Category Archives: Horse Breeds

There are a large number of different breeds of horses across the world all used for their individual characteristics.

Joe Clayton – International Show Jumper


Joe Clayton, 26 –  International show jumper –  Nottinghamshire

 Horse Scout speaks to the international show jumper about working for Olympian Michael Whitaker, his top horses, favourite stallions, ultimate goals and achievements

You’re second cousin to John and Michael Whitaker — were you riding horses before you could walk?

No, my mum has always had horses so I’ve always been around them, but I was into football mainly and only really started riding when I was 11.

And when did you started jumping?

As soon as I started to ride…

Didn’t you fall off?

I could ride straight but fell off at the corners…

So how did you learn to stay on?

My mum had lessons with Susie Gibson and I started having 10 minutes at the beginning or end of her lesson and pretty soon I’d hijacked her entire lesson. I also had some good ponies — from William Whitaker, who was just around the corner.

What was your first job?

I went to work for Alan Fazakerley (British pony team coach) and Sally Lane in Essex, before coming back up north to Michael Whitaker’s yard. I’ve been here eight or nine years now.

So your trainer is Michael Whitaker?

Yes, he’s really helpful on the flat and jump. His son, Jack, is here too and we chat amongst ourselves and work together as a team, trying to improve and make our horses better.

What’s a typical week for the horses when you’re at home?

Flatwork Monday and Tuesday and a grid Wednesday for the young ones, followed by perhaps a couple of local shows. The older ones don’t jump too much but they get to hack around the block and go on the treadmill in the afternoon. We’ve just had a gallops put in which is really useful and they go on that to warm up and loosen off most days. They all get a day off and time in the field.

What’s your best tip for budding show jumpers?

Keep going… it can be difficult but keep training and you’ll figure it out.

And your advice for buying a show jumper?

Pick something that suits you – don’t buy a sharp one if you’re hot seated for example.

And do you think bloodlines are important?

If a horse jumps and it’s good, sometimes doesn’t matter. But I do find bloodlines interesting and it’s handy to see how many good horses certain stallions have produced.

So do you have a favourite stallion?

Not really, although I’ve had a couple of amazing horses by Calvaro, there are a lot of good stallions out there like Concord and Heartbreaker. Michaels seven-year-old grey stallion, Valmy de La Lande (Mylord Carthago x Starter), is also looking like a serious future prospect — I won the mare and stallion class on him at Hickstead recently.

to see Joe clayton on action use this link to his youtube site

Tell us about your main horses and their main achievements.

My top ride is Conman JX, a 2007 bay gelding (Conterno Grande x Chacoa) owned by Michael Whitaker and Sarah Billington. He’s come on so much and has lots of ability although still a bit green at the level he’s jumping at.

He’s done a few Nation Cups and 5-star Grand Prix and came third at the Nations Cup in Falsterbo, Sweden this year.

He’s a bit of a funny character, quite nervous and needs his own space. He hates other horses so he goes out on his own and can be quite hard to ride with other horses around which means I sometimes have to warm up early.

Cally V is a 2008 chestnut mare, home bred by Michael (Calvaro out of a good mare of Michael’s).

She’s scopey and very promising jumping 1.40s normally clear. She’s done a couple of international shows and gone well in the small classes.

Millioninmind is a 2007 bay gelding, owned by Steve Barnes. He’s very promising and won Grade C at HOYs last yar, now competing 1.40 and 1.45 two-star Grand Prix. He placed first at a 3-star this year. He’s cheeky, likes his food and always overweight.

Lexie III is another homebred mare by Calvaro (2009) and has qualified for Newcomers HOYs.

She’s another funny character and can be a bit of a madam sometimes.

Do you have time to ride any more?

I’m always looking for good horses and owners who would like to support me.

So what would you consider your best achievement?

Jumping double clear at the super league Nations Cup (5-star) last year in Gijon, Spain.

I’ve won the puissance at HOYs puissance twice on two different horses.

Also winning at the accumulator a The Great Yorkshire show in 2015.

And your ultimate goal?

Like most people, I would love to ride at the Olympics one day… I would love to win the Grand Prix (Cock of the North) at my favourite show (Great Yorkshire) and win at Championship level one day!

Why Horse Scout?

It’s great to build a profile and to see those of other riders. The horses you browse, aren’t the same ones all the time either.


