the<br />

day. This lovely well developed filly<br />

showed suppleness through the body,<br />

earning 9.5 for trot which was light<br />

with suspension.<br />

The top dressage foal of the day<br />

was Tambatini, by Timolin out of a<br />

Hanovarian mare by Stedinger. Owned<br />

and bred by Charlotte, this lovely foal<br />

scored 9.1 for an Elite award in eventing.<br />

The evaluators commented that this<br />

foal was well proportioned and very<br />

elegant, with an uphill, ground covering<br />

trot and very well balanced in canter.<br />

Tambatini<br />

Lynne Crowden’s Woodlander Stud<br />

also had an excellent day, with Carsten<br />

Sandrock showing two Woodlander<br />

Dornroschen progeny. Woodlander<br />

Die Rose, a 2yo filly, by Danciero out of<br />

Woodlander Dornroschen (Dimaggio<br />

x Caprimond), scored 9.1 for a superb<br />

Elite award for dressage. The evaluators<br />

were impressed with this lovely young<br />

mare commenting that she is an elegant,<br />

modern type and very harmonious. She<br />

scored 9 for a big walk, 9.5 for her trot<br />

with great articulation of the hock, and<br />

9.25 for the canter, which was uphill<br />

and light.<br />

Another Dornroschen daughter,<br />

Woodlander Belle Du Jour, a 3yo filly by<br />

Atterupgaards Botticelli, scored 8.875<br />

for a high Gold Award for dressage.<br />

The evaluators described her as an<br />

elegant, modern type, supple through<br />

the body and very uphill. She scored 9<br />

for conformation and 9 again for her trot<br />

showing great suspension.<br />


Photos: Tanja Davis

Baileys Horse Feeds - Futurity Report<br />

Woodlander<br />

Dornroschen<br />

Woodlander Dornroschen<br />

Woodlander Die Rose is the youngest<br />

of the progeny produced by Lynne’s<br />

amazing foundation mare, Woodlander<br />

Dornroschen, now aged 20. “Rosie has<br />

Cushings Disease, and we felt it may<br />

be time to retire her”, explained Lynne.<br />

Dornroschen, whose name translates to<br />

‘Sleeping Beauty’, was bred in Germany<br />

by Karin Hoerner, who used the great<br />

Dimaggio on a Hanoverian mare<br />

by Caprimond.<br />

Lynne bought Dornroeschen as a foal<br />

and started her under saddle with<br />

Amanda Leaker. After a successful<br />

ridden career winning several<br />

international Grand Prix, Dornroschen<br />

came back to Lynne to breed aged<br />

16, and many Woodlander offspring<br />

have been produced in the last 4-5<br />

years. She is renowned for producing<br />

the double world champion of young<br />

dressage horses, Woodlander Farouche,<br />

who was crowned world champion<br />

in Verden in 2011 and 2012. The<br />

significant heredity of Dornrochen is<br />

of great importance. Lynne continues,<br />

“She has done a lot of embryo transfers<br />

and produced some great progeny,<br />

including 4 licenced sons. Franz<br />

Ferdinand is already siring Elite foals; For<br />

Woodlander Die Rose<br />

Kingdom, who has already produced<br />

For Peace, a premium Hanoverian for<br />

licencing, Freddie M, and Fosbury, who<br />

was sold to Sweden”.<br />

Lynne has taken the decision to<br />

discontinue the Woodlander Stud in its<br />

present format and is joining forces with<br />

Nicole Nelson’s Tramontana Stud to<br />

create a new, virtual stud, The Breeding<br />

Partnership, which will use the suffix<br />

‘TBP’.<br />

“Nicole is a vet, and a good friend and<br />

we can work well together, as well as<br />

continuing to breed separately”, said<br />

Lynne. Nicole’s daughter, Emelia, rode<br />

Lynne’s pony stallion, Woodlander<br />

Wales, to great success in horse classes<br />

and it is hoped that she will do young<br />

horse classes with Belle du Jour.<br />

The new enterprise will be based<br />

around Dornroschen’s offspring, and 3<br />

daughters in particular. Diamond Bar,<br />

by Double Bubble, who has a Dancier<br />

Gold foal already sold; Belle Du Jour,<br />

by Atterupgaards Botticelli, has had two<br />

embryos by Woodlander Wild Fire and<br />

Vitalos who was second in the World<br />

Breeding Championships in Ermelo, and<br />

Woodlander Die Rose, by Danciero,<br />

who is heading to Germany for her<br />

mare test before coming back to the UK<br />

for a ridden career to start with Emelia<br />

Nelson and will also have some embryo<br />

transfers.<br />

“Die Rose is a half sister to Farouche<br />

and has loads of ability. It was always<br />

said of Farouche that she didn’t need<br />

producing, and the rider must not get in<br />

the way of her natural ability, and I think<br />

the same can be said of Die Rose, she is<br />

just like Farouche”, said Lynne.<br />

With such great progeny carrying<br />

Dornroschen blood, and several<br />

generations already proving themselves<br />

under saddle and in the breeding shed, it<br />

is safe to say that the line is not<br />

finished yet.<br />

Photos: Tanja Davis<br />


Baileys Horse Feeds - Futurity Report<br />

Henza Simply Irresistible<br />

A very strong entry of youngsters came<br />

before the vet/nutritionist team of Liam<br />

Kearns and Lorna Edgar, linear scorers<br />

Anna Lowndes and Sasha Whitaker<br />

and the panel of expert evaluators, Katy<br />

Holder-Vale and Carron Nicol, giving<br />

them plenty to think about.<br />

The top sports pony of the day was<br />

Diane Kilshaw’s Henza Simply<br />

Irresistible, with a score of 9 for an Elite<br />

Award. Diane purchased Henza Simply<br />

Irresistible’s dam, German Riding Pony<br />

Elite/St Pr St Sophie, from her German<br />

breeder in 2018 as a 19yr old career<br />

broodmare in foal to Dallmayr K. Diane<br />

explains “Sophie produced four licensed<br />

stallions, seven State Premium mares, a<br />

Bundeschampion winner plus successful<br />

competition jumping and dressage<br />

ponies in Germany. Since arriving at<br />

Henza Stud she has produced four fillies,<br />

three gained BB Futurity Elite status and<br />

the fourth, by my stallion Dark Knight,<br />

missed out in Covid year. Sophie is by<br />

Dressman 1, one of the most successful<br />

FEI dressage ponies ever”.<br />

For her <strong>2022</strong> filly and her 20th foal,<br />

Henza Simply Irresistible, Diane chose<br />

Royal Rubin, aiming to breed a small<br />

horse with the great rideability and<br />

balance that Rubinstein and his sons are<br />

renown for. “I was also impressed with<br />

Royal Rubin’s dam’s success in breeding<br />

to Grand Prix level and I’m very pleased<br />

with the result” she added.<br />

Furst London was the highest placed<br />

4yo, scoring 8.7 for a Gold award<br />

for dressage. By Fursten-Look, out of<br />

Friederike (x Foundation), Furst London<br />

is owned and bred by Natasha Powertis<br />

who plans to do young horse classes<br />

next year. “The plan is to keep him<br />

entire. I will see what he is like and<br />

hopefully he will combine competing<br />

with stud duties”, she said.<br />

Grafs Ultra Violet, by Grafenstolz out of<br />

a Langarth Triple mare, earned a Gold<br />

award and top 3yo for eventing for<br />

owner and breeder, Francesca Gorni.<br />

The gelding impressed evaluators with his<br />

bold attitude and using his brain down<br />

the jumping lane. Franchesca, a full time<br />

groom for international event rider, Tom<br />

McEwen, has owned the dam, Langarth<br />

Gabrielle, for 12 years. “She is my horse<br />

of a lifetime, but sadly was injured and<br />

unable to stay in work. Breeding from<br />

her was the best decision we ever made.<br />

She is Welsh X TB which has given her<br />

3 foals the best personalities and good<br />

looks too!” she explained. “I plan to<br />

keep him and may even persuade Tom<br />

to ride him for me, but if not I guess the<br />

brave pants will do!”<br />

Grafs Ultra Violet<br />

Rebecca Gordon’s OFS Laurenzo’s<br />

Amore was the highest scoring 2yo<br />

for eventing, earning a Gold award.<br />

The evaluators liked her nice rhythm<br />

in walk and trot and ground covering<br />

canter. The filly, aka Amy, is out of<br />

a thoroughbred eventing mare, Miss<br />

Moonchild (Baron Belvedere), who is<br />

now retired but evented successfully at<br />

novice level.<br />

Laurenzo’s Amore<br />

“Amy has always been very special to<br />

us as she is the first foal by my eventing<br />

stallion, Ashwey Laurenzo and we were<br />

thrilled with the mark she received and<br />

the comments from the judges”, said<br />

Rebecca, who plans to offer Amy for<br />

sale at the Futurity Elite Auction.<br />

TDF Conqueror of Dreams, by the<br />

registered Welsh section C stallion,<br />

Popsters Tommy Cockles, out of<br />

Wonderland (Woodlander Wild Child),<br />

was the top scoring sports pony yearling,<br />

with a Gold score of 8.25. “She is the<br />

most lovely kind yearling and I am very<br />

proud of her”, said owner and breeder,<br />

Tammy Ruffles. “Her stable name is<br />

Orlaya, which means beautiful white<br />

flower, and she will be sold to make an<br />

amazing child’s pony” added Tammy.<br />

Mr Banks, by Cash Point out of a<br />

Dayano mare, was bred by Sharon<br />

Baldwin at Meadow Stud and is now<br />

owned by Sophie Collins. The 3yo<br />

gelding earned a Gold award for<br />

showjumping, the top score of the day in<br />

this category, and impressed the judges<br />

with his quality and scopey type. His<br />

dam, Dayano’s Dragonfly, was born<br />

at Meadow stud and enjoyed success<br />

in both BE and BD before returning for<br />

breeding duties. “She has produced<br />

some fabulous offspring including<br />

her Futurity Elite foal ‘Fire & Ice’ by<br />

Priestwood Jasper”, said breeder,<br />

Sharon Baldwin. Known as ‘Banksy’ at<br />

home, Sophie bought him last year and<br />

plans to produce him for dressage and<br />

as an all-rounder.<br />

Perfect Escape was the top scoring 2yo<br />

for showjumping, earning a top Silver<br />

award. Owned and bred by Stevie<br />

Reynolds, Perfect Escape (AKA Poppy)<br />

by Escape Z was bred out of his KWPN<br />

competition mare, Binini W (AKA Beau)<br />

by Unaniem. “I purchased Beau 10<br />

years ago. She is a sensitive sharp soul<br />

who has certainly taught me how to be<br />

a better rider. We have enjoyed many<br />

years jumping up to 1m20 and she’s<br />

super brave. Poppy is our first home<br />

bred foal and we bred her as Beau<br />

sustained a second bone bruise injury<br />

and her future was questionable”. said<br />

Stevie, who intends to keep Poppy and<br />

produce her for show jumping.<br />


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MSF Friday Feeling<br />

Quality Field<br />

at Reaseheath<br />

A high quality entry of young horses<br />

from across the disciplines greeted the<br />

Futurity Evaluations team at Reaseheath<br />

College on 22 August, where two Elite<br />

scores and a host of Gold awards were<br />

presented.<br />

Joint top scores of the day went to<br />

Haydn and Charlotte Davies’ lovely<br />

colt foal for dressage, MSF Friday<br />

Feeling, with the highest scoring foal for<br />

dressage, and Sally Hibbert’s highest<br />

scoring Sports Pony foal, Gorsebrook<br />

Hot Shot, both on a score of 9.025 for<br />

an Elite award.<br />

MSF Friday Feeling, called Storm at<br />

home, is by Franz Ferdinand. His dam,<br />

Sunday, was bred by Woodlander<br />

Stud by Supertramp out of a Woiwode<br />

mare (West End Girl). Her dam line<br />

is built on one of the most successful<br />

Westfalen lines with multiple Grand Prix<br />

horses and at least 17 state stallions.<br />

“We purchased Sunday already in<br />

foal to Franz. She is a super chilled out<br />

mare who loves people and Storm is<br />

very much the same as his Mum”, said<br />

Charlotte, who intends to keep him as<br />

her dressage horse.<br />

Sally Hibbert enjoyed success as a<br />

first time breeder at the 2021 Futurity<br />

with Gorsebrook Hot Totty, and did not<br />

expect another Elite with her second<br />

home bred, Gorsebrook Hot Shot, aka<br />

Kip. Sally’s mare, Gee (Rafthouse Gee<br />

Tee I), was an unplanned purchase. “I<br />

loved her the minute I saw her as a two<br />

year old. Gee’s Dam (Vlacq Serni), bred<br />

by the Pyke family was a prolific winner<br />

in-hand and was a prolific brood mare,<br />

hunting and PC pony. Her Dam, Hutton<br />

Ambo Chloe was a top Show pony”,<br />

explained Sally. She chose the stallion,<br />

Pennal The Great, and having achieved<br />

success first time around she used<br />

him again.<br />

The top scoring foal for showjumping<br />

was Sofia TS, by Van Gogh out of<br />

Hayavanta (Carembar De Muze), who<br />

scored 8.75 for a Gold award. This<br />

filly is owned and bred by Walter Scott.<br />

Gorsebrook Hot Shot<br />

“The filly’s dam, Hayavanta, was bought<br />

as a foal in Holland due to her fantastic<br />

dam line. Her offspring include a Big<br />

Star Stallion, Kensington Star, now 7<br />

and competing at 140 in America. All<br />

her other 5 offspring are fillies and are<br />

retained by myself”, explained Walter.<br />

“Her 6 year old by Diamant de Semilly<br />

achieved 8.8 as a foal at the Futurity,<br />

and has now had 2 foals of her own.<br />

One is her colt by Van Gogh and his<br />

exceptional quality lead me to use Van<br />

Gogh on Hayavanta. Sofia will be<br />

retained, and eventually go into sport.<br />

Hayavanta has been scanned in foal to<br />

Big Star for next year and we are hoping<br />

for a filly this time”.<br />

The top score for eventing and the<br />

highest 2yo was Pryme D’Zyne, owned<br />

and bred by Suzanna Whalley. Known<br />


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as Ari, this lovely bay gelding is by<br />

Hemmingway out of a Westenwind<br />

mare. “Ari is the first foal from my<br />

KWPN mare, Epernay ELS, aka Inka,<br />

who was purchased as a 3yo. Inka<br />

competed in <strong>British</strong> Dressage successfully<br />

up to Medium level until a field injury<br />

ended her competition career aged 11.<br />

She also has a keen jump and competed<br />

up to 1.10m”, said Suzanna, who plans<br />

to keep Ari and compete him herself<br />

and has put her mare back in foal to<br />

Glamourdale.<br />

HEJ High Flyer, aka Fly, was the top<br />

scoring sports pony yearling with a<br />

score of 8.475 for a Gold award. Bred<br />

by Vikki Horsfield and now owned by<br />

Lucy Penrose, Fly is by Vikki’s home-bred<br />

Trakehner x Arab stallion Hej Roobikks<br />

Kuba who has evented to BE 100 level.<br />

“Fly’s dam was a thoroughbred mare of<br />

unknown breeding, but she has passed<br />

on her beautiful temperament to Fly”,<br />

said Lucy, who is an equine vet and top<br />

level showing judge who plans to keep<br />

Fly and produce her as a show hunter.<br />

Maximus Bonita, aka Max, was the<br />

highest scoring foal for eventing with a<br />

Gold award for owner and breeder, Sue<br />

Oldham of Arabians Unlimited Ltd. Sue<br />

bought Max’s dam, Ela Bonita, as a 4<br />

year old. “I wanted her for Dressage,<br />

but early in her career I broke my<br />

shoulder so she went to Chris Smith and<br />

had a successful year show jumping”,<br />

explained Sue. She then decided to<br />

breed and her partner, Ryan, an eminent<br />

Arabian trainer and breeder, chose<br />

the Trakehner stallion, Craig. “Ryan<br />

bought me a breeding but sadly he died<br />

and never got to see the result of his<br />

choice. Max is a super colt with scopey<br />

movement, and I would love him to go<br />

to a professional eventer to fulfil his<br />

potential”, said Sue.<br />

Michelle Elswood’s Kydan Cruising<br />

on Guidam, aka Fox, was the highest<br />

scoring yearling for showjumping. As a<br />

first time breeder, Michelle had bid on<br />

Pryme D’Zyne<br />

Kydan Cruising on Guidam<br />

HEJ High Flyer<br />

and won a stallion covering at Kydan<br />

Stud and planned to breed a youngster<br />

for her daughters to ride. Sadly, they<br />

had the devastating experience of losing<br />

their foal when their mare suffered a<br />

late abortion. But the kindness and<br />

support shown by Vicky Hartley and<br />

Kydan Stud lead Michelle to consider<br />

buying a foal. She decided on a foal<br />

by Vicky’s stallion, Cruising on Clover,<br />

having recognised Clover Hill on the<br />

dam line, out of Vicky’s mare, Vidona, by<br />

Guidam, who had competed in Holland<br />

up to 1.20m and then competed in BD to<br />

elementary level. “Fox arrived home on<br />

Christmas Eve 2021 and I surprised the<br />

girls with him in the stable on Christmas<br />

morning. The plan is that he will stay with<br />

us and be our family horse and for the<br />

girls to compete,” said Michelle.<br />

Grand Sir Galaxy, by Grand Designs,<br />

was the highest scoring dressage 2yo<br />

earning a Gold award for owner and<br />

breeder, Sue Blackshaw. The dam, by<br />

Sir Donnerhall out of a Kostolany mare,<br />

was originally bought as a competition<br />

horse for Sue’s daughter, Lauren<br />

Williamson. “She is quite tall but very<br />

elegant and we chose Grand Designs as<br />

he was impressive with a bit more bone<br />

than our mare and a nice temperament”,<br />

said Lauren. “He is called Harvey and<br />

the plan is to keep him to produce. He is<br />

by far the most impressive horse we have<br />

Quick Spotty<br />

Grand Sir Galaxy<br />

bred, so it will be nice to see how he<br />

looks under saddle”, she added.<br />

The sole entry for endurance was the<br />

filly foal, Vlacq Dazzling Diva, owned<br />

and bred by Laura Pyke. By Laura’s<br />

home-bred Arabian stallion, Vlacq<br />

Zibaq, out of an Anglo Arab mare,<br />

Vlacq Sulime, (Hipu Who x Vlacq Vilva),<br />

the filly scored 8 for a Gold Award.<br />

This is the third foal from this mare who<br />

did not start breeding until late and her<br />

first two offspring earned a Gold and<br />

Elite Futurity score respectively. “At 23<br />

years old, this was always going to be<br />

her last foal and I hoped for a filly as to<br />

lose her dam line at Vlacq would be a<br />

shame.” Vlacq Zibaq is also home bred<br />

from foundation stock, now on-going for<br />

some 50 years.<br />

Carrianne Wallace’s Quick Spotty was<br />

the highest scoring yearling for eventing,<br />

earning a Silver Award. Spotty is by<br />

Westpoint Quickfire out of an appaloosa<br />

x IDS mare, Deliss Star, AKA Patsy. “I<br />

bought Patsy as a project yearling and<br />

her breeding is not recorded, being a<br />

mixture of Irish cob, Appaloosa and<br />

Thoroughbred. But she proved to be<br />

a fantastic all-rounder, excelling at XC<br />

but also doing riding club qualifiers for<br />

dressage and showjumping. She was<br />

retired at 12 and I hope she will breed a<br />

foal for eventing’, said Carrianne.<br />

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Baileys Horse Feeds - Futurity Report<br />

