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2008/2009 NEWS

 

SPSS Thermatex Pony Rugs

Click here to see and order SPSS merchandise

 

*  Parents of Silver Medal Winning Event Pony Grade SPSS Elite!!

*  2009 Dancer Medal Awarded to Bernwode Brokat

*  2009 Grading and In-Hand Show Results

*  Spectators Welcome at 2009 Gradings and Show

*  Improved Guidance on Obtaining a Passport

*  SPSS AGM, Stallion and Mare Grading

IMPORTANT NOTICE about Foal Registration

*  Additional Futurity Date

*  2009 Foal Reports - Pictures Start to Arrive!

*  News of Rughavens Jackpot

*  News of Bernwode Nirvana

*  PHSP Stallion Parades

*  Key Dates 2009

*  SPSS Award for the Top Sire of Performance Ponies

2008 Dancer Medal Presented at British Breeding Dinner

Shingle Hall Senator sires 2008 top Futurity Yearling

First SPSS Stallion Certificate of Excellence Award

*  2008 Mare and Stallion Grading and In-Hand Show Results

*  SPSS Special Display on 18th October 2008

*  2008 SPSS Gradings

*  Futurity 08 News - Cundlegreen Birthday Girl

*  Mare News - Coldblow Honeysuckle

*  Stallion News - Laban

*  First reported 2008 SPSS Foal

*  2008 Futurity

*  Dancer Medal Presented

*  SPSS Sponsors Awards At Breeders Dinner

*  Stallion Parade on Easter Monday 24 March

New Rule Book

Key Dates in 2008

 

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Ashfield MacTalla with his herd

Photo by kind permission of Paul Williams of The St Austell Voice

Parents of Silver Medal Winning Event Pony Grade SPSS Elite!!

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The British Connemara stallion, Ashfield MacTalla, and the part-bred Welsh mare, Trewithian Pussy Willow, the sire and dam of the 2009 European Team Silver Medal wining pony Trewithian Bracken, both graded into the SPSS Studbook in October.  As the sire and dam of an International event pony, they were both awarded the accolade of 'Elite' to the delight of their owner Miss Sue Rowe of Trewithian Stud, Cornwall. 

Trewithian Pussy Willow & 2009 foal

Photo by kind permission of Paul Williams of The St Austell Voice

2009 Dancer Medal Awarded to Bernwode Brokat

 

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The 2009 SPSS Dancer Medal has been awarded to the SPSS Graded stallion Bernwode Brokat for excellence in breeding and, in particular, his progeny results in the 2009 BEF Futurity Series which ranked him as the 'Leading UK Sire of Sports Ponies'. 

 

The SPSS instigated the Dancer Medal as a testimony to the achievements of the pony stallion Dancer, who was better known in this country as Broomford Dancer.  During his illustrious career he represented Germany, Holland and Great Britain at the European Pony Dressage Championships and he is also renowned as a sire of top performance ponies and stallions.

 

The medal  is an original piece of artwork commissioned by the SPSS from Belinda Sillars and is modelled on Dancer himself.  It is a discretionary award given to a worthy SPSS registered pony for achieving excellence in either competition or breeding.

 

Our 2009 winner, Bernwode Brokat, provided the lunchtime entertainment (in the form of dressage to music) at the recent SPSS Mare Grading day.  Brokat was ridden by European Junior Team rider, Sam Brown, who met him for the very first time on the morning of the display giving them no chance to form a relationship or practice their routine!  It was also the first time Brokat had been ridden for several months as he had been ‘on call’ to his mare owners, but he rose to the occasion and enjoyed showing off to his audience!  

 

Brokat's owner, Sarah Steggall reports that she did have a moment of panic when she saw how much Sam had grown in a year but somehow Sam and Brokat managed to pull off a credible display albeit without stirrups!   What none of them knew at that time was that Brokat had also been selected to receive the 2009 Dancer Medal!  The medal was presented to Sarah by SPSS Chairman, Celia Clarke, at the end of the display and Sarah was surprised and delighted to receive it on Brokat's behalf. 

