There have been a number of good successes this month for both British bred competition horses and British based stallions.
For the dressage fans, Bolesworth International hosted both a Grand Prix and Intermediare I freestyle. For the dressage breeder, both classes provided inspiration as to how well British bred horses can compete at this level.
In the Grand Prix contest, Hayley Watson-Greaves was beaten only by the maestro Carl Hester, on her Rio longlisted British bred Hanoverian WG Rubins Nite. The 12 year old gelding is a representative of the Rubinstein legacy through his sire Rubin Royal, himself a Grand Prix competitor. Although Rubin Royal is based in Germany, Rubins Nite’s damsire Limbo stood in Britain and carried some very traditional Hanoverian bloodlines through Lanthan and Woermann.
In the Inter I the runner up was another British bred Hanoverian, Hawtins Delicato. Delicato’s dam Ravenna was also bred by Hawtins Stud and she is a granddaughter of Rubinstein through Regazzoni. Delicato is by the International Grand Prix stallion Diamond Hit who represented Great Britain when ridden by Emma Hindle. Ridden at Bolesworth by Charlotte Dujardin, he will eventually be ridden by his part owner Carl Hester.
The late Dimaggio continues to have a huge impact on British Dressage. The latest in a long line of victories was his daughter Keystone Diaz winning the Intermediare II at Rockrose Festival of Dressage.
Caledonia Sport Horses continue to achieve success with their home bred horses. Sugar Plum Fairy qualified for the Shearwater Young Horse Semi Finals at Rockrose Festival of Dressage. She is a daughter of the Bundeschampion Sir Donnerhall out of a Don Schufro x Friedensherr mare.
Also winning a 5 year old qualifier was the British bred breeding stallion Timolin. This son of the World and European Dressage Champion Totilas also won novice and elementary freestyles at Sparsholt with impressive scores. He already has 107 BD points.
In addition to Timolin, Lizzie Murray has also won at elementary recently on the 5 year old Uthopia daughter Ulyssa. The mare is a daughter of the Stedinger mare Sabatini who competed on the Junior European team in 2015 with Charlotte Dicker.
A young horse who has accumulated a sequence of victories in the last month is Blakes Fable ridden by Darren Hicks. This includes a 79% Novice win at Burrows Court Farm and 4 other wins at Prelim and Novice. Blakes Fable is a son of the Grand Prix stallion Faberge 50 who was competed by Nicky Barrett.
The move up to elementary level was a successful one for Vicki Brown and the Welsh part bred Orions Wish. By the SHB(GB) graded Dutch stallion Libro (who is himself a grandson of the great Furioso II) out of a cremello Arab/Welsh mare who carries the blood of the great Catherston pony stallion Bubbly.
Brendonhill Giltedge has a pedigree more associated with eventing than pure dressage, but that has not stopped him winning 12 times at Novice, including 3 times in June. His sire It’s Without Doubt combined the two great families of British eventing – Ben Faerie and Welton Gameful. His dam was a Thoroughbred mare who hailed from the Grey Sovereign sire line but also had the great National Hunt sire Spartan General and Red Rum’s sire Quorum on her mother line.
Our native breeds have been also showing you don’t need to rebrand them as German Riding Ponies for them to be successful in dressage. The Welsh section B ponies Bochym Royal Casanova and Waxwing Archimedes scored a number of wins at East Soley in Berkshire. At Hickstead Premier League, there were good FEI placings for the Welsh part bred Grayswood Orlando who is by Grayswood Magic Buccaneer. Buccaneer has sired successful stock in British Eventing, and competitive carriage driving. Also placing was Rosewater I Cladius who is a son of the very successful pony stallion Ceaser who stands at Leamside Equestrian Centre.
The only 4 star CCI held at the home of the current reigning Olympic champions is Luhmuhlen. The highest placed British rider was Louise Harwood, who was riding the highest placed British bred horse – Whitsun. Whitsun doesn’t carry as much blood as you would normally expect to see in a 4 star eventer, but does hail from a Selle Francais sire line. His sire Cameo’s Reflection stood with John and Sue Rawding and produced a number of good show horses in addition to eventers. He was ranked in the top 20 sires in the BE 2014 sire rankings. He has a lot of Thoroughbred blood further back in his pedigree.
