hellos and goodbyes this month. Firstly we welcome Mari to Ireland
from the Ukraine. She is a super rider and will bring on some
of the horses like TALOUBET, Sanne, Little Mo and Blueprint who
was not covered this year. We have a major language barrier
at present but Mari is studying hard and is a very quick learner.
Catriona our head girl for the past 3 years has taken a sort
of sabbatical and is now in Germany for a while. She has been
great and we miss her but wish her well.
other most recent export, VDL ARKANSAS has landed on the Dutch
scene with a bang! Now with Wout Jan van der Schans he has won
2 classes in the past couple of weeks and the second of these
was the prestigious KWPN/KNHS Stallion class at Z level. (See
KWPN News) We eagerly await the next outing and are thrilled
that he is proving to be the horse we know he is.
followers at Suma, RICOCHET and TALOUBET are improving by the
day. Tal's father, BALOUBET DU ROUET is just hitting form now
on the World Cup circuit and we are continually reminded of both
his brilliance and his quirks by his son. We have to nurture
his talent while still allowing him to develop physically and
in Cavan Classic
is really pleasing Andrew Lyons and while his Dutch upbringing
in fields bordered by dikes has made him grossly suspicious of
shiny water trays, he is now consistently jumping clears with
rhythm and technique. He has always had incredible scope but
now as a mature 5 yr.old he is coming into his power too.
has been a mixed time for us. Good news for the father and son
REBELS, both GLENAGYLE and HUNTINGFIELD. Our young mare Victoria,
(now Tori) is getting on great with her new owner, Kate Freeman,
in the UK. She is being broken slowly before having her next foal.
Also Colin Armstrong in N. Ireland who bought a lovely prospect
to hunt first then breed. Another two Irish Draught converts!
Dream horses) Also congratulations go to Sarah Ennis
who recently rode her Killossery Kobra to 11 th place in the World
Young Horse Breeding Champs. for Eventing. He is only 6 and
will go on to much better things. And Sarah Hambleton in the
UK also writes that her Glenagyle Rebel son Glenwoody (a purebred
ID gelding) is regularly placing in Hunter and jumping classes
and she says "He really is such a beautiful horse to own and gives
110% all the time."
we got a real slap in the face when we re-presented RICOCHET doing
Dressage for his Stallion Approval last week. Poor Rico is fated
it seems! While jumping at the Cavan Indoor Championships in
the 5 y.o qualifier (and going extremely well!) his rider, Andrew
dislocated his right little finger and that was the end of our
hopes for the Finals. In great pain, Andrew was not able to
ride for a week and with the Inspections only another week on,
our super-sub, Richard Wright, took Rico to the new Ard Cherrymount
set-up and reminded him of the difference between Dressage and
jumping They put up a super show with Rico displaying his fantastic
rhythm and paces and he went really well for the international
judge too. However, although he increased his marks from the
Spring 2002 selection, to 73.1% the Panel decided they needed
to see him at Elementary standard before approving him. We cannot
understand how the goalposts have been moved when he had the required
points and had done all that in only 5 outings! (See earlier
News) As a 5 year old Novice standard is all he should be expected
to do, and starting some Elementary work. Since the Inspectors
told us that they thought he had the talent to go all the way
we are at a loss to know why he didn't get full approval now.
We are in consultation with the IHB at this time and hope something
may come of it in the future. This includes looking at some of
the foals which are surely what stallions are all about.
managed to get 9 horses to Cavan and 8 of these found new homes.
Good luck to two buyers from over the water who bought 3 Arkansas
foals between them to make stallions there in due course. RICOCHET'S
daughter Erica made quite an impression and bidding was keen for
her. She has gone to Liam McKee in Northern Ireland who is a
great judge of a store foal.
our baby, TALOUBET, is now broken and riding sweetly and has grown
up considerably in his attitude to life. He will do a little
more before a rest during the winter.
RICOCHET has his first Champion! Hapi's foal, ERICA was the
Champion foal at the Royal Meath
Show, beating the colt winner. Hapi also won her class, both
looked really well and of course
they move outstandingly. RICO himself jumped superbly at the
Cavan 3 day show held on their
grass Derby arena. Now he has to get used to the indoors again
for the big Indoor Show at the end
of the month. That could be harder!
had a great time in the USA judging with David Cosby at the IDHSNA
Breed Show in Morven Park, Leesburg, Va. Both judges agreed
that the quality is of an excellent standard particularly
in the Sport horse section. They have written a brief report
for the Blarney.
