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August 2017

Lordswood Dancing Diamond 6 year old World Champion!!

 

What an amazing time we had in Ermelo for the World Breeding Championships.

Our wonderful horse Lordswood Dancing Diamond owned in partnership with Lordswood Dressage and his hugely talented rider Anne-Kathrin Pohlmeier are the new 6 year old World Champions!

With a huge final score of 9.72. His individual marks were: Trot 10 Walk 9.3 Canter 9.5 Submission 9.8 Perspective 10 !!

Thank you to Eurodressage for their comment:

 

"This test must have given goose bumps to everyone and it was for sure the best test ever ridden at the World Young Horse Championships since its inception in 1999!"

To read the full article click here.

As always it is a team effort and we thank everyone who has helped make this happen. His wonderful groom Andi, his trainer and his physio Marion and of course his dancing partner Anne-Kathrin. The thing that makes it so special is doing it with my best friend and partner Alice Whitefield.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us on the journey and thank you to my wonderful team at home on the Stud who enable me to go away and support our horses overseas!
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July 2017

Larkshill Magnifique Reserve Champion & Selected for the Bundeschampionate!

 

Amazing results Larkshill Magnifique (Ampere x Pr St Machita) wins the qualifying round at the Oldenburger Landesturnier and then goes on to be Reserve Champion!!!

I am so very pleased and proud and better still she is nominated to represent the Oldenburger Verband at the Bundeschampiionate!

Congratulations to her lovely owner Olivier Debilde and her rider David William Taylor!


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June 2017

A Perfect 10, a State Premium Award and an Invitation to Rastede!

 

I am so incredibly proud to announce that Larkshill Magnifique by Ampere x Pr St Machita has been invited to compete Rastede,  the Elite Oldenburg show!

Magnifique has just completed her mare performance test in Germany with a 10 for her canter, 9 for rideability and 8.5 for trot and been awarded the State Premium title!! Huge thanks go to her owner Olivier Debilde in Belgium who bought her as a foal unseen and on my word that she was a good foal, he has given her every opportunity to realise her potential and I am forever grateful to him.

Huge thanks also to David Taylor and his team who has produced her so beautifully and sympathetically to achieve this amazing result!! I am a very happy breeder!! We are super excited to own the full sister and a share in her brother  Larkshill Amorous who is co-owned with Claire Wyatt and being retained as stallion prospect!!

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June 2017

Our little Angel is here!

 

Introducing our last foal and she was certainly worth the wait!

By the Legendary Negro out of our wonderful Florencio mare Andorra AK. We are enchanted with this beautiful foal, she is so angelic we just had to call her Larkshill Angelic!

She is tall and strong with a most beautiful head and loves attention, she is totally adorable in every way. Congratulations to Sammy Harrison for purchasing this magnificent foal in utero.

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May 2017

A Little Bundle of Mischief enters the World!

 

Wow what a foal! Performance test champion Dettori ( Desperado x De Niro) and Faye have produced a truly exceptional foal. We are thrilled with this latest edition, she is expressive, with an outstanding hind leg and super mechanics.  She is also very beautiful and has an exquisite head and is very feminine! She has a big personality and we have called her Larkshill Mischievous!

She will be one to watch for the future for sure. We are delighted that Olivia Oakeley has purchased her as a future competition horse as we are delighted to have have retained a share in her! Exciting times ahead!!

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April 2017

Introducing Spellbound .... and we are!

 

Spellbound is  everything we dreamed of tall, elegant, powerful and exudes class. She is the from the first foal crop of the mega moving young premium stallion Revolution and she is everything we hoped for and more. Of course her sire is only half of the equation, her dam Elite & State Premium mare and stallion mother Show Hit is already creating her own dynasty and this young filly is a very worthy addition.
This filly is totally enchanting and casts a spell over everyone she meets, so we just had to call her Spellbound!! Congratulations to family Tottman on having the foresight to purchase this exceptional filly in utero, we wish you a very happy and successful future with her!

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April 2017

Our Treasured Millennium x St Pr St Ronja Foal Arrives!

 

Introducing our treasured Millennium filly out of our stallion mother and State Premium mare Ronja (Rotspon x Weltmeyer). She is everything that I dreamed of and more and holds a very special place in my heart as it may be the last filly we have from Ronja…….. and dare I say it she has saved the best until last!

But then with such an extraordinary mare who has already produced a aliened stallion, state premium daughters and who is half-sister to stallion Blue Hors Lodestar, it doesn’t come as a surprise but such a great joy.

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April 2017

Another Dream Foal is Born!

 

Well I am loving our Dream Boy foals this year the second one to be born is a stunning black filly, out of our wonderful home bred mare Pr St Larkshill Supremacy. Some foals are just born with that extra bit of sparkle and this filly is one of them! She is athletic, always uphill in her movement and reminds me a lot of her big sister St Pr St Larkshill Scandalous!  
This is second generation breeding for us and so this filly is extra special. She has a beautiful head and expression and is already showing a mega canter and tremendous suppleness through her body. We are thrilled with this latest edition to Pr St Larkshill Supremacy's dynasty!

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March 2017

What a way to start a Season - A Dream Colt!

 

What a way to start the foaling season! Our wonderful Elite mare Bugatti has done it again and given us another superb black colt this time by Dream Boy (Vivaldi x Ferro) . Canter is definitely going to be his thing – that’s all he wants to do all day, along with learning new things, he is very confident boy and takes everything in his stride - he is a delight!

We are thrilled with him and think he is going to be a serious dressage prospect and maybe even a stallion - he certainly has the bloodlines and the swagger!

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February 2017

2017 KWPN Stallion Days

 

This year’s KWPN stallion licensing was jam packed with super stallions and a wonderful tribute to Valegro which I feel privileged to experience.

Starting with the licensing my favourite and many other peoples was Jameson (by Zack out of keur mare Atilinda M (by Negro x Krack C) and he was proclaimed Champion. I think what stood out for me was his balance and self-carriage which was exceptional and he will be one to watch under saddle.

The reserve champion was a super moving Charmeur x Rubin Royal son Jironn L, although a little long in the back his paces were fantastic. I also really liked Jetlag (Fellini x Florencio) and in my mind he should have been approved for his movement but his back pedigree was not sporty enough. He was sold to Andreas Helgstrand for 150K Euros so I imagine we will see him out in sport.

In the ridden classes Four Legends, Trafalgar, Governor and Total US stood out for me, the latter three all sired by Totilas. They are certainly all on my list of possible sires for my mares.

Lastly a tribute to Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin. It was a spectacular show, the speaker told the story of a little girl that spend most of her time grooming and platting her pony. She first lost her heart to ponies, to meet Valegro later in life. The result was that they were able to get the best out of each other, and came to the highest achievable in dressage sport. With no less than 10 medals and titles including European Champion, World Champion and Olympic Champion, they were the most successful combination ever.  Valegro’s dam came in still looking healthy and strong and lots of Valegro’s sire Negro’s babies. A herd of young Negro babies running loose in the arena was charming followed by a wonderful ridden demonstration of Negro off spring.

Of course the finale was Valegro and Charlotte doing their Kur which was breath taking and brought the house down! Click here to see the video on my facebook page.
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November 2016

Fantastic Trip to Germany!

 

Just back from another wonderful trip to Germany to see visit our homebred horses and watch the Oldenburg stallion licensing. My champion (and I think many other people's) was the Zack x Sandro Hit but alas not eligible for the premium ring as has a Danish brand. The 2nd reserve champion was my other favourite Ampere x Lorentin whilst immature he was super elastic on the lunge. 1st reserve was the super moving Fürstenball x Quattro B and the 2016 Champion was another Fürstenball son this time damsire Sandro Hit, not my favourite but very much the Oldenburg type.

My favourite part of the trip as always  was visiting my homebred horses that are in Germany. First we visited Absolut our 3 year old Sezuan x Florencio mare (owned in partnership with Gillian Wallace) who was backed earlier in the year and turned away. She looked super and ready to go back to our wonderful rider Anne-Kathrin Pohlmeier early next year.  Then we went to see our yearlings we retained from last year, Seduction - Sezuan x De Niro and Mystique Ampere x Samarant both looking fluffy and well. Also there we had cuddles with our full siblings to Dancing Diamond and his mum and Larkshill Sensation Sezuan x Florencio owned in partnership with Lordswood Dressage.  We couldn't ask for a better home for the important job of nurturing these wonderful young horses. Even in winter they all get to go outside for a run around - which is so important for producing healthy young horses. Happy horses = happy breeder!
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September 2016

Two More Oldenburg Premium Foals!

We had a wonderful visit from the Oldenburg inspectors and 2 out of our 3 Oldenburg foals received the coveted foal Premium. Larkshill Victorious (Vivaldi x Pr St Larkshill Supremacy) only missing out he is a much older foal and was so tall and looking more like a yearling than a foal at the moment. The judges praised him and said you could see it was all there and he was going to be a super sport horse.

Larkshill Amorous (Ampere x Pr St Machita) was the first to be awarded the Premium, followed closely by Larkshill St James (Sezuan x Andorra AK). Interestingly this is Machita's 3rd Ampere Premium foal and Andorra's 3rd Premium Sezuan foal - so the crosses obviously work!

Thank you to our judges Inge Workel and Rainer Ahlers, to all the visitors and to my wonderful helpers; Charlotte Drakeley, Tanja Davis, Jess Robb and Lizzie Johnson and to my very good friend Denise Ballard for her amazing photos and support as always.



 

Larkshill Amorous
Oldenburg Premium Foal
 
Larkshill St James
Oldenburg Premium Foal

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2016

Larkshill Scandalous Receives the Haupt Premium in Germany!

 

I am so proud to announce that Larkshill Scandalous (Fürst Heinrich x De Niro x Show Star) has been awarded the Oldenburger Haupt Premium (formally State Premium) after a very successful performance test in Germany.

Huge thanks goes to her wonderful rider Anne-Kathrin Pohlmeier for producing and presenting her so well.

For me it is very special as it is second generation breeding, I bred her mother Pr St Larkshill Supremacy ...and Supremacy’s full brother Debonair – Oldenburg licensed stallion and Badminton young horse Champion.

I bought her grandmother Elite & St Pr St Show Hit as a 3 year old and next year she will be hopefully having her 9th foal this time by the sensational young stallion Revolution. Huge thanks to everyone who has helped me on the journey so far ………… bring on the next stage of the ride!

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June 2016

Another Spectacular Sezuan Colt has arrived!

 

Another spectacular colt from the mating of Double World Champion stallion Sezuan and the very beautiful Andorra AK by Florencio who was also Double World Champion too! There are a lot of Champion genes in this boy that's for sure!


This stunning young colt is big and upstanding with a lovely topline and a super powerful hind leg. He has beautiful type, long legs and with lots of bling! I can't take my eyes off him, he is mesmerizing and has captured my heart.

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May 2016

A Stunning Ampere Colt for Pr St Machita!

 

Finally an Ampere colt !! We kept his super star full sister Mystique last year and we have been dreaming of a colt and what a colt!

With wonderful type, long legs and super paces we are thrilled with him. His dam Pr St Machita was bred by Oldenburg royalty Georg Sieverding. From Machita's mare line come the Champion stallions Fürstenball and Sieger Hit and many more. His sire Ampere was Champion of the KWPN stallion licensing, then Champion of the performance test and has bred a Champion stallions. We are very excited about this colt's future!

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April 2016

Gloriously Uphill - Our Vivaldi colt is here!

 

Introducing our latest arrival - A magnificent colt by the legendary Vivaldi! I have always wanted a Vivaldi foal and he is everything I wished for and more. Gloriously uphill, huge ground covering paces, bold, confident and just a bit cheeky - just how I like them!

As a sire, Vivaldi is recognised globally, in Germany alone 19 of his sons have been licensed. In the Netherlands, his progeny are already counted amongst the top dressage horses. His dam is our homebred Pr. St. Larkshill Supremacy by De Niro who is the full sister to Larkshill Debonair licensed stallion and Badmington Young Horse Champion.

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March 2016

Our first foal is here! A totally gorgeous filly by Negro out of Elite Bugatti!

 

So we have a stunning filly by Negro out of Elite mare Bugatti (Discovery / Don Schufro). She is every bit as impressive as her two big brothers, Larkshill Icon & Jubilant. She is a little powerhouse very energetic and loves showing off already. She is bold, confident and totally sure she is a princess - ready to be worshiped by everyone! His sire is the legendary Negro, sire of Charlotte Dujardin's Olympic and World Champion Valegro. Her mother is the highly graded Elite mare Bugatti ST, who's pedigree boosts 3 generations of Elite Mares who also have the coveted Sports predicate. What a dream Grand Prix pedigree, by Negro and grandsires Donnerhall and Don Schufro!

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February 2016

Larkshill Absolut and Larkshill Scandalous "Start School" in Germany!

Left: Larkshill Absolut - Sezuan x Florencio. Co-owned with Gillian Wallace.

Right: Larkshill Scandalous - Furst Heinrich x De NIro

 

 

 

 

 

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December 2015

Wishing all our Larkshill family & friends around the World - A very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2016

 

Pr St Larkshill Supremacy
by De Niro x St.Pr.St & Elite Show Hit,
full sister to licensed stallion & Badminton Young Horse Champion Debonair.

Supremacy is in foal to Vivaldi for 2016!

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November 2015

Wonderful visit to Germany to see "the Kids" and for the Stallion Licensing!

 

We have had another wonderful trip to Germany to see visit our homebred horses over there and to watch the Oldenburg stallion licensing.

I have to admit that this year the quality of the the crop didn’t seem to be quite as good and there was no stand out Champion as there often is. In the end it was a very beautiful Benicio x Sir Donnerhall x Rubinstein called Bonds was proclaimed Champion (pictured left) and the reserve Champion was a Foundation x Del Martino who had a mega trot but for me wasn’t the complete package.

The gala was super and we were privileged to see Sezuan again, always such a pleasure - although it was a bit exciting in the hall as the audience had all been given sparklers! The other stand out for me at the gala was Edward Gal and Glock’s Zonic wow they were impressive! Interestingly, both Zonic and Sezuan are by Zack so plenty of food for thought for sires next year.

My favourite part of the trip however was visiting my homebred horses in Germany. Our Sezuan colts Seduction and Sensation had both got their hooves firmly under the table in their new home and I can’t thank my friends enough for looking after them so well. I am so lucky to have friends who keep them in a similar way to the way I do, in small groups and living as naturally as possible, keeping the numbers low so they can all get the individual attention they deserve. I can’t wait for them to grow into big strong stallions!
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September 2015

Our Boy is Vice Bundeschampion for the Second Year Running!

