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GRADING & EVALUATION RESULTS 2018

In 2018, the SPSS Tour took in 5 public venues which were combined into Regions for the purposes of declaring Regional Stallion & Mare Champions. The grading judges were Hans-Heinrich Brüning (an international judge & breeder of Hanoverian dressage and jumping horses) and SPSS Chairman & Director, Jacke Mathieson (a dressage rider, stallion owner and breeder of competition horses and ponies).

 

Stallion Gradings

 

13 stallions were presented and they were split into 3 regions for Championships (Southern, Central & Northern (which included Scotland).  Nine stallions were accepted and have completed the post-grading requirements.  The 2018 SPSS Supreme Champion Stallion title was awarded to the Northern Grading Champion, Emily Cuthill’s lovely home-bred 3 year old, Wolken Von Blitz MPS (Stanley Grange Regal Heights x Wolkentanz). The Reserve Supreme Champion Stallion title went to the Central Stallion Champion, the smart 7 year old WPCS Sec D Deufor Spellbound who was bred by his owner Carys Taylor. Both stallions impressed the judges and scored over 80%. The Southern Regional Champion was Delaroche Black Gold (Hilkens Gold Card x Hilkens Black Delight), an SPSS passported 3 year old British-bred by Lucy Sheldrake and owned by Bennie Seymour.  There is more information about these stallions and the others currently standing with the SPSS on the Stallion page

 

Mare Gradings

 

On the 2018 Tour, a total of 30 mares were assessed by judges Hans-Heinrich Brüning and Jacke Mathieson and a further mare was viewed when with her foal on the Elite Foals Registration Tour. All the mares graded with 9 achieving a Head Studbook score of 80% or more. Like the stallions, mares were grouped into regions for Championships then the highest scorer overall became the Supreme Champion. The 2018 Supreme Champion Mare title went to the SPSS passported 4 year old Bathleyhills Little Miss Sunshine (known as “Poppy”) who was British-bred by Emma-Jane Middlehurst then bought by Penny Walster of Bathleyhills Stud who had bred her dam, SPSS graded Bathleyhills Touch of Lustre (Thistledown Copper Lustre x Valiant). Poppy’s sire is the SPSS Elite graded Deutsches Reitpony Classic’s Charmeur who has competed internationally for GB in FEI Pony Dressage and Poppy was graded into the SPSS Head Studbook. The Reserve Supreme Champion Mare title also went to another Head Studbook mare bred for dressage, Jennifer Gilchrist’s home-bred 2 year old Romanno Pretty Lady who is by her own SPSS Elite graded stallion Boss Junior out of SPSS Elite graded Pretty-Women (Black Boy x Kompass).

 

Mare Performance Test

 

New for 2018, the SPSS held Mare Performance Tests where mares were viewed under saddle, ridden by both their regular rider and by a test rider. The Mare Performance Test Champion was another great result for Penny Walster when Bathleyhills Sea Breeze (Casino Royale K x Gigman Jacana), who Penny bred, was capably ridden by Daisy Powell then impressed test rider Anna Brown. The Reserve Champion was the part-bred Connemara Rudgeway Royal Occasion (Pro-Set x Olsin) who is the dam of the 2017 Futurity Champion Sports Pony Foal, Britannia’s Royal Blue (by Britannia’s Mail). British-bred by J Warr, Royal Occasion is owned by Jemma Colbourne and ridden by Issy Colbourne.

 

Youngstock Evaluations

 

The fourth SPSS Tour was another resounding success with our judges, Hans-Heinrich Brüning (an international judge & breeder of Hanoverian dressage and jumping horses) and SPSS Chairman & Director, Jacke Mathieson (a dressage rider, stallion owner and breeder of competition horses and ponies), evaluating 75 youngstock over 5 days. The evaluations were open to all pony and small horse youngstock of any breed, there was no need to be SPSS passported or registered, and entrants were judged on potential as a sports pony (or small horse). Overall, there were 49 foals; 12 yearlings; 9 two year olds and 5 three year olds forward for evaluation and, once again, British breeders presented some truly outstanding youngstock, with 34 of them impressing the judges with their athleticism, elastic gaits and modern sports type so that they scored 80% or higher and were awarded a coveted SPSS GOLD Premium. To the delight of the SPSS Studbook Manager, Lucy Sheldrake, of the youngstock awarded Gold Premiums over 60% of them had an SPSS graded sire and 17 also had an SPSS graded dam – showing that success at grading is linked to success at evaluation. 

