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SHB(GB) 16 Jan 18

Latest update from Sport Horse Breeding (GB)

The latest news and diary dates from Sport Horse Beeding (GB):

Conformation Clinics

BE members will be welcome at all of our SHB(GB) Conformation Clinics that will be held around the country during the year. The clinics afford the opportunity for individuals to top up their conformation knowledge on a one-to-one basis with a listed panel judge, whilst discussing the conformation of several horses over the period of an hour and half. The clinics will cost BE members £25.00. The first clinic of the year will be held at Twemlows Stud (Shropshire) on Saturday April 28th. For more information and dates please keep an eye on our Facebook page (Sport Horse Breeding (GB) or the website;

Mare grading

Mare grading takes place around the country from April to the end of September. All mares over the age of three and 14.2hh and over are welcome to come forward for grading. Grading is a useful assessment and will ensure SHB(GB) studbook papers for the offspring. All mares that grade into the Head Studbook receive a £100.00 voucher to cover the registration fee (including DNA testing) of her first foal. At the end of the year the top three mares receive a voucher towards stud fees sponsored by B&W Equine Vets, near Tetbury. The first mare grading of 2018 will take place on Saturday April 7th at Myerscough and on Sunday April 8th at Ian Stark EC. Entry forms, rules and regulations are available on the website in the downloads section. For any enquiries call Marian Eydmann in the office; 01732 866277

Spring Stallion Grading

SHB(GB) spring stallion grading will be held on Sunday April 8th at the Ian Stark Equestrian Centre (ISEC) and on Wednesday April 11th at the West Wilts Equestrian Centre.

There will also be mare grading at ISEC on the same day. Entries for stallion grading close two weeks before the date. All types over 14.2hh are eligible and we are particularly keen to encourage native breeds suitable as sport horse sires to come forward as well as Anglo Arab and Arabs, thoroughbreds and of course sport horses.

Please read the rules, available on the website or if you have any enquiries please ring the office to speak with Marian Eydmann (01732 866277).

British Breeding Breeders Awards

SHB(GB) graded and registered event horses hit the headlines at the recent British Breeding Breeders Awards dinner (January 13th). Congratulations to Trisha Rickards whose homebred, former advanced event mare Faerie Dazzler (Catherston Dazzler-Ben Faerie) was judged the winner of the prestigious Horse & Hound ‘outstanding mare’ award, received on behalf of Trisha by Jennie Loriston-Clarke. Faerie Dazzler, an SHB(GB) elite Head Studbook mare, is the dam of the two four-star horses Faerie Dianimo (by Dimaggio) and Xavier Faer (by Catherston Liberator), both bred and owned by Trisha.

The evening was an extra special one for Trisha as SHB(GB) registered Xavier Faer was announced as the winner of the BE ‘Wide Awake’ trophy, awarded to the highest placed British-bred horse in the 2017 BE top 100.

The occasion was also tinged with sadness with the announcement that Trevidden (Fleetwater Opposition-Toros xx) the recipient of the inaugural Richard Matson memorial trophy had died. The nine-year-old, owned by Dr Patricia Turner and ridden by Izzy Taylor was bred by Vin and Elizabeth Jones. With Izzy he finished 9th at Burghley – his first four-star – winning the SHB(GB) trophy for the highest placed horse by an SHB(GB) stallion. He had finished the year as the highest placed British-bred horse in the FEI 2017 rankings.

Event mares are high scorers of 2017

Four-star event mare Annie Clover (Newmarket Venture-Clover Hill) was the highest marked mare of the 65 mares that came forward for SHB(GB) mare grading in 2017. Nicola Wilson’s Irish-bred, former four-star mare, now hunting with her owner Mary Tweddle, had an embryo transfer foal last year by the SHB(GB) graded thoroughbred Duke of Hearts.

Jonelle Price’s 2016 Olympic ride Faerie Dianimo (Dimaggio-Catherston Dazzler) was the second highest marked mare. Faerie Dianimo who was bred by Trisha Rickards is, like her dam Faerie Dazzler, now graded into the Head Studbook. Both Annie Clover and Faerie Dianimo will receive vouchers worth several hundred pounds towards future stud fees from mare grading sponsor B&W Equine Vets.