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The Dancer Medal

The SPSS instigated the Dancer Medal in 2007 as testimony to the achievements of the pony stallion Dancer, better known in the UK as Broomford Dancer. During Dancer’s illustrious career he represented Holland and Great Britain at the European Pony Dressage Championships and is also a renowned sire of some of Europe’s top pony stallions and performance ponies.

 

The Medal is an original piece of artwork commissioned by the SPSS from Belinda Sillars and is modelled on Dancer himself. It is a discretionary award given annually to a worthy SPSS registered pony that has achieved excellence in either competition or breeding.

 

Read about the winners below or click here to jump to information about the latest recipient

Roll of Honour

Photo by kind permission of Gill Hagen-Green

2014 - Caesar 171

 

Awarded to Caesar 171 (Condor x Askan) in recognition of the success of his British-bred progeny in 2014.  In particular:

  • his 7 year old SPSS graded stallion son, LE Chiffre, who was named as Reserve for the 2014 GB Pony European Championships Dressage Team with his rider Lara Kuropatwa as a result of having had scores of over 70% in international competitions

  • his 5 year old gelding son, Cruz, who was British Dressage National Novice Open Champion ridden by Phoebe Peters

  • his 5 year old daughter, Ella, who was 4th at the Frys British Dressage Regional Championship at Novice Open level (ridden by Kelly Oxtoby) and was the 2014 SPSS Mare Grading Champion

As a result of these and other progeny results, Caesar was ranked 8th in the British Dressage Top 40 Sires (2014 Season) listing and he was only pony stallion listed.

 

Click here to read more and here for Caesar's stallion page. 

Photo by kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

2013 - LE Chiffre

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Awarded to the dressage pony stallion LE Chiffre (Caesar 171 x Donnerwetter) to mark his achievement in being the first SPSS passported pony to represent GB at FEI level in an International competition when he and Chloe Vell competed for GB at the Hickstead CDI in August. As LE Chiffre is a SPSS graded stallion, this achievement also earned him the Elite accolade and he is also the youngest stallion (at 6 years old) to receive this honour.

 

LE Chiffre's owner and co-breeder (with her mother Bev), Sam Brown is pictured collecting the Dancer medal from SPSS grading judge Hans-Heinrich Bruening

 

Click here to read more and here for LE Chiffre's stallion page.

 

2012 - Rembrandt DDH

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Awarded to the dressage pony stallion Rembrandt DDH in recognition of his contribution (with rider Maisie Scruton) to the British pony dressage team at the 2011 and 2012 Pony European Championships.  Rembrandt had already been successful with the Dutch pony dressage team when he came to the UK to be ridden by Maisie Scruton in Autumn 2010. Despite them being a new partnership, they quickly impressed the selectors and so were selected for the British team in 2011.  At the Championships, they scored an impressive personal best in the Team Test to take 6th place and be the highest scoring British combinations.  Maisie and Rembrandt then went on to score well in the Individual and Kur Championships, being placed 9th both times.  In 2012, Maisie and Rembrandt had another very successful National and International competition campaign, resulting in selection once again for the British team.  At the Pony European Championships, fourth place for the team and highest British Pony team average of 70%+ was a great end to their pony careers together.

 

Click here to read more and here for Rembrandt's stallion page.

2011 - Edith Rutherford

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In a break with tradition, instead of the medal being presented to a worthy SPSS registered pony, for 2011, the SPSS Committee decided that the medal should be awarded to Mrs Edith Rutherford. Edith was one of the first SPSS Directors and not only acted as Treasurer, managed the finances and produced all the accounts, but also worked tirelessly to build and support the studbook until her retirement from the SPSS Committee in 2011. Edith was the key instigator of this award and she selected and worked with the artist in the medal’s production. Indeed, Edith is pictured (on the right) with the medal’s creator, Belinda Sillars, taking delivery of the first medal at Badminton Horse Trials.

2010 SOS Kantje’s Unicolor

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Awarded to SOS Kantje’s Unicolor for excellence in breeding and, in particular, his progeny results from 2007-10 in the BEF Futurity evaluations giving him the top ranking position in the “all years” Sports Pony list at the end of 2010. In addition, his daughter, SOS What Apricot Wants gained an Elite score in 2010 and was the highest scoring Sports Pony across all ages and disciplines. SOS Kantje’s Unicolor is a Nederlands New Forest Pony by Berkhof’s Higgledy Piggledy out of Kantje’s Odessa (by Watershof Pretendent). He was bred by Fa. van de Rakt and is owned by Georgia Stokes of SOS Sports Horses.  Unicolor is pictured with Georgia's son, Redvers, and the medal.