 

Coincidently, earlier in the day, Bernwode Brokat’ s daughter Mademoiselle achieved the highest ever score awarded to a grading mare to be the 2009 Mare Champion – further confirmation of Brokat’s excellence as a sire.

 

Sarah Steggall receiving the 2009 SPSS Dancer medal as the owner of Bernwode Brokat (with rider Sam Brown)

 

2009 Grading and In-Hand Show Results

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2009 Stallion Champion

Desarbre Falcon

The main 2009 grading took place at: Heart of England Equestrian Centre (10th & 11th October 2009) by kind permission of the Ballantyne family.  A total of 6 new stallions and 8 new mares have graded into the SPSS studbook.  The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding.

 

The stallion champion was the 128cm Welsh Section B pony Desabre Falcon and the mare champion was the 148cm SPSS pony Mademoiselle, by Bernwode Brokat

 

There were 27 ponies forward at the In-Hand Show, with the 9 week old foal, Godrics Campeggio, by SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171, being awarded the Championship.  The show results

are given here with links to each pony's breeding.

2009 Mare Champion

Mademoiselle

 

Spectators Welcome at SPSS Mare Grading, Display and Show on 10th October and Stallion Grading on 11th October

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On 10th October 2008, at Heart of England Equestrian, the 2009 Mare Grading will take place.  This year there are 8 are entered, ranging in age from 3 to 13 years years, in breed from SPSS (both of which are by Bernwode Brokat), to WPCS PB, AES, NPS and SHB(GB) and in height from 120cm to 157cm.

 

The Mare Grading results will be announced at around 11am then, at 11.30, there will be a special Display by SPSS Stallion Bernwode Brokat and 2009 Junior European Team Rider Samantha Brown.  This will be followed by the awarding of the 2009 Dancer Medal.

 

The In-Hand Show will then start at 12.30pm with the Sports Pony Foals, followed by the other classes.  For full details of timing and entrants please click here

 

The Stallion Grading starts at 9am on Sunday the 11th and there are 11 stallions forward for Grading.  As with the mares, there is a diversity of breeds and ages - full details can be found here

 

Entry is free on both days and spectators are very welcome; there will be a free programme with details of the ponies (including if any are for sale) and commentary - plus a chance to purchase SPSS merchandise.  There will also be complementary tea/coffee available all day and light refreshments will be available to purchase at lunchtime.

 

For further information about the day - including lists of entries - please click here

Improved Guidance on Obtaining a Passport

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The Information/FAQ and Passports pages have been updated with improved guidance about how to get a passport for your foal - PLEASE READ before submitting a passport application as it will help Head Office process your passport quickly and mean that you won't have to get your vet out again to complete missing paperwork/DNA/ID chip.

SPSS AGM, Stallion and Mare Grading

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The 2009 SPSS AGM is being held at Heart of England Equestrian, Hilderstone Road, Spot Acre, Nr. Stone, Staffordshire ST15 8RN on Friday 9th October 2009 at 7.30pm.  Click here to see the Agenda.

 

Also at Heart of England, the next day (Saturday 10th October) will be the 2009 Mare Grading with the Open In-hand Show in the afternoon and on the Sunday morning the Stallion Grading will take place.  Spectators are welcome at all these events.  For more information, entry forms etc, please click here. Entries close 1st October 2009.

IMPORTANT NOTICE about 2009 Foal Registrations

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Please note that DEFRA have mandated that additional information is included on the ID page of all passports from 1 July 09.  Hence, it is important that for all foals registered after 1 July 09, the ID section of NEW version of the Youngstock Registration Form is completed by a vet rather than the back of the covering certificate as that ID section is now out of date.  The latest version of the Youngstock Registration Form has Sep 09 in top right corner (click here to download).   Please call Head Office (contact details at top of page) if you have any queries.

