After a quiet few months, following the AWHA and Hanoverian Tours, there did not seem a lot to report, then, suddenly we are in December and there is a lot to update.
Yes, to those rumours, or those that do not already know, Hollingrove Stud will be relocating to the other side of Warragul, near Lardner, in a few years time. Unfortunately this beautiful property is earmarked by the council for development for housing, so it is not possible to stand in the way of progress . However, we have plenty of time to set the new property up to a similar standard so that we will not have to tolerate building and landworks on our boundaries for too long.
Our 4 2014 foals were weaned in May without a fuss and Hollingrove Sissi (Swarovski/EM Lady de Luxe imp) made her journey safely to her new owner Britta Waddell in New Zealand. 3 yo.HG Don Quixote ( Don Dancier/SPS Bella Carmina imp) made the long trip to his new home with Alecia Brimson in the Northern Territory without incident and has recently been started under saddle in Queensland- from all reports and the photo sent-doing extremely well and moving beautifully already.
We flew to Germany early in July this year so that we could watch our Destano/Sandro Hit/ Rubinstein filly compete at a regional show at Elmlohe as part of her qualification for her Elite Hanoverian mare status. We were delighted that she actually won her 3yo class at the show and was then invited to compete at the Hewart von der Decken Mare Championship in Verden- it was a great honour! I was also able to fulfil my wish to ride in Germany by having a ride on our recently backed filly the day after the show and was very impressed at how well she had been started and how nice she was to ride! Plans are for her to continue her ridden career in Germany at this stage.
The remainder of our holiday was divided between horse shows, auctions, foal selections, visiting horsy friends and studs and sightseeing-all very enjoyable-a great mix- Hagen CDI, Lienen Foal and Mare Championships, Rastede, Oldenburg Foal selections at PSI, Hanoverian Riding Horse Auction, Dresurpferde Leistungszentrum Lodbergen, Gestut WM, Mt St John, Woodlander Stud, catching up with our breeder friends Bernhard, Josef, Kurt and Ingrid and finally enjoying the great beauty of Lake Como, Prague and the Yorkshire countryside. Truly a fabulous, balanced holiday!
Spring then arrived at Hollingrove with plenty of cute calves being born by our Speckle Park bull Showstopper. A brief break then our first foal arrived- a beautiful dark brown Furstenball/ HG Dreamtime filly – very true to Furstenball type with size, movement and a delightful friendly, relaxed personality. Anxiuosly we awaited the birth of our next foal- an ET Furstenball from the glorious young mare we tragically lost- EMC Dream of Romance (imp/dec) and she is all we could have wished- refined, elegant and feminine and a beautiful mover. She will be a keeper for sure!
So far this breeding season we have Amaris (imp) in foal to Sezuan, HG Fallon in foal to For Romance, hopefully SPS Bella Carmina in foal to Sezuan, HG Contiki to Furstenball and Santa Fe (imp) in foal to Noble Dancer.
We look forward to the coming competition months to see many of the young Hollingrove bred horses that we have sold out competing, some, perhaps at DWTS.
4 yo. Hollingrove San Amore (San Amour/SPS Bella Carmina) and Sidney Hoffman are entered for their first competition at the Boneo CDI later in January and we wish them the best of luck on their debut.
We welcome Tabatha Moroney into the circle of Hollingrove bred horse owners with her recent purchase of the exquisite HG Felicity and wish her the very best for their future together.
2014 seems to have flown past at Hollingrove, with lots of sales of young horses to wonderful homes, four beautiful and healthy foals arriving safely and some equally exciting foals expected later in the year.
