Breeding British

Promoting excellence in British Breeding

Month: September 2017

BD Nationals 2017 Days 3 & 4

Lemieux Grand Prix and Horse Health Grand Prix Freestyle

The highlight of the whole week from a breeding point of view has to be crowning of Hayley Watson-Greaves as the new Lemieux National Champion on her British Hanoverian WG Rubins Nite. Although just pipped to the post in the freestyle by Carl Hester and Alcazar and by Lara Butler and Rubin Al Asad in the Grand Prix, Hayley’s consistency over the two days, was well rewarded.

WG Rubins Nite

WG Rubins Nite

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BD Nationals 2017 Day Two – Friday

Dodson & Horrell Novice Gold Championship

Day two stated as day one had ended, with a British bred victory.

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BD National 2017 – Day One Thursday

Backinaction Preliminary Silver Championship

First in the arena at 7.50 on Thursday morning and the first British bred winners at the BD Nationals, were Abigail Unwin and her buckskin gelding Arleys Dun Deal. Originally bred for eventing by Arley Moss Equestrian, this wildcard entry, is a son of the perlino stallion Burnocks Unqiue out of a mare by the popular coloured stallion Goshka Ringo. Burnocks Unique hails from the blue blooded eventing sire line of 4 star eventer Welton Crackerjack.

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British Dressage Nationals 2017 – Young Horse Finals

The National young horse classes in any discipline, are always a good indication of the strength of that country’s future talent. In dressage, there are always some horses that are not competed until they are older and more established but even so, the young horse classes are still fascinating to watch and can be a source of some incredible talent (think Valegro).

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What is the best shop window for breeders

With the recent news that the BEF’s breeding operations are no longer to be run centrally but instead be put out to tender, some British Breeders have been expressing concerns that this is backward step for the industry. Some breeders are worried that without the backing of the BEF, buyers won’t consider a British bred foal, or assume that there isn’t the quality they need here in the UK.

But if you look outside of the Futurity, there are more initiatives than ever being launched to give UK breeders a shop window.

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