 

So to summarise:  All foal registrations after 1st July 09 require a completed Youngstock Registration form (Sep 09 version) with the ID page completed by a Vet.

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Futurity Date

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The Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity has added an additional evaluation date due to the overwhelming popularity this year.  The new date is Tuesday, 1 September at Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands.  This year, there is a new category for endurance horses added to the regular categories of  dressage horses, eventers, show jumpers, and sports ponies in age groups from foals to three years.

 

Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.   

 

Date

Day

Venue

Location

Comment

 

21-Jul

Tue

The Grange

Okehampton, Devon

 
 

23-Jul

Thu

The College EC

Keysoe, Bedfordshire

Full
 

28-Jul

Tue

Plumpton College

Lewes, East Sussex

Full
  30-Jul Thu Arena UK

Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire

 
 

04-Aug

Tue

Myerscough College

Preston, Lancashire

 
  06-Aug Thu Sunnybank EC Rudry, Caerphilly, Wales  
 

11-Aug

Tue

Richmond,

 N Yorkshire

 
 

13-Aug

Thu

Heart of England EC

Stone, Staffs

 
 

18-Aug

Tue

Catherston Stud Hants Full
 

20-Aug

Thu

Solihull RC

West Midlands

Full
 

25-Aug

Tue

Fountain Equestrian

Scotland

 
 

27-Aug

Thu

Tall Trees

Cornwall

 
  1-Sep Tue Solihull West Midlands New Date

 

More general information available here with 2009 Rules, Guidelines and Entry Details from www.bef.co.uk.

2009 Foal Reports - Pictures start to arrive!

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Penny Walster of Bathley Hill Farm has again sent in the first foal report of the year!!  This time, she was reporting on behalf of Mandy Jones and family, whose mare Rohey Sparkling Maydream had a lovely chestnut filly by Penny's SPSS graded stallion Thistledown Copper Lustre on 10th May.  The Jones' have named the foal Maybeck Sparkling Moonlight but there are rumours that the Jones children are calling her "Bambi" :-)

 

If anyone else has had or is awaiting a foal by a SPSS graded stallion or graded mare, then please send us a picture for the foals page - here.  There is a 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.  Please also include the foals name, colour, sex, parents names and date of birth :-)

By kind permission of Image point Photography

News of Rughavens Jackpot

 

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Claire Knowles of Jackpots Stud has reported that their SPSS licensed stallion, Rughavens Jackpot (known as JJ), has had a very successful start to this season.  He has qualified for the British Dressage Elementary Open Regional Championships, is half qualified for the Medium Open Regional Championships (having won the only medium he has started in this season) and is fully qualified for the Advanced Medium Restricted Regional Championships, winning the only advanced medium he has attempted this season and only his 2nd attempt at that level.  He also won that class overall, beating the other open horses.

JJ is also attending BYRDS events with a 13 year old rider and together they are campaigning for a place on the Inter Regional Team squad.  We wish them every success for the rest of the season and the Regional Championships.

News of Bernwode Nirvana

 

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SPSS licensed stallion, Bernwode Nirvana was selected to represent GB at the International Show at Addington on the 16/17/18 April and performed creditably for his first big occasion.  In the Pony Team test he was out of the main placings  due to a strong European attendance, but was the 4th highest scoring British Pony.  On the final day, he was 6th in the Consolation Class.  As a result, Nirvana and rider Fiona Wood were selected for the French International at Saumur at the end of April, where after a nervous start in the Team Test, they performed well in the Individual Test to be the second highest scoring of the British Ponies.  Nirvana is not standing at stud this year in order to focus on competitions and it's nice to see this strategy is paying off!