Showjumpers<br />

Shine at<br />

Beechwood<br />

We were welcomed at a new venue<br />

for this series, Beechwood Equestrian<br />

Centre, on 24th August for the 4th leg<br />

of the BB/Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity<br />

Evaluations, where our evaluating<br />

team of Lesley Peyton-Gilbert and<br />

Katy Holder-Vale, along with vet Paula<br />

Broadhurst MRCVS of Sussex Equine<br />

Hospital and nutritionist Henrietta<br />

Edwards of Baileys Horse Feeds, were<br />

again met with some outstanding young<br />

sports horses to assess.<br />

Lianne Verity’s Myspires Stud pulled it<br />

out of the bag again, with two super<br />

Elite scores at this venue. Myspires<br />

Triple Halitino scored an impressive<br />

9.05 for an Elite award and top foal<br />

for Showjumping of the series and the<br />

highest score of the day. This striking<br />

chestnut filly foal is bred in the purple.<br />

Her sire, Scuderia 1918 Halifax Van<br />

Het Kluizebos, is the most successful<br />

son of the legendary Heartbreaker.<br />

He is bred out of Belgium’s most<br />

acclaimed damlines, Quinette Ut, that<br />

produced amongst others Bentley and<br />

Souvenir van de Heffinck. Myspires<br />

Triple Halitino’s dam, Triple Elle, is by<br />

the Brendon Stud’s Caretino Glory, by<br />

Cheenook, whose proven bloodlines<br />

need no introduction. Triple Elle, called<br />

Lily, is one of Lianne’s foundation mares,<br />

bred by Georgie Strutton out of Inia<br />

who jumped to 1.20m, and acquired by<br />

Lianne 14 years ago because she didn’t<br />

make the height. “She is only 15.3hh,<br />

but she can throw bigger stock”, says<br />

Lianne, who now has 5 generations from<br />

Lily, now 19 and carrying another foal<br />

by Chacco Blu. “She is a very important<br />

mare for me and I am delighted that she<br />

has now bred an Elite, her other progeny<br />

have got high Gold premiums across all<br />

three disciplines, and her daughters and<br />

great grandson are also producing Gold<br />

and Elite scoring progeny”.<br />

Lianne’s second Elite award went to<br />

another foal for showjumping, Myspires<br />

Triple Lacarna with a score of 9. Also<br />

boasting an impeccable jumping<br />

pedigree, this bay filly is by Locarno<br />

62, the world class Grand Prix winning<br />

stallion under the saddle of both<br />

Ellen and Steven Whitaker. Her dam,<br />

Myspires Triple Stallone, is the daughter<br />

of Triple Elle and is by Quainton<br />

Stallone, by Silvio who is also the sire of<br />

the world famous Shutterfly. Quainton<br />

Myspires Triple Halitino (c) Melody Fisher Photography<br />

Stallone’s jumping career was cut short<br />

but his progeny are proving to have<br />

inherited his jumping ability.<br />

The top scoring foal for dressage was<br />

Glamourpuss, owned and bred by Lisha<br />

Leeman of Kellythorpe Stud, with a score<br />

of 8.825 for a Gold award. The dam,<br />

Bon Bon P, is by the famous stallion<br />

Johnson who is by Jazz. She was put<br />

in foal to Glamourdale, a son of Lord<br />

Leatherdale out of a Jazz mare, who was<br />

the KWPN champion dressage stallion<br />

in 2014 and the FEI World Champion<br />

7yo in Ermelo in 2018. He made his<br />

Grand Prix debut in 2020 and became<br />

two-time Grand Prix World Champion at<br />

the <strong>2022</strong> World Equestrian Games with<br />

Lottie Fry. “We used Glamourdale due<br />

to his fantastic pedigree and his trainable<br />

attitude, and we felt that his breeding<br />

would complement our mare”, said<br />

Janay Leeman, who intends to find the<br />

filly a new home at weaning due to them<br />

being a showing yard.<br />

Peaky Blinder BS scored 8.6 for a<br />

high Gold Award and the top score<br />

for a 3yo for dressage, bred by Julie<br />

Lockley of Bramble Stud and owned<br />

by Katrina Hall. Known as Peaky, this<br />

dark bay SPSS registered gelding is out<br />

of Toscanne who is by Lancet/Orleans<br />

(KWPN). His sire is Caesar 171 who<br />

has produced a number of top class<br />

offspring on the FEI pony circuit. “I<br />

plan to train him myself with the help of<br />

my trainers Becky Moody and Jill Day<br />

and see where we can get to”, said a<br />

thrilled Katrina. “He’s very affectionate<br />

Myspires Triple Lacarna<br />

Glamourpuss<br />

and picks things up easily. I’m excited<br />

to see where the future takes us as a<br />

combination.”<br />

Kelly Mews was delighted with her bay<br />

filly, No Doubt, who gained a score of<br />

8.55 for a Gold award and top sports<br />

pony yearling. Bred by the Goldrics<br />

Stud, her dam is Godrics Carolena<br />

whose sire is Caesar 171. No Doubt’s<br />

sire is Godrics Dionysus, by Danger 36<br />

out of Tiger Lily, who is now ridden by<br />

Daisy Bullman and proving to be very<br />

talented, competing in the pony FEI team<br />

test at 6 years old. No Doubt is his only<br />

offspring so far while he concentrates on<br />


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competing. “I hope to ride her myself<br />

and aim for the BD young pony classes,<br />

but I would be open to see if she could<br />

get on the pony teams with a talented<br />

young rider”, said Kelly.<br />

No Doubt<br />

Lianne Verity was in the frame again,<br />

this time with the tobiano filly, Myspires<br />

High Fidelity, the top scoring foal for<br />

eventing. With a score of 8.55, she<br />

received a Gold award for the filly by<br />

her own Myspires Fider Hit. The filly<br />

impressed the evaluators with her fluent<br />

and balanced paces, earning 9s for both<br />

trot and canter. Her dam is Knightsford<br />

High Resolution, by Multicolour II,<br />

a ZfDp graded buckskin and white<br />

stallion who is also the sire of <strong>British</strong><br />

stallion, Multicouture. Knightsford High<br />

Resolution’s dam is Peppermint Petty,<br />

by Epik out of a Piaff mare, a career<br />

broodmare who has produced two ZfDp<br />

graded sons and a daughter, Eichhof S<br />

World Of Action, who evented up to 3*.<br />

a Gold award. Bred by Madeleine<br />

Weightman, this lovely bay colt is out of<br />

Ucka, an ELITE, PROK-graded KWPN<br />

mare who successfully completed her<br />

mare performance test with the KWPN<br />

and competed to advanced medium<br />

level. “Ucka’s dam is the full sister to<br />

the dam of the ‘world’s number one<br />

dressage sire’ Broere Jazz. Her dam line<br />

has produced among others PSG horse<br />

Irving, GP horses Ferrero and Loverboy”,<br />

explained Madeleine. “I chose Jameson<br />

RS2 for her as he is impressive and<br />

has had such a good start to his ridden<br />

career, he is short-coupled and has<br />

good reach through the shoulder”.<br />

Anna Kerridge bought Razr Bankes at<br />

the 2021 Futurity Elite Auction. “My<br />

plans this year were to do a small local<br />

youngstock show, the SHB(GB) class at<br />

the Suffolk County Show and the Futurity.<br />

He did all three and won at Suffolk in the<br />

yearling class”, said Anna.<br />

PRE stallions that have been successful<br />

competing in FEI Grand Prix dressage<br />

as well as winning ridden functionality<br />

championship at SICAB 2014. His<br />

breeder Salvador Sanchez Barbudo<br />

Martin, is well known for breeding<br />

horses with great movement.”<br />

Claire Harrington’s Makin House of<br />

Windsor gained a high Silver Award<br />

and the top scoring 2yo for eventing.<br />

Known as Drax, this lovely bay gelding<br />

was bred by Annie Makin. “Drax is<br />

out of Jamakin Faerie Folklaur who<br />

was an embryo transfer taken from<br />

Pencos Crown Jewel (Jasmine) by the<br />

showjumping stallion Lauriston when she<br />

was a 3yo before she went to be backed<br />

by Ros Canter who has now taken her<br />

to 5*. Jamakin Faerie Folklaur (Bunny)<br />

is an incredibly kind mare. For her 2nd<br />

foal we wanted to add movement and<br />

a bit of pzazz and chose Timolin. He’s<br />

also added a considerable bit of height”<br />

explained Annie.<br />

Myspires High Fidelity<br />

The top sports pony foal was TDR<br />

Mystical Love, who scored 8.45 for a<br />

Gold award for owner and breeder,<br />

Tammy Ruffles. The judges were<br />

impressed with his clear walk with<br />

good power and lots of reach in the<br />

canter. “His dam is Wonderland, by<br />

Woodlander Wild Child, and his sire is<br />

Dypool Miami Reef, a beautiful section B<br />

doing very well in dressage and an upand-coming<br />

young stallion”, explained<br />

Tammy. “He’s called Valentino and we<br />

love him but sadly he is up for sale. If we<br />

don’t find him a home we will keep him<br />

and bring him on. He is a true fun pony<br />

and loves children.”<br />

Razr Bankes returned to the Futurity this<br />

year to take the top score for a yearling<br />

for dressage with a score of 8.35 for<br />

Razr Bankes<br />

Dolores de Esperanza was the top<br />

scoring 4yo for dressage, scoring<br />

8.25 for a Gold award for owner and<br />

breeder, Emma Thomas. “Her dam,<br />

Clementina III, was also a <strong>British</strong> bred<br />

PRE bred by Fenella Humphreys and<br />

purchased by us as a 2yo after having<br />

her sire, Seni Farol, in training with us.<br />

He comes from Yeguada Senilllosa,<br />

a successful Spanish stud well-known<br />

for producing functional dressage PRE<br />

horses”, explained Emma. “Dolores’ sire,<br />

Yerbero, is a one of a small number of<br />

Dolores de Esperanza<br />

Makin House of Windsor<br />

Quality Escape was the highest scoring<br />

2 year old for showjumping, with a<br />

score of 7.78 for a high Silver award<br />

for owner and breeder, Chelsea<br />

Shorter. This striking bay colt is by<br />

Escape Z, who stems from the legendary<br />

stallion Emerald who has dominated<br />

international competitions at the highest<br />

level under Harrie Smolders. The dam<br />

of Quality Escape is Finest Quality by<br />

Vluet, who is by Quick Star, and her<br />

dam is from Lux Z. “She’s a nice mare,<br />

very intelligent and bold and has passed<br />

this down to Quality Escape, aka Yogi<br />

Bear as he’s just like a teddy bear”, said<br />

Chelsea, who plans to breed from the<br />

mare again next year.<br />

Quality Escape<br />

Photos: Melody Fisher<br />


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Kingswood<br />

Equestrian<br />

31st August<br />

Jubel<br />

A fine selection of top quality youngsters<br />

were presented at Kingswood Equestrian<br />

before the Futurity evaluation team of<br />

Katy Holder-Vale and Darrel Scaife, vet<br />

Euan Laidlaw MRCVS and nutritionist<br />

Lorna Edgar of Baileys Horse Feeds.<br />

The top score of the day, and equal top<br />

score of the entire series, went to the<br />

beautiful filly foal, Jubel, presented for<br />

dressage and scoring 9.2 for a superb<br />

Elite award. “I am thrilled with her and<br />

how well she has done, she’s exceeded<br />

my expectations for a little first time<br />

breeder!”, said owner and breeder<br />

Hannah Markham. The evaluators were<br />

impressed with Jubel’s loose and supple<br />

gaits, big reach and great hind leg,<br />

awarding 9.5 for walk and again for trot,<br />

and 9.25 for canter.<br />

Hannah has owned the dam, Gloria<br />

(Grey Flannel x Hotline) since a foal<br />

and bought her from Lynne Crowden<br />

at Woodlander Stud. “I was on the<br />

lookout for another mare, spotted her<br />

whilst my other mare was being backed,<br />

and couldn’t say no.” Sadly, due to<br />

injury, her ridden career was short and<br />

Hannah took the ‘when life gives you<br />

lemons’ approach and changed her<br />

job description to broodmare. Gloria<br />

had an embryo transfer last year (Wild<br />

Glory, a filly by Wild Child) whilst she<br />

recovered from the injury and Jubel was<br />

the first she has carried.<br />

“I spotted the stallion, Janeiro Platinum,<br />

the year before and loved his natural<br />

ability and uphill power. I felt he<br />

would compliment what she already<br />

had to offer. I was really excited<br />

by the outcome, and the filly hasn’t<br />

disappointed”.<br />

“A close family friend, Frances Phillips<br />

now co-owns her with me and am<br />

excited to be able to keep her with us<br />

to train through the levels. She has such<br />

natural rhythm and ability, I can’t wait to<br />

get on her”, said Hannah.<br />

Caron Nichol’s Valentino CK also<br />

achieved a fabulous Elite award with<br />

a score of 9.025 for the top foal for<br />

showjumping. This superb bay colt<br />

was harmonious and gave a great<br />

impression, showing suppleness and a<br />

lovely rhythm to score 9s for both walk<br />

and trot, with uphill, light strides scoring<br />

9.25 for canter. “The dam, Quaikin<br />

Autumn Decision, jumped in <strong>British</strong><br />

Showjumping and won her last 3 classes<br />

before we decided to put her in foal”,<br />

explained Caron. “She has a lovely<br />

nature and is a really good mother.<br />

The sire of Valentino CK is Chrysler<br />

Key owned by Caron and ridden by<br />

her son, Leo Lamb, achieving success<br />

this year including winning the 5yo<br />

classes at Chepstow International and<br />

Bolesworth. “Chrysler Key has been in<br />

great demand recently and is producing<br />

some incredible stock. He passes on his<br />

beautiful head, presence, and fabulous<br />

movement to all his young stock”, said<br />

Caron, who hopes to keep Valentino<br />

entire and produce him for showjumping.<br />

Valentino CK<br />

The top yearling for dressage at this<br />

venue was Dynamite, who scored 8.5 for<br />

a Gold award. This quality filly showed<br />

an active walk with loose long strides<br />

and good overtrack to score 9, and an<br />

elastic trot with light footsteps for 8.75.<br />

‘Tiny’ as she is known at home was bred<br />

by Dawn Watson, and purchased by<br />

Samantha Bloor in the Spring of <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Dawn chose the sire, Dynamic Dream,<br />

