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Amour G Tobiano Warmblood Stallion

Tobiano Warmblood Stallion: AMOUR G


Amour G: A key player at Team Torrent with Pippa Childerhouse in Norfolk, a Tobiano Warmblood Stallion; a star on the rise in the dressage arena.

Eye catching and successful in the competition arena, Amour G is a KWPN/Dutch Warmblood Tobiano Dressage Stallion standing 16.2hh.

There is no doubting his credentials to breed serious competition horses, but what went into breeding this Tobiano Warmblood Stallion?

Amour Gs’ Sire line Goshka Ringo, maternal grandson of Olympic Ferro and Purioso on the sire line, Purioso was the sire of Bonfire and Cocktail (sire of the 2006 KWPN Stallion of the year Jazz)

Purioso (son of Show jumping sire legend Furioso) produced three Olympic sons including Bonfire and Cocktail, who is the sire of Jazz, the 2006 KWPN stallion of the year.

His dams line is equally impressive with May Sherif sire of two progeny competing at the Soel Olympic Games in 1988.

Armour G is not just a pedigree. He has proved over and again that he has the presence and movement which is essential for a successful competitive career and also passes a strong stamp on his progeny. He also has a kind and gentle nature which makes him ideal for producing sensible riding horses for the amateur rider too. There is no denying that Armour G is so much more than a pretty face and a coloured coat!

As a Tobiano Warmblood competing as a Stallion in the dressage Arena, how does Amour G size up?

Amour G has both Olympic dressage and show jumping stars on both sides of his pedigree and these fantastic family members have influenced him and the way he is made. He has three loose, rhythmic elevated paces and a very good length of rein.

So maybe its no surprise that he was awarded Elite First Premiums for both Dressage AND show jumping. His lowest grading was 9 (out of 10).  His comments included very favourable remarks on his walk, his good hind leg, his scope and his switched on approach at his BEF grading.

He has been licensed with the AES, and graded with the SHB(GB) and WBS-UK in the Sports Horse Register (champion)

Amour G had a consistent dressage career to date and is now working well in  Advanced levels with impressive scores of up to 78.8%. He is aimed at PSG for this 2015 season with his new rider GB team member Nikki Crisp. Horse Scout wished them the very best in their new partnership and feels sure that the compliments from those judging him will continue along the same lines as previously. i.e. “a pleasure to judge!” “Impressive” and “A sure talent for the future”, and Horse Scout Blogger is sure the words of the Olympic Judge who described him as “world class” are not short of the mark, and Nikki Crisp certainly feels the same way about this lovely Tobiano Dressage Stallion.

Amour G has also competed under BSJA rules to Newcomers and also shows a bold but careful X-country flair. To cap it all he has also bee successful in the show ring where he has been lightly shown. With valuable accolades he was the winner of many sport horse classes and championships and won the coveted BSPA Superstar In Hand Championship twice.

Young Stock progress for this lovely Tobainao Dressage stallion, Amour G a KWPN/Dutch Warmblood.

His first progeny where born in 2010 and, with the older ones now under saddle, there is a definite trend towards success in them too. Armour Gs’ progeny are winning in the show ring at county level and there is an impressive count of BEF Higher First Futurity winners. His young stock having recently (June this year) been winning yearling Sporthorse classes and successes in Event Youngstock classes.

Youngstock from this gorgeous Tobiano Dressage Stallion may not always carry his colouring but they definitely are using his super genes to good effect in their competitive endeavours where class, integrity and superior quality as paramount.

TT Amika, (Amour G x Medoc x Louella Inschallah) BEF scores of 9 for her attitude and athleticism, and 9.25 for her trot which was elastic, uphill and rhythmic with particular compliments on her good movement behind scoring her the third highest mark of the day from 66 starters.

TT Amikas’ great score was topped, though, by her sibling in Achak Zan-Amour, who was graded 10 for atittude at the BEF Futurity.

First Kiss, a coloured filly by Amour G ex Dolphin Beech (TB) 1st in the  Sporthorse foal class, Suffolk County show.

2yr old gelding by Amour G placed 2nd on his first ever outing at the Royal Norfolk in the Sporthorse class.

First Kiss, 1st  2yr old Sporthorse class plus overall championship at Herts County.

Fleur de L’Amour Eventing foal section BEF Futurity Premium of 8.96

Kellythorpes Adonis G 2nd at Bucks County sporthorse class.