 

Click here to read more and here for Unicolor's stallion page.

2009 Bernwode Brokat

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Awarded to Bernwode Brokat for excellence in breeding and, in particular, his progeny results in the 2009 BEF Futurity Evaluations which ranked him as the ‘Leading UK Sire of Sports Ponies’. Bernwode Brokat was bred in Germany by Z G Michelbrand and imported to the UK aged 3. He is by the British-bred Weser-Ems foundation stallion Brillant out of Cornelia (by Diamant II) and is owned by Sarah Steggall of Bernwode Stud.  Sarah is pictured receiving the 2009 SPSS Dancer medal with Brokat and rider Sam Brown

 

Click here to read more and here for Brokat's stallion page. 

Photo above by kind permission of British Breeding and Trevor Meeks

2008 Catherston Nutsafe

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Awarded to Catherston Nutsafe for her outstanding competition record and, in particular, her performance at the 2008 Pony European Championships. Catherston Nutsafe (by Catherston Nightsafe out of Catherston Dauntless by Dutch Courage) was bred in Britain by Lizzie Murray of Catherston Stud.  Lizzie is pictured collecting the Medal on behalf of Catherston Nutsafe from SPSS Treasurer, Edith Rutherford (on right).

 

Click here to read more.

Picture taken by Trevor Meeks and by kind permission of SEIB

2007 Gorsfraith Brenin

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Awarded to Gorsfraith Brenin as the highest placed SPSS licensed/graded stallion on the British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations Active Stallion list in 2007. Gorsfraith Brenin is a British-bred Welsh Section D stallion by Clyngim Deryn Du out of Estow Bernadette (by Cippyn Rhodri), was bred by C F Hawking and is owned by Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick of Trevoulter Barton Stud.  Kerensa is pictured receiving the Medal on behalf of Gorsfraith Brenin from SPSS Chair, Celia Clarke, at the 2008 British Breeders Dinner.

 

Click here to read more and here for Brenin's stallion page.

Dancer Medal Winners in Detail

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2007 Gorsfraith Brenin

In 2007, the first Dancer medal was given as a special award for the highest placed SPSS licensed/graded stallion on the British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations Active Stallion list. To qualify, the stallion needed to have at least three offspring assessed during the series and to have paid a nomination fee. The score was calculated by taking the average of the stallion’s best 3 progeny scores. There were only 2 SPSS pony sires eligible and Gorsfraith Brenin scored an impressive average progeny mark of 8.45 out of 10 (from 5 progeny entered). Gorsfraith Brenin is a Welsh Section D stallion by Clyngim Deryn Du out of Estow Bernadette (by Cippyn Rhodri) who was bred by C F Hawking and is owned by Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick of Trevoulter Barton Stud.

 

Since receiving the medal in 2007, Brenin’s progeny have continued to gain good scores in the Futurity Evaluations and his progeny are frequently seen out competing and winning rosettes in dressage, show jumping, eventing, showing and working hunter classes.  Three of his sons have graded with the SPSS, namely Trevoulter Ladies Man, Trevoulter Silver King and Trevoulter Brennex and Ladies Man & Silver King both also passed the British Showjumping (BS) Stallion Assessment.  In 2013, Trevoulter Brenins Treasure won over £1,000 in BS classes and finished 10th in his class at HOYS.

Photo by: Kathryn Pearn Tel: 01208 832423

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2008 Catherston Nutsafe

Catherston Nutsafe & Sam Ecroyd

Team Gold 2010

Photo by kind permission of Hannah Owen

 

Catherston Nutsafe & Chelsea Pearce

Individual 15th in 2013

The 2008 Dancer Medal was awarded to the Elite SPSS Graded mare Catherston Nutsafe for her outstanding competition record and, in particular, her performance at the 2008 Pony European Championships. In 2007 she was individual and team winner in Eventing at the Pony Club Open Championships, and had previously won the HOYS 15hh Working Hunter Championship. In 2008, Nutsafe and Ella McEwen represented Great Britain at the FEI Pony Event Championships, helping the team to a silver medal and taking 6th place individually. This Championship is the ultimate level of competition available to a pony and the result testified the superb quality of this British bred pony. Catherston Nutsafe (by Catherston Nightsafe out of Catherston Dauntless) also produced the 2008 foal (by embryo transfer) that took the title of ‘Futurity Pony Foal Champion’ recording an elite score of 9.0 and winning her dam a broodmare diploma. Catherston Nutsafe was bred by Lizzie Murray and was still owned by her at the time the Dancer Medal was awarded.