who was the stand out stallion in 2019.<br />

Dynamite is also from a great dam<br />

lineage, being the first foal for Dragonfly<br />

SP. Bred by Sandy Phillips, Dragonfly<br />

is a daughter of the hugely successful<br />

International GP and WEG mare Lara<br />

106. “My plan with Dynamite will be<br />

to back her as a 3yo and then train her,<br />

hopefully, through the levels to Grand<br />

Prix”, said a delighted Samantha.<br />

Samantha also owns the top scoring<br />

4yo for dressage, Godietas Secret, who<br />

achieved a Gold score of 8.3. Godietas<br />

Secret, called ‘Spice’ was purchased<br />

in 2020 after the first lockdown, from<br />

Dawn Watson. Dawn had purchased the<br />

‘Secret’ filly from fellow breeder Caroline<br />

Horn, to use in her own breeding<br />

program, but decided that retaining<br />

the filly would be a waste of her ridden<br />

potential. The dam Godieta G, is by the<br />

KWPN sire, Johnson, son of Jazz, and<br />

features Ramiro Z and Irco Polo in the<br />

damline. The stallion, Secret, by Sezuan,<br />

son of Blue Hors Zack, has sired many<br />

talented offspring. Sam backed Spice<br />

in 2021 and has lightly competed her in<br />

<strong>British</strong> Dressage competitions and Young<br />

Horse Classes this season.<br />

Redhot Royal Ruby was the top sports<br />

pony foal, with a Gold score of 8.46<br />

for owner and breeder, Lauren Scarratt.<br />

Ruby’s dam is LVS Russelville, who was<br />

graded with the SPSS in 2019 into the<br />

head studbook. She has bred four foals,<br />

including Redhot Toddie who achieved<br />

Futurity Elite as a foal in 2018 and has<br />

gone on to finish 5th at Hartpury BD<br />

4yo Final having only been backed<br />


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Dynamite<br />

Ginleys Gunpowder<br />

Mountainhaze Sunlight<br />

Redhot Royal Ruby<br />

Apollo Centaurea<br />

Stolen Pandora<br />

for 3 months. Redhot Rupert gained a<br />

high Gold and was the top scoring foal<br />

in 2020 for the SPSS. Redhot Rogue<br />

achieved Gold and is a full sibling to<br />

Redhot Royal Ruby. “I chose the stallion<br />

HEJ Roobikks Kuba for the second time<br />

for his fabulous temperament and the<br />

beautiful offspring he is producing”,<br />

said Lauren.<br />

Ginleys Gunpowder was the top scoring<br />

3yo for dressage with a Gold award on<br />

his return to the Futurity, having achieved<br />

an Elite award as a foal. Bred by James<br />

Boulton of Ginleys Stud, ‘Waldo’ is now<br />

owned by Vanessa Clewlow. “I first<br />

saw Waldo in a Facebook post when<br />

he was 3 months old, and I arranged<br />

to see him and was also able to see<br />

his dam, Heart of Gold”, explained<br />

Vanessa. “She is a quality mare and I<br />

also liked her Johnson (Jazz) bloodlines.<br />

His grand-dam Heartbreak has a<br />

proven BD record up to PSG. I had<br />

come across his sire, Myspires Fider Hit,<br />

and had been able to view him at the<br />

Stallion Show at Addington - I was most<br />

taken by his good manners. We are<br />

an amateur dressage team comprising<br />

of my 2 daughters and our 3 horses, so<br />

temperament is extremely important to<br />

us,” said Vanessa. “He has been lightly<br />

backed this year by ourselves and will<br />

start his ridden work next year.”<br />

Bethany Howard’s Apollo Centaurea<br />

achieved a Silver award and was the<br />

top foal for eventing of the day. The<br />

dam is Faerweld, called Fleur, by the<br />

TB, Weld. Her dam “Buckingham Faer”<br />

is by Ben Faerie, out of a Connemara<br />

mare, and competed successfully up to<br />

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

a renowned open team chaser before<br />

retiring to become a broodmare. Fleur<br />

has evented up to and placed in novice<br />

<strong>British</strong> Eventing and has also placed in<br />

Discovery BSJA.<br />

“I chose Sylvester with the aim to<br />

produce something a bit more compact<br />

- a real powerhouse of a jumping horse,<br />

and this is exactly what came out. We<br />

call him “Hudson” at home, and I would<br />

love to keep him, however I have a<br />

collection that has grown too big, so he<br />

is unfortunately for sale.<br />

This was our first Futurity and we had no<br />

idea what to expect, but we had loads<br />

of fun and can’t wait to come back next<br />

year”, said Bethany.<br />

The top yearling sports pony was Rachel<br />

Howard’s Mountainhaze Sunlight, a<br />

super filly who scored 7.65 for a high<br />

Silver award. Rachel bought the dam,<br />

Everglades by Request (x Questa Sea<br />

Pearl of Barkway), four years ago<br />

specifically to breed sports ponies using<br />

her home-bred stallion, Mighty Bright.<br />

She graded into the SPSS head studbook<br />

in 2019, and was reserve champion of<br />

the SPSS mare gradings that year. “I<br />

plan to keep Lily for the time being as it<br />

is lovely to have a filly from my stallion.<br />

She is also pale buckskin, which is a<br />

bonus”, said Rachel.<br />

The top yearling for showjumping was<br />

ALC Estrellita Rosada, who achieved a<br />

Silver award for owner and breeder,<br />

Amy Clithero. The filly’s stable name<br />

is Pepper, and her dam is Soleada,<br />

called Pink, whose pedigree is a mix of<br />

Cartujano (Bocado) with Cardenas. She<br />

is 4th generation <strong>British</strong> Bred PRE, bred<br />

by Amy’s mother. Amy bought Pink<br />

aged 4 and jumped her at CSIYH* as<br />

a 6yo. Amy chose Big Star for Pink as<br />

she was looking to add height; Stallion<br />

AI Services suggested a narrow stallion<br />

for Pink’s first foal. “It worked well and<br />

she scored 8.7 as a foal at the Futurity.<br />

Hopefully Pepper’s scores will creep up<br />

again when her body is all in proportion<br />

again”, said Amy, who works as a<br />

full-time vet and plans to keep the filly<br />

to jump.<br />

Stolen Pandora was the top 2yo for<br />

dressage, with a score of 7.57 for<br />

a Silver award for owner, Chloe<br />

Chambers. This filly was bred by<br />

Michelle Dawson, who also bred the<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Equine Bridge Champion, Stolen<br />

Secret. Her dam, She’s A Looney<br />

Tune, is Sir Donnerhall x De Niro x<br />

Ramiro’s Son, from a motherline that<br />

produced 1.45/1.50m showjumpers<br />

and many GP dressage horses including<br />

Desperados and Don Noblesse. The<br />

sire, Embla Texas Hijack, is homozygous<br />

black and homozygous tobiano. “He<br />

is known to reproduce the mare (with<br />

added colour), so from that mare it was<br />

guaranteed to produce a black tobiano<br />

who moved as well as the dam, with<br />

her sire’s temperament and a bit of<br />

added bone”, explained Chloe. “Stolen<br />

Pandora is my forever horse and I plan<br />

to compete her in dressage. I have<br />

always dreamt of having a coloured<br />

dressage horse, especially one so well<br />

bred. It is a bonus that she’s a filly as I<br />

will be able to breed from her one day. I<br />

can’t give enough credit to Michelle for<br />

breeding this mare.”<br />

Photos: Tanja Davis<br />


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Aredis Calipso, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd Photography<br />

Richmond EC<br />

25 August<br />

Richmond EC – 25th August<br />

A strong jumping entry and quality<br />

throughout the disciplines was the order<br />

of the day at Richmond Equestrian<br />

Centre, where Katy Holder-Vale and Les<br />

Smith evaluated the entries.<br />

The top score of the day, and only Elite<br />

award, went to Aredis Calipso (ET)<br />

who scored 9.05 for showjumping, also<br />

making him the top scoring 3yo of the<br />

series across all disciplines for owner<br />

and breeder, Steve Pullan of Aredis<br />

Sport Horses. Now gelded, this modern,<br />

quality type impressed with his athletic<br />

ability, good balance and ground cover<br />

scoring 9.25 for canter and was tidy and<br />

quick with his feet down the jumping lane<br />

scoring 9.5. His sire is Cabrio Z, who<br />

is by Cassini I going back to Capitol I<br />

and whose dam, Kira VIII is a daughter<br />

of another Capitol son, Calato. Aredis<br />

Calipso’s dam is Hera-Twiggy Svg, by<br />

Quality Time out of a Voltaire mare.<br />

Nikki Hazlett produces the in-hand<br />

horses for Steve, and Calipso went to her<br />

6 weeks before the evaluations. “I did<br />

a lot of long-line work to build strength.<br />

He has a temperament to die for and<br />

is really straightforward, going straight<br />

over the poles and down the jumping<br />

lane with no fuss. He has now been<br />

backed and ridden away and is hacking<br />

round the countryside. He will go over<br />

a few poles and pop a little grid, but he<br />

won’t do much more than that this side<br />

of Christmas”, said Nikki. “The plan is<br />

Yggdrasil Don Frederik, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd<br />

Photography<br />

for him to be sold, and he moves so well<br />

he could go eventing. If he is still here<br />

next year I would love to do some 4yo<br />

classes with him and possibly aim for the<br />

Equine Bridge.”<br />

The top scoring dressage foal was<br />

Yggdrasil Don Frederik, who scored<br />

8.68 for a high Gold award for owner<br />

and breeder Nicole Jones of Yggdrasil<br />

Stud. This lovely leopard-spot colt by<br />

Don Ricoss is out of Wendy Lynghoj,<br />

a champion Knabstupper broodmare<br />

imported from Denmark. “We feel<br />

extremely privileged to have been<br />

able to bring this mare to the UK. She<br />

has now produced 3 colts with the first<br />

2 being retained here with us”, says<br />

Nicole. The colt impressed with lovely lift<br />

and suspension in the trot, scoring 9.25,<br />

and 9 for his ground covering canter<br />

with an uphill frame.<br />

Joyful Time was the top yearling for<br />

eventing, with a score of 8.67 for a Gold<br />

award for owner and breeder Virginia<br />

Clegg. This impressive gelding looked<br />

elegant and well developed, scoring 9<br />

for trot which showed lift and cadence,<br />

and his athletic and ground covering<br />

canter earned 8.75. His sire is Timolin,<br />

Joyful Time, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd Photography<br />

who evented up to intermediate level.<br />

His dam, Opposition Angel Two (GB)<br />

by Fleetwater Opposition, evented up to<br />

intermediate level with Eleanor Balysz,<br />

and the dam’s mother, Trefeinon Angel,<br />

evented to CIC3* with Issy Taylor.<br />

The top 4yo of the day was Classic<br />

Opposition with a score of 8.665<br />

earning a high Gold award for eventing<br />

for owner and breeder, Rowan Simms.<br />

This lovely bay colt came forward with a<br />

vet score of 9.25, and vet Euan Laidlaw<br />

commented that he had been managed<br />

and trimmed well. The evaluators,<br />

Katy Holder-Vale and Les Smith, were<br />

impressed with his ground covering<br />

canter, plus he was thinking and showed<br />

ability in the jump. “He is known as<br />

Apollo at home, and is a friendly young<br />

stallion, proving very straightforward”,<br />

said Rowan. “I was fortunate to have the<br />

opportunity to purchase Apollo’s mother,<br />

Walandra, a Netherlands bred KWPN<br />

mare from the Landra dam line, with a<br />

fabulous pedigree including Rhodium,<br />

Ferro, Ulft, Wellington and Ramiro Z.<br />

Apollo’s sire is Opposition Bombshell,<br />

making him a half-brother to the<br />

young stallion Catherston Oakley”, he<br />

explained. “Apollo has been produced<br />


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carefully and he’s now working nicely<br />

under saddle, trained and ridden by<br />

Lucinda Kidson. We plan to licence him<br />

with the AES before offering him for<br />

stud duties for the 2023 season and will<br />

begin his competitive career next year.”<br />

Barbarian Hot Gossip was the top<br />

eventing foal with a score of 8.65 for a<br />

high Gold award for owner and breeder<br />

Joanne Firth. “We call her Boogie and<br />

she is the first foal out of Barbarian Hot<br />

Opposition, called Polka, who is an<br />

unbroken 5yo”, explains Jo. “Polka is<br />

by the pure bred Cleveland Bay Stallion,<br />

High Park Schoffield, a Life Approved<br />

Premium Stallion, graded with the<br />

Cleveland Bay Horse Society.<br />

“Polka’s mother is Hot Opposition, by<br />

Fleetwater Opposition (Trakehner),<br />

who herself achieved a Futurity Higher<br />

First Premium as a foal and a Gold<br />

Broodmare award.<br />

The Cleveland Bay (CB) is at a critical<br />

level worldwide on the Rare Breed<br />

Survival Trust list. Barbarian Hot<br />

Opposition is half CB and her filly<br />

Barbarian Hot Gossip quarter CB; I<br />

hope these two females show what the<br />

part bred Cleveland Bay can achieve!<br />

I chose Barbarian Hot Gossip’s sire,<br />

Future Gravitas by the Trakehner Stallion<br />

Grafenstolz, for his excellent breeding<br />

lines, conformation, movement and<br />

temperament. He has proved to be a<br />

versatile athlete, competing successfully<br />

in Affiliated Eventing and now Affiliated<br />

Dressage, whilst also performing his stud<br />

duties”, said Joanne.<br />

The top foal for show jumping was<br />

Flanders Hero, by Chief of Flanders<br />

Fields out of Clairmo Lady (x Clairmo),<br />

earning a Gold award for owner and<br />

breeder Amanda Atkinson. “Clarimo<br />

Lady has a wonderful dam line and<br />

she is half-sister to international 1.50m<br />

jumper, Classic Line (x Carpaccio).<br />

Her half-sister, Koronda (x Coronado),<br />

jumped to 1.40m and produced the<br />

1.45m horse, Too Long Windsor Z, by<br />

Toulon”, said Amanda. “We call him<br />

Hero, and he is very confident and loves<br />

attention. He has been bred to sell and<br />

we have just weaned him.” Amanda<br />

sold his half-sister, Lady Christina, by<br />

Christian out of the same mare, at the<br />

Futurity Elite Auction in 2020.<br />

Summer Shenanigans was the top sports<br />

pony foal scoring 8.17 for a Gold award<br />

for owner and breeder, Emily Maudsley.<br />

“She is called Daisy at home, and she is<br />

a sweetheart with just the right amount of<br />

attitude”, said Emily, who chose her sire,<br />

Woodbury’s Harlequin, because of his<br />

fantastic temperament. “I believe kids’<br />

ponies should be able to be handled<br />

and ridden by kids”, she said. “I<br />

purchased the dam, Havenbeech Smoke<br />

and Mirrors by Sionbach, as a foal and<br />

my eldest daughter has grown up with<br />

her. She foaled at 3pm so both my girls<br />

were present for Daisy’s birth which was<br />

very special. Once weaned she will be<br />

backed and hopefully be out next year<br />

as a lead rein hunter/coloured pony”,<br />

said Emily.<br />

The top yearling for dressage was<br />

Vesperine, scoring 8 for a Gold award<br />

for breeder, Jessica Kaye. “Her dam is<br />

Mayflower, by Makanaky, a Yorkshire<br />

stallion owned by Fran Bullock.<br />

Makanaky’s dam sire was the great May<br />

Sherif. Mayflower’s dam, Karda, was<br />

a Lucky Boy mare from Germany”, said<br />

Jessica. “I bred Mayflower in 2008 and<br />

she gained a 1st premium (Gold) as a<br />

foal at the Futurity. I bred Mayflower<br />

originally to be my showjumper but she<br />

got injured and became a broodmare.<br />

Vesperine is the third horse I have from<br />

this line. I am very much a hobby<br />

breeder but I love this stamp of a horse<br />

so I was keen to keep the genes going.<br />

Having owned her dam and her grand<br />

dam, she’s pretty special”, explained<br />

Jessica.<br />

Zaphire was the top 2yo for<br />

showjumping, with a score of 7.7 and<br />

a Silver award for owner and breeder,<br />

Amy Goodwin. This lovely bay colt<br />

is out of Amy’s home-bred mare,<br />

Latitude, a daughter of Lord Luis who<br />

is owned by Nina Barbour and ridden<br />

by Geoff Billington. “Latitude jumped<br />

successfully at Newcomers and would<br />

have easily progressed but a field injury<br />

ended her jumping career at a young<br />

age”, explained Amy. “I spent days<br />

searching for a stallion with the correct<br />

temperament first and ability second<br />

as I was breeding for myself. Zip Phin<br />

was exactly what I wanted and Anna<br />

Beck was happy to answer all my<br />

questions. Zaphire’s stable name is Luis,<br />

after his grand sire, and he has the best<br />

temperament”, said Amy. “I’ll possibly<br />

be keeping him entire and will put him<br />

forward for stallion grading next year,”<br />

she said.<br />

The top 3yo for eventing was Cornsay<br />

Jester, with a score of 7.5 and a Silver<br />

award for breeder, Louise Smales of<br />

Cornsay Horses. Jester, who has now<br />

been sold, is one of 7 siblings from<br />

Cornsay Sloe, called Zoe, who was<br />

bought by Louise as an ex-racehorse out<br />

of Ireland. Jester is by Britannia Royal.<br />

“I have bred 3 foals from him and am<br />

delighted at how trainable they all are<br />

and how much they want to learn”,<br />

said Louise.<br />

Classic Opposition, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd<br />

Photography<br />

Barbarian Hot Gossip, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd<br />

