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Catherston Liberator Thoroughbred Event Stallion

A Thoroughbred Stallion for Eventing Catherston Liberator


A Thoroughbred Stallion for Eventing Catherston Liberator is the ideal improver Stallion

A Thoroughbred Eventing Stallion with so many strings to his bow.  Not only has he had a very successful career in a wide range of disciplines but his progeny too are showing clear star quality themselves.

Top sire young horses aged 4-8 ranked 14 (296 points) and 10th with 397 points in 2013 with British Eventing

Catherston Liberator shows just why he is the thoroughbred stallion for eventing with his own concrete career in the event world gaining  66 points British Eventing and in the money at every event in his last season and taking 12 points for each of his last three wins at Longleat, Wilton and Somerly Park Intermediates.


In 2007 cousins, Catherston Dazzler (x Welton Gazelle Catherston Liberators Grand dam) and Catherston Liberator where both ranked in the Futurity Stallion Rannkings for three progeny with the highest scores as Dressage Sires


Catherston Liberator is an impressively well made stallion with the classic good looks of the best of thoroughbreds. His head and neck are set well on a good shoulder with a great coupling front to back and he stands four square.  He raced for eight years proving just how good his conformation is and how well his lovely well made legs have served him.

A Career that proves Catherston Liberator is the right Throughbred Stallion for Eventing Breeding

He followed racing with a career in Dressage (435 points: Advanced) and also taking a fair sized pot in the showjumping arena (£346: Grade C) and finished at the top of his game in Eventing (66 points: Advanced). Not content to rest on his laurels he has since been a schoolmaster at Advanced Medium for Jennie Lorsiton Clarks daughter and also taken the ribbons in Veteran Classes at the National Hunter Show classes too.

He has returned from Langaller Farm in Bovey Tracey, after five years, to stand at Catherston Stud and would make a valuable contribution to both amateur and professional breeding programmes.

Breeding that makes a Thoroughbred Stallion right for Eventing

Catherston Dazzlers’ sire Liboi ran 71 races both on the flat and over hurdles. He won 10 races and was placed in 23. That is a seriously impressive success rate!.  He was also a tough thoroughbred who retired sound despite an intense career on the track. He certainly deserved his Champion TB Stallion at the Ponies of Britain Show in both 1984 and 85.  He also took the reserve Champion (over 14.2hh) at the Essex County Show in 1987.

Loboi sired winners in both flat and hurdle racing and also in the show ring.  His other noteworthy progeny is the Graded Stallion Grand Prix Dressage Catherston Humbug.

His dam, Catherston Jetstream, had great breeding lines.  By the Dutch horse Jashin, who was sire of Olympic horse Sunny Boy and Beau Bravado.  Catherston Jetstream was a very successful Show Jumper with earning £2,000 in winnings.  Catherson Jetstream bred 5 foals. Her own progeny taking top places at Futurity  and her daughter Catherston Dream Machine bred Catherston What A Dream, a sliver medal British Warmblood who competed at Small Tour and also Catherston Springstream who took Champion Hunter as a foal and is successfully competing BSJA.


For Breeders looking for Catherston Liberator , he stands at the Catherston in Stockbridge, Hampshire and has a Stallion profile on Horse Scouts’ website.  Use this link to find out more about his successful progeny.

Catherston Dazzler, British Sports Horse Stallion

British Sports Horse Stallion: Catherston Dazzler


Catherston Studs British Sports Horse Stallion Catherston Dazzler puts a sparkle in the eye of serious breeders

British Sports Horse Stallion Catherston Dazzler a Dual Purpose Improver Stallion with toughness, stamina and jump’ability, presence and grace built in, has Frozen Semen available to slected mares worldwide. He stood a good 16.1hh was and a traditional solid dark bay.