A Little Miracle 1st in Sporthorse foal class and foal championship at Oxford & Thame County show.

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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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Woodlander Wales

Dressage Pony Stallions: Woodlander Wales


The smartest of Dressage Pony Stallions, Futurity Sports Pony record holder ‘Woodlander Wales’

At 14.1hh, Woodlander Wales is small but perfectly formed. With the sweetest of temperaments given to him by his father Woolander Wavavoom, he also has that powerful frame and picture-perfect presence which has already bought him top rankings three years running at the Futurity Sports Pony Awards in 2011, 12 and 13 (at the WBS UK – a record score of 85%)

Woodlander Studs’ Woodlander Wales is graded WBS-UK, SPSS and Weser-Ems.

Woodlander Studs’ beautiful young stallion, wrapped up in a package of pure pony charm, is working well under saddle and looks set for certain success in the competition arena after his performance testing in Germany. He will be a dream ride for any top dressage rider who will have to embrace his forward thinking attitude. Woodlander Stud say “His temperament is absolutely charming, but he does like to go…and go…and go!”. Owner Lynne Crowden says “he will hopefully go to a talented young rider and become an FEI pony”

His dam, Helen, was bred by Mostyn Powell out of a very successful section C mare line and it is these Welsh lines that formed the basis of the best of German Pony breeding – so Lynne must be confident of his success in Germany.

Bred to a pony mare, he will be producing quality pony stock. This is a stallion for both FEI ambitions and for the national sports pony.

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Woodlander Wild Child

British Breeding; Woodlander Wild Child


Woodlander Wild Child – A British Hanoverian Stallion and a futurity star mapped by his superb breeding.

A future dressage superstar By Woodlander Wavavoom x Woodlander Farouche, this beautifully made stallion at stud is a 16.3hh chestnut graded WBS UK.

The futurity evaluators commented on his “excellent proportions, balanced trot and his superb freedom in his shoulder” when Woodlander Wild Child scored 9.79, the highest futurity premium ever awarded at Solihull 2011.

Woodlander Farouche (his dam) had two foals and both were born by embryo transfer. Crucially though, the genetic link has not fostered a parental bond! “We’ve got an interesting photo of them glaring at each other in a car park.” said owner Lynne Crowden.

Woodlander Wild Child is a Double Futurity Elite WBS Foal and Supreme Champion Licensed Stallion (Hannoverian, WSB-UK) – Double Licensing Champion. “A champion all the way from the day he was born” say his owners.

Woodlander Wild Child became the WBS: UK Supreme Champion in 2011, and in 2013 he was again the top dressage two year old and then gained a stallion licensing “double” with both the Hannoverian International and the WBS – UK. His World Champion mother is Woodlander Farouche who was not only a world record holder for a dressage score, she also had a top scoring approved Hannoverian sire in Woodlander Wavavoom. Woodlander Wild Child is certainly from the best of the best.

He is an extraordinary young dressage stallion and is available to dressage breeders in the UK looking for a Hanoverian Stallion.

His sire Wavavoom is stallion with a wonderful temperament, power and paces. Not only is his breeding genetic exemplary, Woodlander Wavavoom has progeny which prove why he is a stallion of such renown.  18 of his progeny are listed as Elite and two of his colts are licensed – Woodlander Wild Child and also Woodlander Wales – both of whom are double licensing Champions. In 2010 and 2011, Woodlander Wavavoom qualified for every Young Horse Championship with scores of 8 and above, and as a 4 year old was runner up in the Badminton to Farouche. 2011 saw him as a finalist again at the National Dressage Championships and the Reserve Champion Shearwater 5 year old.  He gained his life approval from the German Bundeschampionat in 2012. As a six year old, he scored 86% at Advanced Medium

On his sire line, his sire and the dam of his sire, St Pr Louisiana, were bred by Woodlander Stud from a Westfalian line which produced seventeen Westfalian State Stallions and multiple Grand Prix horses, and in five generations he has no less than 14 State Premium mares.

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Leprince Des Bois

Performance Event Stallion: Leprince des Bois


Leprince des Bois a Selle Francais eventing stallion who really covers the ground. Proven performance underpinned with picture perfect conformation and breeding.

Leprince is a rare blood type, with an expressive head and elegant length of rein. By Yarlands Summersong (Fleetwater Opposition) out of Welton Gazelle, he has an event pedigree to shout about. On Leprince des Bois Dam’s’ side he has the elite be Bois line.

