Mare owners and sport horse enthusiasts headed to Addington Equestrian Centre on 16th March to watch the re-scheduled British Breeding Stallion Event. The day was a resounding success with over 65 stallions on display in front of the enthusiastic audience.
The morning session was dedicated to showjumpers, including an evergreen 25-year-old Arko III who is heading into his final stud season but showing no signs of slowing down. Brendon Stud presented a number of stallions, highlighted by a three generation display of 6-year-old Klaris Giddy-Up, his dam – the international showjumper Sussex Caretino – and her sire – the stud’s energetic 21-year-old senior stallion Caretino Glory.
The eventers ranged from two three-year-olds at the very start of their breeding careers presented by Future Sport Horses (Future Prophecy and Future Guilty Pleasure) through to CIC 5-star campaigner Leprince des Bois and the clone of Badminton and Burghley champion Tamarillo – Tomatillo.
In a tribute to the great Ramiro B, who has produced both eventers and show jumpers, Nina Barbour rode one of his offspring, serving as a fitting finale to the eventing section.
The dressage section had a wealth of talent showcasing the strength in depth of British based sires. Woodlander Stud presented six stallions, Suzanne Lavendera brought her 20-year-old Trakehner Grand Prix star Kaiserdom TSF and Caunton Manor Stud brought the whole day to conclusion with a great display from their up and coming Grand Prix horse Dankeschon, shown by Martin Schleicher.
The opportunity to meet the stallions in the stabling area is one of the most popular aspects of this event, allowing mare owners to assess conformation and temperament close up. This social side of the day was also a great networking opportunity for visitors and exhibitors alike. The trade stand area was also busy throughout the day, with a mixture of breed societies, stallion stations, reproduction specialists and supporting industries using the day to meet up with clients old and new. Trade stand exhibitors reported an excellent day with many enquires.
British Breeding, the team behind the event, also launched their new Members Club which offers breeders support and information to support their endeavours. With a free subscription to the British Breeder magazine, discounted entry to events and educational stud visits in the pipeline, the Members Club is an excellent addition to the work of the British Breeding board.
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