Photography<br />

Flanders Hero, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd<br />

Photography<br />

Summerview Shenanigans, Richmond (c)Tracey<br />

Kidd Photography<br />

Vesperine, Richmond (c)Tracey Kidd Photography<br />

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Baruntse<br />

SNEC, Scotland<br />

29th August <strong>2022</strong><br />

It is always worth the trip north to see<br />

the top quality sport horses being bred<br />

in Scotland, and this year was no<br />

exception.<br />

The highest score of the day went to the<br />

impressive filly, Fenstons Esmerelda, who<br />

scored 8.8 earning a high Gold award<br />

and was top foal for eventing. Bred by<br />

Emma-Louise Johnston of Fenstons Stud,<br />

the filly is by the stud’s home-bred black<br />

stallion, Fenstons Bentley. A Futurity<br />

graduate himself, Fenstons Bentley<br />

earned a Gold award as a 2yo. Still<br />

just 4, he has started his ridden career<br />

and attended the 4yr old potential sports<br />

horse class at this year’s Royal Highland<br />

Show. Esmerelda’s dam is Dipsey<br />

Greenfield, by Grandeur (Grannus).<br />

The filly earned a vet score of 9.25 and<br />

the evaluators were impressed with her<br />

balanced, athletic canter, scoring 9.<br />

Emma Louise also presented Fenstons<br />

Fairy Tale, the day’s top scoring yearling<br />

for dressage with a score of 7.7 for a<br />

high Silver award. This bay filly is also<br />

by Fenstons Bentley, out of Toners<br />

Burnished Unakite.<br />

The top showjumping yearling went to<br />

Robert Ellison with a score of 8.625 and<br />

a Gold premium for owner and breeder,<br />

Abbie McNultie. The dam, Elitie Van Het<br />

Eelshof, was bred in Belgium in 2004<br />

and was purchased as a 3 year old with<br />

the plan to showjump her. “I chose the<br />

stallion Plot Blue after a detailed search.<br />

Plot Blue has everything, including<br />

‘the wow factor’ and had some lovely<br />

offspring on the ground”, said Abbie.<br />

Robert Ellison is known at home as<br />

Elle, and Abbie has big plans for his<br />

future. He is already successful in the<br />

showring where he has been consistently<br />

Hollrocks extra special<br />

placed in the top two. “I plan to back<br />

and produce him and start some low<br />

level showjumping before finding a<br />

professional rider to take him as far as he<br />

is capable”, said Abbie.<br />

Baruntse MPS is the highest scoring<br />

dressage foal, with a score of 8.375<br />

for owner and breeder Emily Cuthill<br />

of Milnfield Park Stud. His elastic trot<br />

scored 9, and the evaluators were<br />

impressed with his good ground cover<br />

and uphill balance in canter to score<br />

8.75. Baruntse’s damline features<br />

an interesting Dutch pedigree in the<br />

successful Grand Prix stallion Painted<br />

Black – who brings another good dose<br />

of great Trakehner breeding via his sire<br />

Gribaldi – and the great Wolfgang. The<br />

direct motherline has produced excellent<br />

performance horses across all disciplines,<br />

including the CCI4* son of Kennedy<br />

Chequers, Playboy, successful under the<br />

saddle of Dee Hankey and the 1.50m<br />

showjumper Marinko (by Facet). Her<br />

son Laurent MPS by Hochadel got a gold<br />

premium in the 2020 futurities and was<br />

selected for the Elite auction.<br />

The plan is to keep him as a stallion<br />

prospect. He will go for pre-selection as<br />

a 2yo. All going well he will be aimed at<br />

German licensing.<br />

Hollrock’s Extra Special was the top 4yo<br />

for Showjumping, with a Gold award<br />

score of 8.27 for owner and breeder,<br />

Patricia Lillington. This striking chestnut<br />

gelding is by I’m Special de Muze out of<br />

a homebred mare, Woodbury’s Burgdoff,<br />

by Burgraff and out of a thoroughbred<br />

mare who raced and evented. “We<br />

chose I’m Special de Muze because we<br />

were so pleased with the filly produced<br />

the previous year by Emerald (Hollrocks<br />

Charming Opal). Woodbury’s Burgdoff<br />

has also produced a Futurity Gold award<br />

Ozymandias<br />

winning mare by Kannan (Lolanna<br />

d’Kannan).”<br />

Patricia also presented the top yearling<br />

Sports Pony, Hollrock’s Carwyn<br />

D’Jannan, earning a score of 7.525 and<br />

a Gold premium. Hollrocks Carwyn<br />

d’Jannan is known as Herman at home.<br />

“He is Woodbury’s Capellas second<br />

foal and we were so happy we repeated<br />

the breeding for <strong>2022</strong>.” Herman’s<br />

dam is a homebred 136cm mare by<br />

the legendary Machno Carwyn out of<br />

a fantastic mare, Huntington Jeannie<br />

(Arab x Fell). Herman’s sire is Jannan S<br />

(Kannan x Número Uno) so he has an<br />

exciting combination of horse and pony<br />

performance blood. “We hope to keep<br />

him entire if he is good enough and will<br />

have him assessed again as he matures.”<br />

Vinca Boorman’s Ozymandias scored<br />

8.05, securing the top 3yo dressage<br />

score of the day and a Gold award.<br />

“Ozzy” is owned in partnership with<br />

Alan Tremlett, who has owned and bred<br />

horses that have represented the UK at<br />

both eventing and dressage small-tour.<br />

Alan aims to breed athleticism into his<br />

dressage horses and Ozzy has some<br />

well-known jumping blood in his damline,<br />

as his mother Dizzy Heights is by Voltaire.<br />

Dizzy is also home bred, and was the<br />

2014 Champion of the Shearwater 6<br />

year old Finals at Hartpury and awarded<br />

Best <strong>British</strong> Bred 6 year old dressage<br />

horse at the BEF Breeding Awards.<br />

Dizzy competed successfully up to PSG<br />

under Jill Grant before retiring to stud.<br />

Dizzy’s dam, Mareska, was purchased in<br />

Holland as a sporthorse and foundation<br />

mare. As a four year old she qualified<br />

and competed at Burghley in the Young<br />

Event Horse class finishing as top mare.<br />

In the same year she competed at<br />

Stoneleigh in the Shearwater Dressage<br />


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final. Mareska was ridden by Jill Grant<br />

