Sport horse breed­ing BHHS

Wood­lan­der’s breed­ing pro­gramme proves sec­ond to none as the two-year-old Wild Love be­comes a dual cham­pion

Horse & Hound - - On The Cover - By CA­ROLE MOR­TIMER H&H

and WBS-UK Stal­lion Grad­ing

WIN­NING two cham­pi­onships in two days is a rare feat, but one that was achieved by Lynne Crow­den’s young home-bred stal­lion Wild Love, who claimed the ti­tle at both the BHHS and WBS-UK stal­lion grad­ings, both held at Home Farm, Hothorpe, on two sep­a­rate days.

The two-year-old bright chest­nut Wild Love is by the Wood­lan­der Stud's home­bred stal­lion Wild Child out of

Words Of Love, who is by For Com­pli­ment. He was bred by Lynne, who bred his sire, his dam, his grand­sire and two grand-dams.

“He is line-bred to Louisiana [cham­pion mare at the BHHS show] and is cer­tainly the best stal­lion that we have ever bred,” said Lynne.

Two-year-old Fascinize (For Ro­mance x Don Fred­erico), a former BHHS foal cham­pion pro­duced by Court Farm Stud, also caught the eye of the judges. He was bought in utero from Ger­many and is now owned by the Car­roll fam­ily from York­shire. Both stal­lions are now des­tined for Ger­many for per­for­mance test­ing in or­der to ful­fil Hanove­rian grad­ing cri­te­ria.

“Wild Love is the prod­uct of a suc­cess­ful breed­ing pro­gramme and while jump­ing was not the high­light of his grad­ing, he was spec­tac­u­larly loose in his move­ment with pow­er­ful elas­tic paces,” said BHHS Chair­man Katy Holder-Vale, who as­sessed the stal­lions along­side Lud­wig Christ­mann, Hans Hen­ning von der Decken and Ni­cole Nel­son.

“Fascinize, although still im­ma­ture, im­pressed with his move­ment and ath­leti­cism. For a dres­sage-bred colt, he jumped well and with a sup­ple back.”

Wendy Smith’s 10-year-old ad­vanced dres­sage stal­lion

Don Dante (Dancier x Sal­vano), who com­peted at the Bri­tish Dres­sage na­tional cham­pi­onships and in the Fu­ture Elite com­pe­ti­tion at Horse of the Year Show (see re­port, p79), also gained his li­cence.


THE fol­low­ing day, nine stal­lions came for­ward for the WBS-UK grad­ing, with six pass­ing the as­sess­ment.

Again, Wild Love was the high­est-marked stal­lion and pre­sented with the cham­pion’s sash, with the four-year-old

Sil­ver Don (Sil­vio I x Der Lord), pre­sented by Richard Selleck, stand­ing re­serve. Bred by North­cliff Equine near Bris­tol, he was ac­quired by Richard as a foal then sold to Ox­ford­shire-based Tina Mosvold. In July, with Ir­ish event rider Austin O’Con­nor in the sad­dle, Sil­ver Don was the win­ner of the Burgh­ley Young Event Horse qualifier at Bar­bury Cas­tle, gain­ing the top marks of the class for jump­ing. His sire Sil­vio I is best known as the sire of former in­ter­na­tional jumper Shut­ter­fly.

“Sil­ver Don is an el­e­gant, light-footed stal­lion and showed real tal­ent and style in his jump­ing,” said Katy, who as­sessed the stal­lions with Hans Hen­ning von der Decken of the Ger­man Hanove­rian Ver­band.


THE oth­ers to pass in­cluded Ro­manno Dan­teno (Dante Weltino x Don­ner­hall), bred by Jen­nifer Gilchrist at her Scot­tish-based Rom­mano

Stud, and pre­sented by owner Tahley Reeve-Smith. He was de­scribed by the judges as “a real dres­sage prospect”.

Myspires Fider Hit (Fider­tanz x San­dro Hit), bred by owner Lianne Ver­ity, was deemed “a good-mov­ing, laid-back” three­year-old, while Vo­latis De­fi­ant (Show­maker x Stan­hopes Dueka), a nine-year-old skew­bald who is com­pet­ing at ad­vanced dres­sage, also passed. He was bred and is owned by Sacha Shaw.

The pony stal­lion Go­drics De­coy, bred by Bev­er­ley Brown of the Leam­side-based Go­drics Stud, com­pleted the list. By the stud’s pony stal­lion Dan­ger out of a mare by the former Bri­tish dres­sage team pony Cae­sar, the two-yearold “showed ex­pres­sive paces and a sup­ple jump with scope”.

Wood­lan­der Wild Love (Wild Child x For Com­pli­ment) claims both the Hanove­rian and warm­blood ti­tles Bri­tish Hanove­rian Horse Society (BHHS) and Warm­blood Breed­ers-UK (WBS-UK) stal­lion grad­ing, Home Farm, Le­ics

Sil­ver Don, by Sil­vio I, warm­blood re­serve cham­pion

Two-year-old Fascinize, by For Ro­mance, im­presses

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