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Thistledown Copper Lustre





WP&CS Section B

Sire: Delvers Tarragon

Dam: Paddock Northern Lustre

Damsire: Paddock Camargue

Height: 128 cms - 12.2hh
Born: 2001
Graded: SPSS; Licensed WP&CS
Stud Fee: £250

Natural or AI (Chilled/Fresh)

Visiting mares – No Foal No Fee

AI Shipped Semen - No Foal Free Return (one season only)

Breeder: Mr S Anderson
Owner: Penny Walster, Bathley Hill Farm Stud
Location: Nr Newark, Nottinghamshire

Thistledown Copper Lustre is a Registered WP&CS Section B with Downland Chevalier & Paddock Camargue bloodlines.


“Harry” was successfully shown in hand before being backed with the intention of producing him for the dressage arena and he qualified for the Regional Finals at both Novice and Elementary Open Level in just a few outings on scores always between 68% and 74% at affiliated level.


His exquisite temperament, attitude and outlook on life make him a pleasure to compete and partner. This is also alongside the odd days hunting, “kids pony” and a best friend.


For more information, see below, or contact - Penny Walster - 07753 445614  



At the 2016 British Bred Stallion Parade

Photos by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow




Delvers Tarragon

(WPCS Sec B)

Bunbury Thyme

(WPCS Sec B)

Lydstep Barman

(WPCS Sec B)

Downland Chevalier

Lydstep Blondie


Brockwell Twiggy

(WPCS Sec B)

Brockwell Cobweb

Belvoir Tosca


Twycross Songbird

(WPCS Sec B)

Twycross Cavalier

(WPCS Sec B)

Rotherwood Commander

Drayton Sunflower


Lydstep Ladybird

(WPCS Sec B)

Lydstep Royalty

Lydstep Lilac Time


Paddock Northern Lustre

(WPCS Sec B)

Paddock Camargue

(WPCS Sec B)

Downland Chevalier

(WPCS Sec B)

Downland Dauphin

Downland Love-in-the-mist


Coed Coch Gala

(WPCS Sec B)

Coed Coch Berwynfa

Coed Coch Peioni


Paddock Silver Lustre

(WPCS Sec B)

Watermans Mandolin

(WPCS Sec B)

Downland Mandarin

Watermans Evening Star


Reeves Fairy Lustre

(WPCS Sec B)

Kirby Cane Shuttlecock

Ceulan Silver Lustre

Sire:  Delvers Tarragon was himself successfully shown as a youngster, he holds the Bunbury lines which are prolific ridden ponies, alongside Twycross, Lydstep and further back the most sought after lines of the World Famous Downland Chevalier, the Royal Welsh Champion Solway Master Bronze, and the Rotherwood Bloodlines.


Dam: Paddock Northern Lustre, bred by the famous Paddock Stud, herself a Gold Medal Winner and Reserve Champion at the Royal Welsh alongside many other superb results. Her bloodlines speak for themselves having produced many outstanding offspring including “Harry’s” full sister Thistledown Fairy Lustre who qualified for HOYS.


Damsire: Paddock Camargue, himself being sired by the World Famous Downland Chevalier, in 1991 was the Royal Welsh Champion Gold Medal Winner. He was exported to Sweden in 1994 as a Premium Elite Stallion, and he also Sired the Royal Welsh Gold Medal winning Paddock Picture.

At the 2007 BD Breed Show, competing in the 6 year old pony class



Trailblazers Final 2011

By kind permission of Real Time Imaging

As a yearling, two and three year old Harry was successfully home produced and won and was highly placed at County level on numerous occasions at many venues including Newark & Notts County show, Lincolnshire Agricultural Show, Derby County Show, Ryedale Show.  He has also taken many Supremes and Championships at local level, with many commendable comments from the judges on his superb manners.


Harry was baked at the end of summer '05 with the intention of producing him as a dressage pony for 'fledgling' riders (children aged 8 to 12 years).  With his exquisite temperament and intelligence he is an eager and willing person, trying always to please.  He made his first appearance with our fledging rider who is 9 years old at Caythorpe on 22nd January 2005; riding her first dressage test he competed in a Trailblazer 1st round Prelim 7 and gained a super 63.17% which is a qualifying score for the second rounds. They are pictured above right at the end of the test.


His staring role in a production of Cinderella in January 2007  (see pictures above), with the Spotlight Studio Theatre Productions, also combined with the odd days hunting and being that he can ridden alongside mares even with the smallest child on board, proves again his outstanding temperament.