at the BD National Championships at<br />

Elementary, Medium and Advanced<br />

Medium level before being retired to<br />

stud. As well as being dam to Dizzy,<br />

Mareska is also dam to PSG horse All<br />

That Jazz, and Zazzu, who competes at<br />

Advanced Medium. Mareska is a halfsister<br />

to the KWPN-NA approved Grand<br />

Prix stallion Kevekko, and to Sevekko<br />

who represented the UK at small tour<br />

level with Amy Stovold.<br />

Coralin earned a very high Silver Award<br />

with a score of 7.825, and the highest<br />

placed yearling for eventing this season<br />

for owner and breeder, Suzie Claydon.<br />

“Cora is out of the TB mare Catrin who<br />

point-to-pointed and hunted with the<br />

Cottesmore. I sent her to Cevin Z with<br />

the idea of producing some jump with<br />

plenty of blood to make an eventer. This<br />

probably worked too well as she jumped<br />

a 4 foot stone wall out of her paddock<br />

when speeding around as a foal!”,<br />

said Suzie.<br />

The top 2yo for eventing was Ailby<br />

Favonius, bred by Rebecca Justice of<br />

Ailby Stud and now owned by Stephanie<br />

MacDonald, with a score of 7.55 for a<br />

Silver award. Known as ‘Jack’, he is by<br />

Puzzle Starstruck who is a son of Dexters<br />

Puzzle. Jack’s dam is by Drumhowen<br />

Cavalier, is a grade A showjumper with<br />

Cavalier Two for Joy’s lines. “For me<br />

a big coloured was required and big,<br />

coloured is what Dexters Puzzle lines<br />

tend to produce. His Dam was starting<br />

her eventing when an rotational fall XC<br />

at 5, caused irreparable damage to her<br />

SI joint. Jack will hopefully go forward<br />

with me in eventing, although I am a<br />

firm believer in the horse doing the job<br />

he wants - although if he’s as good as<br />

he thinks, he might have to go to a more<br />

capable rider!” said Stephanie.<br />

Karen Wood’s HVS Storm Catcher,<br />

bred by Julie Dawson, is the top 2yo<br />

for eventing of the day, with a score of<br />

7.5 and a Silver award. ‘Storm’ is by<br />

Erdento, bred by Ben Wentink of Scottish<br />

AI Services and now competing up to<br />

1.35m with rider Kelly Connor. His sire,<br />

Cardento, was a solid member of the<br />

Swedish showjumping team at World<br />

and European Championships and at<br />

the 2004 Olympics. Erdento’s dam,<br />

Irina, was a prolific KWPN breeding<br />

mare gaining Elite, Preferent, Prestatie<br />

and Sport predicates from the KWPN<br />

studbook and also competed up to 1.40<br />

nationally in Holland. She produced 16<br />

offspring, 8 of them competed at 1.40m<br />

or higher. Storm’s dam is Cassies Lass,<br />

Hollrocks Carwyn dJannan<br />

HVS Stormcatcher<br />

by Silvano out of a Ricardo Z mare.<br />

Cassie herself is a career broodmare due<br />

to an injury in the field as a 3 year old.<br />

Her first foal (2014) is by Arkan and as<br />

a 7yo (2021) was jumping 1.35m level<br />

and won a large class at Bolesworth.<br />

Her 2017 filly by Rush on M has been<br />

very successful in the showring both<br />

in-hand, and under saddle, and is now<br />

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For Peace<br />

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

National Training Centre<br />

Hothorpe – 2 September<br />

The Futurity returned to Hothorpe for the<br />

final physical evaluations of the series<br />

and a strong entry greeted the evaluation<br />

team of Katy Holder-Vale and Darrel<br />

Scaife, vet Euan Laidlaw and nutritionist<br />

Lorna Edgar of Baileys Horse Feeds.<br />

Lynne Crowden’s Woodlander Stud<br />

successfully topped and tailed the series,<br />

following their Elite at Catherston with<br />

another Elite score and top score of<br />

the day at Hothorpe. For Peace, a colt<br />

foal by Woodlander For Kingdom out<br />

of Woodlander Reet Petite, scored 9.1<br />

presented as a dressage prospect.<br />

“The dam line of For Peace is possibly our<br />

oldest with the great great grandmother<br />

of the foal being purchased as a two<br />

year old in 1996. She is now 28 and<br />

retired having bred 18 foals. She bred<br />

two State Premium daughters, one of<br />

whom, St Pr Louisiana, is by Longchamp<br />

and is the mother of Wavavoom and<br />

the mother of St Pr For Your Love by<br />

For Compliment. For Your Love is the<br />

Grandmother of For Peace and her<br />

daughter Reet Petite, by Rousseau, is the<br />

mother. The line goes back to one of the<br />

best Westfalian mare families recorded<br />

first in 1928 and it has produced huge<br />

numbers of Westfalian State Stallions<br />

and Grand Pix horses. It is also the family<br />

of BHHS Champion Stallion Wild Love<br />

whose breeding was an in breeding to St<br />

Pr Louisiana.<br />

“I chose For Kingdom because he is a<br />

stallion with an exceptional dam line<br />

with his mother Grand Prix and his half<br />

sister the Double World Champion<br />

Farouche. The blood for the high level<br />

was important and he has a very strong<br />

frame to compliment the rather softer<br />

frames of this mare family”, explained<br />

Lynne, who plans to licence the colt in<br />

two years’ time.<br />

Also achieving a superb Elite was the<br />

filly foal, Princess Kiara, with a score<br />

of 9.025 for eventing for her delighted<br />

breeder, Antony Haslam. The dam of<br />

Kiara is La Luna Du Nikki VS, bought by<br />

Antony as a 4yo. Her sire, Tuschinski,<br />

by Krack C, is a serious dressage Grand<br />

Prix contender who scored one of highest<br />

ratings in the Dutch KWPN stallion<br />

selection. He was the sire of the Dutch<br />

National Foal Champion in 2005 and<br />

2006 and this year Tuschinski was the<br />

Princess Kiara<br />

top producer of young stallions entered<br />

at the KWPN stallion selection. “I was in<br />

awe of her beautiful kind nature. She is<br />

the sweetest most gentle mare we have<br />

ever come across and heaps of natural<br />

talent”, said Antony. Her mother, Beau<br />

Niki V.S, has been graded as an elite<br />

mare currently residing in Holland. Her<br />

sire is the Westfalian and Rhinelander<br />

verband licenced stallion, Donnerruf, by<br />

Donnerhall out of state premium mare,<br />

Waleika (Weltmeyer x Aderlass).<br />

“The main reason for choosing Le Prince<br />

de Bois was to make an exciting, top<br />

quality future event horse”, explained<br />

Antony. “His nature compliments hers.<br />

My fiancé Louise, spent hours pouring<br />

over the possible combinations, and we<br />

are delighted with the result”.<br />

Lianne Verity presented Myspires Emilgo<br />

Duo, another top foal for showjumping<br />

and was rewarded with a score of 3.375<br />

and a Gold award. Emilgo Duo is a full<br />

sister to the 2021 Elite foal, Myspires<br />

Emilgo Pro, out of Lianne’s first foundation<br />

mare, Equina B, who was also mother<br />

to Lianne’s first ever foal, Myspires<br />

Revolution. “Duo is a keeper – I AI’d<br />


Photos: Tanja Davis

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Midnight Mozart<br />

Granny Foalt<br />

It’s The Warrior<br />

Myspires Emilgo Duo<br />

her myself and I want a filly to keep the<br />

Equina B line going as I think this will be<br />

the last of her progeny. I will also keep<br />

her full brother as a stallion”, said Lianne.<br />

Midnight Mozart was the top yearling<br />

for eventing, with a score of 8.17 and<br />

a Gold award for owner and breeder,<br />

Kathryn Smith. The gelding is sired<br />

by KL King of Jazz (GB) and the dam<br />

is Midnight Melody, by Catherston<br />

Liberator who is by the thoroughbred sire,<br />

Liboi. Liberator’s mother was the Grade<br />

B showjumper, Catherston Jetstream,<br />

by Jashin, whose damline goes back<br />

to Jennie Loriston Clarke’s legendary<br />

stallion, Dutch Courage.<br />

The top 4yo for showjumping was It’s<br />

The Warrior, owned and bred by Jessica<br />

Hayes Hough, who scored 8.16 and<br />

received a Gold award for his ridden<br />

presentation. His dam is Sky Dancer III<br />

(called Topsi), sired by It’s The Business<br />

and from an Ahorn Z mare. Topsi was<br />

my sister Charlotte’s young riders horse<br />

and jumped up to 1.35m. When she<br />

retired we decided she should have<br />

a foal”, said Jessica. “My sister was<br />

working for Shirley Light at the Brendon<br />

Stud when we put Topsi in foal and<br />

Britannia’s Way<br />

under Shirley’s guidance Nobel Warrior<br />

was selected, mainly due to his calm<br />

temperament and size. Topsi is a small<br />

mare only 16.1 so we were hoping<br />

to add some size - as it turns out Turvi<br />

(It’s The Warrior) is 18hh. He is tall<br />

but compact and very athletic, he is a<br />

supermodel stamp”.<br />

The top endurance entry was the filly<br />

foal, Granny’s Foalt, who scored 8.02<br />

for a gold award. Her dam, Shadow<br />

Force, called Fern, (Lethal Force x<br />

Night Premier), is a 16.1hh grey TB<br />

ex-racehorse. “Her sire, Lethal Force,<br />

is to date the fastest horse in history<br />

over 6 furlongs at Newmarket”, says<br />

breeder, Bella Fricker. “My intention<br />

was to breed a performance Anglo,<br />

and I wanted a stallion that had good<br />

conformation, temperament and<br />

importantly, a performance record. I<br />

met Zayin Zachilles earlier in 2021<br />

and he was just my type of horse. His<br />

pedigree is filled with French performers,<br />

Dormane, Bengali D’Albret, Cikada<br />

and Cheri Bibi all within the first three<br />

generations”, explained Bella. “She is<br />

intended to be my own world champion<br />

prospect – I have competed to 3* in<br />

endurance and I hope that ‘Zest’ will help<br />

me fulfil my ambition to ride at a senior<br />

championship”.<br />

There were identical scores for the two<br />

joint top 2yos for eventing. Pinky’s<br />

Sweet Victory, called Buddy long legs<br />

(as he stands at 17hh), scored 7.7 and<br />

received a high Silver award. His dam<br />

is Brackenspa Pandora who’s sire is<br />

Crowns Wonder Pearl. Buddy’s owner<br />

and breeder, Katie Harvey, said, “I<br />

brought the mare from Sally Lister at<br />

Pinky’s Sweet Victory<br />

Brackenspa Stud as a youngster 11 years<br />

ago and brought her on to event. She<br />

was the most beautifully honest buckskin<br />

mare who gave me two beautiful foals.<br />

Buddy’s sire is Solaris Amoureux. I liked<br />

this stallion because of his offspring,<br />

they all are very athletic and excelled<br />

out on the eventing circuit. I back Buddy<br />

and bring him on to event. I’m looking<br />

forward to a exciting future ahead with<br />

him!” she said.<br />

Britannia’s Way also scored 7.7 for the<br />

accolade of joint top 2yo for eventing<br />

and a Silver award for owner and<br />

breeder, Clare Stringer. This filly is called<br />

Bumble at home, and her dam is Kitty<br />

Way, aka Fifi, by Nomadic Way. “I<br />

knew her as a 2yo when I was working<br />

for Louella Stud and instantly liked her.<br />

Her breeder/owner asked us to break<br />

her ready for going into training and she<br />

was great for the whole process”, said<br />

Clare. “She went into training and ran<br />

in one bumper race before being sent<br />

back to the stud. I took this opportunity<br />

to ask if I could buy her and he agreed.<br />

We evented and racked up a few wins<br />

and placing at lower levels, schooling<br />

at Novice at home. She also regularly<br />

had wins at unaffiliated dressage and<br />

showjumping. My university commitments<br />

meant she didn’t move up the levels<br />

but I plan to compete her again next<br />

year, as a perfectly sound rising 19<br />

year old. We chose Britannia’s Mail<br />

(Marley) as temperament is key for me.<br />

His performance also speaks for itself<br />

as he is competing at Advanced, with<br />

great bloodlines from Jaguar Mail and<br />

Headley Britannia / Jumbo”,<br />

explained Clare.<br />

Photos: Tanja Davis<br />


Baileys Horse Feeds - Futurity Report<br />

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

Baileys Horse<br />

Feeds Virtual<br />

Futurity <strong>2022</strong><br />

Murchacko Quatro<br />

The top virtual dressage<br />

score was also the overall<br />

top score of the virtual series, achieved<br />

by the 3yo filly, Orenda T, with an Elite<br />

score of 9.1 for owner and breeder<br />

Tracey-Louise Muir. Orenda T (known<br />

as Neo at home) is the first foal from the<br />

imported KWPN Ster mare Hrenda, who<br />

is by the sadly deceased KWPN Keur<br />

Grand Prix stallion Apache. Both mother<br />

and daughter hold the D-OC predicate<br />

and Hrenda is also inspected by the<br />

BHHS.<br />

Having evolved through necessity during<br />

covid, the Virtual Futurity is now in its<br />

third year and becoming established as<br />

a popular option for evaluating young<br />

horses and ponies when travelling<br />

to a venue is not possible. <strong>Breeder</strong>s<br />

throughout the country can enter, and<br />

geographical location is no longer a<br />

limiting factor. This option remained<br />

popular this year, with over 130<br />

high quality entries spread across all<br />

disciplines and age groups.<br />

Showjumping<br />

The top score in the showjumping section<br />

and second highest score overall went<br />

to the 5yo Quatro, bred by Sandra<br />

Kinnear and now owned by Nicola<br />

Wood, achieving a super Elite award<br />

with a score of 9.05 which qualifies him<br />

for the Equine Bridge to be held at the<br />

end of <strong>November</strong>. Registered with <strong>British</strong><br />

Showjumping as Murchacko Quatro<br />

and called Brady at home, this stunning<br />

bay gelding is by Goodyear VDL, by<br />

Indorado out of Biloma and is pedigree<br />

is full of top stallions jumping at 1.50 and<br />

1.60. “His dam, Newmiln Elite, jumped<br />

up to 1.20, and her grandmother,<br />

Newmiln Pauline Veloccia was also a<br />

fantastic jumper,” said Nicola.<br />

“I bought Murchacko Quatro (Brady)<br />

as a 3yo and instantly loved him when<br />

we saw him loose jump. Brady is<br />

being ridden by David Harland who<br />

is a Scottish based rider, talented at<br />

producing young horses”, said Nicola.<br />

“It really is beyond belief. We thought he<br />

was good, but he is proving to be out of<br />

this world. I am delighted”, she added.<br />

The top foal for showjumping was<br />

Steepletons Upton Jamiriaqui, by<br />

Cadensky out of Uptons Nimira II, who<br />

scored 8.75 and a high Gold award for<br />

owner and breeder, Jennifer Sharpe.<br />

Jennifer was looking for broodmares<br />

and bought Uptons Nimira II from Jake<br />

Saywell already in foal to Cadensky.<br />

She is by the KWPN stallion, James Dean<br />

S, by Dakar VDL and with Lucky Boy<br />

and Lux Z on his damline. The dam’s<br />

mother is Billy Amira by Billy Congo<br />

who has sired 4 approved sons and has<br />

several offspring jumping at 1.60 and 5*<br />

eventing. “We chose ‘Jimira’ out of the<br />

field because she was so stunning, and<br />

she was the first one to come over and<br />

greet us”, said Jennifer.<br />

HFS All Mixed Up was the top yearling<br />

for showjumping. This lovely Argento<br />

filly scored 8.38 and a Gold award<br />

for owner and breeder Joanna Linton.<br />

“I’m absolutely thrilled that my filly has<br />

done so well”, said Jo. “The dam is a<br />

Brainpower x Emilion mare that I bought<br />

direct from the breeder in Holland as a<br />

3yo. She is very talented and I compete<br />

her myself as an amateur, although<br />

she has the scope for 1.40/1.50<br />

classes. She is beautifully natured and<br />

the yearling, called Millie, is identical<br />

in looks and temperament, proving the<br />

influence of nature as she was an embryo<br />

transfer foal. I chose Argento having seen<br />

some very talented Argento youngsters”.<br />

HFS All Mixed Up<br />

Oberlenska LS was the top 3yo for<br />

showjumping, with a score of 8 for a<br />

Gold award for breeder, Julie Smith of<br />

Lambridden Stud. Oberlenska LS or Ella<br />

as she is known, is the second youngster<br />

from this mare and stallion combination<br />

to be put forward for the futurity and<br />

receive a gold award. Her sire, Nemiroff<br />

LS, is by Olympic stallion Cornet<br />

Obolensky. His mother Petit Fleur jumped<br />

to the equivalent of Grade B level before<br />

producing youngstock. Ella’s dam,<br />

Ferlina LS, is by world and European<br />

champion, Eurocommerce Berlin, out of a<br />

mare by world champion Libero H.<br />

Dressage<br />

The virtual evaluations saw some<br />

wonderful dressage horses presented,<br />

resulting in no fewer than three Elite<br />

scores.<br />

Hrenda’s full brother Iskander competed<br />

in the final of the Pavo Cup with Femke<br />

de Laat and was subsequently sold to<br />

Sweden, before being bought in 2019<br />

by Andreas Helgstrand for Olympic rider<br />

Cathrine Dufour. Orenda T’s maternal<br />

grand-dam, Norenda was a KWPN<br />

elite, preferent, prok mare. Hrenda’s half<br />

brother, Duuk is competed by Antonia<br />

Brown in the UK. Orenda T’s sire is De<br />

Niro Gold, who now competes at Grand<br />

Prix level for Gestüt Sprehe and is ridden<br />

by Sabine Reuben.<br />

“Neo has a fantastic temperament, that<br />

big white face looking at me from the<br />

field just melts my heart. As a breeder<br />

I would love to produce Neo for the<br />

Equine Bridge, Nexgen and BD Young<br />

Horse classes”, said Tracey-Louise.<br />

Orenda T<br />

Liz Ball of Bramble Stud presented two<br />

lovely foals and achieved two Elite<br />

scores, making them the third highest<br />

scores across the disciplines in the virtual<br />

evaluations.<br />

Total Glory, a bay filly by Glocks Toto<br />

JR, scored 9 as a dressage prospect.<br />

Everything about this filly impressed the<br />

evaluators, from her very harmonious<br />

and elegant frame to her uphill canter.<br />

Overall, they commented that she is a<br />

truly outstanding and exciting prospect<br />

for dressage with 3 outstanding gaits<br />

and excellent conformation. Total<br />

Glory’s dam is Gallia, who has<br />

produced multiple offspring including<br />

the WBS-UK licenced stallion, Lollipop<br />

Dance, himself a Futurity Elite award<br />

winner, by Carl Hester’s Olympic team<br />

gold medal winner, Uthopia. Lollipop<br />

Dance has also sired numerous Futurity<br />

award winners. Gallia is by Amoureux,<br />

KWPN approved and graded by the<br />

AES, who has competed to PSG/inter<br />


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1. Total Glory’s sire, Glock’s Toto JR, is<br />

