Langaller Stud is based within easy reach of the M5 in the lush Devon countryside. Although famous for their success in the show ring, Langaller stock are also highly regarded in the hunting field and on the eventing circuit.
The stud is run by Charles Upham who is enthusiastic about all 9 of the stallions they are standing for 2017, and there are two I particularly feel will be of real interest to serious sport horse breeders.
Primitive Proposal is a full Thoroughbred stallion, who stands at Langaller for the first time this season. A Thoroughbred with plenty of size (16.3hh) and quality, he has settled in beautifully at Langaller and was very calm and relaxed when I saw him. Currently ranked in the top 40 on the BE stallion rankings some of his best offspring include Primitive Data (CCI***), Pop the Question and Primitive Prospect (CCI**), Primitive Flight (CCI*), Time for Harry (winner CCI* and placed CIC** 2017).
He has also sired some very good looking youngstock such as Look North (dual Cuddy finalist and multiple hunter championships in hand and under saddle), Future Goldigger (BEF Futurity Elite), Arlington Park (multiple champion county level), and Primitive Dark Perfection (Hack champion).
Primitive Proposal’s sire Primitive Rising not only sired some very good National Hunt horses, but was a world class eventing sire producing World Championship Gold and Silver medallist Cool Mountain and Kentucky CCI**** winner King’s Temptress. His dam Louella With Love is a full sister to leading HIS sire Another Hoarwithy and her pedigree is doted with influential eventing blood from the past including Evening Trial, Cottage Son (damsire of Lord and Ramiro) and My Babu (sire of Bruce Davidson’s JJ Babu)
Eventing breeders often complain they cannot find a Thoroughbred sire with enough height and substance and yet I rarely hear people recommending this horse. As a proven producer of good looking athletic horses, with a really solid eventing pedigree, he would be a very good choice for mares with a solid jumping pedigree who need blood and size.
Another older stallion who stands at Langaller, but who many eventing breeders seem to have forgotten is Catherston Liberator. Now 25, he still looks incredibly well and shows no sign of any loss of topline that is normally associated with older stallions. Liberator is really producing some top eventing stock including Tout de Suite (multiple CIC*** winner in the USA), Xavier Faer (CSI**** and 2017 advanced winner at Belton), Borough Free Flight (winner CCI* and placed CCI**), and The Earl of Belvedere (placed CIC**).
Liberator was successful himself as a competition horse in all spheres, winning up to Intermediate BE (with advanced points), and Prix St George dressage. He also show jumped to Foxhunter level.
His sire Liboi was a very tough racehorse, running 71 times and retiring sound. As well as siring county level winning hunters and hacks he is also the sire of Grand Prix dressage stallion Catherston Humbug.
Liberator’s dam was the HOYS Grade C and Foxhunter finalist Catherston Jetstream. The direct motherline is exemplary producing among others Catherston Dazzler (sire of Olympic and 4 star eventers), Welton Louis (advanced eventer and sire of European champion Welton Romance) and Yarlands Summer Song (WEG Silver Medallist). This means Liberator offers a rare combination of Thoroughbred blood onto a stellar eventing damline. I mention the importance of the damline time and again in my articles as this gives any breeder the reassurance that the genetic potential is there waiting to be unlocked. All the most successful breeders of both sporthorses and racehorses recognise how crucial this is.
Although both are older stallions, they offer a proven production record to anyone looking for an eventing sire this season.