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Horse racing is a highly competitive sport that pushes horses and their riders to compete against each other, either on flat race course or over fences.

NEW FEMALE TALENT FOR HORSE SCOUT: AMY MURPHY

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“There isn’t much life outside horses but I’ve never been one for shopping anyway” confesses racehorse trainer Amy Murphy. A familiar tale among Equestrians. Ellie Kelly caught up with Horse Scout’s latest advocate about racing dreams, being a woman in a man’s world and unhealthy eating habits.

At 24 years, many young people are still working out what to do with their life but Amy Murphy was already making waves in the racing world. Last August she gained her trainer’s license, departed from the security of a job as Assistant Trainer and set up a race yard, becoming the youngest trainer in Britain.  Her first season got off to a phenomenal start with nine winners and 12 placings from just 30 runners.

Amy Murphy Racing

Training racehorses was the dream from her early pony-mad childhood days. “I was in the Pony Club and did a lot of hunting but I was bitten by the racing bug” Amy explains. I started riding out for local trainers at 15 years old and I became fascinated by the training, buying, management and everything else involved in the industry. I loved the perfectionism and attention to minor details that could be the difference to winning or losing. So I decided that is what I wanted to do.”

Amy’s racing pedigree is excellent- her father Paul is a highly regarded breeder of Flat and National Hunt horses and she grew up on Whychnor Park Stud in Staffordshire deeply entrenched in the world of racing. “Whenever dad had a runner I was always sick that day so I could go to the races,” Murphy laughs. “But Dad was clear with me and told me that I had to get an education before I went into racing.”

Amy Murphy Racing

This started at Hartpury College where Amy completed a course in Equine Science. On finishing here she went straight into getting practical experience. ”I wanted to learn from the best” she says. This included a job with trainer Tom Dascombe before a winter spent in Sydney with leading female trainer Gai Waterhouse. On her return, Amy was then offered an enviable position as Assistant Trainer to Luca Cumani, arguably one of the best flat trainers in the world. This was followed by a stint with one of the best known National Hunt trainers, Nicky Henderson.

After less than a year training from her base Hamilton Stables in Newmarket, Amy has already amassed 27 horses with 12 owners- a mix of Flat and National Hunt horses. These include a Middle Eastern Royalty and Amy is just setting up an affordable racing club “so people can enjoy the social side without huge outlay” she explains. “It’s a small operation at the moment but my dream is to get the business off the ground and eventually be a big trainer with 100 horses” she says “In the short term it’s about keeping my horses healthy and fit”.

And being a woman in a heavily male dominated world? “It just makes me more determined” she states. “It’s certainly never put me off. Although racing is changing and woman are proving they can do it, both as trainers and jockeys.”

Amy Murphy Racing

A typical day starts around 5am and finishes around 6pm and Amy rides out on the gallops with the other stable staff. Unsurprisingly, Amy’s year round season allows for few days off. “It’s seven days a week most of the time but I take the odd Sunday off, which I like to spend with my family” she says.

As well as training and overseeing the day-to-day running of the yard, Amy deals with much of the admin and promoting the business. “Horse Scout will be a great asset to my business in terms of marketing and building up my network” she says.

LAST BOOK YOU READ- AP McCoy’s Autobiography.

HOW DO YOU START YOUR DAY- A Coffee with lots of sugar.

GUILTY PLEASURE- Galaxy chocolate. WHAT COULD YOU NOT

LIVE WITHOUT- My Labrador puppy, Milo.

BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON YOUR CAREER SO FAR- There are so many! Obviously all the trainers I have worked for but also my Dad, Paul Murphy. He has been a real mentor, particularly on the business side.

PHILOSPOHY-  You never stop learning. Anywhere I go, I walk in with open eyes.

To find out more about Amy Murphy or her racing club visit www.amymurphyracing.com

Amy Murphy Racing

 

 


Licenced AES Stallion Footloose LG

AES Licensed Stallion Footloose LG

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 AES Licensed Stallion Footloose LG is the perfect choice as an improver stallion particularly for eventing or showjumping.  He has great genetics on both his sire (Numero Uno) and his dam (Ushi Picciano) sides with Keur and St Pref gradings featuring heavily on both sides.

Licensed with the Anglo European StudbookFootloose is a stallion with the right genetics for the future of British Breeding

Footloose is well built with powerful hindquarters offering exceptional hip hock alignment giving him a strong and powerful hind leg action, his sire, Numero Uno, gained a 9 for his explosive take off at his grading. For breeders looking for a stallion to bring quality, temperament and innate jumping ability along with an injection of TB quality (vvv Lady KillerXX) this lovely sports horse stallion has to be a good choice.