Outstanding in the Event Field, with Leprince regularly finishing first or second after the dressage at Burghley, Badminton and Pau, with Carl Hester stating that Leprince was “stunning” whilst in first place after the dressage at Badminton in 2013, high praise indeed. Leprince is built uphill, with a very active hind leg and strong quarters. He is an improver for any mare. His temperament is superb, and to prove this he took a sixteen year old girl to the German junior championships and won.

Competition Results with rider Kai Ruder:
2013 – Leprince des Bois competed at both badminton and Burleigh ****’s
2012 –  He competed at Harptbury International CCI****
2011 – Fontainbleau 19th Leprince Des Bois
2010 – Badminton CCI ****39th
2010 – Pau CCI**** 4th
2009 – Burghley CCI**** 10th
2009 – Strzegom CIC***W final 8th
2008 – Boekelo CCI*** 2nd

Leprince des Bois is standing for The Stallion Company who are the World’s leading eventing sire owners, with Kannan, Leprince des Bois, Esteban, Grafenstolz and Royaldik, along with showjumping legends Parco, Triomphe de Muze, Clinton II, Namelus R and Bentley van de Heffinck.

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


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.


Oliver Townend: a great start to this years Badminton Mitsubishi Horse Trials


Huge Congratulations to Oliver Townend who is in 3rd place at this point after the dressage with a great dressage score of 73.61% (39.6) only 1.8 penalties off the leader Andrew Nicholson.

Former Badminton and Burghley winner Oliver Townend is last year’s BE number one rider and currently number 4 in the World rankings. He partnered Armada to second place at Badminton last year, and things are definitely looking positive for this years competition.

One of Horse Scouts busiest listed professional riders his Badminton Horse Trials write up for 2015 says he gained three first and second placings at a recent outing with some 14 rides over three days to bring home nine top four placings. This man is everything that says impressive.

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British Dressage (BD) Young Persons Award deadline extended


Horse Scout Blogger nearly missed the boat with this one: A not-to-be-missed opportunity for those looking to begin or develop their dressage career, the scheme is aimed at young professionals aged 18 – 25 with grants on offer ranging from £4000 for the winner to £100 for runner ups!

U25s, are you looking to build a career in dressage? Whether it’s riding, coaching, judging or yard management, British Dressage would love to hear from you!

U25s, boost your dressage career with the Young Persons Award for 18-25 year olds. The deadline has been extended until Monday 20th April 2015 to apply for the Young Professionals Award workshop. With a total prize fund of over £7,000, plus the chance to showcase yourself in front of dressage’s elite, don’t miss this great opportunity to boost your dressage career today.

The Young Professional’s Award (YPA) scheme focuses on finding talented young people who have what it takes to develop a successful career within the dressage industry. It’s not necessarily about discovering the best rider – it’s about unearthing those with the dedication, talent and qualities to be the complete professional.

Interested? To help those who are considering submitting an application, want to improve their CV and interview technique, or just want more information about the award, we’ve created the perfect workshop for you.

Held at the Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry on Wednesday 22 April, the day will run from 10am-4pm and will include presentations and workshops on the award’s history, marketing and the different media available, planning for the future, running your own business – plus much more.

Tickets for the workshop day are £25.00 per person and include lunch/refreshments and the workshop pack. Application form and booking fee must be returned to the office by Monday 20 April 2014.

The workshop covers:

  • The history of the award, its aims and how it has developed
  • Key note ‘Surviving in the Sport’
  • Sponsorship, Marketing, Media and Social Networks
  • Qualifications, Planning for the Future and Personal Development
  • CV’s and Interview Techniques
  • Running your own Business (Book keeping, Tax and the Law)

So, whether you’re working as an apprentice at a professional yard, running a yard or developing your own activity with horses click here for more information, get in touch and take your career to the next level today!

Professional Profile Watch: Luke Barbour Davies and Team LBD Dressage on Horse Scout


“A good teacher is a master of simplification and an enemy of simplism.” (Louis A. Berman)  is the quote of the day on Luke Barbour-Davies Professional Bio.  How true says Horse Scout Blogger.  A man after my own heart.