 

Photo by kind permission of

www.greenlees-photography.com

PSHP Stallion Parades

 

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The Lead Body for British Performance Sport Horses and Ponies (PSHP) has organised 3 Stallion Parades for early 2009.  The first of these took place on Valentines Day (how appropriate!!) at Hartpuy College.  Hartpury's resident SPSS graded pony stallion, Bernwode Benedict, was the only pony to take part as unfortunately the other two entered (Ducal Flash Dance and Fourwinds Gethin) were unable to attend as their lorry had a brake problem soon after departing from their home.  Benedict did the SPSS proud though as, despite not having been backed very long, he rose to the occasion and showed himself off nicely.

 

The remaining PSHP Stallion Displays are:

 

14 March - Arena UK - tickets £5 on the door.

 

12 April - Myerscough College - tickets £5

 

A list of entries for each display will be posted on the BEF website once they have closed. See entry details on BEF website if you have a stallion you would like to take. 

KEY DATES IN 2009

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Provisional Dates are now available for key breeding events in 2009.  Please check with the organisers for any changes.

 

Performance and Sport Horse and Pony Lead Body Stallion Parades

14th February - Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.

14 March - Arena UK, Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire

12 April - Myerscough College

 

Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.   

 

Date

Day

Venue

Location

 

21-Jul

Tue

The Grange

Okehampton, Devon

 

23-Jul

Thu

The College EC

Keysoe, Bedfordshire

 

28-Jul

Tue

Plumpton College

Lewes, East Sussex

  30-Jul Thu Arena UK Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire
 

04-Aug

Tue

Myerscough College

Preston, Lancashire

  06-Aug Thu Sunnybank EC Rudry, Caerphilly, Wales
 

11-Aug

Tue

Richmond,

 N Yorkshire

 

13-Aug

Thu

Heart of England EC

Stone, Staffs

 

18-Aug

Tue

Catherston Stud Hants
 

20-Aug

Thu

Solihull RC

West Midlands

 

25-Aug

Tue

Fountain Equestrian

Scotland

 

27-Aug

Thu

Tall Trees

Cornwall

More information available here.  Revised Rules, Guidelines and Entry Details from www.bef.co.uk from 1st March 2009.

 

9th October (evening) - SPSS AGM - Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire

 

10th & 11th October - SPSS 2008 Stallion & Mare Grading with In Hand Premium Show - Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire - click here for more information

 

 

 

SPSS Treasurer, Edith Rutherford,  presenting the SPSS sponsored Award for Top Sire of Performance Ponies to Meirion Jones, the breeder of winner Machno Carwyn

Photo by kind permission of British Breeding and Trevor Meeks

SPSS Award for the Top Sire of Performance Ponies

 

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At the 2009 British Breeding Dinner, SPSS Treasurer Edith Rutherford presented the SPSS Award for the Top Sire of Performance Ponies to Machno Carwyn, a 16 year old bay stallion sired by Carregcoch Bleddyn out of Machno Ceridwen by Tylan Danny.  Owned by Mrs Yvonne Schoch, Machno Carwyn was ridden by the family Schoch’s children Faye and Jordan and bred in Wales by Meirion Jones who collected the award. 

 

Machno Carwyn is quite simply the best show jumping pony stallion in Europe, possibly in the world!  Since the beginning of his career in 1997, Carwyn has been placed more than 220 times in official competitions; approximately 140 times internationally and 50 times at grand prix – winning no less than 7.

He is the only pony stallion ever to have won a gold medal at the European Show Jumping Championships, and he has done this twice!  He has also won the Swiss National Championships 4 times and has numerous highly successful progeny.  His sire, Carregcoch Bleddyn, is Elite graded by the SPSS and has top performing progeny in all three disciplines.

2008 Dancer Medal Presented at British Breeding Dinner

 

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The 2008 SPSS Dancer Medal was awarded to the Elite SPSS Graded mare Catherston Nutsafe for her outstanding competition record and, in particular, her performance at the 2008 Pony European Championships. 

