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Claire Ballantyne, one of the judges, presents Sapphire Blue with her rosettes and sash as the highest scoring mare at the 2005 SPSS Grading

 

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In-Hand Show 2007 - CPR Winner

*  Grading 2007 - Results

2007 Futurity Young Horse Evaluations - Final Results

*  Central Prefix Award Worth £300!

Thistledown Copper Lustre

*  Futurity Young Horse Evaluations - Updated Results

*  IMPORTANT - New Award for SPSS Stallions

*  Futurity Young Horse Evaluations - Results so Far

BD Young Horse And Breeding Championship Results

*  Advance Notice of 2007 SPSS AGM

*  Naturell joins the select band of SPSS Elite Mares

Another New Elite Stallion - Machno Carwyn

Thistledown Copper Lustre Update

BD Young Horse And Breeding Championship

Update From Albion Stud

2007 Grading & Premium In-Hand Show Dates

British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations

2007 Foals

New Elite Stallion - Top Yellow To Stand At Stud

Gorsfraith Brenin Awarded Permanent Graded Status

SPSS Representation On National Committees

Updates From Members

Annual Accounts

*  News of SPSS Graded Mare Machno Rhonwen

*  SPSS Stallion takes part in Panto!!

*  SPSS Grading and In-Hand Show - Results now available

*  SPSS Graded Stallion Wins at HOYS 2006

*  SPSS Graded Mare Successful with Young Rider

*  More SPSS Success in BEF Futurity

British Breeding's Pony Evaluation Final and SPSS In-hand show

2006 Stallion and Mare Grading Dates

*  SPSS Foal Gets High Score in BEF Futurity

*  SPSS Foal Reserve Supreme Champion at 2006 BD Breed Show

*  More Wayland Loganberry News

*  Thistledown Copper Lustre Update (updated again 12 August)

Bernwode Denessy Update

Stallion Update

*  Wayland Loganberry update (updated again 21 May)

*  First 2006 SPSS foal reported

*  SPSS Graded mare, Simnel, races again

Carregcoch Bleddyn wins BEF award

IN-HAND SHOW 2007 - CPR AWARD WINNER

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There was a special award at the 2007 In-Hand Premium Show on 13th October 2007.  This award was presented by the Central Prefix Register (CPR) to the owner and breeder of highest scoring pony/horse with a SPSS pedigree passport and CPR prefix.  This was Warford Saskatchewan, a 3 year old filly who graded into the SPSS Head Studbook in the morning and then impressed the In-Hand Show judge, Lynne Crowden (of Woodlander Stud), to be Overall Reserve Champion and as the Overall Champion was a German-bred mare, take the CPR award.

 

Warford Saskatchewan is by the BWBS & SPSS graded stallion Aimbry Chester out of the HIS mare Holmeswood Meadow (by the Thoroughbred Drumberg). As the owner and the breeder Candice Hadfield received £300!  The SPSS is grateful to the CPR for their kind sponsorship of this special award which gave an added dimension to the 2007 In-Hand Show.

 

Warford Saskatchewan -  Winner of the Central Prefix Register prize for the highest scoring horse/pony with a SPSS passport and CPR Prefix

Photograph courtesy of Welsh Sport Horses International

GRADING 2007 - RESULTS

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At the 2007 SPSS Stallion & Mare Grading, a total of 5 new stallions and 14 new mares joined the SPSS studbook.  In addition, the German stallion Casador, who had been graded in Germany prior to arriving in the UK, passed the BSJA Assessment.  The champion stallion was the 15 year old Welsh Section D, Erwfforch Dewin Direudus, owned by Anne Roberts and Jane Roberts from Welsh Sport Horses (WSH) International.  'Dewin' is pictured on his lap of honour.

 

For more information , please click here

FUTURITY YOUNG HORSE EVALUATIONS - FULL PONY RESULTS

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The 2007 Baileys Horse Feeds / British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations are now  complete.  There was a section for ponies and small horses (not likely to exceed 158cm) and the SPSS is delighted to be able to announce that the top scoring ponies in the foal, yearling and 2 year old sections all have SPSS passports.  These winners are:

 

Top Pony Foal - Ruby Rouge (SPSS) - Score 8.9 - By Mill Law (NTR) ex Sapphire Blue (ECPS/SPSS) by Shantamar (TB) - Owner & breeder : Anne Bosanquet

 

Top Yearling Pony - Rochand Bright Spark (SPSS) - Score 8.23 - By Lumes (DRP/SPSS) ex Christerene Arabella (AHS PB) by Clavering Baronet - Owner & breeder: Dani Phalp.