 

The SPSS stallion responsible for the highest number of Gold Premiums this year was Jennifer Gilchrist’s SPSS graded stallion Boss Junior who had 5 progeny forward for SPSS evaluation and a total of 4, a foal, 2 yearlings and a 2 year old, gained Gold Premiums. The next highest achieving stallion was Penny Walster’s British-bred SPSS graded stallion Bathleyhills Monet who also had 5 progeny evaluated with 3 (2 foals and a 2 year old) achieving Gold Premiums.

 

Best of the best and awarded the 2018 Supreme Youngstock Champion title was the athletic NPS passported colt foal, Romanno River Dance whose score of 87.25% is the highest given by SPSS judges to date. Described by Hans-Heinrich Brüning as a “the best mover with outstanding gaits” and “a sports pony through & through”, River Dance was bred by Jennifer Gilchrist and is by her NPS licensed stallion, Stanley Grange Regal Heights. River Dance’s dam, Mirage (Voyage x Night-Star) is also the dam of the 2015 SPSS Supreme Mare Grading Champion Mystique (by Argentino) and SPSS graded stallion Brando SD (by SPSS graded Hilkens Black Delight) who were both bred by SPSS member Debbie Bridges. River Dance was also the Top Foal, Top Colt and Top Pony.

 

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Photos from our 20178 Gradings & Evaluations can be viewed & purchased from the photographer’s website:

 

Qorum Photos  www.qorum-photos.com

 

Please note that NO photographs on the SPSS site may be copied without the express permission of the photographer.

 

Rosettes and Sashes waiting to be presented at the 2018 SPSS AGM and Awards Presentation

 

Supreme Champion Stallion 2018

 Northern Champion Stallion

Wolken Von Blitz MPS

Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

Supreme Champion Mare 2018

Northern Champion Mare

Bathleyhills Little Miss Sunshine

Pictured with judge Hans-Heinrich Brüning and owner Penny Walster

 Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

 

2018 Mare Performance Test Champion

Bathleyhills Sea Breeze

 (Casino Royale K x Gigman Jacana)

A Weser-Ems passported 9 year old British-bred by owner Penny Walster with her regular rider Daisy Powell

 

2018 Supreme Youngstock Champion, Top Foal, Top Colt and Top Pony
Romanno River Dance

Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

 

 

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Stallions Accepted in 2018

 

Congratulations to the breeders & owners of the stallions that were accepted at the SPSS 2017 Stallion Gradings and have completed the post-grading requirements:

 

Northern
Champion: Wolken Von Blitz MPS (NPS; Stanley Grange Regal Heights x Wolkentanz)
British-bred by his owner Emily Cuthill. Score 82.69%
Reserve Champion: Lanakan SSH (AES; Kambarbay x San Remo)
British-bred by Solaris Sports Horses and owned by C3i Sport Horses . Score 79.04%
Fred de Phcov (SHB(GB); Arnie de Burgh x Nebo Brenin)
British-bred by his owner Gabrielle Williams. Score 77.14%
Popenhoe Picture Perfect (SPSS; Bathleyhills Monet x Copilot)
British-bred by his owner Caroline Ward. Score 76.92%
 

Central
Champion: Deufor Spellbound (WPCS D; Yswain Dmetrius x Janton Dictator)
British-bred by his owner by Carys Taylor. Score 81.33%
Multicouture (Breeders Elite/AES; Multicolor II x Hoftanz)
British-bred by J Margossian and owned by Bianca Hill. Score 77.88%
Dypool Miami Reef (WPCS B; Melau Montana x Ernford Bellboy)
British-bred by Z Al Masir and owned by Fran Turner. Score 75.00%
 

Southern
Champion: DeLaRoche Black Gold
(SPSS; Hilkens Gold Card x Hilkens Black Delight)
British-bred by Lucy Sheldrake and owned by Bennie Seymour. Score 79.23%
Reserve Champion: Hammerwood Ritz (SPSS; Rembrandt DDH x Cavan Blue Hors)
British-bred by Pippa Drew and owned by Pippa Drew & Amy Hose. Score 78.08%
 

One stallion failed, two were withdrawn and one that scored over the 75% pass mark has yet to complete the post-grading requirements

Stallion Grading Supreme Champion
Northern Champion Stallion
Wolken Von Blitz MPS
(Stanley Grange Regal Heights x Wolkentanz)
British-bred by owner Emily Cuthill

 

Stallion Grading Reserve Supreme Champion
Central Champion Stallion
Deufor Spellbound
(Yswain Dmetrius x Janton Dictator)
British-bred by owner Carys Taylor

Our congratulations to the owners and breeders of all the successful stallions

 

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Top Mares at the 2018 SPSS Mare Gradings

 

And again, congratulations to the breeders & owners of our Regional Champion and Reserve Champion Mares:

 