Interview by Horse Scout Journalist Sam Lewis

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Talented jumping youngster by Zilverstar T x v.Concorde


Concorde breeding and good looks with real talent and undeniable good looks. A 5 year old show jumper for sale stabled in East Sussex.

16.1hh grey 5 year old gelding by Zilverstar T (Berlin) x Concorde 

This stunning young jumper for sale on Horse Scout is by Zilversar T has completed a sunshine tour and his producer, Louis Simmons, (see the professional producer and riders page on Horse Scout)  a prolific and reliable producer, describes this horse as brave and careful; two pre requisite for a successful partnership.
Louis says this horse has been working easily and correctly on the flat and is a promising future star on the competition circuit.
His bloodlines have created a well made jumping horse who is finding his job effortless and his bold approach is taking him well over fences.
A happy horse, easy to do stands well for the farrier and to be clipped, hacks out and makes your life easy by walking onto the lorry.
Zilversat T is a grand prix jumping stallion who took his place in the Olympic Arena this year and his jumping successes this year show just what a talented horse he is:
  •  Glock International Show Jumping  Glock’s Grand Prix 1.60m  – 4th
  •  Jumping Bourg en Bresse  Grand Prix de la ville de Bourg en Bresse 1.60m – 3rd
  •  Global Champions Tour  GNP Seguros 1.50m – 1st
  •  Global Champions Tour   American Invitational 1.55m -3rd
  •  CHI Al Shaqab  Grand Prix 1.60m – 5th
  •  VR Classics Performance Sales International 1.50m – 6th
  • Prestige Cup Zilveren Spoor Class 58 1.40m – 2nd

Concorde is a double purity for talent on his Dams side for three years Concorde has been listed as the stallion at stud with the most  offspring  at World Breeding Championships for young horses. Making this young horse for sale a popular choice…and with good reason. Concorde is a stallion who is also very popular with other Horse Scout profiled professional producers.  Aaron Millar likes a horse with Concerned Breeding (see Horse Scout blog here)

Horse Scout hosts some of the top breeders and producers in the UK and internationally.  If you are looking for a Horse for Sale Horse Scout is undoubtedly the place to start.


horse scout talks to eoin gallagher international horse producer

Eoin Gallagher, Irish international show jumper, 29, Lincoln


Eoin Gallagher, The Irish international show jumper, based in Lincoln talks to Horse Scout about producing top class young horses and his dream to ride for his country.

How did you get into show jumping?

I’m actually not from an equestrian background at all… Born in County Down, I’m from a Gaelic footballing family, but as I was seriously ill with meningitis when I was seven, I was too weak to play. My next door neighbour went to pony lessons so I ended up tagging along. One day he stopped going. I never did…

What are your biggest achievements since then?

As a Junior I managed to get on a few trips to England with some good results, then a bursary to train with Stephen Hadley followed on from that. I was National Inter Varsity champion in Ireland when I attended Ulster university, before securing a full-time job with Dermott Lennon.

This year I had a couple of 2nds at a CSI 3-star show in Lanaken, Belgium, with Corbeagh Luxor in the 1.45m classes. More recently I have won a few 1.40m classes on the national circuit with horses I have produced from a young age.

Tell us about Corbeagh Luxor

He’s an 11-year-old, 16.2hh gelding — Irish bred (Corbeagh Vella x Lux Z (KWPN)).

I only began riding him this year and had some of the best results after just two months. He is scopey but like many Irish, easy to ride. Due to the success at Lanaken and various placings, he’s just been sold. I’m disappointed to no longer be able to compete him but he has a promising future with his new owners.

So you prefer riding Irish-bred horses?

Most Irish horses are fun and straight forward.

Some of the Continentals are more talented but take more figuring out to get better results.

So do you breed and if so what? 

I just started breeding with my mare Loughview Diamond Lux (half sister to Loughview Lou Lou) as she unfortunately got injured earlier in the year. I picked the stallion Action Breaker (son of Heartbreaker) — a KWPN. I chose Action Breaker as I was very impressed by his jumping technique, his attitude and rideability. His qualities compliment my mares very well.

Tell us about some of your other horses.

Lord Luidam is an 8-year old, 16.3hh gelding (Luidam x Northern Madera) who belongs to my wife. We’ve had him since he was five, and this year he stepped up to 1.40m classes, winning the Nottinghamshire County Show in May.