Susie brought our own ID 2 y.o for her Inspection and we were
delighted she passed well. She has an excellent pedigree being
by Huntingfield Rebel out of Pride of Kildalton by Prospect Pride,
a previous Supreme Champion of the National Show owned by Deborah
Gibson, who is now in New Zealand. She, named Here for the Beer,(SOLD)
is entered in Cavan I.D.. sales along with Blueprint and her yearling
by Classic Vision, Classic Blue(SOLD).
See pedigree detials, Horses
entered in the Breeding Stock Sale on 3rd Oct.are 6 foals by ARKANSAS
and one, Erica(SOLD),
by RICOCHET. They are The Artist(SOLD),
Brutus, Flash Harry, Distant Drums(SOLD)
and Pippa's Pipsqueak(SOLD).
and Luxury, two beautiful 2 y.os. , Silhouettte, a 4 y.o mare
and Pippa (Chimera)(SOLD)
both in foal to the now exported VDL Arkansas.
contingent represents the start of a major reduction of our stock
as we begin to think of retirement. Full details of the entries
by email or telephone.
home shortly is Molly, the coloured cob who reared Whippy's foal
after she died in May. She
has been brilliant with him and he is now as big as her! More
sadness for us that we had to put down
our beautiful Arkansas yearling Lynnie who never recovered from
the lymphangitis that started as a month old foal. It is her
in the photo entitled meeting my sister. We tried everything
but periodically it would balloon and she was in pain with it
then. She was still a sweetheart to handle and loved people
which made it all the harder.
a few photos of this years foal crop, Foals
a brilliant Dublin Horse Show attended with us by Wiepke and Jannie
van de Lageweg and their friends the Nieboers we said a fond farewell
to ARCHIE . It's now time for him to go full
time on the circuit. For the past two years he has been as busy
in the stud yard as out jumping and it makes it harder to excel
when short of match practice.
have been privileged to have a jumper with such fantastic technique
and ability and, as those who have given their Arkansas
youngsters a pop already know, it looks like a good
bit has passed on to them. Frozen semen (and occasionally fresh)
will still be available from him and we congratulate all those
who had the good sense to use this star while he was here and
wish them luck with their offspring.
Jumping photos of VDL
fulfilled his recent promise at the 3 day Cavan show,
qualifying for the Five year old Finals there and also the Cavan
Classic at the end of September. After a brief rest he is back
with Andrew. The next aim is the Stallion Inspections in October
where he will be presented in both Dressage and Jumping. He
has such talent in both disciplines that the inspectors need to
look at him as an all rounder.
goes off tomorrow to be broken and we are looking forward
to seeing him under saddle. He has had a lovely easy introduction
to stud life and now its "worktime"!
is off to the U.S.A. to judge at their 8 th Annual Breed Show in
Morven Park. Looking forward to meeting old friends and new, both
human and equine!
Ricochet is our
star this month. With his new rider Andrew Lyons,who has really
clicked with him he is now out on the jumping circuit showing
all the potential he displayed loose jumping at the KWPN stallion
selection. The combination of dressage schooling and time doing
nothing has enabled this very overgrown 5 yr. old to start showing
his true ability. We will still take him slowly however as he
has a lot of catching up to do. The 3 day show at Cavan this weekend
will give him some good mileage and maybe a qualification for
the Cavan Classic in September, won so brilliantly in 2001 by
in the headlines is HUNTINGFIELD
In the latest issue of the Irish Farmers Journal two of his
progeny are pictured. One is of the Cork Champion Ridden Hunter,
the other is of a newly recruited police horse! The Hunter,
now called Ozier Hill, was bred by us and started life called
Suma's Achilles. His mother Vixen's Frolic, by Horos traces
back to Susie's top horse Foxes Frolic. She broke 3 bones in
her foot just when she was about to compete but her granddaughter,
On a Frolic, is one of the top five year olds jumping at present.
It could be two Champions for Vixen in Dublin, one showing,
Arkansas stays stable bound while his rider, Clem,
is doing great things on the Continent with his Grand Prix horses.
Consistently the best of the Irish in Nations Cups in Scandinavia
he is now heading for Hickstead. Clem returned twice to jump
his novices and Archie was going really well, but he missed the
N.I. Champs. in Balmoral and may not get an outing before Dublin.
