HomeArchiveA sterling year for British bred equines celebrated

A sterling year for British bred equines celebrated

A sterling year for British bred equines celebrated


On Saturday 14th January, breeders of the top British-bred horses from around the country converged in London at the Grange City Hotel, for the annual British Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organised by the British Horse Foundation. There has been much to celebrate for British Breeding in 2016 and this glittering occasion affords the breeders of these potential world-class horses the special recognition they deserve. 

Guests arrived at the Competition Stallions-sponsored drinks reception before moving on to a sumptuous four-course dinner, followed by invited guest speaker Henry Bullen, Managing Director at Peden Bloodstock who gave a very entertaining and insightful speech of the planning, preparation and logistics of transporting horses around the world and the complexities they have been faced with and how they over came them. 

The evening then moved on to the much-anticipated Awards ceremony, compéred by event commentator Mike Tucker. 

Young, professional and amateur breeders were well represented throughout the Awards Ceremony in the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding/BEF Futurity Certificates of Merit. Winners included Barbara Heaton Smith who was presented with two certificates for CAWrus Boy, eventing foal and CAWrus Girl, eventing 2 year old as were joint breeders Mrs R B Skepper and Mrs P G Marson for Heritage Vadel, endurance yearling and Heritage Arrakis, eventing 3 year old. 

Heritage Vadel credit Kevin Sparrow

Certificates of Merit were also awarded for the highest scorers in each age group at the Futurity Eventing Championships held at Osberton.

Jane Skepper credit Craig Payne

In the Futurity age awards, Sarah Oppenheimer picked up the foal award for breeding Headmore Valentina, a potential dressage prospect. Jane Townshend collected the yearling award for Classictop Up & At It, an eventing prospect. The two-year old award went to showjumping prospect Balou for Pleasure bred jointly by Lisa Maynard and Chris Jackson with the three year old award going to Millfield Counterfeit bred by Sue Jagger that is destined for a show jumping career.

Young horse awards were then presented to breeders of the best British bred young horses in the three main equestrian disciplines; Dressage, Eventing and Showjumping.

The Young Horse Awards for the three disciplines saw a range of breeders step forward to collect their awards. Amongst the winners was Judith Davis, who bred both Hawtins san Floriana (4 year old) and Hawtins Barolo (5 year old), winners of the dressage awards with F J Veyron, bred by Fiona James taking the 6 year old dressage award.

The Billy Stud collected the seven year-old British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medal On for Billy Walk On – and the 6 year-old showjumping award for Billy Penny. Andrew Doswell and Kevin Cooper collected the 5 year old showjumping award for Kesera 22, with Sarah Williams collecting the 7 year old award with Sirocco VII.

The British Equestrian Federation Award to the Highest Placed British Bred Horse in Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games went to the event horse Don Geniro, bred by Pam Dews and owned jointly with Pip Higgins.

The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award went to State Premium World’s Finest, owned by Judith Davis of Hawtins Stud, who was thrilled to be the recipient of this prestigious award for one of the stud’s foundation mares, who has created a lasting dynasty through her daughters and their offspring.

Haddon Training continues to support the often ‘unsung’ heroes of the equestrian industry by it’s sponsorship of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards of which there are 4 categories: –

Janet Willis was the recipient of the British Grooms Award that was open to all grooms in the equestrian industry; with Georgie Thomas being awarded the runners-up prize, both from the world of eventing.

The British Equestrian Grooms Award was open to any groom who supported any British Equestrian Team athlete at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the award going to Mark Beever groom to Nick Skelton who rode Big Star to win the individual showjumping gold medal.

The Yard Manager Award was presented to Marcelle Tattersall, mother and lynchpin to GB Olympic event rider, Gemma Tattersall, with the Apprentice Award going to Elizabeth Killick who is based with dressage rider, Matt Hicks.

The culmination of the evening was the Meritoire Liftetime Achievement Award; this annual award is presented as recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to the breeding industry… The Award was presented to Desi Dillingham MBE. 

Image: Desi Dillingham MBE receives the Meritoire Award from Jennie Loriston Clarke. Credit Craig Payne.


Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding Futurity Awards presented by Baileys Marketing Manager Jane Buchan. The Futurity series is designed to assess young horses and ponies from foals to three years for potential as performance sport horses and ponies of the future.

Futurity Certificates of Merit for the highest scorers in each age group and discipline.

Discipline & Age




Breeder (s)

Endurance foal


Shuawaiman Al Rais


Chris Wray

Eventing foal

CAWrus Boy

Diamond Hit

CAW Blimey

Barbara Heaton Smith

Showjumping foal

SHS Quickstep

Westpoint Quickfire


Caroline Leigh

Sports Pony foal

Dressage yearling

Woodlander West Virginia


Woodlander Wales

Lord Leatherdale


Diva RW

Lynne Crowden


Endurance yearling

Heritage Vadel


Heritage Silver Delaney

Mrs PG Marson & Mrs R B Skepper

Showjumping yearling

Demelzas Dream


Jaffas Gold

Clarie South

Sports Pony yearling

Tamasha Golden Ghost

Bathleymills Monet

Strictly Dun Dancing

Victoria Leggett

Dressage 2yo

Tramontana Gulfstream

Grey Flannel

Patron Saint

Nicole Nelson

Endurance 2yo

Future Inferno

H Tobago

Future Illicit Affair

J M Hodkin

Eventing 2yo

CAWrus Girl


CAW Blimey

Barbara Heaton Smith

Sports Pony 2yo

BathleyHills Mystery Machine

BathleyHills Monet

BathleyHills First Mystery

Penny Walster


Dressage 3yo


Endurance 3yo


Woodlander Sugar Pie


Red House Valentine




Al Hudaydah


Elite Foxy Lady


Red House Kamelia


Lynne Crowden


Dr G von Tevenar

Eventing 3yo

Heritage Arrakis

Heritage Orion

Carnival’s Dancing Queen


Mrs P G Marson & Mrs R B Skepper


Sports Pony 3yo


Catherston Bobby Bright


Littledale Bright Star


Catherston Georgia


Jennie Loriston-Clarke


Certificates of Merit for the highest scorers in each age group at the Futurity Eventing Championships held at Osberton





Breeder (s)


Diamonds CAWever

Diamond Hit

CAW Blimey

Barbara Heaton-Smith


Classictop Up & At It

Up With The Lark

Beseeka Dawn Fox


Jane Townshend





Mrs M D Carmichael


Britannia Royal


Headley Britannia


Annabel Blake & Charles Wise

Futurity Award trophies for the top scorers in each age group in 2016

Foal winner

Headmore Valentina (Dressage)

Sire: Vilancio Dam: Rubinsteena by Rubinsteain

Bred and owned by Sarah Oppenheimer

Yearling winner

Classictop Up & At It (Eventing)

Sire: Up With The Lark Dam: Beseeka Dawn Fox by Roviris

Bred and owned by Jane Townshend

2 year old winner

Balou for Pleasure (Showjumping)

Sire: Balour Du Rouet Dam: Lordships la Rochelle by Broadstone Landmark

Breeders and Owners: Lisa Maynard and Chris Jackson

Three year old winner

Millfield Counterfeit (Showjumping)

Sire: Cooper van de Heffinck     Dam: Millfield Tina by Contender

Bred by Sue Jagger who collects the award, owned by Sue and Simon Buckley 


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Copyright Notice

© The Arabian Magazine, 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to The Arabian Magazine with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

error: Content is protected !!