the highly rated and first licenced son<br />

of Totilas, receiving his Hanovarian<br />

approval in Verden in 2013 and was<br />

approved for KWPN. He was crowned<br />

Dutch National Champion in 2020<br />

with Edward Gal in the saddle, scoring<br />

86.15% in the freestyle using the same<br />

music and floor plan used for Totilas 10<br />

years earlier.<br />

Total Glory<br />

Liz also achieved a superb Elite score of<br />

9 for Franklin’s Limelight, a black filly by<br />

Franklin. The evaluators were impressed<br />

with this excellent prospect for dressage,<br />

with uphill, expressive movement and<br />

elegant, harmonious conformation.<br />

Franklin’s Limelight’s dam is Limoncello,<br />

a state premium Hanoverian mare by<br />

Londonderry out of Ballzeit (x Benz)<br />

who has two licenced sons. Previously<br />

at Woodlander Stud, she produced<br />

Woodlander Clapton, who was licenced<br />

with BHHS, Hanovarian and Oldenburg<br />

and sired Commodore Platinum, currently<br />

competing at SPG/Inter1 with Anna<br />

Jesty and recently placed 11th in the<br />

Freestyle on 69.7%. Limoncello has<br />

consistently produced exciting offspring<br />

for Bramble stud, including Ravello, a<br />

colt by Revolution, who achieved an<br />

Elite score in 2019. Franklin’s Limelight’s<br />

sire, Franklin, is by Ampere out of a Ferro<br />

mare. Franklin has a large number of<br />

approved sons, including Fendi, the<br />

Grand Prix dressage stallion ridden by<br />

Sonke Rothenberger for Germany.<br />

The top dressage yearling in the virtual<br />

evaluations was Calibre Earl, with a<br />

score of 8.6 for a high Gold award for<br />

owner and breeder, Stephanie Palmer of<br />

Calibre Equestrian.<br />

Calibre Earl is called Ralph at home,<br />

and his dam was the first foal bred by<br />

Stephanie, called Landico Lola. Her sire<br />

Landtanzer, is a GP dressage stallion<br />

of Langraff lineage, and her dam was<br />

Five Alive, a champion showing mare by<br />

Ircho Lhee of Ico Sun line. “Landico Lola<br />

is a beautiful black mare and has to date<br />

competed up to medium in dressage,<br />

and she is also very confident as a show<br />

jumper and eventer”, said Stephanie.<br />

Calibre Earl’s sire, Fidertanz, is a proven<br />

modern dressage stallion with a bit<br />

more bone to compliment her mare’s<br />

conformation. “Blending show jumping<br />

and dressage lines I hoped would<br />

produce a foal with strong limbs and<br />

active paces that would be able to<br />

compete over a lengthy career”, she<br />

said. The evaluators agreed that this has<br />

been achieved, giving a linear score of<br />

9 for frame. Overall, they commented<br />

this is a very attractive modern type with<br />

elastic, powerful movement and good<br />

uphill tendency; a super prospect for<br />

dressage”.<br />

Calibre Earl<br />

Part Du Lion was the top 2yo for<br />

dressage, with a score of 8.45 and a<br />

Gold award for owner, Sophie Willetts.<br />

Bred by Cat Austin of Adiva Stud, Part<br />

Du Lion, called Leo, is out of Zara, a Ster<br />

KWPN Mare by Ferro out of Jorinde (x<br />

Samber). Zara was champion potential<br />

dressage and champion <strong>British</strong> bred<br />

and was awarded Ster and Reserve<br />

Champion at the Midlands KWPN<br />

grading as a 3yo. Part Du Lion’s sire<br />

is So Unique, a Premium son of triple<br />

World Champion, Sezuan. So Unique<br />

was awarded premium stallion at the<br />

Hanoverian licensing 2017, where<br />

he was most expensive stallion in the<br />

following auction. “I bought Leo from<br />

Adiva Stud as a foal and he is the<br />

youngest of Zara’s 4 offspring. I chose<br />

Leo on several factors, one was his<br />

bloodlines, he has a strong dam line of<br />

elite mares with offspring competing at<br />

high levels in both dressage and jumping.<br />

I will be keeping him and will be finding<br />

someone to take the ride of him, and<br />

hopefully keeping him entire”, said<br />

Sophie.<br />

Part Du Lion<br />

Eventing<br />

The top foal for eventing in the virtual<br />

evaluations was Sherbet Supersweet,<br />

owned and bred by Sasha Whitaker of<br />

Sherbet Stud, with a super Gold score of<br />

8.75. His dam is Bazaars Gingertown,<br />

out of Redmonstown Lady who has<br />

produced several successful offspring<br />

including Ginger’s full sister, Bazzars<br />

Hightown, who is currently competing<br />

CCI2*. Ginger’s sire is Bazaars<br />

Exclusive, by the legendary 4* eventing<br />

stallion, Welton Crackerjack, who himself<br />

sired the winners of Badminton, Burghley<br />

and Kentucky. Exclusive’s dam, Embla<br />

Express, competed up to advanced<br />

level and her TB sire, Hill Farmer, sired<br />

many good horses who competed up<br />

to 4* eventing (now 5*). Exclusive<br />

has produced many good horses up to<br />

CCI3* and has featured in the top 20 BE<br />

stallions on several occasions. “Ginger<br />

(Bazaars Gingertown) has evented<br />

with an amateur rider before being<br />

bought back by the Bazaars stud and<br />

hunted with the Meynell for a season<br />

before being put in foal to the ID stallion,<br />

Plaspennant Franklyn. I purchased<br />

Ginger in foal to Frankie with a view<br />

to producing riding club horses”, said<br />

Sasha. “Last year I decided to go with<br />

Woodlander Supertramp after having<br />

a chat with Lynne Crowden. Ginger<br />

has always produced superb foals and<br />

I thought it would be interesting to see<br />

what putting her to a lighter more athletic<br />

stallion would produce. Supertramp<br />

with his dressage reputation and show<br />

jumping breeding, seemed like an<br />

interesting choice. Obviously I am<br />

delighted with the result!”<br />

Sherbet Supersweet<br />

Risada Stud’s Risada M’Aidez, by Sir<br />

Shutterfly, was the top eventing yearling,<br />

with a Gold score of 8.5 for owner and<br />

breeder, Amy Derber. The dam, Rouge<br />

Solaris, is an Irish Sports Horse by the<br />

international showjumping Argentinus<br />

stallion, Tinarana Goldwave, and is<br />

out of a Puissance x Tula Rocket mare.<br />

The granddam jumped 1.30ms and the<br />

dam has siblings both showjumping and<br />

eventing at international level up to 3*.<br />

“The dam is my favourite mare. All of her<br />

foals have been Futurity Gold graded<br />

with her oldest now a 3yo by Jaguar<br />

Mail. Her 2020 foal by H-Ekwador was<br />

selected for and sold through the Futurity<br />

Elite Auction to an eventing home”,<br />

said Amy. Risada M’Aidez, known as<br />

Damian, had a very traumatic entry to<br />

the world. Amy continues, “Damian was<br />

born very suddenly at 1.45pm, 3 weeks<br />

early and by red bag. Luckily we were<br />

there and I was able to open the bag<br />

quickly - we were elated when he took<br />

his first breath! The mare hadn’t come<br />


Baileys Horse Feeds - Futurity Report<br />

into milk so he had frozen colostrum and<br />

then I bottle fed him. But he went rapidly<br />

downhill that afternoon and was rushed<br />

to hospital. The team at Donnington<br />

Grove brought him back from the brink<br />

and a week later he was back home<br />

living his best life, which he continues<br />

to do! This whole event was the reason<br />

behind his name, Risada M’aidez”.<br />

Risada M’aidez<br />

The top eventing 2yo is Willowsway King<br />

of Magic with a score of 8.35 and a<br />

Gold award for owner, Eleanor Kennedy.<br />

Called Murdoch at home, he was bred<br />

by Hilary Waterhouse at Willowsway<br />

Stud. His dam is Baronsdown Cracker,<br />

called Val, a sports horse mare<br />

by Lostock King Of The Hill out of<br />

Waterlands What A Cracker. Murdoch’s<br />

sire is Freckleton Royal Affair, a CHAPS<br />

Silver and AES graded stallion. Both his<br />

dam, Freckleton Money Penny and sire,<br />

Copilot, have impressive blood lines with<br />

proven success in all spheres”,<br />

explained Eleanor.<br />

“I actually spotted Murdoch on social<br />

media- at the time my Dressage mare<br />

was on rehab and I made it my business<br />

to hack regularly past his field and see<br />

him in ‘person’. Once I had seen him<br />

move, I knew that he would be a great<br />

addition to the Kennedy ‘herd’ and, in the<br />

end, it was my husband who<br />

bought him”.<br />

Wellpark Callista was the top 3yo for<br />

eventing in the virtual evaluations, with a<br />

score of 7.88 for a high Silver award for<br />

owner and breeder, Sharon Dudden of<br />

Wellpark Stud. Wellpark Callista’s stable<br />

name is Cally, and her dam, Generous<br />

DS (68% TB), is by the KWPN stallion,<br />

Silvano, who has FEI progeny eventing<br />

and show jumping, including Robert<br />

Smith’s Cassan. Generous is out of the<br />

Irish mare, Rocklodge Rainbow, whose<br />

sire is Loughehoe Guy, sire of over 60 FEI<br />

eventing progeny and a prolific sire of<br />

show horses. “Cally’s sire is Hallmark DS<br />

(65% TB) who has competed successfully<br />

in both eventing and dressage. He also<br />

has a good proportion of Irish breeding<br />

from his sire West Coast Cavalier, a<br />

Grand Prix show jumper. The TB comes<br />

through his dam, Betty Lightning”, said<br />

Sharon.<br />

Cally’s full sister, Wellpark Zephyra, was<br />

one of only three Elite eventing foals<br />

at the Futurity in 2017. Her full brother<br />

Wellpark Don Giovanni was awarded<br />

a Higher First Premium as a foal and has<br />

gone on to great success in the show ring.<br />

“We plan to keep Cally for the future<br />

and she will be evented by my daughter,<br />

Georgie . She has been lightly backed<br />

and thoroughly enjoys her work”,<br />

said Sharron.<br />

Endurance<br />

The top endurance score of the virtual<br />

evaluations went to the 3yo gelding,<br />

Seren Auros, owned by Emma Chivers<br />

and bred by Jan Varty at Seren Arabians.<br />

He scored 8.25 for a Gold award.<br />

Emma explains, “Seren Auros’s Dam<br />

is Golden Aura QA, by the advanced<br />

medium dressage stallion, Aurilla Gold,<br />

out of CAS Sholanda. Aurilla Gold has<br />

sired successful 160km Endurance horses<br />

on the Dutch Team, who are half siblings<br />

of Golden Aura. Aura came to Dom and<br />

Jan Atkinson at Seren Arabains in 2017,<br />

and she was put to the stallion Dandini.<br />

Seren Auros, called Mr Darcy, is around<br />

95% Crabbet Arabian and is descendent<br />

from the Crabbet Arabian Stud in Surrey;<br />

his lines can be traced back to 1878. Mr<br />

Darcy truly is one in a million, a credit to<br />

his breed. I plan on backing him<br />

next year.”<br />

Nahemas Spirit<br />

Nahemas Spirit SA earned the top 4yo<br />

score for endurance of 8.22 and a Gold<br />

award for owner and breeder, Gina<br />

Hunt. Nahemas Spirit SA is known<br />

as Khandi and Gina bought her dam,<br />

Nahema, as a 4yo from her breeder,<br />

Claire Chillingworth. The mare had a<br />

compromised immune system due to<br />

suffering purpura as a yearling, but<br />

went on to breed 7 foals, including the<br />

stallion, SA Eternal Spirit, a full sibling to<br />

Khandi who achieved a Futurity higher<br />

Gold premium and top scoring 3yo in<br />

2010. Khandi’s sire, Crystal Magic, has<br />

been owned by Gina since<br />

a yearling. Bred by Anne<br />

Brown at Gadebrook Stud, he is an<br />

Arab Horse Society premium merit sire,<br />

recognised on the merits of his offspring.<br />

He also sired SAR Magical Spirit who<br />

achieved an Elite Premium for endurance<br />

in 2015. Gina plans to keep Khandi and<br />

she will be produced as a ridden horse<br />

by her daughter, Ruby Theobald.<br />

Jason Puckey’s Prince Zayn was the top<br />

endurance foal in the virtual evaluations,<br />

with a score of 8.175 and a Gold award.<br />

Prince Zayn is by Laura Pyke’s stallion,<br />

Vlacq Zibaq, out of a thoroughbred<br />

mare, Lady Jasmine. “Jazzy is one of<br />

the first foals I bred. She is by the TB<br />

stallion Courteous, a product of the Aga<br />

Khan’s illustrious breeding empire, out<br />

of a mare I owned called Floral Dance,<br />

by Epsom Derby winner, Dr Devious”,<br />

explained Jason, who chose the stallion,<br />

Vlacq Zibaq for his first attempt at<br />

breeding an Anglo, as he is a proven<br />

Arabian endurance sire. Prince Zayn<br />

has since been sold to a knowledgeable<br />

competitor to realise his full potential.<br />

Prince Zayn<br />

Tannasg Fuego was the top endurance<br />

2yo, with a Gold score of 8.1 for<br />

owner and breeder, Seonaid Patterson.<br />

The dam, Kazanan is a full TB mare<br />

purchased by Tannasg Arabians to be<br />

part of their Anglo Arabian breeding<br />

programme. She has proved to be<br />

an excellent broodmare, having now<br />

produced two Futurity Gold award foals,<br />

the first being Tannasg Adonis. Fuego<br />

is her second foal by the same sire,<br />

Tannasg Ansomrob, a home-bred pure<br />

Arabian stallion selected to lead the<br />

stud’s Anglo breeding programme. He<br />

is proving to be an excellent outcross<br />

for producing athletic, trainable young<br />

horses suitable for all disciplines.<br />

Tannasg Feugo<br />


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Sports Ponies<br />

The filly foal, Kyon Soprano, headed the<br />

Sports Pony virtual evaluations scoring<br />

8.725 for a Gold award for breeder,<br />

Mary Webb. Mary explains the foal’s<br />

pedigree, “Kyon Soprano’s dam, DBM<br />

Good Golly Miss Molly, was bred by<br />

Kristina Floyd-Walker of DBM Dressage<br />

and is by Kristina’s young Germanbred<br />

pony stallion, Good Luck, graded<br />

with the SPSS, out of her Welsh Section<br />

C mare, Pasadena Saleen, who is by<br />

Synod Ruskin. Molly achieved the<br />

80% threshold to gain a coveted SPSS<br />

Gold Premium which only 8 out of 79<br />

youngstock achieved. Good Luck is by<br />

Golden Highlight out of a head studbook<br />

mare by Dornik B and was champion<br />

of his licensing. Good luck’s dam, High<br />

Flowns Indiana is a cracking Welsh mare<br />

by Bodo who has been a big part of<br />

breeding top sports ponies in Holland.<br />

My aim is to breed FEI ponies at Kyon<br />

Stud so I chose SPSS Elite Graded Le<br />

Chiffre as her sire for his top German<br />

bloodlines, he complimented Molly well<br />

with his movement and confirmation.<br />

Kyon Soprano<br />

The top yearling sports pony was<br />

Garthfach Endeavour, scoring 8.075<br />

for a Gold award for owner, Vicky<br />

Lacey. Bred by Penny Teague, Garthfach<br />

Endeavour, aka Buddy, is a palamino<br />

Welsh x warmblood gelding. His dam<br />

is Ashdale Misarko a show jumping<br />

mare who successfully competed up to<br />

foxhunter. Misarko is by the legendary<br />

Arko III, out of Macintha (x Hinault) with<br />

Ramiro Z in the damline. With such<br />

illustrious showjumping pedigree, Penny<br />

wanted to cross Misarko with a versatile<br />

Welsh pony. She chose Ynyslyns<br />

Orlando, a homozygous double dilute<br />

Cremello Section D stallion. Ollie as he is<br />

known to his owners throws guaranteed<br />

palomino foals to chestnut mares and<br />

buckskin/palomino/smokey black foals<br />

to bay mares. “I purchased buddy at<br />

6 months old after weaning. I like all<br />

my horses to compete in all disciplines<br />

and buddy will be no exception. We<br />

were over the moon with buddy’s futurity<br />

result and my partner has already taken<br />

him out to an M&M partbred in-hand<br />

youngstock classes locally”, said Vicky.<br />

Craigmancie Lockdown was the top<br />

sports pony 2yo, achieving a Gold<br />

score of 8 for owner, Ashley Watson-<br />

Anderson. Craigmancie Lockdown,<br />

called Bumble, is a Class 1 Grey<br />

Connemara Gelding out of a Class 1<br />

Buckskin mare, Blairmore Willow, owned<br />

by Liz and Alice Bell. Ashley continues,<br />

“Willow is by Kilpatrick Boy, and was<br />

bred, backed and ridden by Liz mainly<br />

in dressage and some workers before<br />

retiring to become a broodmare after<br />

an injury. Bumble’s sire is Lonsdale<br />

Legend, a class 1 stallion who lived<br />

most of his life on the hill in Ireland yet<br />

he has many successful offspring spread<br />

internationally. Known as Leo, he is by<br />

the renowned sire, Spinway Comet. Leo<br />

arrived at the yard in early 2019 and I<br />

looked after him everyday. This pairing<br />

was meant to be, and I covered them in<br />

hand in 2019. I hoped for a boy, and<br />

my wish was granted when Bumble<br />

was born in the field on a wet and cold<br />

Monday in April 2020, hence his name,<br />

Lockdown. He received a Gold award<br />

in the <strong>British</strong> Breeding Futurity as a<br />

yearling last year, and I am so proud that<br />

he has done it again. He also received<br />

a gold premium from the SPSS on both<br />

occasions. We’ve already dipped a toe<br />

into showing, most recently winning the<br />

large M&M class our local show”.<br />

Calton Ruby Rose is the top 3yo sports<br />

pony, earning a score of 8 and a Gold<br />

award for owner and breeder, Catherine<br />

Alton. Catherine continues, “Calton<br />

Ruby Rose is out of Maisey VI who is a<br />

Traditional Gypsy Cob by Romany VI<br />

out of Flicker II. I used to own Ruby’s<br />

grandsire Romany VI (aka Billy-Boy). I<br />

chose Amour-G as the sire to add more<br />

agility and stamina and he excelled<br />

in dressage and showed talent over<br />

fences”. Catherine plans to keep Ruby<br />

and back her over winter.<br />

Calton Ruby Rose<br />

The top 4yo sports pony of the virtual<br />

evaluations is Neue Royaal T, with a<br />

score of 7.675 for a Silver award for<br />

owner and breeder Tracey-Louise Muir.<br />

Neue Royaal T, known as Jett at home,<br />

is by the stallion, Auchmaliddie Royal<br />

Party is a Gold Medal winning Welsh<br />

Part Bred Stallion. His sire, Deanhills<br />

Royal Jubilee was NPS Young Stallion<br />

of the Year for two consecutive seasons,<br />

and is the full brother to Deanhills Royal<br />

Portrait who was Reserve Cuddy’s<br />

Supreme Champion. Neue Royaal T is<br />

the first foal of the imported Hanoverian<br />

mare Dancier Diva, who now completes<br />

in affiliated dressage. Dancier Diva is<br />

by the sadly deceased stallion Dancier,<br />

sporting the classic “D” line, coupled with<br />

the Hauptstutbuch mare Rosalie.<br />

“As a breeder it would be my greatest<br />

wish to produce her for Young Pony<br />

classes in the future”, said Tracey-Louise.<br />

Garthfach Endevour<br />

Craigmancie Lockdown<br />

Neue Royaal<br />


Nutrition Feature - Baileys Horse Feeds<br />

Feeding Mares and<br />

Youngstock Through Winter<br />

With a reduction in the nutritional<br />

quality of pasture and a reliance<br />

on preserved forages, providing<br />

supporting nutrition for breeding<br />

stock in winter is important.<br />

The In-Foal Mare<br />

The development of the foal begins right<br />

from the point of conception so it’s very<br />

important to feed appropriately from this<br />

time onwards. It is often suggested that<br />

a high fibre, low energy feed, such as<br />

a cool mix, will meet a pregnant mare’s<br />

requirements through the first two thirds<br />

of the pregnancy but some simple maths<br />

suggests that this isn’t the case.<br />

Simple Maths<br />

For example, a 500kg pregnant mare<br />

requires 190g of copper per day.<br />

Assuming that she is stabled or barn<br />

kept, over the winter months she could<br />

be consuming 10 - 12kg of hay per day<br />

which will provide 60 - 70mgs of copper<br />

(assuming the hay has a copper content<br />

of 6mg per kg). Add in 2.5kg of a high<br />

fibre feed at 35mg/kg and the mare’s<br />

total intake is between 147 and 157mg<br />

per day. That’s a deficiency of at least<br />

33mg!<br />

Building Reserves<br />

The even more frightening element of this<br />

is that to find hay with 6mg of copper is<br />

unusual, most of the forages analysed at<br />

Baileys are nearer to 3 or 4mg per kg,<br />

which would make the overall diet even<br />

more deficient. Minerals like copper are<br />

vitally important in a mare’s diet because<br />

they, and other essential nutrients, are<br />

needed to build the cells and tissues<br />

that create a foal. It has been shown<br />

that the foetus accumulates stores of<br />

minerals in its liver on which it can draw<br />

once it is born and growing very rapidly.<br />

Without these reserves, Developmental<br />

Orthopaedic Disease (DOD) can occur<br />

as the foal grows.<br />

Youngstock<br />

At this stage in the year, even late-born<br />

foals should be well established on<br />

forage and their own compound feed,<br />

whether weaned or still with the dam. As<br />

with the adult horse, forage should be<br />

the basis of the youngster’s diet and will<br />

contribute to energy intake by providing<br />

fermentable fibre and non-heating<br />

calories. The more digestible the forage,<br />

the lower the risk of “hay belly” and, if<br />

the nutritional quality of the forage is in<br />

question, an alfalfa chaff can be fed to<br />

help raise the overall protein and fibre<br />

content of the diet.<br />


Nutrition Feature - Baileys Horse Feeds<br />

Small Meals<br />

Concentrates should then be fed in small,<br />

frequent, digestible meals which are<br />

key to reducing excessive glycaemic<br />

response and avoiding starch overload.<br />

A high carbohydrate (starch) content<br />

is thought to influence the hormonal<br />

responses of the youngster to their meal<br />

and affect the conversion of cartilage<br />

to bone so, if feed volumes increase,<br />

upping the number of meals per day<br />

from two to three, or even four, is<br />

beneficial. This is where balancers come<br />

into their own as they are nutrient dense<br />

so are fed in small volumes, which keeps<br />

meal sizes manageable.<br />

The Protein Myth<br />

A myth which requires constant<br />

dispelling is that a youngster’s protein<br />

intake should be controlled to avoid<br />

causing growth problems. Protein is<br />

a very important nutrient for growth,<br />

since the very components of body<br />

tissue are comprised of amino acids<br />

supplied mostly by dietary protein. This<br />

is why specialist stud feeds contain<br />

elevated levels of good quality protein,<br />

to meet the increased requirements of<br />

the growing youngster and pregnant or<br />

lactating mare.<br />

Research has shown that high energy<br />

diets, either as a result of lush pasture,<br />

plentiful milk or excess concentrate feed,<br />

accompanied by insufficient minerals,<br />

are the main cause of nutrition-related<br />

growth problems, as these stimulate<br />

the youngster to grow quickly yet don’t<br />

supply the building blocks that are<br />

required to develop the tissue correctly.<br />

What to Feed<br />

As with all horses, what you feed<br />

through the winter, and then as spring<br />

approaches, will depend on the<br />

severity of the winter and the quality<br />

and quantity of available forage. An<br />

eye needs keeping on Body Condition<br />

Scores (BCS) of both mares and<br />

youngstock with the aim to maintain<br />

them in moderate condition and avoid<br />

any extremes either way. All but the<br />

fattest, therefore, will thrive on ad lib<br />

forage, with better doers simply needing<br />

supporting nutrients and others perhaps<br />

needing the additional calories provided<br />

by a mix or cube.<br />

Stud Balancer<br />

A specially formulated stud balancer<br />

is perfect for providing those nutrients<br />

known to be lacking in forage and<br />

pasture, namely quality protein,<br />

vitamins and minerals. Fed as the sole<br />

concentrate, they are ideal for mares and<br />

youngsters who maintain condition well<br />

as they do not supply unwanted calories.<br />

Growing youngsters’ requirements for<br />

these kinds of nutrients are higher than<br />

those of barren or even pregnant mares,<br />

increasing from three months of age to a<br />

year and then gradually decreasing as<br />

they finish growing at two years or so.<br />

Other Options<br />

With breeding stock, it’s therefore<br />

more important than ever to not only<br />

choose the right, good quality feed, but<br />

to give it according to manufacturers’<br />

recommendations in order to ensure<br />

elevated requirements are met. Stud<br />

cubes are a good cost effective option<br />

for those who need some additional<br />

calories, alongside forage, and can<br />

easily be fed from the ground to horses<br />

in groups. For those who still prefer to<br />

avoid hard feed, there are specially<br />

formulated molassed licks which are<br />

useful for allowing horses in groups to<br />

self-supplement their forage diet. Be<br />

sure to find one fortified with essential<br />

amino acids and trace minerals as<br />

these are vital to support growth and<br />

development.<br />

www.baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk<br />

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Feature - Agria Insurance<br />