We've had our last foal
of the 2003 season, a filly by VDL Arkansas out
of Pippa, read more in our Horses
for Sale pages.
rider, Clem McMahon, has had a great time in Finland. He won the
HAMINA GRAND PRIX, another speed class and was in the winning
Irish Nations Cup team. He's over the moon as its the first time
he has represented Ireland!
VDL Arkansas has qualified
for the fourth year in succession for the RDS, this time for the
7 & 8 year olds (1.35). This follows a very good weekend at
the Stepaside show held at Barnadown Stud where he finished 5th
in the 1.30 class. He will now have an easy life for a few weeks
as rider Clem McMahon has taken his Grand Prix horses to the Continent
for some Scandinavian shows.
his first mare scanned in foal. She is a multi-prize winning Glenagyle
Rebel mare who already has a lovely yearling filly by Archie.
is in smashing form, has been out 3 times, and won a Cavan Classic
qualifer last Wednesday, came 4th in a qualifier yesterday and
3rd in the Final. Next stop the RDS regionals qualifiers. He has
bookings from all over the country and also in the U.K.
New foal arrivals 2003, see our horses
for sale page. Very sad news for us, we've lost our
lovely broodmare Whippy,
24 hrs after foaling a colt foal by Archie.
got a Unique antique vehicle in excellent condition. 100 yrs old,
suitable for a 14hh to 16.hh.
Richard Wright rode
VDL Ricochet in the National Dressage Finals, went really
well but alas two errors of course in that company put him down
to 7th place. Poor Richard was mortified! Rico got very favourable
comments from both British judges and I think he now has 60 points.
Good going for a not yet five year old. He will shortly start
jumping again but with the current dry spell will not be out every
week. All the owners of his first foals are back again to him
which is an excellent sign.
Two more foals for us, one from Hapi -
VDL Ricochets first for us, lovely chestnut filly,
his gorgeous head and on springs and one from Surreale - As usual
she gives us a colt, by Huntingfield Rebel, bay but (obviously)
excitement as Richard Wright rides VDL Ricochet to win both the
Novice Dressage Tests at the 4th and final day of the Leinster
region winter League. He also took part in his first Elementary
scoring a very good 61%. The wins meant that Rico had won 4 tests
with 3 different riders and therefore won the Cup for the Best
Novice horse. Considering that between events Rico might only
get ridden once or twice it shows what a fantastic temperament
and rideability the horse has. Richard and Rico reunite for the
National Winter Finals in 2 weeks time.
The next good news is
that both VDL Douglas (who is at Ard Cherrymount Stud) and Taloubet
VDL, our three year old Baloubet du Rouet colt, have been accepted
for Performance testing by the Irish Horse Board. This is excellent
for all parties concerned, as, although both are currently Licensed
with the A.E.S. it means that Irish foals can have Irish papers.
Also that they have the advantage of being more likely to pass
the Performance phase as 5 yr olds. Both Douglas and Ricochet
will be re-presented this year. They also have their first foals
on the ground.
we now have our 2nd foal, a fabulous model by VDL Arkansas from
the Silvio II mare Netlena who is a granddaughter of an own sister
to the dam of Emilion and Lord.
We have just made an
incredible decision! Murphy has gone to England, never having
left the yard before for even a single night. Why? Because we
are not giving him the life he deserves and Natalie Smith, a new
breeder in Essex, will try to do just that. She headhunted Murphy
as she has 5 mares and no good stallion within reach of her. But
more important for us, she HUNTS! Since we both gave up (a combination
of old age and infirmity) he has missed it terribly and he gets
extremely bored in the sand arena. This decision is not irrevocable
as if he does not settle he comes back without delay but this
was heartbreaking for us. However, he has arrived safely and taken
over the yard immediately so it looks good for us all. He is our
last real link with Pride of Shaunlara and we look forward to
his last foal for us, from our Huntingfield Rebel mare, Cordogan
Victoria, due in May. We wish them all the best of luck.
Wiepke van de Lageweg persuaded us to take another talented young
colt, the 3 yr. old TALOUBET who, as his name suggests is by the
World Champion BALOUBET DU ROUET and out of a Silvio II daughter
of an own sister to AHORN. This lovely youngster injured himself
during the summer (isnt it always the good ones?) so was
not presented for the KWPN inspections. This may prove to be a
blessing in disguise as he is very raw and still growing. He has
the typical fantastic movement of his grandsire and jumps loose
with all the panache of his dad, showing style and scope. Already
approved as a stallion by the A.E.S, we will be presenting him
to the I.H.R. at the end of March with a view to covering a few
mares this year while he is being broken.
