2010 News



Plenty has been happening at Hollingrove since the last news update  and possibly the most exciting news is that we purchased 2 impeccably bred fillies at the Hanoverian Elite Foal Auction in August, with the expert assistance of well known trainer and regular visitor to Australia Joern Kubelke, bidding for us at the auction. Both fillies are from State Premium mares with exceptional pedigrees, they are outstanding movers and super types making it too difficult to choose between the two, resulting in us buying both!  Dream of Romance is a liver chestnut by the flash movement producing  Blue Hors sire Don Romantic from a  Londonderry/Weltmeyer mare (the pictures below were taken of a DVD camera so are not great quality, but they give an idea of the filly's quality.



The other filly Amaris, is jet black and by the exciting Dutch owned sire Ampere from a Donnerhall/Weltmeyer mare. Plans at this stage, are for the pair to stay in Germany to attend mare shows and performance testing prior to importation to Australia.


We managed to cram a huge amount of horse related activities into our 18 day visit of Germany ... starting with the Rastede Oldenburg Horse Days where we watched  Bundeschampionat Qualifier Classes for dressage, showjumping and eventing, Dressage and Showjumping up to Grand Prix and the Annual Oldenburger Mare Show.


Then we attended the Hanoverian Summer Riding Horse Auction in Verden where we fell in love with the most beautiful moving Rascalino mare-unfortunately we were losing bidders on her and she was sold to the Russian Federation.  This made us decide to use Rascalino frozen semen this season, as we had  seen several exceptional riding horses with this breeding and it seems that he is producing the goods in his offspring ... as well as his own successful career.  We watched him competing in Prix St Georges and Inter1 classes at the large northern regional show at Elmlohe and he seems a delightfully obliging character with lots of ability-just the sort of horse we wish to breed!


We also saw good performances from the stallions Damsey, Dancier, Licosto and Karolinger at this show.  It is so good to see stallions that have the pedigree behind them but also possess the temperament, trainability and movement to go out to these very busy shows and behave so well ! It is a credit to their owners and riders ... and a great opportunity for us to research Hollingrove's future matings.


As well as catching up with our German horse breeder friends, we got to meet the well known breeders of our top mare Bella Carmina, Nicole and Frank Pistner.  We spent the day with Kurt and Ingrid Struck, breeders of our Santa Fe as well as His Highness and many other successful Hanoverians,


We visited Hof Bruning and spent a delightful night at their beautiful hotel, and made quick visits to Bockmanns, PSI, Celle, Adelheisdorf, NRW Warendorf, Gronwoldorf & Belissimo M and Blickpunkt at Schmidts.


The final few days of our trip finished back at that wonderful horse town Verden for the 
Hewart van der Decken Show -the Championship Mare show for Hanoverians where we caught 
up with several of our Australian Hanoverian breeder friends and helped cheer along Jane and 
Peter Bartram's delightful Herzensdieb 3 yo filly to a second place in the qualifying rounds. 
The next 4 days were filled with the World Young Dressage and Show Jumping Horse 
Championships where, again, Australia was represented, this time with the lovely moving Sandro 
Hit gelding Summersby owned by John and Sharon Potter. 
It was very pleasing for us to see the young horse classes well represented by progeny 
of stallions either that we are using or whom our mares are sired by, including Sir Donnerhall, 
Fidertanz, Desperados, Belissimo M and Sandro Hit- the modern type of beautiful, scopy, 
elastic horses with excellent rideablity that fill the eye with their presence and uphill way 
of going! Exciting Grand Prix and PSG Dressage classes  as well as non-stop Showjumping 
classes and plenty of retail therapy from the huge tradestand area filled the rest of our 
days from the 7.30 am starts until 8 or 9 pm at night so that it was a relief to fall into 
our beds at night!

We feel that it is essential to a successful sport horse breeding programme to make these regular visits to personally inspect stallions prior to breeding to them to ensure they have all the traits you expect as it is impossible to detect conformation and temperament flaws on videos alone. It is gratifying that progeny of the stallions we use are doing exceptionally well both in competition and in the auction ring. Pictured above right is Bruce relaxing outside Hans-Heinrich Bruning's gorgeous hotel.



So far this season we have 2 beautiful filly foals- first to arrive was the embryo transfer Royal Oak11/HG Dreamtime and she is everything you could wish for-a tall, elegant filly with a star ,stripe and snip and four lovely even white socks, and seems to have inherited Dreamy's super suspension!


Above - Acorn pictured on October 3rd.
Right - Acorn enjoys some outside activity.



HG Fallon produced a Sir Donnerhall brown or bay filly, again with a star, stripe and snip with three white socks. Pic right - first hours ... Below - a few weeks later.


Unfortunately we lost HG Dreamtime's  2008 Dancier black colt to a dreaded Redbag delivery - the first and hopefully the last time we see one of those.


We still await another 3 foals in the next couple of months.



We were thrilled to get a San Amour embryo from Bella Carmina (imp). She is to be bred to Quarterback and will carry her foal this time.  Santa Fe (imp) is also on an ET programme and we eagerly await her last season's ET Dancier foal, due in early January.


Our three 2yo Fillies are really starting to bloom - gone is the straggly yearling look- now they are maturing into really lovely horses- nearly ready to move on to the next stage of gently starting.  Time goes so quickly!


