zaterdag, oktober 15

AES Celebrate Registering their 1000th Foal of the 2016 Season

It is a great pleasure to announce the 1000th AES foal registration for this year, the lovely colt Charisma CDS by the Johnson son CHB out of a Stedinger x Dormello mother. We are celebrating the occasion with a free passport for Charisma's breeder, Janice Vallance, many congratulations on having bred a very special colt! Studbook Director Joris van den Oetelaar explains: "We are delighted that we have already made 1000 new foal passports this year. This marks a significant increase from last year, when by this time we had registered just 600 foals. Given that we made in total more than 1700 passports last year, this is an early indication that we are seeing yet another fantastic year for the AES, as we are continuing to go from strength to strength. What makes us special at the AES is that we pride ourselves in offering excellent value for money to our breeders, coupled with a range of exciting initiatives that put the studbook on the map, not just in Britain, but across the Globe. This year saw our very first AES Elite Foal Auction, providing our breeders with new opportunities to raise their profile and promote their stock. We continue our drive to be a clear market leader in innovation, data, and marketing, through exciting online initiatives and support for stallion and mare owners alike. These are truly exciting times for AES breeders. We would like to thank everyone who is putting their trust in us and supports us in providing British breeders with a globally recognised top performance studbook." 

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dinsdag, oktober 11

HOYS:Horse Victory's Fayot wins Foxhunter Championships

Welsh challenger Laura Pritchard recorded the highlight win of her career so far when she captured the Senior Foxhunter Championship at the Horse of the Year Show. The 22-year-old from Anglesey guided Horse Victory's Fayot home by half a second from runner-up Billy Twomey and Eindhoven GH, with Richard Barton taking third spot on Donata at the NEC in Birmingham. Previous winners of the class, which was first contested in 1954, include Harvey Smith, Graham Fletcher and Michael Whitaker, but Laura added her name to that list in impressive fashion after delivering a confident jump-off performance. "I felt pressure, but not too much, because I always know that he never lets me down. This means everything to me," she said. "I just try to concentrate on what I am doing and not what everyone else is doing. Winning this class is so surreal, but it has happened!" Laura's round was just halfway through the jump-off, and she added: "I was half-watching the others go. I kept looking back at the television in the collecting ring, and I thought the last two might be quicker, but we managed to do enough.   "I jumped him in the Newcomers on Wednesday and we were third, and I knew we were ready. "He has a very bright future. I think he is going to be a very special horse. I am always confident on him, and when I jumped the first round I said to my Dad 'today's the day'. It is the best day of my career, by far." Source: British Showjumping
zondag, augustus 21

AES and Brightwells Elite Foal Auction Results

The AES are delighted to announce the results of our very first Elite Foal Auction organised in conjunction with Brightwells Auctioneers on Friday, 19th August 2016 as part of the Elite Sales at Addington Manor EC. Over half of the foals presented on the night sold, with an average prize of over £4,000, and an overall auction revenue of almost £100,000. However, this does not tell the whole story, as in many cases bidding went far above those averages, and at times into double figures, but did not make the reserves. AES Director Joris van den Oetelaar explains: "Our aim was to provide breeders with a shop window to promote their breeding to a national and international audience, and this auction has certainly achieved that with interested attracted not only in Great Britain, but also in Holland, Germany and beyond. What an auction really needs is good promotion and good presentation. Not only did we travel the length and breadth of the country to select, photograph and video the very best foals available and promote them in our very well received printed and online auction catalogue. We also provided professional runners on the night, to ensure that the presentation went smoothly and horses were shown off to their best advantage. We are immensely proud of all our breeders who worked incredibly hard. All the horses were turned out beautifully and showed that great care have been taken by everyone in the preparation of this auction." Not only was this the first time in recent years that something of this magnitude has been tried, but it also happened under some challenging circumstances. Because of all the other events at Addington Manor EC that weekend, the auction had to be scheduled for the day of the Rio Olympics Individual Show Jumping Final. AES Representative Steve Lamb feels positive about the outcome: "We asked competitive riders in this country how we could persuade them to look at British bred foals, rather than buying exclusively from the Continent. The answer was always the same: they would like to see a wide range of foals together in one place, rather than having to travel up and down the country. This is exactly what we provided here, attracting entries from places as far away as Scotland, Wales, and the South West. "The Sale provided not only a great opportunity to sell more foals to wider audiences. It also raised the profiles of many of our breeders who do outstanding work often below the public radar. We already heard from some taking bookings for their stallions this weekend because people liked the foals they saw in the auction and want to breed something similar for themselves. This demonstrates how this auction is not only an effective selling platform, but a great way of gaining wider recognition and publicity for AES breeders and British breeding in general." The AES are looking forward to building on the many positives that came out of this year's auction and make next year's event even bigger and even better. 
vrijdag, augustus 5

AES & Brightwells Elite Foal Auction Catalogue Now Available

We are pleased to announce the launch of our very first AES Elite Foal Auction Catalogue. The auction is organised in cooperation with Brightwells Auctioneers and will be held on Friday, 19 th August as a standalone part of the Brightwells Elite Auction and alongside the Young Horse Championships at Addington Manor EC. At the AES, we appreciate the support we receive from our many breeders across the country and want to give something back to the breeding community. We believe that our breeders need more opportunities to present their foals to wider global audiences and to place their foals with serious competition riders where they can achieve their full potential. The Addington Elite Sales alongside the Young Horse Championships provide the perfect venue opportunity to achieve this. Since the original announcement and invitation to our breeders to present their foals for auction selection, we have been overwhelmed by the interest, support and enthusiasm we received from the entire breeding community. In the past weeks and months we had invitations to come and see foals as far afield as Britain’s south coast, Wales and Scotland. Breeders even made their yards and facilities available for open public selections. Wherever we went we met passionate and knowledgeable breeders whose dedication has been truly humbling and inspiring. We were particularly struck by the breadth and depth of quality we encountered in breeding for all three Olympic riding disciplines, which allowed us to put together a truly outstanding selection of quality foals that showcase some of the very best Britain has to offer. They demonstrate that our breeders in this country can hold their head up high in international circles. We are excited that for the first time in recent years, we can offer serious and knowledgeable British buyers what they have been asking for: the opportunity to see an outstanding and truly diverse selection of serious competition prospect foals together under one roof. Our special thanks go to Brightwells Auctioneers who are running the ‘business side’ of this auction and whose expertise in this field is simply invaluable. Without their support this would not have been possible. We believe that Britain deserves and needs a strong and successful Elite Foal Auction and look forward to making this event a firm part of the annual equestrian calendar. ​To see our online catalogue or order a print version, visit To book your attendance at the auction, visit For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Eva-Maria Broomer: 07834194821,
dinsdag, juli 12

Botero's offspring performing well in Italy

During the latest Mipaaf leg, at Sommacampagna (Italy), we had an interesting demonstration of the quality of one of the stallions graded on the 6th May at Equieffe Equestrian Centre, Botero . A stunning grey stallion by Dobel's Cento x Le Tot De Semilly. The first of Botero’s offspring have now reached 4 years old however, during this leg we could give our attention to his 3 years old progeny: Turbine (1st classified in the free jumping test and 6th in the morphology test), Bellissimo (3rd classified in the free jumpint test), Baccus (8th classified in the free jumping test and 4th in the morphology test) and last but not least Bad Boy Grey (10th classified in the morphology test). This was the first testing try away from home for almost all of them (but is important to say that Turbine had a particular mention even at the test for Fence's auction, almost a month ago) and they all behaved exceptionally well showing a willing attitude passed down by the sire, even with such different mothers. In fact we're talking about two thoroughbred mares and two German mares with a slightly less impressive pedigree. Turbine, the winner of the jumping class was born from Matimoviestar, a thoroughbred from Roi Danzing. Who  has never jumped a fence throughout her lifetime. Bellissimo's dam is also a thoroughbred named Spiddal, by Luso XX. This chestnut gelding, jumped really well in the final day, accumulating 51 positive points from one of the judges, gaining the highest score of the day comparing with Turbine's score of the previous day. Baccus, the only stallion of Botero’s offspring who joined in the competition. Baccus is a grey stallion born from a German mare named Walkenfee, daughter of Landcup B for a mare by Wiener Dom. He really impressed the judges in the morphology test, gaining the 4th position, by virtue of the correctness of his physical model. He jumped well the first day of the jumping competition, leading the class for almost the entire time: he gained the 3th position that day! Bad Boy Grey is a gelding from a mare by LANDFRIEDEN, whose mother is by Landgraf I. On this occasion Botero, had an important confrontation with some internationally famous sires as well as the mothers of the many young horses who joined the competition. I feel it is important to voice that they have provided  really amazing genetics and some of the most famous names of the Italian sport horse breeding. In the end we can say that this competition was just the first step of the sport career for these young and talented horses, but is a really fantastic satisfaction and confirmation for Botero's owner, Alessandro Dell'Anna, who always believed in his quality. We wish for them an important - and always better - sport and breeding career! During the Mipaff leg, valid for the final competition of Verona, the approved stallion Botero, graded during the first official event in Italy the last may, has been really noticed and appreciated for the quality of his offspring! Botero, italian (SI) and AES stallion, a son of the legendary Dobel's Cento for a mare by the fantastic Le Tot De Semilly almost unknown, places 3 offspring in the first 10 positions for the final day of the competition. We're talking about Turbine (Botero x Matimoviestar by Roi Danzing, a thoroughbred  mother first classified, Bellissimo (Botero x Spiddal, by Luso XX, another thoroughbred mare) third classified and Baccus (Botero x Walkenfee, by Landcup B for a mare by Wiener Dom) 8th classified. This good result despite the large number of top sires in the competition (Balou, Ustinov, Clearway, Action Breaker, Cristo, Canturo, Quaprice Bois Margot..): Turbine was the winner of the competition and Bellissimo gained an amazing score in the final day. Even in the morphology test he placed 3 sons in the first 10 positions! Botero is available in frozen and fresh semen for all the european breeders! Owner Alessandro Dell'Anna.
donderdag, juni 30

