British Hanoverians Scoop Seven Awards at the British Breeders Ceremony

British Hanoverians collected a total of seven awards at the British Breeders Award Ceremony held at the Grange City Hotel, London on Saturday 16 January 2016.

The first to receive an award was Fosshey Stables & Hanoverian Stud’s Fortunatus (by Floriscount x Der Lord x Wolkenstein) who was presented with the Dressage 2 Year Old Award.  Fortunatus bred and owned by Sandra Tinker from Cheshire was the Best Potential Dressage Horse of his age group in the 2015 Futurity, receiving good comments about his natural ground covering uphill paces.

Fortunatus scored an elite premium of 9.00 at the Myerscough College Futurity.  As a yearling in 2014 he scored 9.02 in the dressage section at the Southview Futurity and he was also the winning colt foal at the BHHS Championships in 2013.  He then went on to take the overall foal championship and also the supreme show title that year.  The plan is he will be backed at home this spring and Sandra plans to campaign his final year in the BEF Futurity in August.

The evening saw two awards for the Woodlander Stud.  The first, the Foal Award, was presented to Lynne Crowden for Woodlander Woodstock (Woodlander Wild Child x Florencio).  Woodstock scored a very high elite premium.  His sire, Wild Child an embryo transfer son of former dual young horse world champion Woodlander Farouche and top dressage horse Woodlander Wavavoom, scored the highest ever awarded elite Futurity premium of 9.79 as a foal. His dam is the Florencio mare, Elite Foxy Lady. 

The second award for Woodlander, the Dressage Three Yard Old Breeders Award, was presented to Lynne for Heaven (by Hotline x Londonderry) who was the top three year old in the dressage section of the 2015 BEF Futurity. 

Heaven is now owned by Sarah Lucas but was bred by Lynne Crowden. He scored an elite premium of 9.10 and was the highest overall Futurity scorer as a foal in 2012 with an elite premium that year of 9.66. Heaven is out of a Londonderry mare, St Pr Limoncello.   Heaven was also the WBS Stallion Champion 2014.

The British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medals category saw another two awards for British Hanoverians.

The first of these went to the four year old Quite Something (Quarterback x Scolari) bred by Claire White. Bred for Dressage but very talented for eventing.

Quite Something is a very athletic type, out of Salsa by Scolari. Salsa is a really elegant modern blood type who has a lovely temperament and a phenomenal gallop which she has passed on to Quite Something. Quaterback's conformation really complimented that of the mare.

Quite Something was Futurity Eventing Three Year Old Champion and Futurity Eventing Overall Reserve Champion in 2014. In 2015 he won two Burghley Young Event Horse 4 year old Qualifiers finishing tenth at the final. He finished the 2015 season at Osberton as Leading British bred Sport Horse in the Four Year Old Championships.

The second Eventing award, which was for the Best British Bred 5 Year Old Eventer went to Carsten of Westoak.  Carsten was bred by Westoak Hanoverian stud and is owned by Sir William Aldous, Lady Gillian Aldous and Mrs Elizabeth Ann Tolhurst and ridden by Piggy French.

The 17hh bay gelding was assessed and awarded “Elite” at the Futurity as a foal.  His present owners have worked with Team French to produce this branded British Hanoverian as a top eventer.

Both Carsten of Westoak’s parents are British Breeding. His dam Louise (Londonderry) is an important British based mare. She has bred a graded stallion, a Select studbook mare, an Elite foal and many show champions.

Classic Juan the graded Hanoverian stallion is Carsten’s sire, he is based at Witcham House stud in Cambridge. He competed as an eventer, has sired Elite mares and the highest ever placed Futurity filly Classic Prada (9.75). Westoak Stud purchased Classic Prada as a broodmare.

The owner of Westoak Hanoverian Stud, based in Derbyshire, Sue Simmons, said “Cleopatra of Westoak was second in the 3 year old eventing section of the 2013 Awards ceremony, she too was by Classic Juan, but this year Carsten of Westoak has taken the stud to the top. I am delighted.  It is encouraging that British Eventing are acknowledging breeders.  Carsten has a bright future”.

The British Dressage Award for the highest placed British Bred Four Year old in 2015, went to Hawtins Duchessa (Decamerone out of Hawtins Donna Lisa by Don Frederico).  Hawtins Duchessa was the Shearwater Four Year Old Potential International Dressage Horse champion at the 2015 BD National Championships.

The final award of the evening was for the Horse and Hound Outstanding Contribution to British Breeding. 

This was awarded to Suzy Mainprice’s Severn Percent.   Severn Percent is a fabulous performance tested Hanoverian mare by Sherlock Holmes.  In 2015, she had 3 progeny and one grandchild entered for the BD Winter Championships, two Grandchildren competing internationally and sons and daughters competing up to Advanced Medium in dressage and eventing.

The British Hanoverian Horse Society also got a special mention for being in the top 20 in the WBF rankings.

Katy Holder-Vale, Chairman of the British Hanoverian Horse Society was at the event and said “Fantastic results for our British Hanoverian breeders with seven awards from futurity youngsters, best Dressage 4 year old, and 4 and 5 year old Eventers and the Horse and Hound award for the best Mare at the BEF Breeders Dinner on Saturday, Great to see we are breeding top young horses for all disciplines.”

About the British Hanoverian Horse Society (BHHS):

The BHHS is a full daughter society of the Verband Hannoverscher Warmblutzüchter (Hanoverian Warmblood Breeders’ Association) in Germany. The impressive record of Hanoverian horses internationally underlines the importance of the relationship between a sound breeding programme and the highest level of achievement in sport.

For further information please contact:

Kate Eaton, Studbook Manager, The British Hanoverian Horse Society

Email: bhhsuk@gmail.com - Telephone: +44 (0) 7479 366 046