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2011 NEWS

 

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*  2012 British Stallion Event

*  2012 British Breeders' Awards Dinner

*  Results from additional Mare Grading

*  Additional Mare Grading

Success for SPSS Graded Mares

SPSS Stallions Selected for Dressage Squads

*  2011 Annual General Meeting Notification

*  SPSS Ponies Selected for BD Pony Viewing Day

*  Update on SPSS Stallion SOS Kantje's Unicolor

*  SPSS Merit Awards Presented at 2011 Grading

*  2011 Grading Results

*  2011 Grading - Update

*  2011 Potential Jumping & Eventing Pony Championships - Results

Update on SPSS Stallion Eindershof Jamai

*  Young Dressage Pony Championship 2011 - Results

*  Exciting New Elite Stallion to Display at Grading Day

*  Update on 2011 Potential Showjumping & Eventing Pony Championships

*  SPSS Stallion Wins Sheepgate Young Pony Freestyle

*  2011 In-Hand Show - Results and Report

*  Young Pony Dressage Class at Sheepgate on 27th Aug

*  Fantastic Final Day at Pony European Championships

*  Jumping Team Gold for GB at Pony Europeans

In Memory of SPSS Elite Stallion, Laban (1985 - 2011)

*  2011 In-Hand Show Schedule Now Available

*  2011 In Hand Show Date Announcement

*  News of Catherston Nutsafe

*  Announcing the 2011 SPSS Potential Show Jumping Pony Championships

*  2011 Futurity Evaluations - Entries Now Open

*  Exciting Prizes for 2011 Grading Champions

*  Important - 2011 Grading Venue Change

2011 IPS Auction and Showcase Date announced

A Tribute to Tibby - Raising an Orphan Foal

*  News of Paler Shade of Grey

Announcing the 2011 SPSS Young Dressage Pony Championships

*  2011 Year Book and Stallion Guide

2010 Dancer Medal awarded to SOS Kantje's Unicolor

First 2011 SPSS Foal Report

*  Another New Stallion for 2011

*  2011 Stallion List Now Available

*  The British Stallion Event Report

*  British Breeders SPSS Performance and Breeding Award

*  SPSS Breeders Rewarded at British Breeders Dinner

*  SPSS Stallions attending The British Stallion Event

*  SPSS in the Press!!

*  Happy New Year!!

*  Key Dates in 2011 (including for BEF Futurity Evaluations)

*  Guidance on Obtaining a Passport

*  Important Notice about Foal Registrations

 

Short cuts to Event Reports:

*  2011 Gradings

*  2011 In-hand Show

*  2011 Young Dressage Pony Championships

*  2011 Young Eventing & Jumping Pony Championships

*  2011 Pony European Championships

 

2012 BBSH Stallion Event

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The 2011 British Bred Sport Horse (BBSH) Stallion Event at Hartpury College was a sell-out, with standing room only at peak time. Over 700 people went through the doors to view the annual event which has become an established feature in the British sport horse and pony calendar.  The next event takes place at Hartpury College (GL19 3BE) again, on Saturday 28 January 2012 from 1pm to 10pm, and is set to be bigger and better than ever, with a new trade stand area, top class stallions, international riders and an evening spectacular. 

 

Tickets are £10 and include the new bumper stallion edition of the British Breeder Magazine, which will be launched at the event.  The SPSS display boards will be set up in the trade stand area so do come and see us.  More information including how to get tickets and enter stallions here.

 

2012 British Breeders' Awards Dinner

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The 2012 British Breeders Awards Dinner takes place on Saturday 7th January from 6.45 pm at the Grange City Hotel in London (near the Tower).  At this dinner the annual SPSS special award is presented, as well as there being Certificates of Merit to the Top Pony Sire and Dam of 2011 and the top scoring Pony Futurity entrants. There's more information about the event here and you buy tickets through the website here.

Results from additional Mare Grading

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On the 11th December, there was an additional mare grading near Newark-on-Trent and six mares were graded into one of the SPSS studbooks, depending on their score and completeness of pedigree.  The highest scoring mare was SPSS registered Ruby Rouge (pictured on right).  By the top eventing sire, Mill Law, Ruby Rouge is the first foal from SPSS Elite graded mare Sapphire Blue who was herself Mare Grading Champion in 2005 when she retired to stud after a successful career as an Event and Working Hunter Pony - including winning Team Bronze at the 1996 European Pony Eventing Championships.  Ruby Rouge had a foal by the Selle Francais jumping pony, Jimmerdor de Florys and was bred by her owner, Anne Bosanquet.  More information and full results from the grading are available here

By kind permission of Hannah Owen

Additional Mare Grading

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The opportunity has arisen to have an additional mare grading in Ollerton, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, (provisionally) on Sunday 11th December.  There are a few spaces left and anyone interested in presenting a mare should contact Sarah Steggall at Head Office (numbers at top of page) as soon as possible.

 

Success for SPSS Graded Mares

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Two SPSS Graded mares are off to Championships in the spring.  Event pony, Bernwode Nairobi (aka Ziggy), and her young owner/rider Alice Jones have had an eventful season with Alice having time off on crutches after a fall in June but they put that behind them at the Berkshire College of Agriculture British Eventing (BE) Regional Final on 27th September.  Alice and Ziggy were in the BE90 final and excelled themselves, finishing on their excellent dressage score of 25.5 in 3rd place.  This has qualified them for the Grassroots Championships that are held at Badminton the day before the famous Badminton International Three Day Event in May.  Although shorter, the Grassroots Championships course runs alongside the 4* course and the fences are normally mini versions of the classic Badminton fences.  Eight year old Bernwode Nairobi (SPSS) was bred by Sarah Steggall of Bernwode Stud and is by Nibelungenheld IV out of Bernwode Mandy (by Apslau).  Alice and Ziggy will be training with the BE Pony Squad trainers over the winter

 

Dressage pony, Daisy Dressman, and her young rider, Ruth Hole (pictured on the right), placed second in the Medium Restricted Championships at the recent Pet Plan Area Festival at Vale View Equestrian Centre.  As a result, Ruth and Daisy have qualified for the prestigious Pet Plan Finals which are held alongside the Winter Dressage Championships at Hartpury College in April 2012. Twelve year old year old Daisy (Westfalen) was bred in Germany and is by Dressman Junior out of Lady (by Leopold).  Daisy, owned by Rachel Murray and Sarah Steggall, and Ruth are reserves for the British Dressage National Training Squad and will be attending at least one National Training session over the winter.

