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2004/2005 NEWS

 

Woodwalton Bhaltair

Winner of Sash for highest placed SPSS pony at the 2005 BD Breeding Show

 

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*  Wayland Loganberry Foal wins in Australia

*  Laban wins Veteran Class

*  Frozen Semen Accepted in America!

*  More opportunities for Sports Ponies

*  New Head Stud Book Mare

Aimbry Chester colt to be presented for Grading in 2006

*  2005 Grading Results

*  SPSS Head Office Relocated

*  SPSS Ponies win at British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding

    Championships 2005

*  Wurlitzer by Weltmeyer joins SPSS Graded Stallion list

Success for Paddocklow Persephone at County Show

*  Grading Height Raised for Stallions

*  British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships 2005

*  2005 Grading Dates announced - ** Amended 4th June 05 **

*  Spotted in Horse and Hound - 7 April 2005 ...

*  2005 Stallion Declarations

*  Betwys Enfys goes hunting

*  Two more exciting SPSS Elite stallions

*  Gold and Bronze for British Pony Teams in Poland

*  SPSS Ponies win at British Dressage Young

    Horse and Breeding Championships 2004

*  Grading height raised for Mares

*  SPSS Ponies in Stallion Display

*  2004 Foals start to arrive

*  2004 Stallion Declarations

*  Top price Pony has SPSS Connection

Wayland Loganberry Foal wins in Australia

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Caroline Saker of Wayland Stud reports that the first foal by Wayland Loganberry born in Australia, Bain Park Shiraz, is growing well and has a beautiful temperament, and they think he will make about 13.3 to 14.00 hands.  He was taken to his first show, which was the major pony show in Australia, the "APSB 41st Pony Show" where he won New Forest Yearling Colt and went on to become Reserve Champion New Forest Colt or Stallion.

 

The beautiful photograph of Shiraz is by Sandy Morphett and is reproduced with her kind permission; her design website is www.horsephotos.com.au

Laban wins Veteran Class & Championship

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SPSS Elite Stallion Laban started his in-hand career in 2005, fitting in competitions around a busy stud season to win the in-hand veteran and then the overall in-hand championship first time out in 2005.  We look forward to hearing how he gets on in 2006.

Frozen Semen Accepted in America!

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Many of our stallion owners have been receiving a growing number of requests for frozen semen from American pony breeders.  This prompted us to approach the ASPR with regard to registering the foals born in the USA.  We are delighted to inform our members that our grading process has now been accepted by the ASPR and that foals born in America by our licensed and graded stallions will be eligible for documentation, assessment and awards by this studbook.  The ASPR is a division of the American Warmblood Registry for horses and also covers registrations from Canada.  Details are still being discussed between the studbooks but anyone interested in finding out more should call Sarah at the Head Office (contact details at top of page)

More Opportunities for Sports Ponies

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British Breeding has extended it's existing Young Horse Evaluation and Futurity Schemes to include ponies from 2006.

 

There will also be awards for Sports Ponies at the Supporters of British Breeding Dinner on the 14th January 2006.

 

For more information - click here

 

A list of key dates for 2006 has been compiled - click here to view

New Head Stud Book Mare

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The TB mare "Simnel" has been successfully graded with the SPSS.  Simnel is a 6 year old, 15hh, dark bay mare who is by "Turtle Island" out of a "Taufan" mare and was bred in Ireland.  Simnel is thought to be the only Head Stud Book Broodmare in the country who is graded with both the SPSS and the SHB(GB).  Simnel had a foal in 2005 and is now back in training and it is hoped that she will return to the racetrack in 2006.  The picture shows Simnel at her first ever show, the National In-Hand Show at Worcestershire in June 2005, where Simnel was 3rd in both of her classes.  For more pictures and information on Simnel - click here

Aimbry Chester colt to be presented for Grading in 2006

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SPSS member, Trudy Goulding of End House Stud, reports that they have decided to present their 2 year old colt, Thursden Vallye Raphael, by SPSS Graded Stallion Aimbry Chester out of Graded Sports Pony Mare Berry Rose Dawn Chorus, at the October 2006 Grading.  Raphael was first seen by the SPSS as a foal at the Mare Grading and is an example of how well the Sports Pony System works by mixing the smaller Warmblood Stallions with English-bred pony mares. 

2005 Grading Results

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SPSS is delighted to announce that 8 stallions passed this year's grading even though the mark required was raised to 75%.  In addition, 9 mares graded including the European Team Bronze medallist in 1996, Sapphire Blue, who was awarded Elite status in recognition of her outstanding competition record.  This lovely mare is now in foal to Mill Law. 

 

Pictured on right is the second placed mare, Sharron, who was graded into the Head Stud book.  Sharron should have been ridden at the grading by her owner, Kyra Harris, but she fractured her foot a few weeks before the grading.  However, although her Mum had to do the running, Kyra managed to lead Sharron in the final line up.

 

For full results and scores click here; updated stallion page in preparation.

Head Stud Book Mare Sharron

SPSS Head Office Relocated

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The SPSS Head Office has now completed it's relocation to Somerset and is now fully operational so all correspondence etc should now be sent to the address at the top of the page and Sarah Steggall is once again the main point of contact.  Meanwhile, don't worry if you've sent something to the temporary address - it'll be forwarded!

