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Littledale Bright Star

Colour:

Dark Bay

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

Breeding:

 

SPSS

Sire: Catherston Nightsafe

Dam: Gwersylit Town Mouse

Damsire: Burstye Trajan

Height: 127cms
Born: 1997
Graded: SPSS ELITE; Licensed NPS
Stud Fee: £350 inc VAT (1st October Terms)
Semen:

Natural cover & chilled semen

Frozen semen for World wide distribution (already in USA, NZ & AUS)

Concessions to proven mares

Breeder: Mrs Littledale/Miss Adams, Littledale Stud
Owner: Catherston Stud
Location: Nr Stockbridge, Hampshire

Competing with 10 year old Joe Whitaker in 2007

Littledale Bright Star is a son of the famous Catherston Nightsafe out of a Part Bred Welsh mare. Known as "Titch", he is a very impressive pony with lots of character and is a worthy replacement for his famous father.  His ground covering strides and powerful jump make him a serious prospect for the breeders of both horses and ponies to consider when trying to produce a smaller animal without sacrificing movement and performance. 

 

Like both his sire & dam, Titch has the temperament to be ridden by a child. He was lightly show jumped by 10 year old James Whitaker and ridden, jumped, vaulted on by Charlotte Dicker since she was 6 years old. Charlotte rode him at the Addington & Hartpury Stallion Viewing Days.

 

Titch was awarded the prestigious SPSS ELITE status in October 2015 after his son. Catherston Bit of Gold, competed at the Keysoe CSI 2*.  Then, at the 2017 British-bred Sport Horse Parade, Littledale Bright Star collected both the Competition Stallions Award for the Top British-based Pony Sire of Sports Ponies in the 2016 Futurity AND the SPSS Dancer Medal!  The Dancer Medal was awarded in recognition of his being the FIRST SPSS passported pony to have progeny competing Internationally - a significant and laudable achievement

 

For further information contact: Catherston Stud – 01264 782716; www.catherstonstud.com or

 

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Origins

Pedigree:

Catherston Nightsafe

(NPS)

Triumph

(NPS/PBAR)

Papillon de Martin

(TB)

Morning Magic (TB)

Papillon d’Or (TB)

 

Taba

(PBAR)

Basa Shagya (AASB)

Tuppence (DPS)

 

Prosperity of Catherston

(NPS)

Bubbly

(NPS)

Potato (NPS)

Sunday (WPCS B)

 

Fortune II

(NPS/PBAR)

Naseel (AHS)

Silver Lining (CPBS)

 

Gwersyllt Town Mouse

(WPCS WP-BR)

Burstye Trajan

(WPCS WP-BR)

Botingelle Kingfisher

(NPS)

Oakley (C) Bubbling Spring (NPS)
Botingelle Linnet

 

Burstye Fortuna

(WPCS B)

Downland Chevalier (WPCS B)

Claydon Easter Lark (WPCS A)

 

Gwersyllt Nans

(WPCS A)

Coed Coch Asa

(WPCS A)

Gredington Hynod (WPCS A)
Coed Coch Anwyled (WPCS A)

 

Revel Noonie

(WPCS A)

Rydyfelin Syndod (WPCS A)
Revel Nance (WPCS A)

Sire:

Catherston Nightsafe, one of the most successful pony stallions bred to date. He was Lloyds Bank Supreme Champion at Bath & West, Supreme Champion at National Pony Show, New Forest Stallion Show, Ponies of Britain Stallion Show, 4 times winner of the Ridden Stallion class at the National Pony Society and finished 5th in the Sire ratings for 1991.

 

Nightsafe was leased to Germany for 2 seasons being awarded Lifetime Breeding permission with 2 of his first offspring being Chantre B, National Champion male 2 year old & Nightmare, National Champion female 2 year old in 1993 in Aachen. His daughter, Catherston Nutsafe was a member of the British Pony Event Team on 5 occasions, winning Team Gold in 2010 and Team Silver in 2008, 2009 & 2015 and being Individually placed 4th, 5th & 6th. Other notable progeny include Millcroft Millionaire, Mainmore Curio, Mainmore Cuckoo Song, Shepherds Night Club, Kentford Newsflash, Catherston Space Millionaire, Roxes Newsflash.

 

Catherston Nightsafe’s grand sire Bubbly, was National Palomino Champion for 10 years and the sire of Catherston Red Gold who sired Dandy, founder of the famous “D” line of ponies in Germany.

 

Dam:

Gwersyllt Town Mouse had a long career as a lead rein then First Ridden pony winning a number of county shows with 3 different riders including 2nd at Ponies UK Championships and 2nd at Hickstead in the First Ridden class.  She was much loved and had impeccable breeding with some of the best Welsh and riding pony bloodlines available.

