The Future of Breeding!

British Breeders’ Network aims to support and promote the breeding of all types of British-bred horses and ponies – from native breeds to Thoroughbreds – from riding horses to future Olympic champions – and to develop a fully inclusive network owned by and for the benefit of all British equine breeders, by sharing best practice and creating relationships that support improved trade, wide participation and the breeding of horses ‘fit for purpose’.

BBN Talk ‘Living With Valegro’ at the British Stallion Event

We very much enjoyed our time at the British Stallion Event on Saturday, 7th January 2017. With 58 stallions presented across all three Olympic discipline, it was great to see the depth and breadth of British breeding and stallions standing in this country. As always, the event felt uplifting and friendly, with visitors able to see the stallions in the arena, as well as in the stable, and meet their owners and riders. We would like to thank the many people who worked so hard to make this event a success, and in particular Cat Wood and Jan Rogers from the BEF.

One of the most important objectives to secure the future of British breeding is to create strong and lasting bonds between breeders and the sport. It is for this reason that we were delighted that Alan Davies, groom of none other than the celebrated Valegro, agreed to give a talk about what it’s like living and working with an equine superstar at the top of his career and constantly in the public eye.

Alan’s talk was truly eye opening and gave us a highly valuable insight into the day-to-day life of an international competition horse. It was inspiring to see the level of care and attention to detail, as well as the love and enthusiasm that goes into looking after a horse like Valegro

BBN members got the opportunity to ask questions about Valegro’s care and management at home and at big events like the WEG and Olympics. A BBN members only event, we were delighted ‘Living With Valegro’ was so well attended and enjoyed by everyone who came. Feedback has been incredibly positive.

On behalf of the BBN team, Directors and Members, our Chairman Keith Taylor has written to Alan to express all our thanks for coming to talk to us and to send our very best wishes to Valegro.

BBN members attending the event were able to come and chat with us on Stand #12, and enjoyed free coffee all day + glass of Bucks Fizz during Alan’s talk on Valegro. For those members who could not make it, we will be posting a video of Alan’s talk on our website shortly, so watch this space.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at British Breeders’ Network

In 2016 British Breeders’ Network saw its busiest year yet, with a range of new initiatives designed to help breeders promote their stock, achieve better sales and enhance the profile of British breeding.

KEITH TAYLOR IS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH BREEDERS’ NETWORKWe are now also delighted to announce that the year culminates with the appointment of a new BBN Chairman; KEITH TAYLOR. From 2008 to Q3 2016 Keith Taylor was Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation. Keith is already known to many of our members, as the founder of Seagry stud and also thanks to the extremely interesting talk he gave at the Stallion Event at Bury Farm in January 2016, when he spoke about his marketing experience in charge of Diageo’s highly regarded brands, and how this marketing expertise can be applied to the breeding industry.

Valegro and his Groom Alan DaviesThe BBN looks forward to building on our experiences from 2016 and growing our activities for 2017. We have a full schedule of events planned for the coming year; the first of which takes place at the British Stallion Event 2017 at Bury Farm on 7th January, when we have another exciting presentation planned – free for all BBN members – ‘Living With Valegro’ The Care & Management of an international Dressage Horse – a talk by Alan Davies, H&H Groom of the Year and of course, groom to Valegro himself. This is sure to be a very popular event so if you plan on attending you are advised to email us to confirm your intention to attend as places are limited. The team at British Breeders’ Network look forward to seeing you all in the New Year, either at the British Stallion Event on 7th January, or at one of our planned EVENTS later in the year.

7 January

Living With Valegro – The Care & Management of an International Dressage Horse’ Presentation by Alan  Davies at the British Stallion Event 2017, Bury Farm, Bucks
Early July Mare & Foal Show at Ladykirk Stud, Berwick-on-Tweed, Scottish Borders (Date TBC)
29 July Mare & Foal Show + Foal Showcase at Richmond E.C. Catterick, Richmond, NorthYorkshire
30 July Mare & Foal Show + Foal Showcase at Wellington Riding Equestrian Centre, Hook, Hampshire
August Mare assessments in parallel with/at all BEF Futurity 2017 venues/dates
9-10 September Great British Mare & Foal Show (Qualifier & Championship) + Futurity Dressage & Show Jumping Elite/Higher First Champs (Venue TBC)

The Great British Mare & Foal Show

The College E.C. Keysoe, Bedfordshire 02.09.2016

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