Northern
Champion: Bathleyhills Little Miss Sunshine (SPSS; Classic’s Charmeur x Thistledown Copper Lustre)
British-bred by Emma-Jane Middlehurst and owned by Penny Walster. Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook
Reserve Champion: Romanno Pretty Lady (NPS; Boss Junior x Black Boy)
British-bred by her owner Jennifer Gilchrist. Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook
 

Eastern
Champion: Rafthouse Gee Tee I (AHS PB; Mossrose Triumphant x Shah Shadow)
British-bred by M Turner and owned by Sally Hibbert . Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook
Reserve Champion: It’s A Treasure (HPA; It’s The Business x unknown)
British-bred by Mrs Minton and owned by Vincent Jones. Graded into the SPSS Elite Preliminary Studbook (due to incomplete pedigree but Head Studbook score)
 

Western
Champion: Donna Rioja JM (WESTF; Don Ricoss x Sandro Bedo) British-bred by Jacke Mathieson and owned by Kate Shone. Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook
Reserve Champion: Silvervale Orlandra (WPCS PB; Burfas Last Addition x Rhoson Pur) British-bred by J Matthews and owned by Charlotte Caple. Graded into the SPSS Main Studbook
 

Southern
Champion: Rudgeway Royal Occasion (BCPS PB; Pro-Set x Olsin) British-bred by J Warr and owned by Jemma Colbourne. Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook
Reserve Champion: Pepper (W’bys NTR; Goshka Ringo VII x unknown) British-bred by Mrs D Duncal and owned by Catherine Holdsworth. Graded into the SPSS Elite Preliminary Studbook (due to incomplete pedigree) with Head Studbook score
 

In addition the following mares achieved a Head Studbook Score:
Bathleyhills Priceless (WPCS PB; Styalways Armarni x Ninfield Charlie Brown) British-bred by Penny Walster and owned by Penny Walster. Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook
WfD Donnergold (SPSS; Donnerblitz x Bernwode Brokat) British-bred by Elaine Coleridge Smith and owned by Elaine Coleridge Smith. Graded into the SPSS Head Studbook

A further 21 mares also graded with all getting Main Studbook scores - see below for a graph of the scores.

 

2018 Mare Grading Supreme Champion
Northern Champion Mare
Bathleyhills Little Miss Sunshine
(Classic’s Charmeur x Thistledown Copper Lustre)
An SPSS passported 4 year old mare
British-bred by Emma-Jane Middlehurst and owned by Penny Walster

 

2018 Reserve Supreme Mare Champion
Northern Reserve Champion Mare
Romanno Pretty Lady
(Boss Junior
x Black Boy)
An NPS registered 2 year old mare
British-bred by her owner Jennifer Gilchrist.

 

 

2018 GOLD Premium Youngstock

 

And finally, congratulations to the breeders & owners of the fabulous youngstock who scored 80% or more at one of our 2018 evaluations and received a coveted GOLD PREMIUM. After the evaluations were completed the following titles were decided based on the score received:

SPSS Youngstock Supreme Champion, Top Foal, Top Colt, Top Pony
Romanno River Dance (NPS; Stanley Grange Regal Heights x Voyage)
British-bred by owner Jennifer Gilchrist
 

2018 SPSS Youngstock Reserve Supreme Champion
Ghabar King of Bling (SPSS; Hulst Mando x Pantygronw Deio)
British-bred by owners Mark & Damien Darbyshire
 

Top Small Horse, Top Filly & Top 3 Year Old
Donna Rioja JM (WESTF; Don Ricoss x Sandro Bedo)
British-bred by Jacke Mathieson and owned by Kate Shone
 

Top Yearling
Goldvalley Enterprise (WPCS B; Celton Taran x Rotherwood Goldfinger)
British-bred by owner Emily Evans
 

Top 2 Year Old
Romanno Pretty Lady (NPS; Boss Junior x Black Boy)
British-bred by owner Jennifer Gilchrist
 

Top Gelding
Iouar Rolo (WPCS D; Corscaron Cymro Llwyd x Derwen Desert Express)
British-bred by Mrs M J Griffiths and owned by Nichola Binch