 

The SPSS instigated the Dancer Medal as a testimony to the achievements of the pony stallion Dancer, who was better known in this country as Broomford Dancer.  During his illustrious career he represented Germany, Holland and Great Britain at the European Pony Dressage Championships and he is also renowned as a sire of top performance ponies and stallions.

 

The medal  is an original piece of artwork commissioned by the SPSS from Belinda Sillars and is modelled on Dancer himself.  It is a discretionary award given to a worthy SPSS registered pony.

 

Our 2008 winner has an outstanding competition record.  In 2007 she was individual and team winner in Eventing at the Pony Club Open Championships, and previous to that had the won HOYS 15hh working Hunter Championship. In 2008, she represented Great Britain at the FEI Pony Eventing Championships, helping the team to a silver medal and taking 6th place overall.  This Championship is the ultimate level of competition available to a pony and the result testified the superb quality of this British bred pony.

 

Catherston Nutsafe (by Catherston Nightsafe out of Catherston Dauntless) also had a foal (by embryo transfer) in 2008.  This foal went on to be the Futurity Pony Foal Champion recording an elite score of 9.0 and winning her dam a broodmare diploma. 

SPSS Treasurer, Edith Rutherford (on right) presenting the 2008 SPSS Dancer medal to Lizzie Murray as the breeder and owner of Catherston Nutsafe

Photo above by kind permission of British Breeding and Trevor Meeks

Shingle Hall Senator

Photograph by kind permission of Flash Harry Photography

Shingle Hall Senator sires 2008 top Futurity Yearling

 

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SPSS graded stallion, Shingle Hall Senator was the sire of the top scoring yearling in the 2008 Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity.   Knockleith Eureka (SHBGB) by Shingle Hall Senator out of Shawhill Subrina (sire Feraree) was bred by Mandy Quinn from Knockleith, Aberdeen and she was presented with an award at the 2009 British Breeding Dinner by Jane Buchan, Baileys Horse Feeds Marketing Manager. 

 

Knockleith Eureka was entered in the Eventing section of the Futurity and gained an impressive score of 9.09, giving him an Elite First Premium.

First SPSS Stallion Certificate of Excellence Award

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At the 2008 Grading, the SPSS was delighted to present Aimbry Chester with a Certificate of Excellence and an SPSS Thermatex show rug for his regular achievement of being the most utilised SPSS stallion.  This was the first time that the SPSS has recognised a stallion in this way.  Aimbry Chester stands at End House Stud.  Click here for more information on Aimbry Chester (pictured right in his prize rug and sash).

2008 Mare and Stallion Grading and In-Hand Show Results

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The combined results of all 2008 SPSS Mare and Stallion Gradings are now available here.  Overall,  a total of 8 new stallions and 29 new mares were graded into the SPSS studbook in 2008.  In addition, a further 2 stallions were awarded licences for 2 or 3 years based on their grading results from other studbooks. 

 

The results from the 2008 In-Hand Premium Show are available here

SPSS Special Display on 18th October 2008

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On 18th October 2008, at Heart of England Equestrian, there will be a special Display of 2008 High Achieving SPSS Registered Ponies to include Dressage to Music performed by the winning 6 yr old pony at the 2008 British Dressage Young Horse & Breeders Championships, Y Matilda, who was also the SPSS 2007 Mare Champion. 

 

The display will take place after the Mare Grading and before the In-Hand Show and is an ideal chance for sports pony enthusiasts to see some of 2008's top performing SPSS registered ponies.  Entry is free and spectators are very welcome; there will be a free programme with details of the ponies (including if any are for sale) and commentary - plus a chance to purchase SPSS merchandise.  There will also be complementary tea/coffee available all day and light refreshments will be available to purchase at lunchtime.

 

For further information about the day - including lists of entries (after 11th October) - please click here.

