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Leading Stallions At Stud Join Us

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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.

PERFORMANCE

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’.

Blackwater Equestrian almost done

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The news of one of the most prestigious livery yards setting up in Romsey, Hampshire is no longer village talk. Blackwater Equestrian has created a unique high specification yard including Olympic size floodlit area, stunning indoor barn, lit walk ways and industry competition professionals onsite: event rider Lucienne Elms , and Jump rider Remy Ellis will both be resident on with their owners, and horses.

Looking forward to their launch in December Blackwater will be holding regular clinics, and 2015 the cross county schooling field shall be built.

Training the young event horse

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Much like a healthy relationship between two people, the relationship between an perspective event horse and rider should aim for interdependence not codependence!

Eventing places demand for fast thinking, quick, and clever response. Horses in production and training mustn’t always rely upon the rider. When galloping down hill in mud, you must know the horse can assess and respect the fence at all levels.

Horses who always look to support will eventually come unstuck, owed to factors such as poor ground, loosing shoes, crowed distraction etc. A well trained jumper can be sharp, athletic, and brave even without a perfect distance. Regular grids, pole work, and help from knowledgeable trainers will assist this development. Every now and then they have to help you!

Horse Scout thought for the day – “train for interdependence the balance between horse and rider, not the horses codependence on you entirely!”

Promoting the event rider

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The average event rider struggles to stop for Christmas let alone weekends! Working all day everyday and making them inherently one of the worst relationship candidates there is.

Weekends are dark mornings, caffeine and lorry loading. At best home before dinner if not made the prize giving…

Weekdays are juggling liveries, teaching, sales horses, and dinners with clients. Week evenings often late, often unattractive , and tiered.

Putting such facts to one side- surely for all the input a little helping hand would be appreciated? Well fret no more ! Horse Scout has identified the dedication, and offers free advertising and promotion to riding professionals, and also their yards. The site helps them to be discovered, and expand business.

Have a look and let us know what you think. Here to help !

The Horse Scout Team

HISTORY IS MADE AT BURGHLEY

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HISTORY IS MADE AT BURGHLEY AS ANDREW NICHOLSON CLAIMS HAT-TRICK OF LAND ROVER BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS Avebury is the first horse in the history of the competition to win three times in succession

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/equestrianism/11080592/Andrew-Nicholson-makes-history-with-success-at-Burghley-Horse-Trials.html

Andrew Nicholson riding Avebury made history and produced a thrilling and faultless ride to win the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials for the third consecutive year. Antipodeans’ dominated the top slots with fellow Kiwi Jonathan Paget riding Clifton Promise was in 2nd place and Australian Sam Griffiths riding Happy Times dropped to 3rd place after an expensive show jumping round.

The cross-country course, designed by Captain Mark Philips, proved tricky owing to the slightly softer going and more humid conditions than riders were expecting. 24 horses were either eliminated or retired on the four mile course. Despite the good ground conditions the water elements in particular proved tough for many of the horse and rider partnerships, resulting in the 11 minute 19 second optimum time proving elusive. Sam Griffiths took an early lead, despite being held twice on the course, but was pipped at the end of the day by Andrew Nicholson who’s horse Avebury must know better than any horse.

With just 12 clear rounds from the 39 riders that started the final show jumping phase, Nicholson entered the arena knowing he needed a good performance in order to be crowned the victor. Whilst Sam took the pressure off by having two fences down, Jock Paget’s round was faultless The atmosphere was tense with silence falling amongst the crowd for Nicholson’s round. The sell-out grandstands went wild when they cleared the final double.

He concluded: “I didn’t feel that cool during that I can tell you. He’s a good jumper, he’s been there and done it all, I don’t have to worry about him getting nervous with all the people I just have to keep calm and ride him like I normally ride him. It’s a big team effort when you have a horse like this who has now won this three times in a row, they’re as passionate as I am that he does well. For me, I’ve had a very bad year this year, I threw away Badminton on Nereo, and I shouldn’t have fallen off when I did. The World Equestrian Games, I was ninth when I wanted to get a medal so I’ve been putting quite a lot of pressure on him to win here. Hopefully I will be able to go to Kentucky and go for the Rolex Grand Slam but I am a little light on horses at the moment, so we will assess in February and see how we are going.”

 

For those who didn’t watch the Burghley coverage on BBC 2, Clare Balding rounded up Burghley with an equestrian review of the season which took place on the Lion Bridge. She was joined by Ben Maher and Harry Meade both of whom reflected on their own personal highs and lows this season. Harry who’s horse Wild Lone collapsed and died at The World Equestrian Games described his experience out there as being the exciting but at the same time the most heart-breaking of his life. And as those of us who have ridden and kept horses can vouch, that just about epitomises horses and equestrianism- excitement and heart-break!

 

WEG Cross Country

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World Number One William Fox-Pitt retakes the Lead

 

William Fox-Pitt showed why he is the world number one after a magnifient cross-country round, Chilli Morning. Fox-Pitt was 35th to go in the 90-strong field, over the extremely testing conditions at the Haras Du Pin site. He rode a masterful round with just 12 time faults taking all the direct routes in order to save energy and valuable time. Taking the risk paid off as he retook the lead he had after day one of Dressage.

“I could not have been more proud of my horse, he just tried really, really hard. The ground conditions were tough – every stride was tough, but he worked hard. I took him easy in the first part because the most important thing that Yogi Breisner said was “just get home – it is no good looking amazing for eight minutes and not getting home”. So I did waste a little time, but I certainly didn’t have much petrol in the tank at the end. I am so proud of him as he kept on trying. He deserves what he achieved today and there is nothing I can do now – we will have to see what happens but I am very relieved.”
The 35-fence course proved extremely testing with 60 competitors completing the course and no competitors finishing within the optimum time. Two fences were removed from the final competition before the start in deference to the testing ground conditions after torrential rain earlier in the week. Just 10 points now separate the top 10 placings, and one penalty fence in tomorrow’s deciding show jumping phase covers the top five riders. It will be an extremely tense finale to an outstanding Eventing competition, with the home nation’s hopes resting on Maxime Livio (FRA) riding Qalao Des Mers, who is in eighth position. Germany are in a very strong position, with overnight leader Sandra Auffarth lying in second place and Michael Jung in third place. New Zealand take up fourth and fifth position with Jonelle Price and Andrew Nicholson respectively, and will be hoping to go one better than their team Bronze position at the 2010 World Equestrian Games held at the Rolex Stadium in Kentucky. British team member Zara Phillips, showed all her skills as a previous World Champion by steering her horse High Kingdom around the challenging cross-country course, with a stunning clear round. Commenting on her ride Phillips said, “I really enjoyed being first out for the Brits as you can just go out and ride it, and go straight, and get on with it. I know how good my horse is and to go out and get a clear round for the team is great. You’ve really got to be sensible out there and just get them home. You’ve got to look after them and just make sure you keep jumping.” Having been World Champion in 2006 in Aachen, Phillips knows exactly what it takes to win and will be going in to the final show jumping phase of the competition at the Stade D’Ornarno in Caen full of confidence, and hoping to secure another top podium finish.

 

The day was marred by sadness when Wild Lone ridden by British rider Harry Meade collapsed and died after jumping clear cross-country.