Illustro De Laubry is an 8-year-old, 16.2hh gelding (Beverly VD Heffinck out of Uganda De Laubry x Darco) who I ride for Sophie Marsh and her family and is jumping up to 1.30m.

Laroc is a 7-year-old German-bred gelding, also owned by the Marsh family. I’ve only had him for six months and I’m producing him slowly, giving him time to mature. He won a 1.30m class at Messingham Show recently.

Finally, Quontum, an 8-year-old gelding owned by Melanie Davison, is here for the summer.

What is your goal this year and beyond?

Longterm it’s every rider’s goal to ride for their country and if that opportunity arises I’ll grab it.

I’ve never really had any long-term campaigners at a higher level because the 8-year-olds get sold on and I’ve always had slightly younger (5,6,7 year olds) to produce.

For now, I’ll continue to build a strong team of horses and maintain good relationships with their owners to help keep moving the business forward.

You’ve have a lot of experience training young horses — any tips?

Be patient! It’s very easy to get disillusioned as they can be challenging and keep you guessing. When I was younger I was guilty of thinking of the next show and not thinking about a year down the line… I guess I’ve grown to learn it’s not always about tomorrow but the longterm, particularly with the young ones. In terms of their weekly schedule, like any of my horses they get a day off every week and turnout every day in the paddock. More time (eg three sessions a week) will be spent on flatwork than jumping and I find lunging on the pessoa can help too.

Do you train with someone?

Not often enough. If I am struggling with something, I’ll go to Dermot Lennon.

He helped me last summer and a couple of little things made a huge difference. By letting his head down a bit and lengthening and shortening the trot and canter, the horse gained more strength and started working better.

What are your top tips for buying a show jumper?

Don’t make any rash decisions and, if you are not sure, ask someone you respect.

A lot of riders are confident in their own ability and think they can make a horse better, but it’s easier to have a good horse and let it teach you, than try to make a bad one into a good one.

What’s the best tip you’ve ever been given?

If you always do what you always did you always get what you always got.

I think that applies to life, not just horses.

Another good bit of advice, I think by 2006 World Champion Jos Lansink, is that when things go wrong go back to the basics.

Who else has inspired you?

Growing up… Eddie Macken, who is retired now.

More recently, Scott Brash has been an inspiration to whole industry — someone the same age as me beating the guys who have been around for generations…

I also admire John Whitaker at the highest level.

Why Horse Scout?

I liked it from the moment I saw it. It’s great that there is somewhere that targets more elite horse sales and the social/connections side of Horse Scout is so different from any other equestrian website — it’s cool that someone has finally thought outside the box!

Interview by Sam Lewis

How Horse Scout Connects You  To The Best.

Horse Scout is dedicated to Sharing information about its professionals and the quality stallions listed at stud.

If you would like to find out more about Eoin Gallagher, international Show jumper based in Lincolnshire, then take a look at his professional profile page on Horse Scout. Eoin Gallagher is based at his training yard “Glebe Farm” in Lincolnshire.

Listed on the Horse Scout Horses For Sale pages he has two fabulous competition horses for sale, one of whom Illustro de Laubry  is a Belgian Warmblood has already won several fox hunter classes and qualified for Newcomers, who also has Darco breeding, is by Bently Van De  Heffinck listed on our Stallions at Stud pages by The Stallion Company. We have a blog about Bentley Van De Hefflink which you can read here.

His second horse listed Lord Luidam, a star in the making this horse is already competing at Grand Prix. Eoin has produced him since he was five and is justifiably proud of this lovely horse.

Horse Scout is dedicated to spreading the word about quality breeding and its professional producers.  Sharing links to siblings is a key feature on our website, for instance Lord Luidam has a sibling competing at 1.40m in Romsey campaigned by professional competition rider Tegan Jones.

Sports Horse Stallions Listed on Horse Scout Photo Cevin Z

UK Sports Horse Breeding


Horse Scout Stallion Listings have the Cream of British Sports Horse Breeding Stallions listed on their Profile Pages.

Of the 250 entries at this years Young Sports Horse Breeding Evaluations Horse Scout has 34 profiled stallions producing 127 graded offspring at the BEF Futurity 2015 Gradings; including, 12 Elite Premium across all three disciplines with Dam Sires also featuring heavily in our listings.

The list of  Horse Scout  profiled UK Sports Horse Breeding Stallions who  have had offspring graded 1st Higher 1st and also with Elite premiums is impressive.  This means that Horse Scout is listing the top breeding stallions and that Britain’s Top Breeding Studs are listing their stallions with Horse Scout.  If you are already planning next years breeding for your mares then visit our stallion pages.