Statement regarding ECS letters

Dear AES Clients, We at the Anglo European Studbook offer excellent value for money to our breeders and try to keep the costs of our passports at an absolute minimum, supporting you where we can. In order to be able to offer a high quality service at affordable prices, we are reliant on all our breeders paying their bills in a timely manner. It is a matter of regret to us that in a very small number of cases, some may occasionally forget to pay their bills. We ask for your understanding that steps have to be taken to recover the debt if payment reminders remain ignored. It is our desire to treat all our clients equally and with fairness. Some of you will have been receiving letters from a Europe wide debt collection agency, which has raised a few questions: 1. Is this a bona fide agency? Yes, the ECS(European Credit Solutions) is a company employed by the AES to recover its debt. As the AES has clients in several European countries, a European company was chosen. 2. Why did I receive this letter? When our records show that a particular payment is outstanding, our policy is first of all to send a reminder. After four reminders, the details are automatically passed on to ECS, who will then contact the client directly. 3. I did not receive a reminder, why is that? We are aware of a very small number of cases where reminders have not been received. We believe that the most likely explanation is a mistake on the contact details. Often, we receive those details in handwritten form (for example on a covering certificate), which may create issues with legibility. We apologise sincerely if you have been affected by this and would encourage you to contact the office. 4. Will I be charged any additional fees? Unlike other collection agencies, our arrangement with ECS is such that at first notification, no additional costs or fees have been added to the money that is shown as outstanding on our records, so that no financial penalties are applied this time. If you have been in receipt of a letter, and consider this to be the result of an error, please do not hesitate to give our office a call, so we can answer any questions and take steps to resolve any issues. Please rest assured that we value all our customers and want to work together to resolve these matters as quickly as possible. 
woensdag, mei 18

AES Stallion Gradings – Spring Series – Italy

The AES continues its development of an excellent modern and performance oriented stallion portfolio with successful stallion gradings this spring not only in the UK, but also in Europe. Another highlight in the series was the first grading event held in Italy, at Equieffe Equestrian Center in Gorla Minore, which attracted a number of excellent and exciting proven horses as well as promising new talent. Among the young stallions presented and licensed was the very beautiful young stallion  LIMITLESS by the outstanding Liberty Life. Liberty Life is by Lord Liberty out of a Zymbal x Wicht mare and convinces with beautiful looks and outstanding conformation. Lord Liberty’s dam line also produced the important stallion Fiorissimo, offering a genetic background of excellence across multiple generations. Another young talent licensed on the day was FLINTON by Clinton out of a Heartbreaker – Voltaire mare from the Dutch dam line of Nomana, an incredibly prolific mare family that produced multiple licensed stallions and Grand Prix horses in both show jumping and dressage which offer a highly valuable contribution to the AES portfolio. Another licensed stallion was the charismatic 4-year-old Clarimo Ask son GALEXUS E out of an Alexis Z mare who through her dam sire Abgar XX brings to the table that all important injection of thoroughbred blood so essential in a truly modern athletic performance horse. The list of licensed stallions concludes with the very striking HALOS KINTOS , bred and owned by Az. Agricola Cinzia Basso. Halos Kintos is by the Darco stallion Ogano Sitte whose mother goes back to the famous Jasper. His mother, Fenjce, is by Voltaire out of a Sultan mare from the Hanoverian dam line of Jahde, which also produced the stallions Godolphin and Don Index, who was the winner of his stallion performance test, making this line a fantastic addition for breeders looking for a proven dam line likely to produce future stars. Among the older stallions were a number of horses standing out in quality and proven performance, meriting the award of ‘Approved’ status. The first in this group was the beautiful grey stallion BOTERO , owned by Alessandro dell’Anna and bred by Noesar SRL. Botero  is by Cento out of a Le Tot de Semilly x Lysander mare from the Dutch dam line of Worona I, which also produced the famous Apache and Ulrich Z. Another stallion awarded Approved Status was the beautiful CANTURANO II (CANTURANO III DELLA CACCIA) , bred by Jürgen Strauss, by Canturano out of a Coriano – Ahorn Z mare from the Holsteiner Stamm 2067. This stallion has outstanding type and is still at the beginning of what is set to be a very promising competition career with already numerous successful performances at CSI2* and CSI3* level. One to watch for the future! The list of approved stallions concludes with the athletic ARHUACO NOESAR Z , bred and owned by Noesar Show Horses SAS. This stallion has an outstanding pedigree through his sire, Air Jordan who brings together the influential blood of Argentinus and Matador, which is matched in his dam who is by Contender out of a Lord Calando mare. We congratulate all the stallion owners and breeders who presented their beautiful horses at this successful and uplifting grading and look forward to watching these stallions progress in future. We would also like to thank our hosts at Equieffe Equestrian Center for supporting us with such a fabulous venue, with in particular Mr Alessandro Dell'anna.
maandag, april 11

22 Stallions AES Licensed

AES has 22 new Licensed stallions after Saturday’s approvals in Schijndel, the Netherlands. Ne-President vh Koekshof (President) of the breeder Jaak Evens was crowned Champion. Robert Ehrens, son of Dutch Chef d’Equipe Rob Ehrens, was part of the jury and said: ‘Ne President was the most complete horse of the day. He has the X-factor and the skills to go well in the sport.’ Quickstar-son Quality Star of Jan van Hamond from Germany became the runner-up and third place went tot Nirvana C (Clarence C), maybe the most beautiful horse of all. Constant Vermeiren got two pony stallions approved and in dressage Ichiro van Bergham (Don Juan de Hus) of Miranda Eigenraam became the Champion. The breeder bought the mare of this horse four years ago in France at Haras de Hus and already has an AES-champion for the third time now. All pictures: Licensed jumping   20 BEST COMPAGNIE Z  (Best Man x C’est Lui Z) Hugette Exelmans en Kees van den Oetelaar 21 JORLANDO DI LUNA Z (Jiqueenturo di Luna x Capalino Z) Kelly en Tim Cornelis-Waegeman 22 ITALO  (Inshallah de Muze x Cambridge) A. Mazza 23 CATCH A DREAM Z (Comme il Faut x Vittorio) S. Egbergen 24 GOTHA DE LA BRASSERIE (I’m Special de Muze x Karacondo) Joris de Brabander/stal Van der Hasselt 26 QUALITY STAR (Quick Star x Concept) Jan van Hamond 29 CEES (Caretino Gold x Calgary) Stoeterij Black Horses 30 NE-PRESIDENT VAN KOEKSHOF (President x Cicero van Paemal) Jaak Evens Lemmens 31 NIRVANA C (Clarence III x Cicero van Paemal) Eric Laenen 34 MORENO (Carenzo x Manhattan) Fans en Frea Plantaz 41 ACTIVE X VAN WWW.OLLAND.BIZ  (Allegro x Namelus R) Joan van Gorkum 42 EMINEM SBK Z (Emerald x Quintero) Kristof Bijloos en Patty Custers 43 COCORICO DE RIVERLAND  (L’Arc de Triomphe x Kashmir van Schuttershof) Kees van den Oetelaar 44 CAMARO BTL (Casall x Casiro) Bjorn te Lintelo 46 ECOLANO VAN STAL ROMANO (Corland x Indoctro) Adri Jespers/J. Timmermans en Dos Santos   Licensed pony   17  ROYAL WASH DRUM VAN HET JUXSCHOT  (Eternity vd N.Ranch x Hoppenhof's Victor)   J., C. en E. Vermeiren 18 REICHSGRAF -DRUM VAN HET JUXSCHOT  ( Kantje's Fahran x Ten Ankers Jerolianca) J., C. en E. Vermeiren   Registered jumping   19 NABAB ST.HUBERTUSHOEVE (Nabab de Reve x Voltaire) Roland Lammers 45 ALL READY JVH Z  (Armstrong van de Kapel x Pierrot) Jan Vermeiren   Licensed dressage   1 IDENTIEK BH (Furst Heinrich x Florencio) Stoeterij Black Horses 3 NOCITO DE MUZE (Jazz x Rubinstein) Joris de Brabander/Nick van Laer 5 ICHIRO VAN BERGSHAM  (Don Juan de Hus x Salieri) Miranda Eigenraam 9 ATZE (FUERST AUGUSTINUS) (Astor x Sander) Gerrit van heijst 15 GARONUS (Uphill x Flemming) Anouk Daris   Registered dressage   2 INCREDIBLE BOY  (Bordeaux x Jazz) E. ten Bosch 4 INSPIRE  ( Chippendale x Zeoliet) E. Appelmans / D. Calle 6 IGOR  (Davino VOD x Wynton) Dirk Jan Wulfse 10 GALLARDO-SW  (Bretton Woods x Sandreo) J.C.M. Cuypers    
donderdag, april 7

AES Approval for Cobra 18

Cobra 18, the Cornet Obolensky son, standing at Drumhowan Stud, Castleblayney, Ireland, has recently been awarded Approved Stallion status by the Anglo European Studbook (AES). AES Studbook Director Joris van den Oetelaar said “As we prepare for the 2016 breeding season, we are delighted to award Approved Stallion status to Cobra 18. By the renowned Cornet Obolensky and out of an exceptional damline, Cobra 18’s phenomenal genetics are an exciting addition to have in our Studbook.” Joris continued, “Cobra 18 is a big athletic horse with great presence, movement and scope. These qualities along with his excellent temperament and competitiveness are demonstrated in his offspring, the eldest of these starting successfully this year at 1.60 level.” Cobra 18 was campaigned through the youngster series in Europe, progressing up to 1.50 level before a career ending injury resulted in his premature retirement from the sport. However, the sports loss is proving to be the breeder’s gain based on the recent results of his offspring, debuting at championship level. A spokesperson for Cobra 18 advised “It is a privilege to have Cobra 18 awarded Approved Stallion status by the Anglo European Studbook, particularly as the AES is one of the top 10 Studbooks in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses World Ranking list. The AES is a progressive Studbook, actively promoting sports horse breeding throughout Europe, with AES registered horses competing throughout the world and their riders getting podium results. Therefore, as Cobra 18 was a good sports horse and is now proving to be a great breeding stallion, it makes complete sense to have an association with this dynamic Studbook.”  
vrijdag, maart 25