We wish both mares and their young riders the very best of luck at their Championships in the Spring.  News of SPSS graded mares and stallions can be submitted for this page at any time -

By kind permission of Helen Revington

www.stephensparkes.co.uk

SPSS Stallions Selected for Dressage Squads

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Two SPSS stallions, Rembrandt DDH and Bernwode Brokat, have been selected for the winter 2011/12 Dressage Pony Squad Training.  This training is for the combinations that the selectors view to be the most promising for selection for 2012 international competintions.  Rembrandt (pictured left) and rider Maisie Scruton are an established combination as they were the top scoring British combination in the team test at the 2011 Pony European Championships.  In contrast, Ruth Hole had only ridden Bernwode Brokat a few times before being invited to the Viewing Day but they performed well and Brokat is now based with Ruth for the winter.  In addition, another SPSS graded stallion, Eindershof Jamai, and Annie Lloyd-Aylett have been selected for the National Training Squad.

SPSS Annual General Meeting

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The 2011 SPSS AGM is being held at SPSS Head Office (Sock Farm, Chilthorne Domer, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8QZ) on Wednesday 7th December at 12 noon.  Click here to download the Agenda.

 

Please could anyone planning to attend let Head Office know in advance on 01935 840029; 07721 766210 or

SPSS Graded Ponies Selected for BD Pony Viewing Day

 

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Two SPSS Graded Stallions and one SPSS Graded Mare have been selected to attend the BD Pony National and Squad Training Viewing Day on Saturday 8 October.  The stallions are Eindershof Jamai and Bernwode Brokat (pictured on left).  Eight year old Jamai will be ridden by Annie Lloyd-Aylett who has been competing him regularly this year. This combination qualified for the BD Regional Championships at Novice Open level and they have also won at Medium level.  Fourteen year old Brokat will be ridden by 12 year old Ruth Hole.  Until Brokat moved to Cambridgeshire a week ago, Ruth had only ridden him a few times on her visits to Bernwode Stud (in Somerset!).  Ruth is also riding SPSS Head Studbook mare, Daisy Dressman, and they placed 5th in the Pony Team Test at the Hartpury Festival in July.

All 3 ponies are on the list for Pony Squad trainer Peter Storr and will also be assessed by the selectors, Jenny Ward and Sarah Pidgley to decide whether they fulfil the criteria to attend either BYRDS National or Squad Training.  Ruth and Brokat are pictured above.

Update on SPSS Stallion SOS Kantjes Unicolor

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SPSS Stallion, SOS Kantje's Unicolor, has made a winning return to dressage.  Having been busy hunting with his owner's son, 12 year old Redvers Stokes, Unicolor (known as "Nippy") had not competed at dressage for almost 18 months before going to a show in early September.  At this show, Nippy, ridden by Emily Grange won two classes, scoring over 68% in both and qualifying for a British Dressage Area Festival.  Nippy and Emily then went on to win both the warm up class and the Area Festival Restricted Novice Championships at Tall Trees, Cornwall on the 2nd October and so are off to the Area Festival Finals in April 2012.  Unicolor will again spend the winter hunting with Redvers.

 

Emily is pictured with Nippy after the Area Festival prize giving and we wish them the best of luck at the prestigious Finals (which are held at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire from 18 to 22 Apr 2012)

At the same Area Festival, Nippy's 5 year old son, SOS United Colours also qualified for the Pet Plan Finals by coming 3rd in the Prelim Area Festival Championships ridden by his owner, Liz Fraser-Hitch. United Colours, known as "Spirit"  and Liz have also been competing at British Dressage Novice level this year, gaining some good scores and qualifying for 2 Area Festivals at this level too.  Spirit was bred by Georgie Stoke of SOS Horses and is out of the part-bred Connemara mare, Quay.  Quay is by the Thoroughbred Kuwait Beach out of the part-bred Connemara Contessa (by Haddon Challenger (IDx) out of the Connemara Whitwell Pheasant).  Since having Skippy, Quay has been competing at British Eventing with a series of pony riders and in 2011 completed the Pony 2 Star event at Brand Hall ridden by Harry Humphrey.  Quay is now owned and ridden by Hettie Horler.

Photo by kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

SPSS Merit Awards Presented at 2011 Grading

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We were privileged to have two Pony European Gold Medal winning ponies displaying in the break between the stallion and mare gradings this year.  The first to display, to the music "Nobody Does It Better", was the 2011 Team and Individual Gold medal wining jumping pony, Falaza.  Falaza and rider Beth Vernon showed off their jumping skills while the audience heard about Falaza's breeding and other successes. 

 

Next in was the 2010 Dutch dressage team Gold medal winner, the Elite SPSS sire, Rembrandt DDH.  Rembrandt was ridden by his current owner, Maisie Scruton, and together they were the highest scoring British Combination in the team test at the 2011 Pony European Dressage Championships.  Maisie and Rembrandt did a lovely display to music that showed how they had scored over 73% at the Kur Championships this year. 

 

Both ponies were presented with SPSS Merit Awards in recognition of their British Team achievements this year along with their Elite Stallion and Elite Mare status.  Rembrandt is pictured receiving his rosette from Hans-Heinrich Bruening.

2011 Grading Results

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The 2011 stallion and mare gradings took place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre in their lovely new indoor complex on Saturday 1st October.  The grading judges were Herr Hans-Heinrich Bruening, Mrs Celia Clarke and Mr Geoff Glazzard (stallions only) were kept busy with a full day as 15 mares and 15 stallions were presented for inspection.  We were delighted that all 15 mares passed the assessment with German Judge, Hans-Heinrich Bruening, commenting positively on their quality overall.  In addition, 7 stallions passed the assessment and they will be licensed by the SPSS for an initial period to allow their performance and progeny to be assessed.  The full results are given here with links to each pony's breeding. 

 

The 2011 Champion Stallion was Jeanette Matthews-Griffiths's home-bred, WBS-UK registered 2 year old, Wadacre Super Trooper.  Super Trooper is by the Hanoverian, Sarkozy out of British Warmblood, Wadacre Watch Me.   Sarkozy was winner of his stallion performance test and vice-Bundeschampion and is by the famous sire, Sandro Hit out of a Weltmeyer mare.  Super Trooper's dam is by the Hanoverian, Waikiki of Wadacre, out of a British Riding Pony mare. Jeanette was thrilled that Wadacre Super Trooper won the Semen Freezing Package, kindly offered by www.Equine-Reproduction.com LLC.

 

Reserve Champion stallion was Penny Walster's Bathleyhills Monet, a German Riding Pony by Casino Royale K out of Mona (by Matcho).  Monet was last year's SPSS In-Hand Show Champion as a yearling.

 

The Champion Mare was the 10 year old, SHB(GB) registered, 2011 double Pony European Jumping Gold medal winner, Allyson Blagg's Falaza.  Falaza was bred by Jane Fowles and is pictured on the right receiving her prizes of a SPSS Thermatex rug and a £100 Voucher for Equine-Reproduction.com LLC services from one of the judges, Hans-Heinrich Bruening.