 

Lordswood Dancing Diamond, owned in partnership with Lordswood Dressage is crowned 2015 Vice Bundeschampion!

We are so very proud of our boy and his very talented rider Anne-Kathrin Pohlmeier. He led both the first and second rounds and scored 9.5 for his trot, 9 for his canter, 9 for his walk and 9 for his rideability.

He really is a horse of a lifetime and we feel very privileged to be able to share in his journey.

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September 2015

Wonderful Oldenburg Foal Inspection

 

I am feeling very happy and proud of my little Oldenburg stars Devotion (De Niro x Show Star), Seduction ( Sezuan x De Niro) and Mystique (Ampere x Samarant) - all 3 received the Foal Premium!

The judges said it was our best foal crop yet, which I have to admit brought a tear to my eye. It means so much to get such detailed and knowledgeable feedback on all the foals and makes all the long hours, hard work, endless stallion research and the ups and downs of breeding worthwhile!

We didn't present our 4th Oldenburg foal Allure (Sezuan x Florencio) for the premium, as she is still receiving treatment for a slightly turned leg but she was plaited up so she wouldn't feel left out! Thank you to our judges Inge Workel and Rainer Ahlers, to all the visitors and to my wonderful helpers; Charlotte Drakeley my niece who ran all the mares beautifully, Tanja Davis for reassuring the foals that being branded was a good thing and to my very good friend Denise Ballard for her amazing photos and support as always.

Pictured above is the very talented and beautiful filly Mystique who has always shown an exceptional trot and walk but at the inspection showed the judges an amazing canter, so off the floor she wowed everyone! The funniest thing is she had not shown her canter before but thankfully she chose the right day to do so....... talk about timing!
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August 2015

Sensational Sezuan Double World Champion!

 

What an honour to watch Sezuan, super sire of 5 of our horses, become double World Champion!! The crowd started to clap as he came down the last centre line and he proudly stood in a square halt with the stadium erupting around him, he knew he was the Champion!

Just like last year he did it in style scoring two times ten ending on a final mark of 9.72! We are so excited to see what the future holds for the Sezuan Larkshill babies Absolut, Sensation, Spectacular, Allure and Seduction and another one due next year!

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August 2015

Lordswood Dancing Diamond Qualifies for the Bundeschampionate!

 

We have just returned from a fabulous week in Verden, which saw our horse Lordswood Dancing Diamond, owned in partnership with Lordswood Dressage qualify for the Bundeschampionate scoring 9 or higher for each of his paces and rideability!

He became Vice Champion of the 4 year olds with his wonderful rider Anne-Kathrin Pohlmeier we could not have asked more of them and are over the moon!

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June 2015

Presenting the Full Brother to Licensed Stallion Debonair!

 

Introducing the full brother to Licensed stallion & Badminton Young Horse Champion Larkshill Debonair & Premium graded and BEF Elite mare Larkshill Supremacy! We are thrilled with this colt and hope he will follow in his big brother's footsteps! He is charming, charismatic with presence and tremendous uphill tendency. A beautiful type with an exceptional neck and conformation. He has swing, elasticity, and a wonderful hind leg. This colt boasts outstanding genetics, along with movie star looks, complimented by exceptional movement - his future is very exciting! More info and photos click here.

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June 2015

Debonair Back from Germany and on Top Form!

 

Debonair returns from Germany with his Oldenburg Hengstbuch I status for 2015 and just to prove the point, with a brilliant ride from Lesley Peyton-Gilbert he qualified with 88% for the 2015 Badminton Young Horse Championships which he won last year as a four year old.
Congratulations to his owner Bruce Matthews, Lesley for a great performance having only ridden him for the 5th time! I am a very proud breeder. If you would like an outstanding De Niro son look no further his first foal crop was outstanding with many Elite foals. He is available from Woodlander Stud.

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June 2015

Larkshill Seduction (Sezuan x De Niro) Surrounded by his Harem of Fillies!

Our 2015 foals so far and we couldn't be prouder of them. We have one more special foal to come…….. full brother or sister to Oldenburg licensed stallion and Badminton Young Horse
Champion Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of St Pr St & Elite Show Hit.

From left to right
Larkshill Mystique - Ampere x Pr St Machita
Larkshill Seduction – Sezuan x Pr St Larkshill Supremacy (full sister to Debonair)
Larkshill Allure – Sezuan x Andorra AK
Larkshill Karisma – Grand Galaxy x Elite Bugatti ST
Larkshill Debutante – Don Frederico x St Pr St Ronja
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May 2015

Stunning Black Ampere Filly from one of Oldenburg's Best Mare Families!

 

Another stunning black filly by Ampere from our wonderful mare Pr St Machita who was bred by Oldenburg royalty; Georg Sieverding. From Machita's mare line come the Champion stallions Fürstenball and Sieger Hit and many more. Her sire Ampere was Champion of the KWPN stallion licensing, then Champion of the performance test and has bred a Champion stallions - how impressive is that! This exquisite filly has it all, world class genetics, long legs, refinement and super powerful movement with a sweet personality - what more can a breeder ask for! More photos click here.

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May 2015

Lordswood Dancing Diamond Wins Again!

 

Our lovely boy Lordswood Dancing Diamond (owned in partnership with Lordswood dressage) attended his first 2015 party in Germany yesterday. It was an introduction back into the competition atmosphere with absolutely no pressure. Anne-Katherine Pohlmeier his wonderful rider thought this would be a good training day.
Imagine our delight when they ended up winning, in a class of 18 which included some well known licensed stallions! We are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this special horse.

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May 2015

Another Daughter of World Champion Sezuan is Born!

 

World Champion Sezuan and Andorra have done it again and have given us the most exquisite filly. She is so feminine and totally mesmerizing. She has so much power in her movement already and is uphill with the longest legs ever. This wonderful filly is the full sister to Oldenburg Premium foals Larkshill Absolut and Larkshill Sensation.

We have called her Larkshill Allure meaning " the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating"

We love our new filly and hope you do too!


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April 2015

Presenting Larkshill Debutante!

 

We are pleased to introduce to the world a very special little lady who has already been sold at only 4 days old! St. Pr.St. Ronja & Don Frederico have done it again and given us another beautiful foal. Her famous full siblings including Darnell, licensed stallion, St.Pr.St. Diva reserve young horse Champion in South Africa and Duchesse PSG in Germany! Debutante has outstanding breeding with a genetic gold mine behind her.   She has great swing and elasticity and the sweetest temperament. We are sure she will will follow in her big brother and sisters footsteps and go on to be a superstar!


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April 2015

Our Dream Colt is Born!

 

Once every few years we are blessed with something truly special. Quite simply this colt takes my breath away. He is everything I have dreamed of and more.

His sire is World Champion Sezuan and his dam is our homebred Pr. St. Larkshill Supremacy by De Niro who is the full sister to Larkshill Debonair licensed stallion and Badmington Young Horse Champion. This colt oozes presence, he is bold, full of confidence and the movement ....well it's amazing.He has totally seduced me so we have called him Larkshill Seduction.


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March 2015

One of the First Foals in the World by Grand Galaxy Win!

 

I fell in love with Grand Galaxy Win T when I saw him license in Holland in 2014. He went on to be the Danish Stallion Licensing Champion and do a superb KWPN performance test too. I just knew I had to use him in my breeding programme and I am so pleased I paired him with Bugatti!

The result is Larkshill Karisma, an absolutely breath taking black filly who is so charismatic! She is a real beauty with the most exquisite head, superb conformation, powerful elevated paces and an excellent hind leg.

Karisma has exceptional breeding ALL the mares in her immediate pedigree are “Elite” many of whom also have the Preferent and Prestatie predicate too – how rare is that. This filly is top class and we hope she will follow in their footsteps and become Elite in the future!

We are thrilled that we have received a message from the Breeder of Grand Galaxy Win T - Angele Toonen congratulating on us on Karisma and complimenting her trot, canter, model and refinement! she said couldn't have asked for a better first foal to see from him! Happy Days!
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February 2015

Exciting Trip to Holland for the KWPN Stallion Licensing!

 

We have just returned from another very interesting visit to the KWPN stallion licensing. Over  the 4 days we saw so many talented stallions and it was great to see a lot of the stallions who licensed last year show off under saddle this year. Highlights for me were Grand Galaxy Win T (Apache/Jazz) - we are super excited to have one of his first foals ever -  our elite mare Bugatti is due on the 17 March! I also loved Glamourdale (Lord Leatherdale x Negro) who was the Champion last year and the Reserve Champion Governor (Totilas x Jazz) – all 3 of these stallions are on my short list to use this year.

The Champion this year was Johnson x Rousseau, Reserve Champion Apache x Ferro (my favourite) and third Wynton x Cabochon. If I am honest none of the stallions in the Championship ring particularly stood out for me this year but that sometimes happens, it will be interesting to see how they do in their performance tests.

A highlight in the dressage competitions was the young stallion Franklin by Ampere – Licensing Champion in 2013. He really impressed and was the winner of the competition, we have another Ampere foal due this year from Pr St Machita so that is exciting.  

We were thrilled that Florencio sire of our amazing mare Andorra AK was declared Keur. It was lovely to see him showing off as always. Not only does he have two world titles to his name, two of his sons have won the Pavo cup and medals at the World Championships too, making him an extraordinary stallion. Andorra is in foal to Sezuan again this year and we hope it will be as good as its siblings Larkshill Sensation and Larkshill Absolut.

Finally congratulations to my friend Alice Whitefield from Lordswood Dressage (co-owner of Larkshill Sensation and Lordswood Dancing Diamond with me) her stallion Lordswood Hugo Boss by Negro was accepted for the performance test by the KWPN. What an achievement now owned by the US, Alice saw his potential and bought him as a foal. Let’s hope Sensation can follow in his footsteps!

Link to this year's Larkshill foals. Photo: Florencio
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January 2015

Exciting New Partnership with Talented young rider Daisy Jackson!

 

I am delighted to announce a very special new partnership with talented young rider Daisy Jackson. I have known Daisy for 6 years and from the very first day I met her I was so impressed with her dedication, talent and passion for horses and the sport.

I have been very fortunate with my breeding programme and we have so many fantastic supporters and owners of Larkshill horses all around the world, I thought it was time to give a little something back, to someone who really deserves it. So I have given her a half share in one of my top young horses, Larkshill Divinity by Don Frederico out of St Pr St Ronja.

When Divinity was born we knew he was special, but then he should be - he is the full brother to a licensed Stallion, to a Bundeschampionate qualifier winner, a young horse Champion in South Africa to name but a few.

We decided to keep him and raise him as a stallion prospect and future Grand Prix horse but then I had the idea of sharing him with Daisy and see, if together, they can reach the top! For sure we will all have fun along the way and I will enjoy watching and supporting them and Daisy can have what I hope will be a top international horse without the fear of him ever being sold and her losing the ride.

Daisy is an exceptionally talented young rider and was a member of the GB Junior Squad 2012-2013 with Saint Swithens, who was sadly put to sleep in 2013 through illness. She is currently aiming for Young Riders with Fürst Larkshill by Fürst Heinrich, also a Larkshill baby, who she has trained herself up the levels and is competing Advanced Medium and training at PSG. If you would like to find out more about Daisy and her horses here is a link to her website. http://djdressage.co.uk

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December 2014

What a Christmas Cracker - Larkshill Debonair by Tanja Davis

 

What a fabulous Christmas present from my good friend Tanja Davis. She has photographed Debonair for me and he looks absolutely stunning!

We bred Debonair and sold him as a foal to Bruce Matthews as a stallion prospect. Bruce believed in him and continues to give him every opportunity to fulfill his potential and we are very grateful. Debonair (now with Bruce's Shamwari prefix) licensed Oldenburg and British Warmblood in 2012 and in 2014 was crowned the Badminton Young Horse Champion with his super rider Leah Beckett. His first foal crop have been outstanding with several Premium and Futurity Elite foals. This young stallion continues to delight and to have such stunning photos of him means the world to me. Thank you to the team at Woodlander Stud (where he stands) for prepping him for his photo shoot and of course to Tanja.

If you would like Tanja to capture the beauty of your horse please contact her - you will not be disappointed! Click here to see more examples of Tanja's work on her facebook page or visit her website: www.tanjadavis.com

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December 2014

Wishing all our Larkshill Family & Friends Around the World - A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2015.

Photo: The very beautiful Rheindayla by Hohenstein, fit and healthy at 19 enjoying a well earned retirement.
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December 2014

Another World Record for Charlotte Dujardin at Olympia!

 

What a privilege to be able to watch Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro smash another World record - their second in 2 days! Their test was magical and brought tears to my eyes, they scored 94.3% with 25 x the mark of 10! What an achievement all made possible by her mentor and co owner of Valegro the legendary Carl Hester! The standard was very high and Edward Gal was second with 83.550%, riding Glock's Undercover and Germany's Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl (80.723%) was third with Unee BB by Gribaldi who was a stunning horse. Carl was fifth riding Nip Tuck.
Click here for a video of Charlotte's test.

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November 2014

Oldenburg Stallion Licensing

 

We had another wonderful visit to the Oldenburg stallion licensing in Vechta. My favourite from day one ( along with the rest of the crowd!) was Morricone by Millennium x Rubin Royal and he became the worthy Champion.

 What a coup for his sire the Trakehner stallion Millennium. In his first foal crop he had the Champion at Oldenburg, the Champion the Trakehner Licensing and two Premium licensed sons in Westphalia! I watched Millennium himself licence in 2010 and that day he was my Champion although the judges had him 3rd!

For me the Premium ring was a little disappointing this year
(with the exception of the Zack and Totilas) as many of the mega movers this year were branded by other stud books, meaning they could not be in the Premium ring.

The gala was filled with amazing stallions as always including the mega stallion Apache and has given me much food for thought for protective “husbands” for the mares. There was a moving tribute to Donnerhall's breeder Otto Gärtner and a standing ovation - what an honour it was to be part of this wonderful evening. Four of the most amazing Donnerhall mares were there including Georg Sieverding’s mare Maradonna - dam to Fürstenball and many licensed stallions. Donnerhall is a Legend as is his breeder.

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November 2014

The Class of 2014 taking weaning in their stride!

 

Well that's all this years foals safely weaned and happily settled. The mares know the routine so well by now, they quietly leave their babies and go into their weaning field without a care in the world - happy for a bit of well earned R&R!

What clever mares and foals we have, I am so proud of the way they have all handled it again this year. Now lots of hugs with the babies before they go to their wonderful new homes.

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September 2014

Lordswood Dancing Diamond Vice Bundeschampion!!