Family De Rooij with Spanish Cartujano horses in modern dressage

AES has approved two interesting new stallions from the Dutch breeders and owners Frans and Sylvia De Rooij-Tonnaer in Belgium. Both grey horses have Spanish roots. The impeccable Cartujano stallion Generoso CII is already sold to a French international dressage rider. The promising seven-year-old Adonis-R, a cross of the Spanish Cartujano race and the warmblood stallion Damsey, is ready to make his international breakthrough with Roger Schulkens.  De family de Rooij has an interesting story to tell and with this, they already were standing in the spotlights several times. Not only we are charmed by the glory and luxury of the Spanish horses. Also moviemaker Mario Dirkx was inspired by it. He started to investigate the history of this clean Spanish race. This was the immediate cause of the documentary Horse of Kings - “Thief of Hearts”, a wonderful movie about the one and only real Spanish horse, the predecessor of the currently famous Andalusian horse. The horses are described as always sharp, temperamentful, but gentle. Their history is immemorial, their character is incorrigible, their potential is inexhaustible. The look in their eyes, the waving manes, the strong back and the fluent canter make the horses a pleasure to work with. That’s why these Cartujano’s have always been the horses of kings, the thiefs of hearts. That’s also why these horses fit in modern dressage… The long history A conversation with the de Rooij family generates the same feeling as watching the movie Thief of Hearts. Your heart will be conquered by the Cartujano horses when you walk in their stable. Sylvia De Rooij dips us in the history of her horses: ‘Cartujano is derived from the Carthusian monks in the south of Spain. In the Andalusian city Jerez de la Frontera, they already bred this type of horses in their abbeys many centuries ago. Noble people from the army’s and kingdoms from all over Europe bought the horses from the Spanish abbeys. Do you know why the school in Wien is called the Spanish Riding School? Because the Austrian Kingdom received a Cartujano horse as a present from Spain! De Lipizzaner horses that they use now, are still descendants of our Carthusian horses.’ Sylvia tells her story with a Dutch-American accent. ‘As a young girl, I moved with my family to California, where my father had a job. I lived there until I was thirty. I rode dressage on a Frisian Horse. When I moved back to the Netherlands, where I met my partner François, I picked up my old passion, but I wanted a quieter horse. A friend of ours brought us in contact with the Carthusian horses.’ Cartujano’s are esteemed to be the traditional Spanish horse. However, today the pure race is only a small percentage of the PRE (Pure Race Espagnol). How bizarre it may sound, but the PRE nowadays is impregnated with foreign blood, such as Arabian and thoroughbred. Only three percent of the “Pure Spanish Horses” is real Carthusian. ‘Luckily our horses have a certificate that proves their purity. That’s why twenty years ago we started to only breed Cartujano’s. We wanted to go back to the roots, because we were so impressed by the history of these horses. In the beginning we also had the typical Andalusian horses, but those we didn’t find unique anymore. Worldwide there are 60.000 horses like that. Of the real Cartujano there are only 1.500. The big Spanish studfarms mostly have not more than six or seven pure Carthusians. The rest are Andalusians. To prove that a Cartujano horse is pure, they are tested by the University of Cordoba.’  Sylvia and Frans De Rooij already breed Cartujano’s for more than twenty years now. They won the European Championship in 2006. Most competitors came from Spain and also the judges were Spanish, but the winners came from Belgium! Cartujano’s mostly are grey. Many old paintings and statues in Europe show the original Cartujano. Commanding officers only rode on these horses. Even Napoleon had a Cartujano horse. Rubens mostly portrayed the Carthusian horse. Altogether, the studbook lived up in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century, but the monks have stored pieces of writing about their horses that go back much further in history.  Future in dressage Cartujano’s are multifunctional horses. That’s for sure, but that they also can be suitable for high level dressage sport, is doubted by some. Family De Rooij motivates why they can be so competitive: ‘Our stallion Generoso was sold to the French junior rider Eugenie Burban, only fourteen, and she will become part of the national team soon. Her parents were looking for a quiet horse for their daughter. Normally then you wouldn’t end up buying a stallion, but with a Cartujano stallion, there is no problem at all. They have such a nice character and a lot of expression ofcours! For now Generoso is the only Cartujano stallion acting in the international sport, but I see changes. Jan Bemelmans has trained this horse and he was very delighted to see a new Spanish horse breaking through in the sport. In the past he trained the Spanish team existing of almost only Spanish horses. In that period, they won a lot of medals. It proves that there are chances for our horses in this world. Often Spanish horses are seen as show horses, but we want to prove that there is also a place for them in the sport. We think their potential will start to distinguish in the higher level. Also we are curious about how far the seven-year-old Adonis-R will reach. He is a crossing of a Cartujano-mare with the Hannovarian dressage champion Damsey, a grandson of Donnerhall. With this experiment we hoped to breed an even better dressage horse and we think it worked out well. Adonis now starts in the Z2 level and will make his international debut soon. Jan Bemelmans has told us often that he sees a nice future for this cross breeding. We also hope that Adonis-R will get chances in breeding with his AES approval. He really is the best of two different worlds. We already have bred seven foals of the same crossing Cartujano x warmblood and they are really in the market. We only have to more left and they are still growing up.’  Also Adonis’ rider Roger Schulkens, who shows us his stallion under saddle, is very enthusiastic about the grey horse. ‘It’s my first experience with Spanish horses, but I like it a lot. Adonis immediately can enter in the high level dressage. He wants to learn and to work.’ Roger likes the character and also the expression of Adonis. Spanish horses are also more powerful, because they’re a bit shorter. ‘They do complicated exercises, like pirouette, piaffe and passage, much easier because they have less difficulty with collection.’ Sylvia: ‘You already have to do your best to see that Adonis is a semi Spanish horse. A lot of people don’t remark it. You can mostly see it in the movement. He really is a nice horse, so that’s why many people ask us about this horse when we show him in competition. Every time he got a lot of points.’  By crossing Cartujano’s with warmbloods, more length and speed was added to the Spanish type of horse. They have more impulse. François Van Rooij: ‘The next warmblood on my list is Totilas.’ It’s an experiment, but obviously the De Rooij family keeps on focusing mostly on the breeding of Cartujano’s. ‘That’s what we became famous with. We sold horses to China, France, Turkey, Spain, … We only do outcross once or twice for one mare, because we don’t want to fall out of our pure Spanish breed. Also because our son Francisco, who studies in Spain, works with pure Cartujano’s, we need more of these horses. With Bonito XXII he acts in the Doma Vaquera, which is Spanish dressage with one hand. He even does exercises without reigns. In the Doma Vaquera the rider has the reigns normally in one hand and he carries a stick, in Spanish the Garocha, in the other hand. The Garocha was the attribute to drive the cattle in the past. Today it’s only a show attribute. Doma Vaquera is a wonderful demonstration. Riders wear amazing ancient outfits. There is also a competition for it. It’s the passion of our son and he wants to go further in it. He went back to the roots of the sport, as we found the original Spanish horse back. The Doma Classica, or the modern dressage as we know in the north, arose out of the Doma Vaquera. Driving cattle together is the base of every dressage. Horses had to turn sharp. That’s how the pirouette originated. They had to do lead changes to follow the cows. The capers, known from the Spanish Riding School, also come from the Doma Vaquera.’  Not only in Belgium, but also in the Spanish area of Malaga, the Dutch family De Rooij has a barn. The Spanish one is called Residelca. There the breeding stock lives. In Belgium they have the sport horses. ‘The better dressage events are in Belgium. In Spain we have more place to do the breeding. The mares with the foals have plenty of place to live together and grow up without any problem. It’s perfect for their health and their mental freedom. Our son also trains his show horses in Spain, because he studies there. Now it will be his decision whether he continues the breeding or not. In fact we think he will start a professional career in the horse world, but we don’t want to push him at all. For us, it has always been a hobby. We have started off, but we don’t have the plan to expand the activities. We’re too old for that.’  The Curthusian movie Because of the wonderful old story and because of the exceptional character of this race, a movie came out about the Cartujano horses. The première has been done and the movie is now available on the digital network Horse Lifestyle. In november the movie won the award of best documentary about horses at Horse Film Festival in New York. You really have to see him. It takes one hour and a half and it is marvellous from the beginning till the end. Sylvia: ‘Generoso, the AES-approved Cartujano stallion that we sold to France, is on every flyer in the world about this movie. In total seven of our horses are used for this movie. It’s all about the birth of the foal up to the most technical exercises in the show ring.’  Horse of Kings is a documentary in which the whole evolution of the Cartujano race is described. Sylvia De Rooij about how the idea arose: ‘Scriptwriter Mario Dirkx bought two of our Carthusian horses and got charmed by their history. When I started telling about how precious these horses were in the Middle Ages and how the monks already bred them in the 16th century, he got that interested that he travelled to Spain to discover every little detail of the Cartujano horse. It attracted him that much, that he wanted to make a movie of it. Finally the search to the roots of Mario’s horses became the subject of the film. It’s about history, about secrets and about the qualities of the Carthusian horse. It took many years before the project was finished. Scenes were filmed all over Europe. The result is amazing.’
zaterdag, februari 20

AES Stallion Grading Spring Series 2016

The AES is supporting the 2016 breeding season with another highlight of public stallion gradings in the UK. We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed two dates and venues for this year’s spring gradings, 13 th April at Northcote Stud, Lancashire and 14 th April at Crofton Manor, Hampshire. These public gradings are a wonderful opportunity to showcase and assess up-and-coming young talent, presented for licensing for the first time and comprising some of the very best in modern performance bloodlines. Older, more established stallions are invited to be presented for an upgrade to Approval Status, awarded to horses that have proven themselves in competition and breeding. Offering these gradings at several venues across the UK is making it easier for stallion owners to travel to the venues, and for breeders to see horses available for stud in their region. The horses will be evaluated by a panel of judges from Britain and abroad, thus providing that all important national and international perspective to ensure the AES provides its breeders with the very best selection of stallions to choose from. Studbook director Kees van den Oetelaar sees the stallion gradings as something close to his heart. He himself is well known in the industry for having a keen eye for spotting and nurturing talent and has discovered show jumping and dressage stallions alike that later became legends in their own right: “These public stallion gradings are always a highlight of the season, giving everyone and our judges the opportunity to see some of the very best. We believe in giving our breeders a fantastic choice.” In order to qualify for AES licensing, stallions need to be presented with full verified pedigree and clean veterinary assessment and x-rays. On the day, they will be assessed in hand on hard and soft ground and loose in the arena. Ridden stallions will also be assessed under saddle.  
dinsdag, januari 19

Argento's Breeder Keeley Durham Honoured with the AES Prize at the British Breeders' Awards Dinner in London

