2017 was my first visit to the stallion parade hosted in Whitchurch, Shropshire by the team at leading equine reproduction facility – Stallion AI Services. The stallion parade was also a chance to show the public the super new stallion barns, arena and collection facilities that the team have invested in. With the new facilities and great reputation, it is no surprise that some of the world’s best stallions are now based there.

The parade was split into two sections, with the jumpers in first and the dressage horses after the lunch break. The stallions are listed here in the order they were presented.

Murka’s Gem
2011 Grey AES by Good Twist xx – Noble Jay xx – Arctic Prince xx

What was unusual about the opening stallion, is that he is a clone, a first to stand in the UK as far as I am aware. Although he carries identical genetics to the famous show jumper Gem Twist, Murka’s Gem is not very tall, appearing smaller than the 15.3hh he is advertised at. He seemed very good natured although green and jumped adequately. On first impression I would say he lacks a little of scope and power of the legendary Gem Twist. Gem Twist was a full Thoroughbred by the stallion Good Twist, who show jumped internationally under Gem Twist’s breeder Frank Chapot.

Murkas Gem (picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Murkas Gem (picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Balou Star
2005 Bay Oldenburg by Balou du Rouet – Quick Star – Domino

Licensed for both Oldenburg and the pony studbook Weser-Ems, he packed a lot of bounce and energy and was very keen to get on with the job. This very athletic small stallion has a great competition record with Mille Allen. He represented Great Britain in the Junior European Championships of 2015 winning the individual Bronze medal.

His sire Balou Du Rouet is making big strides up the WBFSH rankings, moving up to 7th in the world in 2016. His dam sire Quickstar was a Grand Prix performer at the highest level with Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and is the sire of Nick Skelton’s dual Olympic Gold medallist Big Star. The combination of these two stallions means Balou Star is line bred to the great Galoubet A.

Balou Star

Balou Star

Sir Shutterfly
2002 Brown Hanoverian stallion by Silvio – Forrest xx – Gardestern I

This dual purpose stallion has been based in the UK since 2014. Although he is no longer competing he was shown over the highest fences of the day, and was neat in front although did make a mistake at the very high upright. He continues to prove himself with some very exciting offspring, including an International Young Horse winner last Friday in True Grit.

More information on his offspring and bloodlines can be found in our stallion profile HERE

Footloose LG
2010 Dark Bay KWPN by Numero Uno – Royal Bravour – B.Raimond

This 7 year old Dutch bred stallion is aimed at the eventing market. He was a little reluctant when first entering the arena and looked very green over the fences to start with. He was better as the fences went up a little in height. He is a good size and a strong rectangular frame.

His sire Numero Uno has been awarded the Preferent predicate by the KWPN based on the achievements of his offspring in sport. His dam is a Keur mare by Royal Bravour who jumped on the World Cup circuit.

Footloose LG

Footloose LG

Cartier
2000 Bay Holstein by Contender – Capitol I – Landgraf I

The 17 year old is quite Holstein in his type, without being old fashioned. Very strong in the body, he is just starting to show his age in his hind legs. He was successful in young horse classes including winning at Zwolle. He is producing offspring that are competing at 5 star level including Eramus vd Heffinck (Nations Cup with Tim Stockdale).
His sire Contender was incredibly successful as a sire of show jumpers producing the likes of Checkmate, Chiara and Montender. He was known for passing on very good conformation as well as jumping talent. The dam line has produced international horses.

Arko III
1994 Bay Oldenburg by Argentinus – Beach Boy – Onyx

Arko was the first Olympic stallion showcased on the day, and looked really well and sound for a 23 year old still under saddle. He was also a delight in the stable and attracted a lot of admirers. Arko had few peers in sport, and is proving a very good sire with the likes of Argento and Aristio winning at 5 star level.He is a deep bodied horse with a beautiful head, and good limbs.
Details on his pedigree can be found in this article HERE

Arko III

Arko III

Ramiro B
1994 Bay BWP by Calvani – Wendekreis – Tornado 9

One of the world’s leading eventing sires, Ramiro has been a stalwart at British stallion shows in recent years. He was shown in hand and looked well muscled but a little lighter than usual. What made his displays always interesting and informative is that he is usually shown with one of his offspring, in this case a 6yo gelding called Cushla’s Reviro who was been successful jumping on the Sunshine Tour. Ramiro B stamps his stock into medium sized, workmanlike types and nearly always bay, with a good natural technique over a fence. They are clearly proving to have the bravery and temperament for the top levels of the sport too.
In addition he is a sire of Grand Prix show jumpers and it is this combination of scope, athleticism and trainability which has made him one of the leading sires in the UK.