His Sire Numero Uno (Libero H v Langraf 1) has bred a prolific number of proven performance horses, mostly in show jumping but also in the other disciplines and has earned himself Keur rating in the KWPN Studbook with a breeding value in the 140’s (NL) scoring 97% reliability as a jumping stallion for the last two years and consistently in the mid to high 90’s since 2009 as a jumping stallion and was judged as an excellent jumper with a good potential for dressage. Numero Uno’s progeny have been judged at grading shows as having well made rectangular bodies with long necks which are well muscled a steep jumping shoulder and excellent jumping hind legs. Their conformation allowing flexibility, strength and agility.  In 2013 WBSFH Numero Uno was in the top ten rankings for Show Jumping Sires along with Baboulet De  Rouet, Kannan,Coronet Obolensky, Diament de Semilly and Contendro 1 all also listed on the Stallion listings on Horse Scouts Website and also with information and reviews on our Blog.

Footloose’s dam line is also impressive Ushi Picciana is a Keur Mare with by Royal Bravoir (another horse with a high jumping breeding coefficient) who was, himself, a grand prix show jumper breeding an impressive number of jumpers (including Ushi Picciana). Ushi Picciana x Daisy, a state premium Keur mare, who bred 7 offspring including grand prix jumper Tatum and Arriba, both also Keur mares.

This handsome well made stallion is, of course,  still young and it will be interesting to see his career unfold.  Horse Scout is pleased to have this useful stallion profiled on its web site.  To connect with LG Sports horses or to link through to the  AES Licensed  Stallion Footloose LG please use this link.


Eldorado – This stallion is striking in every sense: Will he be gold?

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WSC Dressage’s wonderful young horse Eldorado is competing consistently and causing a stir with dressage judges and attracting new admirers at every outing. Eldorado has demonstrated all the desirable traits of a dressage stallion and the showed his superior qualities in the dressage arena as a 4 year old which points to, potentially, a performance horse of the highest caliber.

Eldorado’s Horse Scout stallion listing shows that he was awarded with being the Reserve National Champion for 4 year old Dressage Horses at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, and that later on in the year, at the British Dressage National Championships he completely outshone his nearest rivals to go one better and become the 4 year old Potential International Dressage Horse National Champion. WSC Dressage and Eldorado have already swept the board at Novice, Elementary and Medium. In normal tests Eldorado is praised for his excellent gaits and good submission time after time. He is currently winning Novice tests with up to 78%.

WSC Dressage is very excited to present this truly spectacular young stallion. Eldorado has it all; excellent conformation and faultless mechanics in his basic paces with outstanding natural swing, suppleness and suspension. His natural talent is complimented with exceptional rideability and a first class temperament with a brilliant attitude to work. Every stride that Eldorado takes is uphill, with unrivalled impulsion, giving his rider a feeling of incredible controlled power. Eldorado demonstrated all of these qualities in the dressage arena as a 4 year old. He was awarded with being the Reserve National Champion for 4 year old Dressage Horses at the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, but later on in the year at the British Dressage National Championships he completely outshone his nearest rivals to go one better and become the 4 year old Potential International Dressage Horse National Champion. Eldorado is Anglo European Studbook (Approved) Breeders Elite and accepted for the Oldenburg 70 day test.

His sire Special D (S: Metall sire of Utopia) is himself a grand prix horse, and as a youngster was the Champion dressage horse of Holland as both a 4 and 5 year old in their Pavo Cup competition. On His Dams side Damiro (five 9’s and two 8.5s in his performance test) was the sire of champions in both the jumping arena and also Le Byou p. top USA Dressage sire.

 


A whirlwind on the Grand Prix Circuit: Gold Elite Stallion Typhoon S

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Typhoon S a Gold British Showjumping Elite Stallion standing for Select Stallions is a 17hh KWPN/Dutch Warmblood

This well made bay stallion Typhoon S is a British Breeding leader, a truly outstanding stallion. He has won multiple grand prix’s himself, while possessing all the traits desirable to breeders – a great brain, a super temperament along with all the scope, power and athleticism needed. He has the most trainable temperament and has a true desire to jump and win. Typhoon S has already been booked to cover some of the best mares in the country for 2015 and has a stand out listing on Horse Scouts’ Stallion Listing page.

