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Thursday, September 04, 2008  •  17:02 GMT

Stallions take centre stage

Stallions take centre stage

STALLIONS TAKE CENTRE STAGE

Twenty graded stallions took to the main arena at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The Lead Body for British Performance Sport Horse and Ponies (the PSHP) organised the lunchtime parade, the biggest parade of stallions at the trials.

The PSHP has been created to fulfil the criteria for the 2005 Strategy for the Horse Industry which was developed after consultation with all sectors of the industry.

The stallions represented many of the studbooks concerned with sports horse and pony breeding including; Sports Pony Studbook Society (SPSS), Sport Horse Breeding Great Britain (SHB [GB]), Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK and British Hanoverian Horse Society.

Stallions included in the parade that has an eventing theme were:
Advanced event stallion Revolution a Thoroughbred graded SHB(GB) owned by Lucinda Ainley, who stands at Hedgeholme Stud in Co Durham;
Weston Justice a 14-year-old who with Oliver Townend competed at advanced level up to international three-star and who was sixth in the Burghley Young Event Horse as a five-year-old;
Carolyn Bates homebred stallions Brief Encounter (intermediate) and Jigilo (advanced) who both compete in eventing with international rider Lucy Wiegersma as well as sharing the same sire – Jumbo – the sire of many successful event horses including Lucinda Fredericks winner of the 2006 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Headley Britannia; Primitive Faerie Tale, a 10-year-old by influential Thoroughbred eventing sire Primitive Rising out of a mare by Ben Faerie the sire of Priceless and Nightcap winners here in 1983 and ’84. ‘Owen’ competed to advanced level with his breeder Julie Lawson and stands at stud in North Yorkshire.
Stanhopes Diddicoy an 18-year-old skewbald graded SHB (GB) who also competed in the Burghley Young Event Horse final and is an advanced dressage stallion and the sire of several successful event horses;
Uptons Deli Circus who is also skewbald. The 18-year-old by the Thoroughbred Shaab, is the only coloured advanced event stallion registered with British Eventing.
King of the Hill, another former young event horse finalist at Burghley as a five-year-old King of the Hill who competes at intermediate level is by the former advanced event stallion Rock King.
Wish Upon a Star, a Dutch-bred five-year-old who in his first season of eventing has gained 15 points including two second places in his first novice events. The chestnut is by the top Dutch grand prix stallion Gribaldi the sire of 10 licensed sons including Painted Black the grand prix stallion ridden by Olympic gold medallist Anky Van Grunsven. Wish Upon a Star will contest the Burghley Young Event Horse final tomorrow with his regular rider Michael Jackson(pictured).

Other stallions in the parade were: the sports ponies Arnie de Burgh and Littledale Bright Star; Thoroughbreds Set Adrift, Stravinsky and Windsor Heights; the Irish Draught registered MJ Fine Art; warmblood stallions with dressage bloodlines, Classic Juan, Deanes San Ciro Hit, Fontainebleu, Woodcroft Garuda and Millenium.