 

The Reserve Champion Mare, Glanhayl Red Sonia is also British-bred (by Samantha Morsley) and is by the Welsh Secton C pony, Fourwinds Flashjack out of a TB mare.  Sonia is in foal to the 2010 Team Gold Medal winning dressage pony and SPSS Elite sire, Rembrandt DDH.

 

More information about the successful ponies is given here and photos from the event are available to purchase from Julia Shearwood Photography

Wadacre Super Trouper

Falaza with Beth Vernon

Both photos by kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

Double Gold medallists - British-bred Falaza and Beth Vernon at the 2011 Pony European Championships

2011 Grading Update

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As capacity has been reached, entries are now closed for Saturday's 2011 Mare and Stallion Gradings.  There are currently 16 mares forward for grading in the morning and 15 stallions in the afternoon.  Details of the mares and stallions entered and their assessment times will be published here once all the information is finalised.

 

As well as the lunchtime dressage to music display by new SPSS Elite Stallion, Rembrandt DDH (read more here), double Pony European Gold winning Jumping Pony Falaza, (pictured on left) with her rider Beth Vernon will showing off her jumping prowess.

 

The gradings are being held in the superb new indoor complex at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Mill Road Slapton Bucks LU7 9BT (for directions click here).  Provisional start time is 8am - likely finish time is 7pm!!!

 

Spectators are very welcome to come and watch - free entrance - free programme

 

plus there's a well stocked tack shop and the Cafe will be open!!

2011 Potential Jumping & Eventing Pony Championships - Results

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The 2011 Potential Showjumping and Eventing Championships were held as part of the 2011 IPS Auction and took place on Sunday 18th September at South View Competition & Training Centre, Cheshire.  Although less ponies were entered than hoped for, both the jumping and eventing judges agreed that the top ponies were top quality and had exciting futures ahead.  Excitingly, most ponies, including both Champions and Reserves were British-bred. 

 

Overall Eventing Champion was the 5 year old section winner, British-bred Carnsdale Sunnyside, ridden by 12 year old Ant Woodbine.  "Sunny" and Ant had the highest dressage score then did a stylish clear round and judge, Linda De Matteo commented afterwards that Sunny was "an outstanding young pony with huge potential and an exciting international event pony prospect". Sunny was bred by Mr A E Bewley and is an Irish Sport Horse by MJ Fine Art (Irish Sports Horse) out of a mare by Looking Glass.

 

The Eventing Reserve Champion was another British-bred, 6 year old Morrigan Mahraid ridden by Robyn Harris who was second in the 6 year old section but then impressed Linda when asked to gallop in the Championships so moved up the line.  Morrigan Mahraid was bred and owned by Morrigan Stud and is a part-bred Connemara by Kilmullen Fionn (Connemara) out of Morrigan Lucy Too (by Telynav Pavarotti (RWPB Riding Pony))

 

Overall Jumping Champion was another 5 year old, the WPCS Sec B and SPSS graded stallion, Rotherwood Signature ridden by 8 year old Maisie Sloane.   The Jumping judge, Gillian Milner commented on Rotherwood Signature's potential that he "has everything to excel in any sphere".  Rotherwood Signature is owned by Trudy Golding of End House Stud and was bred by Liz Manshield-Parnell being by Douthwaite Signwriter (WPCS Sec B) out of a mare by Desabre Streetfighter (WPCS Sec B). Morrigan Mahraid (ridden by Robyn Harris) showed her versatility by again standing as Reserve Champion.

 

Click here for a full report and results including breeding information on all entrants.

Overall Eventing Champion, Carnsdale Sunnyside, ridden by Ant Woodbine

 

Overall Jumping Champion, Rotherwood Signature, ridden by Maisie Sloane

Photos by kind permission of Hannah Owen

Update on SPSS Stallion Eindershof Jamai

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SPSS Stallion, Eindershof Jamai did a well received display at the recent IPS Auction Event at South View Competition & Training Centre, Cheshire.  Jamai was entered in the 2010 IPS Auction and although he was not presented on the day, he later sold to Joanna Lloyd-Aylett of Maelor EC.  Eindershof Jamai is a Dutch-bred part-bred Welsh pony who graded in the Netherlands before being imported into the UK to stand at stud in Lancashire.

 

Since moving to Maelor EC, Jamai has been brought on by his owner's daughter, Annie who rode him for the display and has been successfully competing him at dressage this year, qualifying for the British Dressage Regional Finals at Novice Open level.   During the display, Annie showed that Jamai is now schooling at Medium level by including lateral work at trot and canter.  Jamai is pictured in the horsebox being tacked up for the display.

Young Dressage Pony Championship 2011 - Results

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The SPSS sponsored Young Dressage Pony Championships took place on Sunday 11th September at  Vale View Equestrian, Melton Mowbray.  There were 13 ponies entered - across the 3 age related sections - and 12 ponies competed on the day.  Entry was open to BD registered and un-registered ponies up to and including 148cms (149 cms with shoes) in height and riders/owners did not have to be BD members and could be any age. 

 

The Overall Champion was the top 4 year old pony, the German-bred stallion Der Kleine Lord (pictured wearing his SPSS Thermatex Rug prize), ridden by Erin Williams and owned by her mother, Clare.  Reserve Champion was the second placed 4 year old, the British bred gelding Johnny Cash, ridden by Phoebe Peters, owned by Noah Springall and bred by Mrs C Springall.  Click here to read more about these and other prize winners.

 

The SPSS is very grateful for the support of the judges, Jenny Ward and Sarah Pidgley, British Dressage (who kindly donated vouchers to the highest scoring pony in each age group) and Vale View who hosted the event.

Exciting New Elite Stallion to Display at Grading Day

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We are delighted to announce that top dressage pony stallion Rembrandt DDH will be joining the ranks of SPSS ELITE stallions in 2012.  To celebrate this, Rembrandt with his rider Maisie Scruton will be giving a dressage to music display at the SPSS Mare & Stallion Gradings on Saturday 1st October at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Bucks LU7 9BT. The mare grading will be in the morning, the stallion grading in the afternoon and Rembrandt's display will take place at lunchtime.  More information about the 2011 Gradings can be found here.

 

Rembrandt and Maisie are pictured on the left at the 2011 Pony European Championships

Rembrandt DDH, is a 10 year old black German Riding Pony (Weser Ems) by Renoir out of Prinzess (by Viktoria's Chirac) and he is licensed by the Weser Ems and the NWPCS (as he is 43.75% Welsh).  Ridden by Maria van den Dugen, Rembrandt was a member of the Nederlands team at both the 2009 and 2010 Pony European Championships.  In 2009, they won Team Silver then, in 2010, Rembrandt and Maria won Team Gold, placing 2nd in the team test and 4th in both the Individual and Kur tests. 

