Scottish Sports Horse thirteenth annual stallion grading took place
at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre on Saturday 12th April. Obvious
to all was just how far the organisation has come.
The high quality of presented stallions signified
a continuous improvement in breeder awareness, and promises many
exciting young prospects for future buyers/mare owners worldwide.
Photo above Ingliston House Stud's' "Salerno"
by Corland, .
for the day were Mr. Toine Hoefs and Mr.A Hamoen from the KWPN in
Holland. A large crowd of spectators gathered for the grading, which
began with the initial passport inspection trot up in hand and conformation
inspection held outside. The stallions then individually progressed
one by one indoors, where they were loose jumped before proceeding
to the vetting area. Judges: Photo Right: Mr. Toine
Hoefs and Mr.A Hamoen from the KWPN in Holland
Reed of Graham’s Road Veterinary Clinic and Brian Patterson
of the Glasgow Vet School were the attending veterinarians and proved
severely thorough in their inspections.
Whilst the vetting proceeded, Balcormo Stud’s
Kielame M came forward for reassessment. A graded stallion must
be presented every four years to ensure his progress remains satisfactory,
which was certainly evident in Kielame’s case. The Dutch judges
had no quarrels with this big moving and strong Chestnut stallion
and regained his already Approved status.
Kielame, the afternoon’s demonstrations included the successful
young Paraplegic rider, Katie Mathews, performed a lovely dressage
display to music. Twenty-one-year-old Katie, who suffers from Cerebral
Palsy and visual impairment, originally took up riding for therapy
treatment at the age of three years. She has now, with the invaluable
sponsorship of sportscotland, ridden internationally for the last
The sprightly Gleneagles Vaulting Team came next
in the program and entertained the audience with skilled displays
of balance and athleticism. The Stallion Showcase then kicked off
at 1pm following a Bailey’s Feed Seminar. Photo:
Right Katie Mathews
Old and new equine faces demonstrated their paces
and jumping ability under saddle, including the handsome and versatile
Tranquil Bay whose stock presented for S.S.H. grading have all been
awarded 1st premiums to date. Ingliston House Stud made their presence
felt with three demonstrating stallions including the four-year-old
Shiller which stood top of the line up at last year’s stallion
grading. Hanleen Stud presented Clyde Cruiser and Cruising’s
Micky Finn (by Cruising), who was the highest placed colt at last
year’s loose jumping final. Stanhopes Diddycoy added a splash
of colour to the proceedings, displaying tremendous dressage ability
and jump. A Latin flare came into the arena in the shape of the
extravagant Ciro VI represented the Andalusian breed.
The big Kielame M returned for the Showcase and
how wonderful to know that this stallion has now resumed his stud
duties, after time spent at the Royal Dick Veterinary College, following
a long period of rehabilitation after fracturing a cannon bone in
an accident incurred whilst in his stable.
Andrew Henderson’s Coille Mor Clover also
put in a lively appearance, an Irish Sport Horse son of International
Showjumper Collie Mor Hill, putting the total number of Showcase
Stallions to ten.
much deliberation by the judges, the stallions put forward for grading
were finally recalled for the results, which were eagerly awaited
by the audience.
Included in those awaiting with interest, whom
the SSH were delighted to welcome was owner of the VDL Stud Holland,
Wiepke van de Lageweg and his commercial manager, Jack Lubbers.
It was their first time in Scotland, but certainly not to be their
quality in Scotland is improving each year,’ said Mr. van
The VDL stud at present has over 500 horses, 45
of which are stallions, and is a foremost runner in the equine world.
Mr. Van de Lagewag was therefore more than qualified to comment.
It was encouraging indeed to hear his admiration. He had of course
already picked out the stallion which was to stand top of the day’s
line-up, and liked him immensely. Photo right: :Jack Lubbers (VDL
Stud) & Dugald Low-Mitchell)
Ingliston House Studs' "Allround"
"A good motor behind,’
remarked Mr Van De Lagewag upon Ingliston House Stud’s "Allround",
as the stallion was pulled in first and awarded Approved Status.
The K.W.P.N. judges were obviously in full agreement.
‘Very good conformation, good self-carriage and movement with
a lot of expression – a beautiful stallion,’ commented
Mr.Toine Hoefs as Allround was handed his presentation rug by Sue
Royle marketing and Sales manager of the Scottish based and highly
successful equestrian website www.scothorse.net directed by Rosalyn
Approved Status was awarded to Ingliston House
Allround is by Accord 11 and out of Iradi by Sir
Shostakov. Not satisfied with this result alone, Ingliston House
Stud fairly stole the show, having stallions in the following four
placing as well!
Ingliston House Studs' Toy Boy
in the line up and awarded Licensed status was their Ingliston
House Studs' Stryker (by Peter Pan), third and also Licensed was
their gorgeous Salerno (by Corland). Registered status went to
the stud’s Troebadour S by Indoctro and Toy Boy by Voltaire.
A delighted Claire Campbell of Ingliston House
Stud admitted that she had got her stallions in the right line up
order. Chilled semen is available from Ingliston House Stud’s
three-year-old stallions and frozen from those on the competition
Right: Ingliston House Studs'' Salerno
The only other stallions awarded Registered status
and independent of Ingliston House Studs' were the athletic Casmir
Z (Jonathon Ashman) and Ralph Pottie of Blairfield Farm’s
The Do Ron by Sea Crest. All remaining stallions were graded as
Listed including the only pony stallion forward for the day.
Casmir Z demonstrated a straight and rounded jump
and expressive movement during the indoor phase of the assessment.
Casmir Z (by Catango Z, also proved very popular amongst the spectators
and breeders alike., Casmir will be ridden by Alex Ashman this season
The day concluded with the Index Breeding on
Performance Tests. This requires those presented to complete a dressage
test, jump a course of fences under saddle and to be ultimately
loose jumped. An impressive quality of candidates came forward for
the test, but none could beat Lorraine Buchan’s tremendous
SSH mare Lhanna. She was ultimately awarded a respectable score
of 79.5 and a class B result. Lhanna by Limbus IV, out of Dele by
Lantaan, has been a prolific winner throughout her Career. Those
observing her outstanding movement and ability on this day were
left with little doubt as to why. Her delighted owner, Lorraine
Buchan, originally traveled all through Holland to find her ideal
mare, eventually moving on to Germany in the search. As soon as
Lhanna was brought before her, she knew immediately this was the
girl and she has since and repeatedly been proven correct in her
Second highest score in the I.B.O.P. of
73 was given to Ingliston House Studs'’s Sunnytimes by Goodtimes,
with Sandra Low-Mitchell’s Ritmique (by Call Willemshof) and
Chipie GP Z (by Corando) both achieving 70. All remaining scores
were awarded in the 60’s and were given to Mrs.P.J Lillington’s
Castleview by Fearless Action (66), Mrs.A.J.Middler and Miss.S.M.Barker’s
Faerie Sing Song by Ben Faerie (65.5), Mr.Andrew Henderson’s
Furistinno by Furisto(65),Karen Laver’s Just A Muddle by Just
A Monarch (63.5) and Mrs.A.Field’s Gerani S by Duall S (63.5).
An informative, entertaining and enjoyable time
was had by all. The success of the day was best summed up best by
Wiebe van de Lagewag, VDL Stud: "In three or so years time
we will be coming over to Scotland to buy horses."