 

Pictured on left, the picturesque Sock Farm.

SPSS Ponies win at British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships 2005

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The Championships were held on the 25th and 26th June and SPSS ponies performed well.  The highest scoring pony in the ridden Dressage Pony classes was Rosewater Sports Ponies' SPSS registered 5 year old Dornroschen.  SPSS Licensed stallion Bernwode Nirvana at his first show was second in the four year old class - incredibly, Nirvana was only backed in March!  

 

The Dressage Pony Breeding Champion was Sheepcote Red Lady and the Reserve was Wurlibird - both by the latest addition to the SPSS stallion lists - Sheepcote Wurlitzer.  As neither the champion or Reserve are registered with the SPSS, the winner of the SPSS sash was Woodwalton Bhaltair (by Bernwode Brokat) who won the Colts/Geldings Youngstock section and was then 3rd behind the eventual champion and reserve in the overall youngstock class.  

 

In addition, SPSS graded stallion Bernwode Brokat ridden by 14 year old Emma Barnes took on the 'big boys' and was placed 9th in the open Freestyle Championship for Stallions.  The winners were the top senior combination of Wild Dancer and Peter Storr.  Brokat was the only pony in the class.

 

Click here for full ridden and in-hand pony results and more pictures.

Dornroschen with rider Olivia Oakley and owner Sarah Eberle of Rosewater Sports Ponies

Sheepcote Wurlitzer by Weltmeyer joins SPSS Graded Stallion list

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The recent increase in the height limit for SPSS stallions has allowed the established dressage stallion Sheepcote Wurlitzer to join the list of graded stallions.  Wurlitzer is by Weltmeyer out of Calista (by Lucky Boy xx) and stands at 15.2hh.  He has achieved success in British Dressage competitions up to Grand Prix level and sired the 2005 Dressage Pony Breeding Champion and Reserve

Success for Paddocklow Persephone at County Show

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Tina Carswell reports that their yearling filly (13 months old), by SPSS Stallion Aimbry Chester out of the SPSS Graded mare Paddock Paragon, won the Yearling Sport Horse Breeding class at this year's Newark & Notts County Show and then went on to take the Reserve Champion Sport horse.

Grading Height Raised for Stallions

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In 2004 the SPSS raised the height limit of grading mares from 153 cms (15 hh) to 158 cms (15.2hh) with the intention of encouraging breeders to consider using a smaller SPSS stallion to breed down.  This method has been much used on the continent where the smaller warmblood mare has played a large part in breeding movement and jumping ability into the sports pony.  Having received many requests, the SPSS has decided to extend this height limit of 158 cms to include grading stallions in order to take advantage of the valuable bloodlines available.  We hope that this will open opportunities to our mare owners and attract several of the smaller stallions graded with other studbooks who have been unable to get true recognition for their offspring from pony mares.

British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships 2005

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British Dressage is to continue its classes for four, five and six year old  Potential Dressage Ponies at the British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships to be held at Addington EC on June 25th & 26th.  Pony breeders in mainland Europe have enjoyed this structured system for many years and we see this development as a valuable breakthrough in the UK.  We hope that many of our members, and non members, will support this opportunity to give their young ponies competition experience specifically designed for their stages of training.  There is no restriction on the age of the rider but ponies may not exceed 148cms. 

 

SPSS graded stallion, Bernwode Brokat, will be taking part in the Saturday evening Stallion Display and several of the younger SPSS stallions will be competing in their relevant age group classes.  Four year old ponies will compete the BD YHB4 2004 test, five year olds the BD YHN5 2004 Test and the six year olds the BD YHE6 2004 Test.  Contact BD on

 

The in hand classes for broodmares, foals, yearlings, two and three year olds (with potential to produce/become dressage ponies) will take place on Saturday June 25th. Information on  format and correct dress for handlers can be obtained from the SPSS Head Office.

 

The SPSS will be awarding special rosettes to the highest placed SPSS graded pony in each of the relevant classes. A sash will also be awarded to any SPSS pony mare or SPSS registered youngstock reaching the final in-hand Championship

 

Rosewater Mavour’neen by SPSS Elite stallion Manitu N) and his dam, SPSS Head Studbook mare Bernwode Dorina, were champion foal and champion broodmare, respectively, at the 2004  Championships and then featured on the front cover of ‘British Dressage’ magazine.

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

2005 Grading Dates Announced

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The 2005 SPSS Grading will be held on

23rd October 2005 at Heart of England EC, Stone, Staffordshire

 

Unfortunately, the grading planned for September has had to be cancelled.

 

Stallion and Mare entry forms will be available from Head Office shortly and will available for download from the grading page as well.  Forms will automatically be sent to owners of ponies already registered with the SPSS who are waiting to grade.  Please contact Head Office for further details.

Spotted in Horse & Hound - 7 April 2005 ....