 

Our fabulous horse Lordswood Dancing Diamond is the Vice Bundeschampion 2014!

We have just returned from a wonderful few days at Warendorf watching the Bundeschampionate. Our boy was in first or second place throughout the competition and actually ended up on the same points as the winner! This hasn't happened before apparently and so after much deliberation it was decided by the guest riders.

We are thrilled with his performance and he was so relaxed at the competition and took it all in his stride.

Huge thanks go to his wonderful rider Anne-Kathrin Pohlmeier who rode him beautifully. What a result - we are over the moon!

This amazing young horse is owned in partnership with Lordswood Dressage was found by Alice Whitefield. If you are looking for a serious international prospect contact Alice at alice@lordswooddressage.co.uk and she might just find you your own Bundeschampion!

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August 2014

Fantastic Oldenburg Foal Inspection at Larkshill

 

We are thrilled with all our Oldenburg foal Premiums this year! Pictured is our stallion prospect Larkshill Sensation by Sezuan x Florencio, congratulations to his part owner Lordswood Dressage. Also receiving their Premiums were Larkshill Magnifique and Larkshill Serenity. Huge thanks to my wonderful Larkshill team for making it such a happy and successful day. Thanks to the Oldenburg inspectors who, as always, were insightful and thanks to Denise Ballard for the great photos.

I am a very happy breeder!

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August 2014

Next stop Holland and the Pavo Cup and Falling in Love!

Summer of 2014 is turning out to be busy! We said goodbye to Germany and hello to Holland!

 

I attended the KWPN horse days and foreign visitors course and what an inspirational visit it turned out to be.

It was fascinating to learn all about the Dutch evaluation of young horses and stallion selection procedures. We learnt how to do the linear scoring of conformation and movement and we even did some practice judging at the Pavo cup too! For me the highlight was having 24/7 access to the top judges who were with us all the time - we could pick their brains about stallions and mare families and indeed about anything - it was fabulous and I learnt so much from it.

 

Of course it was fantastic to watch the competitions, the 4 & 5 year old Pavo Cup the mare Championship and foal Championships all with our own personalized commentary about the horses and their merits.

Now any trip would not be complete without me falling in love and this one was no exception. The mare that stole my heart in the mare Championships was Gumathika M ( Apache x Sandro Hit x Ferro ) sister of licensed stallion Dundee M - for me she was my Champion mare ..... watch this space about more exciting news about this mare!

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August 2014

Larkshill Stud at the World Young Horse Dressage Championships!

 

What a fabulous few days in Verden watching the best young dressage horses in the world!

The 5 and 6 year old classes were hotly contested and I am delighted to say Sezuan, sire of Larkshill Absolut, Sensation and Spectacular, was crowned 5 year old World Champion! It was an honour to watch him and we even met him too he really is a magnificent stallion. He scored 9.76 overall and a 10 for his canter! The winner of the 6 year old class was stallion Dancer (Vivaldi x Tango).

Dancing Diamond 4th at the World Young Horse Dressage Championships & Selected for the Bundeschampionate!!

 

We are thrilled with our horse Lordswood Dancing Diamond owned in partnership with Lordswood Dressage who finished 4th in the mares and geldings class at the World Young Horse Championships! He received a 9 for each of his gaits so we were over the moon.

And the news gets even better......he has been selected by the Hanoverian Verband to represent them at the Bundeschampionate in September, to say we are excited is an understatement!

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Larkshill Debonair is Crowned Badminton Young Horse Champion!

 

We are so thrilled to announce that Larkshill Debonair (De Niro x Elite & St Pr St Show Hit) has been crowned the Badminton Young Dressage Champion!

Previous winners of this prestigious Championship title include Valegro, Uthopia and Woodlander Farouche!

There were 47 in the class including many 5 year olds (Debonair is only 4) and he was the only one to receive 9's. His final score was 86% and he was the clear winner.

 

Huge credit goes to his super talented rider Leah Beckett who rode him beautifully. Top Judge Peter Storr commented on how well she presented him, especially bearing in mind he is a young stallion and said he was a horse with real international potential.

Debonair has been superbly produced by Lynne Crowden of Woodlander Stud since he was 2 years old and huge credit goes to the whole team at Woodlander for his continued success. Lastly congrats and thanks to his wonderful owner Bruce Matthews for making this all happen!

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July 2014

Larkshill Debonair wins the Shearwater International Potential Young Dressage Horse Qualifier!

 

Larkshill Debonair has won the Shearwater 4 year old International Potential Dressage qualifier at Hartpury with 84.6%!!

I am so proud of Debonair coping with a big show atmosphere after a busy week of breeding duties as a stallion. He came 3rd on Saturday in the National Shearwater class and obviously had a good nights sleep to show himself at his best on Sunday!

Huge thanks go to his amazingly talented rider the wonderful Leah Beckett!

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July 2014

Larkshill Sovereign Wins again with Ruth Edge!

 

More great news about Larkshill Sovereign (Kaiserkult TSF x St.Pr.St &.Pr.St. Saturday Night Fever). He impressed again with a 28.5 dressage and super double clear to win his Novice class at Great Witchingham with Ruth Edge!

Well done Ruth and Sovereign and congrats to his wonderful owner Pauline Fletcher!

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June 2014

Our last foal is here and she is Sublime!

 

Elite & St Pr St Show Hit has an outstanding filly who's athleticism knows no boundaries! Her scope, movement, conformation and breeding ensures she has a great chance of a career as a top competition horse. She has a great combination of genetic talent. Her sire Hotline, a multi Champion stallion and Grand Prix horse, is known for producing outstanding competition horses. Her dam is an Elite mare who comes from 5 generations of State Premium mares. This filly is so Serene we have called her Larkshill Serenity.

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May 2014

Elite Status Awarded to St Pr St Show HIt!

Great news! We have heard from the Oldenburg Verband that our beautiful State Premium mare
Show Hit has been awarded Elite Status on the basis on her exceptional offspring. She has bred
a Licensed stallion Larkshill Debonair (by De Niro) and Debonair's full sister Pr. St. Larkshill
Supremacy
was Premium graded and BEF Elite. Supremacy's first foal last year was an
Oldenburg Premium filly by Fürst Heinrich. Show Hit has produced 5 premium foals and a
Westfalian Premium graded mare Larkshill Riaza too. We are so very proud of her.

St.Pr St & Elite Show Hit

 

Left: Show Hit's 2010 foal by De Niro Licensed Stallion Larkshill Debonair

Right: Show Hit's 2009 foal by De Niro Premium & BEF Elite Mare Larkshill Supremacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2014

A Champion is Born!

 

Every now and again we are blessed with something very special....... and here he is! Another spectacular foal from the mating of Champion stallion Sezuan and Andorra..

Larkshill Sensation boasts outstanding genetics, along with movie star looks, complimented by breath taking movement. Extremely masculine, very powerful with a WOW canter !!

This colt looks like a Champion and moves like one, lets hope he can fulfil our dreams and become a stallion.

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April 2014

Larkshill Debonair Wins Shearwater Qualifier with 91%!

 

Wonderful news - Larkshill Debonair by De Niro ridden by Leah Beckett, won the Shearwater 4 year old Dressage horse qualifier at Bury Farm with a very impressive 91% - the highest score achieved so far this year. It was only his second competition so we were thrilled with him.

Congratulations to his owner Bruce Matthews and thanks to Leah for riding him so beautifully. We look forward to watching him in the final! Debonair is standing at Stud at Woodlander Stud and his first foals are now being born.

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April 2014

A Super Model is Born!

 

We are thrilled to introduce our latest addition a real super model! A modern, elegant black filly by Ampere out Pr. St Machita. Ampere was Champion of the KWPN stallion licensing, then Champion of the performance test and has bred a Champion stallion what more can you ask for!
Larkshill Magnifique is outstanding with elastic and expansive gaits with excellent reach in her foreleg and lift and bend through her hocks and knees. Her dam is from one of the best mare families in Germany and this filly has the potential to start her own dynasty!

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April 2014

Another Magnificent colt by Don Frederico x St Pr St Ronja!

 

St.Pr.St. Ronja has done it again and given us another magnificent colt - full brother to Larkshill Don Corleone - this time in a shiny black coat!
For us he is the perfect colt, beautiful type, excellent conformation, powerful extravagant movement, naturally uphill, we are so excited about his future.He has some famous full siblings including Darnell, licensed stallion, St.Pr.St. Diva reserve young horse Champion in South Africa and Duchesse PSG in Germany!

This amazing colt takes my breath away and is the complete package and so we have named him Larkshill Definitive!

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March 2014

Sezuan / De Niro / Show Star - A Match made in Heaven!

 

Introducing Larkshill Spectacular! We are thrilled Supremacy has had her eagerly awaited Sezuan filly and she is everything we have hoped for and more.

She has a huge uphill canter which she likes to show off at every chance, a big powerful trot and exceptional walk. She is beautifully put together short coupled and built uphill. She has so much presence and charisma you cannot take your eyes off her. She will be a serious contender in the dressage ring and is simply Spectacular in every way!

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March 2014

First Larkshill Foal Arrives - Simply Sensational!

 

Bugatti has done it again and produced another sensational black colt - full brother to Larkshill Icon! The sire is the legendary Negro, sire of Charlotte Dujardin's Olympic and World Champion Valegro. His dam is the highly graded Elite mare Bugatti ST, who's pedigree boosts 3 generations of Elite Mares who also have the coveted Sports predicate. What a dream Grand Prix pedigree!

Larkshill Jubilant is the epitome of a modern dressage horse with the looks & movement that set him apart from the rest and he knows just how gorgeous he is!

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February 2014

2 Countries, 200 Stallions & Many Glasses of Wine - Great Tour!

 

What a wonderful trip, first to Holland for the KWPN stallion show and we were lucky enough to have a VIP table which gave us the best seats in the house to assess the young stallions. With Carl Hester doing a master class with Chippendale and Charlotte riding Valegro it was a real treat! Next was a visit to Ad Valk dressage and another top breeder in Holland, we were really spoilt for choice seeing such strength in depth of quality horses. Then we went on to Germany for the Private Hanoverian Stallion show followed by a private viewing at The Dressage Horse Performance Center Lodbergen home of Dante Weltino, Follow Me and For Romance before going to the Schockemöhle show.

So the conclusion is after looking at nearly 200 stallions ........... I need more broodmares!

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January 2014

Larkshill Debonair Sparkles at the Stallion Show!

 

Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of St.Pr.St. Show Hit was super cool at the British Stallion Show last weekend and showed off his super paces. I am so proud of him, he really took it all in his stride. He has only recently returned from Germany where he successfully passed his 30 day test with flying colours! Congratulations to his owner Bruce Matthews & huge thanks to the wonderful team at Woodlander Stud & Leah Beckett for presenting him so well.

His dam St.Pr.St. Show Hit is in foal to Hotline for this year so we hope she will have another superstar!

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December 2013

 

Wishing all our friends around the World a Merry Christmas and
a Very Happy New Year!

 

Larkshill Icon by Negro
& Elite Bugatti

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November 2013

Fun times at the Oldenburg Stallion Licensing & Kissing De Niro.......

 

............... and of course I am talking about the Legendary stallion De Niro - not the actor! He is my equine hero and it was an honour to meet him again. We have bred 4 foals by him including Larkshill Debonair who is a Licensed stallion so it was lovely to see his Papa again. (Photo: Heather & De Niro)

The Licensing Champion stallion was also by De Niro out of a Rosario mare. He was my Champion from day one, on the lunge he really impressed. I met his breeder and owner and his girlfriend who rides Fürstenball – all lovely people and great contacts for the future. He was sold to Andreas Helgstrand for 910,000 euros! We spent Sunday visiting studs including Klosterhof Medingen home of De Niro, Caprimond and the late Hohenstein and Gestuet Horem visiting Connery - what joy!

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November 2013

Georg Sieverding is Honoured at the Oldenburg Gala Evening

The highlight of the gala was when our good friends Georg Sieverding & his son Martin brought
in their two exceptional mares Elite & St.Pr.St. Maradonna and Elite & St.Pr.St. Maradita - two full
sisters (Donnerhall /Classiker /Weltmeister) who have bred between them 5 licensed stallions including 2 Champion stallions: Fürstenball and Sieger Hit and 4 State Premium daughters!
What an achievement. Maradita came in first with her stallion son Silver Black and then it was Maradonna’s turn with her son Fürstenball. Georg was presented with an award for outstanding breeding and it was very touching to see this lovely elderly gentleman leading his beloved mare Maradonna – it certainly brought tears to my eyes.

 

We have known the Sieverding family since 2009 when we visited their farm and met all their horses and managed to persuade them to let me have
Pr St Machita for our breeding programme. Over the years Georg has been so generous with his time and has really taken me under his wing and taught me so much about bloodlines and breeding I will forever be grateful – he is a truly inspiring breeder and good friend.

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August 2013

Larkshill Divinity is Hanoverian Regional Show Champion!

  We had a great day at the Hanoverian Regional Show and pleased to report that Larkshill Divinity by Don Frederico x St Pr St Ronja (Rotspon x Weltmeyer) was the winner!

Divinity is full brother to licensed stallion and Bundeschampionate qualifier winner Darnell previously owned by Paul Schockemöhle.

Divinity was impeccably behaved and received wonderful comments by judge Lynne Crowden and we are thrilled to confirm he will be raised as a stallion prospect!

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August 2013

Larkshill Sovereign lives up to his name and "Rules his World"!

 

Another amazing win for Larkshill Sovereign (Kaiserkult TSFx St Pr St Saturday Night Fever) and Ruth Edge at Skipton horse trials in the 5 year old class!

Sovereign and Ruth were the convincing winners, getting a score of 10 for their dressage (the equivalent to 90% in pure dressage!) this is the best ever eventing dressage score Ruth has been awarded, they got four 10's! They finished on a score of 15.60. Huge congratulations to his owner Pauline Fletcher and to his rider Ruth Edge from a very proud breeder!

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July 2013

I've had a fabulous couple of days in Germany attending the foal shows seeing our amazing Sezuan filly Larkshill Absolut receive the prestigious Oldenburg Premium Award! Her dam Andorra AK by Florencio also received Premium marks in her mare grading and the great news is she is back in foal to Sezuan! Chatting to Head Judge Katrin Burger afterwards she said it was the best Sezuan foal she had seen and complimented the mare and congratulated us. I was very happy as both mare and foal were so laid back all day despite it being their first ever “party”! Thanks to Andreas Klinker for all his hard work, I am looking forward to them coming home very soon.