Clare and John Whitaker's famous show jumping stallion  Argento  perfectly encapsulates the Anglo European Studbook's philosophy of creating a modern performance horse from some of the best proven bloodlines. His breeder Keeley Durham showed great vision when she put the at the time relatively unproven Arko to her lovely AES mare  Flora May  and created a piece of magic. But, as always in good breeding, with great judgement and knowledge behind it. For Flora May is by Gasper who goes back to Hugo Simon's stallion Jasper - also known as 'Little One' - who famously did not let his height of a mere 1.62m prevent him from winning one of the most infamous and difficult show jumping competitions in the world, the Hamburg Derby. Argento has inherited Arko's star quality and Jasper's big heart, both of which helped him to win for his rider John Whitaker well over £ 400,000 (or: almost € 540,000) last year alone, adding to his impressive list of now 16 Grand Prix wins. His most notable successes in 2015 include the Longines Grand Prix in Hong Kong, and we know that there is more to come! In July, Argento moved to the top of the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses Ranking List in Show Jumping, an excellent achievement demonstrating that British Breeders hold their own at the very top of the field. He is also accredited as Gold British Showjumping Elite Stallion by British Showjumping, based on his Grade A performance winnings and having represented his country on the international stage. Argento passes on his fantastic qualities of perfect jumping technique combined with brilliant attitude and temperament to his offspring. His son  Areba  brings to the table the important blood of Indorado and Nimmerdor, providing an exciting cocktail of proven lines for the discerning breeder. Areba is fully graded and licensed with the AES and certainly one to watch for the future! Argento himself is available for the coming stud season. As an AES Elite Stallion, the AES will offer free foal registrations for all his offspring to encourage the continued performance development of the studbook. We were delighted to present this award to Argento's breeder, Keeley Durham, in recognition of her wonderful achievement and contribution to the Anglo European Studbook and to British Breeding and British Showjumping at large!      
maandag, december 21

18 New stallions for AES

At Molenheide in Schijndel, 18 new stallions have been licensed or approved on the winter approvals of AES. Nector vd Watering (Sandro Boy) was crowned champion. Six older stallions were fully approved and also one pony has the right to cover unlimited. Two dressage stallions have been added to the database of registered stallions. Five stallions were registered. The list: van Klaveren Nathalie            WORLD WIDE WONDER VAN HET ANSERLAND    WEISSGOLD GF                                       Dressage         Registered        Eigenraam Miranda                DENIM DE HUS                                                  DON JUAN DE HUS (DIOVANNIE)             Dressage         Licensed       Dressuurkampioen stoeterij black horses             IMPACT BH                                                       APACHE (AMIGO)                                    Dressage        Licensed Stappaerts Raphael                 ROCK & ROLL D'ERES Z                                     RASCIN (VAN SCHIJNDEL'S RASCIN)         Jumping         Registered      Spits BVBA                              NONO VD WITHOEVE                                        ELVIS TER PUTTE                                    Jumping          Licensed   C A M van den oetelaar           CASCATINO                                                      CARINJO (CARINJO 9)                             Jumping          Licensed C A M van den oetelaar           NO SURRENDER SR Z                                         NUMERO UNO                                       Jumping          Licensed stoeterij black horses              INSIDER BH                                                       CHELLIST                                               Jumping         Registered broeckx marcel                       NECTOR VAN DE WATERING                              SANDRO BOY                                        Jumping          Licensed   Springkampioen Stal de bergkampen                DEVILL VD BERGKAMPEN Z                                 DALLAS VDL                                          Jumping         Licensed hengstenhouderij Van Dijck    COMME D'HAB J & F CHAMPBLANC                     CLARIMO (CLARIMO ASK)                      Jumping          Licensed           Rovers Jorgen                          DON CARLOS Z                                                  D'AVO'S DUCARLOS (DUCARLOS)          Jumping          Registered    GG-Groep                               MELVIS VAN DE PASPOLDER                                ELVIS TER PUTTE                                  Jumping          Licensed Exelhof nv                               M-ADORADO                                                      BREEMEERSEN ADORADO (ADORADO) Jumping          Licensed         Benny de Ruiter Sporthorses    HOUSTON VB                                                      INDOCTRO                                          Jumping         Registered D. Willems                                INDIAAN                                                            ETOULON VDL (ETULOUN)                   Jumping         Licensed Stal de Eekhoek                       PABLO                                                                 PACIFIC (BROERE PACIFIC,PEARL JAM) Jumping          Approved  Pony          Lac-hoeve                               FELLOW                                                               QUIDAM DE REVEL                              Jumping          Approved   Wamers arnold                        OKLAHOMA HOLSTENHOEVE Z                            OGANO SITTE                                      Jumping          Approved   Frans Burgers                           EXCENTRIEK                                                       USTINOV                                             Jumping          Approved Emily Smet                               JUGANO VAN DE VOSBERG                                  OGANO SITTE                                      Jumping         Approved Wamers arnold                        ACANTUS LA MANGA                                           ALVARINO 2 (FS ALVARINO)                Jumping          Approved D&J Projects                            D&J HAVANNA                                                     GRISELDI L (DAMHUS GRISELDI FHP)    Jumping          Approved  
maandag, september 28

Annual Member Meeting 2015

Great Opportunity for AES Breeders to Shape the Future The Anglo European Studbook is committed to becoming the main British Studbook for performance sporthorse breeding and to supporting its breeders at all levels. To this end, AES members, breeders, owners, riders and supporters are warmly invited to join us in Surrey for our annual members meeting on 14 th  October at 7pm in The Parrot Inn ( ). This is an exciting time to be involved with the AES and we look forward to discussing a number of interesting initiatives and ideas to shape the future of Breeding and of the Sport. Our common aim is to recognise and promote breeding excellence at all levels and provide innovative support that delivers real benefits for our members and breeders whose views and ideas we look forward to hearing. Topics for discussion will include: Mare and young stock gradings Purple, silver and gold papers to recognise and promote quality and performance Sales and marketing support for our breeders AES foal auction – in partnership with Brightwells? Increasing participation at our gradings Attracting new audiences The AES App – How can we develop it? Publishing results on our database – working with British Showjumping, British Eventing and British Dressage This is a great opportunity for our breeders to have a say in how we can move forward together to build on our success and create a great future for British Breeding and the Sport. We would like to encourage all breeders to get in touch and let us know their suggestions for further discussion topics to be put on the agenda, and welcome everyone along on the night with their questions and ideas. We hope to see a great turnout in Surrey. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Eva-Maria Broomer, , 07940 575 782.
woensdag, augustus 26

New Junior International Team GB Rider for AES licensed stallion, MFS Cayden HH

MFS Studfarm are pleased to announce that their 5 year old AES licensed stallion MFS Cayden HH (v Contender) will have a new dressage partner in the Junior International Team GB rider Ruth Hole. MFS Cayden HH already won the British Dressage Winter Regional Championship at Novice Freestyle and competed at the British Dressage National Winter Championships at Hartpury in April 2015.  He recently was 10 th in the British Dressage Summer Regional Championships at Novice Open level with Jennifer Johnston. Ruth has competed internationally for Team GB on numerous occasions and has had outstanding results as a Pony and Junior rider. MFS Studfarm express their sincere gratitude to Jennifer Johnston for currently continuing Cayden's training and doing so well at the British Dressage Regional Championships a couple of weeks ago. "She has done the most outstanding job with Cayden in such a short time, and this was highly commented on by both Rachel and Ruth at the weekend, while they were up visiting us." "We had the delight of spending a couple of days with Ruth and Rachel at the weekend and had a great time watching Ruth riding Cayden, and cannot say how excited we are for his future with a super talented rider and also the super veterinary talent of Rachel watching over his care." Cayden leaves for his new home this Friday with Eric Gillie and will arrive on Monday with Ruth, Rachel, Duncan and Claire. The MFS Studfarm team were delighted to send the first picture of what we all hope will be a very exciting future international partnership MFS Studfarm are pleased to start a long standing collaboration with this fabulous dressage family and express their t hanks to Sarah Steggall and also Ruth's mother, Dr Rachel Murray. We congratulate MFS Studfarm on their success and wish MFS Cayden and his new rider all the best for the future.   
maandag, augustus 3


The British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show will be coming to Warwickshire for the first time in 2015. The show will take place on the 11 th  – 16 th  of August at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre (NAEC), Stoneleigh. This exciting new show will feature National Show Jumping and is the summer highlight in the British Show Jumping Calendar. The new addition to the showing calendar, Stoneleigh Horse Show, will run in conjunction with the British Showjumping National Championships and is set to make a big impression. For the first time the British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show will feature the Anglo European Studbook Loose Jumping Championship. This prestigious Championship will be the highlight of the Tuesday evening performance on 11 th  August in the Andrews Bowen Indoor Arena. Before the Championship takes place there will be an introductory talk by a representative of the Anglo European Studbook to help audience members know what to look for and how to spot talent in young jumping horses. The Anglo European Studbook Loose Jumping Championship is open to horses registered in all British and WBFSH Studbooks, which are born in 2012. There will be a special prize awarded by the sponsors to the highest places AES registered horse. The class will be of benefit to both breeders to highlight the strength of their breeding program, and to riders looking to source future champions. We hope the class will encourage breeders to attend the British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show and will be an exciting connection between the breeding fraternity and riders. The British Showjumping National Championships and Stoneleigh Horse Show offers exciting competition, indoor performances, hospitality and a retail shopping village. Entry for spectators wishing to take advantage of this fantastic show is free! For more information please visit 
dinsdag, april 21

Elite stallion Marome NW awarded AES stallion of the year

During the stallion show of the DSC-Group in Schijndel (NL) that followed the schedule of the continental AES spring stallion grading, Elite stallion Marome NW was honored and awarded the AES stallion of the year. The 21-year-old stallion is bred by Willy Sidorak and owned by Fam. Bruggink.   Marome NW competed in the past at the highest level under Gert-Jan Bruggink. The duo won the Dutch Championship for Young Riders in 2002. In addition, the fantastic jumping Marome NW placed for Zwolle, Aarhus, Madrid, Mannheim, La Baule, Rotterdam, Den Bosch and Geesteren. The combination also won the 2005 Open Benelux Championship in The Hague. Due to an injury Marome NW  had to leave the sport a little to soon. The AES has to thank it’s 6 th place on the WBFSH final ranking 2014 partly by Marome NW's offspring Andrea and Vampire . The AES registered Marome NW son Anton recently made a number of huge successes under Jaime Azcarraga. This combination won last year at Spruce Meadows the incredible amount of $ 400.000.- and last month, more than $ 350.000 in Thermal, California. The results achieved by offspring of Marome NW in competitive sports are also a very great achievement for breeding given the small number of offspring that this stallion has compared to most other top jumping suppliers. Marome NW is standing at stud at the Dinkelhoeve in Denekamp (NL). There is both fresh and frozen semen available, the stud fee for 2015 is only € 850.-  
dinsdag, april 14

AES stallion approval Schijndel: Diego Maradonna champion!