 

Top 2 year old Pony - Trevoulter Hot Totty (SPSS) - Score 8.56 - By Gorsfraith Brenin (WPCS/SPSS) ex Trevoulter Lady (SPSS) - Owner: Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick, breeder: Trevoulter Barton Stud

 

Click here for a consolidated league table of results for all ponies and small horses.  The SPSS registered foal, Ruby Rouge (out of the SPSS Elite Graded mare, Sapphire Blue), is the highest scoring SPSS pony with a score of 8.9.  Impressively, Ruby Rouge scored four 9s with only one lower score.  Next highest scoring SPSS registered pony is Le Chiffre (by the SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171) with a score of 8.81.  Both of these ponies were awarded first premiums. 

CENTRAL PREFIX REGISTRY AWARD WORTH £300!

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The SPSS is delighted to announce that there will now be a special award at the In-Hand Premium Show on 13th October 2007.  This award will be presented by the Central Prefix Register (CPR) to the owner and breeder of highest scoring pony/horse with a SPSS pedigree passport and CPR prefix.  Both the owner and the breeder will each receive £150!  The SPSS is grateful to the CPR for their kind sponsorship and we would like to encourage those with eligible prefixes to enter the In-Hand Show.  Currently, the eligible prefixes are:

 

Albion, AP (suffix), Ashmoor, Bassano, Bernwode, Broomford, Catherston, Cornhill, Coswarth, Cottage Farm, Deans Water, Delaroche, Eceni, Fernoak, Gold (suffix), Jamesfield, Keysoe, Langstaffe, Machno, Maelor, McCartneys, Pickmere, Pintofields, Rexton, Rochand, Romanno, Rosewater, September, Silkwell, Silvercopse, Stafford, Stychlands, Tallents, Trevoulter, Tuell, Waterborn, Waterhouse, Woodlands, Woodwalton

 

The In-Hand Show is open to members and non-members – so, breeders, encourage the owners of eligible offspring to attend – it’ll be well worth it for somebody!!

THISTLEDOWN COPPER LUSTRE

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The SPSS is delighted to announce that Thistledown Copper Lustre has been awarded Permanent Graded status due to his performance achievements and the quality of his offspring.  This year, the 6 year old stallion qualified for the British Dressage North West Summer Regional Championships at Somerford Park, Congleton and competed at Novice Open and Elementary Open levels. Competing against horses, his owner, Penny Walster, reports that she was really pleased with his Novice Open score of 64.17% and ending up in 13th Place from 32 starters, not quite in the prizes but a very good score for the BD Regionals. The next day he was 20th in the Elementary – another good result considering that he is not yet established at this level.

FUTURITY YOUNG HORSE EVALUATIONS - RESULTS SO FAR

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The 2007 Baileys Horse Feeds / British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations are now almost complete.  The remaining date and venue for the youngstock and 4 year old assessments is 30th August at The Grange, Devon.  Entries are now closed.

 

Note that at the Futurity the horses/ponies are graded against a standard and not each other so there is no question of a pony being at a disadvantage compared to a small horse though they are both in the same class.  Spectators are welcome at all events.

 

Click here for a  consolidated league table of results for ponies and small horses.  After 5 of the 6 evaluations, the SPSS registered foal, Ruby Rouge (out of the SPSS Elite Graded mare, Sapphire Blue), is the highest scoring pony with a score of 8.9.  Impressively, Ruby Rouge scored four 9s with only one lower score.  Next highest scoring SPSS registered pony is Rosewater Breant (by Bernwode Brokat) with a score of 8.59.  Both of these ponies were awarded first premiums.

Ruby Rouge

IMPORTANT – NEW AWARD FOR SPSS STALLIONS

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The SPSS is delighted to announce that there will now be a special award for the highest placed SPSS licensed/graded stallion on the BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS / BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY YOUNG HORSE EVALUATIONS Active stallion list.  The highest placed SPSS stallion will be presented with The Dancer Medal (named to honour the German-bred, International Dressage pony and SPSS Elite sire Dancer) and will also be invited to give a display at the 2007 Mare Grading on 13th October.

