13th January 2018 saw the 21st edition of the British Horse Foundation awards with a glamorous black tie dinner at the Grange City Hotel in central London. The evening is a great opportunity for breeders and industry experts to network and catch up with old friends, and most importantly to celebrate those British bred horses who have shone both nationally and abroad.
The most prestigious award is the Stallion AI Services Meritoire Lifetime Achievement Award which was awarded to a lady whose horses featured prominently on this website in 2017. Lynne Crowden of Woodlander Stud crowned a fantastic year when seeing 3 homebred sons of her own homebred stallion Wild Child, licensing in Hanover, Oldenburg and here in the UK. This success was continuing the legacy of World Young Horse Champion Woodlander Farouche (Wild Child’s dam) who is due to make her Grand Prix debut in 2018.
Lynne has long championed the Futurity series and Woodlander stallions have long headed the lists of UK based sires in the Futurity sire rankings. In 2017 Lynne bred the highest scoring Futurity entrant of all ages and all disciplines – Woodlander Gloria (Grey Flannel x Hotline) a 3 year old dressage filly and the two highest scoring dressage foals were Who’s That Girl (By Woodlander Wavavoom) and Woodlander Regetta de Blanc (by Revolution). The highest scoring 2 year old across all disciplines was one of the Wild Child sons – Woodlander Wild Love – who went on to take the champion stallion title at The BHHS and WBS(UK) gradings in the autumn.
Another of the most prestigious and important awards is the Horse & Hound Oustanding Mare Award which for 2017 was the grey Faerie Dazzler bred by Trish Rickards. Faerie Dazzler was herself a 3 star eventer and her best offspring are Tim Price’s international ride Xavier Faer (by Catherston Liberator, 3rd Badminton 2017) and Jonelle Price’s Rio mount Faerie Dianimo (by Dimaggio). Faerie Dazzler has a pedigree heavily influenced by some of the biggest names in British eventing breeding being a daughter of Catherston Dazzler (Dutch Courage x Welton Gameful) out of the SHB(GB) mare Clayton Mudlark (Ben Faerie x Xenocles).
Continuing the eventing theme was the awarding of the Richard Matson Memorial Trophy to the breeder of the highest placed British bred horse at the 2017 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. This award went to the SHB(GB) registered Trevidden, bred Liz and Vin Jones of Preci-Spark Ltd. It was sadly announced at the Awards Dinner that Trevidden had recently passed away due to complications following an injury. In pedigree Trevidden could have been registered as a pure Trakehner, being a son of the legendary eventing sire Fleetwater Opposition out of the Thoroughbred mare Assinie by the French bred NH sire Torus. Assinie had herself competed to CIC2* level. Fleetwater Opposition is the sire of Opposition Buzz, Yarlands Summer Song and many other top international eventers.
Other special awards were the SPSS Award won by the 21 year old stallion Littledale Bright Star (a son of the famous British Riding Pony Catherston Nightsafe out of a Welsh part bred mare), on account of the success of his progeny.
The British Equestrian Federation Award to the Highest Placed British Bred Horse at the Longines FEI Senior European Championships went to the Para-dressage horse Dior UKH by the late great British based sire Dimaggio and bred by Suzanne Lavandera.
The Anglo European Studbook Award went to The Billy Stud in recognition of its contribution to the sport horse breeding industry, highlighted this year by Billy McCain, Billy Buckingham and Billy Fanta.
The Futurity provides the majority of award winners and the Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity Awards for the top scorers across all disciplines were:
Foal Award – Verona’s Buddy B Good SHB (GB) s: Ramiro B d: Vernona V (Hamlet). Breeder and Owner: Hannah Iddeson
Yearling Award – Gigi (Old) s: Galaxy Win T Oldenburg d: St PR Limoncelle (Londonderry). Breeder: Sara Lucas. Owner: Julia Wilkinson
2 Year Old Award – Woodlander Wild Love (Old) s: Woodlander Wild Child d: St PR For Your Love (For Compliment). Breeder and Owner: Lynne Crowden
3 Year Old Award – Woodlander Gloria (Old) s: Grey Flannel d: Hope of Glory (Hotline). Breeder: Lynne Crowden. Owner: Hannah Markham
Baileys also sponsored the Certificates of Merit that are awarded to the breeders to the top placed youngster in each discipline by age group.