Insurance for<br />

youngstock<br />

A new lifetime insurance policy is<br />

giving breeders the chance to insure<br />

foals from 30 days for the rest of<br />

their lives, offering countless benefits<br />

for both horse and owner.<br />

Pet insurance experts at Swedish-owned<br />

Agria have been providing pets across<br />

Europe with healthcare since it insured<br />

the world’s first animal, a horse, in 1890.<br />

Now it is offering UK horse owners a<br />

unique lifetime policy which should be<br />

of particular interest to young stock<br />

specialists and competitive owners.<br />

Horse owners will now be able to insure<br />

their horses for life with Agria, from 30<br />

days of age, with no new veterinary<br />

exclusions added once the policy has<br />

started and while it remains in place.<br />

The policy can also be transferred into<br />

new ownership should the horse be sold,<br />

ensuring continuity of cover.<br />

Owners may thus enjoy the peace of<br />

mind that comes with knowing their vet<br />

fees are covered up to £10,000 per<br />

year – for life.<br />

“Innovation, research and working with<br />

animal health and welfare partners is at<br />

the heart of what we do to offer the best<br />

care for horses,” says Vicki Wentworth,<br />

CEO of Agria UK. She took on the role<br />

after experiencing the loss of use of<br />

her own promising young horse due to<br />

injury, and was left feeling let down by<br />

her insurance provider.<br />

“I bought a yearling in the hope of<br />

producing her to show jump – she was<br />

by Air Jordan Z x Concorde,” added<br />

Vicki. “Sadly, she suffered an injury in<br />

the stable aged three which left her with<br />

a torn digital flexor tendon (DFT) and<br />

suspensory ligament.<br />

“She was also diagnosed with OCD<br />

in her hocks, which was treated with<br />

an arthroscopy, but despite stem cell<br />

treatment, steroid injections into the<br />

navicular and time in the field, the DFT<br />

didn’t repair well enough, and my mare<br />

was never to be ridden again.”<br />

After spending nearly £20,000 over<br />

two years trying to put her right, Vicki<br />

gifted her to a friend at just five-yearsold<br />

to spend her days as a surrogate<br />

broodmare.<br />

“It was heart breaking, but what made<br />

it worse was the fact that the insurance<br />

company tried every trick in the book<br />

not to pay out,” she said. “Had I been<br />

insured with Agria Lifetime Equine, I<br />

would have been covered for on-going<br />

treatment and would have had more<br />

options including more time to turn her<br />

away for 12 months or even two years,<br />

but instead, I was up against a financial<br />

insurance deadline.”<br />

It was this experience that motivated<br />

Vicki to become Agria UK chief<br />

executive.<br />

“When Agria approached me, I agreed<br />

to take on the role on the understanding<br />

that they promised to offer a lifetime<br />

policy that was fit for purpose and<br />

wouldn’t let people down, to prevent<br />

people having to go through what I did,”<br />

added Vicki. “The fact that the insurance<br />

policy goes with the horse, ensures you<br />

as an owner, are less vulnerable and less<br />

exposed to the financial implications of a<br />

horse not turning out how you imagined<br />

it would, or of unexpected things<br />

happening.”<br />

For more information,<br />

visit www.agriapet.co.uk<br />


<strong>Breeder</strong> Spotlight - Ridgeway Farm Stud<br />

Becky Stones<br />

Ridgeway Farm Stud –<br />

Breeding Olympic Dreams<br />

Nestled in the beautiful Surrey Hills in<br />

the south of England, there is an equally<br />

beautiful stud farm offering 5* facilities<br />

to some extremely talented young sport<br />

horses. Ridgeway Farm Stud (RFS) is<br />

the brainchild of Managing Director,<br />

Becky Stones, and has been purposebuilt<br />

with fastidious attention to detail to<br />

produce world-class showjumpers and<br />

eventers. Becky’s vision, along with<br />

co-owner and Chairman, Toby Duthie,<br />

is to produce young horses to compete<br />

at the top level in show jumping and<br />

eventing and to become a leading stud<br />

of first choice in Europe. The horses are<br />

cared for to the highest standard, the<br />

aim being to improve their performance,<br />

longevity of competition life, wellness,<br />

and happiness.<br />

The story started in 2001 when Becky<br />

was fortunate enough to buy the now<br />

legendary Peppermill as a 4-year-old.<br />

“I was very much into eventing, and I<br />

tried to buy some top event horses. Then<br />

we went to Emile Hendrick’s yard in<br />

Holland to look at some of his horses<br />

and saw Peppermill. It was love at first<br />

sight. He was the first showjumper that<br />

I bought and then I was completely<br />

converted”, says Becky. Peppermill was<br />

produced by Stuart Harvey up until he<br />

was 9 years old, and Becky enjoyed<br />

playing a small part in riding him at<br />

weekends. Then John Whitaker took<br />

him on the sunshine tour where he won<br />

the Grand Prix and later that year, he<br />

went to the World Equestrian Games<br />

as a 9-year-old, going on to compete<br />

successfully at csi5* level and represent<br />

Great Britain on the nations cup and<br />

championship teams. “He is my horse<br />

of a lifetime, and we still have him today<br />

at 25 years old. That journey was quite<br />

phenomenal, and I have been trying<br />

to repeat it ever since. I knew it was<br />

amazing, but I did not realise quite how<br />

amazing it was at the time as it was<br />

our first journey into the show jumping<br />

world”, says Becky.<br />

Since then, Becky has been fortunate<br />

to buy several more showjumpers,<br />

including “another very special one”,<br />

Hello Forever, which was produced at<br />

Ridgeway Farm and then sold for Scott<br />

Brash to ride at 9 years old.<br />

Becky left a career in investment banking<br />

in 2016 with a plan to develop the<br />

stud. “After 25 years of working night<br />

and day, I was lucky enough to retire<br />

with enough to build my own stud here<br />

in Surrey” she explains. Peppermill<br />

retired to stud in 2011 when he was 14<br />

years old, and the breeding programme<br />

started in 2012. We started breeding<br />

some youngsters, and then a few more,<br />

and decided to extend the number of<br />

stallions. We went from 1 to 4 stallions,<br />

with a plan to extend our own breeding<br />

programme and to play a part in<br />

breeding <strong>British</strong> horses, both in eventing<br />

and show jumping”.<br />

“I’ve now got 4 eventers from<br />

Peppermill, and a number of show<br />

jumping youngsters and the breeder<br />

in Belgium , Pierre Paidaveine, where<br />

Peppermill stands has got some fantastic<br />

jumpers from him. Miss Pepperpot, out<br />

of Winney Z (Winner Z x Hemmingway)<br />

is now 10 years old and is eventing<br />

at 4* with Kevin McNab. There is a<br />

possibility she could be his 2024 horse.<br />

I take it as an honour that he is willing<br />

to ride my little homebred Miss Pepper<br />

Pot, whom we think the world of. He<br />

is extremely choosey over his horses. It<br />

is very much about striking a balance<br />

between the horse being allowed to<br />

be a horse and trying to get to the top<br />

of the sport, and these two things can<br />

pull in different directions at top level,<br />

but working with people like Kevin, we<br />

have been able to strike a balance that<br />

I feel very comfortable with. Kevin will<br />

only go on perfect ground and really<br />

protects the horses cross country, such<br />

as monitoring breathing and heart rates<br />

minimising the risk of problems which is<br />

very important to me.”<br />

Another two bright prospects by<br />

Peppermill are Pepper Poldark and<br />

Pepper Dream. Poldark was selected<br />

in the World Breeding Championships<br />


<strong>Breeder</strong> Spotlight - Ridgeway Farm Stud<br />

as a 6-year-old with eventer Caroline<br />

Harris and Pepper Dream was selected<br />

as a reserve. We are hoping 5* for both<br />

horses in time.<br />

Becky has a great team to manage<br />

and produce the horses to the highest<br />

standards. Team manager Duncan Inglis<br />

brings over 35 years of experience in<br />

show jumping and has developed a solid<br />

reputation across the UK and Europe for<br />

identifying, purchasing and producing<br />

top-quality show jumpers which have<br />

gone on to compete at the highest level.<br />

The stud’s older show jumpers are with<br />

Marco Kutscher in Germany, a double<br />

European Champion and bronze<br />

Olympic medallist who brings a wealth<br />

of experience to the team. The older<br />

event horses are furthering their careers<br />

with Kevin McNab almost next door to<br />

the Ridgeway Farm Stud.<br />

Becky’s history with Marco goes back<br />

several years. The stud together with<br />

Frances Macleod bought Cabo Verde<br />

from Marco nearly 4 years ago. Becky<br />

loved the yard owned and managed<br />

by Marco and Eva Bitter in Germany at<br />

that time. It has all the same values as<br />

Ridgeway Farm Stud and is backed by<br />

two phenomenal 5* riders. Becky hoped<br />

that Marco would one day ride for her.<br />

Becky was thus delighted that Marco<br />

and Eva recently agreed to manage and<br />

ride all the Ridgeway Farm Stud older<br />

horses and oversee the younger horses<br />

in UK where both teams will partner<br />

together to help materialise the<br />

Olympic dream.<br />

“As an investor and owner, I love these<br />

horses like my children, particularly<br />

the ones I’ve bred, and it is important<br />

to have longevity, so if they can keep<br />

going until they are 17 years old instead<br />

of 11 or 12 years old, the difference is<br />

enormous. It takes 10 years to get them<br />

to the top, and then if you only have 2<br />

years that is a bit of a disaster. That is<br />

what Ridgeway Farm is all about. We<br />

say excellence in all that we do, but<br />

we try to get longevity as well as high<br />

performance in the horses as far as we<br />

possibly can.<br />

Becky has been keen from the beginning<br />

not to do too much with her horses. “I<br />

am not looking to win championships at<br />

an early age, but gradually nurture<br />

them through and then hopefully by 10<br />

years old they can be the best that they<br />

can be. Obviously not all of them can<br />

get to the top, but we try to maximise<br />

their potential.”<br />

“There are currently 3 breeding mares at<br />

Ridgeway Farm. I would love to breed<br />

from Miss Pepperpot at some point.<br />

We are using top show jumping mares<br />

and stallions, but some of them will<br />

go eventing. We just see what comes<br />

out. With Peppermill, every single one<br />

is so brave, with good movement and<br />

a fantastic brain and attitude to work,<br />

so that ticks quite a few boxes for both<br />

eventing and show jumping.<br />

With all the stallions, having a good<br />

brain is critical. We find that at the top<br />

of the sport if you don’t have the brain<br />

to work with you then it can be incredibly<br />

frustrating.<br />

Stallions<br />

The stud currently stands four stallions.<br />

The world-renowned Peppermill by<br />

Burggraaf out of a Voltaire mare, is<br />

currently in Belgium and has been<br />

one of the leading sires in Belgium for<br />

a number of years with some lovely<br />

stock. He produces the power and<br />

scope that he was so amazing at, along<br />

with a fantastic temperament and good<br />

movement. A super careful blood mare<br />

is ideal for him and for the modern horse,<br />

combining him with more blood works<br />

very well with him.<br />

Cabo Verde by Christian 25 out of a<br />

Graff Top mare was Reserve Champion<br />

5-year-old at the Bundeschampionate,<br />

and Becky and Frances Macleod bought<br />

him off the back of that. “If I was going<br />

to paint a show jumping horse it would<br />

be Cabo – he is just exquisite in every<br />

way,” says Becky.<br />

Pepper Vincent is by Vivant van de<br />

Helfink out of a Chacco-Blue mare and<br />

we bought him last year at Bolesworth.<br />

“He Reminds me of Peppermill. Huge<br />

power, and attitude that he can do<br />

absolutely anything. Absolutely fearless,<br />

and a lovely horse to work with. He has<br />

a fabulous jump, the problem is trying<br />

to contain it – a nice problem to have.<br />

Cabo<br />

But he has the biggest scope. He did not<br />

have a single pole at the Sunshine tour<br />

this year. “<br />

Pepper Topaz – ICE came from Olympic<br />

medal-winning showjumper and horse<br />

producer Cian O’Connor. Becky says<br />

“I saw him on Cian’s Facebook as a<br />

beautiful 4yo, and I thought he was just<br />

to die for. Our stud Team Manager,<br />

Duncan Inglis went with Peter Moloney<br />

to look at him and we were able to get<br />

him that week. He is a modern type<br />

with blood. Now just a 5-year-old, he<br />

jumped twice at Hickstead this year, but<br />

we are not doing too much with him.”<br />

“I am very excited about the breeding<br />

programme and keep pushing them<br />

forward to hopefully have top careers<br />

as well.<br />

Youngstock<br />

“We stick to our principles in nurturing<br />

youngstock. We are primarily focused<br />

on top championship level, so every tiny<br />

detail matters and we produce each<br />

horse in the best way we can tailor for<br />

each horse. For the financials to work<br />

we have to sell most of the horses at<br />

some stage in their careers. We have<br />

sold several youngsters and several of<br />

our top show jumpers and they are doing<br />

very well. A couple of youngsters went<br />

to America, and it is very nice to see how<br />

well they are going.<br />

Becky’s dream is to breed or train an<br />

Olympic horse for show jumping and an<br />

Olympic horse for eventing. With her<br />

shrewd head for business and excellent<br />

support team, along with state-of-theart<br />

technology and facilities, Ridgeway<br />

Farm Stud is ready to give the best<br />

possible start in life for that next<br />

Olympic champion.<br />

Ridgeway Farm<br />

Pepper Topaz Ice Z<br />


Feature - The National Stud<br />

The National Stud –<br />

#Where it all begins…<br />

As the <strong>2022</strong> National Stud Diploma<br />

Graduates are boarding airplanes<br />

or ferries to take the next step in their<br />

bloodstock careers, the National<br />

Stud is celebrating the success of their<br />

students whilst preparing for the next<br />

intake of future stud managers, stallion<br />

handlers, bloodstock agents and Flying<br />

Start applicants. The 500 acre stud is<br />

based on the outskirts of Newmarket<br />

and stands a quality roster of stallions<br />

including leading third crop sires<br />

Time Test and Aclaim and new recruit<br />

Lope Y Fernandez – the only son of<br />

Lope De Vega standing in the UK. As<br />

an education provider, the National<br />

Stud stands alone in bridging the gap<br />

between talented individuals with<br />

varying or no equine experience and<br />

the wide ranging career opportunities in<br />

horseracing and thoroughbred breeding.<br />

Emily Stevens training at the National Stud<br />

The experience and practical skills that<br />

students of the Entry To Stud Employment<br />

(E2SE) and Diploma students gradute<br />

with is vital for their future career<br />

progressiony. The E2SE programme<br />

aims to widen participation and<br />

introduce a more diverse audience to<br />

the vast opportunities that the bloodstock<br />

industry has to offer. These residential<br />

courses are accessible for individuals<br />

with or without equine experience,<br />

and involve practical and theoretical<br />

sessions on bloodstock handling and<br />

husbandry. The course runs in two<br />

phases, the first being fully residential at<br />

the National Stud followed by a paid<br />

work placement. This second phase<br />

gives the student the chance to hone<br />

their skills in a practical setting. The<br />

Stud provides ongoing liaison between<br />

employer, student and tutor throughout<br />

to ensure a nurturing yet realistic<br />

learning environment that often leads to<br />

full time, permanent employment. Recent<br />

graduates from the E2SE course will be<br />

continuing their careers with industry<br />

leaders such as Juddmonte Godolphin,<br />

Cheveley Park and Lofts Hall Stud. Emily<br />

Stevens from Essex is a graduate of the<br />

2021 cohort and had little experience<br />

of working with thoroughbreds upon<br />

arrival at the National Stud. Prior to<br />

enrolment she had completed a Degree<br />

in Animal Management and Zoology<br />

and was working at a livery yard. When<br />

Emily was asked about her experience<br />

on the E2SE course, she stated ‘“I don’t<br />

look back, I think everything happens<br />

for a reason and I can’t see myself doing<br />

anything else now.”<br />

The National Stud Diploma in Stud<br />

Practice and Management course<br />

has produced an array of talented<br />

bloodstock professionals including<br />

trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, Shadwell<br />

Racing Manager Angus Gold, Manager<br />

and Owner of Whitsbury Manor<br />

Stud Ed Harper, Manager of Kiltinan<br />

Stud Donna Vowles and Manager of<br />

Chasemore Farm Jack Conroy. This<br />

fully residential course runs throughout<br />

the breeding season and provides an<br />

outstanding and hands on work based<br />

education, with foaling, covering and<br />

thoroughbred management being the<br />

key focus. A comprehensive evening<br />

lecture programme supports the practical<br />

element of the course, allowing learners<br />

to develop a strong understanding of<br />

stud practices and engage with world<br />

renowned equine vets and industry<br />

professionals. The well rounded study<br />

programme sets individuals up for<br />

national or international employment,<br />

with alumni sitting within some of the<br />

world’s leading studs and bloodstock<br />

organisations, such as Godolphin,<br />

Newgate Australia and Coolmoore.<br />

Jamie Smith from Bolton, a <strong>2022</strong><br />

graduate of the National Stud<br />

Diploma, is heading off to Ireland after<br />

being accepted on to the prestigious<br />

Godolphin Flying Start programme.<br />

Having a degree in Sport from<br />

Durham University, some thoroughbred<br />

experience and a natural enthusiasm<br />

Jamie Smith<br />

administering<br />

colostrum to new<br />

born foal<br />

for horse racing, Jamie was an ideal<br />

candidate. The contacts made during<br />

lectures, experience gained through<br />

hands on time in the covering shed and<br />

foaling and the support of the staff at<br />

the National Stud, gave Jamie the skills<br />

and confidence required to apply for the<br />

internship.<br />

Robert Moss from Wigan joined Jamie<br />

at the graduation ceremony, and was<br />

awarded the Watership Down Stud<br />

Best Practical Award as well as the<br />

Jamie and Sandra Lloyd Memorial<br />

Scholarship sponsored by Far Westfield<br />

Farm. Having completed the course,<br />

Rob will be joining the team at Taylor<br />

Made in Kentucky, where he will be able<br />

to continue his education and fulfil his<br />

desire to learn.<br />

Rob Moss aiding the vet<br />

Applications for the E2SE <strong>2022</strong> and<br />

National Stud Diploma 2023 courses<br />

are now open, the question is do you<br />

want to learn #Whereitallbegins?<br />






Do you have a passion for horses<br />

and love working outdoors?<br />

The National Stud’s Education Programme provides<br />

students with a solid foundation of skills to start a<br />

career with diverse prospects and international<br />

opportunities.<br />

We accept applications for our courses<br />

throughout the year, and have an option<br />

for everyone from total beginners to<br />

experienced stud staff.<br />

For more information visit<br />

nationalstud.co.uk<br />

“Before the course, I had<br />

never worked on a stud farm<br />

but came from a general<br />

horse background. I was truly<br />

grateful to be a part of the<br />

experience and it is one of<br />

the best things I have done<br />

in my life by far.”<br />

Sophie Mellett<br />

2020 Diploma Graduate<br />



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Feature - Management of Foals Limbs<br />