 

Following this, Rembrandt moved to the UK to be ridden by Maisie Scruton and, despite it being Maisie's first Championships and her only having ridden Rembrandt for less than a year, they were selected for the British team for the 2011 Pony European Championships.  At the Championships, they scored an impressive personal best of 72.25% to take 6th place and be the highest scoring British combinations.  Maisie and Rembrandt then went on to score well in the Individual (71.842%) and Kur Championships (73.525%), being placed 9th both times.

Update on 2011 Potential Showjumping & Eventing Pony Championships

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Further Information and Entry Forms for the 2011 SPSS Potential Showjumping and Eventing Pony Championships are now available here.

 

The Championships are being held  as part of the 2011 IPS Auction and the classes will take place on Sunday 18th September at South View Competition & Training Centre, Wettenhall Green, Winsford Road, Wettenhall, Cheshire CW7 4DL.

 

Entries close 13th September but late entries will be accepted (£2 extra).  Spectators are very welcome and there will be a free list of starters including breeding information.

 

The outline timetable for the day is now available here.  The SPSS Potential Event Pony Championship (Outdoor Arena) should start at 10.30 followed at noon by the SPSS Potential Jumping Pony Championship (Indoor Arena)

SPSS Stallion Wins Sheepgate Young Pony Freestyle

 

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Rosewater Stud's 5 year old SPSS Registered and Graded stallion, Rosewater I Claudius (by Caesar 171 out of Delfi by Dornik B) won the inaugural Young Pony Freestyle Dressage Class at the 2011 Sheepgate Under 25's National Championships.  Open to riders of any age and ponies aged 4, 5 and 6 years, Lucy Northcott and "Claude" (pictured on left) scored an impressive 76% to win.  Second place went to Saska Ingham and 6 year old piebald, Aylton Paddy.  SPSS registered 6 year old, Bernwode Bugatti (by Bernwode Brokat out of Bernwode Mandy by Apslau xx), ridden by Megan Pankhurst were third. 

 

Entries are still open for the SPSS Young Dressage Pony Championships being held at Vale View Equestrian, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on Sunday 11th September.  More information and entry forms here.

2011 In-Hand Show - Results and Report

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The 2011 SPSS In-Hand Premium Youngstock Show was held at Hartpury College on the 27th August and although the late date and venue change reduced the number of youngstock entered this year, the quality was still very high.  Indeed, the Supreme Champion, colt foal Woodlander Wales (pictured on right), received the outstanding mark of 9.4 from judges Celia Clarke (GB) and Frenk Jespers (NED).  Woodlander Wales was also the top scoring Sports Pony in the 2011 Futurity Evaluations, gaining an Elite Premium.  This lovely colt is by Woodlander Wavavoom out of the Welsh Section C Drysiog Helen (by Talan Teifion).

 

A full report on the show with scores and breeding information for all competitors is available here.

Photo by kind permission of Hannah Owen

 

 

 

Sheepgate Nursery

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Young Pony Dressage Class at Sheepgate on 27th Aug

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Sheepgate Equestrian have included a Young Pony Freestyle Dressage Class in the schedule for their prestigious Under 25s National Championships.  The Young Pony Class is open to 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies and takes place on Sunday 27th August.   Sponsored by the on-site shop, Sheepgate Tack and Togs, there will be a sash, trophy and £40 to each of the highest scoring 4 year old, 5 year old and 6 year old.  The 2nd and 3rd placed ponies in each section will receive vouchers and there will also be prizes in kind given by Spartan.

 

The entry fee is £20 and although entries officially close on the 8th August, late entries may be possible.  Each pony will have 5 minutes in the arena in which to perform walk, trot and canter on both reins, show an ability to lengthen the stride and some stretching.  The floor pattern is up to the rider thus giving the rider opportunity to show their pony off to it's best advantage.

 

Any questions should be directed at the organiser, Sarah Payne -

Fantastic Final Day at Pony Europeans

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Top performances by British riders resulted in a clutch of medals on the final day of the Pony European Championships in Jaszkowo, Poland. In the morning, the Eventing team, despite losing their top scoring pony when it failed the vet inspection, still managed to win the Team Bronze medal with Sam Ecroyd and Three Wells Breeze producing a lovely clear round to finish on their dressage score and claim individual Silver.

 

In the final dressage competition, the Kur, as expected, the top placings went to German and Dutch riders, but British riders Erin Williams and Danny Boy B scored 74.25% for 8th place and Maisie Scruton and Rembrandt DDH scored 73.525 for 9th place.

 

The final event of the Championships was the Individual Jumping.  Beth Vernon and British bred mare Falaza went into this stage with zero faults, but 4 faults in the first round opened up the competition. Happily, Beth and Falaza made no more mistakes and finished as Individual GOLD MEDALLISTS.  Jessica Mendoza and Tixylix also performed brilliantly to take the Individual Bronze medal.  Both Beth and Jessica were also members of the Gold Medal winning British team.  More information about all the day's results here.

 

Jumping Team Gold and Individual Bronze Medallists,

Jessica Mendoza and Tixylix

Jumping Individual and Team Gold Medallists, Beth Vernon and British-bred Falaza by Libro out of Chatter (by Embla George))

Eventing Individual Silver & Team Bronze Medallists, Sam Ecroyd and Three Wells Breeze

The British Jumping Team on the podium with their GOLD medals

Fantastic Result - congratulations to the team and their supporters

Jumping Team Gold for GB at Pony Europeans

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Great performances by the British Jumping team earned them the Team Gold Medal in the 2011 Pony European Jumping Championships ahead of Ireland and the Nederlands.  The British team of Amy Inglis (Nils d'Hurl Vent), Beth Vernon (Falaza), Graham Babes (Dollar Girl) and Jessica Mendoza (Tixylix) put in top performances to take the Gold medals by the narrowest of margins as Ireland (last year's Team Silver medallists) finished only 1 mark behind. Read more (including an update on the Individual Dressage) here.

 

The Eventing team made a good start lying in 2nd place only 5 marks behind the leaders, France, after the dressage.

 

The Dressage team were narrowly beaten in to 4th place by Denmark. Sadly a mistake by the organisers had led to the announcement of a tie for Bronze between GB and Denmark and both teams shared the podium and medals until a correction was made and the British girls had to relinquish their medals, which, it is reported, they did with dignity despite being devastated by the news. Read more here.

In Memory of SPSS Elite Stallion, Laban (1985 - 2011)

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It is with sadness that we report that SPSS Elite Sire Laban died on the 28th April 2011, days after his 26th birthday. This lovely stallion held 'Elite' status with the Sports Pony Studbook Society and will very be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his devoted owner, Michelle Thompson.