His oldest progeny are now 6 years old; one particular outstanding son of Typhoon S is Freezing Rain who has been talked about throughout Europe after being the first British Bred horse to be Approved by the KWPN Studbook.

Typhoon S has an exemplary jumping pedigree in CALVADOS (URIEL/GOLDEN ROSE) International Grand Prix winner from a fantastic Grand Prix winning mare and a great dam’s family. He is also by one of France’s all time top Jumper sires. Its no surprise he’s proving such a good jumper sire with many really good 5 star GP offspring. Uriel is one of the all time leading jumper sires in France. He produced numerous good Grand Prix jumpers including ‘Naika de Baussy’ and ’Sissi de la Tour’, the top performers and sires ‘Rosire’, Rivage du Poncel’ and ‘Paladin des Ifs’. He is the dam’s sire of world champion jumper and successful sire ‘Dollar du Murier’ and his three parts sister ‘Dirka’ is mother to Olympic jumping medallist and leading sire ‘Quidam de Revel’………. His dam ‘Gold Rose’ by Alme’s sire Ibrahim, was herself a top international Grand Prix jumper on the French team winning the Grand Prix at Paris and Madrid and placing second in Lisbon, Barcelona and Hamburg…… Granddam ‘Jolie Rose’ produced 6 international jumpers.

His Dams breeding: NOBELLE S            LIBERO H and HURRICANE. The Holsteiner stallion Libero H (Landgraf I) is one of the most influential stallions of the decade both in sport and in breeding. With Jos Lansink, Libero H won a very impressive series of World Cup competitions and Grand Prix, highlight being the victory in the 1994 World Cup finals at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. With less than 600 offspring the number of international showjumping horses by him is truly remarkable with over 25% jumping at international level some of whom are listed below:

Castle Forbes Libertina (mv. Polydor, Jessica Kürten),

Lolita H (mv. Grannus, Toni Hassmann),

Castle Forbes Maike (mv. Lucky Boy xx, Jessica Kürten)

No Mercy (mv. Dillenburg, Christina Liebherr). Both Maike and No Mercy were successfully competing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. At the 2004 KWPN stallion selection the stallion Ustinov (v. Libero H) was awarded for his outstanding showjumping qualities by receiving the title KWPN Stallion Champion 2004.

So it is no surprise that this lovely and successful stallion has produced, among others, the rising star freezing Rain.

You can find Typhoons profile on www.horsescout.co.uk here: http://www.horsescout.co.uk/horses/profile/743

 


Oh D’Eole flies the final round at the Shanghai LGTC

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It’s the 10 YEAR anniversary of the world’s premier CSI5* show jumping championship, and it was Gregory Whathelet riding a Kannan son to victory at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Shanghi today who did a warp speed final round and virtually left his competitors standing.

Top international Grand Prix power jumper and French Super League teams player in his time. Kannan now produces huge numbers of international level jumpers, and to prove a point Kannan’s son D’Eole has speeded away with the top place at warp speed ahead Wathelet’s big win is the news on the Longines website tonight.

Just when you thought the world’s top riders could not go any faster, the final big 5* class today produced an exhilarating jump off rounding off a high calibre event in Shanghai.

In front of packed grandstands, Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet pulled off a breathtaking time of 42.51 on Oh d’Eole, the black mare who won the same competition last year with Kevin Staut.

The first round saw faults spread evenly across the course, although the treble combination caused a few upsets including a fall for Qatar’s Faleh Suweed Al Ajami and the grey gelding Come Soon who both left the arena unscathed.

Eleven riders went through to the jump off and they hit the accelerator in dramatic fashion for the 1.50/1.55m finale of the Chinese leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

It was a thrilling climax to the event delivering great sporting drama for the thousands of spectators and VIPs who made it a full house.

These horses, at the top of their sport,show that fighting spirit that Kannan passes to so many of his offspring. They have the heart and a willingness to work with you. In modern day sport your horse must be the full package – Kannan proves yet again why he is World Number 1! Kannan is the 2014 WBFSH number 1 jumping stallion. With a high ranking in the WBFSH 2014 rankings for eventing too.  Kannan stands at stud for The Stallion Company in Rodez, France. This amazing dark bay KWPN / Dutch Warmblood Stallion is 16.3hh.Bred by G Kramer van de Meer, Kannan is a tall rangey Stallion. Kannan has power, movement and scope;a horse who stands out from the crowd with presence style and a confirmation that brings with it an easy and elastic balance. WBFSH Stallion Rankings  #1 with 70 offspring with International ranking points with 2 in the top 100  and top ranked offspring on basis of international points won is Nino des Buissonnets (31st)