Andorra AK

&

Larkshill Absolut
Oldenburg Premium Foal

 

 

 

 

 



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June 2013

Our Two Year Old Totilas Colt is Looking Impressive!

 

Thank you to Louise, the lovely owner of Larkshill Total Triumph for a wonderful day seeing "Toto" and meeting all her other super horses. He really is in a 5 * star home. He has all the care and attention he needs, with turnout everyday with his Shetland companion and as for his stable....... well is the nearly the size of my barn!! - Lucky boy!

His is by Totilas out of our State Premium and stallion mother Show Hit. I wonder if Toto will follow in his big brother Debonair's s footsteps? All I know is he is developing into a sensational young colt and I am so proud of him.

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June 2013

Introducing Larkshill Irresistible - Uthopia x Gribaldi x Ferro!

 

The full brother to Larkshill Heritage is born and he is stunning!
Larkshill Irresistible has impeccable dressage breeding: Uthopia x Gribaldi x Ferro - all World Class Grand Prix stallions & sires of some of the World's best dressage horses, Totilas, Valegro & Negro to name but a few.

Congratulations to Gillian Wallace the new owner of Cascadia and her wonderful new foal who is totally Irresistible - hence the name! We know this little chap is going to follow in his big brothers footsteps and be a superstar!

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May 2013

Introducing our Latest Stallion Prospect .........by Fürst Heinrich!

State Premium mare and stallion mother Show Hit has produced another magnificent black colt, this time by World Champion Fürst Heinrich. This colt is the epitome of a modern dressage horse with the looks and movement that sets him apart from the rest ....... he is exceptional in every way.

 

We are so proud of him and have named him Larkshill Fürst Knight as he is gallant, bold and regal.

Knights have traditionally been the "Devoted Champions of a Lady" - we think this boy will command the attention of more than a few ladies in his lifetime!

He will be retained as a stallion and competition prospect along side Larkshill Icon by Negro out of Elite Mare Bugatti. Happy Days!

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May 2013

Andorra has a Sensational Sezuan filly In Germany!

 

Sezuan and Andorra have come together to make the most exquisite filly. She is so feminine and simply perfect. Her legs are long and she has 4 beautifully matched white socks.

She has so much power in her movement already and is so uphill - she really is extraordinary and we are thrilled with her. She is one of the first foals by Performance test Champion and Champion stallion Sezuan ( Zack x Don Schufro) who has already made history, scoring 10 times the mark of 10 at his performance test.

Her name is Larkshill Absolut - we hope you agree she really suits her name which means:

"Perfect in quality or nature; totally complete"

 

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April 2013

Introducing Andorra AK By Double World Champion Florencio in Foal to Sezuan!

Exciting news, we have acquired a sensational young mare: Andorra AK by double World Champion Stallion Florencio and she is in foal to SEZUAN for this year!! Andorra’s dam is a State Premium mare who has already bred a licensed Stallion and a State Premium daughter - we hope Andorra will follow in her footsteps when she is presented for grading later in the year! Andorra is bred by Andreas Klinker breeder Reserve Champion stallions Fürst Grandios and First Final! We thank Andreas for letting us have her and bring her to the UK later in the year.

For those of you who don’t know Sezuan, he made history when he obtained a record breaking result of 10 x 10.00 at his performance test last year and his first foals are already causing a sensation in Germany and Denmark. This stallion takes my breath away!

Andorra AK
11 months in foal and still incredible movement!

 

Sezuan
The sire of her foal which is due the end of April!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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April 2013

The Legendary Dutch Breeder Emmy de Jeu visits Larkshill Stud!

We were thrilled to welcome the wonderful Emmy de Jeu to Larkshill Stud. We have been in discussions for a while and Emmy was interested to see our horses and discuss our breeding programme. Emmy has bred so many successful horses including last year's KWPN Dressage mare Champion Eskara de Jeu, Elite by Jazz, out of Okara De Jeu, Keur Preferent. Okara has also produced a licensed stallion also by Jazz and full sister to Eskara, Don de Jeu! De Jeu horses are spread all over the world and many are already competing at the top level. Perhaps the most famous de Jeu horse is the highly successful mare Sisther de Jeu ridden by the legendary Edward Gal at Grand Prix level. Sisther has just been retired and will now be a full time mum, she has been bred by ET and there is already an embryo by Charmeur - just think how good that foal will be!

 

We were honoured to spend quality time with Emmy, she has been an inspiration to me for many years and her wealth of knowledge is vast.

Our time together was filled with non stop talk about breeding and stallions and filled with laughter - washed down with quite a few glasses of bubbles! Roll on my next visit to the De Jeu empire!
www.dejeudressage.com

Emmy is pictured left with Elite mare Bugatti and Larkshill Icon by Negro who we believe is a stallion prospect!

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April 2013

Two more Stunning Larkshill Foals are Born within days of each other!

St.Pr.St. Ronja has given birth to the full brother to Oldenburg licensed stallion and Bundeschampionate qualifier winner Darnell. This colt is every bit as impressive as his big brother and oozes stallion presence. He has a very regal look and is already strutting around the fields as if he owns the stud! We have named him Larkshill Divinity as he is totally Divine!

Next it was the turn of Pr.St. Machita who has had a sublime colt by Métall, sire of Carl Hester's Grand Prix and Olympic team Gold medal winning stallion Uthopia! This boy is refined and elegant combined with super movement and a sweet character, we are thrilled with him. We have called him Larkshill Maestro as we believe he will be a " Master" in the dressage world!

Larkshill Divinity
( Don Frederico x Rotspon x Weltmeyer)
(Left)

Larkshill Maestro
(Métall x Samarant x Florestan)
(Right)

 

 

 



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April 2013

Thank you Pr.St. Larkshill Supremacy - A Stunning filly by Fürst Heinrich!

 

Pr. St. Larkshill Supremacy (full sister to Oldenburg licensed stallion Larkshill Debonair) has delivered exactly what we ordered; a stunning black Fürst Heinrich filly - with lots of movement and character.
This filly is so confident and cheeky, actually, just like her mum was as a foal! This is second generation breeding for us and so this filly is very precious and we adore her!

This special lady is one in a million. We have named her Larkshill Scandalous - as we are sure she will cause a Scandal
wherever she goes!

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April 2013

Larkshill Debonair Licenses with the Oldenburg Verband!

 

Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of St.Pr.St. Show Hit is licensed with the Oldenburg Verband! The judges made the following comments about him:

A young horse with three exceptional paces and international potential.”

This follows his British Warmblood Licensing last year. It has always been my dream to breed a Licensed stallion so I am over the moon! We look forward to watching his competition career! His dam St.Pr.St. Show Hit is in foal to Fürst Heinrich so we hope she will have another superstar!

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March 2013

Our First Foal of the Year is born and he is Amazing!

 

Wow what can I say about this sensational colt, he really takes my breath away. He has such presence and huge uphill movement.
His sire is the legendary Negro, sire of Charlotte Dujardin's individual and team Olympic Gold medal winning horse Valegro. His dam is the highly graded Elite mare Bugatti ST, who's pedigree boosts 3 generations of Elite Mares who also have the coveted Sports predicate. What a dream Grand Prix pedigree!

This colt has movie star looks and the talent to match, so we have named him Larkshill Icon!

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March 2013

Fürst Larkshill and Daisy Jackson on Winning Form!

 

Congratulations to the wonderful young rider Daisy Jackson and Fürst Larkshill (aka Tango!) on winning both their Elementarys on 71 and 75%! This was only Tango's 3rd time out, so it's a great achievement! Bred by us Tango is by the legendary Fürst Heinrich out of a De Niro mare. What great dressage genes!!

Daisy is on the GB squad with Nicola Buchanan's Grand Prix horse Saint Swithens and we hope Fürst Larkshill will be Daisy's next Team horse! Well done to Tango and Daisy we are so proud of you both!

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March 2013

More International Sales of Larkshill Horses

I am delighted to report that all of our 2012 foals are now happily settled in their new homes. We have secured top competition homes for all of them, so we are thrilled. Larkshill Hallelujah and Larkshill Dreamweaver are both sold to wonderful homes in the UK and are both doing well. Larkshill Bravado has been sold to a Russian Grand Prix rider and is in St Petersburg and Larkshill Heritage is being raised in Germany and is also now Russian owned ! Good luck to all the owners and we look forward to hearing how they get on.

Larkshill Bravado
( Bretton Woods x Rotspon x Weltmeyer)
Now in Russia

Larkshill Heritage
(Uthopia x Gribaldi x Ferro)
Now in Germany

 

 

 



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February 2013

Larkshill Stud on Tour Again - KWPN Stallion Licensing!

  Our tour of Holland was fantastic.The Champion was an Ampere / Ferro / but I loved the Reserve Champion more - a Johnson / Florencio! There were also some electric moving colts from Apache, and Vivaldi too. It was great to see some of the 4 / 5 year old stallions under saddle, Charmeur, Dream Boy and Desperado all stood out for me and they were super nice in the stables too. The evening gala was brilliant with clinics from Anky Van Grunsven and Adelinde Cornelissen and stallion competitions – how brilliant to see the likes of Vivaldi and Hans Peter Minderhoud performing to Gangnam style and winning of course!
 

The real highlight for me was to visit Gertjan and Anne Van Olst’s stables to meet the Legendary Negro and see their amazing breeding operation, thanks to Rob Lickley for arranging it.

I don’t think I have ever walked into a stallion barn full of such gorgeous stallions EVER the strength in depth of quality was awe inspiring! They had 50 yearling colts all with top pedigrees, I bet we will see some of them license in 2 years time! Now I really can’t wait for our Negro foal out of Elite mare Bugatti – Only 28 days and counting!

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January 2013

Another Year - Another Licensed stallion!

 

What a fantastic start to 2013!

We have just heard from Jane Jones in Australia that Larkshill Desert Storm has been Licensed with the Australian Warmblood Association!

He is by Dr Doolittle out of the very beautiful mare Aika by Fürst Heinrich / Rubinstein. We sold Storm as a stallion prospect when he was a foal to Australia and we are absolutely thrilled that he has fulfilled all our dreams and Licensed. Huge congratulations to his owner Jane Jones.

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December 2012

Wishing all our Friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2013!

Dexter our two year old
Weimaraner being Festive!

Merry Christmas and a
Happy & Healthy New Year!

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November 2012

Larkshill Stud on Tour in Germany!

 

We had amazing time at the Oldenburg Stallion licensing and met up with lots of friends.

The highlight was being privileged to see the Champion stallion "Follow Me" ( pictured left) by the sensational Fürstenball. He was the Champion in my eyes from day one at the trot up - he took my breath away. All three paces were exceptional. This was Fürstenball's first foal crop and what an achievement to breed the Champion! Congratulations to Fürstenball's breeder Georg Sieverding (Machita's breeder) and to Follow Me's breeder Jürgen Fetzer.

We visited lots of studs including Gestüt Sprehe where we saw first hand their amazing new dressage facility where Kristina Sprehe trains with Desperados. My goodness I have never ever seen such a huge indoor school! They were so hospitable as always and showed us their wonderful stallions, there is certainly lots to think about for next year's matings for the mares.
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November 2012

De Niro Leads the 2012 WBFSH Dressage Sire Ranking!

 

The Elite stallion De Niro (by Donnerhall x Akzent II x Wiesenbaum xx) has topped the WBFSH Dressage Sire Ranking. De Niro's offspring has been most successful at Grand Prix level the past year. Previous leaders include Donnerhall and Jazz.

De Niro is sire of our homebred licensed stallion Larkshill Debonair and full sister BEF Elite and Premium mare Larkshill Supremacy and Premium foals Larkshill Decadence and Larkshill Affinity .

I've always loved this fabulous stallion, he is so consistent, he really produces quality foals. What an achievement as such an early age!

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October 2012

Don Frederico Named Hanoverian Stallion of the Year!

 

We are thrilled with this news as St.Pr.St. Ronja is in foal to Don Frederico for 2013.

Ronja's 2006 foal Darnell by Don Frederico Licensed with the Oldenburg Verband in 2008 and went on to win a Bundeschampionate Qualifier last year with a  score of 8.3. He went on to sell for 190,000 – Euros.

A Don Frederico daughter of Ronja’s St Pr St Diva was Champion Mare at 2 & 3 years old was awarded State Premium Status this year!

Don Frederico completed his performance test with a fantastic dressage score of 151 but it is his progeny that really underpin his status as one of the great stallions of all time and one of the greatest producers of dressage horses. Current shooting stars made by Don Frederico are the silver medal winner of the Olympic Games in London, Diva Royal with Dorothee Schneider, and Isabell Werths Grand Prix horse Don Johnson FRH. 25 of his sons are approved by the Hanoverian Association and many more with other breed societies,  including the current bronze medal winner of the five-year dressage horses at the Bundeschampionate, Don Darius, and the Champion of the young dressage horses in 2008, Dramatic. About 2,500 descendants, including 178 State premium candidates, are registered with the Hanoverian Association.

Breeding Director Dr. Werner Schade summed up that Don Frederico was rewarded with the Title of Stallion of the year as his descendants are successful the international elite sport - this is the outstanding characteristic of Don Frederico. He scores with commitment to performance, power and ambition and just this important features passes to his sons and daughters. "He has set standards." 
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September 2012

Dreams Do Come True - I have Bred my First Licensed Stallion!

Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of St.Pr.St. Show Hit


Since starting the stud 10 years ago, I have had three main ambitious dreams in my breeding programme. The first is to give young horses the best start in life, the second is to breed a licensed stallion and third to breed an Olympic dressage horse. Big dreams I know, but I have always wanted to breed the very best I can and today I have achieved that wonderful second ambition. Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of State Premium mare Show Hit was licensed with the British Warmblood Society. German Judges Dr Senckenberg and Dr Heuschmann licensed him -one of only 4 colts out of 17!

Huge congratulations and thanks to his owner Bruce Matthews for believing in him and allowing him to go forward for licensing and also big thanks to the wonderful Woodlander team who, as always, did a marvelous job in preparing him the grading. Debonair is a full brother to our Premium graded and BEF Elite Mare Supremacy who is in foal to Fürst Heinrich for next year. Breeding the Olympic dressage horse is still work in progress but with all our Larkshill babies out there already and an exciting foal crop for 2013 - I feel for sure we have some contenders!

Right now I am cloud nine, with a glass of champagne in my hand and an armful of carrots ready to go to the field and congratulate his dam St.Pr.St. Show Hit!

Larkshill Debonair

by De Niro out of

St.Pr.St. Show Hit

Licensed Stallion

2012

with Bruce Matthews
&
Heather Stack

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September 2012

Prestigious Oldenburg Foal Premiums for both of our Oldenburg Foals!