Many of these stallions also have Blog reviews giving in depth and interesting reviews of the stallions and their progeny so do visit our blog or sign up for our newsfeed.

The stallions profiled on Horse Scout Stallion Listings who feature so successfully at the BEF Futurity Evaluations are, In alphabetical Order:

Balout de Rouet  2 x higher 1st

Balou Star 1 x Higher 1st 1 x Elite

Catherstone Dazzler 1 x higher 1st

Catherston Liberator 2 x higher 1st

Catherston Springsteen 2 x higher 1st

Cevin Z 2 x 1st 1 x Higher 1st

Chilli Morning 1 x 1st 1 x Elite

Denver LG 2 x 1st 4 x Higher 1st

Donnerblitz 1 x 1st 1 x Higher 1st

Flammengold 11 x 1st 7 x Higher 1st

Footloose LG 1st

Forinth 1st

Garuda K 1st

Grafenstolz 4 x 1st 6 x Higher 1st

Herald III higher 1 x 1st 1 x Elite

Jaguar Mail 5 x Higher 1st

Kambarbay higher 1st

Kannan 1st

Odermus R 1 x 1st

Opposition Bombshell 2 x 1st

Peppermill 1 x 1st 1 x Higher 1st

Powerblade 1 x 1st 1 x Higher 1st

R Ali Bey Higher 1st

Ramiro B 1st

Rotherwood Signature 1 x Elite

Royal Rubin 1st

Royaldik  10 x 1st  7 x Higher 1st 17 in all!

Serano Gold 1st

Temple Croesus 1 x higher 1st

Timolin 1 x 1st 2 x Higher 1st 2 x Elite

Totilas 1 x 2nd 2 x 1st 1 x Higher 1st

Woodlander Del Amitri 1 x 1st

Woodlander Freddie M 1 x 1st 2 x Higher 1st 3 x Elite Premium

Woodlander Rockstar – 1 x 1st

Woodlander Supertramp – 1 x Higher 1st

Woodlander Wales woodlander stud 3 x Higher 1st

Woodlander Wild Child Woodlander Stud 4 elite premiums

With one of our listed Stallions gaining a 2nd  Samara Fly

Horse Scout is the LinkedIn of the Competitive Equestrian scene in the UK bringing together Professional Riders, Trainers and Breeders.  Offering a unique and supportive environment to connect with the best professionals in the UK.



Homozygous Tobiano Stallion Solaris Buenno

Homozygous Tobiano Stallion: Solaris Buenno


Solaris Buenno is a handsome very well marked Homogygous Tobaino Stallion for those looking for quality, improver genetics and 100% colour outcomes.

Colour isn’t everything.  performance is key to breeding good stock and it seems that some stallions crop up again and again in British Bred Sports Performance horses; Lucky Boy is one of those.

The Lucky Boy breeding line in Solaris Buenno, a 2006 Homozygous Tobiano stallion owned by Solaris Sports Horses can only reassure breeders of his good liniage. Solaris Buenno (Umeno KWPN /wellington (DR) x patty (Lucky Boy( SJ))) is registered Scottish Sports Horse Stallion.  This attractive warmblood stallion already has 32 registered progeny over half of whom are Scottish Sports Horse Registered, and with one third of the mares returning, this has to be conformation of the potential seen by breeders in his progeny. His youngest from 2010 will make interesting watching as they start their competitive acreers over the next few years.

Umeno is a Dutch bred, SSH graded, show Jumping Stallion standing in South Africa. Both trees of his pedigree show remarkable versatility proving themselves in both dressage , jumping and in the show ring. With his offspring also producing successful 2nd generation competitive progeny, including the lovely Solaris Flambeaux, through Unemmo on his Dams side Solaris Achanenna.