At last, after 363 days, Colourpaint foaled,
a smashing bay colt by Archie. Fortunately with a change for the
better in the weather he can get out and enjoy the sun. But Argentina
has let us down, no foal in her now. Such a disappointment as
her 2 y.o. colt Arizona is really pleasing the VDL, although he
was such a late foal.
ended on a high note for us. VDL ARKANSAS acquitted himself extremely
well in the Promising Stallion class at the Zwolle Stallion Show.
Out of 47 of the top younger jumping stallions he finished 3rd
of his agegroup and 13th overall with many of the consistently
highly placed European stallions trailing in his wake. He is now
back in Ireland to compete again with Clem McMahon and cover as
many mares as possible before he has to return to his owner/breeders
to take up where his half brother Glennridge, left off. Reports
from the Lab. at the VDL stud are that his frozen semen is now
excellent. First reappearance in Ireland is at the N.I. Stallion
Parade in Necarne on 8th March in the afternoon where he will
be seen jumping.
VDL Ricochet, with an even younger jockey who had only ridden
him twice, continued his successful Dressage debut, this time
winning a Novice class and 3rd in the two Prelims. Robert Glynn
(aged 17) substituted for older brother Ciaran who had hurt his
arm the previous day. Rico is now back at Suma as he had been
away 3 months and people were looking for him at stud. Today he
joined up with Ciaran again and again he sparkled in the Tests,
winning the Novice 33 and coming 3rd in the Novice 32. He was
also 3rd and 5th in the Prelims, in spite of being first to run
out of 40 entries. He is a joy to have at a show with impeccable
manners and he loves the admiration.
"Great news for
our youngest stallion! VDL Ricochet has won his first Dressage
class, and in addition placed 2nd twice and 4th in his very first
Test. Although a little tense at times during the day, he scored
an excellent 73% in the Novice 32 to win by a substantial amount
over older horses. He never got less than 62.5% in any of his
Tests so full marks to Ciaran Glynn."
Owing to a huge demand
Suma Stud has agreed to take in a limited number of mares to foal.
The service will be on a basis of the mare to come one week before
her 340 days and to include everything (except any Vets. fees)
until one week after foaling. Terms are Euro1,000 of which half
is payable on arrival at the stud. Balance payable on collection.
Our facilities are second to none with large foaling units, closed
circuit cameras and well fenced paddocks plus our many years experience
of foaling. However, this is an appreciable sum and we would urge
breeders to foal their mares themselves. We can be contacted at
046 9024161 or 086 2695787.
We wish all our friends
a Very Happy New Year. We start 2003 with only our two Irish boys
at home, Rob and Murphy.
Here they are returning from a hack at Suma.
ARCHIE is still in Holland,
placing in every show he attends. He is not racing against the
clock but enjoying endless clears, now in the 1.35 m. classes.
RICOCHET is nicely settled in the super new Killossery Equitation
Centre being ridden by Ciaran Glynn and Adrian Griffin, two talented
young riders. Rico is about to start competitive work in both
Dressage and jumping, now that he is growing into himself. He
took part in the opening ceremony at the Centre, thoroughly enjoying
the admiration of the guests who were seriously impressed by his
fantastic free movement and his lovely temperament.
ARKANSAS will finish
his Dutch holiday after Zwolle Stallion Show where Denis van Tilburg
will be competing him in the Promising Stallion classes. We hope
to be there to support him. Hopefully our first mare to foal,
Colourpaint, will keep her legs crossed until we return!
We had the pleasure
of a visit from Wiepke and Wiebe Yde van der Lageweg for a hasty
2 days during which time they looked at many of the Arkansas progeny.
They were delighted with what they saw, even in the winter woollies,
and two more foals will shortly be arriving in Holland. They also
took the time to visit their two younger horses, Ard VDL Douglas
and Ricochet and pronounced themselves extremely happy how we
in Ireland are producing their stallions. Richard Wright has done
wonders with Douglas who was a big raw talent when he took charge
of him at the end of 2001. To win three major championships as
a four year old was a huge achievement and we are proud to have
arranged for him to come and be available for Irish mares.