 

Since then, Catherston Nutsafe and Ella were again members of a successful British Pony European Eventing team, winning another Team Silver in 2009. Nutsafe was then sold to Mrs Penelope Ecroyd and, ridden by her son, Sam, Nutsafe was a key member of the 2010 Gold Medal winning British Pony European Eventing Team, finishing 5th overall. 

 

In 2013, Nutsafe was back on the GB squad, this time with Chelsea Pearce and they competed as individuals at the 2013 Pony European Championships in Italy.  Despite the relentless Italian heat, Nutsafe belied her 18 years and Chelsea rode a beautifully timed and faultless round to come in 10 seconds ahead of the optimum time on the XC phase.  With just the faults from having one show jump down to add to their dressage score, they finished in 15th place overall - still a considerable achievement with a field of 51 starters and it was Chelsea's first Championships too.  Chelsea and Nutsafe finished 2013 by finishing 2nd in the Weston Park International Pony 2* CCN class.

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2009 Bernwode Brokat

In 2009, the Dancer Medal was awarded to the SPSS Graded stallion Bernwode Brokat for excellence in breeding and, in particular, his progeny results in the 2009 BEF Futurity Evaluations which ranked him as the ‘Leading UK Sire of Sports Ponies’. Bernwode Brokat was bred in Germany and imported to the UK aged 3. He is by the Weser-Ems foundation stallion Brillant out of Cornelia (by Diamant II). The Dancer Medal was presented to Brokat’s owner, Sarah Steggall of Bernwode Stud, at the 2009 SPSS Mare Grading. Brokat had just completed a ridden display when SPSS Chair, Celia Clarke presented the medal and Sarah was surprised and delighted to receive it on Brokat’s behalf. Coincidently, earlier in the day, Bernwode Brokat’s 3yr old daughter, Mademoiselle, achieved the highest score ever to be awarded to a grading mare and took the title of 2009 SPSS Mare Champion – further confirmation of Brokat’s excellence as a sire. 

 

In the year after the award of the Dancer Medal, Brokat was again acknowledged as Leading Sire of Sports ponies in the BEF Futurity Evaluations and sired one of only 3 sports ponies to be awarded an Elite Premium, the foal Treasure (out of The Wexford Lady by Fine Blade), who was also the highest placed pony at the Futurity Event Horse Finals at Osberton.  Then, in October 2010, his son, Bernwode Broadway, was Champion Stallion at the SPSS Grading with the highest score of the weekend.

 

In Autumn 2011, Brokat and the then 12 year old Ruth Hole, were selected for Pony Squad training over the winter of 11/12.  International competitions for the pair in 2012 earned Brokat the coveted Elite accolade with the SPSS and they were again selected for squad training. 

Bernwode Brokat & Ruth Hole

Photo by kind permission of Cédric Vlemmings

In January 2013, Brokat was honoured again by being the recipient of the prestigious SPSS sponsored BEF Pony Performance & Breeding Award at the annual British Breeders Dinner & Awards Ceremony.  Good results in International competitions in the first half of 2013 led to their nomination as Reserves for the British 2013 Pony European Championships Team in July 2013.  Ruth's 11 year old sister, Claire, is now riding Brokat and he is introducing her to International Pony Dressage.

 

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2010 SOS Kantje’s Unicolor

Hunting with Redvers

 

Pet Plan Final with Emily

 

Competing with Poppy

Photo by kind permission of Nicola Elliott Photography

www.nicolaelliottphotography.co.uk

In 2010, the SPSS Dancer Medal was awarded to the SPSS Graded stallion SOS Kantje’s Unicolor for excellence in breeding and, in particular, his progeny results in the 2010 BEF Futurity Evaluations. In these evaluations, Unicolor’s filly foal, SOS What Apricot Wants, was awarded an Elite Premium and finished as the highest scoring Sports Pony over all ages and disciplines. In addition, SOS Kantje’s Unicolor’s BEF Futurity progeny results from 2007-10 gave him the top ranking position in the “all years” Sports Pony list at the end of 2010. SOS Kantje’s Unicolor is a Nederlands New Forest Pony by Berkhof’s Higgledy Piggledy out of Kantje’s Odessa (by Watershof Pretendent). Unicolor was bred in Holland by Firma van de Rakt and imported to the UK aged 2 1/2 by Georgia and Matthew Stokes of SOS Horses. Alongside his stud career, Unicolor is a consistent competitor with regular wins in all disciplines. He has repeatedly qualified for the National and Regional Dressage Championships as well as winning numerous Working Hunter Pony classes. Unicolor is often seen out hunting happily tackling the Cornish stone walls ridden by his owner’s son, 11 year old, Redvers Stokes (see picture!).

