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Brando SD


Black (EE homozygous black)

Photo by kind permission of ATG Photography




Sire: Hilkens Black Delight

Dam: Mirage

Damsire: Voyage

Height: 147cm – 14.2hh
Born: 2011
Graded: SPSS
Stud Fee:

£450 NFFR

Concessions for proven competition or breeding mares – please contact Lucy to discuss.

Semen: Chilled/Fresh
WFFS result: Has not been supplied to SPSS
Breeder: Debbie Bridges
Owner: Lucy Sheldrake, Delaroche Stud
Location: near Whitchurch, Shropshire

Brando SD is a beautiful black sport pony stallion. He has an excellent conformation for sport, exhibiting athleticism & power throughout all of his superb paces. He also has an exceptional temperament with super rideability.

Brando’s pedigree consolidates many great proven German Riding Pony performance lines. He is one of very few stallion sons of world renowned Hilkens Black Delight, this is combined with a dam line full of legendary names including Downland Folklore, Brillant and Night-Star I.

For more information please see below, or contact Lucy Sheldrake on  07989 334929 or 




Hilkens Black Delight

Branduardi M Black Boy Black Grannus


Gloria Valentino


Syrah Morbidelli Mozart II


Sira Black Boy


Mirage Voyage Valentino Downland Folklore


Mago Brillant


Moonlight Night-Star I Nalet ox


Melodie Nixen
Blackamoor Miranda

Sire: Hilkens Black Delight was 2005 Weser-Ems Stallion Licensing Champion, receiving high praise from the licensing committee and standing ovations from the crowd. He was described as being “as close to perfection as possible” and became the first pony stallion ever to be invited to the Oldenburg Stallion Parade. As a 4 year old he was State Champion and winner of his Performance test, scoring 10 from the guest rider and praised for his jumping, both X-country and over show jumps. In 2009, Black Delight became Weser- Ems 6-9 year-old Stallion Champion and qualified for the Bundeschampionate before being sold to France. His sire Branduardi M was successful at L-level in dressage & showjumping and his dam, Syrah also competed in dressage and L-level jumping.



Dam: Mirage is the dam of the 2015 SPSS Supreme Mare Grading Champion, Mystique (by Argentino) and of her full brother, Adonis, who was exported from Germany to USA where he was graded by the Rheinland-Pfalz-Saar.  Mirage is also the dam of the SPSS 2018 Supreme Youngstock Champion, a colt foal. Mirage’s dam, Moonlight is a daughter of the influential Night-Star I who was Reserve Bundeschampion (Jumping) and sire of Eventing Pony Euros Team & Individual Gold medal winner, Nelusko



Damsire: Voyage, a proven sire of dressage ponies whose progeny have won over €11K, is a son of Valentino, who was highly influential in Dutch & German part-bred Welsh sport pony breeding and was awarded the Sport predicate.



At his SPSS grading in 2016


Back under saddle in Jan 2022 with a young rider


At his SPSS grading in 2016

Brando SD is a bold and friendly young stallion with an excellent temperament.


As a foal he was awarded a High First Premium at the BEF Futurity and also at the Scottish Sports Horse grading.


Brando has only managed to have a short spell under saddle due to his breeder's work commitments but he always enjoyed his work and was constantly improving and moving forward with his dressage training. In the few outings he had he competed at affiliated novice level, where he qualified for the Petplan Area Festival and the Scottish Championships, and he received good marks and very positive comments from the judges. He is trained to elementary level.


One of Brando's highlights is his medium trot and this was also recognised by the grading judges commenting that he had “good freedom and cadence” in his free trot.


Brando is now back under saddle and being aimed at BD Youth classes in 2022.



Competing in the Children on Horses class

 at the Vale View British Dressage High Profile Show

in December 2022

Photo by kind permission of ATG Photography








Offspring/Breeding Advice

Brando SD was available at stud for the first time in 2019 and his first foals arrived in 2020. From his very limited time at stud to date Brando has shown he consistently produces correct, athletic, beautiful foals with his excellent temperament. Romanno Epic Time (see photographs below), his first foal to be presented for youngstock evaluation, was awarded a coveted SPSS GOLD Premium in 2021.


Brando’s pedigree, type & temperament mean that he is extremely versatile as a stallion choice. He would make a really excellent cross with pure or part-bred native pony mares, Arabs & British Riding Ponies, as well as having lots to offer German Riding Pony mares and even Warmblood/horse mares where he could be used to add quality & reduce height.


Delaroche Stud has been extremely fortunate to acquire Brando SD in Autumn 2021 & look forward to 2022 with great excitement. We intend to rekindle his ridden career whilst also making him more widely available at stud via AI and it is anticipated that he will be used on a wide range of the stud's own & customers mares.


Here's to lots of exciting times & more foals in 2023!


May 2022

By kind permission of Amelia Hart

Having fun jumping while at stud in 2022


May 2022

By kind permission of Amelia Hart



Romanno Epic Time

2021 filly out of a mare by Serano Gold. Bred by Jennifer Gilchrist, Romanno Stud

SPSS GOLD Premium 2021




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