Promoting excellence in British Breeding

Month: August 2016

AES Elite Foal Auction

British Breeders have complained for years that they don’t have a thriving marketplace for their foals, and that they envy the Dutch and Germans with their high profile auctions. There have been various incarnations of youngstock auctions held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre over recent years, and all have suffered from similar complaints – lack of atmosphere, lack of relevant information in the catalogue, lack of marketing and most importantly a lack of atmosphere.

Rio – Show Jumping

For sport horse breeders, examining the pedigrees of the equestrian competitors at the 2016 Olympics is like being a kid in a sweet shop. I have already looked at the bloodines behind some of the best eventing and dressage horses of the Games, and now it is the turn of the show jumpers.

The show jumping competition has been dramatic from the start, with big technical tracks seeing mistakes made by some of the best horses and riders in the world. The final day of the team competition was no less spell binding with the French showing all the flair and ambition that their eventing counterparts had shown to take the Team Gold.

The Americans made light of the handicap of only having 3 riders on the Wednesday to clinch Silver with some outstanding riding. And then the drama of the jump off the Bronze medal, between the bold Canadians and the mighty Germans.

But it was the individual final that was the stuff of fairytales, with Britain’s Nick Skelton and the incredible stallion Big Star, having the nation on the edge of its seat as he jumped 3 flawless clear rounds to claim Gold.

So what are the underlying bloodlines that make up these Olympic medal winners? What combination of genes did the breeders of those horses choose, 10 years ago or more, when they set about trying to breed an Olympic champion?

Rio – Dressage

The dressage competition of the Rio Olympics offers all sorts of interesting data and statistics for the breeder. Familiar names dominate the bloodlines of the 60 contestants, especially so when considering the top 18 who contested the final day’s freestyle, and they can be summarised as the German D, R, F, W and S lines. Added to that are Dutch lines of Ferro and Jazz.

Rio Olympics – Eventing

The 2016 Rio Olympic Three Day Event was a true championship spectacle.  Each element played a key role, with the cross country demanding bold, fearless and accurate riding and medals being won and lost in those crucial final show jumping rounds.

Certain horses caught the eye across the three days, whether that was for their athleticism, bravery or scope, and the bloodlines behind those horses are reviewed here.

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