 

Active Stallions are those with progeny entered in the Futurity series that have been nominated and paid a nomination fee.  This creates a separate prize fund which is shared amongst the Active stallions that have the most successful progeny performance record across all age groups.  Each Active stallion must have at least three offspring enrolled in the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations to be eligible and those Active stallions that do not reach this number of representatives will have their nomination fees returned at the end of the series.

 

A full list of all Active and Passive stallions is regularly updated on www.bef.co.uk and nomination forms are available for download at http://www.bef.co.uk/Downloads/Stallion%20Nomination%202007.pdf

 

The Closing date for stallion nominations is Friday 24 Aug

 

More information on the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations is given  below

 FUTURITY YOUNG HORSE EVALUATIONS - RESULTS SO FAR

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The 2007 Baileys Horse Feeds / British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations are now half way through.  The remaining dates and venues for the youngstock and 4 year old assessments are as follows (entries close the Friday before each date):

  *  16 August - Catherston Stud, Hants - Entries now closed;

  *  23 August - Heart of England EC (Staffs) - Some spaces still available

  *  30 August -The Grange, Devon - Classes full; waiting list in operation

 

Note that at the Futurity the horses/ponies are graded against a standard and not each other so there is no question of a pony being at a disadvantage compared to a small horse though they are both in the same class.  Spectators are welcome at all events.

 

Click here for a  consolidated league table of results for ponies and small horses.  At the half way point, Woodwalton Bhaltair (by Bernwode Brokat) is the highest scoring SPSS registered pony with a score of 8.16.  Close behind is Bathleyhills Flashing Light (by Thistledown Copper Lustre) with a score of 8.09.  Both of these ponies were awarded first premiums.

Woodwalton Bhaltair

Photo by kind permission of Blazebilly

The Perpetual Rosewater Cup awarded to the 1st placed Pony Foal.  Won in 2007 by Rosewater Breant.

2007 BD YOUNG HORSE AND BREEDING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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The 2007 BD Young Horse and Breeding Championships was held at Addington Manor EC on 12/13th July.  Classes were open to both British and foreign bred ponies. 

 

The judge for the in-hand classes was Claire Ballantyne and she chose the Welsh Part-bred yearling filly, Sheepcote Dancer as the Pony Champion with the top foal, Rosewater Breant (Bernwode Brokat ex Delphi), as Reserve Champion and winner of the SPSS sash for the best SPSS registered pony overall.  As winner of the Pony Foal Class,  Rosewater Breant also received the Perpetual Rosewater Cup generously donated by Mrs Sarah Eberle of Rosewater Sports Ponies in memory of Rosewater General Election, Dressage Pony Breeding Champion at the British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships as a foal in 2006. 

 

The 5 year old German-bred and SPSS registered mare, Conchita was awarded the SPSS sash in the ridden classes.  Conchita is by the acclaimed Welsh Sec B sire Constantin (Welsh B) and was ridden by  Sarah Parnell

Click here for the full results.

ADVANCE NOTICE OF 2007 SPSS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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The 2007 SPSS Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 12th October at Heart of England Equestrian, Stone, Staffs.  Full details will be circulated nearer the time.  Note that this is a change of date/venue from that announced in the May Newsletter.

NATURELL JOINS THE SELECT BAND OF SPSS ELITE MARES

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The Premium graded Westfalian mare, Naturell (by Nantano out of a Durello mare), has been accepted into the SPSS Head Studbook as an Elite mare.  Naturell was awarded Elite status due to her excellent competition record which included numerous British Dressage Regional Finals at Elementary and Medium levels and good results in the pony FEI tests including representing the UK at the Addington CDI in 2003.

 

On 9th May, Naturell had a colt foal by the 2005 Weser Ems licensing stallion Hilken's Black Delight (pictured with Naturell on the left and also pictured on the Foals page)

ANOTHER NEW ELITE STALLION!

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The British bred International  Show Jumping Pony Stallion Machno Carwyn has joined the ranks of SPSS Elite Stallions.  Machno Carwyn is one of the most successful European pony stallions ever, wining the European Championships Gold Medal in 2000 and 2001 plus a host of other international events. 

 

Click here for full details of his illustrious career, more pictures and contact details for Machno Stud. 