Hocus Pocus
2012 Chestnut KWPN by Zambesi – Vancouver – Silvio

This loudly marked chestnut sabino is British bred and scored highly at the BEF Futurity Evaluations before progressing to compete successfully in age classes.He is a shorter legged and strong bodied type who would suit a blood mare. He again had a very quiet nature in the stable.

His sire Zambesi competed to 1.45m level and is the product of combining two international competitors. Grand dam Nolinda was awarded an Elite Sport predicate.

Hocus Pocus (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Hocus Pocus (Picture courtesy of Horsepower Creative)

Terackie Ben Al Hazzar
2010 Bay Tobiano Pintabian by Royal Court Jester – MP Alis Dandi

This 99% arabian is homozygous for the black and tobiano genes. He is broken to ride but was shown in hand today. He is aimed at the showing and specialist pintabian breeders.

Springs Spirit
2009 Chestnut BWBS by Springfield Symphony – Calvados – Gagson Wimborn

This fairly compact, Thoroughbred influenced stallion has qualified for the BE Young Horse Championships as both a 4 and 5 year old, and is now competing at Novice. The canter is definitely his strongest pace, covering the ground and showcasing his eventing background.

His sire Springfield Symphony was the top scoring eventer at the 2007 BEF Futurity evaluations as a 3yo and competed up to BE100. His grandsire Kings Composer has sired advanced eventers, Grade A show jumpers and county show hunters. His dam is the KWPN ster mare Pobedy, a daughter of the Selle Francais Grand Prix show jumping stallion Calvados.

Oldlands Vivaldi
2002 Silver Bay KWPN by Goodtimes -Alme Z – Gouverner

This 15 year old is quite stamped in looks by his sire Good Times. He looks like has retired from sport from his physique, but did jump some smaller fences. His dam Diana has produced two other approved stallions and is a daughter of one of the most modern sires of show jumpers in Alme.

Jaguar Mail
1997 Brown Selle Francais by Hand in Glove xx – Laudanum xx – Alme Z

Another Olympic show jumper, Jaguar Mail has also been popular with eventing breeders due to his very high percentage of Thoroughbred blood. He was another horse that had a wonderful attitude in the stable and this was reflected in his competition career when he became a young riders schoolmaster after competing at the Bejing Olympics. He was shown under saddle and popped a few fences, and clearly has an awful lot of scope. His trot was nice and loose.

His sire Hand in Glove raced, competed up PSG dressage and show jumped at World Cup level. Jaguar Mail comes from a wonderful dam line, being a half brother to top international mare Katchina Mail and from the immediate family of stallions and Nations Cup jumpers Fergar Mail and Chergar Mail.

Noble Warrior
2009 Chestnut AES by Warrior – Casantos – Edison

A big eye catching chestnut sabino stallion with a well set on neck. He showed the best canter to date with an active hind leg. He looked powerful over the fences, and is currently competing at 1.45m level, after success in Young Horse classes.
His sire Warrior competed at the 2012 Olympics and on the Global Champions Tour. The prolific dam line has produced Grand Prix dressage horses, international show jumpers and the UK based CCI** eventing stallion Exclusive.

Noble Warrior

Noble Warrior

Jonkers Metyo
2000 Bay Dutch Sports Pony by Highmead Duty Free – Tetworth Crimson Lake – Purpur

This Dutch bred pony showed a lot of essentials needed in an eventing sire. He is a very easy mover and jumped in a calm manner. This was combined with a very quiet and relaxed temperament which is essential in breeding good children’s competition ponies. He could also be a useful sire of working hunter ponies, He is the sire of the 2016 Supreme Youngstock Champion at the SPSS grading Fairlight Rhiannon.

His sire Highmead Duty Free is a British Riding Pony who carries some of the most famous names in the breed including Oakley Bubbling Spring and Small-Land Mambrino. The dam carries predominantly Welsh blood plus some Russian Arabian blood.

A report on the dressage stallions to follow shortly.