Once again we were very honored that we were chosen as a venue for the annual UK Oldenburg Foal inspections. This year we welcomed two new German judges, Herr Rainer Ahlers and Herr Arnold Hannöver. We are delighted that both of our Oldenburg Foals received the prestigious Foal Premium. Larkshill Bravado was first to go and was rather exuberant in his efforts to show off, galloping around the arena and generally making the most of his moment in the spotlight. We think he was secretly hoping some of the visiting filly foals were watching - this one is a real stallion in the making!
Next was Larkshill Dreamweaver, who was not to be out done by his older friend, he is such a charmer and so charismatic he had soon won over the judges and the audience with his beautiful type and elegance and of course his sensational movement. Another successful year in breeding and hugely satisfying!

Larkshill Dreamweaver
Dimaggio x Libitina
Oldenburg Premium Foal

Larkshill Bravado
Bretton Woods x St Pr St Ronja
Oldenburg Premium Foal

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August 2012

Larkshill Sovereign and Ruth Edge do it again!

 

Ruth and Sovereign go from strength to strength, pictured here on their way to winning the 4 year old class at Milton Keynes Eventing Centre with a double clear and ending on a superb dressage score of 26.5!

Another brilliant result for a young horse who was only backed in April this year!

Well done to the whole team!

 

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July 2012

Sovereign Qualifies for the Burghley Young Event Horse Final with Ruth Edge

 

We have wonderful news that Larkshill Sovereign ridden by Ruth Edge has qualified for the Burghley Young Event Horse Final at his first attempt!

This was his first ever competition and there were 77 in the class and he came 2nd, with very good scores. He is now 4 years old and a strapping 16.3. Apparently has such a big engine he is not sure what to do with all the power yet!

Huge congratulations to his owner Pauline Fletcher and to his rider Ruth Edge.

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June 2012

Our Last Foal of 2012 is Here and he is Stunning!

 

Libitina has done it again - another stunning foal by World Champion Dimaggio. Dreamweaver is only the second colt Libitina has ever given us & he was definitely worth the wait! Click here for more photos.

He has very long legs, is elegant & refined with the most beautiful head. Even at a few days old he is already showing very powerful elevated movement. He is inquisitive & bold & seems to know just how gorgeous he is!

This one is a real Charmer for sure!

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June 2012

Larkshill L'Amour is Looking So Beautiful!

 

They say that the yearling phase of a horse's life is the ugly duckling stage - not so for L' Amour! Thank you to Katy for sending me these stunning photos of her, she really does get more beautiful every day!

Also many thanks to Katy and her mum Jane for the wonderful testimonial. I was so pleased to help make a young lady's dream come true, we couldn't have asked for a better home for L' Amour. To read the story click here.

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June 2012

Larkshill Cascadia has a Magnificent Colt by Uthopia!

 

I am delighted to introduce Larkshill Cascadia & her fabulous colt by Uthopia!

Cascadia is by Grand Prix & Elite Stallion Gribaldi (sire of Totilas) out of a Ferro mare, whom I owned and bred to Gribaldi. It's so lovely to have her home!

Her foal Larkshill Heritage (stable name Hester), is already showing tremendous movement, with a lot of suppleness, elasticity & engagement in all three gaits & he is drop dead gorgeous too! We are hoping he has inherited the Grand Prix genes of his famous sires Uthopia, Gribaldi & the Legendary Ferro!

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June 2012

Success for Larkshill Rheindancer at the Hertfordshire County Show!

 

Congratulations to Megan and Rheindancer ( by Sarkozy out of Rheindayla) who came second out of a very strong class of 9 yearlings in the Sports Horse class at the Hertfordshire County Show.

Apparently Rheindancer thoroughly enjoyed herself and took it all in her stride and just loved all the attention!

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May 2012

Larkshill Legacy is Sold to Germany and Prada to Finland

 

We have had wonderful news that Larkshill Legacy who is now 2 years old has been sold to Germany where she will be prepared for grading and performance testing next year.

And the very beautiful Prada, a broodmare we imported from Germany a few years ago, has found a wonderful new home in Finland. Her "husband" for next year will either be Totilas or Bretton Woods! We wish both mares the best of luck and look forward to hearing how they get on.

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April 2012

Larkshill Stud's Facebook Page is Launched!

 

I am loving all the interaction and hearing from everyone via facebook. We already have over 90 "likes" which is amazing in only 2 weeks! Thanks to everyone who has liked us and please share the news that we have facebook page and get everyone to LIKE us!

To Follow us on Facebook - Click here

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March 2012

St.Pr.St. Ronja & Bretton Woods Produce a Sensational Stallion Prospect!

 

The Dressage Gods have come together to create this outstanding colt for the
Dressage World. With movie star looks, opulent movement, captivating charm and outstanding bloodlines, this colt is truly World Class.

His dam has already produced a graded stallion and we hope this colt will be the next one! He takes my breath away and he is being retained as a future stallion prospect.

Click here to see more photos of him.


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March 2012

Larkshill Hallelujah is Full of the Joys of Spring!

 

Hallelujah is 7 weeks old today and is growing so fast I thought I'd share some recent photos of her.

This filly is quite extraordinary and is a huge powerful mover. She is already showing off her Grand Prix moves in the field. I am thrilled with her!

She is certainly making the most of the glorious weather we have been having and spends all day playing in the sunshine. What a lucky foal!

Click here to see more photos of her.


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February 2012

Our First Bretton Woods Foal is here and she is a Stunner!

 

I am delighted to announce the arrival of our first foal for 2012 - a wonderful black filly by the sensational Bretton Woods out of our new Elite mare Bugatti. I can't praise this filly enough, she has inherited her dam's superb hind leg and her sire's long legs and charm! With two such good looking parents it's no surprise that she is a stunner too!

This filly is First Class. Her breeding is of exceptional quality, she comes from 3 generations of Elite mares. We are thrilled with her and have called her Larkshill Hallelujah!

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January 2012

All Last Year's Foals are Happy & Settled in their Wonderful New Homes!

I am so happy all the 2011 foals are now safely settled in their new homes. I would like to thank their new owners for sending me photos and regular updates - it really does make it easier to sell them when we have such lovely owners who love them as much as we do!

 

Although we didn't announce it last year, we did sell our stunning Totilas colt Larkshill Total Triumph to a top class
5 * competition home, where he will be given every opportunity to fulfil his potential.

Despite receiving many offers for him from around the world we decided to sell him to the UK, as a future Stallion and Competition prospect. He has settled in really well and here he is enjoying his new life with his new best friend Sooty!

We have had many enquiries for our 2012 foals and look forward to Larkshill's new generation of owners and horses! To find out from our current owners what it's like to purchase a Larkshill horse please check out our Testimonials page!
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December 2011

Wishing all our Friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful 2012!

Larkshill Supremacy Enjoying the Snow!

Premium Graded in Germany 2011
BEF Elite Graded

In Foal to World Champion
Fürst Heinrich

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November 2011

Stallions Galore with Larkshill Stud on Tour!

October and November have been busy with 2 trips to Germany to watch the Oldenburg and Trakehner Stallion licensing. Both events were very interesting as always, seeing the progeny of the young stallions forward for grading and then watching the slightly older stallions at the evening Gala shows really helps with choosing the husbands for the mares! One of the huge benefits of going to these events is to see for yourself how correct the stallions are and what their temperaments are like in the arena and in the stables.  It is only by seeing them "up front and personal" that you can see this, videos can be made later which emphasize the good points only. Many a talented stallion has come off my breeding list for mean spirited behaviour in the stable or incorrect limbs when viewed closely!

We also caught up with many breeder friends at both events and another benefit of going to the gradings is sharing information with them and picking their brains about trends and stallions and the direction the breed societies are going.

To read a full report of the stallions we saw on my trips click here and read my latest blog in the Horse Breeders Magazine. You can also read an interview with the Magazine by clicking here.

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August 2011

Larkshill Foals 100% Premium!

Herr Bodo Willms Vice President of the Oldenburg Verband, Germany
and Heather Stack of Larkshill Stud

Larkshill Total Triumph by Totilas
out of St.Pr.St Show Hit


Oldenburg Premium Foal

We were very honored that the Vice President of the Oldenburg Verband Herr Bodo Willms visited Larkshill Stud to inspect our foals along with Dr Karsten Kühl and Lois Allard from the Oldenburg Verband. We are absolutely thrilled that all of our foals received the coveted Oldenburg Premium Foal Award! Total Triumph was particularly praised and Herr Willms commented that he had looked at 6 Totilas foals in Germany and Holland and our “Toto”  was the best one! He even asked for a photo for the Oldenburg magazine. I am so proud of all the foals - they are all superstars!

Larkshill Total Triumph
(Totilas x St.Pr.St. Show Hit)

Oldenburg Premium Foal
Stallion Prospect

Larkshill Rheindancer
(Sarkozy x Rheindayla)

BEF ELITE Graded Foal
Oldenburg Premium Foal

Larkshill Mirella
(Rohdiamant x Pr.St. Machita)

Oldenburg Premium Foal

Larkshill L'Amour
(Dimaggio x Libitina)

Oldenburg Premium Foal


 

 

 

 

 

 


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August 2011

Larkshill Supremacy Shines in Germany!

  In February this year I made the tough decision to send Supremacy to Germany for Mare Grading and Performance testing, as we believed her to be Premium quality and it is not possible to receive Premium status in the UK for Oldenburg mares. I am delighted to announce that when she presented to the Oldenburg Verband they liked her so much that she was selected to go forward to the Performance test for Premium mares. We are so thrilled that a British bred mare has been judged in the top 5% of mares in the studbook.

I went to watch her at her Performance test and she received excellent scores for her paces - all 8's and she loose jumped superbly! Whilst her ridden test was not fault free she still received excellent scores for her paces under saddle from the German judges. We are absolutely over the moon that she will be awarded a Verband Premium. Talking to the head judge afterwards he said if she had been more settled in her ridden work, she would have received the State Premium award and if I wanted I could present her again next year when she has had more time under saddle. What an achievement!

However the real icing on the cake for me is that whilst she was in Germany, she was approved to breed to the World Champion Fürst Heinrich (my favourite all time stallion and sire of Woodlander's fabulous mare Farouche!) and as she is now in foal to him, so hopefully she will be rather busy next year having her foal!

I am so proud to have this wonderful young homebred Premium mare representing the Stud, she is quite spectacular in every way and she has a very special place in my heart!
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August 2011

Larkshill Rheindancer is Graded Elite!

We are so thrilled to announce that Larkshill Rheindancer by Sarkozy out of Rheindayla, received the Elite award at the BEF futurity yesterday - just like her big Brother Larkshill Salvador.

This extraordinary filly was an angel to bath, plait and load and then when she got the the "party" she thoroughly enjoyed herself in the arena! She received a vet score of 9, 9.25 for frame & build for dressage, 8.75 for walk, 9 for trot with comments of very uphill & expressive, 18 out of 20 for athleticism & canter ( balanced & athletic), and 9 for attitude!

She is only offered for sale to a very special dressage home as we knew this filly was World Class potential and these results prove it!

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July 2011

Another Exceptional Broodmare joins the Larkshill Herd!


Elite Bugatti St

Discovery x Don Schufro x Flemmingh

In foal to Bretton Woods

Elite Bugatti St is an exceptionally well bred and highly graded mare. She was awarded Keur status at her grading, scoring highly on all 3 gaits. Following a very successful performance test and completion of the strict KWPN X Rays she has now been granted ELITE status.

Her breeding is impeccable, with line breeding to the legendary Donnerhall and a blue chip dam line. Every mare is graded ELITE and has the Sport dressage predicate too. This exceptional quality of the dam line is truly outstanding. We are thrilled that she is in foal to Champion stallion Bretton Woods due January 28th!

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June 2011

St.Pr.St Ronja's son Darnell Wins and Qualifies for the Bundeschampionate
and her 3 year old Daughter Diva is Champion Mare!

Link to full story on Eurodressage

More great news for our wonderful new mare St.Pr.St Ronja. Her son Darnell by Don Frederico was the grand Champion of the Bundeschampionate qualification class held at the big regional show in Neuss-Grefrath on 3 - 5 June 2011. Darnell was the sole winner in the 5-year old dressage horse test ridden by P.S.I. in-house rider Stefanie Kerner. Darnell and Kerner have now earned a place at the Finals in Warendorf!

We have also just heard that Ronja's 3 year old daughter Diva also by Don Frederico, has just won her class at the Stutenschau in Königslutter. Ronja's sister by Sandro Hit was the overall Mare Champion!

What a sensational family. Ronja and her foal Donatella will be arriving in the UK any day now
and I just can't wait!

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June 2011

Our Totilas colt is here and he is a Total Triumph!

Larkshill Total Triumph by Totilas
out of St. Pr.St. Show Hit by Show Star

I am delighted to announce the birth of our long awaited Totilas colt out of our wonderful State Premium mare Show Hit.

He is quite simply magnificent! He is everything we dreamed of and more.

This colt is clearly stamped with the quality traits of his famous sire with fabulous looks, movement and temperament.

He is elegant and refined with long legs, his walk is huge and he is showing so much cadence in his movement - it takes my breath away.

What is really special about this colt is his intelligence. Never before have we seen a colt foal as bright. As soon as he was born he was very quick to stand and get the hang of his long legs and straight over to the milk bar and latched on without any trouble, very unusual for a colt . He stands quietly for his foal slip to be put on and already lifts his feet up for checking every day - you can just see him working everything out and wanting to please - just like his famous sire!

With the first Totilas foal auctioned at Vechta yesterday selling for an incredible 105,000 Euros, Totilas is set to become a breeding legend as well as being a living sporting legend. I am convinced our boy has a very bright and successful career ahead of him.

The combination of World Class genes from his World Champion sire and from his State Premium dam, who herself comes from 5 generations of State Premium mares, has resulted in a World Class stallion prospect.

We have named him Larkshill Total Triumph because we believe he is just that and we couldn't be more proud!

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A Regal Black Filly is Born in Royal Wedding Week!

 

Rheindayla, not to miss out on the action has also produced a black filly by Bundeschampion Sarkozy. Full sister to Elite and Premium foal Larkshill Salvador we know this filly will be also become a little star and cause a sensation where ever she goes! She is jet black, strong and very athletic and has a regal appearance - how appropriate with the Royal wedding tomorrow!

Now all we have to do is think of a suitably regal name for her!

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April 2011

Scrumptious Easter Present for Larkshill - Stunning Black Filly by Dimaggio!