THISTLEDOWN COPPER LUSTRE UPDATE

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SPSS graded stallion Thistledown Copper Lustre has qualified for the British Dressage Summer Regional Championships at both Novice Open and Elementary Open level.  He achieved this in just 3 shows and competing against horses.  To qualify by winning (with the good scores of 66.8% and 66.55%) in his first Affiliated Elementary classes is an achievement that most riders of flashy warmblood horses never manage!

 

In addition, his first foal was born on 19th April, out of the SPSS Graded mare Aklah Twighlight Star (pictured on left and again on the Foals page)

BD YOUNG HORSE AND BREEDING CHAMPIONSHIP

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11th & 12th July at Addington Manor EC – Buckingham

Classes open to both British and foreign bred ponies

 

11th July - Ridden classes for 4-, 5- and 6- year old ponies (neither pony nor rider need to be registered with BD) For full details and official BD entry form contact Caroline Griffiths - carolinegriffith@grove-house.co.uk 

 

12th July - In-hand classes for foals, yearlings, 2 year olds and 3 year old fillies, colts and geldings (but not 3 year old colts) likely to make a dressage pony. For full details and entry form contact Celia Clarke or call 01280 812281

 

Note that 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 the highest scoring SPSS registered pony on each day

 

Entries close:  20th  June (in hand classes) and 25th June (all other classes)

 

The 2006 Reserve Supreme Champion Rosewater General Election (SPSS) by Littledale Bright Star

Albion Domino

UPDATE FROM ALBION STUD

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Ann Craig of Albion stud reports that her young mare Albion Elite, having had a foal in 2005, has started her ridden career and already been 4th and 3rd SJ, done her first XC where she merely had one stop at a triple uphill bounce of steps and came 3rd in her first Show Hunter pony - with a comment from the judge that she'd have won had she not had a double bridle on!!!  For a bit of fun, her dam, Amazon's Charme, been pony racing at Lingfield, but it will be her last race for a while as she's being put in foal to Aimbry Chester.

 

Albion Domino is now jumping with a very novice child on him as well as dressage and is back with Ann as he was outgrown by his young para rider. Ann has still got frozen semen from him; contact her on 07956 499054;  www.albionhorse.biz/stallion .

2007 STALLION AND MARE GRADING & PREMIUM IN-HAND SHOW DATES

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The 2007 SPSS Mare & Stallion Gradings will be held over the weekend of the 13th & 14th October at Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire, by kind permission of Claire Ballantyne.  Click here for full details.

 

After the Mare Grading, on Saturday 13th Oct, there will be an In-hand Premium Show with classes for Mares and  Youngstock (foals to three year olds).  This is a chance to have for members and non-members to have their ponies assessed and for temporarily licensed stallions to show their progeny.

 

For information, including to download entry forms in Word format, click here (or call/email Head Office to receive by post)

BAILEYS HORSE FEEDS / BRITISH BREEDING FUTURITY YOUNG HORSE EVALUATIONS

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There are sections in this for all British-bred ponies of sports pony type (including SPSS, NPS and native breeds) from foals to 6 years old.  The foals and youngstock are judged loose and in-hand on the triangle (3 year olds may be loose jumped if the owner chooses at specific assessment days), 4 year olds are assessed using a combination of veterinary, conformation, loose paces and ridden assessment at the same venues as the foals and youngstock and 5 & 6 year old winners are identified on their record in affiliated (BD, BE, BSJA) classes throughout the year.

Dates and venues for the youngstock and 4 year old assessments are as follows (entries close the Friday before each date):

·         19 July  Arena UK, Lincolnshire

·         26 July  Osbaldston EC, Lancashire

·         2 August Sunnybank EC (Wales)

·         9 August Oakridge EC (Scotland)

·         16 August Catherston Stud, Hants

·         23 August Heart of England EC (Staffs)

·         30 August The Grange, Devon

No final championships will be held in 2007, and awards will be based on scores achieved at the assessment with the assessment panel being drawn from the same panel of 5 for all venues

Rules and entry forms may be downloaded from the British Breeding section of the BEF web site at www.bef.co.uk and further details are available from Jan Rogers:  or call 07725 332595

2007 FOALS

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If you are intending to register your 2007 foal please contact the Head Office for a DNA kit BEFORE posting your application and covering certificate.  This will prevent a further visit from your vet!

