The second section of the British Breeding Stallion Event was the show jumpers, always an interesting section given the interest many British show jumpers have in breeding their own future stars.
After a year missed due to Covid it was nice to celebrate the start of the breeding season with the traditional stallion event that is now run by the team from Breeding British. With the closure of Addington Manor, the event moved to a new location at Arena UK in Lincolnshire. Sadly numbers were down both in terms of stallions forward (mainly in the dressage section) and spectators. However if anyone missed it you can catch up via ClipMyHorse who livestreamed the event.
We look at some of the new stallions standing in the UK for the 2022 season.
The WBFSH world breeding championships for young horses in the three disciplines of eventing, show jumping and dressage are supposed to showcase the different studbooks and countries breeding programmes. The show jumping finals at Lanaken do this very effectively whereas from a British perspective, the dressage finals at Verden and the eventing finals at Lion D’Angers do little to highlight British breeding.
This means British riders are selected for the finals on a horse from any studbook. However there are still a handful of British bred horses at the World Championships and it is also useful to look at the breeding of the most successful horses which may be a guide to breeder’s future plans.
It is always interesting to look back at the pedigrees behind the best performers at the Olympic Games. In dressage this was the 18 who came forward for the final day’s Kur. Although there were no British bred horses in this final medal decider, there were bloodline combinations and key sire influences to note that may help shape the plans of some British breeders.
2021 could be the most important year yet for British stallion owners as they have the chance to capitalise on the uncertainty over semen imports caused by Brexit. It more important than ever that those with well bred, well produced and talented stallions, market them to those mare owners that might normally look overseas.
We introduce here some of the stallions that are standing at public stud in the UK for the first time in 2021. They include mainly dressage and show jumping stallions plus two eventers.
Olympia might have been cancelled and the news headlines get gloomier and more confusing by the day, but what a festive treat British Dressage organised for us at Hartpury. The LeMieux National Grand Prix Championship showcased fabulous riding and equine talent and gave dressage fans a perfect Christmas present despite the technical glitches with the livestreaming.
The Coldstream sponsored Show Jumping finals of the Nexgen Young Horse Series took place on Wednesday 16th September and showcased some very exciting young British bred talent.
The brand new Nexgen young horse championships has been a fantastic addition to the British sport horse calendar this year. The series brings together young horses and ponies from all three Olympic disciplines to the final at Hickstead.
Sadly due to the pandemic restrictions, spectators were not allowed to attend, but there was excellent coverage on Clipmyhorse which allows subscribers to also go back and rewatch the competition and should provide an excellent shop window for breeders and producers.
As the foal crop of 2020 emerges into the world, breeders are left in a difficult position with many questions on their minds about the future. Breeders are asking themselves ‘Can I afford to run on my animals that make up my breeding herd until demand picks up? How many mares should I put in foal while the future market is uncertain?’