 

Libitina was 8 days early with her sensational Easter present for us. She gave birth to the most exquisite black filly by World Champion Dimaggio. She has gloriously long legs and the most exquisite head and face and is already showing off her fabulous movement in the field.

We have named her Larkshill L' Amour as we are totally and hopelessly in love with her and we are sure she will break more than a few hearts! The photo on the left was taken at 5 hours old!

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April 2011

St.Pr.St. Ronja's foal is born with lots of Designer Bling!

 

St. Pr. St. Ronja has a very flashy filly by Don Presidente (see below). We are delighted with this powerful filly and she certainly has a lot of designer bling - no need for white bandages in the dressage arena with this one! We have named her Larkshill Donatella, which means Beautiful Gift.

Her German breeder is thrilled with her and said she has a wonderful walk and superb canter - she has yet to show her trot as she is like a little Dynamo always galloping!

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March 2011

Don Presidente, Sire of St.Pr.St Ronja's foal is New Ride for Imke Schellekens-Bartels!

Link to full story on Eurodressage

Dutch WEG team gold medallist Imke Schellekens-Bartels has a new horse. The Smarius family, owners of her top horse Sunrise, has given her the ride on their Hanoverian licensed stallion Don Presidente. He has been standing at stud at Landsgestut Celle and was Champion of the Lower Saxon Regional Championships, as well as Reserve Champion of his performance test.

Don Presidente arrived at Bartels' Academy in The Netherlands, on Monday 7 March and Imke Schellekens-Bartels commented "I've only sat on him twice in Germany, but I think he's a talented horse"

What exciting news, we can't wait to see his and Ronja's foal which is due at the end of March!

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February 2011

Pr.St. Machita's First Foal is here and she is Amazing!

Machita's foal is here and she is amazing! We have named her Mirella which means " one who is greatly admired " and we know she will be!

This exquisite filly by the legendary Rohdiamant is everything we could have hoped for and more. She is tall, strong with a most beautiful head and her movement is phenomenal as you would expect from this world class combination of genes!

Congratulations to Scott and Annette on the purchase of Mirella at just 6 days old, here is what they said about Mirella - " We are both so excited by the charisma, charm and potential of this filly and of course, that special genetic gold dust!"

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January 2011

Introducing a Wonderful New Mare!

St. Pr.St. Ronja by Rotspon
out of
St. Pr. St. Wanja by Weltmeyer

 

I am so excited to have found this wonderful State Premium mare. Ronja's 2006 foal Darnell by Don Frederico was purchased as a foal by Paul Schockemöhle, went on to grade with the Oldenburg Verband and recently sold at the PSI Auction for 190,000 Euros!

Her Dam St Pr St Wanja has also bred a Premium graded stallion Blue Hors Lodestar - who of course is Ronja’s brother. Ronja achieved fantastic scores at her grading and performance test before starting her very successful breeding career.

We eagerly await Ronja's 2011foal by Reserve Champion Don Presidente!

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December 2010

Wishing all our Friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy 2011!

November 2010

Machita's breeder has two more Oldenburg Stallions Graded !!
.................and Heather meets Totilas!

Heather telling Totilas all about his Larkshill foal he has due next year!

 

What an amazing few days in Germany! This year we went to the Oldenburg and the Trakehner Stallion Licensing and visited lots of stallion stations. One of the highlights for me was being given special permission to meet Totilas! He was so sweet and playful and quite clearly loves all the attention! He looked in super condition and we look forward to seeing him under saddle next February which will be his first ridden debut according to Schockemöhle - needless to say we have booked our tickets already!

Huge congratulations to Georg Sieverding, Machita's breeder as he had 2 more stallions graded! The first was a wonderful Florencio / Dormello who was the Reserve Champion and the second one was a fantastic Sir Donnerhall who has the same grandmother as Machita!

There was a lot of celebrating to be done as you can imagine!

The Oldenburg Gala was wonderful - Damon Hill definitely stole the show and it was great to see so many stallions in one evening. It was also fun to go back to the Trakehners and I loved the Reserve Champion Millennium as well as the Champion Imhotep - both carrying Gribaldi blood. We went to see Millennium at Sprehe on Sunday as he is every bit a Champion in the flesh! It is very pleasing to see the Trakehners moving more to performance horses in their stallions selections. It was also interesting to see so many stallions at the Oldenburg grading with Trakehner dams - they obviously want the blood which is good news for us and our breeding program!

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November 2010

Fürst Larkshill Sold to a Top Young Rider!

We are thrilled to announce that Fürst Larkshill will be a future Grand Prix horse for young rider Daisy Jackson. Daisy is currently in training with Nicola Jourdain and Gill Fullen. Daisy is a member of South West BYRDS and is currently competing at medium level on Sarah and Rebecca Eccles, Stafford Salamander. Daisy is very focused in her ambitions and aims to go to Germany after her A levels to continue her training. She hopes with the help of her trainers to ride Fürst Larkshill at Grand Prix and ultimately of course to represent Great Britain!

 

Fürst Larkshill is by the World Champion stallion Fürst Heinrich out of Monik by De Niro. He was awarded the prestigious Oldenburg Foal Premium in 2006. He was bred at Larkshill Stud and sent to Germany as a 2 year old to be professionally produced.

Now back in the UK, he won and qualified for the Badminton Young Horse Championships first time out beating all the 5 year olds! His paces and temperament are outstanding and he just loves to work. This young horse is absolutely World Class.

Congratulations to Daisy and Tango (as he is known at home!), we look forward to watching you being superstars together!

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October 2010

Wow! 3 Oldenburg Premiums for Larkshill Foals.........

.........And to us they are just as exciting as Totilas' 3 Gold's!

The Oldenburg Verband have inspected our foals and I am over the moon to announce that they awarded us 3 of the coveted Foal Premiums. The first went to Larkshill Legacy by Benetton Dream out of Libitina, the second to Larkshill Tänzer by Benetton Dream out of Pinakothek, bred by us and now owned by Debbie, Jack and Daisy - huge congrats to you all. A small mention about Larkshill Affinity, she decided she could only canter and buck and play on the day of the inspection so she couldn't be awarded a Premium but she has already received her BEF Higher First Premium so are pleased for her!

And then onto Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of St. Pr.St. Show Hit. According to the Verband he is the best colt we have bred and obviously a Premium!! They commented especially on his outstanding walk and canter. So now the dilemma is whether to keep him as a future Stallion!

We always knew Debonair was World Class and it looks like we are not the only ones!

2010 Oldenburg Premium Foal
and Stallion Prospect

Larkshill Debonair by De Niro out of
St. Pr.St. Show Hit


2010 Oldenburg Premium Foal

Larkshill Legacy by Benetton Dream
out of Libitina


2010 Oldenburg Premium Foal

Larkshill Tänzer by Benetton Dream
out of Pinakothek

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October 2010

3 Gold Medals for Gal and Totilas at the World Equestrian Games!

 

Congratulations to Edward Gal and the amazing stallion Moorlands Totilas who claimed their 3rd Gold medal in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. He and the Dutch Team scooped Team Gold, and then he went on to win Gold for the Grand Prix Special and then they made it a hat-trick winning the Freestyle scoring a sensational 91.8%!

Also huge congrats go to Laura Bechtolsheimer, who produced a personal best score of 85.35 with Mistral Hojris to become the first ever British rider to take three medals at a World Dressage Championship - Silver in the Team, Special and Freestyle!

We are thrilled and so excited that St.Pr.St. Show Hit is in foal to Totilas, it will be black and the foetal sexing indicates it's a colt - hopefully it will be a mini Toto! !

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September 2010

Young Love and Aika with her 3 foals!

Affinity and Debonair kissing (!) and our lovely mare Aika with her 3 foals! Aika is the best nanny a herd can have, she is patient and tolerant with all the foals and they all love spending time with her! The photo shows Legacy nearest to Aika. Legacy was weaned a few days ago and you would never tell, she is so happy with her family and loving all the extra attention!

 

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July 2010

Larkshill Affinity Captures the Judges Hearts at the Futurity!

 

Affinity was the youngest foal presented at the Solihull Futurity and was amazing. At 4 weeks old she showed maturity beyond her years.

The judges loved her and gave her a Higher First Premium Award! She got a fantastic 9 for her walk, 8.25 for her trot & 17 for her athleticism & 8 .75 for her attitude! They commented that she will be even more impressive when she is older & stronger. They said that she is one to watch for the future & predicts she will have a very promising dressage career ahead of her!

Well done little Princess!

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July 2010

St.Pr.St. Show Hit is in foal to Moorlands Totilas!

 

We are delighted to announce that St.Pr.St. Show HIt is in foal to Moorlands Totilas. Show Hit is is one of only 10 mares in the UK to be approved and 100 worldwide. Totilas took the dressage world by storm last year and received standing ovations where ever he competed, breaking one world record after another!

We have 6 foals due in 2011:

Pr.St. Machita x Rohdiamant due 31st January 2011
Zouelle x Wynton due 5th April 2011
Rheindayla x Sarkozy due 23rd April 2011
Libitina x Dimaggio due 29th April 2011
St.Pr.St. Show Hit x Totilas due 28th May 2011
Aika x De Niro due 14th June 2011

We are now welcoming enquiries for next years foals

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June 2010

Aika produces a Dream Dressage Princess!

Our last foal of the year is here and she takes my breath away! Affinity is the most beautiful foal I have ever seen, she is absolutely exquisite.

She has inherited her sire De Niro's World Class movement and Aika's sweet nature and good looks! She has elevated effortless paces & lovely uphill conformation. Aika's last foal was a Premium Foal & sold to Australia as a stallion prospect!

With her dream dressage pedigree of De Niro, Donnerhall, Fürst Heinrich, Florestan and Rubinstein - Larkshill Affinity has it all!

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June 2010

Fürst Larkshill Wins and Qualifies First Time Out!

So the champagne is flowing and I am over the moon with Fürst Larkshill's first UK outing! We took him to a Badminton Young Horse qualifier on Sunday and much to our surprise and joy he won!

He was in a mixed class of 4 & 5 year olds and as he is only 4 and it was only his second ever show, we didn't expect very much.......... so when the scores went up and he won by more than 5% we were thrilled!

Thanks to Matt Burnett who rode him and to Darren Mattia who is producing him.

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May 2010

Larkshill Debonair is born and he is Magnificent!

Introducing Larkshill Debonair, full bother to Premium & Elite foals Supremacy & Decadence and he is Magnificent!

He is suave, elegant and totally charming hence the name Debonair! Power, presence and huge effortless movement combined with a World Class dressage pedigree.

As we have retained his full brother and sister he is offered for sale to an exceptional home.

A true World Class Contender

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May 2010

Larkshill Lakota Wins First Time Out!

Congratulations to Fiona Johnstone who owns Larkshill Lakota by Kostolany out of Champion mare Libitina. We have just heard from Fiona that Lakota proved herself to be a real star at her first affiliated dressage competition by winning both of her tests - one of which she scored 73%!

Well done to both of you!

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May 2010

Introducing a New Broodmare!

 

We are delighted to introduce Zouelle. She is a real beauty with three powerful, elevated paces and she is such a sweetie!! Her breeding is amazing, she is by the Champion stallion Special D (Métall / Ferro) out of a Preferent mare by Equador (Voltaire). This is a seriously impressive mare from a blue chip dam line full of Preferent and Keur mares. She is in foal to Licensing, Performance Test & Pavo Cup Champion Wynton for a 2011 foal.

We are meant to be selling this mare, but I am slowly and surely falling in love!


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Prada finally has her Foal!

Congratulations to Debbie, Daisy & Jack the new owners of Prada on the birth of her foal by Benetton Dream - a stunning bay colt with lots of bling!! This one was certainly worth waiting for!!

His name is Larkshill Boogie Woogie Tänzer!! Apparently he spends so much time dancing around the field on his long legs, so Boogie Woggie is obvious and Tänzer which is the German for Dancer - how wonderful!! I am thrilled and so pleased Prada & Tänzer are in such a loving home.

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Easter Monday 2010

Introducing a New Ballerina!

Our Champion mare Libitina gave birth to an adorable black filly by Benetton Dream at 6.30am today - what a lovely Easter present!

This is Libitina's 7th foal and she is very lively, cantering around the barn full of the joys of Spring! Long legs, striking looks and huge movement this little filly is certainly going to be a dancing Diva! We have called her Larkshill Legacy.

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March 2010

St.Pr.St. Show Hit Approved to Breed to World Champion Totilas!

 

We are delighted to announce that St.Pr.St. Show HIt has been approved to breed to the sensational Moorlands Totilas in his first year at stud.

Totilas took the dressage world by storm last year and received standing ovations where ever he competed, breaking one world record after another! He was the winner of the European Championships 2009 and the World Cup Final 2010. The owners of Totilas wanted to be sure that he only breeds to mares of exceptional quality - hence the very strict approval process. Show Hit is is one of only 10 mares in the UK to be approved and 100 worldwide.

How exciting - a Totilas foal for 2011!


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March 2010

Dreams Do Come True..........

For those of you that know me, you will be aware I have been searching for some time for an exceptional mare to join the herd. I had a dream so decided to see if i could make it come true..............

 

I have been following the horses bred by one exceptional breeder from one extraordinary mare family. That breeder is Herr Sieverding in Germany.

His phenomenal mare family has produced more Champions and Premium mares than any other in Modern Oldenburg History. They produced not only the 2007 Oldenburg Licensing Champion Sieger Hit, but also the 2008 Oldenburg Licensing Champion Fürstenball (who sold as a foal for 110,000 euros!) and in 2009 the second Reserve Champion Hot Spot owned by Blue Hors stud as well as 2 other graded stallions!

To breed a licensed stallion is a huge achievement but to breed one Champion after another is truly extraordinary. And it is not only the colts who do so well from this family, there are countless Premium mares, many of whom are also Elite and go onto produce Premium daughters.

So we are extremely grateful to Herr Sieverding to allow us to acquire one of his mares from this family to start our own dynasty. Her name is Pr. St. Machita she is a Premium 4 year old performance tested Oldenburg mare and she will stay in Germany with Herr Sieverding to be put in foal for a 2010 foal!

We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to be allowed to bring such an extraordinary mare to England and look forward to creating our own dynasty with her!

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February 2010

Larkshill Goes Dutch!


Moorlands Totilas KWPN Horse of the Year
 

What an amazing few days. We are just back from Holland for the KWPN stallion days & Germany for the stallion shows. We were thoroughly spoilt by the KWPN and got to see so many quality stallions. There was a showcase of Jazz sons including a special demo by Parcival, Gribaldi was awarded a Preferent & his two sons Painted Black and Totilas performed for us! Totilas being awarded KWPN Horse of the Year! It has given me much food for thought & a real insight into the up and coming Dutch sires.

