Top Toti­las foal leads sweep for Mat­tia

Horse & Hound - - Breeding - By CA­ROLE MOR­TIMER

‘Test­ing geld­ings means breed­ers can see the tal­ents and strengths that breed­ing lines are pro­duc­ing


BY any stan­dards this an­nual show proved a fruit­ful one for Dar­ren Mat­tia and his Here­ford­shire-based Court

Farm Stud. Tinta Amarela, bred by Dar­ren and co-owner Cara Sweeney, swept through her class of 13 pre­mium foals, won the foal cham­pi­onship and stood supreme at the end of the two-day show.

The filly, a daugh­ter of Toti­las out of a Dan­nebrog mare, caught the eye of the judges Katy Hold­erVale, Ju­dith Davis and Hel­mut Wilk­ing from the Hanove­rian Ver­band. He com­mented on her “fab­u­lous, ef­fort­less trot” as well as say­ing she was the

“best Toti­las foal” he had seen.

“Tinta most def­i­nitely has a fu­ture in dres­sage,” said Dar­ren. “She is for sale and if she’s not sold by the end of the year we will pro­duce her and sell her later on .”

Dar­ren also took the colt foal cham­pi­onship with his own

San­giovese (Sir Don­ner­hall x Lon­don­derry), de­scribed as “very up­hill and a pow­er­ful mover”, and bred the mare test and four-year-old mare class win­ner De­sire (Dimag­gio x Fider­tanz), a for­mer top scorer as a foal and year­ling in the Fu­tu­rity, now owned by Sara Bunch.

Re­serve supreme went to Lynne Crow­den’s 15-year-old state pre­mium proven brood­mare mare Louisiana (Longchamp x Dav­i­gnon) — the dam of the stal­lion Wavavoom — who took the over­all mare cham­pi­onship. Her blood­lines came to the fore in the young­stock cham­pion Walk­ing On Sun­shine.

The ele­gant two-year-old, bred by Sarah and Keith Maskell of the Wheat­ley Wood stud in Es­sex, is by Wild Child (a son of Wavavoom), out of Real Per­fect, by Rousseau, who is also the dam of the Wood­lan­der stal­lion Dou­ble Bub­ble.

Hi­lary McDon­ald’s home-bred year­ling win­ner Ser­anata, an­other by Dimag­gio, stood re­serve mare. Hi­lary also won the mare fam­ily class with Do­lasilla (Dimag­gio x Dolomit).

“The fam­ily class with a mare and two daugh­ters is al­ways in­ter­est­ing and we want to see an im­prove­ment in the progeny,” com­mented Katy Holder-Vale. “Do­lasilla’s daugh­ters showed re­fine­ment and move­ment.”

The so­ci­ety ran their first ever geld­ing per­for­mance test which was headed by San­dra Tinker’s 2013 foal cham­pion, For­tu­na­tus (Floriscount x Der Lord), who gained an over­all score of 7.83 — in­clud­ing a nine for can­ter and an eight for his ride­abil­ity.

“By test­ing geld­ings this way it means breed­ers can see the tal­ents and strengths that breed­ing lines are pro­duc­ing” said Katy.

Bri­tish Hanove­rian Horse So­ci­ety, Hart­pury Col­lege ‘The best Toti­las foal I’ve seen’: foal cham­pion Tinta Amarela (out of a Dan­nebrog mare) wows the judge en route to stand­ing supreme

Lynne Crow­den’s over­all mare cham­pion Louisiana, by Longchamp

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