 

Read more about Laban, his achievements, pedigree and his progeny here

2010 Reserve Champion - Antsar Little Gem

Photo by kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

2011 In-Hand Show Schedule Now Available

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More information about the 2011 In-Hand Show is now available here including the Schedule and Entry Form to download.  This year, there has been a revision of the classes to focus on competition talent and to separately assess those youngsters expected to become competition ponies from those that will become small competition horses.  Each category will have their own Championships before the Champions and Reserve Champions meet in the Supreme Championships.  All entrants achieving Premium Standard will receive a 1st, 2nd or 3rd Premium rosette depending on their average mark.

 

The 2011 Open In Hand Premium Show is being held on Saturday 27th August at Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BE - click here for more information.

2011 In Hand Show Date Announcement

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The 2011 Open In Hand Premium Show will now be held on Saturday 27th August at Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BE - click here for more information. 

 

This year, for the first time, the SPSS In-Hand Premium Show will be running alongside the Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK (WBS-UK) Mare Grading and Show Weekend at the prestigious Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.  The SPSS is grateful to the WBS-UK for their support following the unforeseen closure of our original venue and are looking forward to this first collaboration with them.  The judges will be SPSS Chair, Celia Clarke, and Frenk Jespers.  Frenk Jespers was a member of the KWPN Stallion Selection Committee for 9 years, during which time he was also on the Dutch selection committee for the World Young Horse Breeding Championships as well as being one of the founders and a judge at the PAVO Cup (a competition for 4 & 5 year old dressage horses)

 

The schedule is being finalised, but will be available soon here

2010 Supreme Champion - Bathleyhills Monet

Photo by kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography

Catherston Nutsafe clears the SPSS sponsored fence at the 2010 Pony European Championships where she was Highest Placed Eventing British Bred pony and Highest Placed Eventing Mare

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News of Catherston Nutsafe

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The British-bred SPSS Elite Graded mare, Catherston Nutsafe, is in contention for this year’s Pony European Eventing Team.  With rider Sam Ecroyd, Nutsafe (by Catherston Nightsafe out of Catherston Dauntless (by Dutch Courage)) won Team Gold in 2010 and with her previous rider, Ella McEwen, Nutsafe also won Team Silver in 2008 and 2009.  Although rider Sam has a definite place as one of the six riders picked for the squad at this stage, he also has another pony qualified for the team and so a decision between Nutsafe and his other pony will not be made until after the final squad outing at Barbury Castle (8 – 10th July) in the Open Novice class.  More about selected ponies and riders is given on the Team GBR website -here.

 

Catherston Nutsafe was bred by Lizzie Murray and as well as her outstanding European Championships record, Nutsafe had a 2008 foal (by embryo transfer) that took the title of ‘2008 Futurity Pony Foal Champion’ recording an elite score of 9.0 and winning her dam a broodmare diploma.  Nutsafe was awarded the 2008 SPSS Dancer Medal in recognition of her achievements.

 

The 2011 Pony European Championships are being held from 26th - 31st July in Jaszkowo, Poland - more information about the Championships and the other selected ponies and rider can be found on our Pony Europeans 2011 page - here.  The SPSS will have representatives at the event and, provided that there is internet access, hope to have daily updates.

Announcing the 2011 SPSS Potential Showjumping Pony Championships

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The 2011 SPSS Potential Showjumping Pony Championships is being held alongside the SPSS Potential Event Pony Championships as part of the 2011 IPS Auction.  The classes will take place on Sunday 18th September at South View Competition & Training Centre, Wettenhall Green, Winsford Road, Wettenhall, Cheshire CW7 4DL.

 

The Championship classes are open to 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies which are 148cm (149cm with shoes) and under. Ponies may be affiliated British Showjumping ponies, Pony Club jumping ponies or young unproven ponies produced to jump.  Riders may be any age.  Competitors will be asked to jump a course of show jumps at an appropriate height for the pony's age and size (maximum heights are expected to be: 4 years - 85cm, 5 years - 95cm, 6 years - 1.05m).  It is also anticipated that the judging will be similar to last year where the results of the class were determined on a score basis with 4 points being allocated for each of the fences cleared and then the judge (a BS accredited coach) allocated marks out of 10 for each of Style, Temperament and Potential to give an overall score.

 

South View Equestrian Centre is a popular venue that provides top class facilities with excellent surfaces by Charles Britton and the famous cafe bar providing a warm welcome so competitors, their supporters and other spectators can look forward to a relaxing and interesting weekend viewing all types of ponies destined for the competition market.

 

More information about the Event (including entry forms) will be available through the Events page soon.

Photograph by kind permission of www.eclipse-photos.com

2011 Futurity Evaluations - Entries Now Open

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More information on the Futurity Evaluations, including the latest list of dates, is available here. Entries opened on 1 June 2010, from a link on this part of the BEF website. Venues are filling fast, so don't delay!!

 

Pictured on the left is SOS What Apricot Wants, a palomino filly by SPSS Graded stallion, the Dutch New Forest pony SOS Kantje's Unicolor, out of SOS Promiscuous (SSH, by Proset). Apricot was born on 30 April 2010 and bred by SOS Horses. Apricot is pictured at 2010 BEF Futurity evaluation where she gained an Elite Premium and was the top scoring pony over all 2010 evaluations.

Exciting Prizes for 2011 Grading Champions

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The SPSS is delighted that Reading based Equine Reproduction (UK) Ltd have kindly offered fantastic prizes for the Champion Graded Stallion and Champion Graded Mare at the October 2011 Main Grading.  The Champion Stallion will win a Semen Freezing Package and the Champion Mare an AI Package. More information about these exciting prizes can be found here. The prizes are for use by the owner of respective Champion and are not transferable. 

 

The 2011 Main Grading is being held on Saturday 1st October at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre with the Mare Grading will in the morning, followed by the Stallion Grading in the afternoon.  Spectators are very welcome.

 

Equine Reproduction is a modern breeding company based near Reading in Berkshire. They offer a huge range of services to assist breeders with stallion services including stallion semen collection training, semen freezing, artificial insemination, troubleshooting, training and consultancy. They also offer training courses taught by some of the world's leading experts in the fields of equine reproduction and stud medicine.

www.equinereproduction.co.uk

Equine Reproduction Director, Jamie Anderson

Important - 2011 Grading Venue Change

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Due to the unforeseen closure of our original venue, the 2011 Main Gradings will now take place at Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT on Saturday 1st October. Both Stallion and Mare Gradings will take place on the Saturday (mares in the morning, stallions in the afternoon).  More information about the 2011 Gradings can be found here

 

We regret that, due to having to change venue at short notice, it will not be possible to run our traditional In-Hand Premium Show alongside this year's gradings. We are investigating other options and will update on here if an alternative can be found.