Then onto Germany, to see my new mare (more to follow...) and to watch the sensational Fürstenball at the Schockemöhle show. As soon I saw this young stallion at the 2008 Oldenburg grading I fell in love. He became Champion of the grading and last year was Champion of his performance test scoring a massive 154 for his dressage. He was phenomenal under saddle - I am well and truly smitten!

 

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January 2010

Larkshill Desert Storm is causing a Storm Down Under!

 

We have just heard from Jane Jones in Australia that Desert Storm ( Aika x Dr Doolittle) is loving all the sunshine and attention in his new 5 * home. We are eagerly awaiting her next foal by De Niro.

.."I think you would agree that he is looking incredibly well. He was such a darling on the day & very cheeky. We were jumping up & down, flinging whips to make him prick his ears & he just stood there thinking we were idiots!! I was in a total sweat & he was as cool as a cucumber!! There is no doubt about it, he is an extremely quiet, gorgeous soul. I love him."
Jane Jones, Yering Equestrian Park


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December 09

My Nieces are both FEI World Dressage Challenge Winners!

 

I am just back from spending a week with my sister and nieces in Abu Dhabi and I am thrilled to say both Charlotte and Madelaine won their FEI classes in Dubai!!

Charlotte won the FEI adult Advanced class on her new horse Ronaldo and is also the overall winner in her FEI Zone at this level! What makes this win so thrilling is that Charlotte is only 16 and managed to beat all the adults to win the class in only her third ever competition at this level. She had only had Ronaldo in the UAE for 2 months so the partnership is still developing and I can't wait to see them in future competitions. We spent the summer touring Europe looking at horses and finally found Ronaldo in Holland, a KWPN 11 year old gelding by Jet Set D.

 

Now onto Maddie! She has taken over the ride on Sugar Creek Willy and has had some amazing results (better than her big sister managed with this horse but shhhh don't say I said so!). Maddie was the highest qualified rider with many wins at over 70% and is building a great partnership with Sugar. She surpassed herself on the day and won the Junior Elementary class! I am so thrilled as dressage is Sugar's second career, having been a race horse in the US previously. Well done both!

How fabulous for me to have 2 riders in the wings, now all I need to do is get the Larkshill horse ready for them!

Click here for more photos!!

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November 09

Larkshill Stud on Tour at the German Oldenburg & Hanoverian Stallion Gradings

 

Well we have just finished our tour of Germany where we attended both the Oldenburg and Hanoverian Stallion Licensing, as well as meeting up with many German breeders! We make sure we go every year as it is the
only way to get a real understanding of the bloodlines
and see potential sires face to face.

Highlights for me this year were the two Premium Danone l sons. The black Danone I x Welt Hit II x Noble Roi xx was the Reserve Champion at the Oldenburgs and was sold for 130,000 euros to Switzerland and we believe will be standing with Marcus Gribbe. (see photo)

At the Hanoverian grading, again a Danone l son was the second highest selling dressage horse indicating that it was also the Reserve Champion (the Hanoverians no longer name a Champion). The Danone I x Rouletto x Aktuell sold for 320,000 euros to Austria. I also loved the chestnut Fidertanz x De Niro x Jet Stream xx - who sold for 330,000 euros - this horse was a real powerhouse.

We were lucky enough to visit many German breeder friends and indeed one very special breeder but I can't say too much yet..........more of this to follow!
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October 2009

Fürst Larkshill Sparkles at his first competition in Germany!

Our fabulous Fürst Heinrich stallion went to his first dressage competition today and has behaved impeccably. He is being produced slowly and carefully and it was agreed that although he is only 3 years old we would let him go to one "party " as a 3 year old for experience.

Well he was superstar loading and traveled like a pro and he worked in with other horses quietly and calmly. He was one of only three 3 year olds in a class of 18 - all the other horses were 4 year olds and we are delighted he came 5th!! The judges really liked him and gave him a 8.5 for his canter but commented that at the moment he was a little croup high - so they think there is more movement to come!

Well done Tango!
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September 2009

Both Foals Awarded the Coveted Oldenburg Foal Premium!

We are very honoured that the Oldenburg Verband again chose Larkshill Stud as one of British venues for their mare and foal Inspection tour.  We presented Rheindayla for grading and we are delighted that she passed with flying colours and was graded into the Main Oldenburg Studbook.

Larkshill Decadence by De Niro out of St.Pr.St Show Hit was awarded the coveted Premium title just like his big sister Supremacy last year! We are thrilled as this colt is quite sensational and is being retained by the stud as a stallion prospect. So with all of St.Pr.St Show Hit's foals being awarded a Premium we look forward to welcoming her foal by De Niro next year!

Larkshill Salvador by Sarkozy out of Rheindayla was also awarded a Premium to add to his collection of awards including Reserve Champion at the BEF Futurity and his ELITE title!

 

Dr. Karsten Kühl of the Oldenburg Verband, Germany and Heather Stack of
Larkshill Stud

Larkshill Decadence - Oldenburg Premium Foal with his dam St.Pr.St Show Hit

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August 2009

Larkshill Riaza is Awarded a Premium at her Grading!

We are thrilled that Larkshill Riaza has been awarded a Verband Premium by the Westphalian Verband. The German judges came to the UK to inspect foals and grade mares. This is the highest award that can be given in this country and we are over the moon! Riaza is by Premium stallion Riccio out of St. Pr.St. Show Hit. She is Show Hit's first foal and we are so delighted for her owner Helen and of course Show Hit! I have been out to the field to tell the horses the good news and tell her little sister Larkshill Supremacy that she has a lot to live up to!

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August 2009

Larkshill Salvador Reserve Champion & Graded ELITE!

Our Sarkozy foal Larkshill Salvador was sensational at the Solihull BEF Futurity yesterday. He was graded ELITE and was the Reserve Champion! He scored an amazing 19 out of 20 for Athleticism, with exceptional comments about his canter, 9 for his walk and 9 for type and temperament.

We are thrilled, we knew this colt was World Class and now we have the results to prove it!

He is offered for sale to an exceptional home.

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July 2009

Sarkozy Foal is German Reserve Champion!

A Sarkozy / De Niro foal was the Reserve Filly foal Champion at the recent German Foal Championships. This is Sarkozy's first crop of foals and to have a reserve Champion so soon is amazing - this filly was sensational, built uphill, moving with such cadence and lift - a little ballerina! We are looking forward to taking our Sarkozy foal Salvador to the BEF futurity show in August. Watch this space for results............
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1st July 2009

HRH shows off for the Camera!

Our young stallion prospect His Royal Highness by Champion Stallion His Highness out of BEF Champion mare Libitina enjoyed strutting his stuff for the camera! We had friends visiting who were here when he was born 2 years ago and they asked if we could get him in. Needless to say HRH loved all the attention and was very interested in the mares - but we have told him he has to wait a couple more years yet to get the ladies!

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30 June 2009

Larkshill Riaza is Reserve Champion at her First Show!

Congratulations to Larkshill Riaza and her owner Helen Dobbing on a very successful first show!

Helen reports that Ria behaved like a dream all day, walking on and off the box with ease and traveling like a pro. She won her in hand class & went on to win the Reserve Championship!

An outstanding result for Show Hit's first foal, showing she has beauty, movement and a fabulous temperament - just like her mum!

Well done Helen & Ria, we are very proud of you both!

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21 May 2009

Full Brother to Elite & Premium Foal Supremacy is Born!

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Show Hit's De Niro colt - Larkshill Decadence and what a stunner!

Power, presence and huge effortless movement - this boy is a True World Class Contender!

I am totally smitten by Decadence, he is charming, captivating and totally adorable!

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Benetton Dream has won Bundeschampionate Qualifier!

"The five year old Dressage Horse class was huge at the Bremen qualifier so it was split into two groups. Holga Finken won aboard the 2007 Bundeschampion Benetton Dream. The dark bay stallion by Brentano II x Rotspon was previously trained and competed by Ann Sophie Fiebelkorn, but Finken took over the ride in 2009. The new combination won the 5-year old dressage horse class with an impressive score of 8.3".

Both Libitina and Pinakothek are in foal to Benetton Dream for 2010 so we are delighted with this result!
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First Sarkozy Foal to be born in the UK!

Larkshill Salvador - Sensational colt foal by Sarkozy out of Rheindayla. This is Rheindayla's 3rd colt in a row and her last two were Champions and we are sure this one will be too - he is the best yet!

He has a Dream Dressage pedigree, exceptional movement, is built uphill and has tons of presence - this colt is breathtaking and a future Champion!

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April 2009

Larkshill Stud is featured in British Dressage Magazine!

We are thrilled that an article about Larkshill Stud and our methods is in the April 2009 edition of British Dressage Magazine!

We have received so much positive feedback about the article already, so thank you to everyone who has called and emailed!

Now we are just waiting for the next Olympic dressage foal prospects to arrive!!!! Rheindayla is due on the 3rd April!

To read the article on Larkshill Stud in British Dressage Magazine click here

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March 2009

Aika's Colt Arrives Safely in Australia!

Aika's stunning foal by Dr Doolittle has completed his journey to Australia. He spent 3 weeks in quarantine in Newmarket and has now arrived safely in Australia. He is currently in quarantine in Sydney and will shortly be going to his lovely new home with Jane and Jeff Jones at Yering Equestrian Park.

We all really missing this little chap, he has won over the hearts of everyone who has met him - even the routine vet at Newmarket said how adorable he was! We wish him and his new owners all the luck in the world and look forward to hear how he progresses.

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March 2009

Madelaine takes the Championship!

Congratulations to my niece Madelaine Drakeley, who has won the Ridden Stallion Championship at the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championships - the largest Arabian Show in the world, with prize money totaling $4,000,000!!!! 

Madelaine was riding Al Khattar Wrsan, a 6 year old son of Monarch AH, bred and owned by His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahayyan – the pairing has been together since January 2008. This is a great achievement as Madelaine was the youngest competitor and rode her stallion brilliantly to beat 21 other competitors - I am so proud! Madelaine is quickly catching up with her big sister Charlotte, who won the same class last year on The Specialist, also a son of Monarch AH and owned by H.H.Sheikh Sultan. Well done Maddy!

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February 2009

Snow, Snow & more Snow!

I have never seen such big kids!

And that's the horses as well as humans!! After having their breakfast the mares and foals couldn't wait to go out and play in the snow despite having a big warm barn with a huge straw bed and loads of hay!! They are all snuggly and warm in their big wooly coats!

Check out the photo below.........I've heard that owners start to look like their horses but this is ridiculous!


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January 2009

Larkshill Supremacy is a Movie Star!

As highest scoring horse at BEF Solihull Futurity Supremacy is featured in the programme that has recently been shown on the Sky Channel. Scoring a massive 9.06 and being awarded an Elite First Premium she strutted her stuff for the cameras and loved every minute of it! Heather was also
interviewed for the programme but she was really just the supporting act to Supremacy !!
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January 2009

Sarkozy Dazzles at his Performance Test

 

Congratulations to Sarkozy on a fabulous 30 day Stallion Performance test. He scored an amazing 9.01 for his Dressage and was the Reserve Champion.

His huge paces were rewarded with excellent scores: canter 9.13, trot 8.69 and we are delighted that for his walk he received 9.5, which is very impressive, especially for a Sandro Hit son! He received a score of 8.88 for both his rideability and his conformation.

What a little Star!

We are thrilled with these results as Rheindayla is in foal to him for 2009. I fell in love with this young stallion last February in Germany at the Schockemöhle stallion show and decided to purchase some semen as I thought he would be a superstar - he is surpassing my expectations!
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November 2008

De Niro Is Named Stallion of the Year 2008

Congratulations to De Niro on being awarded the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2008. De Niro is the sire of Larkshill Supremacy who has exceeded all of our expectations this year - being awarded one of the very few Elite scores at the BEF Futurity and receiving the prestigious Premium title from the Oldenburg Verband. Her dam St Pr St Show Hit, is back in foal to De Niro for 2009 and we are eagerly awaiting the next little superstar!

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November 2008


Symphoniker is Approved by the BWBS!

Today Symphoniker has been graded as a stallion with the BWBS.

We selected and purchased Symphoniker as a stallion prospect at the 2006 Hanoverian Elite Foal Auction in Germany. He was bred in Germany by Peter-Hermann & Waltraud Rabeler.

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October 2008

Premium Success at the Oldenburg Grading and Inspection

We are very honoured that the Oldenburg Verband again chose Larkshill Stud as one of British venues for their mare and foal Inspection tour.  We presented St.Pr.St. Show Hit for grading and we are delighted that she passed with flying colours and was graded into the Main Studbook.

The Verband inspected our filly foals - Larkshill Supremacy and Larkshill Limited Edition. We are thrilled to announce that both fillies were awarded the coveted Premium title! Well done girls!

Larkshill Supremacy
Oldenburg Premium Foal
Larkshill Limited Edition
Oldenburg Premium Foal
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August 2008

Carl Hester Crowns our mares Champion & Reserve Champion Broodmare at the British Breeding Championships!


Ladydown Libitina
British Breeding Champion Broodmare

St.Pr.St. Show Hit
British Breeding Reserve Champion Broodmare


Huge thanks to all the team who helped achieve this result, Louise, Dee, Hayley,
Rob and Vinca our photographers

What a coup for the Stud, Libitina is Champion Broodmare and to our joy Sky was Reserve Champion at the British Breeding Championships. Carl Hester and Lesley Peyton Gilbert were judging the broodmares mares most likely to breed a dressage horse. The competition was great with a large class of 16, so to take both Champion and Reserve Champion was amazing.

Both mares had already proved themselves by producing outstanding fillies. Sky's foal Supremacy was named Elite and the 3 highest placed dressage foal in the country. Libitina's foal Limited Edition received a high scoring First Premium and was the 7th highest placed dressage foal in the country.

We are all on Cloud 9 and can't stop smiling as you will see from the photographs!

 

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August 2008

Larkshill Supremacy Top Scoring Dressage Horse and Elite!

Our first show of the year and what a result! We took Diaz (Larkshill Supremacy) and Ede (Larkshill's Limited Edition) to the BEF Futurity show. First and foremost they were both impeccably behaved and loaded and traveled quietly and really enjoyed the day.

Diaz was first to go and was amazing. She scored a massive 9.16 points and received the Elite Title - only 4 dressage foals in the country have achieved this! She also received the highest score of the day out of all the horses in the dressage category and qualifies for the Championship Show.