Thirty stallions have been Registered, Licensed or Approved by the AES Studbook on the main stallion approval in Schijndel on Monday April, 13. The athletic chestnut Diego Maradonna 111 Z (Der Senaat 111 x Action Breaker) was chosen champion. He was presented by De Roshoeve, but owned by the breeders Harrie Theeuwes and Peter Van Santvoort. His full brother De Flor 111 Z was one of the champions during the winter stallion competition in Belgium. Elected as reserve champion was Mosito vh Hellehof (Elvis ter Putte x Nabab de Rêve) of Joris De Brabander. Also the nice modelled stallion Horado V (Eldorado vd Zeshoek x Chellano Z) of Team Nijhof was one of the three decorated three-year-olds. Three jumpers were fully approved after a nice presentation under the saddle. First of all Citizen Kan EBH (Canturo), owned by breeder Frank Kok, turned out to be the most impressive. Also the grey four-year-old Goedhart (Quasimodo vd Molendreef x Clinton) impressed and got Approved. The Untouchable son Diesel was approved, because he proved to be very competitive. Of six dressage stallions, two were Approved: Giano (Lord of Loxley x Sandro Hit) of Björn van Kessel and de Ijzeren Man, and Fribourg W (Lord of Loxley x Ferro) of Johan Lokhorst. The Licensed dressage stallions were Berreaux (Bordeaux x Ferro) of W-Stables from Wuustwezel and Sacandro (Sarkozy x Fürst Heinrich) of De Dinkel Hoeve. Also two pony stallions have been Licensed: Quidam’s Drum vh Juxschot (Eternity vd N. Ranch x Kantje’s Armando) and Merlijn vd Bisschop (Flipper d’Elle x Nabab de Rêve). This last pony was bred as a horse, out of the damline that has produced Cella (Ben Maher).
maandag, maart 9

WEF: Ben Maher and Diva II top $372,000 FEI World Cup™ Grand Prix CSI-W 5*

Last night saw Ben Maher and the British Bred 10 year-old chestnut mare  Diva II , owned by Tatiana Korsakova,  clinch a brilliant win over Germany’s Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum to secure the €372,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix in Wellington, Florida by just a fraction of a second. This big achievement made the combination rise to a spectaculair 4th place in the HorseTelex Results rankings which are still led by Argento and John Whitaker. ​ The final combination to come forward in the jump off, it had looked like Meredith couldn’t be beaten but Ben, who put his foot on the accelerator from the start, managed to break the finish line in a time of 46.03 seconds.  This was just enough to relegate Meredith, the first of the three to go in the final round, into second place with her time of 46.31 seconds.   Laura Kraut for the USA took third place with her longstanding partner Cedric. With such huge prize money at stake there wasn't an empty seat in the grandstands at this superb venue which seemed all the more atmospheric with this major competition being played out under spotlights.  Alan Wade from Ireland was the course designer that had tested the riders to the hilt, hitting the note perfectly in terms of giving the spectators a thrilling class with it having culminated in a three way jump off from a field of just over forty. Talking afterwards Ben commented  “It was a pretty quick turnaround for me. I was second from the end so Diva did not have much time to recover from the first round.  The jump off was probably my best ever round on Diva, She’s come a long way this circuit”. Source: British Showjumping
donderdag, januari 15

William Funnell: ‘I was the only rider in the GCT on a home bred horse’

Of the greatest show jumping breeders in Great Britain evidentially are top show jumping rider William Funnell and Donal Barnwell of The Billy Stud. Last year Funnell was in the top thirty on the Longines Ranking, thanks to his home bred AES horses. His fully AES approved stallion Billy Congo helped him and Great Britain to win team gold at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark in 2013. A Tuesday evening in October we pass by William Funnell’s farm near Dorking and stop by his favourite pub to have a chat. While consuming a glass of beer and a good steak, William talks extensively about his breeding program and his aims in the sport, about what he likes about his life and about his “eventing wife” Pippa Funnell of course. We just passed by your breeding farm. It looks huge. How many foals do you breed every year? We have about seventy right now, but we have already sold a few. Seventeen? No, seventy! We cleaned some mares lately, but do more embryos now. We started with ET five years ago and we can see the difference. We are now trying to focus more on our best mares. That’s what everybody is doing right now. The breeding has changed. In the future we want to have thirty embryos a year and fifty normal born foals. This year we started to do the embryo transfer at home. We have enough of our own mares to use, so we don’t have to rent foreign surrogate mares. My goodness! Do you really think you have to breed in these large numbers to get something really good? It’s hard to draw a line. If it was a science, it would be easy to breed GP horses. We have already sold broodmares that afterwards seemed to have given interesting foals. If you could see it all before, it would be easy. We started to breed on a bigger scale five years ago. How did it all get started? Twenty years ago Donal and I bred our first foal together. We got to know each other when I worked at the Brendon Stud for the Light family as a young man. Donal often called in at the Brendon Stud to loose jump horses. Later on he became a dealer and I a rider. Donal and I had some horses together and our first foal came from a mare who had been injured. Her name was Tatum. She was an Irish horse by Clover Hill. We couldn’t do anything but breed from her. Maybe it was faith that pushed us in this direction. Also luck was on our side. The mare we started with was a very good jumper. She was meant for sport, but used for breeding. That’s how it should be. Little by little we realized she could be the founder of a nice breeding story. From the beginning we believed that crossing the Irish blood with the best European, could offer us top show jumping and eventing horses. Her first foal immediately turned out to be a GP horse. This was Billy Orange (Animo), who jumped in the Super League Nations Cups for The Netherlands with Roelof Bril.  There’s the Billy term already! In fact we named this first colt just Orange, because it was a chestnut. When he came in to start being ridden, a groom called him Billy. His sport name became Billy Orange and we kept the Billy name for our stud. The second foal out of our mare Tatum was Billy Autumn, also by Animo. She was a lovely filly, so we decided to cover her as a three-year old. The stallion we used was Vechta, a stallion by Voltaire who I had just bought in Scandinavia. I had seen him jump clean in the Grand Prix of Oslo as a seven-year-old and fell in love with him. The foal of this young mare and Vechta was Billy Congo, my current GP stallion. One more foal out of our first breeding mare Tatum jumps internationally at the moment. This is Billy Buttercup (Vechta) from the Norwegian Victoria Gulliksen. She mostly jumps the small tour 1.40m-1.50m classes, but she’s often placed. Could you see Billy Congo’s skills from the day he was born? In fact we decided to keep him entire and not sell him because he was a brilliant foal and because his mother started to perform so well. Congo was four when his mother won her first GP in Canada. She would even win a car at Spruce Meadows in Calgary later on, so it wasn’t surprising that Billy Congo ended up being a GP horse as well.  You had Vechta, but also acquired Cevin Z as a breeding stallion. Did you use your own stallions to reduce the expenses? We did, but we had already started to use more foreign semen. I don’t think it’s smart not to use top stallions because of the price of the semen. For 2.000 or 3.000 euro you can use any of the best stallions in the world. The stallion is the cheapest part, as long as the semen is good. The only problem is the quality of frozen semen. Often they send the worst straws from Europe to England. But when you have fertile semen, those few pounds can make the difference in the end, when you have a good jumper. However, with our own or with local stallions we were lucky. First we used Animo a lot, because he was stationed in the neighborhood and he was a blood stallion with an Olympic record. He has given a strong base to our breeding operation. Later on I bought Vechta and received Cevin Z as a gift from Heather McPherson, which brought more success to the breeding programme. Vechta was unbelievable. He was to jump the World Championships with me, but was injured just before. He was nearly there. I remarked Cevin Z in the Foxhunter class in Birmingham. Also my home bred stallion Billy Congo has delivered very promising young stock, but I don’t think it’s necessary to use only own stallions. Right now we have fifty percent foals from our own stallions and fifty percent from foreign stallions.  And which stallion brought you the best horses? Billy Congo is the best! No, I’m a modest man, but I’m just so in love with some of the young horses by Billy Congo. Some six- and seven-year-olds in my stables. What I experience with Billy Congo is that he gives blood and produces careful sport types. There aren’t many stallions like that. For most stallions you need a blood mare. He doesn’t need that. I think most people don’t even realise how good he is because I think he is suited more to the European mares than the English blood types. He’s good on the typical continental mares, because he’s a strong horse with a good back and good hind end. That’s why I think we should sell more semen to Europe. There are not enough stallions with this type in Europe. Together with Kees Van Den Oetelaar I’m dividing the semen in Europe now. We have just finished another period of freezing his semen. His semen is better than any other. And his frozen is as good as the fresh.   Do you also breed eventing horses for your wife (Pippa Funnell)? Of course she rides some home bred horses, but most of the time this happens coincidentally. We don’t really breed in that direction. We don’t use thoroughbreds anymore, but some horses just seem to be suiting the eventing sport better than the show jumping. We just try to breed sport and blood types, which boosts our chances. Look at the top four horses at WEG. You could easily make a top eventer of Jeroen Dubbeldam’s horse, from Casall and from the French one. You really need blood in general. When you use too much Darco or Cassini, you end up too cold. It’s the same for me as for her.  How much is she involved? Of course we don’t ride all the horses ourselves. We have lads to produce the young ones. But I can say we both do important work. Besides that Pippa is busy writing children novels. She has begun the 21 st book now. It started some six years ago and the books are getting really popular.   So she’s already thinking about the retirement pension?! Back to business… How does the cooperation between you and Donal work exactly? We discuss everything and always seem have the same opinion. We make each other complete. I couldn’t do better than to work with him. He’s even more of a horse expert than me. He does the breeding part. When they are three and a half year old, they come to me. We don’t really select before, because all the young ones are in groups in the field. We have some dry land where they can stay out during the winter. We don’t do anything with them before they come in. It works well. We don’t have a lot of trouble, because the first weeks when the foals are born, we handle them a lot. They remember that forever. They are not wild when they come in three and a half years later, but they come to me loose. We put them in the stalls and from there start working individually. Horse by horse we judge the quality and decide which direction to take with each one. Some will be sold sooner than others. Certainly there is a market for many of them. In England a lot of horses are imported from Holland and Germany. Lower quality horses. The breeding of jumpers here is smaller, so we have the tradition of importing horses. I think in the future the English have to provide their own horses, like we do. When people come to us to buy a horse, they know it was exclusively produced by us, which is a plus point. They also know we have more horses when they need the next one. More and more people approach us for horses as a result. We’re making progress. We don’t see you in the show jumping ring anywhere right now. Is this the time of the year you start with the young ones? In fact I’m finished competing until the Sunshine Tour next spring. Billy Congo was injured in Lummen, where he won the Grand Prix this Spring, so I didn’t have the horses ready to compete at the highest level. That’s why I took it a bit easier for the rest of the year. I gave my stallion a longer break than necessary, but he’ll be back at the beginning of 2015. I like the shows, but only when I’m able to perform. Last year when I was in the top thirty of the world ranking, I was invited to every big show in the world. I was placed many times in the Global Champions Tour shows, so I stayed in that top thirty. It was the time of my life, as I was the only rider on that circuit winning prizes with home bred horses. I enjoyed it, but I don’t need it to be a happy man. I’m not frustrated about having lost my position. I’m not obsessed by the Longines Ranking. I think that’s the only way to keep enjoying it. Once you lose your top horse, it’s nearly impossible to stay in. It’s important to know that as a rider. Next year my other horses will still be too young. I don’t want to burn them out. That’s the reason I planned another quiet year for Billy Congo next year. In 2016 I want to be on top of the game with a nice string of horses again, because I think Billy Congo is a horse able to jump the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. I hope we can jump in the team again, like we did in Herning, where we won the team gold for Britain at the European Championships. In the meantime you enjoy working with the young ones. I like the sport as much as I like working with the young ones, but I wouldn’t want to miss either of those two activities. I like riding a Grand Prix, but on Monday back home I also like to loose jump the three year olds. I study the horses and constantly try to improve what we do.  There are few people making money by breeding horses, but you do. How come? Like I said we always try to improve ourselves and we have been lucky from the beginning. From our first Irish broodmare Tatum we have sold three Grand Prix horses. We had a portion of luck with the accident to this mare. She was expensive and she got injured, but the foals made the profit. Because we want to produce the best horses and keep on making money from the breeding, we now use more frozen semen from top stallions than ever. We want horses that can keep us at the top of the sport. They have to be good enough for the international level we compete at. That’s our aim. Also because we produce our own horses, we can make more money that way. My goal is to have fifteen seven-year-old horses ready every year for the international sport and available to commercialize. It works well like this and we are still growing.   
donderdag, december 25