Dressage Foal (Joint) – Who ‘s that Girl s: Woodlander Wavavoom d. Manhatten (Margue H) Breeder: Lisa Greenhill and Woodlander Regatta de Blanc s: Revolution d: Zandra (Zack) Breeder: Lynne Crowden
Endurance Foal – DDH Nadhira Khalifa s: Sadeem d: Bey Dahmask (Ganemede) Breeder: Ann Dark
Showjumping Foal – Escape the Opposition s: Escape Z d: Blue Moon Opposition (Fleetwater Opposition) Breeder: Jancis Weal
Sports Pony Foal – Britannia’s Royal Blue s: Britannia’s Mail d: Rudgeway Royal Occasion (Pro Set) Breeder: Jemma Colborne
Endurance Yearling – Binley Silvern Tahlia s: Silvern Prince d: Summertime Blue (Indian Idyll) Breeder: Caroline Sussex
Eventing Yearling – To Bed with the Wren s: Up with the Lark d: Gordini (Gordios) Breeder: Elizabeth Clarke
Showjumping Yearling – Idento s: Argento d: Alexandrias Whiteface Sow (Hornet Rose) Breeder: Karen Robinson
Sports Pony Yearling – Dance of Destiny s: Dance of Joy d: Reitland’s Helina S (Ricardo Go for Gold) Breeder: Rachel Ablett
Endurance 2 Year Old – ELM Avicii s: Khurli d: Coriana (Piechur) Breeder: Emma Mooney
Eventing 2 Year Old- Native Duet s: Native Ruler d: Destiny of a Diva (Denounce) Breeder: Mark Masserella
Showjumping 2 Year Old- Kingston Star s: Balou Star d: C Vera Z (Cruyff) Breeders: Tim and Kate Betteridge
Sports Pony 2 Year Old – Bathleyhills Swift Farouche s: Woodlander Wild Child d: Bathleyhills Sea Swift (Thursden Vallye Raphael) Breeder: Penny Walster
Endurance 3 Year Old – HW Tamim s: HG Jaleel d: Autumn Columbine (Sheruggi) Breeders: Mr T Jump and Mrs B Buckley
Eventing 3 Year Old – Primitive Midnight Tiger s: Primitive Academy d: Easy van t’molenvondel (Fortune Z) Breeder: Juliet Whatley
Showjumping 3 Year Old – Balou for Pleasure s: Balou Du Rouet d: Lordships La Rochelle (Broadstone Landmark) Breeders: Lisa Maynard and Chris Jackson
Sports Pony 3 Year Old – The Ogopogo s: Ceulan Calon Lan d: Fabienne (Feiner Stern) Breeder: Roisin Close
The winners of the Futurity Eventing Championships that are held at Osberton were acknowledged:
Foal – Verona’s Buddy B Good s: Ramiro B d: Verona V (Hamlet) Breeder: Hannah Iddeson
Yearling – Diamonds CAWever s: Diamond Hit d: CAW Blimey (Ring of Ford). Breeder: Barbara Heaton Smith
2yo – Keatinge Hello Reuben s: Cristobal d: Singing Honolulu (Arentino). Breeder: Julie Keatinge
3yo – CAWrus Girl s: Chippendale d: CAW Blimey (Ring of Ford). Breeder: Barbara Heaton Smith
The British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medals were awarded to:
4 Year Old Award – Mrs Zoe Feeney for Just Soda No Ice s: Stallone Quainton d: Ryans Daughter Owner: Mrs Zoe Feeney
5 Year Old Award –Mrs Pennie Wallace for Lordships Graffalo s: Grafenstolz d: Cornish Queen Owner: Mrs Michelle Saul
6 Year Old Award – Mrs Jane Andrews for Drewmain Firefly s: Trenavey Sea Heir d: Columbcille Penny VII Owner: Drewmain Stud
7 Year Old Award – Mr Christopher Stone for Chilli Knight s: Chilli Morning d: Kings Gem Owner: Mr Christopher Stone
The British Dressage Young Horse Awards were presented to:
4 Year Old Award – Waverley Dante (BHHS) s: Dimaggio d: Floria (Furst Heinrich)
Breeder: Sara Longworth. Owner: Greg Sims
5 Year Old Award – Hawtins San Floriana (BHHS) s: San Amour d: Elite Hawtins Floriana (Florestan) Breeder: Judith Davis. Owners: Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin
6 Year Old Award – Tantoni Dallaglio (Old) s: Danone II d: Fortunie (Rubin Royal)
Breeder: Georgina Pole-Carew. Owner: Allison Crof
The British Showjumping Young Horse Awards were presented to:
5 Year Old Award – Vancurtis (AES) s: Vangelis-S d: Curragh Curtis (William Curtis) Breeder: David M Fudge Owner: Team Crows Nest
6 Year Old Award – Glencoe SHB (GB) s: Chellthago Z d: All Star (Numero Uno)
Breeders: Tom and Julie Smith Owner: Graham Babes
7 Year Old Award – Greenacres Diadoro (AES) s: Diarado d: Verita Z (Viagaro Z)
Breeder: Christine Mart Owner: Greenacres Stud