Our young Hanoverian Destano/ Sandro Hit/Rubinstein filly still in Germany is now a rising 3yo, looking super on video, and in February, will start to be prepared for assessment, mare shows and performance testing. We are planning a trip to Europe this year to coincide with some shows, as well as to catch up with our fellow breeding enthusiast friends. See a video of her HERE
On the competition scene, it is very exciting to see some very talented young Hollingrove horses now out and competing very successfully both in the dressage and show rings, most recently at the Dressage Festival, and we look forward to DWTS , especially with HG Rosewood, if she can maintain her winning form ! Another HG top performer EBL (HG) Sorrento has been dividing his time between dressage and the Show Hunter ring where he has notched up numerous wins and qualified to the Grand Nationals in Sydney later this year. Hollingrove DeeDee also impressed with a placing at the Dressage Festival, and we look forward to Hollingrove Flashdance competing with his new owner Michael Baker very soon.
EBL (HG) Sorrento and Emma Adams competing at the NSW Horse of the Year Show
We are receiving some wonderful feedback from happy owners of young Hollingrove horses that are now being started under saddle and shaping up very nicely – HG Roxanna, HG Saffron, HG Dazzler, HG Royal Dream, HG Furstin Lulu, HG Feliciano and HG Shogun to name a few, and we eagerly await their arrival on the competition scene.
HG Saffron and Nicole Vanatta training with Claire Ballantyne
HG Feliciano 3yo under saddle in WA with owner Dinah Fleming
HG Rosewood and Bill Chrisanis competing at the Dressage Festival
HG Royal Dream rising 3yo. being started under saddle with Robert Palm
The breeding season is now successfully completed with 4 very nice foals on the ground and 5 frozen semen pregnancies with the following exciting combinations:- SPS Bella Carmina (imp) to Damsey, EM Lady de Luxe (imp) to Swarovski, Hollingrove Contiki to Sir Donnerhall, Amaris (imp) to Furstenball and Dream of Romance ET to DeNiro.
The last couple of months have been immensely busy with the annual Hanoverian Tour and the AWHA Gala Day and National Tour taking up a plenty of our time but with great results! Champion Foal at the Gala Show and Highest scoring AWHA Horse of the day to Hollingrove Dami who also won the AWHA Award for the highest aggregate score for the show and tour combined and has been awarded Highly Commended Foal for the HHSA Tour. HG Steinbeck also starred on the AWHA Tour gaining 2nd place nationally in the colt foal section and equal highest percentage foal with Dami on 88.25% for Victoria. HG Delight was awarded 2nd place nationally in the yearling filly class and has since been sold to well known and successful dressage rider and breeder Jacinta Abernathy. HG Saffron (Sir Donnerhall/HG Fallon) owned by Nicole Vanatta and Charlie Pragnell in partnership with Hollingrove Stud impressed both judges Lynne Crowden and Joanne Verikos immensely with her international quality paces, presence and type to be awarded 2nd place nationally with 87.678%. Saffi has recently been started under saddle and is more than fulfilling expectations of becoming a top dressage horse for the future.
It was great to see HG Dazzler- 3 years ago Champion Foal on the Hanoverian Tour, out with his owner Rebecca William-O’Brien at the AWHA Gala Show strutting his stuff and winning Reserve Champion Senior Warmblood.
Imported Hanoverian fillies Dream of Romance and Amaris recently completed their mare performance testing, both acquitting themselves extremely well , particularly the pregnant Amaris who jumped so well that, if in Germany, she would have been invited into the jumper programme despite being dressage bred! Her in hand trot was also a highlight that she received a 9 for. Dream of Romance has had a couple of dressage competition starts and impressed everybody with her great beauty, ground covering cadenced paces and calm nature, however, we decided that, as not yet 4 years of age, that DWTS was too big an ask and that it would be better to aim for the 5YO class next year when she would have more experience and maturity to compete against horses 6 months older than herself. We are delighted to hear from happy clients that their young Hollingrove horses, recently started under saddle, are, almost without exception, proving to be everything they had wished for and more, and look forward to following their competition careers.
Dream of Romance - Mare performance test and at one of her first competition starts
Amaris- Mare performance test
The trio of yearling colts April 2014 L-R - Rajah, Don Quixote, Dante