You can find Kannan’s profile on www.horsescout.co.uk or you can go directly to hi stallion profile page here on http://134.213.137.168/horses/profile/675

These horses, at the top of their sport,show that fighting spirit that Kannan passes to so many of his offspring. They have the heart and a willingness to work with you. In modern day sport your horse must be the full package – Kannan proves yet again why he is World Number 1! Kannan is the 2014 WBFSH number 1 jumping stallion. With a high ranking in the WBFSH 2014 rankings for eventing too.  Kannan stands at stud for The Stallion Company in Rodez, France. This amazing dark bay KWPN / Dutch Warmblood Stallion is 16.3hh.Bred by G Kramer van de Meer, Kannan is a tall rangey Stallion. Kannan has power, movement and scope;a horse who stands out from the crowd with presence style and a confirmation that brings with it an easy and elastic balance. WBFSH Stallion Rankings  #1 with 70 offspring with International ranking points with 2 in the top 100  and top ranked offspring on basis of international points won is Nino des Buissonnets (31st)

You can find Kannan’s profile on www.horsescout.co.uk or you can go directly to hi stallion profile page here on http://134.213.137.168/horses/profile/675

 


Retraining Race Horses – Showjumping Awards with RoR

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Retraining of Racehorses National Recognition Awards 2015 – Find a supporter in the Dragons Den and from a stable of professional show jumpers listed with Horse Scout.

Do you own are ore you thinking of taking on an ex racehorse and your area of interest is showjumping?

Horse scout has some epic professional show jumpers on its professional profiles page, Many of whom are experienced with rehabilitation techniques and would certainly be worth calling up if you would like to give this RoR scheme a go with your retired racehorse.

You would be in good company Deborah Meadon owns six horses – four of them retired ex-racehorses – and rides twice a day, four days a week. “I love riding and the challenges that horses bring,” she said. “There’s something very special about being around them.” She is an ambassador for the British Equestrian Federation’s Hoof project, which aims to get more people riding,

The entrepreneur told her audience at the recent BETA Trade Fair NEC, Birmingham, that her parents had not been able to afford to buy a horse when she was a child. “So I used to ride ponies on Minehead seafront,” she said. “In return for walking up and down with them, I was allowed to ride them back to the stable at night. My childhood dream was to be a showjumper.”

The British Showjumping Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) National Recognition Awards provide a focus for ex-racehorses that have started Showjumping with the national governing body. The Awards are open to those owners and riders of retrained racehorses that are registered with both British Showjumping and RoR.

A cash award will be given to the owners of the six highest graded horses that have been awarded the highest number of points during the twelve month period between 1st October 2014 and 30th September 2015 and the cash awards are broken down as follows: 1st – £2,500, 2nd – £500, 3rd – £500, 4th – £500, 5th – £500 and 6th – £500. To ensure as many retrained horses are given the opportunity of being recognised and encouraged to compete within a new discipline, previous title holders are not eligible for future consideration.

The previous winners are:
2010 - Emily Morris & Zolushka
2011 - Nicola Braidwood & Vite Etoile
2012 - Kathryn Ellison & Quel Ange
2013 - Isabelle Tomkins & Tanktastic
2014 – Jo Fulcher & Captain Willoughby

For further information about British Showjumping and the Retraining of Racehorses Recognition Awards, please contact the British Showjumping Membership Department on 02476 698824. To register your horse with Retraining of Racehorses please do so online by visiting www.ror.org.uk. ROR also has awards in Dressage, Eventing and showing.

Here are just some of the professionals who have taken advantage of free profiles on Horse scouts pages and if you are looking for a top trainer in your area click on their names to find out more.

Craig Hills – Basingstoke , Hampshire

Laura Jackson – warwickshire

Remy Ellis – Romsey, Hampshire

Ben Thomas – Suckley, Worcestershire

Harrison Polley – Maresfield, Ea

William Plunkett – Horsham, West Sussex

Ricki Hill – Benfleet, Essex


Lets Shout about – RoR Eventing Series – Horsescout has a perfect candidate for the series

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RoR supports the retraining of racehorses and there are several Eventing Series.  The RoR Elite Eventing Performance Award in association with British Eventing, the RoR/NTF Retrained Racehorse Event Championship, and the new RoR Grassroots Eventing Series.

