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BKS Grand Design




Photo by kind permission of Paul Ruffle




Sire: Golden Moonlight

Dam: Sira

Damsire: Black Boy

Height: 143 cms
Born: 2008
Graded: Hannover(P) & SPSS ELITE
Stud Fee: Please contact for details. Special terms for proven/ State Premium mares
Semen: Frozen
Breeder: Francesca Walker
Semen Owner: Francesca Walker, Blackington Stud
Location: Nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Competing at Keysoe CDIP April 2016

Photo by kind permission of Qorum-Photos

BKS Grand Design’s pedigree combines some of the best bloodlines from two of the most important German pony breeding areas, Rhineland and Weser-Ems, and inevitably embraces the best breeding from Britain in its ancestry.


At age 8, he competed internationally for GB in FEI Pony Dressage and awarded the prestigious SPSS Elite status in recognition of this.


For more information please see below, or contact Juliet Walker - 01865 391374;  or  


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Golden Moonlight


Golden Dancer







Golden Charm







Black Magic

(Welsh B)

Chirk Crogan

Blaenbwch Tripit





Vaynor Sal




Black Boy


Black Grannus






(Welsh B)








Piran John Halifax (BRP)

St Lawrence Lilactime (BRP)







FS Golden Moonlight is a stunning 143 cm (14hh) palomino son of Golden Dancer. He was champion of his licensing in 1994, Vice Bundeschampion of the 5 year old dressage ponies in 1997. He had 15 successive victories in dressage classes A & L. In his first three years of covering, Golden Moonlight produced 10 State Premium mares and 8 licensed sons, including FS Golden Highlight. He is renowned for passing on his rideability and suitability for children’s ponies. His full sister, FS Golden Sunlight, is the dam of the famous FS Don’t Worry.



Elite State Premium mare Sira, is a famous mare in Weser-Ems. She is the dam of three Weser-Ems champion mares as well as many other outstanding sports ponies, including the stallion Daimler (by Der Feine Lord), and the mare Shanyah (by Vulkan). Her daughter Syrah, (by Morbidelli) is the dam of Hilkens Black Delight, and was Champion mare of Weser-Ems in 2001, and won the Federal Mare Show. Her daughter Shakyrah, the dam of Hilken’s Charismatic, premium licensed stallion, was champion mare in Weser-Ems in 2005. Sira’s son, Principal (by Principal Boy), is successful in FEI sport and a team GB member. Her daughter Sophie, won her mare performance test, was champion mare of Weser-Ems in 2002 and came 4th in the Bundeschampionate. She is the dam of BKS Coolio who became the first British-Bred winner of the Bundeschampionate in Germany in 2016, also bred by Blackington Stud



Black Boy was champion stallion in 1986 and reserve champion of his performance test in Munster Handorf. He has 18 licensed sons, several champion daughters and in one year at the Bundeschmapionate had the most offspring of any stallion.

At his Hannover(P) grading

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At his Hannover(P) Licensing

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Early days with Charlotte

Photos by kind permission of the McDowall family


Competing at Keysoe CDIP April 2016

Photo by kind permission of Qorum-Photos




Grand Design is a fantastic pony with a wonderful, easy temperament and is described as “adored by his rider and much admired”. 


Grand Design was licensed in Hanover in 2010 and received an ovation from the crowd for his trot, and was graded SPSS in 2013. He loves to work and learns easily and with enthusiasm. He is a darling in the stable and easy to do, friendly and willing.


Purchased from BKS in 2014, he went to a young pony rider. They started competing at affiliated level in November 2014, and swiftly achieved 70% at Novice. 


By May 2015, "Ted" and Charlotte had had no placing lower than second and highlights of 78.97% at Novice, 72% at Elementary and 67% first time out at Medium. Out of 13 competitions (from Nov 14 to May 15) he won 9 including his class at the prestigious Keysoe Under 25s High Profile Show. Later in 2015, Ted & Charlotte qualified for the National Dressage Championships at Elementary Restricted level and also shone at the U25s Championships where he started FEI. In September 2015 and just 7 years old, Grand Design was selected as a member of the GB Pony Prime Squad.


Early in 2016, Ted & Charlotte won 2 Medium classes with over 77% in both then caught the selectors' eye at the Addington & Keysoe High Profile shows after which they were selected to represent GB the Keysoe CDIP in April 2016 where they achieved finished in the top ten twice and were awarded the prestigious SPSS Elite graded status as recognition of this achievement.


Later in 2016, BKS Grand Design and Charlotte also competed at Saumur CDIP where they were 7th in the Pony Team test (68.41%) and Roosendaal CDIP where they won the Consolation class (68.248%).  To cap their year so far, he was selected as Second Reserve for the 2016 Pony European Championships with a great score of 70% at the Final Selection Trial at Hartpury Festival of Dressage in July 2016.  In September 2016 he was part of the Pony Quadrille at the National Championships & was awarded the prestigious BDSC Challenge Cup for the Best Performances at Premier Leagues.


His half brother BKS Coolio became the first British-Bred winner of the Bundeschampionate in Germany in 2016, also bred by Blackington Stud and out of Sira.


Fantastic results at a young age and with a young rider which endorse his great bloodlines, his trainability and his movement.


In 2017, Ted and Charlotte again competed internationally and also were successful in National classes with their last competition being a double win at Medium Gold level with scores of 74.24% and 75.52%.  With Charlotte moving on to Junior level in 2018, Ted has now moved on to a new young pony rider where he was quickly out winning again.



Sheepgate U25s Championship 2015

Photos by kind permission of Graham Gannon Photography


Offspring/Breeding Advice

Grand Design has three great gaits, a very expressive trot with good knee action. His canter is wonderful and his walk ground-covering. He has excellent conformation, and is short coupled with a lovely set and shape of neck, which maintains its shape when ridden.


Grand Design has good bone and excellent leg conformation. He would offer improvement to a range of mares, and at only 14hh would be especially valuable in creating ponies from horse mares. He passes on his looks and conformation, progeny to date are mini Grand Designs.


Grand Design is a friendly and likeable character and is easy to handle and care for and is a great favourite on the yard.


His progeny are currently 3 years old or younger as he is a young stallion but all are intelligent, beautiful and characterful.  KEH Grand Surprise, a lovely filly foal, was awarded SPSS Premiums as both a foal and a yearling.  Her full brother, 2017 foal KEH Grand Chaos was awarded a coveted SPSS GOLD Premium (only awarded to those exceptional youngstock who score 80% or more) when evaluated as a foal.


His daughter Gift will compete under saddle in 2018 and we are very excited by her prospects so far.

Mount Ballan Manor Regional Championships 2015

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BKS Galaxy

Bay filly.  Dam: Naturell 3 (Nantano x Durello). Born: 24 April 2015.  Breeder: Blackington Stud.



KEH Grand Chaos

Bay colt. Dam: Caçadora (LBSGB PB, Infinito x Aylesland Silver Bobble). Born: 30/04/2017

Awarded SPSS GOLD Premium as a foal.


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