 

Also there is a page for foal pictures on the SPSS website here – use the link on the page to email in pictures – but please note that you must have the permission from the photographer for any pictures sent for the website.

 

Picture right is Woodwalton Barnaby Fudge, a chestnut colt by the SPSS Stallion, Bernwode Brokat, out of the graded Trakehner mare Holme Grove Fabienne

NEW ELITE STALLION - TOP YELLOW TO STAND AT STUD

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The German bred, SPSS Elite and licensed Westphalian pony stallion, Top Yellow is to stand in the UK this year for the first time.  This remarkable palomino pony was bred by the notable German dressage trainer Johan Hinnemann and is by Till the Champ out of Kaprice by Kirby Cane. 

 

For more information, click here or contact Yvonne Wood Tel: 01377 250741; Mob: 07710 105870;

GORSFRAITH BRENIN AWARDED PERMANENT GRADED STATUS

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In recognition of the quality of his foals, the Welsh Sec D stallion Gorsfraith Brenin has been awarded Permanent Graded Status. 

 

In 2006, Brenin was sire of the Pony Foal Champion and 3rd place foal in the Foal Championship, Trevoulter Brenmingh at the Futurity Final.  This and a good score from his other progeny led to Brenin receiving the Special 2006 Award for Stallions represented by only 2 progeny.

 

For further information on Gorsfraith Brenin please contact Mrs Kerensa Pluess-Cobbledick on 01288 361368 or 07977 480870

SPSS REPRESENTATION ON NATIONAL COMMITTEES

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As a studbook PIO listed with DEFRA and as the sole specialist sports pony studbook in the country, the SPSS is represented by members of the committee on a number of national bodies. These usually meet every 6 months -- although some meetings are only held annually -- and some extra meetings may be held on an ad hoc basis for working parties on which the SPSS has representation.

 

The current meetings to which the SPSS sends representatives are: BHS Horse and Pony Breeds Committee (every 6 months); Central Prefix Register Council and AGM (annual); Equine Forum (annual); Lead Body for Sports Horse and Pony Breeding (regular schedule of meetings yet to be confirmed) and the associated Steering Group (ad hoc meetings to draw up constitution prior to launch of above); NPS Part-bred committee (annual); NPS/Ponies UK stud book and show society committee (every 6 months); Supporters of British Breeding Annual Awards Dinner at which we sponsor an award (annual)

 

If you would like to receive reports on any of the above please contact Celia Clarke  to be put on the relevant circulation list.

UPDATES FROM MEMBERS

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The SPSS Graded mare, Coldblow Honeysuckle, with her young rider, Maddy Van Vleet made it to the Pony Of the Year Show at Unex Towerlands this April despite supposedly stopping jumping!  She did well, jumping 3 foot 6 in the final Grand Prix, but unfortunately luck was not their side and they were not in the final placing. However, ‘Honey’ was probably one of the smallest ponies there and just getting there is a notable achievement.

The SPSS Elite Graded mare Sapphire Blue, has had a lovely filly foal by Mill Law.  Having lost her 2006 foal during pregnancy, the safe arrival of this year’s foal has been a great relief for her owner.  Pictured on right and on Foals page.

 

Members are welcome to send news of their registered/graded ponies for publication on the website and/or newsletter –  (with SPSS in the title please)

ANNUAL ACCOUNTS

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The 2006 SPSS accounts are now available from the Treasurer, by sending a large stamped addressed envelope to:

 

Mrs E. Rutherford, Cae Rhyd ar Wen, Cwmdu, Llandeilo, Carms. SA19 7ED

 

News of SPSS Graded Mare Machno Rhonwen

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Machno Rhonwen graded in to the SPSS Main Studbook at the age of 2 in 2001 has been busy in the last 6 years.  She produced 2 foals, one of which was exported to France and has evented with success and won her showjumping debut all with 9 year old rider Robyn Harris.  Machno Rhonwen is by Minyffordd Democrat and will now have a career as a broodmare as her owner is so pleased with the first two.

SPSS Stallion takes part in Panto!!

