The opportunity to find a future National Champion, born and bred on British soil, is better than ever. For both professional and amateur riders alike, the 2016 NAF Five Star Winter Dressage Championships, demonstrated that British is often best.
Below is a list of all the British bred horses that won or were placed at the Championships.
Magic Prix St. Georges Freestyle Championship
1st – Don Archie – by Dimaggio x Lysander – Breeder – Kate Carter
The PSG champion was a previous ride of Charlotte Dujardin and is now competing with great success with teenager Becky Edwards. His sire Dimaggio was quite possibly the greatest dressage sire to stand in the UK, and his tally of National Championship winning offspring will probably never be matched. We are very lucky to have a number of stallion sons still actively standing, including Diaggo who stands at Dimaggio’s former home in Sussex and Grand Prix performer Treliver Decanter..
Don Archie’s motherline has produced a number of licensed stallions and combines Holstein blood of Landgraf with the Thoroughbred blood of Sudan.
Charles Owen Advanced Medium Open
3rd – Don Caledonian – 9yo chestnut gelding by Don Schufro x Welt Hit II – Breeder Rea Campbell (Caledonian Sport Horses). SEE BELOW.
Nupafeed Advanced Medium Open Freestyle
1st – Don Caledonian – 9yo chestnut gelding by Don Schufro x Welt Hit II – Breeder Rea Campbell (Caledonian Sport Horses).
Rider Hannah Biggs bought this Scottish bred horse unseen from his breeder as a foal. The pair were Medium Open Freestyle Champions at this event in 2014. They were also third in the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Open. Don Schufro was an Olympic team medallist, who is famous for passing on his ridability and great canter.
Charles Owen Advanced Medium Restricted Championship
1st – Riesenstern – 10 year old brown gelding by Rubin Star N x Demonstrator.
Rubin Star N stands at Romanno Stud in Scotland and has produced champion show horses, graded stallions and eventers, in addition to National Dressage Champions. The dam sire Demonstrator was one of the best Hanoverian stallions to stand in the UK, and was a Grand Prix performer himself. He also produced offspring who excelled in a variety of disciplines, and is an excellent broodmare sire.
2nd – Candover Dramatico – black gelding by Dimaggio x . Breeder – Eileen Jameson (Candover Stud)
3rd – Don Dante – 9yo black stallion by Danicer x Salvano. Breeder Stuart Adams and Christine Macmillan (Carriden Stud)
Albion Medium Open
2nd – Hawtins Delicato – 8yo bay gelding by Diamond Hit x Regazzoni. Breeder – Hawtins Stud
Spillers Medium Restricted Freestyle Championship
1st – Keystone Washington – Walentino x . Breeder – Suzanne Lavandera (UK Hanoverians)
Washington was no stranger to Hartpury having won the Area Festival Novice Open Championship in 2014. He is sired by the sadly now deceased Weltmeyer son Walentino.
Spillers Medium Open Freestyle
1st – River Rise Escarla – 7yo bay mare by Lord Leatherdale x Ferro. Breeder Sarah Tyler Evans.
This victory was a fifth National title for the combination of River Rise Escarla and rider Sadie Smith, who are also on the World Class Equine Pathway. Escarla hails from the motherline of the very exciting young Schockemohle stallion Grey Flanell. Her sire Lord Leatherdale is a Westphalian bred stallion from the Landino/Lanciano sire line, who has proved a great success in Dutch breeding. Lord Leatherdale has been used very successfully on mares by Negro, who is a son of Escarla’s dam sire Ferro.
Shadow Horse Elementary Open
1st – MFS French Noir – 7yo black gelding by French Kiss x Prince Thatch – Breeder – Caroline Ironside (Morayfirth Stud)
This Scottish bred horse is a son of another Scottish bred mare. His dam Pussycat now belongs to Caledonia Sport Horses who themselves bred a champion at this show. She hails from the motherline of the Grand Prix horse Weltall. Morayfirth Stud have bred a number of Regional and National dressage championships over recent years.
