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North Of The Border Foa Show & Auction 2002

Vesuvius VU with breeder Mr R. Donaldson Right: Bushman with Breeder Mr D. Pearce Photography courtesy of Peak PhotographyThis years' foal show organised by the Scottish Sports Horse and generously sponsored by Bailey's horse feeds proved to be a popular event for Scotland's sport horse breeders. Following the large number of entries and the size of the crowd it looks like the show is set to become a marked National calendar event! Picture Vesuvius VU with breeder Mr R. Donaldson Right: Bushman with Breeder Mr D. Pearce Photography courtesy of Peak Photography.

The show provided an ideal opportunity for breeders to present their offspring at a later date in the year. As many of the foals had already been shown along side their dams at the Scottish Sports Horse's Summer Show and the SSH Annual gradings, which were held at various locations throughout Scotland during the month of September, the event gave everyone the opportunity to observe and evaluate how these young future sport horses had matured and developed.

The show commenced with the eldest of the fillies born in 2002. Due to the large number of entries it had been decided to split both fillies and colts classes into two separate age group sections. In traditional Scottish Sports Horse Fashion the Judge for the day for the sports horse classes was flown in from Holland to assess this years crop of Scottish bred foals.

The fillies were presented as a group before Mr.Libertus Alderkamp of the Netherlands. Each filly was then brought in individually in catalogue number to be assessed on type, frame and conformation, before being turned free so that M. Alderkamp could evaluate the quality and harmony of their gaits. Each foal was also given a score for walk, trot and canter.

The first winner of the day was Elaine McFarlane’s, Newmiln Valini. Mr Alderkamp explained to the audience the reasoning behind his decision: ‘A nice type with a lot of power, good overall conformation. He also expressed the quality of the trot.’

Valini's sire is by the registered Scottish Sports Horse Stallion, Newmiln Landini, who's bloodlines trace back to Landgraf and Furioso II, with Darco in her dams' line, Pauline Velocia. (SSH). In second place was Woodbury’s Cruise Forth (by S.S.H. Licensed Stallion Clyde Cruiser), owned and bred by Mrs.P.J.Lillington. Third in the line up was Holly (by M’Bebe) owned and bred by Mrs.Carol Magee.

In the second class of the day the youngest of the fillies saw La Bohe’me, an Accondy daughter, owned by Mr.T.Collins and Ms.S.Smith take first place. Once again M. Alderkamp addressed the audience using the notes that he had made during each individual assessment."A really nice sporting type with excellent movement,’ he commented.

Vesuvius VuThe Colts followed the fillies class and once again it was split into age sections, this time beginning with the older colts born in 2002.

Standing in first place was Vesuvius VU, a Jurius colt, owned by the much delighted Robert Donaldson of Viewmont Stud. Vesuvius may very well be the last Jurius colt and it has been suggested that he is a possible stallion candidate. Vesuvius VU has had a very successful year following his win as best colt and overall foal champion at the Scottish Sports Horse Summer Show 2002. Adding to this, is his achievement of first premium which he was awarded at the SSH annual gradings. Good conformation and good in all paces - a really nice type,’ said the judge.

Second in this class was Bushman another product by Accondy, owned and bred by David.E.Pearce. Riviera owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs.M.Malcolmson took third place. Riviera sired by Royal Geneve another Licensed SSH stallion and out of a Rubenstein mare demonstrated exquisite pace and bares all the qualities of movement of his grand sire, a most definite future dressage prospect!

Newmiln VanquishIn the younger colts class it was once again one of Elaine McFarlanes' produce that took the first rosette, Newmiln Vanquish, (pictured left) again by Newmiln Landini. In second place was Our Majestic Pride (by Accondy) owned and bred by Mr.and Mrs.M.Bond

Third place went to Craigmancie Mars owned and bred by Mrs.A.J.Middler. Craigmancie Mars was evidently feeling good as he strutted around the arena, tail held high showing great suspension and uphill movement to his stride. His sire Craigmancie Gold (SSH) was awarded a 10 for his jumping and showed exceptional looseness through his back in his movement at his initial Stallion Inspection. His son appears to have inherited his fathers qualities and demonstrated them quite clearly on the day.

With the winners of each class chosen, the four foals were called forwards to be judged for the Sports Horse Foal Championship and the chance to win the £300 prize money that made up part of the £1551 kindly sponsored by Bailey’s Horse Feeds.

Versuvius and Robert DonaldsonAfter much consideration, Mr Alderkamp called in the second placed colt Bushman, to stand as reserve to the champion, Vesuvius VU of Viewmount Stud.

It’s quite fitting when you consider Vesuvius’ dam was fed on Bailey’s horse feeds throughout her pregnancy and that Vesuvius is now being fed his daily ration of "Grow and Win!' laughed owner Robert Donaldson as, Vesuvius VU strutted around the arena sporting his winning Bailey's embroidered rug.. This was infact a consecutive win for Mr Donaldson as it was indeed his Filly Ullapool VU full sister to Vesuvius that won the overall championship at the foal show in 2001.

Bishman and David PierceBushman, the Reserve Champion was awarded with his prize money of £150. This follows his successful class win at this year’s Highland Show, and second place at the Border Union show. He is out of the successful broodmare Lady Lochan.

Katie Lungsden MSc (Dist) BSc(Hons) Equine nutritionist representing Bailey's horse feeds provided the audience with an educational and informative talk during the lunch break. Katie discussed the advantages of a well balanced feeding regime for the pregnant and nursing mare, as well as the benefits received by the young foal prior to and after weaning when a careful feeding program is followed.

Following lunch Mr.Alderkamp was joined by Mrs.Caroline Nelson, Vice Chairperson N.P.S, to judge the Sports Pony Foal classes. For the first time in this country pony foals were shown loose and the audience were treated to wonderful, squealing displays of joyful bucks. The filly Veronique owned and bred by Sandra Low-Mitchell won the opening class of the afternoon. In second place was Chester Hill Finnbheara, owned and bred by Mrs.Barbara Darling and third was Glen-Brae Velvet, owned and bred by John Borthwick.

Waxwing RagtimeMrs.Nelson judged the Large and Small Breeds Mountain and Moorland classes. The exquisite Waxwing Ragtime of Waxwing Stud made full use of a free rein to impress everyone with his energetic and powerful paces securing his first place. Second place went to Kilmannan Black Magic, owned and bred by Mr.W.R.Ireland and third to Chester Hill Finnbheara.

Waxwing Stud was again successful with the last class of the day when their foal Waxwing Bounty, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Hibberd and shown by Clarke Hibberd, won the small M&M. Second place went to Ceannaiteach Malabou, owned by E.Mowatt , bred by Mrs.M.Kennedy and third to Glen-Brae Velvet.

Waxwing Stud triumphed when the Pony Championship and £150 kindly sponsored by Mrs.Rose Kelbie, went to Waxwing Ragtime and the reserve prize of £50, kindly sponsored by Mrs.M.C.Nimmo to Waxwing Bounty.

The auction concluded the day with Mr. and Mrs.Low-Mitchell’s colt foal Vuga Vuga by (Cappuccino FCS now sold and competing in Germany) reaching the highest bid of the day - £3500. The Scottish Sports Horse now plan to develop this popular event and auction to further attract sport horse and pony breeders and buyers from around the world. Judging by the tremendous quality and the bloodlines running throughout the pedigrees of this years superb crop there is no reason why the show can not achieve it's goals in the future!

Rosalyn Serex

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