Prince Torki: ‘I will use all this helpful information provided by the AES’

His Royal Highness Prince Torki Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kabeer must be the only Saudi showjumping horse breeder whose home bred horse has won a medal at the Olympic Games. As the breeder of London 2012 team bronze medalist Sultan V, Prince Torki gained lots of respect worldwide for his stud Old Lodge in Ashdown Forest. Certainly because the Olympic horse Sultan V was not just a fluke. Prince Torki, member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia, is very passionate about show jumping and has approximately fifteen foals a year. They all get an AES passport. He uses the best mares and stallions and the foals develop in the best circumstances, with the best care. This we can witness after visiting the Prince at his wonderful stud. It’s a unique location where the Prince’s horses grow up. In the middle of Ashdown Forest,  in Uckfield, East-Sussex, he has a 180 acres stud land territory just for the horses. He bought the property twenty years ago, since it was a unique and preserved area where construction permission was difficult to get, but he eventually managed to persuade the local authority to grant him permission to build stable for the horses because he is one of the leading breeders in England. This benefits the horse industry ofcourse. That’s why he has now temporary stables on the hill just one hundred meters away from the main house, a huge manor. Call it a castle, with massive walls, impressive decoration, a wonderful view. The house is being well looked after by a local couple residing in a detached house next to the main house. There are horse pictures and valuable paintings in every room. Other pictures show the Prince of Saudi in meetings with George W. Bush, Nelson Mandela, the presidents of China, Argentina, and many other head of states and highly ranked officials. The house was built by Henry VIII in the 16 th  century and has always been used as a hunting lodge. Prince Torki renovated it totally, but it wasn’t easy. After being granted building permission a new huge remarkable building will rise in Ashdown Forest, to stable the young ones and the broodmares. The ridden horses are in training with professional riders. Prince Torki is very strenuous to make sure his horses grow up in the best circumstances and he knows why. As experienced thoroughbred breeders, the Saudi’s know how to breed top horses and how to produce them. The instinct and the knowledge from the race horse breeding, he also uses for the show jumpers. He has educated people working for him and the stud manager Carolyn Murdoch treats every single horse as if it were hers. She currently runs the breeding farm professionally and has things well organized. The horses are very well cared for and mannered. To inspect every single horse and to make up diagrams and reports for the Anglo European Studbook, all horses were shown on hand in front of the judges. Recently weaned foals give their legs as if they have done it every day. Horses are shown in top condition. The feet are trimmed at regular base. It’s remarkable, but Carolyn gives us the explanation: ‘Also when you have a lot of horses to manage, it’s important you still treat them individually. When we bring in mares and foals, we always catch both, the mare and the foal. That’s how we start to learn leading them. It makes work much easier to handle them, deworm them and trim the feet. We can do that in the field! Foals go to the blacksmith every four to six weeks. Together with the vet and the blacksmith we follow up the growth of the legs of the foals.’ Watching them one by one, we see top bloodlines and promising looking horses. The 2014 foals are by Kannan, Corland, Diamant de Semilly, Presley Boy, Nabab de Rêve, Super Trooper de Ness, Clinton, Cassini and Concorde to name some. The years before also Arko III, Locarno, Armitage, Conterno Grande, Calido, Nonstop, Vigo d’Arsouilles, Clinton and Mylord Carthago have been used. Also the mothers have great certificates. Most of them have an FEI passport. In Ashdown Forest, they are breeding with the homebred mare R. Little Lefanie (Indoctro), former British 7 year old champion and gold medalist at the European Championship for Young Riders. Then Geoff Luckett took over the ride winning many GP’s and her last competition ever was at the Bolesworth International show, where she won the Grand Prix. In addition, mother Lefanie had a filly again this year. C’Est Tres Chique (Cassini II) and Twilight (Vert et Rouge) jumped internationally and produced international show jumpers lately. The mare Lianta, mother of Olympic horse Sultan with Abdullah Al Sharbatly and GP winner Brickfield Boy (Geoff Luckett), is still used for breeding, just as her daughter Dorina (Chin Chin). Furthermore Oaklahoma (Larome) is a valuable mother as she got the highest marks ever given by the AES judges. She is now in foal to Spartacus. The progeny of Prince Torki’s mares delivered five AES approved stallions in 2014. And there are more to come. We have seen a very strong group of two-year-old colts, sired by Action Breaker, Numero Uno, Corland and Super Trooper de Ness. Prince Torki bred several foals sired by this last stallion. Super Trooper de Ness was acquired as a young stallion at the sale and sold to the USA when he was a GP horse. He finished 5 th  at the worldcup final in Gothenburg. The Prince has always regretted the decision to sell him.  In the USA he’s been showing under the saddle of Katie Dinan, Mclain Ward and nowadays under Beat Mändli. Because of his unbelievable jumping qualities, the semen of the stallion was much used at Old Lodge and also the half sister of Super Trooper was acquired for breeding. Also many sport horses that the Prince bought, are jumping in the top of the sport right now. Think about Golden Hawk with Shane Breen, Zanzibar under Ellen Whitaker, Shahenaz with Michael Duffy and Lord of Arabia (John Whitaker), who won a class and placed second twice at HOYS in Birmingham this year. Also at HOYS Nicole Pavitt placed third in the Foxhunter Championship on Old Lodge Contessa. Your horses did well at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham. Congratulations! Thank you. Lord of Arabia was amazing, not touching any pole for the whole week. He started on Wednesday with an easy fifth place, won on Friday and placed second twice in the weekend. It was not an easy show, with some of the world’s top riders present. Outstanding horse, but top rider as well. John Whitaker is riding the gelding. My two young mares were ridden by Nicole Pavitt. Tia Semilly won the Newcomer’s. Contessa ended up third in the Foxhunter championship, a very prestigious class in the UK, and she could have won. They changed bits in the last minute before going into the ring the first day, which was not a good decision. The second day was better, but she had to go in the ring the first, which is always a disadvantage. We ended up being too slow, but we should have won with a mare like this. You like to win, Sir? I love it! I go to the shows every time I am in England. I like the sport and I like to win, but I know the game very well after all these years. You win some and you lose some. You know what I like the most? That I compete with horses we bred. I breed to compete at high level. It is even more special when you see a foal you bred entering the ring. So you hope to be competitive with home bred horses. That is our aim indeed and we succeeded already several times with Sultan, Brickfield Boy, Little Lefanie and many other. We were fortunate, but only because we work hard for it. You have to make your luck. We really want to be in the top, nothing less. That’s why sometimes we have to sell some horses. Not to make money, but just because the horse is not good enough for what I aim. Mares have to be able to jump 1.40m. Then they can stay for the breeding. Geldings must compete at 1.50m or 1.60m. Otherwise I sell. That doesn’t mean they are not good horses. Just not good enough for my request. Still thousands of riders would be happy with a horse like that.  Where does the passion for horses come from? It’s a family tradition. I grew up in an environment in which top horses always had a central place in life. In Saudi Arabia right now I have 250 race horses. We have the leading stable in our country, with 150 horses in training. I also have the International horse riding school in Riyadh for young showjumping riders, which was the starting point for many top Saudi show jumpers. Horse riding and breeding is a family tradition, but not breeding jumping horses. Historically we are thoroughbred and Arabian horse breeders, but in fact you can compare it to breeding jumping horses. Only the best performing mares and stallions can give good foals. We never use commercially interesting stallion, only stallions proven in the sport. What they have not done themselves, they cannot pass on to their descendants. Using young stallions is a risk that I don’t take. It’s the same with camel breeding. In our country camels are used for racing and shows. The best parents give the most expensive foals. Recently we sold a camel for one million pound. My father learned me to never buy something because it’s cheap. His advice was to buy something good, even if it’s expensive. All my life I kept that advice in mind. Also the mares you breed with all have competed. We’ve seen your three-year-old mares, but none of them is in foal? We take the three-year-olds now to riders specialized in breaking and producing young horses. We give every horse a chance, the ones that prove to have big potential, move on to an international rider. The best mares will be used for breeding by the use of embryo transfer. I use this technique often because I want the best foals from my best mares, whilst the mares can compete in the same time. Just during the breeding season those mares get a few months sport break, because I think it’s hard to get a mare pregnant when she’s in training. How come you have your jumping horses in England? I started studying at Cambridge University and London University in 1973 and during my stay I bought one race horse at an auction. That horse won the Queen’s Stake as well as the Norfolk Stake at the Royal Ascot meeting and many other important stakes. It encouraged me to start breeding where I bought Brickfield Stud in New Market. When I finished my studies successfully, I went back home to work for my Government where it became difficult for me to attend racing because of the commitments of my job, and whenever I have a holiday I always like to spend it with my horses. Flat racing is more popular worldwide but I lately enjoy showjumping because it lasts longer, because one clas in a show jumping competition could last more than an hour with the jump off, whereas in flat racing it’s a matter of minutes. In show jumping you can see the warming up session before the start of each class and you can enjoy the show from morning till evening. When did you start up your British breeding farm? I started horse breeding at Brickfield Stud in New Market in the late 70's and after that I moved to Oldlodge Stud in Ashdown Forest where expansion in our breeding program kicked off. We bought more mares and used top stallions to cover them. Oldlodge is considered as one of the most successful breeding studs in the UK, because we are more selective with the mares and we make a lot of studies in considering which stallion to use with which mare taking into account conformation, pedigree, performance, temperament, and previous offspring. Which horses did you start the breeding program with? When I decided to start the breeding program, I went to the Dutch VDL Stud to buy some mares. Lianta (Voltaire) and Lefanie (Damiro) were two of the five I picked out. A few years later, when the first foals were growing up, my eldest son Prince Sultan came to watch the horses. He had one favorite, a strong, grey colt by Irco Mena. I said okay, you can have him. I asked him which name he would give him? He said "I will name him Sultan V". I was surprised, because that’s a huge risk. In our language Sultan means King or Monarch. It’s a very glorious title. My father always told me: carefully choose a horse's name. Only give a horse a special name like this when there is a sign he’s going to be a top horse. That’s why we take our time with filling out the names in the passports. Mostly we don’t give them a name before they get ridden. Maybe we’re a bit superstitious, but we think there’s more chance you get a good one, when you wait with giving names. But my son didn’t, he was convinced about the foal. And he was right? The horse Sultan V was big and solid when he was around three and four years old and when he was cantering and free jumping we realized that he had the potential of being top class horse. That’s why we didn’t rush him in the training process. We castrated him because he was very difficult to handle being a big and strong horse. We thought about a calm and steady rider and have chosen Bruce Menzies. One day Bruce called me to ask if I wanted to see the horse jump. I went to his yard and saw the most powerful young horse I had ever seen. He jumped like a ten-year-old horse and a bit later he started winning. It wasn’t a surprise that Sultan V went on to win the Foxhunter Championship in Birmingham and the Scope Festival National championship. When Sultan V was nine years old, the British chef d’equipe Rob Hoekstra asked me if Sultan V would be available to be part of the British Nations cup team in Gijon in Spain, I accepted his request and he jumped double clear in the Nations Cup and placed second in the five star Grand Prix. Rob Hoekstra asked me if I would keep the horse available for the British team. Of course I said yes. I would never sell the horse and because it worked out so well with Bruce Menzies, he was meant to keep the ride. But when I was in Saudi Arabia, my cousin called me. He was in charge of the Saudi Equestrian Team and told me he had a message from the King. The Saudi Arabian team has qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and was in need of top horses to compete with. During that time my cousin approached me and told me that the Saudi Team was acquiring top horses and Sultan V was one of them. He wanted the horse to represent the Middle East at the Olympic Games in show jumping, to compete with the Saudi Team. The Custodian of the Two holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz AlSaud supports the Saudi Team and bought top horses for them. My Son Prince Sultan and myself decided to give the horse Sultan V as a gift to the King which he kindly accepted, and was later given from the King to the Saudi Equestrian Showjumping Team. With that team he won bronze team medal at London Olympics. Luckily I still have two full brothers to Sultan V which are two years old now, and I also have a a five year old stallion which is half brother to Sultan V and full brother to Brickfield boy. His current performance indicates that he could be a top horse for the future. I also have his half-sister Sultana now being ridden by Bruce Menzies. Do you stick with those pedigree lines you have now? In breeding you always have to look for new blood which I'm currently doing. I always go for mares with top performance as well as top pedigree and good confirmation. I think it’s important to have a great variety in your breeding program, its not advisable to stick to one line. Choosing the right stallion for the right mare is essential. I mean conformation, performance, or temperament wise. I always prefer to choose stallions that have proven themselves through their progeny. I always follow closely the result of the top stallions and which breeding lines they successfully combine with. I look at it as a hobby and feel so excited when I see the horses I bred doing well in competitions. I’m breeding horses my entire life, but I'm still open to listen to experts' advice. When we do my horse breeding program I always try to select the right horse for the right mare. There is no point of sending a big mare to a big horse, cause you'll end up with a giant and vice versa. It is essential to be very selective and careful when you make your breeding program. Nowadays, in show jumping you need horses with more blood because the jumping courses have been more technical and difficult where you need a strong quick and careful horse. That’s why breeding nowadays became so difficult and more technical.  I really appreciate what Anglo European Studbook (AES) is doing now by judging all AES born horses and making reports. I use all this helpful information provided by them, because I feel they are doing a professional job and are being more selective and careful in their choices and judgment. I use their information and comments when I choose the suitable stallions for my mares. I feel I’m in the right direction cooperating with the AES and there useful information. Their effort to improve the studbook must be appreciated by all of us, and will be a very useful reference for the future. Final question. What about the Saudi team? They won the bronze in London, silver individual at the WEG in Kentucky, but didn’t come with a team to the WEG in Normandy this summer. The Saudi team riders are considered to be one of the best riders in the sport, where they have proven themselves internationally such as in the London Olympics, WEG in Kentucky, Sydney Olympics, the Global Champions Tour, the Arab league, and other various international events. Unfortenatly most of the Saudi Equestrian team horses suffer from injuries including Sultan V. And lately one of the top international horses that was ridden by Khaled Aleid, Presley Boy, has passed away. Also the Silver medalist Seldana at the 2010 World Equestrian Games suffers an injury. And HRH Prince Abdullah bin Miteb AlSaud and Davos have both retired from the sport. With these big losses it will be difficult for the team to maintain a high level of participation. Except Abdullah Al Sharbatly  is currently competing very well with his own horses. We hope the team will acquire top horses in order to be able to have a complete team for the upcoming international competitions. London 2012 was a super moment for our team. I was proud watching my country's team winning the team bronze in such a very competitive and difficult competition at the most important sport event internationally. It was an outstanding moment and amazing feeling. It was even more astonishing because my home bred horse Sultan V was representing my country.  
maandag, april 28

