Chilli Morning is the only stallion ever to have won Badminton...
Twelve of the best SHBGB stallions paraded at Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials today.
First in was Jaguar Mail, by Hand In Glove xx out of Elvira Mail by Laudanum xx. Now 20-years-old, he is the leading French stallion and was part of Sweden’s show jumping team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong.
One of Jaguar Mail’s progeny, Britannia’s Mail followed. Britannia’s Mail is out of Lucinda Fredericks’ Badminton, Burghley and Kentucky winner Headley Britannia, who was herself by the leading sire, Jumbo. Jumbo still heads the British Eventing sire rankings by over 400 points.
Langaller Starring Role, who stands at Langaller Farm in Devon, is by Catherston Dazzler out of Loubeg Marie by I’m A Star xx. The nine-year-old stallion events with Charlotte Rowe and has so far accumulated 15 British Eventing points
No stranger to Badminton, Leprince de Bois completed Badminton twice, finishing 11th in 2011 under Germany’s Kai Ruder. The pair’s best Four Star result was fourth at Pau in 2010. By the British bred Yarlands Summersong who was ranked in the WBFSH top 10 Eventing sires for 10 years, and out of Escale de Bios, Leprince de Bois is a grandson of the legendary Fleetwater Opposition. He stands at Oakham Veterinary Hospital.
Fifteen-year-old Sir Shutterfly, by Silvio I ex Famm is a full brother to the hugely successful show jumper Shutterfly who won two World Cup finals, a WEG bronze medal and had four Nations Cup victories with Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Sir Shutterfly stands at Fairlight Stud.
KL Mac also has superb genes. By Larduc ex Grantina by Graf Quidam, KL Mac showjumps with ex eventer Jay Halim. Larduc was a ZFDP graded premium stallion who won his 100 day performance test in Germany and passed all three disciplines with a maximum score. KL Mac stands at Kington Langley Stud in Wiltshire.
Ringing the changes was Glencarrig Dolphin, a connemara event pony who stands at just 14.2hh. He is by Coosheeen Stormboy ex Mountross Colleen by Coral Star and has already produced several champions in the show ring. The seven-year-old is successfully evented by Nicola Baguley.
Corrindon Dancer, by Crosstown Dancer ex Moylough Holly, was bred by Patrick Hoare at Moylough Stud in County Galway. Now six years old, he achieved his Class 1 status with the IDHS (GB) in 2015 and the following year was awarded Premium status at his SHBGB grading.
Advanced eventer Wish Upon A Star was also parading. By Gribaldi out of Pasmiek, Wish Upon A Star has been competed by both Michael Jackson and Lucy Wiegersma. He is the only non-homebred stallion to stand at Grafham Stud, having been bought from Holland as a 2-year-old on account of his outstanding conformation, bloodlines and jump.
Timolin is by Totilas ex Samira by Sion. Totilas was World and European Dressage Champion, the first horse to win all three available gold medals at a World Equestrian Games in 2010, and the first dressage horse to top 90% at Grand Prix level. In 2014 Timolin recorded the highest score to date for a three-year-old dressage horse at the BEF Futurity. He is competed by Lizzie Murray.
The parade started with a ‘father and son’, and also finished with one. The five-year-old Party Trick is by Chilli Morning ex DHI Party Piece by Tolan, and was bred by Nick Gauntlett to be an event horse. He stands at Chescombe Farm in Gloucestershire.
Chilli Morning is the only stallion ever to have won Badminton, and also has three Bramham wins to his name, an individual European bronze medal, individual World bronze medal and team World silver medal. By Phanomic xx ex Koralle by Kolibri, he made a significant contribution to British success over recent years, retiring to stud at the end of 2016.