Catherston Dazzler a World Ranked British Sports Horse Stallion

In 2000 Catherston Dazzler was ranked 6th in the World Breeding Federation ranks. A leading WBF Ranked Stallion and held the record as the youngest stallion with the most proven performance horses competing. Today five years on he is still considered one of the Event worlds most serious breeding assets. His eventing  progeny are now competing on the Olympic Stage and are themselves internationally recognised competing Sydney Olympics, Badminton, Burghley and Rome in 2000 and this earned  him a life time achievement award in 202 from the supporters of British Breeding

Catherston Dazzler was by The Catherston Studs’ Foundation Stallion Dutch Courage Jennie Loriston Clarkes Bronze Medal Winning Olympic Dressage Ride out of Welton Gazelle, an advanced Event mare. Welton Gazelle is the dam of Summersong (Marie Christine Duroys’ Bedminton ride who stands in France). Catherston Dazzlers Progeny sire of some very successful event horses.

The list of British Sports Horses that he sired is impressive.

Catherston Dazzler is the Sire of:

Hyde Park Corner – 9th Individual Sydney Olympics 2000. 4th Fairhill 3 Day Event USA. Exported.

Broadstone Harvest Moon Winner Radnor 3 Day Event, USA International 3 Day Eventer

Leading Edge Team Gold and 4th Individual in Rome 2000. Member of the Young Riders European Squad 2000.

187 points, 1st Hopton Court AI, 3rd Peper Harrow, 5th Tidworth OI, 13th, 17th Osberton.

Benridge Sparkler 140 BD points, 77 BE and £25 BSJA.

128 BE points.

La Sylphide £1,243 BSJA winnings.

Indica Dazzler 4th Dutch National Dressage Championships 1994.

*** – Dazzling Effects, Midnight Dazzler

* – Burgie

Advanced – Faerie Dazzler Sir Lancelot,  Lady Guinevere

Eventers Dazzling Light  Snow, Dazzler , Sun Dazzler

Dual Purpose horse Razzle Dazzle 41 BE points, 33 BD points.

Show Jumper Daninos with  £2,300 winnings BSJA.

Not only was Catherston Dazzler a Grand Prix Dressage Horse but he was also a proven Event Horse and won other important championships such as the best potential competition horse championships.  This stallion shows everything that is best about the British Sports Horse breeding Program.

Graded BSHR No 3 SHB – GB Graded NTR 30167 BHD No 10

You can find Catherston Dazzlers Pedigree and details on the Horse Scout Web Site, along with details of other stallions standing at the Catherston Stud

Catherston Dazzler – Catherston Stud Stockbridge, Hampshire



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.






Jennie Loriston Clarke profiled professional rider on Horse Socut

Jennie Loriston Clarke: Profiled Professional Rider


Horse Scout Profiled Professional rider: Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE, FBHS, NPSD: an Icon of British Equestrianism.

A guru, an inspiration and an aspiration to so many in her long career, a main stay of the horse world.  From serious professional to grass roots riders confidence is given by her presence on so many committees. She has now stepped down as Chair of British Dressage after seven years at the helm but remains a key player on so many others. Her advice and expertise is a sought after commodity in so many areas of the equestrian industry. She has recently re editioned her book Lunging and Long reining – one of the most comprehensive “how to” guides I think I have ever read. Every eventuality and horse language nuance is covered, and obviously written by drawing on her deep knowledge gained through hands on experiences over her 45 year career at the top of her game. She has also written three other really helpful and informative books. The Illustrated Guide to Dressage, Young Horse Breaking and Training and also a Complete Guide To Dressage. She also has a “Successful Dressage” Series out on DVD.


Biography of Jennie Loriston Clarke

Virtually born in a saddle her Brother, Michael Bullen, and sister, Jane (nee Bullen) Holderness Rodden, where also international and Olympic Riders who represented Great Britain successfully on the Eventing Teams. Another sister, Sarah, famously featured in international Velvet (as Beth). A film which also featured Jane as “a rider”. Her Mother Anne Bullen, who was an accomplished Artist/Illustrator, founded the Catherston Stud in 1949,would often paint her (six) children and their ponies. Jennie Loriston Clark commented in an Horse and Hound interview that she “was not sure if her mother ever slept”!


