Our first ever stallion grading in the USA was a fantastic occasion with superb quality stallions presented as part of a great show set in the fabulous facilities at Wellington.
Studbook Director Joris van den Oetelaar explains:
“We are proud of bringing the very best of British sports horse breeding to audiences worldwide through our global activities.
“One of the highlights of the grading was the four-year-old jumping stallion Billy Cavalier (Billy Mexico x Cavalier) who was bred here in Britain at the famous Billy Stud and is now owned by Donna Miller. We would like to congratulate Donna, William Funnell and his great team on this super result.
“We are looking forward to promoting and celebrating further British successes in the USA and beyond.”
The grading, which was carried out by a group of international judges, also featured two outstanding dressage stallions in the grading champion Heavy Metal (Krack C x Metall) who was awarded Approved status based on his numerous successes in Young Dressage Horse competitions where he has been consistently scoring marks in the 80s. He was presented by Marcel van der Burgh and is owned by Lisa Jerkins. Also licensed was the Apache son Galando who was presented by Giraldo Abreu.
The event was organised by our representative in the USA, Guy Huybrechts, and attended by Mayor Anne Gerwig. It attracted a number of wonderful sponsors, including Reid Equine Clinic.
We would like to thank all our supporters for their generosity and are already looking forward to next year’s grading event.