Catherston Stud has now placed one of their most versatile stallions: Catherston Springsteen is perhaps one of the most exciting horses Catherston Stud
has bred to date. He is an eye-catching horse with tremendous presence, a beautiful head and neck and good length of rein. His paces are bold, expressive and off the ground and that is what makes him so special.
SIRE:- Dutch Dream was gelded and exported to the USA as a 6 year old where he competed to Intermediarre II level. Dutch Dream was by the International Grand Prix Dressage & Intermediate Eventer Dutch Gold, out of a mare by Donauwind who sired the Los Angeles Silver Medal winning show jumper Abdullah. Dutch Dream was also the sire of Catherston Dream Machine, winner of the inaugural potential Dressage horse at BEF Futurity Evaluation and dam of Catherston What a Dream, International Small Tour Dressage Horse, BWBS Silver Medal winning mare and Res Ch Potential Dressage Horse at the 2nd Futurity Series.
DAM Our Spring Fancy, by the Dutch sire Saks, jumped to Grade B level with Paul Crago before retiring to stud. She won the Pycombe Derby and also won and was placed in several Grade C classes.. She bred several notable foals, the advanced eventer, Catherston Gold Spring; Advanced Dressage horse, Catherston Spring Edition; Catherston Saxaphone who is now competing at Grand Prix level in dressage.
GRAND-DAM Spring Fever, by the TB Middle Temple was an International Show-jumper and winner of the Queen Elizabeth Cup at the Royal International Horse Show in 1962. Spring Fever, ridden by Judy Crago, represented Great Britain at numerous International shows between 1960 – 67 and was a member of 8 Nations Cup Teams. Spring Fever also bred Autumn Folly who was short listed for the Olympics with Paul Crago. One notable year at Wales and the West, 3 of her offspring won classes on the same day. Autumn Folly, Grade A & Olympic Trial, Spring Fancy won the Grade C & Young Rider Class, Summer Games won the Foxhunter.
Catherston Springsteen qualified for the finals of the Rhinegold Potential Dressage Horse at the European Championships at Hickstead in 2003 and was short listed for the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses. He also qualified for the British Dressage National Championships Advanced Medium and Prix St Georges in 2005.
By 10 years old he was competing Grand Prix. He won the Grand Prix to Music classes at the College Premier League and Wellington Premier League Shows. He was also 2nd in the Grand Prix Special at Wellington. At the National Championships in 2007 he was 4th in the Intermediarre II, Grand Prix Musical 4th & 6th in the Grand Prix. Saumur CDI ,he was 2nd Int II, 7th Grand Prix and 7th in the GP music. He has recently returned to work following an injury sustained in the field.
He has started the 2010 season in grand style winning the Grand Prix Special at Swolle Stallion Show in Holland and then he qualified for the National Championships most years at Grand Prix where he has always been in the top 12. Springsteen is now training Jennie’s grand-daughter in the finer points of Junior dressage and are Longlisted for the Junior European Dressage Championships.
This horse has an extraordinary temperament and lovely manners both in and out of the stable. He has passed these qualities onto his stock and all reports from delighted owners remark how easy and straightforward Springsteen stock are.
Catherston Springsteen is also a very bold and careful jumper and he has pased this quality onto his progeny who are alrady winning in Horse Trials and Showjumping classes. A kind and sensible nature with paces and jumping abiility all rolled into one -he must be the stallion to help breeders breed their ‘dream horse’.