Jennie Loriston Clarke has, herself, represented Great Britain on Olympic Teams four times, her first at the age of 29 at the Munchen Games riding Kadett who she also took to the Montreal Games. Her next Olympic ride was on Prince Consort in the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984 followed four years later with the incredible Dutch Gold on whom she won a Bronze Medal at the World Games. She followed Dutch Gold with Dutch Courage who she trainer herself from the age of three, who came over from Holland. Initially he was a very difficult ride but with Jennies’ patience he proved himself and was then put to stud. Stamping his stock well and becoming a key foundation of the Catherston Stud.


Jennie Loriston Clarkes’ famous career with these successful horses has undoubtedly benefitted from her wide experience in the other disciplines. She has ridden Point to Point, evented, shown hunters…. The list is possibly endless.


Jennie has now handed the reins of Catherston Stud to her Daughter Anne Dicker and her husband Brian, took over in 2011 and moved their staff with them to Catherston Stud from Hurstbourne Equestrain Centre which they had established in 2001.

Jennie is still a large presence in the breeding world. Jennie was the first Briton to be invited to Judge the World Breeding Championships in Verden she has stood as judge for World Cup Dressage Qualifiers and was on the jury at the Finals in Amsterdam in 2005 and is an Evaluator for the British Equestrian Federations Futurity Scheme which evaluates Britain’s potential performance horses as foals, yearlings and three year olds awarding points which then indicate the likely performance careers. An elite premium indicates that the horse has the potential and outlook to perform at international level.


Sought after as a panel judge Jennie still judges at events, and shows and is invited to speak all over the world. Jennie Lorsiton Clark is a Profiled Professional Rider on Horse Scout and you can use this link to find out more about her and also to follow her.


We have several blogs on the Catherson horses

Breeding performance Horses: Catherston Springsteen

News Update from the Catherston Stud at the beginning of the breeding season

A short piece of Timolin their star stallion 

A review of Event Breeding Bloodlines 


Photograph by Bob Langrish

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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Opposition Bombshell

Eventing Bloodlines Stallion: Opposition Bombshell


Opposition Bombshell – what a stunner! Catherston Stud Hampshire Sports Performance Stallion bred to Event.

Handsome and strong black 16hh Trakehner Stallion Opposition Bombshell is a very eye-catching horse with tremendous presence, a beautiful head and  a good length of rein.

His paces are bold, expressive, and off the ground. Opposition Bomshell is standing at The Catherston Stud in Hampshire. His profile on Horse Scout shows he is SHB – GB Graded Fully Licenced with the AESB.

Unfortunately as a 4 year old opposition, Bombshell injured himself in the field so has not competed himself. He had four foals in his first crop in 2012, 3 of whom were presented at the BEF Futurity Evaluations, all 3 were awarded Higher Firsts, which gained opposition Bombshell 2nd in the Eventing Stallion Rankings.

He is standing 3rd in the All Time Sire Component Rankings on the BEF Futurity List.

He would make an excellent choice for breeders looking to add some quality: All-rounder, Dressage, Eventer, Jumpers / Show Jumper, Showing, Sports General.

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Stallion at Stud Timolin


View our exceptional stallion at stud Timolin here

Timolin  is an elegant, light-footed stallion of exceptional quality showing outstanding paces with a lot of athleticism as is shown in his jumping ability. Heads turn where ever he walks with him eluding presence and natural self-carriage. He is thought to be a refining sire and is expected to produce quality foals for dressage and probably for eventing with his ground covering strides and great jumping ability. His temperament is ideal for both disciplines.

His Sire, Totilas was World and European Dressage Champion, the first horse to win all three available gold medals at a World Equestrian Games in 2010. His name is legendary and was the first dressage horse to top 90% at Grand Prix level and at that time held 3 world record scores.

His dam, the International Small Tour Dressage mare Samira, was ridden by Jane Gregory and is by the Dutch stallion Sion.

Timolin was presented at the BEF Futurity as a yearling in 2012 where he was awarded the Overall highest score of all Dressage Yearlings with a score of 9.38. A very good Elite score.