Solaris Buenno Has Breeding Lines for Homogenous Tobiano Genetics

Dam line Edwina NRPS (Dutch) mare with 1st premium as a Scottish Sports Horse. X Darwina//Damenstoltz who also has Lucky Boy breeding lines through her sire Ed King Hill/Ekstein

His progeny are very successful in the show ring taking championships at all the Big Northern Shows.  His well made young stock are also being sold, not only to the European Market, but further afield too. His breeders are happy to share their successes and the beauty of his progeny; to a man there is high praise for his stock: For their movement, athleticism and temperament.  Solaris Buenno is a handsome well made improver general purpose stallion, with the advantage for those wanting coloured foals that he is the Homozgous Tobaino Stallion in the North with compelling performance genetics

Solaris Buenno – stands for Solaris Sports Horses and has a Stallion Profile listing on Horse Scout.  So if you are looking, particularly, for a homozygous Tobaino Stallion, with the added bonus of the best breeding and a well made athletic conformation, then this is definitely one for your tick list.

Timolin - British Bred Futurity Elite Stallion

A Futurity Breeding Elite Stallion: Timolin


Timolin stands at Catherston Stud. With his first crop of foals born this year Timolin has set a high bench mark on the Futurity Breeding  stage for his offspring.

Timolin A Futurity Breeding Elite Stallion steps into the competitive arena as Catherston Studs rising star, moves on from this three Futurity  Breeding Elite Gradings to start his competitive career.

Catherston Stud, surely, could not be more pleased, Timolin is already proving himself  and has  the important championship qualifiers under his belt.

With an assured future as an imporver stallion this young stallion the head turning presence and superior gaits and build of his dressage pedigree and the jump and ground covering canter to produce not only dressage progeny but is expected to sire horses to event as well.

British Breeding Futurity Grading Awards

It must be thrilling beyond words to see a horse that you have bred gain his third Futuriy Elite Grading and the Catherston Stud (he property of Mr & Mrs A G Loriston-Clarke, Lizzie Murray and Hilary Davey) acquired this fabulous young stallion in February this year. Timolin, Graded with SHB-GB & BWBS, is already a father with his first stock foaling this year. Timolin, who is scheduled to go for Sports Horse grading this October, has “a charming Character and loves showing off” says Anne Dicker who manages the Catherston Stud. This year Timolin has started his competitive career and has qualified for both the National Dressage Championships in the Shearwater Potential International Dressage Horse 4 year olds and for the Albion Saddlemakers Young Dressage Horse of the Future 2015 Championships which take place at Badminton at the end of July. So not long until we see him sparkle, but before that he has joined Sports Horse Breeding GB Stallion Parade where, Catehrston say, he took the whole thing in his stride and is building a veritable fan club following.

The next crop of Futurity Breeding Super Stars?

By May Timolin had had four babies all of whom seem to have inherited his good looks and conformation and their sire was out winning the Blue Chip Sports Horse Qualifier. Horse Scout are looking forward to seeing some facebook updates on the Timolin Babies.

Timolins breeding has a great gene pool and the Futurity gradings are all credit to his breeding. Timolins Sire Totilas was a super star (and still is) of the dressage world. His results record with the FEI had 12 wins in 12 outings under Matthias Alexander Rath where he is for the most part outshining his nearest competitor by four or five full marks! An incredible dressage stallion. Born in 2000 he was competing at Grand Prix with Edward Gal by the age of nine and at 15 is still the king of the circuit whenever he competes. He was the first horse ever to score over 90in a dressage competition. His FEI record speaks for its self; a total of 45 1st places in 53 FEI Dressage competitions with three world cup Gold Medals with Edward Gal. “He has taken the sport to a whole new level.” Said Anne Gribbons (2010) of this record breaking horse the technical dressage advisor to the USEF. In his first year at stud he generated fees of nearly €1.4 million. With an embryo sold for 32,000 Euro in 2010.

Whilst there has been controversy over the methods employed in his training, this does not detract from the fact that he has been hugely successful and deservedly reigns supreme in the stallion rankings. Totilas, himself a KWPN Dressage Stallion, is jet black, standing a full 17.1hh he is just a little taller than his sire Gribaldi (Trakhener), and sports four short white socks (a particular feature on both his sire and dams line) as opposed to his fathers two, although his snip is very small in comparison Garibaldi and Totilas look remarkably like each other and of course Garibaldi was also an Olympic Dressage Stallion. Totilas Dam bred 7 offspring four of whom were by Gribaldi. Her early offspring Platini and Ramon where also very successfully campaigned in the dressage arena .

Timolins Dam Samira (also owned by Aram Gregory who rides for Hong Kong) was a Grand Prix horse herself campaigned with Jane Gregory (his wife who sadly died in 2011 was an Olympic Champion twice)). She stood an enormous full 18hh and her dam bred three proven performance offspring who compete/d in Germany. However her Sire Sion was a very successful general purpose stallion with offspring competing at Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping as did his sire Sultan.