Y Matilda, 2007 Mare Champion and winner of the 2008 6 year old pony chalss at the the BD YH & Breeders Championship

 

2008 SPSS Gradings

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The 2008 Mare and Stallion Gradings will be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October 2008 at Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire (by kind permission of Claire Ballantyne).  The Mare Grading will be on the Saturday, followed by an In-Hand Show and the Stallion Grading will be on the Sunday.

 

Click here to download Entry Form for Mare Grading

Click here to download Entry Form for Stallion Grading

 

Click here to download the In-Hand Show Schedule

 

Stabling at Heart of England is limited and must be booked with Heart of England directly.  The booking form will be available to download shortly.  Anyone wishing to reserve stabling before then should contact Heart of England on 01889 505048.

Futurity 08 News - Cundlegreen Stud

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Vanessa Francis of Cundlegreen Stud reports that graded SPSS stallion, Felinfach Tory Boy's offspring have done very well in the 2008 BEF Futurity. Foal Cundlegreen Charlemagne won a First Premium and 2 year old Cundlegreen Birthday Girl was awarded an Elite Premium for gaining a fantastic score of 9.16 (out of 10) in the 2 year old Eventer class.  With 6 of the 9 dates having occurred, Birthday Girl (pictured on the right) is the highest scoring two year old overall - and the only 2 year old so far to be awarded an Elite Premium!  Cundlegreen Stud are thrilled with the results and hopeful that this will qualify her for the Elite Championship Show at Addington on the 31 August. Birthday Girl also scored well at the SPSS 2007 In-Hand Show, gaining a First Premium last year as a yearling.

Mare News - Coldblow Honeysuckle

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The Van Vleet family have reported that a couple of months ago they took their SPSS Graded Mare Coldblow Honeysuckle with them to America.  She has done very well in her first couple of shows, including beating many horses. Ponies are not used as much for performance over there and Maddy reports that people were very taken with Honeysuckle at the shows. The photo on the left is of Maddy and Honeysuckle at their first show.

 

Stallion News - Laban

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Michelle Thompson is delighted to report that the SPSS Elite stallion Laban is now sponsored by Top Spec who also seem completely thrilled with the whole thing.  Laban's semen levels and density are measured by Quainton Stud have trebled within one month of being on the feed balancer - a very impressive result.  Laban is now available by AI a straight fee of £400; either chilled via next day post or fresh if the mare is taken to Quainton stud where it is possible to do a 'walk in' or board.

 

The stud fee for Laban is £400 straight fee and Quainton have set charges for collection - please contact Michelle on Tel: 01296 670407;  Mob: 07939 105103 or   for more information and stud cards etc.  Live coverings at stud by special arrangement, no maidens.  Laban was awarded the BEF British Breeding Top Pony Sire of Performance Ponies in January 2008

First reported 2008 SPSS Foal

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Penny Walster of Bathley Hill Farm has sent in the first report of a 2008 SPSS foal - a lovely filly born to their SPSS Graded mare Silver on the 14th March.  The as yet unnamed foal is by the SPSS Stallion Fabian.

 

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.

2008 Futurity Update

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The 2008 Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations dates and rules are now available from the BEF here - to find out more about this series - view their flyer by clicking here.  There are sections for all British-bred ponies of sports pony type (including SPSS, NPS and native breeds) from foals to 3 years old.  The foals and youngstock are judged loose and in-hand on the triangle (3 year olds will be loose jumped if they are destined to be Eventers or Showjumpers).

 

The SPSS will again be presenting The Dancer Medal to the highest placed SPSS Stallion in the Sire rankings - so stallion owners may want to encourage owners of their boy's progeny to enter!!

Kernesa Pluess-Cobbledick receives The Dancer Medal on behalf of Gorsfraith Brenin from SPSS Chair, Celia Clarke at the 2008 British Breeders Dinner.

Picture taken by Trevor Meeks and by kind permission of SEIB

Dancer Medal Presented

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In 2007, the SPSS initiated 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 Dancer Medal (named to honour the German-bred, International Dressage pony and SPSS Elite sire Dancer) was presented to Gorsfraith Brenin

 

To qualify, the stallion had to have at least three offspring enrolled in the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity Young Horse Evaluations and to pay a nomination fee.  The score was calculated by taking the average of the stallion's best 3 progeny scores.

