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.
Category: Breeding Events (Page 1 of 3)
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.
On Thursday 14th June, the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show ran their Elite Foal and Yearling Auction in the beautiful grounds of Bolesworth Castle. Once again the auction attracted high caliber national and international buyers looking to source youngstock with impeccable jumping pedigrees.
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 delegates at the 2017 WBFSH General Assembly were given an insight into the breeding program and selection system of the Danish Warmblood (DV)studbook by breeding manager Karina Christiansen. Since it’s foundation in 1962, the studbook has risen to become one of the most successful producers of dressage horses in the world. Is there anything that they do, that the British studbooks could incorporate into their own programmes?
The second day of the WBFSH General Assembly was split between seminars and a return trip to Blue Hors Stud. The two seminars involved topics of particular interest to all British breeders, but especially those concerned with new scientific developments that could impact sporthorse breeding and production.
This year the WBFSH Annual General Assembly is being held in Denmark, hosted by the Danish Warmblood Society and Blue Hors Stud. The Assembly is a chance for studbooks from around the world to get together and discuss common issues and find solutions, as well as strengthen ties with fellow breeding enthusiasts.
There is a lot of talk on social media at the moment about how hard it is to cover the costs of breeding quality sport horse foals, and how many buyers perceive it is better to go abroad to shop, than buy British youngstock. With sale prices often not covering costs, will we see breeders cutting back, giving up, or taking short cuts in the rearing of their stock to save money?
Woodlander Stud held the first of their two open days at Home Farm in Hothorpe, where 7 of their stallions were shown in hand and under saddle. Although most of the stallions themselves I have covered in reports of other stallion shows, it was Lynne Crowden’s insights into breeding and bloodstock selection that were of special interest. As right hand man Carsten Sandrock was the only rider available, Lynne answered audience questions and talked about the Woodlander breeding philosophy in between Carsten bringing in the horses.