The sire French Kiss was a Bundeschampion who carried the combination of Florestan and Donnerhall blood.
2nd – Hazelhope Really Bling – chestnut gelding by Keystone Rhondeo x Jazz. Breeder – Mandy Southern (Hazelhope Stud)
PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Open Championship
1st – Woodlander Buddy Holly – 9yo gelding by Burlington x Don Frederico. Breeder – Lynn Crowden (Woodlander Stud)
Buddy Holly has been owned and ridden by Laura Wollen for just over a year. Sired by the Hanoverian stallion Burlington (by Brietling) and from a Woodlander motherline that has also produced the stallion Woodlander Wavavoom.
PDS Saddles Elementary Freestyle Restricted Championship
1st – Frumma – chestnut mare by Richelshagen x Fulton. Bred by Week Orchard Stud
A mare from the first foal crop bred by Week Orchard Stud in Cornwall, was the highest scoring British bred of the Championships with a score of 74.29%. The Oldenburg bred Richelshagen is now retired and dam sire Fulton was a stalwart of Westpoint Stud for many years.
Baileys Horse Feeds Novice Open Music Freestyle
1st – Sharola Show Star – 6yo gelding by Showmaker x Sharola Rainmaker – Breeder Susan Reeve-Smith.
The Showmaker gelding was bred by rider Tahley Reeve-Smith’s mother Susan, who also bred his dam. Tahley also used to compete his damsire Sharola Rainmaker so knows the family well.
Blue Chip Novice Restricted Championship
1st – Sandro’s Storm – 7yo black gelding by Sandro’s Dancer x – Breeder – Sarah Ansty.
Purchased just backed from breeder Sarah Ansty, this black gelding is a son of the Swedish Warmblood stallion Sandro’s Dancer (Sandro Hit x Master) who used to stand at Hartpury.
2nd – Sheepcote Dream Lover – 10yo gelding by Dr Doolittle x Don Primero. Bred by David & Serena Pincus.
KBIS Preliminary Championship
1st – Mount Pleasant San Lorenzo – 6yo black gelding by Sarkozy x Rohdiamant – Breeder Sandra Tinker (Fosshey Hanoverian Stud)
This young British bred Hanoverian first caught the eye at the BEF Futurity in 2011 where he was awarded a High First Premium. After a successful 5yo career, including 3rd place at Hickstead in the National 5yo Championship, he has now won a first National title for Cheshire based breeder Sandra Tinker.
His sire Sarkozy stood at the famous Schockemohle stallion station and was known for good nature and excellent walk. The damsire Rohdiamant adds in greater ridability and was himself one of the cornerstones of Oldenburg dressage breeding.
Petplan Equine Area Festival Inter I Championship
1st Detonator II – 10yo bay gelding by Demonstrator x – Breeder Liz Bourne
This Welsh bred son of Grand Prix stallion and British Breeding legend Demonstrator was purchased as a 3 year old directly from his breeder.
Petplan Equine Advanced Medium Restricted Area Festival Championship
3rd – Parisienne Jupiter – 8yo bay gelding by Johnson .Breeder – Angela Gladding.
Petplan Equine Medium Open Area Festival Championship
1st – Brownscombe Francisco – 9yo bay gelding by Fontainbleu. Breeder Penny Podmore (Brownscombe Stud)
Rider Theresa Smyth scored a personal best to take the title with a horse she has high hopes off. Francisco’s sire Fontainbleu was the champion of his Hanoverian licensing in Germany and also competed at Grand Prix, and is now retired from stud duties.
Petplan Equine Medium Restricted Area Festival Championship
3rd – Deliana R – 8yo black mare by Stedinger x Volatire. Breeder Ruxton Horses & Dorine Wilbrink.
Petplan Equine Novice Open Area Festival Championship
3rd – Godington Trinidad – bay gelding by Godington Hannibal x Maestro. Breeder Godington Stud.