The only other Brit to jump clear round Mark Phillip’s track was Coral Keen on another British bred horse – Wellshead Fare Opposition. This horse combines two top eventing bloodlines through his sire, the Trakehner Fleetwater Opposition, and his dam sire – Matinee Du Madon. Fare Opposition was bred by Sue Lanz, who also owned Matinee. Matinee went from Burghley Young Event Horse champion through to advanced eventing, and sired top horses such as Tangleman, Willy Do and Friday Feeling.
Fleetwater Opposition was team and individual Junior European champion and left a great legacy to the eventing world through offspring such as Opposition Buzz, Yarland Summer Song and Opposition Legacy.
Hopetoun CCI event in West Lothian had some more British bred success. Vittoria Panizzon rode Borough Free Flight to 2nd place in the CCI**. This son of Catherston Liberator out of a Dutch Gold mare is half brother to the great Borough Pennyz. Catherston Liberator evented to advanced level himself and also competed up to small tour dressage. His pedigree combines the tough Thoroughbred Liboi with a performance dam line. His dam was a very decent show jumper qualifying for the Foxhunter, and the motherline is exemplary producing among others Catherston Dazzler, Wlton Louise and Yarlands Summer Song. Liberator is still standing at stud at Langaller in Devon at the age of 23.
Breeding stallion Primitive Faerie Tale finished 3rd in the CIC**. This son of leading Thoroughbred eventing sire Primitive Rising (Cool Mountain, Kings Temptress) is out of a county level working hunter who also evented to intermediate level. Her sire Ben Faerie was one of the greatest eventing stallions ever with offspring such as Priceless, Night Cap and Primmore Hill. Primitive Faerie Tale is still sound and competing at 18 and his owner/breeder Julie Lawson also finished 4th in the CIC* on his son Faerlie Similar. His 8 year old gelding is out of a mare by the Trakehner stallion Va Tout. Faerlie Similar’s full brother Faerlie Special won the CIC* at Hopetoun 2 years ago.
Another horse with a liking for the track at Hopetoun is last year’s CCI** winner Ngong Hills. Another son of the great Fleetwater Opposition, this time out of a full Thoroughbred mare Seemly by Reformed Character. Bred by Anne Furness, the 11 year old is now being ridden by junior Harriet Wright and the new partnership won the new CIC* junior class.
It is always a fantastic feeling to produce a successful horse from scratch and even better when you have bred her. Kate Ingram made the press after her win in the BE90 section on home bred Hollyhatch Highflyer. The 8 year old mare is bred on traditional lines of crossing one of our great Mountain & Moorland breeds (in this case a New Forest) with a Thoroughbred.
Highflyer’s sire is the grey New Forest pony Farriers Finger Print who won the Olympia Mountain & Moorland Championship in 2009, two years after competing in the quadrille there. His son Hanmer Wizard completed a rare double in 2014 when he qualified for HOYS as both a ridden pony and in the prestigious Cuddy in hand championship. Her dam is a Thoroughbred mare by the miler Then Again out of a winning point to point mare.
Recent success for British bred show jumpers include Philip Tuckwell’s home bred 6 year old Galtur qualifying for the Horse of the Year Show Senior Newcomers Final ridden by Helen Treadwell. Galtur is a son of the Bundeschampion Cornet’s Stern out of a Balou De Rouet mare who was also bred by Philip.
At Bolesworth CSI**** the British bred Billy GoGo won two Amateur classes ridden by Julie Slade. Billy GoGo is a son of the ow American based Billy Mexico who himself is a son of the very influential British based sire Cevin Z. As well as Billy Mexico, Cevin Z is the sire of Borough Pennyz, Billy On Show and Billy the Biz.
Earlier in the month at the Allington CSI**, there was victory in the medium tour final for Chelsea Skelton and Millfield Baloney. The son of Balou De Rouet was bred by Sue Jaggar and Brian Thompson of Millfield Stud in Yorkshire and hails from the same dam line as the KWPN approved stallion Elmshorn who competed internationally for Sweden.
Balou De Rouet’s name appears again in this report through his son Balou Star, a breeding stallion based with 19 year old Millie Allen. This bouncy little powerhouse won the fourth leg of the International Stairway series at the Royal Highland Show. Balou Star’s dam sire is the top international campaigner Quick Star who is the sire of one of our great hopes for the Rio Olympics – Big Star.