Sir Mark Todd “Over and Out”
The Man, the legend and his International Eventing Career
The 28th of July 2019 will be a day marked both in eventing and New Zealand’s sporting history – it was the day that the 63 year old, Sir Mark James Todd, announced that he was for the very final time giving up eventing. We take a look back at the outstanding career of one of eventing’s greatest living legends.
The Burghley Young Horse Event Horse Series
Shaping the sport of Championship Level Eventing
The Burghley Young Event horse series started nearly 30 years ago in 1990. In that time, it has not only raised the profile of the sport of eventing at a national level, it has also helped to shape many Championship and FEI three-day-event winning horses.
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The 2019 Badminton Horse Trials Breeding Review
Badminton 2019 will be one that many will remember for years as Piggy French won her first CCI5* in front of an extremely supportive home crowd aboard the mare Vanir Kamira.
In this latest Insights Article we take an in-depth look at the pedigrees of Badminton’s top 16 horses and ask the following questions:
How important was Thoroughbred breeding?
What impact did the use of show jumping sires have on the leading horses?
Which countries did the leading horses originate from?
Which was the best performing stud book?
What the British can do to leverage future CCI5* successes
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The 2019 Land Rover Kentucky CCI5* Three Day Event Breeding Review
This years Kentucky had an impressive list of International horses along with some CCI5* first timers including Felix Zogg and his 2018 WEG partner Colero.
We reviewed the percentage of Thoroughbred blood in all of the first 12 finishing horses, the statistics surprised us all very much here in the office. Download the article to find out why. We provide a full breakdown of the scores and look at what makes Cooley Master Class such a beautifully bred horse at this level.
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Looking for the next generation of Full Thoroughbred sires for event horse and show horse breeding
In recent years the demand for full Thoroughbred sires has increased in event and show horse breeding, but the availability and marketing of full Thoroughbred sires has not kept pace with the demand.
We take a look at: influential Thoroughbreds in event horse breeding, the Thoroughbred sires who shaped event horse breeding at championship level, picking the right Thoroughbred as a sports horse sire, what makes the perfect thoroughbred for eventing and showing? And take a look at our list of the best Thoroughbred stallions for eventing and showing.
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Eventing Sires that Shaped Team GBR: Cavalier Royale
The Irish based continental jumping sire who helped shape Great Britain’s Eventing Team from European Championships to the Olympics.
Foaled in 1978 the 17hh brown stallion was originally born in the Netherlands but eventually moved to Ireland. Nicholas O’Hare of the Irish Horse magazine described Cavalier Royale, as “the most successful Continental stallion to stand in Ireland”.
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Eventing Sires that Shaped Team GBR: Ben Faerie II
The little legend who made the most enormous impact on Team GBR eventing.
In this second article about Ben Faerie, who was one of the most prolific eventing sires that helped shape Team GBR at Championship level, we review the smallest, but immensely successful dual gold medal winning son of Ben Faerie, Another Fred, who was just 15hh.
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Eventing Sires that Shaped Team GBR: Ben Faerie
The little legend who made the most enormous impact on Team GBR eventing.
The full Thoroughbred Ben Faerie was foaled in 1968 having been bred in the UK by William Hatton. He was bought at Ascot Sales by Diana Scott for the sum of £250 to stand at her stud to breed hunters initially and then sports horses. Ben Faerie sired several of Great Britain’s most cherished championship level medal winning horses including both the European Championship gold medal winners Priceless and Nightcap II. Seventeen years after his death he was still rated the fifth best event sire of all time. Read our review of Ben Faeries prestigious bloodline and his impact on British Eventing.
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Sport horse breeding and HMRC: the increasing rise in tax investigations
In the last two years, an increasing number of equestrian businesses in particular studs have had an increase in enquiries from HMRC into their status as loss making. Many studs in the UK are run by successful business people who run other non-equestrian businesses and offset their stud’s losses against the tax paid on their other enterprises. Find out what questions HMRC are asking and how to protect your stud from investigations.
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Do we need full or nearly full Thoroughbreds for Championship Level Eventing?
In our breeding review of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 find out if full or nearly full Thoroughbreds are necessary for championship level eventing success. Our detailed review of the top 10 horses at WEG reveals the percentage Thoroughbred breeding per horse and the overall average Thoroughbred blood in the top 10.
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The FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 Breeding Review
The 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon in the USA was an outstanding success for success for Team GB’s Eventing team taking both the team and individual gold medals. Competitors had to endure the challenges brought about by storm Florence disrupting the original programme along with performing in extreme heat.
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Feeding the Weanling and Beyond - Saracen’s Horse Feed Guest Author
With the autumn now firmly set in, breeders thoughts turn to weaning their 2018 foals and giving them the best start in life as they take their first steps away from their dams. The team at Insights talked to Steph George at Saracen Horse Feeds about the challenges of feeding weanlings, some new discoveries on how weanlings digest their food and how to set up weanlings for the future.
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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2018 - Breeding Review
With event horse breeding becoming more planned and strategically approached at a senior level, this report reviews the breeding of the Land Rover Burghley 2018 CCI4* horses who completed the full three phases of this impressive event.
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Eventing Super Heroes
What makes an event horse with 1000 or more points?
What is an eventing super hero? We look at the event horses who have competed under British eventing rules who have achieved a thousand British eventing points, or more.
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Gemini Stud Insights Newsletter August 2018
Clones, Geldings and Brothers more than just stallions in the selection of sires for eventing.
The way the sports horse industry is marketing the potential sires for breeding is changing and this can be seen more prominently than ever in the sport of eventing. Advances in technology and investment in equine reproduction coupled with rising values in event horses mean that breeders now have a greater access to the world’s best pedigrees. To date, marketing of these has been sporadic and there some areas that are causing misunderstanding by the provision of incomplete information.
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Gemini Stud Insights Newsletter July 2018
Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS)
European breeders, stallion owners, and producers of warmblood horses, more commonly dressage horses, have experienced a wave of concern over a condition in horses that is new to many horse owners and veterinarians; WFFS.
WFFS is caused by a single mutation in the PLOD1 gene in horses; there is a similar syndrome in humans called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
How does it present itself?
This hereditary condition has been known to vets in the USA for a considerable period. Foals can be born prematurely and often with significant abnormalities. The most drastic in newborn foals are skin abnormalities such as skin that is too elastic, that easily tears and wounds, that ‘just’ arise, along with the hyperextension of joints. Usually the foals are not viable and have to be put to sleep.
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