Hollingrove Stud once again enjoyed considerable success participating in both the AWHA and HHSA National Inspection Tours 2016.Our ET Furstenball x Dream of Romance (imp,dec) brown filly foal received a Gold award from the AWHA assessors and also a Top Twelve award from the Hanoverians. HG Steinbeck and Sophia both won their age groups and HG Saffron was the highest percentage Victorian ridden horse.
Bruce with AWHA assessors Michael Schmitt from Germany and Ros Meadmore from Victoria.
In July we travelled to Europe to attend the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses in Ermelo, Netherlands. This was a great event-well run, in beautiful grounds and a multitude of fantastic young horses! We then drove to Germany to visit our mare Destina ,then on to Verden for their Championships and Hewart von der Decken Hanoverian mare show. It was great to catch up with our good friends Emma Jane Blundell, Dave and Lynn Crowden, Emmy de Jeu, Bernhard Menke and his beautiful partner Anna, Josef Wilmes.It was also fun to catch up with the many Aussies in Europe-spectating and horse buying! These young horse events, as well as the imput from our European breeder friends, are vital for making informed choices of stallions to use over our mares in the coming season.
Hollingrove Dami and Rianna Percy
Back home, several of our promising youngsters have found exciting new homes with ambitious young riders- we look forward greatly to following their paths to, hopefully, much success in the future! SPS Bella Carmina's much admired Champion filly by IFS Dancier-Hollingrove Dami- has been retained by the stud for future competition and ET. Now a 3 yo-she has been beautifully started by Bruce Ross from Benalla and then young rider Rianna Percy, who is going to campaign her for us in the new year in firstly some showing, then dressage later. She is looking extra special under saddle already, with only a few weeks work under her belt but loving the work and attention! She is now having a well deserved rest back at home with some free jumping training thrown in occasionally in preparation for her Hanoverian Mare Performance test next year.
Hollingrove Ferrari enjoying his first day in the sunshine.
Our first foal for the season has arrived safely this week (27/09/16) - a super ,upstanding black colt with plenty of bling and big soft paces sired by 3 time world champion Sezuan from our imported Ampere mare Amaris-who 2 years ago gave us our top award winning filly foal HG Felicity. Already, HG Ferrari exudes that rare showstopping presence that we saw in HG Dazzler who won the Hanoverian Foal Championship in 2011. Our next foal by IFS For Romance/Don Ramiro is due early November-a 1/2 sibling to HG Saffron-so should also be a bit special! We then have a break to early January when we have another 2 very interesting foals coming- SPS Bella Carmina's imported GRP Noble Dancer's foal- could we get palamino ? Here's hoping! The other foal is an embryo transfer foal by popular IFS Finest from the Floriscount/Sunny Boy competition mare HB Florissa.