Horse Scout has a perfect home-bred ex racehorse candidate for the RoR Eventing Series for sale in Ringwood. Malenfant – £10,000 He has a proven track record: 3rd Larkhill BE100 7th Goring Heath 100. His advert says he is easy to do in all ways, Snaffle Mouth. No Vices. Real Amateurs Dream. Perfect for Grassroots Championships etc

Overview or the RoR Eventing Series

All horses must be registered with RoR and have raced in GB.  Riders also need to register with BE.  A rider does not need to become a full BE member to start with as they are allowed to run on 4 Rider Day Passes per year, after this riders will have to become a BE member. Horses can run on as many Horse Day Passes as required throughout the year.

RoR Grassroots Eventing Series – New for 2015

Former racehorses registered with RoR and raced in GB can qualify for the RoR BE Grassroots Finals in any BE90 or BE100 section throughout the country.  The final will be held at Upton on Thursday 16th July, in two sections, BE90 and BE100 and will both be at Open Classes.

To qualify for the finals, horse and rider combinations must finish within the top 50% of their section with a clear cross country round and less than 16 show jumping faults.

RoR Elite Eventing Performance Award 2015, in association with British Eventing (BE), will offer a first prize of £2,500 and a second prize of £500.

To encourage competition, all previous winners (1st placed horses) will no longer be eligible to win 1st place in the same competition in subsequent years.

Points will be accumulated by British Eventing from their tables for the 2015 season starting in pre-novice BE100 up to advanced, and will be awarded from 1st to 6th place.

To enter for the award, owners or riders simply have to register their horses with RoR and BE (using their racing name please). Provided the horse is eligible, the points will accumulate automatically through the year.

The RoR Retrained Racehorse Event Championship is sponsored by the National Trainers Federation (NTF) and held at Barbury.  All horses must be registered with RoR and have raced in GB.

The Championship is open to any grade of horse and will run as an IN on a specific day during Barbury which takes place from 9th to 12th July 2015.  Entries will be accepted on a first come first accepted basis.  The top 10 will be invited to show jump again on Sunday 12th July for the top money.  Together the sponsors have put up a £6,000 prize-fund for the final.

Contact Barbury Castle at E: holly@barburyhorsetrials.co.uk, T: 01672 516125, W: www.barburyhorsetrials.co.uk


Horsey? You should know this!

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Paddock Side… National Hunt Racing, by Horse Scout racing  specialist Penny!

National Hunt is divided into two sections, hurdles and steeplechases. There are also races called ‘bumpers’ which are flat races for jumpers. However, for the purpose of our paddock observations I am ignoring these.

Quite often horses that have not shown any promise on the flat will be schooled and sent out to try their luck over hurdles. Many also start their career as hurdlers and remain so, or go on to steeplechase. A good example of this was Desert Orchid, a very famous thoroughbred that most of us will have heard of whether we are into racing or not.

Dessie (as he was affectionately known) began his career in 1983 over hurdles and had enough success to warrant being rated top class although he was not setting the world alight.  In 1985 he was switched to steeplechasing and it was then that a star emerged.  This discipline suited him so well that he became and remains one of the greatest chasers of all time.

He was a natural front runner, it was not in his nature to be a follower, a spectacular jumper, fast, accurate and immensely scopy – and had a will of iron. Giving up or giving in was not in his remit. What did we see as he walked around the paddock?

A big upstanding grey with a beautiful head, kind honest eye, good length of rein, deep chest (heart room) and very powerful quarters (big engine). His gait was active, straight and balanced with well engaged hocks, generating an ease of movement that belied his size.

In short, exactly what we are looking for in a horse that has the potential to outshine the rest.

So is that it then – well no. The good jumper comes in many guises and it is by no means a given that s/he will so obviously fit Dessie’s description. We can’t discount the compact or rangy, workmanlike or flashy, if the overall confirmation and attitude is good. When it comes down to it only one thing is going to make a good national hunt horse; it’s jumping ability. No matter how fast between fences, how balanced on the flat or how good it’s staying power, if the horse makes jumping errors ground will be lost and at worse, mistakes may result in a fall.

A little anecdote:

The Duke of Wellington’s famous horse Copenhagen, who was a grandson of the great racehorse Eclipse (and himself successfully raced), survived countless battles as a war horse. The most well known of which was the battle of Waterloo, where he carried the Duke for 17 hours without respite. After Copenhagen died, the Duke was quoted as saying, “There may have been faster horses, no doubt many handsomer, but for bottom and endurance I never saw his fellow”.

By bottom, he refers to Copenhagen’s courage – something our top class jumper must possess. Remember Desert Orchid’s ‘will of iron’.