Stallion at Stud


Perfect British Riding Pony Stallion Littledale Bright Star

Graded with the Sports Pony Studbook Society Littledale Bright Star breeds up to height, introducing quality and movement to all his stock. He has been described as a “supremely talented horse in a ponies’ body”.Littledale Bright Star has competed in BSJA, but due to the lack of a suitable small jockey has only been very lightly competed under saddle.His wonderful temperament has enabled him to do a variety of disciplines including driving and vaulting. He has a wonderful jump and whenever the horses are being jumped Bright Star joins in too! He has wonderful, floating movement with tremendous ground cover, very quick and agile with an abundance of presence.His Sire, Catherston Nightsafe is one of the most famous pony stallions ever produced in this country. A prolific winner in-hand and under saddle, Catherston Nightsafe was the Lloyds Bank Supreme In-Hand Champion at the Royal Bath & West, Supreme Champion at the National Pony Show, West Midland Stallion Show, New Forest Stallion Show. Catherston Nightsafe had lifetime breeding permission in Germany where he was leased for 2 seasons and his first foals there included both the National Male and Female 2 year old champions. Nightsafe can be found in the pedigrees of most of the best dressage ponies in Germany.His dam, Gwersyllt Town Mouse, was a much loved lead-rein, first ridden pony of impeccable breeding with some of the best Welsh and riding pony bloodlines available.Botingelle Kingfisher was a prolific sire of ponies in the showring and Coed Coch Asa was probably one of the most famous Welsh Pony Stallions of his time.Like his dam, Littledale Bright Star has the temperament to be ridden by a child as can be seen here where he is being jumped by 10 year old James Whitacker. He was also ridden by Charlotte Dicker since she was 6 years old. Charlotte was vaulting on him as well as riding him at the Stallion Viewing Days at Hartpury and Addington when she was 12 years old.

HorseScout’s Update on Futurity Awards


Catherston Stud’s Timolin Scoops Futurity Award for the third time with the Billy Stud taking 3 young horse awards.

If you are looking for Stallions for this season take a look at Horse Scouts Stallion Page where you can find contact profiles for two dozen top class Sports Horse stallions including Timolin who stands at Catherston Stud and the “Billy” Stud too.

The 3 year Olds award went to Timolin, who was winning a Futurity award for the third time, bred by Aram Gregory, this colt is destined for a dressage and stud career, having recently been purchased by Catherston Stud. Other winners in the Futurity age awards are, Rosie Moreton-Deakin who picked up the foal award for breeding Fiderstar, a potential dressage prospect. Zoe Feeney collected the yearling award for Just Soda No Ice, a show jumping prospect. The two-year old award went to Summertime Blues bred by Lynne Crowden.

The Young Horse Awards for the three disciplines saw a range of breeders step forward to collect their awards and the Billy Stud collected the five year-old and seven year-old British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medals On for Billy Walk On and Billy Cuckoo – and the five year-old showjumping award for Billy On Ice. Amongst the other winners was Sharon Bishop who now has three British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medals as breeder of Parkfield Quintessential; the four year-old, five year-old and now six year-old winner of this prestigious award and River Rise Escarla took the five year-old dressage award, bred by Sarah Tyler Evans by the KWPN stallion Lord Leatherdale.



Dressage Stallion


Opposition Bombshell is a very eye-catching horse with tremendous presence, a beautiful head and next, and a good length of rein. His paces are bold, expressive, and off the ground. his temperament is superb. Unfortunately as a 4 year old Opposition Bombshell unjured himself in the field, so has not competed himself. His first crop of foals earned him 2nd Ranked Stallion from the BEF Futurity Eventing Section He has had four foals in 2012, 3 of whom were presented at the BEF Futurity Evaluations, all 3 were awarded Higher Firsts, which gained Opposition Bombshell 2nd in the Eventing Stallion Rankings. He is standing 3rd in the All Time Sire Component Rankings on the BEF Futurity List. Opposition Bombshell is a very eye catching horse with tremendous presence, a beautiful head and neck and a good length of rein. His paces are bold, expressive and off the ground. His temperament is superb. Unfortunately as a 4 year old Opposition Bombshell injured himself in the field so has not competed himself. He has had a few foals in 2012, 3 of whom were presented at the BEF Futurity Evaluations. All 3 were awarded Higher Firsts, which gained Opposition Bombshell 2nd in the Eventing Stallion Rankings.