In 2011, Harry qualified for the prestigious Trailblazers Final at Stoneleigh and is pictured below at the Final ridden by 13 year old Polly Clark, who is really a jumping fanatic and has only ever done a few dressage tests!! 


After a break while his owner was on maternity leave, Harry made a successful return to the affiliated dressage arena in February 2014 when he won one class on 72.69% and scored 70% for 4th place in the other.


December 2013

By kind permission of Julia Shearwood Photography


Offspring/Breeding Advice
Thistledown Copper Lustre was bred selectively by Mr S Anderson of Thistledown Stud to hold strong bloodlines of the famous stallions Downland Chevalier and Paddock Camargue and for the outstanding temperament needed in a child's pony. 

Harry has manners to burn and is regularly handled and ridden alongside mares by small children.  Harry is stabled and turned out on a mixed yard with no problems.  He is a natural showman in-hand and well mannered under saddle.


Harry has proved to stamp all his progeny from a range of mares with quality movement with fantastic temperaments and trainability. His progeny are now successful in their own right including a Hunt Masters horse and dressage,  County level showing, SPSS youngstock classes and BEF Futurity 1st premium winners.  Two daughters are now Graded mares with the SPSS


Harry is pictured (lower right) with his 15.3hh son Bathleyhills Chanel Allure (out of Chanel V) in February 2014.  Both Harry and "Arnold" won a class at that British Dressage Show.


His son, Copper Phoenix, is doing well in Scotland, competing & winning in British Dressage Novice and Elementary classes and they won the Novice Silver class at the 2016 Scottish Championships

Photo by kind permission of Elaine Campbell


Bathleyhills Sea Urchin - Born 2004. Dam: Loveden Sea Swallow (SPSS)

Bathleyhills Flash Light

Grey Filly. Born: 19th April 2007. Dam: Aklah Twilght Star (SPSS). Graded SPSS. 1st Premium BEF 2007 & 2009. Third overall two year old Sports Pony 2009. Won at County Level


Bathleyhills Chanel Allure

Bay Colt.  Dam: Chanel V.  Born 15 May 2008

1st placed Male Youngstock 2009 SPSS Show

Bathleyhills Copper Dream

Born July 2004

Maybeck Sparkling Moonlight

Chestnut Filly.  Dam: Rohey Sparkling Maydream.  Born 10 May 2009. Breeder: Mrs A Jones

Bathleyhills Touch of Lustre

Chestnut Filly.  Dam: Blaircourt Touchwood.  Born 14 May 2009.  Breeder: Bathleyhills Stud

Champion In Hand 2010


Chestnut Colt. Dam: Lily (TB/NF).  Born 5 June 2009.  Breeder: Sally Wright





Triptych Prism

Coloured colt.  Dam: Lloyds Gertrude.  Born June 2009.  Breeder: Vicky Leggett.

BEF 1st Premium. BSPA Champs 1st. Mare & Foal Extravaganza 4th in Foal Of Year Class. 2nd Rugby Riding Club qualifying for Royal London. 3rd Sywell Show in Mixed Youngstock class

Bathleyhills Arabaz

Bay Gelding. Dam: Bathleyhills Arabella.  Born 2 Aug 2009.  Breeder Bathleyhills Stud

Copper Phoenix

Bay Colt. Dam: Santana. Born 27 April 2010. Breeder: Mrs Rachel Connors

Bathleyhills ??? (aka "Ruth")

Bay filly. Dam: Bathleyhills Marranello (SPSS by Top Yellow). Born 2nd April 2011. Breeder: Bathleyhills Stud.


Bathleyhills Ocean Spray (aka Stuart)

Bay colt. Dam: Bathleyhills Sea Spray (Sach. Thuringen by Chateau De Brion). Born 13th April 2011. Breeder: Bathleyhills Stud.

Bathleyhills ??? (aka "Joyce")

Bay filly. Dam: Bathleyhills Silver Flight. Born 27th March 2011. Breeder: Bathleyhills Stud.


Bathleyhills "Molly"

Chestnut filly. Dam:  Hilkens Mighty Gold (by Joldis Charmant). Born 20th March 2013. Breeder: Bathley Hill Stud.

Bathleyhills "Ethel"

Bay filly. Dam: Bathleyhills Sea Breeze (by Casino Royale K). Born 24th March 2013. Breeder: Bathley Hill Stud.

Bathleyhills "Edward"

Bay colt. Dam:  Bathleyhills Swift (by Casino Royale K). Born 30th March 2013. Breeder: Bathley Hill Stud.




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