Rising British Hanoverian Star heads to Rio

British Bred Hanoverian Dimitri (otherwise known as Super Nova II) and International Dressage Rider, Spencer Wilton, have been selected by the Dressage Team to represent Great Britain at the Olympics in Rio.

Owned by Jen Goodman, with rider Spencer Wilton owning a share, the thirteen year old gelding by De Niro out of the State Premium Mare Walpurgiss was bred by Mrs Eve Kirby.

The late Mrs Kirby was a renowned British Breeder known especially for her success breeding British Hanoverians.
Based near Cardiff, Mr and Mrs Kirby bred Hanoverians from their Welsh Stud where they stood the Hanoverian Stallion Akkord and had a strong mare herd that represented the best Hanoverian bloodlines.

Sue Simmons, Director of the BHHS said “their belief for the breeding of Hanoverian horses in Britain was seen in their support for the British Hanoverian Horse Society.  They were regular competitors at the Annual Show, usually winning the mare family class and many of the sashes too.  The team of handlers and grooms kept the horses immaculate.  The Kirby stud “horses in pyjamas” stood out in the stables.  Behind the scenes the Kirby’s donated prizes and trophies for the show.

Mrs Kirby supporting other Hanoverian stallion owners and often sent one of her mares to the stallion standing for the first time in the UK.  She inspired many breeders in following her footsteps.
Eva Maria Kirby setup her Stud with the very best mares, these dam lines are today the basis of many British Studs.  The mother lines can be seen at Glossoms Farm and Westoak and in top horses in Competition.”

Team GB stole the limelight on the third day of the Hartpury Festival of Dressage, proving their red-hot form in the run-up to Rio. Spencer Wilton and Super Nova II were third with 77.5%.

Jen Goodman said “Having my horse and rider chosen to be part of the Olympic team is my ultimate dream come true. We are utterly thrilled and honoured to be chosen. Neville (stable name) is a once in a lifetime horse.

I own many horses but the first time I saw Nev I just said ' wow'. He is a sensitive and sweet natured character. He and Spencer make an amazing team and Spencer is such a talented rider. “

Katy Holder-Vale, Chairman of the British Hanoverian Horse Society said “We are absolutely delighted that Spencer and Super Nova will be representing Great Britain at the Olympics.  It is fantastic to see our British breeders producing top Hanoverians which are competing internationally. “

About Spencer Wilton

Born in 1973 and raised in Suffolk where he was a keen member of the Essex and Suffolk Pony Club and represented GB as an individual at the Pony European Eventing Championships. After leaving school Spencer worked for Ruth McMullen, Lucinda Green and Mark Todd.

Spencer won his first Dressage National title in 1999. In 2006 he made his first international debut.

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.

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