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Ashmead Irish Sporthorses - Australian Sporthorse Breeders - Aveden Sporthorses - Belcam International - Jane Griffin - Bungaree Park - Copabella Sporthorses - Equus Australia Pty Ltd - Fairbanks Stud - 4 Aces - Jubilee Stud – Kirby Park Stud - River Ridge - Roycroft Training Stables - Victorian Showjumping Stables - Wavertree - Windurra Sporthorses - Wondaree Stud - Yalambi Farm Stud. Ashmead Irish Sporthorses Ashmead AStorm Gelding by Raffles All the research of the last 20 years by industry and independent academic bodies has repeatedly shown that optimal equine growth, soundness and nutrition is best achieved in a ‘free range’ situation. Globally with the intensive ‘hot house’ methods of raising valuable stock, problems are now seen to be arising in adult horses that relate to the unnatural upbringing. OCD – bone chips - is the most tragic of these (see article by Chris Hector, THM, October 2003) with its incidence on the increase, causing heartbreak and financial loss for people investing in these horses. After much research, we chose to cross the Irish Draught over Australasian Thoroughbreds, because of the purity of the Irish Draught gene pool, bringing you the benefits of generations of jumping excellence and temperament reliability. Stud sire RAFFLES (ISH) continues to surprise and inspire us with the quality of his progeny, which have sold all over Australia. His first crop is now three years old, and they are being broken in to start work. We have received very enthusiastic reports about their progress from ecstatic owners. Raffles was bred here by Kiltoghert Casey RID (imp. Ireland), the sire of many horses filling the ranks of Showjumping and Eventing classes everywhere, and sold internationally. Raffles’ dam was the Lots of Man mare, Kellina, very closely related to Go And Behold, Advanced Eventer AND Advanced Dressage horse who was on the WEG squad with Del Ogilvy. The mares we choose to breed from have a performance history themselves or are well-related to other significant performers. We currently have a few youngsters, rising two and three, by Raffles, as well as other Irish stallions, Coosheen Liam RID (imp Ireland) and King’s Gold (ISH) plus weanlings. Our prices reflect the absence of ‘hot-house’ intensive farming practices, bringing benefits to the buyers. We aim to make it possible for you to obtain a first class individual raised in optimum conditions at a persuasive price. Contact Kammy Cordner & Martin Hunt on 03 5775 1979 or 0403 799 795 Australian Sporthorse Breeders Proud of their youngstock The team at Australian Sporthorse Breeders embarked on a venture to bring to Australia world class jumping stock. The aim? To breed, produce and sell on the world market. Vivant was imported as a three year old in 2001. He is a rising star, now ‘B’ Grade with wins and placings at major championships. His is a stellar career in the making. One of the three mares imported in 2001, Alondra (Indorado/Emillion), is on the competition team after having a foal and already has a fan club - beautiful and athletic and a real ‘girl’. She is a very exciting prospect. This season we introduce the three year old colt Conquistador (Clinton [Corrado] / Heartbreaker / Randel Z [Ramiro ] he has a powerful, scopey jump: elastic and careful. Arriving later this year to join our broodmare and competition teams are young mares by Kannan, Cardento, Colman, Darco, Verdi, Cassini 1 and Jalisco B. With dam’s sires including Zeus, Heartbreaker, Voltaire, Papillion Rouge, Brown Boy and Grand Veneer. All chosen for their individual jumping talent, type and pedigree. The first two crops of Vivant foals are super - tall, athletic types with calm and friendly temperaments. His mares have come from a wide variety of Warmblood, Thoroughbred and Aussie performance bred backgrounds, and all the foals are typey and attractive. The future looks very bright indeed. Contact Chris and Helen Chugg Phone 02 4579 6673 Fax 02 4579 6784 Email: Aveden Sporthorses Aveden was established by Kris Bown in 1997, upon his return from attending the World Cup Finals in Geneva, with Vicky Roycroft and Michelle Lang. Having also worked for trainers such as Ulli Klatte and Rod Brown, Kris was inspired to produce Warmblood sporthorses. Pictured right: Michelle Lang & Double Cross © Julie Wilson Starting out with a Grannus II mare, and a handful of Thoroughbred jumpers / eventers, Aveden has progressed to boast a group of lovely broodmares and youngstock with lines such as Contango II, Grannus II, Aachen, Contact, Falkland, Souvenir, Sir Tristram and Vain. Standing by a ‘quality rather than quantity’ approach, the oldest stock bred are now 4 year olds beginning work under saddle. This group includes the young stallion Adagio, by