Management of Foals Limbs<br />

Sport horse breeders all dream of<br />

producing a horse to go on and be<br />

a champion at whatever discipline<br />

it is intended to do. A lot of thought<br />

goes into choosing the right stallion<br />

for your mare, a lot of effort is then<br />

required to get her in foal and look<br />

after her until she foals, but we must<br />

take extra special care of the foal<br />

when it is first born and in the first<br />

few months of life, particularly the<br />

foal’s limbs.<br />

A horse is more likely to stay sound<br />

and perform at a high level if it has<br />

good limb conformation. When<br />

selecting a stallion for your mare you<br />

will have looked at the good and the<br />

bad attributes of your mare and tried<br />

to pick a stallion that will improve any<br />

faults that she may have. There is a<br />

correlation between limb conformation<br />

and predisposition for lameness, for<br />

example very straight upright hocks are<br />

a risk factor for hind limb suspensory<br />

problems.<br />

Once your foal is born it is important<br />

to evaluate it’s limbs in the first 24<br />

hours after birth and make a plan as<br />

to how much exercise the mare and<br />

foal can have, experienced veterinary<br />

advice should be sought at the foals<br />

first check up. Foals can be born with<br />

limbs that have very abnormal limb<br />

conformation and over exercising can<br />

result in irreversible damage that affects<br />

soundness and performance later in life.<br />

We are all excited to see our new-born<br />

foals playing in the paddock as soon<br />


Feature - Management of Foals Limbs<br />

Management of Foals Limbs<br />

Continued...<br />

as possible after birth however in many<br />

cases this is not a good idea and careful<br />

consideration must be given before<br />

turn out.<br />

Ideally the first paddock a mare and<br />

foal is allowed out in should be small<br />

and well fenced. The surface should<br />

be smooth and not rutted or poached.<br />

Many mares will dash about when first<br />

turned out and the foal then has to try<br />

and keep up with her, this can result<br />

in damage, such as to the delicate<br />

sesamoid bones in the fetlock or<br />

overloading of the soft square bones<br />

in the hock. If your mare is likely to be<br />

lively then putting her out hungry so she<br />

is keen to graze or even giving a low<br />

dose of sedation may stop the foal being<br />

over exerted.<br />

The various limb conformational<br />

aberrations at birth are classified as<br />

congenital, either flexural or angular<br />

deformities. The flexural deformities<br />

are where the bone column is straight<br />

from front to back, but the limb is either<br />

too flexed or too extended through a<br />

particular joint. A very common flexural<br />

deformity is where the deep digital flexor<br />

tendon is too tight and the foal ends up<br />

standing on the front of the hoof wall or<br />

the very tip of it’s toe rather than the sole<br />

of the hoof. These flexural deformities<br />

can be corrected in the first 24-48 hours<br />

by application of a light weight cast<br />

and administration of a drug to relax the<br />

muscles controlling the tendons.<br />

Tendon laxity in the hind limbs resulting<br />

in very low hind fetlock conformation<br />

and the tip of the hoof lifting off the<br />

ground is very common. With restricted<br />

exercise and time these will correct.<br />

Often the farrier may need to trim the<br />

tip of the toe after a few weeks as it<br />

does not get any wear. There is much<br />

discussion as to whether an extension<br />

should be applied to the hoof that<br />

provides a long heel forcing the toe<br />

on to the ground. I have never had to<br />

use these extensions and I am always<br />

very concerned that they may actually<br />

damage the delicate soft tissue structures<br />

of the limb.<br />

The angular limb deformities are where<br />

the limb deviates inwards (varus) or<br />

outwards (valgus) through a joint when<br />

viewed from the front. Many foals<br />

are born with quite marked hind limb<br />

deviations, often one hind limb has a<br />

varus deviation through the hock and<br />

the other limb has a valgus deviation<br />

through the same joint making the foal<br />

look like it ‘s limbs have been blown by<br />

the wind, you will have heard the term<br />

“wind swept”. The vast majority of these<br />

congenital angular limb deviations will<br />

correct within a couple of weeks if the<br />

foal is only allowed limited exercise.<br />

It is common practice to ask your farrier<br />

to apply glue on hoof extensions to<br />

correct angular limb deviations that<br />

involve the fetlock joint. A varus or<br />

inward deviation requires a lateral or<br />

outside extension. Conversely a valgus<br />

or outward deviation requires a medial<br />

or inside extension. These are applied<br />

within the first few days of the foals life<br />

to the hoof and the foal is kept on a<br />

relatively firm bed so that the mechanical<br />

affect of the altered load on the growth<br />

plates straightens the limb. Exercise must<br />

be restricted until the limb is straight.<br />

There is another limb deviation that is<br />

very difficult to correct, this is where the<br />

bone column is straight however the<br />

limb is rotated usually outwards from the<br />

upper limb in the fore limb, giving the<br />

foal a very toe out conformation and<br />

action. Many such foals will correct with<br />

time as they grow and develop.<br />

Once the foal has developed to the<br />

point that everyone is happy with the<br />

limb conformation it should then have<br />

exercise in a safe paddock with a good<br />

level surface. It is as important for foals<br />

to exercise as it is for them to be rested<br />

if their limbs are not straight. Exercise<br />

stimulates the development of bone<br />

density and also the necessary tendon<br />

and ligament fibres required for these<br />


Feature - Management of Foals Limbs<br />

soft tissues to stand up to the rigors of<br />

equestrian sport later in life.<br />

It is however important to keep a<br />

close eye on your foals limbs as it is<br />

developing, particularly when the<br />

ground start to get hard in the middle<br />

of the summer. Often foals will get foot<br />

sore and as a consequence they pull<br />

themselves up on to the tips of their toes,<br />

off-loading the weight from the sore<br />

soles of the hoof. The muscles contract,<br />

the tip of the toe gets worm away and<br />

an upright hoof conformation known<br />

as a boxy foot develops - an acquired<br />

flexural deformity. You may also have<br />

heard the term “ballerina syndrome”, this<br />

can ruin a foals future value and affect<br />

it’s likelihood of staying sound in sport. If<br />

you spot your foal becoming upright it is<br />

important to get it in on a soft bed and<br />

administer pain relief as directed by your<br />

vet, the farrier may need to be involved<br />

to perform corrective trims.<br />

The hard ground and rapid growth rates<br />

can also cause the growth plates at<br />

the ends of the long bones to become<br />

inflamed (physitis), particularly the distal<br />

radial growth plate above the knee<br />

and the growth plates either side of the<br />

fetlocks. Physitis can cause disruption<br />

in the lengthening of the bone and often<br />

the growth becomes uneven across the<br />

growth plate resulting in one side of<br />

the limb growing faster than the other<br />

bending the limb - an acquired angular<br />

limb deviation develops. Again if this<br />

is noted to be happening rest on a<br />

deep bed and the administration of<br />

anti-inflammatories and appropriate<br />

intervention from the farrier may salvage<br />

the situation.<br />

There are some surgical procedures that<br />

can be performed to correct foals limb<br />

deviations, however we try very hard to<br />

manage foals in such a way as to avoid<br />

performing these procedures. Foals<br />

that develop severe flexural deformities<br />

involving a boxy foot may undergo an<br />

operation to cut the check ligament of<br />

the deep digital flexor tendon - I have<br />

not had to have one of these done for<br />

many years.<br />

Occasionally we may need to help an<br />

angular limb deviation correct, most<br />

commonly the fetlock and carpal joints,<br />

but occasionally the hock. There are<br />

two types of procedures that can be<br />

performed, the most simple is known as<br />

a periosteal strip, this involves a small<br />

skin incision over the growth plate on the<br />

inside of the deviation (so for a fetlock<br />

varus - the incision is on the inside of the<br />

distal canon bone, the a carpal valgus<br />

the incision is on the outside of the distal<br />

radius), the periosteum on the bone<br />

surface is lifted off the growth plate, this<br />

speeds up the growth of the long bone<br />

on the side of the incision relative to the<br />

side of the bone not operated on and the<br />

bone straightens as it grows.<br />

The second procedure is more invasive<br />

and is reserved for very severe angular<br />

limb deviation. This involves stopping the<br />

growth on the outside of the deviation<br />

(so for a hock valgus - on the inside of<br />

the hock, for a carpal varus the surgery<br />

would be performed on the outside of<br />

the radius). The growth can be stopped<br />

by bridging across the growth plate,<br />

usually by placing a screw through it.<br />

This stops the growth on that side of the<br />

bone, the opposite side continues to<br />

grow and when the limb is straight the<br />

screw is removed.<br />

In summary it is important to carefully<br />

manage the amount of exercise newborn<br />

foals are allowed to have, also to<br />

carefully monitor how the foals limbs are<br />

developing as they grow. Standing them<br />

up on a firm level surface and walking<br />

them up to observe their limb flight is<br />

something worth doing every 3 or 4<br />

weeks during the foals first few months of<br />

life. If in doubt consult an experienced<br />

vet and your farrier.<br />



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Could Pregnancy Help<br />

Your Asthmatic Mare?<br />

by Lucy Pickup<br />

It is well documented in humans<br />

that sex hormones influence asthma<br />

development and severity, but whether<br />

the same Is occurring in the asthma of<br />

horses is unknown. A research study by<br />

Mainguy-Seers et al., (<strong>2022</strong>) Montreal<br />

University, Canada evaluated the effects<br />

of the estrus cycle on airway dysfunction<br />

in mares affected by Severe Equine<br />

Asthma. This leading-edge study is the<br />

first of its kind.<br />

What is Severe Equine Asthma?<br />

The Equine Asthma label is the<br />

umbrella term to cover previously<br />

known conditions of inflammatory<br />

airway disease (IAD) and recurrent<br />

airway obstruction (RAO, or heaves).<br />

Severe Equine Asthma (SEA) is a<br />

chronic respiratory disease affecting<br />

approximately 14% of adult horses living<br />

in the Northern Hemisphere. It is mostly<br />

influenced by environmental conditions<br />

and genetics. A predisposition for<br />

females has been reported, but this is not<br />

a consistent finding.<br />

SEA is characterized by breathing<br />

difficulty, even at rest. Although it<br />

can be controlled by management<br />

and medication, it remains incurable.<br />

Stabling, bedding and hay feeding<br />

are the main contributors to disease<br />

exacerbation, and other factors could<br />

possibly compromise respiratory<br />

function.<br />

Whether the disease is altered by the<br />

estrus cycle is currently unknown in<br />

mares. However, we do know there<br />

are differences in humans. The higher<br />

prevalence of asthma in boys reverses<br />

at puberty, after which the disease<br />

becomes more prevalent in women.<br />

Researchers have also identified changes<br />

in asthma symptoms due to fluctuations<br />

in hormones during menstruation,<br />

pregnancy, and menopause (Yung et<br />

al., 2018). However, the mechanisms<br />

by which estrogen signaling regulate<br />

airway inflammation, mucus production,<br />

and airway hyperreactivity are not<br />

fully understood.<br />

Estrous Cycle in Mares<br />

Estrous period (ovulation season) is<br />

between April and October. There are<br />

two hormones secreted from the ovary;<br />

estrogen, and progesterone, both are<br />

steroids and have important roles in the<br />

control of the estrous cycle. The estrous<br />

cycle can be divided into two phases<br />

follicular and luteal. The follicular phase<br />

begins when the pituitary produces<br />

follicular stimulating hormone (FSH)<br />

which stimulates follicles, the luteal phase<br />

begins just after ovulation.<br />

The Study<br />

Five mares with Severe Equine Asthma<br />

during a flare-up of the disease were<br />

studied by assessing the lung function<br />

during the follicular and luteal phases<br />

of the reproductive cycle. Airway<br />

obstruction improved during the luteal<br />

phase and the variation in progesterone<br />

and the dominant follicle size correlated<br />

with lung function parameters,<br />

suggesting a role for sex hormones in<br />

asthma pathophysiology (Mainguy-<br />

Seers et al., <strong>2022</strong>).<br />

It must be noted that this was a small<br />

study population and further research is<br />

warranted.<br />

The biological effects of estrogen<br />

on airway cells, the distribution and<br />

proportion of each receptor along the<br />

respiratory tract, and the influence of<br />

estrogen in SEA has not been studied<br />

prior to this work. However, a possible<br />

role of sex hormones in SEA was noted<br />

by Mainguy-Seers et al., (2018) when<br />

looking at the effect of Tamoxifen, a<br />

synthetic selection ‘estrogen receptor<br />

modulator’ drug on equine asthma<br />

in mares. This study showed a mild<br />

reduction of airway resistance in horses<br />

treated with Tamoxifen for SEA.<br />

Practical Application<br />

Environmental management is vital for a<br />

horse with a respiratory issue, whether<br />

that is mild to moderate asthma or severe<br />

asthma. Treatment approach remains the<br />

same irrespective of breed or discipline,<br />

whether the horse Is a leisure animal,<br />

broodmare or high -level athlete, the<br />

first thing to do is decrease exposure to<br />

triggering environmental factors.<br />

Decreasing dust exposure from hay<br />

and bedding is key and should be<br />

prioritized. This can be achieved by<br />

avoiding feeding dry hay as well as<br />

storing it in the same air space. Steamed<br />

hay in a Haygain has been shown to<br />

reduce up to 99% of respirable particles<br />

in hay whilst retaining nutrients and<br />

improving palatability. Wood shavings<br />

are recommended, with studies showing<br />

1.5 times more respirable particles when<br />

bedding on straw instead of sawdust<br />

(Ivester et al., 2014). Another option is<br />

to increase the turnout time so that the<br />

horse is outside, away from the dust of<br />

the stable area.<br />

This study describes for the first time<br />

the influence of the estrus cycle on the<br />

natural course of SEA and the roles of<br />

sex hormones in asthma. Indeed, the<br />

reproductive physiology of mares and<br />

women are similar in many aspects,<br />

including the prolonged follicular phase.<br />

Understanding this relationship will give<br />

us a better understanding of what our<br />

mares need at each stage of pregnancy<br />

and help to inform management of<br />

asthma in the future.<br />

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References<br />

• Yung JA, Fuseini H, Newcomb DC. (2018)<br />

Hormones, sex, and asthma. Ann Allergy<br />

Asthma Immunol. (5):488-494. https://<br />

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/<br />

PMC5936670/#:~:text=These%20findings%20<br />

suggest%20that%20sex,hyperreactivity%20<br />

are%20not%20fully%20elucidated.<br />

• Mainguy-Seers S, Diaw M, Lavoie JP. (<strong>2022</strong>)<br />

Lung Function Variation during the Estrus Cycle<br />

of Mares Affected by Severe Asthma. Animals<br />

(Basel). 12(4):494. https://www.mdpi.<br />

com/2076-2615/12/4/494<br />

• Mainguy-Seers, S.; Picotte, K.; Lavoie, J.P.<br />

(2018) Efficacy of tamoxifen for the treatment of<br />

severe equine asthma. J. Vet. Intern. Med. 32,<br />

1748–1753.<br />


Feature - Rossdales<br />

Nutrition and Maintenance<br />

of the Mare and Stallion for<br />

Optimum Reproductive Health<br />

By Sarah Moore BVetMed, CertAVP(ESM), DACT, MRCVS<br />

Diplomate of American College of Theriogenologists<br />

Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons<br />

Preparation and nutritional maintenance<br />

of both the broodmare and stallion<br />

are vitally important to maximise<br />

reproductive performance. Furthermore,<br />

recent advances in the study of<br />

epigenetics (how behaviours and<br />

environment can influence the way genes<br />

work), have shown us that it is not only<br />

the environment that the embryo and<br />

fetus develop within that are influential,<br />

but also the egg prior to conception.<br />

Therefore, producing the mare in<br />

optimum health prior to breeding is vital.<br />

The Mare<br />

Nutrient requirements for non-pregnant<br />

mares are the same as for adult horses<br />

at maintenance and not in exercise.<br />

Individual variations occur between<br />

horses that are ‘good-doers’ and<br />

‘poor-doers’, but there is no requirement<br />

to feed extra in order for a mare to be<br />

bred. Anecdotally in practice, it is often<br />

the mares that arrive at stud slightly<br />

underconditioned and subsequently<br />

receive an increasing plane of nutrition<br />

into the breeding season, that cycle<br />

earlier in the year than those maintained<br />

at a good or even higher plane of<br />

nutrition throughout the year. It would<br />

also make sense that, in nature, the<br />

initiation of cycling occurs in the spring,<br />

and although this is largely linked to<br />

increasing day length, it is also during a<br />

time of increasing nutritional value in the<br />

grass.<br />

Nature dictates that a mare should breed<br />

at a time when the best conditions are<br />

available for conception and eventual<br />

survival of the foal. Mares with a low<br />

body condition score (BCS) at the onset<br />

of the breeding season may begin to<br />

cycle later in the spring, require more<br />

services per conception and have a<br />

lower overall conception rate. BCS of<br />

prospective broodmares, therefore,<br />

should be assessed prior to the breeding<br />

season to allow adjustments to be made.<br />

Mares should be BCS 5/9 at the time of<br />

breeding.<br />

A low BCS can also influence vulval<br />

conformation. The vulval seal is the<br />

first line of defence against infection<br />

tracking into the uterus. Normal vulval<br />

conformation consists of a vertical vulva<br />

with >70% of the length below the pelvic<br />

brim. Vulvas that appear to tilt backwards<br />

towards the anus, or mares that appear<br />

to have a sunken anus, have a reduced<br />

vulval seal, resulting in the aspiration of<br />

air and associated bacteria and debris<br />

that can contaminate the uterus. This<br />

often results in endometritis and reduced<br />

conception rates, as well as infection<br />

of the placenta once pregnancy has<br />

been established. Vulval conformation<br />

is in part supported by subcutaneous<br />

fat pads either side of the vulva:<br />


Feature - Rossdales<br />

Exercise is important in maintaining a<br />

stallion throughout the breeding season.<br />

underweight mares can have poor vulval<br />

conformation due to a reduction in this<br />

fat deposition. Mares with poor muscle<br />

development will often present with<br />

poor vulval conformation as the support<br />

for vulva and vagina is not as well<br />

established as it should be.<br />

Lack of subcutaneous fat can result<br />

in poor apposition of the vulva, and<br />

subsequent uterine contamination.<br />

Increased BCS or fat broodmares can<br />

also result in problems with reproductive<br />

function. It is advised that mares do not<br />

exceed BCS 7/9 prior to breeding.<br />

When compared to normal weight<br />

horses, obesity alters the fat content<br />

of the oocyte (egg). In one study,<br />

embryos from obese mares were<br />

shown to have altered transcription<br />

of genes for inflammation and lipid<br />

metabolism, and showed signs of<br />

oxidative and mitochondrial stress.<br />

Epigenetic studies in mice have shown<br />

that obesity in the dam can have long<br />

lasting implications for the health of<br />

the offspring, including cardiovascular<br />

and metabolic dysfunction. Although<br />

there is limited work available in horses,<br />

research in humans and other species in<br />

this rapidly expanding field surely can<br />

be extrapolated and is relevant to the<br />

breeding of horses.<br />

Endometrial biopsies collected from<br />

obese mares have also shown an<br />

increase in the expression of proinflammatory<br />

cytokines, elements<br />

of the immune system responsible<br />

for inflammation. It is known that<br />

insulin resistance, a condition seen<br />

with obesity, promotes a generalised<br />

pro-inflammatory state. The obese<br />

broodmare may be more prone to<br />

post breeding inflammation, including<br />

persistent uterine fluid and excessive<br />

oedema, and more prone to pregnancyrelated<br />

conditions such as placentitis.<br />

Treatments such as metformin, used<br />

for other conditions induced by insulin<br />

resistance, have not been licensed in<br />

pregnant mares, so it is very important<br />

to act early and reduce the weight of an<br />

obese prospective broodmare prior to<br />

the breeding season.<br />

The Stallion<br />

As with the broodmare, over condition<br />

in the stallion can have a negative<br />

impact on his behaviour, longevity and<br />

libido, as well as other characteristics,<br />

and this far outweighs any impact of<br />

nutrient deficiency. Stallions should be<br />

maintained in athletic condition and<br />

subject to minimal seasonal changes<br />

in body weight. Regular weight checks<br />

should enable small changes to be<br />

made to feed intake in relation to<br />

workload in order to maintain the correct<br />

weight for that stallion throughout the<br />

year. Overweight stallions can also<br />

develop fat within the scrotum, which<br />


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Nutrition and Maintenance of the Mare and<br />

Stallion for Optimum Reproductive Health<br />

Continued...<br />

acts as an insulator for the testicles.<br />

Thermoregulation of the testicles is vital<br />

for the production of healthy sperm<br />

and increased temperatures have been<br />

shown to decrease viability, motility and<br />

sperm number.<br />

An exercise regime is important in<br />

maintaining a stallion through the<br />

season and improves longevity, attitude<br />

and behaviour, while reducing health<br />

problems associated with a fat horse.<br />

Exercise can include daily riding, hand<br />

walking, horse walkers or swimming.<br />

Intensity and duration should be<br />

determined on an individual basis,<br />

dependent on temperament, weight<br />

management and previous orthopaedic<br />

issues.<br />

In practice, a stallion fed a balanced<br />

diet rarely will experience inadequate<br />

levels of vitamins and minerals, and<br />

more commonly will experience an<br />

excess. Few individual vitamin or mineral<br />

supplements have been shown to<br />

positively affect sperm function. Selenium<br />

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Oxidative stress negatively effects the<br />

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motility and their ability to fuse with the<br />

oocyte, as well as causing damage<br />

to sperm DNA. There is no evidence,<br />

however, that supplementing selenium<br />

above and beyond the recommended<br />

level for an adult horse has any positive<br />

effect on fertility. Supplementation<br />

with Vitamin E, also recognised as an<br />

antioxidant, showed no significant effect<br />

on total and progressive motility of raw<br />

or frozen-thawed semen.<br />

Supplementation with omega-3 fatty<br />

acid was shown to have a positive<br />

impact on the motility of frozen-thawed<br />

semen, but had no impact on overall<br />

quality of fresh semen when compared<br />

to control stallions. This is most likely<br />

due to a stabilising effect on the lipid<br />

membrane of the sperm. The most<br />

improvement was seen in stallions that<br />

did not tolerate freezing well prior to<br />

supplementation.<br />

A combined supplement trial of oral<br />

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as antioxidants and omega-3 and<br />

omega-6 fatty acids found significantly<br />

increased values of progressive motility<br />

and integrity of plasma and acrosomal<br />

membranes in frozen semen, possibly<br />

due to a synergistic effect of the<br />

combined antioxidant and fatty acids.<br />

Overall, a diet constituting the advised<br />

daily mineral and vitamin requirements<br />

for an adult horse should provide all the<br />

requirements for reproductive efficiency.<br />

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