John Whitaker: ‘Someone has to breed!’

John Whitaker is a famous show jumping rider, and an AES breeder. His stallions all were graded by AES. The foals are registered here aswell. Logically he uses his top stallion Argento mainly for the breeding nowadays. Hopefully one day the eldest Whitaker (58) will ride one of his own foals in the Global Champions Tour. So far it didn’t turn out that way. ‘The ones I bred never reached the level of the horses I bought, but British breeding is improving. We keep on trying, because someone has to breed them!’ Not many people know you are breeding? I’ve always been breeding a little bit, but now I have this stallion Argento, and my daughter is motivated to help me with it, I’m starting to be more involved. People are interested to use him. Nevertheless I realize the breeding in Great-Britain is small scaled compared to Europe. People are breeding thoroughbred mares to get show jumpers and eventing horses. There’s still a long way to go, but you have to start somewhere. Some breeders are getting bigger, like William Funnell and some others. I have six foals this year. Maybe it doesn’t make a big difference when you compare to Belgium, Germany, Holland and France, but someone has to do it. Which mares you use? Former sport horses? I mainly rode stallions in my carreer, but one mare I’m breeding with, jumped the World Championships at Aachen, not with me, but with Cassio Rivetti. Her name is Olona. She’s by Indorado x Nimmerdor. The mares I ride myself most often are quite old when they stop jumping, so after their career we don’t get too many foals out of them anymore. Besides breeding your own mares, you focus on selling semen of your stallions at Heyside Farm in West Yorkshire, I see on your website. You do quite some effort to commercialize the semen? Yes that’s true. We’ve always been selling semen, but before 2004 we didn’t have a website. Now my youngest daughter Joanne is involved, we can give the breeding all the chances. The breeding is a good income next to prize money now. She’s pushing the business a lot by promoting the stallions. We sell quite a lot of semen of Argento. He’s only a few weeks a year available to fresh, when they are freezing semen. The rest of the year I don’t want him to breed, because I have the experience stallions get crazy when the combine sport and breeding. Of course we always have frozen semen in stock. What about the Argento offspring? I cannot say anything of them so far. I just know they are beautiful and big, however he’s smaller himself. The eldest are five and starting to go under the saddle. Then there’s a gap of a few years and we got bigger numbers of foals born last year. As soon as he started to become successful in the sport, people wanted to use him. Now we have thirty mares a year pregnant. That’s a lot in Great-Britain, but not in Europe. So it would be nice to also break in the European market this year. He is a good breeder and he has an interesting bloodline with Arko III as the father and Jasper as the father of his dam’s father.  I hope Argento gets chances in the breeding, because when you don’t get the chance, it’s hard to succeed. You must have the chance and get good mares to produce good offspring. When other breeders notice the children are jumping good, they also start using him. It’s like a snowball effect. The more you roll, the greater you become. When did you buy Argento? I got him when he was four years old and we broke him in by ourselves. My daughter Louise rode it for two years. I took him over when he was seven. We’ve had him for seven years now and he has never disappointed us. He looked promising as a four-year-old and he turned out to be super careful, but also brave and honest. He’s always trying hard. He’s a real winner as well. Did he also win a lot as a young horse? We didn’t push him too much to win as a young horse. Because he was always so careful, I tried to give him nice experiences. Until today I focus on keeping him happy and confident, because he’s so careful. You’ve been hesitating about the last scope of Argento. Now he’s won some big GP’s in Germany and the CSI4* in Amsterdam, would you believe he could be a championship horse? He’s always developed and today he’s jumping a big Grand Prix, so who knows? I’m not saying yes and I’m not saying definitely no. I just try to do the right thing for the horse and see what’s happening. When I keep him happy and confident, we don’t know where he will end. What’s your short term schedule for Argento? We do Hagen again, where we won the GP last year. After that we do Global Champions Tour in Madrid and after that maybe Hamburg. For sure I use him as my first horse this year. And next to him I’m developing Lord of Arabia as a second Grand Prix horse. I need certainly something to take some pressure away from Argento. One thing is sure. You don’t sell Argento! Indeed. All the time people keep asking a bit if I would be interested to sell, but that’s not the meaning. It’s difficult to do this sport without a horse and this is what we do in life, so I need a horse like him. It’s nice to have money, but money is not everything. This is my life. I still enjoy doing the shows and I like to win classes now again with this horse. He’s earning money, so we just continue like this. Which other stallions you offer the breeders? One of my former jumpers Cornetto King (Cornet Obolensky) is still available. I don’t ride him anymore because of his strong character, but he breeds very nice. Also Catwalk (Colman), my son Robert’s top horse, is available. I still have semen of my former grey top stallion Randi (Ramzes), which already died. All the stallions are fully AES approved. And when the mares have to be inseminated, you play the helping hand? Yeah, if I have to, I do that. I’m qualified to inseminate the mares, and when Joanne is not there I sometimes do it. As I mentioned we’re all very interested in the breeding. The whole process happens at home, except for freezing the semen. Does Michael breed? Yes he does. Not so much like me, but still he has four or five foals a year. What’s the best foal you ever bred? That’s a difficult question. I think it’s everybody’s dream to breed a superstar, but that’s no evidence. You have to accept what you get. We bred some nice ones, but up to now we’re still looking for that superstar. We still didn’t succeed in breeding, I admit that. But someone has to breed them, so hopefully one day we get that one top horse from our own breeding. We just try to keep crossing top mares and stallions and we wait for the result. It’s easier to buy them? Yes, then you buy what you like. When you breed, you have what you get. But still it’s so interesting. Really a lot of fun to see them grow up. We have own stallions, mares and a lot of fields, so why wouldn’t we do it? You like the breeding! That’s why you also breed cattle? I just have thirty. it’s more of a hobby. I like to see the animals in the fields around the stables. The farm is set on the hill above 140 acres of land, so it’s perfect for breeding at home. I like breeding and I always will.
dinsdag, april 8