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SPSS Stallion, Thistledown Copper Lustre, had a starring role in his local pantomime "Cinderella" on the 19 & 20th Jan 2007.  Copper Lustre (known as Harry at home) performed in front of an audience of 200 people, which says a lot about his temperament!  He gave three performances without a dress rehearsal  although he did arrive early for his first performance in order to desensitise him to the children, theatre and lights, music etc.  His owner reports that he behaved like a proper gentleman and went on stage 3 times despite having been run into with the coach the first night as it was a nightmare to get in the building!

Champion Stallion

Arnie de Burgh

 

Click here for full 2006 Grading Results

SPSS GRADING, YHE PONY FINAL AND IN-HAND SHOW REPORT

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The 2006 Stallion and Mare Gradings were held at Heart of England Equestrian on the 21st and 22nd October.  Of the 7 stallions forward, 5 passed and have been accepted into the studbook.  The highest scoring stallion was the 4 year old Thoroughbred, Arnie de Burgh, who was racing successfully on the flat until a few weeks earlier and was viewed by the judges as a good stallion for producing event ponies.  The other successful stallions were Salvador AP, Acado, Rughavens Jackpot and Magic Gold GF.

 

All 13 of the mares who attended the Mare Grading were accepted into the SPSS studbook and the judges commented on the excellent standard of mares forward.  The highest scoring mare overall was the 2 year old Wurlitzer filly, Wurlibird.  Unfortunately, as her dam is of unknown breeding, Wurlibird goes into the Preliminary studbook.  The next highest scoring mare was the 12 year old, former Dutch Team Show Jumping pony, Oude Tempels Micky who was graded into the Head Studbook and also awarded Elite status in recognition of her outstanding competition career to date.

Alongside the Grading, the SPSS hosted the SEIB/British Breeding Young Horse Evaluation Pony Section Finals.  The Dressage pony, Conchita, was the overall winner of the SPSS sponsored Pony Section Finals.  Tynycae Sandmartin was the runner up and winner of the Central Prefix Register Prize and Machno Showtime was the winner of the Show Jumping pony section.  Click here to read more on the YHE Pony Final Results

 

To promote British Breeding, a discussion and demonstration by connections of the YHE finalists was held.  SPSS graded stallion Wurlitzer, the sire of Tynycae Sandmartin, and his daughter Wish of Sheepcote demonstrated advanced dressage movements and Meirion Jones of Machno Stud and Serena Pincus of Sheepcote Stud discussed Sports Pony breeding and answered questions from spectators.

 

In addition, an in-hand Premium show was run for the first time.  There were classes for broodmares, foals and youngstock and of the 12 ponies forward, 6 were awarded First Premiums and the remainder Second Premiums.  The Overall In-Hand Champion was Wurlibird (1st placed in the Female Youngstock class) and Reserve was DHI Tiger Lilly (1st placed in the Broodmare Class).  The other class winners were Littlebyrom Patchwork (Male Youngstock) and Pintofields Regal Impressario (Foal).  Click here to view Show Results

 

Photographs of the Event may be viewed and ordered through www.wisehall.co.uk

SPSS Graded Stallion Wins at HOYS 2006

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The SPSS Graded Connemara stallion Trobadour won the Balanced feeds M&M Large Breeds WHP class at the 2006 Horse of the Year Show. Trobadour is owned by Kippure Stud in Ireland and ridden by Debbie Boylan from Surrey.  Trobadour did not stand at stud in 2006 so that he could concentrate on his ridden career, but his owners hope that he will be available in 2007.

 

Both pictures by kind permission of Visualize Photography

SPSS Graded Mare Successful with Young Rider

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SPSS Graded mare, Coldblow Honeysuckle, has busily been competing this summer with her young owner, Maddy Van Vleet (age 13).  Maddy and Honey attended their first BSJA show and won both classes first time!  Honey qualified for the Elementary level Hickstead Dressage Masters doing a very good dressage test against big warmblood type horses.  After her owner’s bigger pony fell ill, Honey had to compete in the intermediate 1.05m show jumping team. She jumped every round wonderfully but unfortunately the team did not get placed. Honey and Maddy then competed in the Novice Area Teams ODE and after a good dressage and two clear rounds came individually second overall. Next Honey competed at the Under 21’s Dressage Championships in Lincolnshire having qualified for the Elementary Championships.  Honey was placed in every class, winning both her team novices and a qualifier for the Pony Derby. Overall Honey won £105 and a £25 voucher for lessons. She also received 4 plates and 9 rosettes.  Finally, Honey competed in her first Medium on the 1st of October. She was third in the affiliated show out of all the big warmbloods. She will be doing two more mediums until the national Talent spotting finals.  SPSS offers many congratulations to this versatile mare.

