The UK is spoilt in the ranks of older retired show jumpers, none more so than stallions of the quality of BIG STAR.
Category: Breeding Events (Page 1 of 4)
A mixture of young and old caught the eye in the eventing section at Addington. Any British breeders looking to breed an eventer would find a stallion with the genetic talent to breed a top level performer, without having to sacrifice ridability from the selection presented.
The 2020 Stallion Event was held again at Addington, on a crisp and clear February day. With more stallions than ever taking part, entrants were housed across two barns, and audience numbers appeared on the increase too. In particular the eventing and show jumping stallions were popular, the crowd noticeably thinned later in the day when the dressage stallions were presented. Whether this is a reflection that many dressage breeders in the UK have already decided they are using Continental stallions or that there are less dressage breeders in this country, is an item for further discussion.
In both the UK and in Germany, Autumn is a time for stallion licensing and breeders start to analyse the newly approved colts to see if they will use them in their breeding programmes the following Spring. I try and attend these when I can as seeing the young horses in the flesh and over a number of days allows a strong insight into their characters, strengths and weaknesses and also gives good feedback on what their sires are producing.
The 2019 running of the British Breeding Futurity series saw 41 Elite awards made across 13 venues that covered the length and breadth of the country. 20 Elites were in dressage, 9 to the show jumpers, 9 in the eventing section and 3 to ponies. For the first time in many years this included assessments for 4 and 5 year old young prospects who were hoping to qualify for the newly relaunched Equine Bridge.
Tomorrow (Saturday 16th March) sees the Stallion Event taking place at Addington Manor in Buckinghamshire. The showcase of some of the very best sporthorse stallions standing in the UK is organised by British Breeding and supported by Baileys Horse Feeds and Competition Stallions.
There are too many stallions attending to preview each here but some of the most exciting already are featured on this site. They include:
Dankeschon – a recent arrival from Germany with an excellent small tour record about to start competing Grand Prix and with a wonderful damline
Noble Warrior – a tall, athletic British bred show jumper who is now competing internationally with some eye catching results
Volatis Defiant – a dual purpose gentleman of interest to showing, eventing and dressage breeders
Britannia’s Mail – a son of one of the greatest eventing mares ever, who is now at Advanced level himself
Multicouture – a young dual graded stallion with an eyecatching mix of colour genetics
Spring’s Spirit – a British bred eventing sire who has his first offspring on the sunshine tour this year
Tickets can be purchased on the door with the first horse in the arena at 10.30. There are a number of tradestands covering all aspects of the industry, and the stables will be open to the public. If you are thinking of covering your mare this season, this event cannot be missed.
A full list of stallions with start times can be found on https://british-breeding.com/stallion-event/2019-stallion-event
Every breeder when setting off on the journey to produce a foal, has an ambition or dream. It might be to breed a replacement from their much loved mare to compete themselves, to breed a Derby winner, they may want to win at Horse of the Year Show, or perhaps an Olympic Gold Medallist.
Those of us breeding for sport know just how much you learn along the way, how when you look back on your breeding journey, there are some things you may have done different in mare or stallion choices or in getting that foal into the right hands. And the smaller breeders often look at the larger, more established breeding operations and wonder how they will ever be so successful.
We have a conundrum in this country when it comes to the breeding of sport horses. Buyers say it is easier to buy in Europe where they can see a large number of horses in one area in one day. Although not a big country geographically we tend to have single horses for sale at individual yards. In Europe there is also a thriving foal industry, or at least there is if you read press reports. For example, the recent Oldenburg Elite Foal auction saw a top price of 110,000 Euros for a Marc Cain x San Amour colt and 68,000 for the second prices foal. This lead to an average price of over 18,000 Euros. But as international results are starting to show, we can breed great horses in this country and we need buyers to start shopping at home.
The 2018 Futurity is over for another year and the revamped series has been highly acclaimed for bringing in a team of excellent National and International judges and vets. Hopefully some future stars have been spotted among the young horses and ponies that came forward across the 11 venues.
Friday 17th August sees the third running of the AES Elite Foal Auction at Addington. This year the collection focuses on the show jumping and eventing bred foals, with the dressage foals having their own auction at Stoneleigh in September.
With foals stabled onsite there will be plenty of chance for interested purchasers to inspect the foals at close quarters and they will all be presented in the main arena at 11am. This year the auction is also being livestreamed on Clip My Horse, and telephone bids are accepted. All the foals are British bred and have been selected after viewing days held around the country.