2011 IPS Auction and Showcase Date announced

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The 3rd International Pony Showcase and Auction will be held on Sunday 18th September at South View Competition & Training Centre, Wettenhall, Cheshire.  This event is about promoting performance pony breeding in the UK and alongside the auction there are classes for potential sports ponies and the £1,000 IPS Challenge.

 

The event will include the 2011 SPSS Potential Event Pony Championships. There will be sections for 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies (maximum height 148cms without shoes). The Championships is open to all breeds of pony (and part bred ponies) and it is hoped that the classes will each have a prize fund of £150 with £75 to each class winner.  The 6 year old class is to be sponsored by Goodman Precision Engineers and Horseboxes.

 

It is expected that the competition classes (including a British Showjumping affiliated Grand Prix style class for Showjumping ponies) will take place from 11am, with the  Auction being held in the late afternoon. The event will also feature an evening demo.  More information about the event will soon be available on the IPS website or find them on Facebook here

 

One of the 2010 IPS Auction lots being shown off

By kind permission of Hannah Owen

A Tribute to Tibby - Raising an Orphan Foal

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SPSS Committee Member, Jane Hoskin was devastated when she was left with a 2 month old foal to rear after her mare, De Primadonna, died suddenly last year.  However, Jane was ably assisted in her task by 31 year old retired lead rein pony, Forlan Tribute, known as Tibby. "Nanny" Tibby and his young charge are pictured on the left; click here to read Jane's tribute to Tibby.

News of Paler Shade of Grey

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Owner Hannah Owen reports that SPSS Graded Mare, "Paler Shade of Grey", recently flew around the course in a 2'9" Hunter Trial competition. Aged 19 and one of the few ponies in the class, Holly belied her years and her diminutive size (13.1hh) to jump a competitive, fast and foot perfect round - including pulling up to walk to open and close a gate before continuing around the course which also included drop fences, a sunken road and a water complex.

 

Holly graded into the SPSS Preliminary Studbook in 2006 but her excellent score of 80% would have put her in the prestigious SPSS Head Studbook score had her breeding bee known.  Holly's scores included 9/10 for loose jumping and 18/20 for temperament. 

 

In 2008, Holly had a filly foal by SPSS Elite sire Laban. Named Cherryhills Arctic Kiss, this foal has been presented at the Futurity evaluations each year, achieving First Premiums as a foal and yearling, then last year, aged 2, gained a High First Premium, was highest scoring 2 year old eventer at her Evaluation, qualified for the Eventing Final at Osberton and finished the year as the highest scoring 2 year old Sports Pony and 5th highest scoring of all 2 year olds in the Eventing section.

 

Holly is pictured during her Hunter Trials round. Photos by kind permission of Mr Owen.

Announcing the 2011 SPSS Young Dressage Pony Championships

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The SPSS is delighted to announce that the 2011 Young Dressage Pony Championships will be held at Vale View Equestrian, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on Sunday 11th September.  This Championships is being sponsored by the SPSS, supported by BD and organised and run by VVEq as part of their BD Affiliated Show on that date - so there are other classes (including unaffiliated so open to non-BD members/ponies) running offering the opportunity for Young Ponies to be entered in another classes if desired

 

There are sections for 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies and there are no qualifiers, so entry is direct to the Championships and is open to BD registered and un-registered ponies up to and including 148cms (149cms with shoes) in height and riders/owners need not be BD members and may be any age.  Although late entries will be accepted if there is still space in the class, early entry is advised.  More information is available here

2011 Year Book and Stallion Guide

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Following from last year’s successful “10th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet and Stallion Guide”, the SPSS has produced a “2011 Year Book and Stallion Guide”. The booklet is 60 pages of full colour on glossy paper and we have 1,000 to give away throughout the year at major pony and breeding events (including the BEF Futurity Evaluations). Within the booklet there are articles, reviews of 2010 events and information about a selection of SPSS stallions.

 

The booklet has been posted to our membership mailing list. If anyone else wants a copy by post then please send an A5 stamped addressed envelope (with £1.09 postage for 1st class or 92p for 2nd class) per copy to: SPSS Booklet c/o The Last House, Keysoe Row West Keysoe Bedfordshire MK44 2JJ.

2010 Dancer Medal awarded to SOS Kantje's Unicolor

 

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The 2010 SPSS Dancer Medal has been awarded to the SPSS Graded stallion SOS Kantje's Unicolor for excellence in breeding and, in particular, his progeny results from 2007-10 in the BEF Futurity evaluations giving him the top ranking position in the “all years” Sports Pony list at the end of 2010. In addition, his filly foal, SOS What Apricot Wants gained an Elite score in 2010 and was the highest scoring Sports Pony across all ages and disciplines.

 

The SPSS instigated the Dancer Medal in 2007 as testimony to the achievements of the pony stallion Dancer, better known in the UK as Broomford Dancer. During Dancer’s illustrious career he represented Holland and Great Britain at the European Pony Dressage Championships and is also a renowned sire of some of Europe’s top pony stallions and performance ponies.

 

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 annually to a worthy SPSS registered pony that has achieved excellence in either competition or breeding.

 

SOS Kantje’s Unicolor is a Netherlands New Forest Pony by Berkhof’s Higgledy Piggledy out of Kantje’s Odessa (by Watershof Pretendent). Unicolor was bred in Holland by Firma van de Rakt and imported to the UK aged 2 1/2 by Georgia and Matthew Stokes of SOS Horses.

Alongside his stud career, Unicolor is a consistent competitor with regular wins in all disciplines. He has repeatedly qualified for the National and Regional Dressage Championships as well as winning numerous Working Hunter Pony classes. Unicolor is often seen out hunting ridden by 11 year old, Redvers Stokes (his rider in the picture opposite).

First 2011 SPSS Foal Report

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Penny Walster of Bathley Hill Farm has again sent in the first foal report of the year.  "Denise" by Bathleyhills Chocolate Dream out of Bathleyhills Flashlight (aka "Bridget") was born on 25th February.  As Bridget, a SPSS graded mare, is by Penny's SPSS graded Welsh Sec B, Thistledown Copper Lustre ("Harry"), Denise is Harry's first grandchild. Her dam's first foal, Denise is thriving despite being born almost a month early.

 

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, date of birth and breeder.

Photo by kind permission of Angela Pritchard

Another New Stallion for 2011

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Another young stallion has joined the 2011 SPSS Stallion List.  Belafonte d'Avalon was bred in the US by Jos Mottershead and Kathy St Martin and is an ISR (International Sporthorse Registry) Sport Pony.  Belafonte is by the Weser Ems (and SPSS) sire Hilken's Black Delight out of a homebred mare by Mannhattan, a North American Oldenburg jumping stallion.