2018 Supreme Youngstock Champion, Top Foal, Top Colt and Top Pony
Romanno River Dance

Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

Other GOLD Premium youngstock:
Bathleyhills Colour Creation (ZFDP; Bathleyhills Monet x Acado ) British-bred by owner Penny Walster
Bathleyhills Golden Eclipse (ZFDP; Woodlander Double Bubble x Classic’s Charmeur) British-bred by owner Penny Walster
Bathleyhills Orion (ZFDP; Bathleyhills Monet x Sempers Spirit) British-bred by owner Penny Walster
Bathleyhills Vue Classique (SPSS; Bathleyhills Monet x Batman) British-bred by owner Penny Walster
Bromson Remarkable (SPSS; Woodlander Sir Gorgeous x Bernwode Brokat) British-bred by owner Claire Wyatt
Broomwich Wizard (SPSS; Rushiefauld Havanna x Sir Shutterfly) British-bred by owner Carrie Passmore
Caesars Royal Prince (Weser-Ems; Caesar 171 x Rubin Royal) British-bred by owner Anne Marie Cowan
Cleapatra (NPS; Strinesdale Matador x Sir Oldenburg) British-bred by owner Stephanie Fitt
Godrics Caesar’s Cipher (Weser-Ems; Caesar 171 x Muschamp Korsakof) British-bred by owners Bev & Samantha Brown
Godrics Cleopatra (SPSS; Godrics Campeggio x Donnerwetter) British-bred by owners Bev & Samantha Brown
Godrics Conquistador (SPSS; Godrics Campeggio x unknown) British-bred by owners Peter Burns & Samantha Brown
Godrics Detonator (Weser-Ems; Danger 36 x Caesar 171) British-bred by owners Bev & Samantha Brown
Godrics Donatella (Weser-Ems; Danger 36 x Caesar 171) British-bred by owners Bev & Samantha Brown
Guilty Pleasure (Weser-Ems; Georgeo II x For Paragon) British-bred by owner Janice Swailes
Kallared Lovestruck (WPCS B; Stings Testarossa x Cottrell Artiste) Bred in Sweden by Ms M Anderson and owned by Beth Loisil
KEH Grand Entrance (SPSS; BKS Grand Design x Infinito) British-bred by Kelly Hubble and owned by Kelly Hubble
Littledale Icon (SHB(GB); Royal Command Of Wentward x Roma Diamond Skip) British-bred by owner Philly Adams
MM Sweet Sass (SPSS; Chartstürmer WE x Scampi) British-bred by owner Naomi Maxted Massey
Mordis Special Edition (SPSS; RFS Socrates x Wester Aikema’s Casper) British-bred by owner Nicola Dyson
Neue Royaal T (KWPN; Auchmaliddie Royal Party x Dancier) British-bred by owner Tracey-Louise Muir
Penmawddwy Prima Destiny (Multicouture x Crystal Silver) British-bred by owner Bianca Hill
Pioneerstud R Marni (PBA; Pioneerstud Silver Sheikh x Parsons Rasputin) British-bred by owner Fiona N Davies
Popenhoe Precocious (AES; Grafenstolz x Copilot) British-bred by owner Caroline Ward
Romanno Brillant Boss (SPSS; Boss Junior x Black Boy) British-bred by owner Jennifer Gilchrist
Romanno Deine Lady (SPSS; Boss Junior x Rubinstein I) British-bred by owner Jennifer Gilchrist
Romanno Small Talk II (NPS; Boss Junior x Deanhills Royal Jubilee) British-bred by owner Jennifer Gilchrist
WfD Champagne Supernova (SPSS; FS Champion de lux x Caesar 171) British-bred by owner Elaine Coleridge Smith
WfD Donnergold (SPSS; Woodlander Wales x Bernwode Brokat) British-bred by owner Elaine Coleridge Smith

 

SPSS Mare Grading and Foal Evaluation in progress

 

 

 

Key

 

AES = Anglo European Studbook

ApHC = Appaloosa Horse Club

BApS = British Appaloosa Society

BCPS = British Connemara Pony Society

BHD = British Horse Database

BRP = British Riding Pony

BSPA = British Skewbald and Piebald Association

BWBS = British Warmblood Society

BWP = Belgian Warmblood

CHAPS = Coloured Horse & Pony Society

Conn = Connemara

CPBS = Connemara Pony Breeders Society

D-Old = Danish Oldenburg

DRP = Deutsche Reitpony

GRP = German Riding Pony

GSB = General Studbook (ie TB)

Hann = Hanoverian

HPA = Horse Passport Agency

ID = Irish Draft

KWPN = Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland

NF = New Forest

NPA =Nederlands Pony met Arabisch bloed

NRPS = Nederlands Rijpaarden en Pony Stamboek

NWPCS = Nederlands Welsh Pony & Cob Stamboek

OLD = Oldenburg

PB = Part Bred

PHS = The Pleasure Horse Society

PZHK = Polski Zwiazek Hodowcow Koni

SHAPS = Spotted Horse and Pony Society

SHB (GB) = Sport Horse Breeding (Great Britain)

SPSS = Sports Pony Studbook Society

TB = Thoroughbred

TRAK = Trakhener

W'BYS = Weatherbys

WBS-UK = Warmblood Breeders Studbook - UK

WPCS = Welsh Pony & Cob Society

XX = Thoroughbred

 

 

 

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