Argentinus, who will enter the showjumping ring this year. Adagio was granted Oldenburg studbook eligibility as a foal, and recently passed preliminary licensing when presented before an Oldenburg Verband representative. His first crop of foals from the 2003 season are clearly purpose bred jumpers, yet with many showing talent also for dressage - as would be expected with the bloodlines available through the stud’s mares, complimenting Argentinus and Grannus. The stud also diversifies the program by including frozen semen sires, continually improving the gene pool. Now located on lush river flats south of Beaudesert, Aveden is becoming an essential checkpoint when searching for potential stars. Contact Kris Bown Oakey Ck Road, Innisplain via Beaudesert QLD Phone 07 5544 1276 Fax 07 5544 1378 Email: Belcam International A Gelding by Capone. The name Belcam International is now synonymous as a leader in producing top class Warmblood horses for the Olympic Disciplines. Not only have the Belcam horses been bred for some 20 years now, but they are performing with great success in Europe, the USA, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia, all have had the pleasure of experiencing Warmblood horses specifically bred for the highest levels of equestrian performance! With the introduction of our youngest imported Oldenburger stallion Capone, never before have we seen a stallion which has stamped his progeny with such potent strength! His pedigree boasts outstanding temperaments for great ridability, which is a must to obtain the utmost pleasure when riding and performing, as well as proven performance ability for both Dressage and Jumping. Now that the first of the Capone progeny are just under saddle, he has taken the next step in proving the passing-on of his own great capabilities. The free-jumping ability shown by the Capone youngsters has nothing short of stunned us as experienced breeders. They display amazing scope, serious attention to the jump for such a young age and most importantly, boldness and the obvious enjoyment of performing in this manner. A number of the Capone progeny have now been sold to top jumping homes including Treehaven, Laurie and Annie Lever in Vic and Arizonica Park, John and son - Darren Cole of WA to name a couple. With the Capone progeny now in the hands of top riders for all disciplines, this will give speedy results in proving him to be Australia’s future premiere sire. Capone is now in training with Belinda and leading Dressage rider, Rebecca Fenner, and is expected to be back out in competition during the 2004 season. Having Already a Novice Championship at Werribee, Capone’s break from competition was interrupted by several moves from Queensland to his new home, in the beautiful Gippsland region of Victoria. Belcam International still maintains many of its foundation mares who have borne progeny such as Belcam Glasgow, Belcam Aarchon, Belcam Gambler, Belcam Aava (Ava) just to name a few, and their daughters, by premium European stallions, are now leading the way to further improve the quality of their progeny to new heights. Belcam International is the home of a thoroughly dedicated and passionate breeding program where the aim is to continue to strive for excellence in every facet of Warmblood performance horse breeding. June 6th will see the second annual Auction for Belcam International where an outstanding selection of young horses will be presented for sale. Truly international quality progeny that will certainly follow in the footsteps of their successful proven siblings. Contact Belcam International (Belinda & Axel) 1246 Bloomfield Road, Nilma North, Vic 3821 Ph 03 5626 8550 Fax 03 5626 8510 Mob 0408 744 064 Visit or Email: Visit Belcam International Online Jane Griffin: Breeding Brilliance.... Jane Griffin & Mousetrap – inspiration for the program My mission was to breed a sire son from Brilliant Invader and Family Ties to stand for breeders here and overseas. The two foundation sires selected themselves, the quantity and quality of their progeny competing at elite levels in showjumping and eventing, was eye-catching, especially considering they were ‘re-cycled racehorses’. What could be achieved by breeding on a far more selective basis? Both stallions were aged with declining fertility, the window of opportunity was small. It needed to be done right. It now came down to selecting the mares and how to do this without data relating to performance other than the racetrack. Firstly I hunted horse shows – showjumping and eventing - and looked for standout performers, both in respect of movement, technique over a fence, and a way of going. For those that grabbed my attention, I enquired about their breeding from the owner / rider. I picked the brains of competitors, especially who