2009 News


Our biggest news this issue is that our Champion Hanoverian mare "Bella Carmina" and her St Moritz colt "Hollingrove Salzburg" (Sizzle to his friends) have finally arrived safely at Hollingrove after numerous frustrating delays with the shipment's release by AQIS.

They are both thoroughly enjoying being out in a grassy paddock at last (pictured right5) despite feeling the cold somewhat, as they arrived with sleek summer coats! Bella and Sizzle have settled really well and both have lovely calm, friendly and trusting natures .  The ordeal of being transported across the world does not seem to affected them at all, and we now eagerly await Bella's next foal by Sir Donnerhall which is due early in February, hopefully it may be a filly to retain by our stud.

Sizzle has been sold to Anna Thompson of Primrose Court Warmblood Stud in Western Australia and we wish her every success with him.  We look forward to following his competition and stud career with great interest.  We have retained some nominations to him in anticipation that he will make an outstanding sire.

Hollingrove Fantine has arrived safely at her new home in Canterbury, New Zealand and her new owner Samantha Pascoe of Gurteen Stud eagerly awaits the arrival of her Dancier foal which is due in early November.

Hollingrove Dee Dee has been sold to FEI dressage rider Kerrie Kirchner from South Australia. Dee Dee has arrived safely and we wish Kerrie and her daughter Rea all the best with her, she was a favourite of ours, so it was with some regret that we parted with her,  but we are sure she will have an excellent home and competition prospects with her new owners.

On a sad note, the hugely promising dressage prospect Hollingrove Rio that was sold to Kerrie Swan-Bates from Tasmania suffered a tragically fatal paddock accident recently and despite the best veterinary care and intensive care we were not able to save him.  We offer our heartfelt condolences to Kerrie and husband Nick on their sad loss.

On a happier note, our Escudo 1/Salute filly Hollingrove Eve, Grand Prix Showjumper JF Didgeridoo's half-sister, has been broken in and shows plenty of promise for Murray Sproull who intends to campaign her in partnership with us.  We look forward to the possibility of doing some embryo transfer breeding with her in the future.

Hollingrove Contiki,  the recently decorated Champion Broodmare at the AWHA Gala Mare and Foal Show, is currently being broken in by Robert Goodwin of Windsor Farm. We plan  for Tiki to continue a dressage career with the DWTS 4 YO class in mind for 2010, and the possibility of embryo transfer breeding at a later date.



Our biggest news this issue is that our Champion Hanoverian mare “Bella Carmina” has foaled safely at Hof Bruning in Germany.  He is an exceptionally good moving and beautiful colt. (click here to see the DVD) 

Whilst there has been keen interest by Bella's previous owners/breeders to buy back this stunning foal for Colt Licensing in Germany, currently, our preferred option is to bring both home to Australia- as a colt of his quality and breeding should prove an asset in this country also. We are also very keen to have Bella safely home in our own paddocks as it is quite stressful having horses on the other side of the world and not being in charge of their care-we have found! She has been bred to Sir Donnerhall - a combination that the experts say should breed the ultimate modern dressage horse.


Meanwhile at home, having survived some anxious moments during the bushfire dramas,  our annual autumn task of weaning foals is about to start .We expect this to go smoothly, with all 8 foals friendly and sensible, already well handled and halter trained, had their feet trimmed and most having been floated a couple of times.


The Hanoverian Inspection tour visited us for the day recently-6 of the 8 foals were registered-5 into the ID section, and one Dee Dee (Dancier/Contucci) into the newly formed Pre-Stud book. She impressed Dr Wilkins greatly with her quality, beauty, friendliness and 3 outstanding paces  .He felt she would make both an outstanding competition horse and  future broodmare . Later that day, we thoroughly enjoyed the evening get together of all the Hanoverian enthusiasts at Rob and Jenny Ward's Windfern Stud in Belgrave.      

Hanoverian enthusiasts at Rob and Jenny Ward's Windfern Stud