More SPSS Success in BEF Futurity

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At the BEF Futurity qualifier at The Grange EC in Devon on 24th August, another SPSS foal was the highest scoring entrant (again with an outstanding 8.7). Trevoulter Brenmingh is by the young SPSS stallion Gorsfraith Brenin (WPCS Sec D) out of the KWPN mare Uniki W (Damsire Flemmingh).  Once again, our congratulations to his breeder, Trevoulter Stud, on this success against horses and ponies up to 3 years old. 

 

These 2 high scoring foals and another 9 SPSS registered ponies qualified for the finals on 21st September at Arena UK.  Full details of all the ponies and small horses who attended the 5 Futurity Qualifiers are available here.  Amazingly, no SPSS registered pony gained less than a 2nd Premium - an excellent result for the SPSS breeding programme. 

Tuell Remember Lucy shows off on her way to gaining a 1st Premium at the Devon Futurity Qualifier

British Breeding's Pony Evaluation Final and SPSS In-hand show

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The SEIB and British Breeding's Pony Evaluation Final will be held alongside the SPSS Stallion Grading on Saturday 21st October 2006.  The day will feature Evaluation Decisions, Family Breeding Connections of the Finalist, Demonstrations and interviews with the Breeders and will finish in the early evening with a pre-booked Barbeque.

 

Then on Sunday 22nd October, the SPSS Mare grading will be held as well as in-hand classes for Sports Ponies and small horses (to include broodmares, foals, one, two and three year olds).  The outline programme for the weekend and details of how to book for the Barbeque will be available on-line shortly, click here to download the in-hand schedule (Word format) or send an SAE to SPSS Show, c/o The Last House, Keysoe Row West, Keysoe, Beds MK44 2JJ

2006 Stallion and Mare Grading Dates

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Heart of England Equestrian, Nr Stone, Staffordshire

21st October - Stallions (including BSJA assessment if required)

22nd October - Mares (note any mare to be shown jumping under-saddle will have to attend on the 21st as well for the ridden jumping element only)

 

For information, including to download entry forms in Word format, click here (or call/email Head Office to receive by post)

SPSS Foal Gets High Score in BEF Futurity

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Rosewater Stud's Rosewater I Claudius was the highest scoring entrant (gaining a remarkable 8.7) at the BEF Futurity Qualifier at Catherston Stud on 11th August.  I Claudius is by the Elite SPSS stallion Caesar 171 out of the SPSS graded and German-bred mare Delphi.  Our congratulations to his breeder on this success against horses and ponies up to 3 years old.

 

Entries have closed for the next qualifier (17th August at Arena UK) but are open until 18th August for the final qualifier.  Full details from the BEF.

SPSS Foal Reserve Supreme Champion at 2006 BD Breed Show

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Rosewater General Election (pictured right), bred by SPSS Director Sarah Eberle, by SPSS Graded Stallion Littledale Bright Star and out of the SPSS graded German bred mare Ballerina, won his Pony Foal class, was Dressage Pony Breeding Champion and was then Reserve Supreme Champion at the 2006 British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships.  Sarah's 6 year old Graded SPSS mare, Dornroschen  then won the 6 year old Dressage Pony Class.

 

Full results here

Photograph by kind permission of Horsepower Photography

More Wayland Loganberry News

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Wayland Stud report that their SPSS graded stallion, Wayland Loganberry, went to a One Day Event at Moreton, Dorchester on Sunday 18th June and competed in the novice 3'0" class, over the British Eventing Intro course.  He had the best dressage score over the day, having only 17.1 penalties, went clear Show Jumping (pictured left), and then flew around the Cross Country course to have only 2.8 time faults. He won the class of 42 on a finishing score of 19.9 penalties, with 2nd place having more than 34 penalties.  Loganberry  has also qualified for the Bob Templeton Open Ridden Championship at the NPS Area XI show, Solihull, and the Intermediate Working Hunter Pony Championship at Thorney Island.

