MANY of the leading names in sport horse breeding descended on Cheshire for the Harthill Stud Breeding and Elite Sport Horse Seminar and Workshop. This two day event was the brainchild of Nina Barbour, Harthill Stud partner with leading event rider Oliver Townend and also the name behind the much heralded Bolesworth CSI**** International which takes place this June.
Designed to develop open discussion with leading industry experts and to benefit the breeding industry in the UK, the event was supported by HORSESCOUT, Stallion AI Services, Elite Stallions, IFX – International Foreign Exchange, Equiline and Gain Horse Feeds.
The evening seminar was held at Carden Park Hotel and included such eminent speakers as Sarah Stoneham BVSc Cert ESM MRCVS of Cheshire Equine Clinic, GB No 1 event rider Oliver Townend, leading showjumper and Billy Stud partner William Funnell, Enda Carroll of Ashford Farm Sports Horses, Paul Hendrix of Dutch Sport Horse Sales and leading KWPN stallion inspector Arie Hamoen.
The evening also included the launch of the Bolesworth CSI**** International Elite Auction – set to be a future star studded affair on June 19, with 12 of the most well-bred yearlings across the UK and Europe showcased and available to purchase. During a packed evening a wide range of topics were covered with the audience of more than 250 breeding professionals and supporters asking a host of questions.
Said Nina Barbour: “We wanted to share our vision at Harthill Stud on breeding world class sport horses for show jumping and eventing and having access to well-known names in the industry helped to make the evening a great success.”
Added Oliver: “When looking for future top-level horses it is so important they are an athlete, have a brain and have the stamina required. When deciding on at what stallions to use I go for those where I have ridden their progeny.”
During the discussions William Funnell said: “The mare is paramount and we now select elite broodmares and strive to be better all the time. It is important to be honest about your broodmare stock and ask yourself are they the best you can source.”
When asked how he recognises a potential superstar Paul Hendrix replied: “We start to jump the youngsters as yearlings, really watch the way they canter and carry themselves and their first reaction to a pole. Judging them at an early stage, while also recognising where their development should be as they grow and develop is key.”
On the topic of cloning Arie Hamoen was vociferous with his answer: “Cloning is not breeding, it is not progressive, it is looking backwards not forwards to the future.” Following this fantastic evening, more than 200 breeding devotees made their way to Harthill Stud for a morning workshop headed by Nina, Paul and Arie, hosted by commentator Ed Holloway, who had also done a great job the previous evening, and supported by Oliver and William Whitaker rider of the stallion Arkol, owned by the stud.
A fascinating morning included a parade of the Harthill Stud stallions, Ramiro B, Power Blade, and Utah Van Erpekon, standing at the stud this season.
Different examples of broodmares and youngstock including yearlings through to four-year-olds were discussed by the expert panel before Oliver and William explained what they look for in future top horses and showed their talent over a course of fences riding horses including Cooley SRS and Arkol.
Rounding off another highly successful event everyone was invited back to Bolesworth Castle for a fabulous lunch.
For more information contact Harthill Stud on 01829 720775 or visit www.harthillstud.com