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Below are some excerpts from news items in the April 2013 issue
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sBs red carpet

Belgium (by Jean Llewellyn/press release) The Belgian Sport Horse studbook had good reason to roll out the red carpet for their sport horses. With no fewer than 11 victories, including three major Grand Prix wins in one single weekend, they are proving virtually unbeatable in showjumping arenas around Europe this season.

Under the saddle of Britain’s Scott Brash, who is currently heading the FEI world rankings leader- board, Hello Sanctos/ex Sanctos vh Gravenhof (Quasimodo van de Molendreef - Nasia vh Gravenhof x Nabab de Reve, bred by W. Taets) claimed a five-star victor y in the south of France at the five-star CSI St. Tropez Grand Prix.

At the same time on the other side of the Atlantic, Rotchild du Bosquetiau/ex Rothchild (Artos Z - Pitchounette du Bosquetiau x Elegant de l’Ile, bred by B. and L. Pagnieau) ridden by McLain Ward (USA) was claiming the five-star CSIO of Spruce Meadows, Cal- gar y, while Venue d’Fees des Hazalles (President - Reine- Fee des Hazalles x Alcatraz, bred by D. Lamette) and Fabienne Lange were winning the Grand Prix CSI*** of Roeser, Luxembourg.

In fact, as a prelude to Hello Sanctos’s victor y, an earlier 1m50 class saw the sBs ap- proved stallion Riesling du Monselet (Kashmir van Schuttershof - Bettina Kervec x Laeken, bred by D. Patris), ridden by Grégor y Wathelet, in the winner’s circle. Similarly, in Roeser, the seven-year-old Bolero Wisbecq (Quick Step Wis- becq - Orchidee Wisbecq x Landwind [Holst]) breeder C. Arroyave Fernandez), claimed a 1m35 class with Dayro Arroyave...

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Pick-me-up for British eventing breeding

Great Britain (by Celia Clarke) The future of British eventing breed -- a mainstay of its sport horse breeding industry in the past -- has been increasingly threatened by a number of factors in the last 10 to 15 years. Not least a growing preference by top British riders for the dressage paces of imported Warmblood horses to ensure a higher score in the initial dressage phase than the traditional Thoroughbred.

In this situation the stud- books and breeders of eventers in the UK view the list of horses selected to represent Great Britain at the up- coming World Equestrian Games as a vindication of the significant changes they have made to their breed- ing policies and selection of stock over the past few years. This is because no fewer than three of the six horses recently named re- cently to Normandy’s British squad are British bred, while another is an imported stallion fully graded for breeding with SHBGB.

The three British breds are:
• Allercombe Ellie (rider Izzy Taylor), an 11-year-old bay SHBGB mare (Jumbo [SHBGB] - My Last Edition [SHBGB] x Poetic Justice xx), owned by Frances Carter and breeder Susan Holroyd. Allercombe Ellie is one of several foals from My Last Edition, whose dam line goes back to Grade A showjumper Late Night Extra, and Little Mermaid – third at Badminton in 1965. Four of the foals bred from My Last Edition have com- peted at British eventing in- termediate level or higher. • Billy Beware (rider Pippa Funnell) a 10-year-old bay AES gelding (Kannan [SF] - Dollar Date x Cavalier [Holst]). Billy Beware was bred by Pippa and William Funnell and Donal Barn- well of the Billy Stud and is the first progeny from the Billy Stud to represent the British Senior squad in eventing. His dam Dollar Day’s other offspring also include Grand Prix showjumper Billy Grand, owned by Jonathan and Jane Clarke.
• De Novo News (rider Tina Cook), 11-year-old bay NTR gelding (Last News xx x Douce de Longvaut [SF] x Quouglof Rouge [SF]). De Novo News was home bred by his rider and his now owned jointly by her and Jim Chromiak. His dam, Douce de Longvaut was imported into the UK as a young horse and was a finalist at Le Lion d’Angers as a seven- year-old in 1998, after which she went on to complete a clear cross-countr y round at Burghley CCI4* in 2002...

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Breeding eventers down under

Analysis by Christopher Hector: I really get sick of the ‘experts’ who keep saying you can’t breed eventers, when a little research shows that the very few people who do try to breed for eventing are usually spectacularly successful. Let’s look at the results at of the CCI classes at the Werribee Three Day Event.

The winner of the two-star was Max Almighty, who was purpose-bred by Western Australian breeder, Jeanette Hatch of Cethana Irish Sport Horses in Serpentine, Western Australia. Max Almighty is by Aly Kingston who is out of one of the most famous racing mares of all time, Rose of Kingston and by the American super sire, the ill-fated Alydar. Ill-fated in that he raced against Affirmed, the last winner of the Triple Crown, second in all three legs, each time getting closer to winning, and in the end losing all three by a total of less than two lengths. Ill-fated, because after a successful career as a sire, he was deliberately killed in 1990 at the age of 15 in the most brutal way, by the financially troubled owner of Calumet Farm in the USA. Clifton Promise, who won Badminton, and then won, then lost Burghley, is by Engagement xx, who is by Alydar.

Unlike his half-brother, Kingston Rule, Aly Kingston was no star on the track, and he moved from Victoria to Western Australia, where owned by Holly Palmer, he stood at David Hodby’s Sandalwood Stud in the Perth Hills from 2003 until his death from a paddock accident in 2008 at the age of 17. Max Almighty was the product of the stallion’s first season at Sandalwood.

According to David: “Aly was well known in WA for pro- ducing good riding horses as he passed on his good move- ment, and often jumping ability. For me, he sired San- dalwood Josh who was Supreme of Supreme Champions at our AWHA Gala Day, and Sandalwood Anique (Anglo Arab) who was a multi-champion, both led and ridden. Another of note was Millendon Dynamic who was on the Australian talent search squad for eventing. Aly was a lovely horse, a real character, and is still greatly missed here at Sandalwood.”

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NZTB sport initiative

New Zealand (by Annie Studholme) New Zealand’s inaugural Thoroughbreds in Equestrian Sports (TiES) initiative recognising Thoroughbreds competing in equestrian disciplines concluded recently with the 10-year-old Citadelle xx (Centaine xx [AUS] - Shekanwyn xx x Musical Phantasy xx [USA]) ridden by Christchurch teen Claudia Wilson taking out the overall title for 2014.

Launched jointly between New Zealand Thorough-bred Racing (NZTR) and Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) earlier this year,it is seen as a way of increasing opportunities for second careers for Thoroughbred horses retiring from racing and raising awareness for the adaptability of Thoroughbreds for second careers in equestrian sport. The project drew to a close with the eventing final at the prestigious NRM National Three Day Event in Taupo.

Throughout the season eligible Thoroughbreds com- peted in TiES competitions with South and North Is- land Champions awarded in dressage and jumping, and three qualifying events leading up to the eventing final. Citadelle’s chances of individual eventing honours were dashed after collecting 20 penalties in the water complex for jumping the wrong element at Taupo. However, placing fourth fourth behind the eventual TiES eventing champion Just Kidding xx (Fusaichi Pegasus xx [AUS] - Gypsy Princess xx [IRL] x Sadlers Wells xx [USA]) ridden by Amanda Pottinger, daughter of 1988 Seoul Olympic Games team bronze medallist Tinks Pottinger (NZL), was sufficient to give Wilson the overall title across all three disciplines...

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