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Elite stallion Grey Palace ridden by Dominique Whittaker wins 138cm Grand Prix at the Pony of the Year Show (page 79, picture page 80).  Elite stallion Manitu N well placed at Addington's Dressage International for ponies, juniors and young riders (page 71).  Advert for Elite stallion Ousbek (page 91)

2005 Stallion Declarations

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Head Office has received Stallion Declarations for 2005 for the following stallions. See the stallions page for contact and other details.

 

Lumes - the latest SPSS licensed stallion - click here for more details

Aimbry Chester

Bernwode Brokat

Laban

Ousbek

Showtime II

Littledale Bright Star

Lumes

Trenawin Lanikai

Strinesdale Matador

Bryony Easter Bunny

Special Edition

Albion Domino

Bernwode Nirvana

Caesar 171

Gorsfraith Brenin

Langstaffe Donnerstag

Orchard Glasnost

Betws Enfys

Carregcoch Bleddyn

Stafford Twilight

Diptford Star Attraction

Wolfgang Bravo

Betwys Enfys goes hunting

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Nicki Oldershaw of Larnleigh Stud reports that SPSS graded stallion Betws Enfys has been out hunting with the South Notts on a number of occasions this season and that he thoroughly enjoys it!! She says that "His jumping has come on no end and he has cleared some huge ditches! Just goes to prove the versatility of the Welsh Sec C as although only 13hh he keeps up with the big boys! And for a stallion out in mixed company his behaviour has been exceptional!"

Two more exciting SPSS Elite stallions

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At the October 2004 SPSS Grading the BSJA 134 cm pony Grey Palace (pictured right) gained the amazing mark of 87.5% and was graded with Elite status based on his outstanding show jumping career - which included being 2004 HOYS 138cm National Champion. 

 

Five other stallions were also graded or licensed out of the 10 forward to add to the 2 that were licensed earlier this year.  All mares presented this year passed.  Full grading results will be available shortly.  Click here for article about the Heart of England 2004 Grading - including tips on how to prepare your pony for grading.

 

Earlier in October, the successful dressage pony Caesar 171 was also accepted into the SPSS studbook and given Elite status in recognition of his international career.

Grey Palace with rider Jordan Whittaker

Gold and Bronze for British Pony Teams in Poland

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The British Pony Teams excelled themselves at the 2004 European Pony Championships in Poland.  The Showjumpers took Team and Individual Gold and the Dressage Team gained Bronze.  The Eventers were fourth.  The Dressage team (pictured left on the podium) included the SPSS Elite stallion Manitu N and the SPSS Elite mare Daphne II.

SPSS Ponies win at British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships 2004

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The in-hand classes of the Championships were held on Friday 25 June and SPSS ponies dominated the in-hand potential dressage pony classes.  The Dressage Pony Breeding Champion was Rosewater Manakin (pictured on right) by the SPSS Elite stallion Manitu N and the Reserve was the SPSS Graded mare Bernwode Dorina.  In addition, Orchard Zemskia, a 2004 filly foal by SPSS stallion Orchard Glasnost out of the British Warmblood mare Welcome, won the filly foal born after 14 April 2004  section of the class for foals with potential to become dressage horses.

Grading Height Raised for Mares

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The SPSS now accepts mares of up to 158cms (15.2hh) for registration and grading.  Maximum height for stallions remains at 153cms (15hh).

 

SPSS Ponies in Stallion Display

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Stafford Twilight (bottom right), Littledale Bright Star (bottom center) and Bernwode Brokat (pictured left at display) all took part in the stallion display at Catherston Stud on 29 February 2004. The display was to raise money for the British Equestrian Olympic fund and was well supported by breeders.

2004 Bernwode Brokat colt - Woodwalton Bhaltair

2004 Foals Start to Arrive

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Having concentrated on his competition career, the advanced medium Dutch dressage pony Orchard Glasnost turned his attention to stud duties last year. The first of his children arrived safely this month, two exceptional fillies with presence and movement. Our congratulations go to his owner Susan Freeth.  Sarah Eberle’s mare Barkway Riverdance has produced another foal by the European Team pony Manitu N and Yvonne Scales has reported the safe arrival of a Nibelungenheld IV filly on 18 May.  For more foal pictures - click here

 

We welcome news of SPSS foals arriving so do contact Sarah at the Head Office or

2004 Stallion Declarations

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Head Office has received Stallion Declarations for 2004 for the following stallions. See the stallions page for contact and other details.

 

Bernwode Nirvana - the latest SPSS licensed stallion - click here for more details

Aimbry Chester

Bernwode Brokat

Broomford Dancer

Diptford Star Attraction

Laban

Littledale Bright Star

Ousbek

Stafford Twilight

White Kossak

Albion Domino

Bernwode Nirvana

Cornhill Snicker

Gorsfraith Brenin

Langstaffe Donnerstag

Orchard Glasnost

Special Edition II

Strinesdale Matador

Wolfgang Bravo

Top price Pony has SPSS Connection

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A three year old stallion by top German pony sire Brillant (who died last year) out of the SPSS Head Studbook mare Dorina was selected for the 'Elite' sale at Vechta, Germany 2003.  He sold to Ireland as the highest priced pony in the sale and is an exciting prospect for Irish pony breeders.

 

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