Thistledown Copper Lustre Updates

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April 06 - Thistledown Copper Lustre has qualified for the Preliminary and Novice Dressage Trailblazers final to be held at Stoneleigh in August 2006 after winning both classes in the second round held at Caythorpe Equestrian Centre on the 9th April.  Copper Lustre gained the superb scores of 77.20% in Prelim 12 and 67.41% in Novice 24 and was ridden by his owner Penny Walster.

 

July 06 - Thistledown Copper Lustre qualified for the BD Winter Regional Finals at Novice Open on his 1st time out at this affiliated level, winning both classes at Caythorpe Equestrian centre on the excellent scores of 70.74% and 70.87%.  At the BD Breed Show, he was highest placed SPSS registered pony in the 5 year old class.  Then, he gained 65.5% in N21 ending around 12th place and 66.6% in N25 ending at 9th place at the Badminton Horse Feeds Championships which his owner, Penny Walster, was thrilled with as there were over 30 entries in the classes.  Finally, at the end of July, he came 5th in both P4 and P10 with 63.64 in both at the under 21s at Addington  with Charlotte Jones who was riding him for only the 2nd time at competition.  A busy and successful month for one of our youngest stallions.

At the BD Breed Show, Jul 06 ridden by Rebecca Palmer.

Royal Bath ODE - Oct 05

Photograph by kind permission of Horsepower

Bernwode Denessy Update

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SPSS Main Studbook mare, Bernwode Denessy, is proving to be a top class Sports Pony with young British rider Sara Chittleborough. In 2005, they were placed in 4 out of 6 BE intro events, including a win at Little Mattingley in July and got through to the Intro Regional Finals.  They also placed 5th at the Royal Bath & West BE One Day Event in October 2005; this was only her 2nd pre-novice event. In April 2006, they completed Pontispool ODE and were placed 7th and then in May they were 2nd in the pre-novice at Aston-le-Walls, finishing on their dressage score. During the winter Denessy and Sara were placed in 7 out of 8 of their showjumping competitions, including a win. At the beginning of 2006, they contested their first 3 competitions with BD at elementary level and been placed in each.

Stallion Update

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Sadly it has been reported that two SPSS stallions have been gelded. 

 

Lumes was gelded following an accident with the dummy mare and has now been backed and is for sale. 

 

Albion Domino has also been gelded in order for him to pursue a competitive career with aspiring paralympic rider 11 year old Georgia Wilson.  Based in North Wales with Georgia, Domino has already been placed 3rd at Warwick College on his first outing and was also 4th and 5th at Addington Manor on 22nd and 23rd April against existing team ponies

2006 Lumes Foal

Rochand Bright Spark

Wayland Loganberry update

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Wayland Stud report that their SPSS graded stallion, Wayland Loganberry, was in the winning Senior Novice Hunter Trials Team (and was 12th individually) at the Riding Clubs Hunter Trial Championships in Peterborough on May 14th.  He also competed at the West Midlands Show on April 6th and won the Shearwater Open M&M WHP classes and then went on to become Reserve Supreme Champion of the show. He has also recently qualified for the Intermediate M&M WHP summer championships and was then Reserve Champion at the same show. 

First 2006 SPSS foal reported

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Pictured right is SPSS graded stallion, Trenawin Lanikai's first baby, Lulubelle. She was born in March and is pictured at 4 weeks old.  Her breeder reports that has a natural piaffe already and can jump pretty well too! 

 

Trenawin Lanikai has also had a small dark brown colt foal born in Cornwall to a hunter pony called Luck Strike.  Baby is called Lucky Chance.

 

These are the first foal reports to come in - as we receive more, their pictures will be added to the foals page (click here to view). 

SPSS Graded mare, Simnel, races again

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The Irish bred TB mare Simnel who was awarded SPSS Head Studbook status in 2005 has successfully returned to the racetrack following the weaning of her 2005 foal.

 

Click here for full report.

Carregcoch Bleddyn wins BEF award

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SPSS Elite and Welsh Section D stallion Carregcoch Bleddyn was awarded 'The Leading Sire of Performance Ponies 2005' award by the BEF.  Coincidently, this award was sponsored by the SPSS.  Carregcoch Bleddyn is the sire of exceptional stock from show ring to sport including the most successful show jumping pony stallion of all times, Machno Carwyn.

 

Carregcoch Bleddyn and the New Forest SPSS Graded stallion Wayland Loganberry also featured in the article on Type v Performance in 23rd February's Horse and Hound

 

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