AES scores with full fledged stallion grading in Schijndel

Friday April 4 the AES grading in Schijndel was scheduled in Riding School De Molenheide. Kees Van Den Oetelaar showed to be a successful new leader for the studbook. He left the judges’ table and moved to the secretary table to organize things. His efforts were highly respected by the public. Not less than fifty stallions were presented. The champions Black Bird and Gletsjer helped to raise the studbook to a higher level. ‘The world was not created in one day’, Van Den Oetelaar said at the day of the gradings in Schijndel. ‘We’re happy with the progession we made, but there is still a long way to go. It costs a lot of money to reorganize things. We want to give the studbook a new image. We’re modernizing and reorganizing.  We’re looking for sponsors who want to support us in all of this. We already found pancake producer Jan Vink of Abra-Ca-Debora willing to pay fifty percent of the printing cost of our new designed passports. And in the future we want to find sponsors to help us organize competitions for young AES horses.’ AES has great ambitions. Also the stallion gradings is in progression. It’s still a small-scale event, but they thought about all the details. They used a new ring, in which the horses jumped loose and two new judges entered the inspection team. Bernard Demets and Maikel Van der Vleuten debuted and both were enthusiast about the quality. Bernard Demets: ‘I followed all of the approvals in Europe and I remarked that AES has just the same quality as any other studbook.’ Maikel Van der Vleuten replaced his father Eric for the first time and felt comfortable judging aswell. ‘I don’t look so much at the pedigree. I just like a horse that can jump, no matter which pedigree it has. And those jumpers I really remarked today. Jumping champion Black Bird, brother of Orient Express Of the 28 stallions which were licensed, Black Bird (Street Hassle) appeared to be the most complete jumper of all. The French bred horse showed a lot of balance, great canter, scope and a good technique. Also his bloodline is top, as he’s a grandson of Quickstar out of the same mother as Orient Express (Quickstar), the third placed horse in the GP of Aachen last year. Their mother is also the half sister to the stallion Dollar de la Pierre. Owner Joop Aaldering also wants to mention the other owners of this horse, Mr. Van De Lageweg and Mr. Sinnack. ‘I bought Black Bird in France as a foal. The breeder Mr. Boureau was the best breeder of France that year. By him I also bought Quick Study, Street Hassle and Hors La Loi. He also bred Orient Express.’ Black Bird will in the future listen to the name Gare du Nord. He is also invited to do the saddle testing of KWPN in the end of the year, but thanks to his AES approval, he will already breed this year. Joop Aaldering: ‘I already had several requests from mare owners, so AES gives me this perfect solution.’ Dressage champion not for sale Dressage rider Wilma Van der Steen is the owner of the new crowned dressage champion Gletsjer, a nice and modern bay horse with elegant moves. The owner doesn’t have a stud, so she’s still not sure what will happen to her horse in the future. ‘I want to sell him because I don’t have a stud. Horses are not my job. I just ride dressage until intermediaire level. I do it for pleasure, but this horse is capable to do more.’ Wilma bought the horse as a foal.  He’s always had the looks from when he was born. Kees Van Den Oetelaar is super happy with the new champions and also with the average quality at this gradings. ‘A few years ago at AES you sometimes saw simple or not correct horses, but those we didn’t see any more today. We were very delighted with the lot of dressage horses. We could license and approve ten of them. In the past we often had not enough dressage blood on the list. Stallionneer Wim Schoukens brought none of his own stallions to Schijndel, but had one horse to present for a friend of his: ‘I recommend AES to all of my friends. Here you get the chance that you deserve and they give you enough time to prove it afterwards. My stallion Gotthardsen was approved for AES as a four year old. We didn’t need to do any obliged stallion competition or testing, so we gave our horse all the time he needed to grow out. When he was six, he was still green. The other approved stallions already jumped around like a perfect schooled horse. But a few years later my horse jumped Aachen and all of the others were gone. Who’s right then?’ Gaetan Stalpaert got the four year old stallion Don Darco de Bornival approved. He has chosen the AES because he doesn’t want to have any further obligations afterwards : ‘My horse will only start to jump as soon as the fences get higher. Until then I don’t want to exaggerate. I will not let him breed. I just wanted him to be licensed because that means extra value, I think.’ Adrie Jespers, the business partner of Wiebke Van De Lageweg and a neighbour of the riding place Molenheide in Schijndel, comes to watch every year. ‘I often remark interesting horses here! About the setting I can just say that you feel something is really changing at AES.’ Another stallion presenter came with a horse, previously not approved in another studbook. ‘I hope they take him here. Then I can do the stallion competition next year and then the judges that disapproved him will hopefully see that they made a huge mistake.’ Other stallion owners stated they chose AES because the public gradings here are much cheaper. Rik Van Miert of WBFSH: ‘No hesitations anymore’ Kees Van Den Oetelaar had to fix many things when he became the new AES director last year. Many illegalities had to be changed. That’s what WBFSH sub director Rik Van Miert said. The Belgian official came from Belgium to attend the gradings in Schijndel: ‘We had a lot of decent conversations with the new team of AES. We made clear that something had to change and when seeing the way how this grading is organized now, I really feel like they have understood our wishes. I think this is not the most eyecatching stallion approval, but horses get  the time to be decently presented to the judges. There is a good atmosphere and I think some horses show nice quality. Nothing makes me believe AES is still working as it did before. They are self-conscious and listen to what we ask.’  
zaterdag, april 5

AES gradings in Schijndel, The Netherlands

At riding school De Molenheide in Schijndel the Dutch stallion grading of AES was held on Friday April 4. It was a cosy event at which stallions got all the time to prove themselves if good enough. AES keeps on organizing on low budget profile, but improved many things and took care of the charisma of the studbook, after the problems they had last year. We can speak about an up-to-par stallion approval which is comparable to the grading at any other studbook in the world. Two new judges Bernard Demets from Belgium and Maikel Van der Vleuten talked about the quality of the stallions. ‘We have the same quality as anywhere else in the world’, they said. Together with Bert Van den Oetelaar and Koen Olaerts they named Black Bird (Street Hassle x Le Tot de Semilly) as the jumping champion 2014. Gletsjer (Apache x Prestige VDL) came out as the top dressage horse. Black Bird, a French horse now named Gare du Nord, is a stallion of the three friends Aaldering, Van De Lageweg and Sinnack, born in France as a grandson of Quickstar and out of the same mother as Orient Express. Reserve champion was Gunnar EB (Acolord x Quite Easy) of Stud Enterbrook. Tallmann TN, a horse born in Belgium as Loreto vh Zorgvliet, placed third. Tallmann (Toulon x Colman) is born by Andre Braeckevelt and owned by Team Nijhof. Gletsjer, the dressage champion was put for sale by her owner Wilma Van der Steen. Gletsjer is a modern type dressage horse with four low white socks and a beautiful star on his face. He has an uphill body and moves the way he has to for a future dressage prospect.28 Stallions were licensed. Three older stallions got approved. There was the dressage horse Lincom’s Elton John CL (Johnson x Balzflug) and the jumpers Jiqueenturo di Luna (Canturano x Larome) and Empire (Calvaro x Erdbal xx).
maandag, december 16

Goodluck VDL AES grading champion

Goodluck! What’s in a name. Goodluck VDL won the AES stallion grading Friday at Molenheide in Schijndel, the Netherlands. Goodluck is a son of Baltic VDL out of a Cassini dam. Thirteen stallions were licensed. Two stallions are registered to be used for own breeding. One stallion was fully approved and that was Vannan (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan) of Roshoeve NV and breeder Stal Tops. Judges were Eric van der Vleuten, Koen Olaerts, Bert van den Oetelaar and David Lamb. Jumping stallions: L.  Goodluck VDL (Baltic VDL x Cassini I)  - VDL Stud L.   Gameboy (Arko III x Heartbreaker)  - Gebr. Bosch / Team Nijhof L.   Gaetano Musterd (Darco x For Pleasure)  - C.A.M. van den Oetelaar BV L.   Goedhart (Quasimodo van de Molendreef x Clinton)  - Han Aarts BV L.   Goodyear VDL (Indorado x Cardento)  -VDL Stud L.   Ghost Z (Game Boy x Quentucky)  - Verbergt Horse Trading BV L.   Great Gambler MB (Brainpower x Concorde)  - Nevejant Dirk L.   Gummaraes VDL (Baltic VDL x Mr. Blue)  - VDL Stud L.   Garant (Warrant x Verdi)  - Gebr. Bosch / Team Nijhof L.   Star Top Z (Stakkato's Highlight x Quidam's Rubin)  - Herman Keltjens L.   Giuseppe di Nala (Nagano x Camus)  - Vlassak & Co comm. v. A.   Vannan (Diamant de Semilly x Kannan)  - Roshoeve NV / Stal Tops R.   Firecracker (Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve x Burggraaf)  - Geraerts Tim Dressage stallions: L.   Furst Nicolaas (Furst Piccolo x Riccio)  - Ingrid Koonen L.   NN (Lord Loxley x Coriando)  - Thomas Kögler Eventing stallions: L.   Che Guevara d'Arville (Diktator v/d Boslandhoeve x Shamaraan XX)  - de Liedekerke Barbara R.   El Bonillo (Berlin BEJ x Przedswit XIII-4)  - Vanwijnsberghe Eva  
AES Registered Horse Rankings
Ranking Horse Points

023 BLAZER B 1155
033 ARGENTO ***** 1060
049 ARISTIO ***** 955
052 VAMPIRE 933
088 LOLA 800
Ranking Horse Points

052 TOP STORY 162