Promoting excellence in British Breeding

Month: May 2016

Woodlander Stud Stallion Day

Woodlander Stud is probably the largest stallion station in the UK. Located between Rugby and Market Harborough, they stand 12 stallions, who cover over 150 mares a year across the country. Headed up the dynamic Lynne Crowden, ably assisted by Carsten Sandrock, their most famous product to date is undoubtedly Woodlander Farouche.

Stallion demonstrations are big occasions on the continent. The biggest stallion stations parade their stallions to a packed audience and impressing the mare owners there can guarantee big books of coverings. The UK does not have anything like the number of mares that there is on the continent, and a large volume of those choose to bring in semen from abroad. Woodlander tries to offer the UK breeders a range of stallions on home soil. As well as presenting their stallions at the BEF Stallion Show in January, Woodlander host a number of private and open stallion days at the stud.


Flammengold is a 22yo black Hessen stallion standing at Witcham House Farm Stud in Cambridgeshire. He is still part owned by German breeder Volker Brodhecker and has shuttled back and forwards to cover in Germany in recent years, in light of the success of his German bred foal crops.

Picture courtesy of Katy Holder Vale/Sally Foreman Photography

Picture courtesy of Katy Holder Vale/Sally Foreman Photography

Still actively competing himself at Intermediare I level, he comes from an incredibly strong damline and is also a proven producer of both foals and serious performance horses. He was the South German Dressage Champion of 2000.

Standing 16.3hh he is loved for his great nature and charm. He passes his easy going nature onto his foals and most consistently passes on a really strong canter. His foals can be registered Hanoverian.

Flammengold 3

Picture courtesy of Katy Holder Vale

Badminton Horse Trials SHB(GB) Stallion Parade

Following the conclusion of the main horse trials dressage, the Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain stud book organised a stallion parade of 9 of their graded stallions.

The stallions all paraded around the main ring together and then individually showed their basic paces in the dressage arena and then jumped over a fence in the adjoining area. There was only half an hour for the whole parade and so it was hard to watch each stallion both on the flat and over a fence, but there were certainly some interesting stallions for eventing breeders.

British Bred Entries at Badminton – Part 2

The second half of the Badminton draw sees a total of only 6 British bred horses competing.

British Bred Entries at Badminton – Part 1

The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials is widely considered to be the pinnacle event of modern eventing. Therefore it follows that to see a homebred horse gallop past Badminton House on cross country day, has to be a dream come true for any serious eventing breeder.

There are 8 horses who will represent British breeding in the dressage on day 1 previewed below.

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