We are thrilled with the depth of quality of this season’s crop of foals.
Testament to this is that 3 have already sold to dressage homes. Our commitment to improving our breeding programme through the purchasing of select females from Germany with great depth of performance success in their damlines has proven to be the right decision.
Our 2 recently imported rising 2yo. fillies Amaris (Ampere/ SPS Weltmeyer/Donnerhall) and Dream of Romance (Don Romantic/ SPS Londonderry/Weltmeyer - pictured right) are growing out beautifully, loving life in big grassy paddocks roaming with the cattle, and occasionally delighting us by showing off their outstanding movement with a burn around to remind us how fortunate we were to be able to purchase them! Ampere, Amaris’s dad is proving to be one of the most dominant and successful young sires in Europe at present and Don Romantic- Dior’s sire has reliably produced top show and auction horses for several years now.
After a rather slow and frustrating start to this breeding season, we now are expecting a whopping 9 foals for the coming season ! We are very excited about the diversity we will have with the coming foals by:- IFS sires Quaterback, Sunny Boy, Dancier, Don Bosco, Rascalino and imported and successful dressage horses Royal Oak 11 and Legend of Loxley. Pictured right is the 2011 Royal Oak ll foal, Hollingrove Royal Dream, from Hollingrove Dreamtime.
Hollingrove Adonis delighted his owner (me!) by finishing in 3rd place on the 2011 EA Dressage Leaderboard at Medium level, as well as winning 2 rugs at recent competitions for championship wins.
We look forward to seeing several young Hollingrove bred horses out competing under saddle soon- including HG Highwayman (His Highness/HG Fantine), HG Wascal (Weltmeyer/HG Chandon) already a winner at HRCV level, HG Royalty (Rotspon/HG Chandon), HG Fleur de Lis (Fidertanz/HG Chandon) and HR Rihanna (Royal Hit/Santa Fe).
Jumping 5yo. mare and National Talent Squad member Hollingrove Eve (Escudo1/Salute) continues to impress with placings at several shows and we look forward to her participation at the coming D&SJWTS. Pictured above Deb and Bruce pictures with Santa Fe and her 2011 filly foal (Nina) by the German Riding Pony Hilkens Nougat Cream.
On a different note, it would be remiss of this news reporter not make mention of Bruce's special friend Napoleon ... his registered name is Wattle Grove Lacerta. We introduced him to you as a calf and he has grown into a magnificent beast. He is an imported frozen embryo from Canada, his sire being one of the most influential in the Speckle Park breed which originated in Canada. Apart from their great eye catching colouring, the breed is renowned for it’s ease of calving, excellent muscling, good temperament and sought after meat, likened to a Wagyu x Angus - the Emirates Airlines has a contract for purchase of the meat. Our plan is to use him on all our heifers , which we will then sell privately, pregnancy tested in calf, rather than selling them for meat at the market. They will be ideal for the small acreage and/or hobby farmer that needs a couple of grass eaters to clean up their horse paddocks.
See Napoleon also in Hollingrove News 2011