had been on the circuit for some time as to the most talented and reliable bloodlines (if I was to be breeder, I did not want to deal in talented, difficult freaks, trainability was a must). Some interesting patterns began to emerge, confirming the old wisdom, what I began to call ‘substantiated folklore’. Agricola, Sir Gaylord (who gave us Sir Ivor, Sir Tristram and Cindy’s Son). The Sir Tristrams had a reputation for being difficult or hot to ride, except those by Family Ties, who were regarded as straight forward and very trainable. Blue Peter (Guy Creighton jumped almost exclusively Blue Peters), Biscay-Marscay, Blazing Sword, My Babu – Better Boy – Century, Court Martial – Wilkes – Vain, Stardust-Favored Bay. I set about putting together a small group of mares with these genes, selected on type, scope and mechanics of movement, technique and outlook when freejumping. They were ridden where-ever possible to assess their attitude and trainability. They were without exception, a lovely group of mares. Prodigy by Family Ties is the first colt Breeding Brilliance will stand, to be followed in 2005 by our Brilliant Invader colt, Windsurfer. Contact Jane Griffin 0418 689 683 or 03 5629 292 930 Bungaree Park The best of Europe are at Bungaree, mare by Carthago, foal by Rex Z Bungaree Park is a small stud focused on producing young stock of the finest European jumping quality. We recognize the high heritability of jumping technique requires both the dam and sire to have strong pedigrees. The broodmare base is the strength of any breeding enterprise, particularly with modern artificial breeding techniques. Bungaree Park boasts mares by Rex Z (dec) international Grand Prix showjumping son of ‘Mare of the Century Ratina Z, Carthago Z, Calvin Z (dec), Lux Z, Almé, Crack Z and Rabino. With these mares we can produce young stock of an excellence to match, if not exceed that of any imported showjumping bred horses. Bungaree Park remains primarily an equine reproduction centre with limited training facilities, thus we offer most of our horses as foals and yearlings aiming at affordable prices for those able to grow and train these youngsters. Bungaree Park is proud to have produced excellent young stallions now in the hands of Australian riders and breeders; Cartalmé Ego Z (Aaron Williamson), Corsica Ego Z (Rod Brown), Luxury Ego Z (George Riley), Ego Caspian (K. & V. Weir),etc. For mare owners we well recognise the expense and risk that is involved in breeding, thus the quality stallions that we stand are kept at reasonable service fees with an emphasis on assisting the mare owner to achieve a live, healthy foal. This year we are standing the Carthago Z son, Camelot Ego Z and the Calvin Z son, Celeborn Z. They represent two very different styles from which to choose, complimenting well the limited supply of excellent quality frozen semen from leading European showjumping stallions like Lux Z and our newly established ‘French Connection’. With the assistance of Arnaud Evain, Bungaree is proud to be the Australian representatives for Groupe France Elevage, a group of French breeders in the famed Normandy region of France. In association with GFE, we are proud to present four of the world’s great jumping sires on a live foal guarantee basis! The stallions are Barbarian – a winner in Aachen and a member of the French jumping team. Cabdula du Tillard, who is setting new records for success with his progeny in the French Cycle Classique, Fetiche du Pas, a Fontainebleau winner himself, and now the sire of exceptional progeny, Mr Blue, an international Grand Prix star and already a leading sire of winners with only three generations in the sport! At Bungaree, we not only breed great horses, but we pride ourselves on our mastery of the art of breeding with frozen semen. We can offer you – and your vet - expert advice on the use of our semen, or you can send your mare to us, to get her safely in foal. Contact Bungaree Park PO Box 138, Moruya NSW 2537 Phone 02 44744 141 Fax 02 44745141 Email: Copabella Sporthorses Copabella Visage shows his style Copabella was established in 1997 by Alan and Lesley Hargreaves upon their return to Australia after some twenty years living abroad. Initially the focus was on breeding Thoroughbreds for racing, but the family has also been involved in equestrian training and competition for many years. They had brought home from America the very successful showjumping and dressage mare, Toddingham, and the aim became to reproduce her one-in-a-million talent as well. The search for the ideal husband ultimately led to the importation of up and coming superstar, Copabella Visage, who has been a busy boy on all fronts since he arrived last September. Not only is Toddy happily in foal on the Hargreaves’ property in Arcadia, so are three