Our imported in utero yearling colt Hollingrove Sorrento by Sir Donnerhall from Bella Carmina has been sold to repeat HG client Kristy Birse, as a stallion prospect and we look forward to following the progress of this exceptional quality colt. Kristy is thrilled with the nature of her first HG purchase HG Flashdance by Fidertanz from HG Dreamtime and says that he is growing into a stunning big boy!


It is great to see HG Dreamtime's first colt HG Surreal by Sirocco (dec) out competing successfully in 4yo Young Horse classes for his owner Debbie McGann in Qld. - they are pictured right.


By next update we should have lots more baby photos to share with you, so come back to visit us regularly. 




Plenty has been happening at Hollingrove over the past few months with the stud busy getting mares in foal, including two exciting embryo transfers, and more planned next season with our three imported mares. We are now expecting seven foals for the coming season by sires Dancier, Desperados, Sir Donnerhall, Royal Oak 11, Shiraz Black and Furst Love - with any luck, there should be some black foals amongst them! This season's Sir Donnerhall foal Hollingrove Sorrento from Bella Carmina certainly surprised us by being black!  Go to our Foal Page to see him! He is looking great- leggy, elegant and pretty, amazing movement with plenty of knee action and a friendly, confident nature. We were thrilled that he received a Top Ten Foal on Tour award from Dr Ludwig Christmann of the Hanoverian Verband Germany and it was a privilege to be invited to attend the annual Hanoverian Society dinner at the recent CDI in Sydney to accept the award.

Bella Carmina's St Moritz colt Salzburg arrived safely and has settled in well at his new home Primrose Court Stud in WA owned by Anna Thompson, and is wowing visitors with his amazing movement!

Hollingrove Highwayman  - pictured top right (His Highness x H.Fantine) has been sold to well known FEI rider Lisa Martin of Scone NSW and has settled in well at his new Hunter Valley home. Sam Pascoe, Gurteen Stud, New Zealand new owner of his mother H.Fantine, reports she has foaled a spectacular dark brown colt with plenty of white markings by Dancier - pictured below right.



Plans are nearly complete for our tour to Germany this July/August.

We arrive just prior the annual Oldenburger Mare Show at Rastede- a massive event we believe, over about 4 days which includes most forms of horse competitions including FEI and Young Horse dressage and show jumping as well as the breed show. We then head to Verden for the Hanoverian Summer Auction, before catching up with friends for a few days and visiting various studs, including Celle to check out their new/young stallions in order to make decisions on semen for the coming season. We feel it is most important to personally check over stallions and their progeny, if possible, watch them under saddle, as well as gather as much information about their temperaments, training characteristics etc from talking to their riders and staff at the studs before investing our money, time and effort in breeding to stallions that you have only seen on a video or even just in a photo, as many Australian breeders must do.

Our tour finishes at the World Young Dressage and Showjumping Horse Championships in Verden, a must see event for serious performance horse breeders, where we expect to catch up with plenty of Aussies and well as the many friends that we have made from our previous visits to Germany. Hopefully we will get to see the Australian horse Summersby owned by John Potter and bred by Frank and Nicole Pistner, the same breeders as our mare Bella Carmina , compete in the 6 year old class. By the time we return home it will not be long before the first foals start to arrive!


Written by Berni Saunders, Cyberhorse

Hollingrove Stud  ... congratulations all round!
January 2010 has got off to a very good start for Hollingrove Stud's Bruce and Debbie Williams, who could not have been more pleased with the achievements of their outstanding imported mare Lady De Luxe.  She won class No 0642 -  Mare (dry), 4 years old and over and went on top become the Champion Led Mare or Filly.  Lady De Luxe was imported from Germany by the Victorian State Dressage Coach and Australian Olympian, Mary Hanna ... and is by the outstanding Hanoverian stallion Londonderry.  The well conformed mare with the looks of a show horse and world class movement is set to make her contribution to the future generations of Australian bred Hanoverian (http://www.hanoverian.org.au)  horses.

Bruce and Debbie have a number of imported mares and their breeding program see these wonderful mare sent to the best performed international stallions.  Hollingrove horses have made their mark in the show ring and as top level performance horses - Lady De Luxe will be served (frozen semen) by the outstanding black Hanoverian stallion Royal Classic and this mating is sure to produce something very special.  Debbie said, "We were thrilled with our beautiful mare and most acknowledge the fantastic job done by her handler Harold Hartnett.  The Judge was well know Victorian show horse rider and producer, Karen Fisher and she looked for quality and movement in her Champions."

Just days after Lady De Luxe's special achievements comes some very good news from the breeding paddocks at Hollingrove Stud - the safe arrival of a jet black colt from Bella Carmina  (Bellissimo M)  who was purchased by Bruce and Debbie Williams at the 2009 Elite Hanoverian Foal and Broodmare Sale in Verden, Germany in 2008.  The black 1 day old Sir Donnerhall colt born on the 27th January is already shows the stamp of his respected performance sire Sandro Hit.

Debbie said, "We are delighted with the quality of the horses we are breeding at Hollingrove and gratified to see the Australian enthusiast with a greater appreciation for the European Performance Testing and classification process.  It costs as much to raise and train a horse with only a small chance of reaching the top.  Both Bruce and I are riders and understand that it is so much better to start with a youngster that has decades of proven performances in the pedigree as so much of what makes a good horse is highly heritable and can be predicted when you breed from proven family lines!"