It was then Ede's turn - she wasn't quite as extravagant as she usually is at home and just missed the Elite title by 0.1%. She received a very high scoring First Premium award with 8.90. 3rd highest scoring horse of the day in the Dressage category, just behind big sister and also qualifies for the Championship Show!

The icing on the cake was that Horse & Country TV were filming the event and followed both fillies' progress through the vetting and evaluation and then interviewed me - watch this space to find out when it will be on Sky! We are so proud of both fillies, they really are little stars!

 

Larkshill Supremacy

Receives the prestigious Elite Award

Scores 9.16 receives 9.5s & 9s for all categories

Qualifies for the Championship Show!

 

Larkshill's Limited Edition

Receives a High Scoring First Premium

Scores 8.90 receives 9.5s, 9's & 8.75s for all categories

Qualifies for the Championship Show!


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August 2008

Fürst Larkshill is off to Germany!

We have finally decided to send Tango our Fürst Heinrich / De Niro colt to Germany to continue his training. We are so excited about this young colt's future and wish him lots of luck. We will keep you updated with his progress.

Fürst Heinrich / De Niro / Volturno

Premium Oldenburg Colt

21 April 2006


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May 2008

Not one but two stunning black fillies born on the 18th May!


Sky has an amazing black filly by De Niro at 5.30am.

This filly is everything we dreamed of tall, elegant and powerful - just like mum really!

We have named her Larkshill Supremacy as she is the best foal we have bred and we know she will be a star!


Libitina decides to have her foal 3 weeks early at 5.30pm- a fabulous black filly by Stedinger.

We are thrilled with this little filly, she is elegant, refined and is already showing superb movement. She is very confident and has a HUGE personality - she is definitely a 'one off' so we have named her Larkshill's Limited Edition!

We absolutely adore her!

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April 2008

Sensational Kaiserkult foal born 26 April!

Saturday Night Fever has an amazing chestnut colt. We had high expectations of this foal by Kaiserkult and we are delighted to say he is an absolute cracker! He is a big strong colt with very long legs and is a born athlete. This foal will be a phenomenal dressage horse. We have named him Larkshill Sovereign as we feel sure he will rule his world one day! Sovereign is offered for sale with his mum or at weaning.

 

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April 2008

First foal is born and he is a masterpiece!

Prada gave birth to a beautiful black colt on the 2nd of April and he is absolutely stunning. We have named him Larkshill Picasso as he is surely destined for greatness and is truly a work of art! We haven't ever had a foal who is quite this confident at such an early age! His pedigree combines some of the finest bloodlines: Hohenstein, Latimer, Sixtus and the very influential Kennedy. He is very correct, has a huge walk and loves showing off his advanced dressage movements in the field already!

Sadly he is will be for sale as we already have our stallion prospects and can't keep any more colts.

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December 2007

An Early Christmas Present for the Stud!

I am delighted that our new brood mare has arrived form Germany. We have been looking for a while, searching out the best bloodlines to compliment the existing mares and of course ensuring she has superb movement and the all important kind character. Pinakothek more than match's this criteria!


Pinakothek was bred at the legendary German Stud Klosterhof Medingen and this mare has it all. Breathtaking movement, the sweetest of temperaments and amazing looks - she is sensational!

We have nick named her Prada as she is so stylish and could be on the catwalk! She is by Premium stallion Donauwalzer and is in foal to Karolinger ll (E.H. Latimer x E.H. Hohenstein).

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December 2007

Charlotte is tipped as 'One to Watch' as she notches up another Win!

Extract from the Khaleej Times:

"DUBAI — The third edition of the Emirates Equestrian Centre Dressage Show saw Charlotte Drakeley standing out in the Preliminary Juniors class. There was a record number of 97 competitors at the Union Properties-sponsored event, but it was the win of Drakeley from Al Reef Stables on her mount Holly that caught the eye. Click here for the full story

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November 2007

Charlotte Qualifies for the FEI European Dressage Championships in 2008!

I am very proud to announce that my niece Charlotte Drakeley has won the Junior Rider, Middle East FEI World Dressage Challenge 2007. Riding Cennen Arlach a 12 year old pony owned by Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan (the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates), they were the clear Champions and the crowd's favourite, as Charlotte is only 13 and one of the youngest riders in the Championship! Charlotte has now qualified for the FEI European Dressage Championships in 2008 - well done Charlotte, I am so proud.

Our breeding programme is already underway to try and breed Charlotte her dream Grand Prix horse - no pressure then!

 

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November 2007

Success at the Oldenburg Grading and Inspection

We are very honoured that the Oldenburg Verband chose Larkshill Stud as one of British venues for their mare and foal Inspection tour.  We presented Libitina and Schweben for grading and we are delighted that both were both graded into the Main Studbook.

The Verband then inspected their foals - Larkshill's His Royal Highness and Larkshill Highgrove. We are thrilled to announce that both colts were awarded the coveted Premium title! Well done boys!

And the good news doesn't stop there! They also inspected Fürst Larkshill our yearling colt by Fürst Heinrich who was awarded the foal premium last year. The fabulous news is that they confirmed he is good enough to go forward for grading in Germany next year. We are absolutely over the moon!

His Royal Highness (left)
Oldenburg Premium Foal

Highgrove (right)
Oldenburg Premium Foal


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October 2007

Spirit is a talented Show Jumper!

We have just received an update from Donna, Spirit of Orion's owner.

Spirit is still his cheeky lovable self and he has been doing incredibly well at show jumping. He is already winning at discovery level and he is now jumping clear at newcomers (1.10m). Congratulations Donna and Spirit - we can't wait to come and cheer you on!

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September 2007

Fürst Larkshill Impresses

I just wanted to share these photos with you of our young Fürst Heinrich / De Niro colt Tango, he is quite simply breathtaking. We are planning to send him to Germany next year to prepare him for grading with the Oldenburg Verband.

 

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September 2007 - Trakehners UK Show

What another amazing show - 3 Reserve Champions!

Larkshill Rheinking
Reserve Young Stock Champion

First into the ring was Rheinking our yearling Trakehner colt who was sensational! He won the Yearling Class with flying colours and went on to be Reserve Young Stock Champion, just missing out on the Champion place to a mature 3 year old.

The German judges praised his exceptional movement and temperament and indicated that he should be kept entire as a stallion prospect! This is the second year running we have had a yearling in the Championship, last year Larkshill Lexington won it!
Larkshill Rheinzauber
Reserve Foal Champion

Not to be outdone by his big brother, Rheinzauber also excelled. Rheinzauber was the Reserve Foal Champion and top colt foal at only 6 weeks old!

He was the youngest foal at the show and was amazing, so bold and confident. He won his age class and then went on to be the Reserve Champion. The German judges commented on his outstanding type and conformation with excellent movement despite his young age. Another one to be kept entire as a stallion prospect! As usual Zippy captured the hearts of everyone and many gave him a cuddle!

Rheindayla and her 2 sons
Reserve Mare Family Champion
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And then it was Mum's turn!

Rheindayla and her 2 sons Rheinking and Rheinzauber are the Reserve Mare Family Champions.

Dali was very pleased as all of them now had their Championship sashes and of course we were exceptionally proud of all of them.


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August 2007

Tarino qualifies for the Winter Regional Championships - first time out!

 

Tarino went to his first dressage competition on Sunday and was brilliant. He won both of his classes scoring 66% and 71%.

He was so calmed and relaxed, working in quietly in the indoor school. When it came to his tests he was a bit more talkative, much to everyone's amusement!

Well done Tarino!

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July 23rd 2007

Last foal of the year born and what a cracker!

Dali foaled at the civilized hour of 11.30am. She made it a hat-trick this year as all of our mares have chosen the field to foal in - clever girls! As always Dali made it look easy and Zippy was on his feet in 10 minutes looking for the milk bar.

He is a super bay colt foal, nicknamed Zippy as he is constantly zipping around the field, showing off! He is absolutely stunning with bags of confidence and character - a real head turner. He has superb Trakehner type with a beautiful dished head and excellent movement with great knee and hock action. Zippy is very friendly and inquisitive and is already capturing the hearts of all who meet him! We have named him Larkshill Rheinzauber as zauber means charmer in German and he certainly lives up to his name!

Larkshill Rheinzauber

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July 9th 2007

Second His Highness foal has arrived!

Monday morning 10.30am and Schweben insists on joining the herd in the big paddock. After half an hour of being closely watched (we've been on foal watch for the last few nights) she finally relaxes and has her foal, with the whole herd watching in the middle of the field! I think Libitina had a word and said it's the "in " thing to do this year. It was a really easy foaling and guess what - another black His Highness colt - yipee!

We are delighted with him, he was a week early but is healthy and full of life. He is stunning with very long legs! Schweben is the perfect Mum, relaxed and loving. We have high hopes for this little chap, we will post more photos as soon as possible. Check out the tongues in the middle photo!

Larkshill Highgrove

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July 2007

Symphoniker is impeccably behaved at his first show!

Saturday was Symponiker's first outing, the Midlands In Hand show. It was torrential rain and knee deep in mud! He sailed round the Warmblood class and after a very close call was placed second. We were especially pleased as this class was judged by Ted Green (Chairman of the Hanoverian Society) and we wanted to know what he thought of him. He really liked him but as he was a little bum high on the day, he placed him second but looks forward to seeing him in the future. No photos I'm afraid as the weather was so dreadful but trust me he looked gorgeous!
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June 2007

Ria loves her photo shoot and plays to the camera!

Yesterday was Ria's photo shoot and wow did she love the camera. She took advantage of galloping around the school showing off before settling down do do some good work. She is so athletic and has a huge uphill cater and of course she is drop dead gorgeous too!

Click here for more photos

Larkshill Riaza

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May 2007

First His Highness Foal has arrived!

Saturday afternoon 5.30pm and Libitina finally gives us a colt that we have always wanted from her! A stunning black colt by His Highness - he is absolutely outstanding and we are thrilled.

Libitina likes to have her foals early and this was no exception being nearly 2 weeks early! She also prefers to foal in the field, so needless to say she had her way again, with us just watching and smiling.

He is a lovely strong colt, with lots of presence and he is pinging around the field. This is her first colt after 5 fillies so we are really delighted especially after the very sad news that His Highness has recently been put to sleep after a freak accident. We will be keeping this little chap entire as a stallion prospect.

For more information and photos click on Libitina's foal.

Larkshill's
His Royal Highness

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October 2006

We are delighted to announce that we have decided to keep our Fürst Heinrich colt entire as stallion prospect.  Joining him will be 2 colts purchased at the Elite Hanoverian Foal Auction in Germany.

 

Symphoniker is a stunning black colt by Stedinger by Sandro Hit. Stedinger was the unequivocal Champion of the 2002 Oldenburg Grading and first reserve champion of the 2004 main premium ring. To date he has 5 Licensed sons including the champion of the 2006 Oldenburg Keuring Status Quo.

 

Dream Boy is a stylish dark bay colt with wonderful paces by Don Romantic by Don Schufro. Don Romantic was the Champion of the stallion grading in Herning. He was also the Champion of the material test at Vilhelmsborg and received 10’s for both his canter and ridability.

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September 2006 – Trakehners UK Show

Lexi Wins BEST BRITISH BRED TRAKEHNER!

We only took one horse this year, Lexi our yearling filly by
E.H. Hohenstein and wow were we are  pleased we took her!

She won her yearling class and then went on to win the Young stock Championship – we were thrilled the German judges liked her so much.

 

Larkshill Lexington
YOUNGSTOCK CHAMPION

 

And then came our biggest achievement to date in Trakehner breeding.................

Lexington wins the Best British Bred Trakehner of the whole show! 

This is such a great achievement for the Stud after just 6 years of breeding and we are over the moon!

Larkshill Lexington
BEST BRITISH BRED TRAKEHNER
   
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September 2006
- Oldenburg Verband Inspection

Tango is awarded a Premium!

We took Tango (Fürst Larkshill) by Fürst Heinrich on his first outing with his dam Monik by De Niro. He attended the Oldenburg Verband’s foal inspection and we are thrilled that he was awarded a premium. The representative from the Verband liked him very much and said he had very good movement and excellent conformation and is a super prospect for the future!

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September 2005 – Trakehners UK Show

Libitina and her daughters
2005 TRAKEHNER MARE FAMILY
CHAMPIONS

We had a fantastic show. Libitina together with Lexi and Lakota won the Mare Family Championship - great news for Libitina who produces one superb foal after another!  Libitina really loved doing her lap of honor with her two kids!


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August 2005 – Best British Dressage Foal Show

Libitina does it again – her second foal to receive 82% - what a consistent producer of quality foals. It was Lexi’s first outing and wow did she shine in the ring. She took it all in her stride and loved the attention. She scored 82% and was the highest placed Trakehner and came 13th out of 75 dressage foals – we were delighted!

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July 2005 – The Royal Show

Another outing for Lakota and this time we all went to the Royal Show for the first time. It was quite unlike any of the other shows we have been to, full of Shire Horses with all their brasses shining
and lots of pomp and circumstance.

Lakota took it all in her stride and even tried to say hello to one of the gentle giants!  She did
brilliantly, she was beautifully behaved and was the highest places two year old, (unfortunately they amalgamated the 3 year olds and 2 year olds!). The judge commented on what a lovely mare
she was but the older horses were more developed.  A happy day out for all of us!

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June 2005 - British Dressage Young Horses Championships

Lakota went to the British Dressage Young Horses Championships and was placed 3rd in the
2 year old class – as always she loved all the attention! She was also the highest placed Trakehner
so received a special rosette!

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September 2004 - Trakehners UK Show

Legend made the trip to the Trakehner Show at Addington and we were rewarded with a second
place in the 2 year old class, Legend was brilliant!
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August 2003 - Best British Dressage Foal Show

 

Libitina and Lakota did brilliantly at their first outing. Not only did Lakota load easily and travel like a pro, she then strutted her stuff in the ring and won her class and scored an impressive 82%.  Her scores were Type 8.5, Frame 8.0, Conformation 8.0, Movement 8.0, Overall 8.5.

This qualified her for the evening Championship which was amazing fun. After a quick nap, (where she was heard to be whinnying in her sleep!) Lakota came out fresh for the Championship where she was placed 7th overall out of a total of 62 foals – needless to say we were over the moon and a little bit merry!

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August 2003 - Trakehner Show

Another show for Legend and again she was in the ribbons coming 3rd out of all the yearlings
and 2 year olds – Fabulous!

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July 2003 - British Dressage Young Horses Championships

Our first outing with Legend as a yearling, and what a great result 2nd in the yearling class we
were delighted! Hopefully this will be the sign of things to come.