more well-bred mares, and quite a few others dotted right around Australia as well. A wonderful example of the modern Warmblood sporthorse, Visage has great bone, an athletic frame, superior paces and movement, and an intelligent, calm, trainable temperament. But it was his breathtaking jumping ability that first got Vicki Roycroft’s attention when she saw him in Europe in 2003. Now in training at Mt White with Vicki, he has not disappointed her or anyone who has had anything to do with him. Within a few months, Visage had been crowned Champion Five-Year-Old and Champion of Champions at the Young Horse Dressage and Jumping with the Stars in December, 2003, by highly respected judges, Australian Olympian Gavin Chester and Arnaud Evain from France. He also pointed himself out of D Grade, and promptly went on to win his first C Grade class by seconds. He has already been placed on the Development Squad, Aiming for Aachen, and Vicki believes he’s got a very good chance of getting them there too! Contact Lesley Hargreaves - Copabella Sporthorses Ph 02 9653 1993 Mob 0417 663 027 Fax 029653 2239 Email Website Visit Copabella Online Equus Australia Pty Ltd Rod Brown and Vita, a mare from stud matriach, Westend Evita Equus Australian and its directors, John McMillan and Rod Brown have been leading Bloodstock Agents for Equestrian Competition horses since the early 1980s, exporting many hundreds of high level Showjumpers. Unable to buy truly exceptional jumpers in Australia, they embarked on a high level breeding program in the early nineties based on the best bloodlines available anywhere in the world. The brilliant Westend Evita (who represented Australia at the Seoul Olympics and the World Championships) was the initial broodmare and selected progeny of hers are keeping her genes in the breeding program. The philosophy of the stud is simple – breeding alone is not enough – every sire and every broodmare used must have been a quality jumper themselves – no exceptions! We believe that this combined with proven bloodlines will produce the highest probability of breeding a top performer. Rod’s experience as Australian Champion Olympic Finalist and Australian Team Coach has given him enormous experience to view and evaluate potential sires and the availability of frozen semen has allowed us to use the true aristocracy of showjumping bloodlines. We currently have young horses by such greats as Carthago Z, Lux Z and Calvaro Z (who all jumped at Sydney 2000) as well as Cruising, and the legendary Voltaire. Our Australian bloodlines include Imperial Seal, Souvenir, Black Pampas, Sir Tristram, Landscape, Camillo, Aachen, Sky High, Zadkine, etc. The Australian sires we have used include Ego (this year’s winner of the World Cup), Jubilee Bay, Vivant and the imported Trakehner, Trak. Unlike many studs our horses are out there performing at shows every week – just as their parents did. We have horses of all levels for sale, and semen is available at very reasonable prices. If you wish to see horses jumping rather than just paraded, feel free to call in and have a look. We would be proud to show you what our horses can do. Rod Brown - 02 4376 1444, John McMillan - 02 4376 1443. Springs Rd, Kulnura NSW Fairbanks Stud A fine foal by Fairbanks Catargo. Fairbanks Stud, situated in the Gold Coast hinterland, follows a long tradition of breeding rearing and competing horses. Our principle aim is to breed, raise and train purpose bred competition horses for the Olympic disciplines. The use of frozen semen and carefully selected broodmares will help us to achieve this goal. Fairbanks consists of 83 acres of improved pastures, a 60 x 20 metre indoor arena and 24 stables. Also housed under the one roof is: a fully equipped laboratory for the processing of fresh, chilled or frozen semen, crushes for ultrasound inspection of resident and incoming mares during the breeding season, a phantom (or dummy) for the collection of semen. This semen is then processed for various applications such as direct insemination (fresh), for transport (chilled), or for storage and or transportation purposes (frozen). We also provide a range of services at Fairbanks, which include: the insemination of your mare by a qualified technician, collection of semen from your stallion for the purpose of freezing or chilling, or entrance into our studbook “FWQ Warmblood Studbook”. Our stables constantly house a supply of top quality competition horses and young stock, should you be in the market to purchase a horse. We also provide training (horse or rider) and assistance with the sale of your horse. We are regularly producing super competition horses, like Fairbanks Golo (Gelriano - Hidden Emotions). This stunning chestnut gelding and his rider Jytte Ryden are members of the Queensland Young