 

Belafonte was presented at the July 2010 US Weser-Ems Inspection and was approved with a good score subject to him successfully completing the FN approved 30 Day Performance Test and, despite being only 3 years old and  recently backed,  he successfully completed this test in October the same year gaining a good final score of 8.36.  2011 will be Belafonte's first season at stud and his frozen semen available in the UK through Equine Reproduction Ltd. For more information and pictures, see Belafonte's stallion page here

2011 Stallion List Now Available

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The 2011 Stallion List is now available here  In addition to our established and well known stallions there are a few exciting additions to the list.  Although the 2010 Stallion Grading Champion, Bernwode Broadway, is focussing on his ridden career this year we are delighted that both the Reserve Champion and 3rd placed stallion at the 2010 Grading, Welsh Section B Rotherwood Signature, and the SPSS registered Sports Pony, LE Chiffre, will be available to mare owners for the 2011 stud season.  The first Welsh Section A to grade, Tresparrett Spirit of Two-Rivers, and the Welsh Section B, Chiskin Jaguar have joined the 2011 list along with two new stallions that have graded with other studbooks, the German bred and graded Dark Knight and the Scottish Sports Pony Domingo's Golden Surprise.  Finally, we are delighted that the SPSS Elite sire, Top Yellow, will be standing at stud again this year, by frozen semen, and that he has found a new young rider in Elllie Jolleys.  The combination are pictured on the right at a competition last Autumn.

Photo by kind permission of Ken Etteridge

Photos by kind permission of Cat Wood

The British Stallion Event Report

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The 2011 British Stallion Event took place on the 29th January at the Hartpury Arena and a near capacity crowd saw around 60 lovely stallions perform during the afternoon and evening.  The SPSS was delighted to have six representatives present. The SPSS graded Knabstrupper, Rughavens Jackpot (known as "JJ"), had a difficult slot as he followed the opening 'taster' during which the audience had been encouraged to make as much noise as possible!  JJ held his nerve though and even ignored a falling banner during his performance! 

 

The next SPSS representatives were the two Caesar 171 sons, LE Chiffre (aka "Peanut") and Rosewater I Claudius ("Claud") - both young and inexperienced.  The younger of the two, Peanut, had only been backed a short while before the display, but both he and Claud rose to the occasion and it was lovely to see them in the arena together. Hartpury resident, Bernwode Benedict, looked a little surprised to find his home territory packed with people and noise yet didn't put a hoof out of place and, with his young student rider Megan Pankhurst, gave another pleasing display.  Littledale Bright Star followed with the youngest rider of the day which was fitting as he was also the smallest stallion there by over a hand!  Interestingly, Jenny Loriston-Clarke bred both the sire of the stallion and the mother of the rider!!

 

The amazing European Pony Team Silver and Bronze medallist, Caesar 171, also took part and, despite his 22 years of age, his performance was phenomenal.  This small stallion rose to the occasion and was clearly delighted to be back in front of an audience after a number of years in semi-retirement not only showing the required elements of an FEI pony test but also demonstrating a perfect flying change.  Caesar's rider, Sam Brown, said afterwards 'He does tempi changes at home and I wish we had included them in our display'.  It was lovely to see one of the SPSS's most senior stallions impressing the crowds and receiving considerable applause as he left the arena.

 

Pictures of the stallions can be viewed (and purchased!!) on photographer Kevin Sparrow's website  - here

British Breeders SPSS Performance and Breeding Award

 

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At the 2011 Breeders Dinner & Awards Ceremony (organised by the British Horse Foundation), SPSS Founder Director and Studbook Manager, Sarah Steggall, presented the British Breeders SPSS Performance and Breeding Award 2010 to Caesar 171 (Condor x Askan), a rising 22 year old bay Weser Ems stallion bred by Benno Stolle in Germany.  Now owned by Samantha Brown of Godrics Stud (which is based at Leamside Equestrian in County Durham),  Caesar was bred and graded in Germany gaining a good score in his performance test (including two 10s).  After being imported to the UK, Caesar achieved an impressive dressage performance record being British Dressage Restricted Medium Winter Champion in 2000, a member of the GB Pony Team that won Silver at the European Championships in Germany in 2000 and the Bronze medal winning team in 2002. 

 

Caesar is graded Elite with the SPSS in recognition of his International competition successes and, despite his competition career taking precedence for many years, he is also a successful sire.  Caesar has graded sons and daughters in Germany and is damsire of the Reserve Bundeschampion in 2008 & 2009.  His oldest UK progeny are only now rising 5 years old but he has already sired 2 SPSS graded sons and a SPSS graded daughter.  At the 2008 British Breeders Awards, LE Chiffre (Caesar 171 x Donnerwetter) was awarded the trophy for "Best British Bred Pony Foal".

 

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

The SPSS Performance and Breeding Award 2011 being collected by Samantha and Christopher Brown.

Photo by kind permission of British Breeding and Trevor Meeks

 

Caesar and Sam at the 2011 British Stallion Show

Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow

Jane Buchan from Baileys with Lucy Northcott for High Scoring 3 Year Old Rosewater Breant

 

Jane Buchan from Baileys with Sarah Steggall for Leading Sports Pony Stallion, Bernwode Brokat

 

Jane Buchan with Penny Walster for Leading Sports Pony Mare, Mona

Photos by kind permission of British Breeding and Trevor Meeks

SPSS Breeders Rewarded at British Breeders Dinner

 

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At the British Horse Foundation's Breeders Dinner & Awards Ceremony in January 2011, the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity Awards were almost a clean sweep for SPSS breeders and their ponies!

 

Futurity Certificates of Merit were given to the highest scorers in each age group and discipline and in the Sports Pony section, 3 of the 4 Certificates went to SPSS members. These were:

 

Sports pony foal – SOS What Apricot Wants (SOS Kantje's Unicolor x Proset) – Georgia Stokes of SOS Horses

 

Sports pony yearling – Bathleyhills Monet (Casino Royale K x Matcho) – bred by Penny Walster of Bathley Hill Farm Stud

 

Sports pony three year old – Rosewater Breant (Bernwode Brokat x Dornik B) – bred by Sarah Eberle of Rosewater Sports Ponies

 

The Leading Sire of Sports Ponies was also awarded a Certificate of Merit based on the results gained by his progeny entered in the 2010 evaluations as Sports Ponies. Once again, the recipient of this award was the Bernwode Stud's Bernwode Brokat (Brillant x Diamant II). Brokat is an established SPSS graded sire who is producing top quality stock each year as proven by his 2009 Futurity 'All Years' Leading Sire of Sports Ponies title. In 2010, Brokat had the excellent average score of 8.84 from his top 3 progeny with the contributing scores coming from the Elite Premium foal Treasure (out of The Wexford Lady by Fine Blade) who also achieved 4th place at the Futurity Event Horse Finals at Osberton; High First Premium (and highest scoring 3 year old sports pony) Rosewater Breant (out of Delphi by Dornick B) and High First Premium 2 year old Kingswalk Moonraker (out of Kingswalk Sheer Havoc by Chidock Fankino).

