By Eva Maria Broomer / AES
Photography: Horsepower Creative
The AES held another highly successful series of stallion gradings this autumn, visiting venues in Cheshire and Sussex. Public stallion grading tours are held twice a year in the late autumn and spring, which gives stallion owners more flexibility to present their stallions in the best condition.
As part of the studbook’s commitment to welfare, we always offer a number of different venues in locations across the country to reduce unnecessary stress and travel time. Members of the public are warmly welcome to watch, and the venues are advertised online via our website.
This year’s team of evaluators consisted of Robbert Ehrens who joined us from the Netherlands, Carron Nicol, Lucy Simpson, and Eva-Maria Broomer. Stallions were evaluated depending on their age, either loose or under saddle, and our visit to Cheshire brought some exciting new editions to our stallion portfolio.
Balou’s Bobby is a young son of Balou Peggio purchased from Denmark and owned by Alice Weightman. He showed a lovely willing attitude under saddle and was careful over the fences. He was awarded registered status and will now have the opportunity to prove himself in his work.
Licensed status was awarded to Picture Perfect MJ Scaldia, a very elegant, long lined, athletic type who showed exceptional jumping ability and scope. This stallion was bred by J Martens in the Netherlands and purchased as a foal by Jade Meagher. He is by the very interesting Heartbreaker son Hardrock Z. His motherline, the Zottie Stam, has been prolific, and in the direct mare family we find 1m60 horses such as Wiesielottie (Rash R), HBR Tennessey (Concorde), and Amadeus (Guidam), to select only a few. He particularly impressed with his excellent brain for jumping that will ensure him a bright competition future.
Already well established under saddle was Bartender, owned and bred by Hannah Bate. This very interesting son of the Heraldik xx son Herald III has a pedigree that would be of great interest to jumping and eventing breeders alike. His mother Barones II was internationally successful in eventing up to CCI4*. She is a daughter of the great Concorde and a half sister of numerous Grand Prix horses, among them the 1m60 jumping stallion Empire (Calvaro Z), the 1m60 horse O Come On M (Come On), and the 1m55 horse Flavio (Cicero Z van Paemel). Bartender has started his show-jumping career with promising performances and convinced at his evaluation with balanced, active gaits and strong conformation.
The team travelled south to Sussex where it was a great treat to visit Al Shira’aa stables who continue to invest in excellence in breeding and the sport. Al Shira’aa successfully presented four very interesting young stallions all of whom gained licensed status... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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