 

There were only 2 SPSS pony sires eligible (out of a total of 11 Active Stallions) and Gorsfratih Brenin scored an impressive average progeny mark of 8.45 (from 5 progeny entered) to place 4th overall.  Bernwode Brokat was very close behind with a score of 8.42 (from 3 progeny) and he placed 5th overall. 

SPSS Sponsors Awards At Breeders Dinner

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The 15th Annual British Breeding Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday 12 January 2008 at the Grange City Hotel in London again saw two of the highly prestigious awards sponsored by the SPSS.

 

The awards were:

 

Top Scoring Pony in the BEF Futurity Scheme, which was won by LE Chiffre (Caesar 171/Tiger Lily by Donnerwetter) owned and bred by Mrs Bev Brown

 

and

 

Top Pony Sire of Performance Ponies, which was won by Laban (Aleksander/Esmiralda) bred in Denmark, graded SPSS Elite and owned by Michelle Thompson

 

Our sincerest congratulations to all concerned.

 

Click here to read the speech given by SPSS Chair Celia Clarke

SPSS Chair, Celia Clarke, presents the awards to Bev Brown for LE Chiffre (Above) and to Michelle Thompson for Laban (below)

Pictures taken by Trevor Meeks and by kind permission of SEIB

 

 

***ATTENTION MARE & STALLION OWNERS***

Stallion Parade on Easter Monday 24 March

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The Performance and Sport Horse and Pony Lead Body (PSHPLB) are arranging a Stallion Parade at Moulton College, Northampton on Easter Monday 24 March 2008. There are three sections: Showjumping, Eventing and Dressage and pony stallions will be integrated into these sections rather than having a special pony section.  Owners of SPSS Graded/Licensed stallions are invited to contact Celia Clarke  if they would like to bring their boy.  Mare owners should put the date in their diaries now!! Public viewing costs £5 per person on the door to include a programme, a goody bag and a hot drink. For more information, click here.

NEW RULE BOOK

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The latest SPSS Rule Book (updated as at 1st January 2008) can be downloaded by clicking here or can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Head Office (address at top of page) - please make sure you include a note to say what you want!!  The most significant change has been an increase in some of the Registration and Grading fees (as agreed at the 2007 AGM).  The new prices are shown on the Registration & Grading pages.

 

 

 

KEY DATES IN 2008

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Provisional Dates are now available for key breeding events in 2008.  Please check with the organisers for any changes.

 

Easter Monday 24th March - Performance and Sport Horse and Pony Lead Body Stallion Parade - Moulton College, Northampton.

 

Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations.   

 

Date

Day

Venue

Location

 

24-Jul

Thu

The Grange

Devon

 

25-Jul

Fri

The Grange

Devon

 

29-Jul

Tues

Plumpton College

E Sussex

 

01-Aug

Fri

Myerscough College

Lancs

  05-Aug Tues Arena UK Lincs
 

07-Aug

Thu

Sunnybank EC

Wales

 

12-Aug

Tues

Heart of England EC

Staffs

 

19-Aug

Tues

Sport Horse Centre

Warks

 

21-Aug

Thurs

Fountain Equestrian

Scotland

 

26-Aug

Tues

Catherston Stud

Hants

Revised Rules, Guidelines and Entry Details from www.bef.co.uk from 1st March 2008.

 

30th & 31st August British Dressage Young Horse & Breeding Championships at Addington, Bucks.  To incorporate the Futurity Final on 31st August.

 

17th October (evening) - SPSS AGM with talk - Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire

 

18th & 19th October - SPSS 2008 Stallion & Mare Grading with In Hand Premium Show - Heart of England Equestrian, Staffordshire

   
   

 

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