 

To complete a perfect result for SPSS Ponies, Bathley Hill Farm Stud's Mona (Matcho x Silvertops Ricco) was awarded the "Leading Sports Pony Dam" Certificate of Merit based an average progeny score of 8.43.  The contributors to this score were the yearling Bathleyhills Monet (by Casino Royale K) who achieved Elite Premium level and the foal Bathleyhills Mondial (by FS Don't Worry). Sadly, this proven mare died a few hours after Bathleyhills Mondial was born - a significant loss both for Bathley Hill Farm Stud and British sports pony breeding. Read more here

 

The entries open for the 2011 Futurity Evaluations on 1st June, from a link on this part of the BEF website.  Hopefully 2011 will be another great year for SPSS ponies!!

SPSS Stallions attending The British Stallion Event

 

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Six SPSS stallions will be attending The British Stallion Event on Saturday 29 January 2011 at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire GL19 3BE.

 

The event is running from 2-10pm with eventing sires shown first, followed by showjumping and dressage sires and all of the SPSS stallions are entered in the dressage section. There will be a shopping village, celebrity interviews and International competition stars in the spectacular gala evening. Tickets are £8 (including entry to the prize draw) and are available on the door.

 

The SPSS stallions attending are the established SPSS Elite sire Caesar 171 with his recently graded sons LE Chiffre and Rosewater I Claudius.  The striking Knabstrupper Rughavens Jackpot, "small but perfectly formed" Littledale Bright Star and Hartpury resident pony stallion Bernwode Benedict will also be taking part.

 

More information is available on the BEF website here

 

SPSS in the Press!!

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Thanks to SPSS Committee member, Hazel Cornes, who has taken on the task of press liaison, the SPSS has had numerous mentions in the equestrian press recently. 

 

Some of them are:

 

Equestrian Life - November 2010

Farmers Guardian - 26 November 2010

Horse and Hound - 30 December 2010

British Dressage website

Welsh Rider - Dec 2010 (page 4) and Jan 2011 (page 7)

All Horse - Jan 2011 (page 7)

Horse Deals - Dec 2010

 

Note that you do have to register to view the Welsh Rider and All Horse magazines on-line, but this is free.

Happy New Year!!

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Just to wish all our members and supporters a very happy and successful 2011.  During the year, as well as our traditional events like the Grading and In-Hand Show, we also plan to build on last year's new initiatives and work with British Dressage and British Showjumping to further develop the Young Pony Dressage and Showjumping events. Information about these events will be found on the Events page once available.

 

We also publishing a 2011 Year Book and Stallion Guide similar to the 10th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet produced last year and containing articles and reports on 2010 events as well as information about those stallions standing with the SPSS in 2011.  The booklet will be mailed to SPSS members in time to influence stallion choices for the year and will also be available at various 2011 events - including at the BEF Futurity Series. Any one wishing to place an advert in the booklet should contact the Editor, Philippa Cole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEY DATES IN 2011

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Provisional Dates are now available for key breeding events in 2011.  Please check with the organisers for any changes.

 

The British Breeding Breeders' Awards Dinner

Saturday 8 January 2011 at The Grange City Hotel, City of London

 

British Bred Sports Horse Stallion Events

Saturday 29 January 2011 - Hartpury College, Gloucestershire - from 2-10pm with eventing sires shown first, followed by showjumping and dressage sires in the evening.  More information available here

Friday 2 September (provisionally) - Burghley Horse Trials, Lincolnshire - more information from the BEF website - here

 

Baileys Horse Feeds/BEF Futurity Young Horse Evaluations 2011

The 2011 dates/venues are listed below:

 

 

Date

Day

Venue

Location

  12 Jul Tue

Writtle College

Essex

  14 Jul Thur

The Grange

Okehampton, Devon

  19 Jul Tue

Myerscough EC

Preston, Lancashire

  21 Jul Thur Hartpury College Gloucestershire
  26 Jul Tue

Plumpton College

Lewes, East Sussex

  28 Jul Thur Arena UK Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire
  2 Aug Tue Southview Cheshire
  4 Aug Thur Crofton Manor Hampshire
  9 Aug Tue

Richmond EC

N Yorkshire

  11 Aug Thur

Solihull RC (1)

West Midlands

  12 Aug Fri

Solihull RC (1)

West Midlands

  16 Aug Tue Catherston Stud Hants
  18  Aug Thur SNEC West Lothian
  23 Aug Tue

Tall Trees

Cornwall

  25 Aug Thur

The College EC

Keysoe, Bedfordshire

 

More information on the Futurity Evaluations is available here.  Entries are expected to open 1 June 2011.

 

2011 Pony European Championships

26th - 31st July in Jaszkowo, Poland - more information here

 

SPSS Young Dressage Pony Championships supported by British Dressage

Sunday 11th September at Vale View Equestrian Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3LX - click here for more information

 

SPSS Potential Event Pony Championships to be held as part of the IPS Auction

Sunday 18th September at South View Competition & Training Centre, Wettenhall Green, Winsford Road, Wettenhall, Cheshire CW7 4DL - more information will be available soon.

 

2011 IPS Auction

18th September 2011 at South View Competition & Training Centre, Wettenhall Green, Winsford Road, Wettenhall, Cheshire CW7 4DL - more information here

 

SPSS 2011 Stallion & Mare Grading supported by Equine Reproduction (UK) Ltd

Saturday 1st October - Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Mill Road, Slapton, Bucks LU7 9BT  - click here for more information 

Note that due to the unforeseen closure of the originally booked venue, the venue listed in the 2011 Year Book is incorrect and the event is now at the above venue and both stallion and mare gradings are being held on the same day (ie 1st October).

 

SPSS Potential Showjumping Pony Championships

Date/Venue to be determined

 

SPSS AGM

Date/Venue to be determined

 

Open In Hand Premium Show

We regret that, due to the unforeseen closure of the originally booked venue resulting us having to change venue at short notice, it is not going to be possible this year to run our In-Hand Show alongside the Gradings. We are investigating other options and will update here if it becomes possible to run the show.

Guidance on Obtaining a Passport

 

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The Information/FAQ and Passports pages contain 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.

IMPORTANT NOTICE about 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 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 10 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 10 version) with the ID page completed by a Vet.

 

 

 

   
   
   

 

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