Timolin is certainly set to be a star of the future and Catherston Stud must be thrilled with their purchase. Horse Scout is shortly to publish an interview with Jennie Loriston Clarke where she will talk about Timolin and his future. I know Horse Scout readers will be looking forward to this.


Horse Scout are so impressed with the lovely horse that we have already blogged about him three times. Find out more about Timolin on his Horse Scout Stallion Profile page or read up on his news articles on the Horse Scout Blog.






Kannan sire of Molly Malone V

Breeding for Exceptional Performance – Kannan


Breeding for Performance – Congratulations to 19 year old Bertram Allen for making history as the youngest ever Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix winner!

Allens’ two top horses are Romanov (II) by the KWPN Stallion Heartbreaker and Molly Malone V by The Stallion Companys’ legendary stallion Kannan.

Breeding for performance means Selecting Performance Horses to breed from Molly Malone V’s mother Janni was herself a successful on the UK  showjumping circuit with her owner/rider Shelly Doyle.

Kannan’s Progeny just keep proving the point for top breeding. Molly Malone V ridden by Bertram Allen has continued on last years very successful season with wins at the Lumen and Dublin, Verona Grand Prixs’ and also the opening leg of the World Equestrian Games in 2014 and this season 2015.  Kannan’s AES registered Molly Mallone V one of three AES horses in the top 15 World Rankings.

View this incredible stallion and many others here on Horse Scout

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Catherston Springsteen

Breeding Performance Horses: Improver Stallion: Catherston Springsteen


Breeding for performance and temperament: Catherston Studs’ handsome and successful British Sports Horse Catherston Springsteen

For breeders looking for that “extra mile” they can’t go far wrong with the quality and performance of the handsome and very well made Catherston Springsteen who stands four square when Breeding Performance Horses. He is consistently producing quality performance stock which carry his temperament and presence into the competitive arena, which is why those in the know can say with absolute enthusiasm:

“What a star, mind you those Springsteen babies are worth going the extra mile for” said N.C.C. (27th May)

His first progeny, now rising six, are are proof of his ability to breed for performance. They are eventing successfully and competing in dressage, alongside others following on who are in the ribbons in Sports Horse and Young Event Horse classes at prestigious county level shows etc.  They are definitely proving themselves as class horses.

This international dressage stallion standing at the Catherston Stud is a champion British Sports Horse graded with the SHB-GB and the BWBS.

Catherston Springsteen; A Performance Stallion  for Breeding Performance Horses

This expressive and elegant British Sports Horse is eye catching and has the “look at me” so necessary in the show ring as well as in the dressage arena.  He is a stallion with an exceptional temperament which he passes on to his offspring, and breeders have been more than enthusiastic about this important character trait which Catherston Springsteen passes on.

His make is exemplary, and his conformation allows him to show his expressive, bold and elevated paces to their best with his lovely head complimented by his length of rein.

His own career has been well managed and he has been campaigned successfully not only by Jennie Loriston Clark but also  as part of the Junior Dressage squad with her granddaughter Charlotte Dicker. Long listed to be part of the squad last year, Charlotte is now part of the Junior Riders Prime Squad Team for GB with Catherston Springsteen and her beloved ride Sabatini.

Catherston Springsteens’ own performance breeding (Dutch Gold) his undoubtedly played a part (along with exceptional training) in his successful career on the dressage stage.

In 2003 he qualified for the finals of the Rhinegold Potential Dressage Horse at the European Championships at Hickstead and was also short listed for the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses.

By 2005 he had also qualified for the British Dressage National Championships at Advanced Medium and in the Prix St Georges.

At only 10 years old he won the Grand Prix to Music classes at the College Premier League and at the Wellington Premier League Shows, also taking 2nd in the Grand Prix Special at Wellington.

By 2007 he was proving his breeding performance with a series of important successes at Grand Prix competitions at National Level. After an injury, he took some time away from the competitive arena but stormed back in 2010 winning the Grand Prix Special at Swolle Stallion Show in Holland. Since this, he has qualified for the National Championships most years at Grand Prix taking respectable placing’s every time out, and now Charlotte Dicker is steering him to success for Great Britain.

Catherston Springsteen himself has a bold and careful jump, and his progeny show that he is passing this on with successful youngsters in the eventing field now competing at BE100 this season.