Riders Squad and are currently competing at official Novice level where they have achieved numerous wins and places. Fairbanks Gangster (Grannus II - Flush On). Together with his rider Jayden Brown, Fairbanks Gangster is the latest addition to the Queensland Young Riders Squad competing in official Novice competitions with wins and placings to their credit. Fairbanks Gangster is also direct half brother to International Show jumping prospect Fairbanks Capone. Capone (Contango II - Flush On XX) is the first Fairbanks bred horse to compete at International level, having represented Australia at the 2002 trans Tasman Jumping series in New Zealand. Already at this young age he is showing potential to go further on an International career with many wins and placings at World Cup shows. . Another jumping star is Fairbanks Catargo (Indoctro IMP Frozen Semen - Fairbanks Game Girl) This exciting young stallion is just starting his competition career in showjumping. One of the biggest highlights to date is the awarding of Supreme Champion Warmblood Exhibit at the 2003 Brisbane Royal Show. For more information visit or phone / fax 07 5543 0275 Visit Fairbanks Online 4 Aces - (Eva de Richebourg and Bjorn Svardson) Cardento was part of the Swedish medal winning team at Jerez 4ACES is representing Flyinge– Swedish National Stud and is able to offer breeders in Australia and New Zealand the same World Class Stallions and The Best Terms! The semen is available at all times and in fact, you only pay a Booking Fee plus your Vet costs etc. for the Flyinge stallions, until your mare is in foal. Should the mare, for some reason, fail to become pregnant after 4 inseminations there is NO SEMEN FEE! 4ACES offers some of the most exciting jumping stallions in the world. CARDENTO 933 ( Sire: Capitol 1, Dam: B-Estelle, Grand Sire: Lord, G Grand Sire: Ladykiller xx) Cardento is currently right at the top of top showjumping stallions, both in his own performance and as a sire of top class progeny. Cardento was the determining factor of the Swedish Team Silver at Jerez WEG and he is consistently winning international competitions, including World Cups. CARDENTO is simply one of the most talented and reliable horses in the world. His dream temperament and good looks make him as close to perfect as one can ever hope for. He is in full training for the Athens Olympics at this moment and we do expect a medal! EMMERTON 1024 ( Sire: Emilion, Dam: Lersinaa by Nimmerdor, GrandSire: Lucky Boy xx, and Ladykiller xx behind Ramihra, the Dam of Emilion). With bloodlines of the very highest quality EMMERTON was the unmatched total winner of his 70-day classification tests at Adelheidsdorf in 2001- out of 37 stallions! Showjumping bloodlines like Nimmerdor, Dersinaa (Dam of Highlight), Lucky Boy xx and Ladykiller xx have given FLYINGE and Peter Eriksson yet another top class stallion to their star filled stables. Emmerton is a very big boy and has now matured into a most elegant stallion with the “coolest” temperament and superb attitude to his showjumping as well as his breeding career. EMMERTON will be a hot tip for a medal at the Beijing Olympics. 4ACES also have the legendary Riding Pony POWER BOY RP 112, who apart from an overwhelming number of dressage offspring with Bundeschampionat winners, also has sired many, many winners of RP Showjumping and RP Eventing as well as RP Driving. An absolute phantom, who keeps producing top progeny for any discipline. His semen is also packed with power! Welcome to the 4 ACES smorgasbord of Top Class International Stallions – next month we will tell you about some of the fabulous dressage horses we have for season 2004 – 2005. For details visit Phone 03 5264 1418 Fax 03 5264 1672 or email Visit 4 Aces Online Jubilee Stud The Jubilee Bays can jump and move and they look good as well. This colt was sold to China. Quality not quantity. We breed a few of our own foals each year, but we do use exceptional broodmares – A grade showjumpers. Jubilee Bay was an outstanding competitor himself with an amateur lady rider. Trak was imported (and is still owned) by some of the most knowledgeable riders in Australia – Olympians Rod Brown and George Sanna, along with John McMillan. Trak’s exceptional canter and jumping technique are being passed on consistently to his offspring, along with his amazing temperament, making him the ideal sire for performance horses. Both stallions have had mares sent to them by several showjumping and eventing Olympians – you could ask for no better endorsement. Progeny from both stallions have proven themselves in all forms of competition. Jubilee Bay and Trak progeny have been sold overseas. The exceptional temperaments of these stallions shows in the progeny – Jubilee Bay has several offspring starring in the Pony Club