 

Damsire:

Burstye Trajan was a partbred Welsh pony, by the NPS registered successful ridden show pony Bottingelle Kingfisher out of the WPCS Sec B Burstye Fortuna (by Downland Chevalier).  Bottingelle Kingfisher's damsire was the famous Bwlch Valentino.

Stallion Parade 2011

Photos by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

 

Performance

Photo by kind permission of Fiona Boyne

Titch hasn’t competed much but his wonderful temperament has enabled him to do a variety of disciplines including jumping, driving and vaulting. He has a wonderful jump and whenever the horses are being loose jumped he joins in too, at the same sizes and distances! He has wonderful floating movement with tremendous ground cover, very quick and agile with an abundance of presence. He has been described as “a supremely talented horse in a ponies’ body”.

 

Titch is by the same sire as the notable German sports pony stallion Chantre B who has sired many State Premium daughters and Bundesstuten Champions.

 

He has sired winners in jumping, dressage and eventing and was awarded the All Years Sire of Sports Ponies merit by the BEF in 2009.

 

Offspring/Breeding Advice

Littledale Bright Star breeds up to height with horse type movement and so is suitable for all types of horse & pony mares to produce sports ponies and small competition horses.

 

Awarded SPSS Elite status in 2015 then the 2016 SPSS Dancer medal in recognition of his progeny having competed at international showjumping & eventing.

 

Titch's offspring have gained consistent High Scores in BEF Futurity Evaluations including Catherston Bobby Bright, a stunning foal in 2013 then top 3 year sports pony in 2016 which resulted in Tich being awarded the Compettion Stallions Top British-bred Sports Pony Sire award for 2016. 

 

In 2009, Catherston Bit of Gold achieved the Highest Pony Foal Score of 9.36 and Elite Premium Futurity, Trevaliant Button Moon was 2nd overall in 2 year old Sports Pony & Champion Sports Pony at Addington Finals as yearling also a winner in SHP & WHP foal classes.  Catherston Bright Spark & Catherston Miss Glitter were also all in the top ranking for Sport Pony foals.

 

His ridden stock includes:

Catherston Bit of Gold (out of a 17hh BWBS Vaulting mare) - NPS Dressage Champion 2014, NPS Performance & Style Champion, Qualified for BD Regionals at Prelim, 38 BD points, Highest ever scoring pony (as a foal) at BEF Futurity Awards with 9.36.  Clear in the 1.25m class at the 2015 Keysoe CSI 2*.

 

Beaurepaire Frodo – Qualified for BD Regionals at Novice Open, 28 BD points as a 4 year old, with a pony rider (since she was 12) to aim at FEI Pony Team. 5th at 2015 BD Regionals at Novice Open, winning at Medium level in 2016, expected to compete at FEI Pony level in 2017.

 

Prairie Star (out of a Selle Francais mare) – Intermediate Event horse, completed Hartpury CCI** in 2012.

 

Catherston Bright Spark (out of a TB x Riding Pony mare)– SHP, winner at BD Prelim, now with a BD Fledgling rider

 

Prima Picasso (out of a sports pony mare) – 177 BD points, winner at Novice & Elementary level

 

Catherston Bobby Bright (out of a Standard Bred x TB mare)- BEF Higher First as a foal, yearling & 3 year old, Res Champ Sport Horse at Dorset County Show 2015, being prepared for the Intermediate Classes in 2017.

Photo by kind permission of Fiona Boyne

 

Catherston Bit of Gold at the 2015 Keysoe CSI 2*

ridden by James Winter

Photo by kind permission of Hoof Prints

 

Progeny:  

Cornsay Diadem

Chestnut filly.  Dam: Cornsay Sloe (TB by Kings Theatre).  Born: 5th May 2014.  Breeder: Louise Smales.  Pictured at 4 days.

Lars

Colt.  Dam: Celton Patience (Welsh Sec B). Born: 16 June 2010. Breeder: Valerie May. One day old in photo.

 

Catherston Bit of Gold

Dam: Catherston Goldberg (WBB(UK)) by Catherston Gold Eagle (WBB(UK)); Breeder: Jennie Loriston-Clarke. . Bit of Gold was the 2009 Futurity Evaluations highest scoring pony foal with 9.36 and also the highest scoring pony over all years so far

 

Photo by Colin Greenlees

Jupiter

Bay Colt. Dam: Jubilee.  Born: 23 May 2008. Breeder: Patricia Badham

Guiness (going to be black with a white head!)

Born 9 May 2005; Dam: Bizzie Lizzie who was by Escapism (HIS).

Bay Filly

Dam: Kingdown Abi (by Synod Rascal). Born 11th June 2006

2003 Foals

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