 

Since the award, Unicolor has carried on both hunting and with his dressage career.  In 2012, he was successful at the Pet Plan Finals, which are held alongside the British Dressage Winter Championships at Hartpury College each April.  Unicolor (known as "Nippy") and rider, Emily Grange, qualified for the prestigious Pet Plan Finals by winning the Area Festival Restricted Novice Championships at Tall Trees, Cornwall in October 2011.  Following this qualification, Nippy spent the winter hunting with Redvers (now 13).  Emily reclaimed the ride from Redvers in time for the Finals and, in the first round, she and Nippy did extremely well to be the joint winners of Group B on 68.87%.  With the top 15 from each of the two groups going forward to the afternoon's second round, Emily again rode Nippy very professionally to score 68.39% and finished 4th.  Emily and Nippy are pictured in the second round.

 

Nippy's 6 year old son, SOS United Colours was also at the 2012 Pet Plan Finals.  Ridden by his owner, Liz Fraser-Hitch, United Colours, known as "Spirit" competed in the Prelim Final.  Spirit was bred by Georgie Stokes of SOS Horses and is out of the part-bred Connemara mare, Quay (by Kuwait Beach).  The previous weekend at Hartpury, another of Nippy's 6 year old sons, SOS Unicorn (out of Trewithian Campion by the SPSS Elite graded Connemara, Ashfield Mactalla), competed at the Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championships in the Equity Pony Winter Novice Championship

 

In 2013, Nippy was partnered by 12 year old Poppy Padley and they had a very successful summer.  They were 2nd overall in the C Squad competition at the BYRDS Inter-Regional at the end of June, which helped them gain selection to represent their Region again at the BYRDS Home International, where their team placed 10th (out of 25 teams). 

 

Then in early September, Poppy and Nippy placed 3rd in the Elementary Restricted Pet Plan Area Festival class at Wellington Riding and this has qualified them for the Area Festival Final at the British Dressage Winter Championships in April 2014.  Poppy and Nippy are pictured competing in the Area Festival class.

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2012 Rembrandt DDH

For 2012, the SPSS Dancer medal was been awarded to the dressage pony stallion Rembrandt DDH in recognition of his contribution (with rider Maisie Scruton) to the British pony dressage team at the 2011 and 2012 Pony European Championships.  Rembrandt is a black German Riding Pony (Weser Ems) by Renoir out of Prinzess (by Viktoria’s Chirac).  Bred by Heinz Muller, Rembrandt is 43.75%  Welsh mainly through his sire’s sire, the Dutch-based Welsh Section B, Racket, whose pedigree contains such illustrious names as Tetworth Crimson Lake and Solway Master Bronze.  Renoir’s dam, Ramona, has a pedigree that also includes Welsh Section B as well as German Riding Pony, Oldenburg and Thoroughbred bloodlines.

 

In 2005, aged 4, Rembrandt won the Dutch Riding Pony Championships, the Pavo Cup, for 4 & 5 year old ponies and he won the class again as a 5 year old. Then in 2007, Rembrandt made it a remarkable “hat trick” by winning the Pavo Cup for 6 year old ponies, followed by a 4th placing in the German Bundeschampionat.  Ridden by Maria van den Dugen, Rembrandt was a member of the Dutch pony dressage team at both the 2009 and 2010 Pony European Championships.  In 2009, they won Team Silver, placing 6th in the team test, then 8th in the Individual Championships before going on to win the Consolation Finals. In 2010, Rembrandt and Maria were again on the Dutch team and this time won Team Gold, placing 2nd in the team test and 4th in both the Individual and Kur tests.

 

Following this, Rembrandt moved to the UK to be ridden by Maisie Scruton.  Despite them being a new partnership, they quickly impressed the selectors and so were selected for the British team for the 2011 Pony European Championships.  At the Championships, they scored an impressive personal best in the Team Test to take 6th place and be the highest scoring British combinations.  Maisie and Rembrandt then went on to score well in the Individual and Kur Championships, being placed 9th both times. 

 

In 2012, Maisie and Rembrandt had another very successful National and International competition campaign, resulting in selection once again for the British team at the Pony European Championships. At the Championships, fourth place for the team and highest British Pony team average of 70%+ was a great end to their pony careers together.  The team finished in fourth place with the highest British Pony team average (of 70%+) recorded to date.  This was a great end to pony careers together as Maisie moved on to horses to compete at Junior level in 2013.