The team Motto of Team LBD Dressage HQ based at Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre in North Chailey on the West / East Sussex Border. The yard is situated in the quiet rolling Sussex countryside offering peace and tranquility for horse and rider. With Professional International Dressage rider Luke Baber-Davies is a highly recommended trainer with over 15 years experience riding and teaching across all dressage levels. Luke is extremely passionate, caring, enthusiastic and his knowledge, understanding and ability as to how to succeed in this industry are second to none. Luke has recently returned from The Netherlands where he was training with four times Olympic rider Anne Van Olst, whilst in Holland Luke had many highlights including, being given the ride of Lord Leatherdale and riding in front of thousands of spectators at numerous events throughout The Netherlands and Germany. He is currently training clients at all levels from introductory to Grand Prix and he himself has some fantastic horses who will make headlines in the near future, with many success stories already under his belt. Luke has trained with Fiona Bigwood & Emile Faurie and has also ridden for a number of well known exclusive studs such as Van Olst Horses, Quainton & Décor Stud.

Luke prides himself on providing a complete service for both horse and rider. Luke specialises in all aspects of dressage and general riding including the starting of young horses and those that may require re-training.

He provides a professional service tailored to your individual requirements, where care and attention to detail are paramount from the selection and backing of youngsters through to the training and competing of advanced horses, and everything else in-between.

He is currently competing at an advanced level with fantastic prospects for the future riding at grand prix and already has a number of success stories under his belt. Luke is now training with Anne Van Olst, 5 times olympic rider in Holland and has previouslly trained with Fiona Bigwood, Emile Faurie and Sarah Millis.

Luke has also ridden for a number of well known exclusive studs such as Van Olst Horses in Holland, Ormonde Hall, Quainton & Décor Stud. He is extremely passionate, caring, enthusiastic and his knowledge, understanding and ability to succeed in this industry are second to none.

Regardless of the rider or horses ability Luke is able to adapt and deliver the tuition in a manner which is clear, concise and easily understood.

Luke will create a tailored tuition plan for you and your horse to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.

Advice from Luke is impartial, non-biased and will always be without obligation.

Over the past 10 years Luke has built up an extensive database of key equestrian contacts so should you be looking for your next superstar or looking for a new stable then Luke would be more than happy to offer an introduction.

​Luke has taught many clients over the past years who have all rated him with great regard.

Knowledge is power and Luke is proud of his extensive knowledge base giving him great advantage as his experience spans across all aspects of riding.

Training and tuition is not just for the dressage masters as Luke also offers flatwork lessons to show jumpers of which have highly rated Luke’s methods.


How to compete using a “Class Ticket”. Tried and Tested, Job Done!


Yesterday Horse Scout Blogger spotted that you could get a free class ticket on the British Dressage facebook page but “What are class tickets?”

By buying a class ticket, you can enter one British Dressage class without being a member or having a registered horse. You can use class tickets to compete and will be eligible to win rosettes and prize money, but will not receive BD points or qualification, except for Area Festivals and Combined Training Championships. If a rider using a class ticket wins a qualifier other than those specified above, qualification will pass to the next eligible competitor. You can buy a class ticket from the British Dressage Web site. These are also available in the competition section of this website. You will need to pay the usual class entry fee and abide by British Dressage Rules rules.

British Dressage say: Much more than just a ticket to compete!

If you are already competing in unaffiliated dressage competitions and want to get more involved in this fantastic sport then British Dressage is the place for you! Much more than just a ticket to compete, BD, the National Governing body for the sport in the UK, is a nationwide club for all things dressage, offering training, competitions, information and social opportunities for all. Your horse can earn nationally recognised BD points and you can qualify to take part in prestigious Championships or Festivals.

Most of all affiliated dressage is accessible. Complete competition schedules and lists of training days arrive on your doormat every two months as part of BD magazine. The BD website also carries this vital information (and much more!), and staff at the BD office are on hand during office hours to answer any queries you have. From where to go and what to wear, to competing internationally and representing your country – British Dressage is working to help you get the most out of your sport.

Getting Started

All affiliated shows are open to the public and the major championships are excellent opportunities to see the best at all levels and particularly the nation’s dressage celebrities competing for prestigious national titles. You may also want to go along to your local affiliated venue to check out the facilities and the competition!

You can get a taste for affiliated competition without becoming a full BD member by using class tickets available through the BD shop or by entering Prelim classes.

Class tickets cost £8 each and each ticket allows you to enter one affiliated dressage class without being a member or having your horse registered. You can win rosettes and prize money but you will not receive BD points or any qualifications. You can also use Class Tickets to gain the score sheets needed to qualify to enter an Area Festival.

More information about class tickets here