arena, and Trak is used over Victoria Police Mounted Branch mares. We take pride in being able to offer an excellent service for our clients. All mares are treated as individuals and as a result we have an extremely high pregnancy success rate which of course, is very important. Contact Les and Michele Denham Ph/Fax 03 5264 5228 Mobile 0407 681 462 Email: Kirby Park Stud - Megan Jones Kirby Park, Hallmark, Australiam representative at the World Championships in France.. Kirby Park Stud is 11 years old this year and we are very excited and proud of what we have bred. We have been carefully breeding trainable, light weight, athletic Irish Sport Horses for eventing and the key to our success has been the quality of our founding Thoroughbred mares. Two of them are grand daughters of the great Without Fear who goes back to Nasrullah. The third is grand daughter to Vain who also goes back to Nasrullah. Elite listed Kirby Park Irish Jester is proof of all of these traits, proving himself to be a quality 4 star eventer. He is fast, careful and trainable; he has only been going for 4 years from being broken in. We are very proud to be taking him over to Badminton CCI**** this year to take on the best in the world. The others we bred early on were sold to young (13 and 14 years old) students of mine as just broken 5 year olds and these girls have been able to educate these youngsters and are now going 2 star and 3 star very safely on their athletic Irish Sport Horses. We have a very good band of seven mares with plenty of jumping blood, and 3 lovely stallions. We have 4 star eventer, Kirby Park Irish Hallmark’s full sister, a full sister to Wendy Schaffer’s 4 star eventer Riverside Othello, an Irish mare by Wrestwood Neptune, an “A” grade show jumping mare and the list goes on. Our stallions represent a broad band of types of horses. Our Thoroughbred stallion, Kirby Park Nantamboo goes back to Comic Court and Goldbine, he has amazing softness and balance both in his movement and his jump, he is just 16hh so he is perfect for our big Irish mares. Everything he has on the ground is incredible. Our two Irish stallions are very different types. Irish Jordan is out of a double crossed Without Fear and double crossed Hyperion mare by Irish Enough who is by McCartney. He is very much in the mould of Irish Jester, they have the same sire and Jester’s dam is Jordan’s grand dam. He is very sharp like Jester and is stamping all his progeny with his great movement and athletic jump, looks like I’m going to be able to breed some more Jesters! Wrestwood Neptune is more Irish Hallmark’s type, not as huge but the same bone; he is a more traditional Irish Sport Horse type. He was imported from the Welton Stud in the UK to WA as a yearling by Sir Harry Mallet who owned Neptune’s dam, who is a full-sister to Ginny Leng’s European Eventing champion, Priceless – and by the super sire of eventers, Ben Fairie. Neptune is by one of the most successful eventing sires of all time, Welton Louis, so he has a depth of successful eventing history running through his veins. His full brother is Welton Ambassador and half brother is Welton Envoy, winner of the Kentucky CCI**** 2000 with Blyth Tait. At Kirby Park Stud we are committed to breeding the best eventers possible. Whatever the mare we have her perfect match. And if you’re not sure about breeding your own we have a small selection of amazing youngsters, we are about quality not quantity. For more information phone Kirby Park Stud on 08 8388 1101 River Ridge (Andrew Inglis and Jenny Sheppard) Andrew Inglis & Mr Burns have their sights set on Athens. How close can you go? Sydney-based jumping breeder and rider, Andrew Inglis, has had plenty of close encounters during his illustrious career. The most memorable for him no doubt being his ‘nearly made it’ reserve rider status at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, but the best known being his Grand Prix show jumping partner of many years, the aptly named and well performed Holstein stallion, Close Encounters. Close Encounters now stands at River Ridge Equestrian Park and Stud at Wilberforce, on the outskirts of Sydney. From this magnificent property on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Andrew trains jumping riders and horses of all levels. While training Grand Prix level horses, Andrew also works with his homebred youngsters by Close Encounters, to prepare them for their competition careers. The Athens 2004 Olympics are right in Andrew’s sights this year as he ‘burns’ his way towards selection for Australia’s one and only show jumping berth. Andrew will be taking his talented Aussie TB jumping partner, Mr Burns, to Europe shortly, in a concerted campaign to cement his place as Australia’s most consistently performed show jumper. While working