With Maisie at the 2011 Pony European Championships

By kind permission of Helen Revington

 

Lap of honour after winning at Myerscough Premier League 2012

By kind permission of Ken Etteridge

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2013 LE Chiffre

LE Chiffre & Chloe Vell at the 2013 Hickstead CDI

By kind permission of Rui Pedro Godinho

 

In 2013, SPSS Dancer Medal was awarded to the SPSS Elite Graded dressage pony stallion LE Chiffre (Caesar 171 x Donnerwetter) in recognition of his being the first SPSS passported pony to compete Internationally when he and Chloe Vell competed for GB at the Hickstead CDI in August. As LE Chiffre is a SPSS graded stallion, this achievement also earned him the Elite accolade.

 

LE Chiffre was bred by Bev & Sam Brown who still own him and he is by Sam's former international dressage pony, the SPSS Elite graded, Caesar 171, who stands with LE Chiffre at Sam's Godrics Stud near  Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear.  LE Chiffre's dam, Tiger Lily has several notable ponies in her pedigree, including the highly acclaimed sire Dancer (known in the UK as Broomford Dancer and another SPSS Elite sire) and the renown German State Premium mare, Kaprice.

 

The 2007 British Breeding Best British-bred Pony Foal, LE Chiffre was backed and brought on by his owner/co-breeder (Sam Brown) and his first test rider (Becky Moody).  As a 5 year old, LE Chiffre had a great first year in affiliated dressage.  He was one of just two 5 year olds to qualify for and compete at Elementary Open level at the National Championships - and the only pony in the class.  LE Chiffre then competed at the 2012 SPSS Open Young Dressage Pony Championships where he was the Top 5 Year Old & Reserve Champion overall. 

 

LE Chiffre went to pony rider Chloe Vell in 2013 to start at FEI Pony level and after competing at the Keysoe and Addington Manor Premier League Shows, they were selected for the Hickstead CDI at the beginning of August. Just 6 weeks after his 6th birthday, LE Chiffre did well and finished in the top 6 in the FEI Pony Team & Music tests and 3rd in the Individual test.

 

At the end of 2013, with Chloe out of ponies, LE Chiffre moved on to be partnered with Lara Kuropatwa and was been chosen as part of the GB Pony Squad for the 13/14 season.

2014 - Caesar 171  

 

In 2014, the Dancer medal was awarded to Caesar 171 (Condor x Askan) in recognition of the success of his British-bred progeny in 2014.  In particular:

  • his 7 year old SPSS graded stallion son, LE Chiffre, who was named as Reserve for the 2014 GB Pony European Championships Dressage Team with his rider Lara Kuropatwa as a result of having had scores of over 70% in international competitions

  • his 5 year old gelding son, Cruz, who was British Dressage National Novice Open Champion ridden by Phoebe Peters

  • his 5 year old daughter, Ella, who was 4th at the Frys British Dressage Regional Championship at Novice Open level (ridden by Kelly Oxtoby) and was the 2014 SPSS Mare Grading Champion

Caesar, a rising 26 year old bay Weser Ems stallion was bred by Benno Stolle in Germany.  Now owned by Samantha Brown of Godrics Stud (which is based at Leamside Equestrian in County Durham),  Caesar was bred and graded in Germany gaining a good score in his performance test (including two 10s).  After being imported to the UK, Caesar achieved an impressive dressage performance record being British Dressage Restricted Medium Winter Champion in 2000, a member of the GB Pony Team that won Silver at the European Championships in Germany in 2000 and the Bronze medal winning team in 2002. 

 

Caesar is graded Elite with the SPSS in recognition of his International competition successes and, despite his competition career taking precedence for many years, he is also a successful sire.  Caesar has graded sons and daughters in Germany and is damsire of the Reserve Bundeschampion in 2008 & 2009.  His oldest UK progeny were born in 2006 but he has already sired 3 SPSS graded sons (ELITE LE Chiffre, Rosewater I Claudius & Godrics Campeggio) and 2 SPSS graded daughters - the 2014 Mare Champion, Ella and the 2012 Reserve Champion Mare, Bernwode Celeste.  At the 2008 British Breeders Awards, LE Chiffre (Caesar 171 x Donnerwetter) was awarded the trophy for "Best British Bred Pony Foal" and at the 2013 awards, LE Chiffre's full brother, Godrics Carpe Diem was awarded a certificate of merit as "top 3 year old pony".

 

Click here for Caesar's stallion page. 

 

Photos of 26 year old Caesar at the 2014 Leamside Equestrian Stallion Parade ridden by owner, Sam Brown

By kind permission of qorum-phoos.com

 

 

 

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