His older progeny Longstock Sinatra, bred by Jeanette Burtenshaw who has some 395 odd BD points (at the time of writing), has qualified for every year and progressed up the levels at the Regionals and last year qualified for the Winter Regionals at Advanced Medium level.

Catherston Springnut is catching up on the points, and is now consistently winning at Advanced Medium and has also qualified for Regionals as well as the Petplan Championships.

For breeders looking to identify a quality stallion and breed for performance next year, then Catherston Springsteen is definitely one to put on your list.

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Woodcroft Garuda K a stallion British Breeding Futurity graded progeny

British Breeding Futurity Premium Progeny: Garuda K


Horse Scout review of “improver” stallion with consistent High Premium ranked British Breeding Futurity progeny: Woodcroft Garuda K – Woodcroft Stud

Woodcroft Garuda K, a successful and elegant international grand prix dressage stallion, has a worthy reputation as an improver stallion. British Breeding Futurity results going back as far as 2009 show just how successful Woodcroft Garuda K has been and with no less than 6 elite stallions in his own pedigree, it is not hard to imagine that one of his 28 sons and daughters put forward for British Breeding Futuritys’ grading will be stepping up to the plate. Since 2009, with little variation in scores awarded, his progeny have consistently scored between 8.00 to 9.41 – averaged out this gives a consistent 8.52, placing the average offspring of Woodcroft Garuda K offspring in the higher premium rating for BBFA . With three of his young stock placed in the top 20 in the country, Woodcroft Gonales takes Elite and Reserve Champion within his section.

Champion British Breeding Futurity Progeny sired by Garuda K

Woodcroft Garuda K has also produced champion and supreme champion Trakhener foals in 2011 and 2012 with best British Bred & Reserve Supreme Champion Woodcroft Noah. Woodcroft are also producing Champion mares with 3 year old Woodcroft Natalia being awarded Premium Mare in 2013 Woodcroft Hertensong awarded Champion Performance Test Mare, Supreme Champion and also premium mare.

Woodcroft Garuda K is fully licenced as a graded Trakhener and Westfalian Verband stallion, and the with British Breeding Futurity rankings as a champion stallion on progeny results. Woodcroft Garuda is a Warmblood Breeders Society Reserve Champion & Group 1 Stallion. Whilst most of his British Breeding Futurity progeny are assessed for dressage, he has a fair few going forward for eventing too. With his 2009 assessed stock now 6, it will be interesting to watch their careers in the competitive arena.

British Breeding Futurity Higher Premium Awards in Eventing

It is interesting that of the nine 2014 Futurity Higher Premium awards in eventing, 3 offspring are directly sired by Trakhener stallions (One by Woodcroft Garuda K)

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Dowland KO Bo Diddley

Dowland K.O. Bo Diddley : Brownscombe Stud


A small but perfectly formed Dowland K.O. Bo Diddley BWBS Stallion standing at Brownscombe Stud.

A BWBS 15hh Trakhener, Dowland K.O. Bo Diddley, an ideal sire to produce competition ponies and small competition horses. Considered by the grading judges to be “an improver type with good elasticity”, Dowland K.O. Bo Diddley was The Reserve Champion of the Sports Pony Studbook Society at the 2009 Grading and made history by becoming the first pure Trakehner to Grade as a Sports Pony Stallion, Dowland K.O. Bo Diddley carries some of the best dressage bloodlines.

Dowland K.O. Bo Diddley has an outstanding temperament and a superb loose jump. He carries some of the best dressage bloodlines and his foals, out of a variety of mares, have all inherited his lovely athletic movement and temperament. His oldest progeny will be backed in 2014/5. Horse Scout is looking forward to seeing their profiles uploaded and watching their progress.

At his grading, Dowland K.O. Bo Diddleyey scored a nine for his canter, which was described by the judges Lynne Crowden and Geoff Glazzard as “athletic” with “good cadence and engagement of hindquarters”. The judges described his loose jumping as having “natural freedom and a lot of scope”.

Bo has been backed and brought on slowly, and is proving to be exceptionally trainable.

Dowland K.O. Bo Diddleys’ sire Holme Park Kalibre is a full brother to the graded Trakehner stallion Holme Park Krug. Kalibre is no longer entire and Bo is his only entire son, and his Dam Holme Grove Cezanne is a graded BWBS pony mare.

This is a lovely small stallion and well worth checking out.

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