hard towards securing additional sponsorship for this journey, Andrew is also clearing all his young stock on hand in a bid to raise much-needed funds. So take advantage of this opportunity and give him a call to talk about a potential dressage or show jumping star, sired by Close Encounters. If you could help Andrew and Mr Burns get to Athens - and they’d certainly appreciate it – your contribution, no matter how small, can be paid via cheque or EFTPOS to the “Get Mr Burns to Athens” fund with the ANZ Bank. (BSB 012874 a/c no 5930 73079) Woman’s Day magazine has generously started the fund. Please contact Andrew Inglis for more information: Tel 02 4579 8039 Mobile 0428 546 083 or visit Visit River Ridge Online Roycroft Training Stables Another quality foal by the super young sire Premier des Hayettes. It is no surprise to see Concorde take the place of his illustrious sire, Voltaire, in the World Breeding Federation Top Ten Jumping Sires of the Year. Many experts predict the Concorde will be an even more important sire than Voltaire, who will still be one of the all time greats. Concorde’s dam, Flyer produced SIX international jumpers – she was by the great sire, Marco Polo. As of season 2001 Concorde had already sired 17 grand prix competitors, and thirty licensed stallion sons! Premier is out of an equally famous mare, Calbonny by the legendary Dutch stallion, Nimmerdor and out of the Grand Prix showjumper, Albonnie Z (by Almé) who was in turn out of the international jumper, Bonnie Alice. Premier’s half brother – Mozart des Hayettes (Papillon Rouge-Calbonny) won the French AND the World Six Year Old championship in 2002. Premier (Errol to his mates) has already won two World Cup classes and is proving himself as a sire. Every foal on the ground has been stamped with his bay, stunning good looks and quality conformation. Francois Mathy described Errol’s dam line as “One of the best jumping families in Europe”. With this superior breeding, unbelievable jumping technique, soundness and trainability, there is no comparable stallion in Australia. Congratulations to Sam Lyle, Sean Cooper, David and Elsa Willis, and many other satisfied clients on the successful arrival of their Errol babies. Contact Vicki Roycroft Phone 02 4370 1162 Mobile 0418 432 842 Fax 02 4370 1197 Email: Victorian Showjumping Stables Cruising Down Under wins at Jumping with the Stars 2003 Stud Philosophy As we are a competition stable, any stallion that stands here must compete. To have a great bloodline is essential, but to be able to consistently prove themselves during the ultimate test of competition, is paramount. Only in the arena are we truly testing a stallion’s temperament, rideability, technique, and the most important ingredient of all, “genuine carefulness”, the definitive ingredient of a superstar. Sires that we use must display these attributes; such a stallion is Cruising. His record is undeniably outstanding, and he is now proving to be a sire of both international showjumper and eventers. Our “failing” as a stud, is that successful competition stallions become very marketable, the temptation to sell them overseas is extreme. Our advice to breeders, is to use them while you can! Russell & Melanie Johnstone Victorian Showjumping Stables Thomas Road, Whittlesea VIC. Ph 03 9716 2229 Mobile 0408 039 756 Visit VIC SJ Stables Online Wavertree - Australia’s Selle Français Stud Ideal de Valette -representing the best of French bloodlines. Since the amazing success of the four Selle Français stallions at the recent World Championships in Jerez, Spain there has been increasing interest in the French bred horse in Australia. That interest is growing every time Jeff Brookfield competes on the spectacularly scopey Ideal de Valette, a Selle Français owned by Andrew Lupton. The young stallion was a sensation in the prestigious Wentworth Futurity at Australia’s premier jumping competition, the Tempo Show, where he won the class from one of the toughest fields ever to compete. Bloomfield, an experienced Olympic and World Championship rider, considers Ideal de Valette the best young horse he has ever ridden. Ideal de Valette is the perfect cross being by one of the greatest jumping sires ever – Voltaire, who combines illustrious French blood from his sire Furioso II and the best of the German jumpers in his dam sire, Gotthard. Ideal de Valette is out of a mare by one of the immortals of French breeding, Almé. You don’t have to travel to France to find the best French blood – it is here, and better still, proving in the jumping arena that he is more than a ‘paper’ superstar. Ideal de Valette is the real thing and he, and his progeny, will demonstrate how a top Selle Français can benefit showjumping in Australia.

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