BRITISH BREEDERS’ NETWORK

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’.

2017 BBN show series venues and dates

2017 Regional Mare & Foal Shows Open For Entries 01 June

British Breeders Network is pleased to announce the addition of a North West Venue to add to the North East, Midlands and South of England 2017 Regional Mare, Foal & Young-stock Show venues previously confirmed. Event dates and venues are now as follows:

  • 29 July a.m. Richmond Arena, North Yorkshire (Qualifier)
  • 29 July p.m. Croft Top E.C. Lancashire (Qualifier)
  • 30 July Wellington Riding, Hampshire (Qualifier)
  • 09 September Moreton Morrell College, Warwickshire (Qualifier) + Championship

All Venues are qualifiers for the BBN Championships. A Futurity Championship for dressage and show jumping foals will also take place at our 09 September show.

Futurity championship classes are open to all foals and young-stock achieving either Elite or High First Premium Scores at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Futurity Series. Dams of the aforementioned eligible foals and young-stock are also eligible for the futurity Mare Championship.

This year’s show series is open to all British bred mares 4 years and over, this year’s foals and young-stock aged 1-3 years of both genders. BBN is a fully inclusive network and welcomes equines of all breeds, including ponies, natives, warm-bloods, sports horses, TBs, Arabs… Classes will be split by age, gender, type and discipline.

Show schedules and online entry forms will be published both here and on our social media channels on or before 01 June. Entries close one week before each event is due to run. Postal entries will also be accepted. Late entries and entries on the day MAY be accepted, provided we are not already over-subscribed. To avoid disappointment you are advised to enter early.

Check back here regularly for updates.

View the VIDEO ‘Living With Valegro’ Here

For those members who were unable to attend our live event at the British Stallion Event when Alan Davies gave a talk to BBN members about his life with Valegro, we videod it and are delighted to announce that you can now view the video below – simply click the video icon:

BBN Appoints Keith Taylor as its new Chairman

KEITH TAYLOR IS APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF THE BRITISH BREEDERS’ NETWORKIn 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, culminating in the appointment of a new 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.

BBN Events 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. The team at British Breeders’ Network look forward to seeing you all at one of our planned EVENTS in 2017.

2017 REGIONAL EVENTS CALENDAR
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)

Video: 2016 The Great British Mare & Foal Show

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It is an enormous pleasure to offer for sale this exquisite colt by the exciting young Sezuan son St Louis Blues out of our wonderful So Fine (Sir Fidergold x Rousseau x Alabaster), half sister to Woodlander Double Bubble who has been turning heads this year in the UK and Germany.

With three active, elastic and ground covering paces and legs that go on forever, this colt is set to follow in the family tradition, but adds to this his own special brand of breathtaking beauty and a wonderful, easy temperament that will make him a pleasure to own and train.

A horse for those who wish to succeed, but also a horse to love, with a big heart to match his physical beauty. A stallion and international competition prospect.

I give you: Schattenspiel ZB

bred in the UK, he can be seen at the famous Woodlander Stud.
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New “World Class” Equestrian Venue for the South of England

The Old Thorns Hotel Group have awarded a multi-million pound contract to Equestrian specialist 21st Century Horse Ltd and its European partners to construct and fit out a new state-of-the-art equestrian facility at its adjacent Home Park Estate property near Liphook. The development includes a 42m x 70m indoor riding school with viewing areas and extensive club room facilities, a fully covered 20m combined “Teomatic” horse-walker/lunge pen and bespoke stainless steel stabling and service areas for 40 horses.

Partnering 21st Century Horse are two of the world premier Equestrian Engineering companies, Röwer & Rüb GmbH and Gebr. Schütt KG for whom they act as exclusive agents in the UK and Ireland. Luxury Oak Tack and Rug rooms will be supplied by the Dutch equine interiors specialists SeBo Interior & Equipage who will also fit out the office and staff areas.

Construction has commenced and will be phased to allow the stabling to be completed by the end of the Summer. 21st Century Horse is working in conjunction with Old Thorns construction and architectural personnel to ensure the new establishment is in full operation for Christmas 2017.

Commenting on the project Jamie Bennett, 21st C’s Commercial Director said “the client’s brief was to build a world class venue and it was felt that with our combination of expertise and previous experience we were the logical choice to fulfil their aspirations” “It’s a very exciting hallmark project”.

The Old Thorns Group Managing Director, Martin Shaw, having visited the Röwer & Rüb show facility in Germany said “We, in line with the group’s policy on quality, are looking to create the premier facility in the South of England capable of attracting the very best riders”. “We were seeking a Turnkey solution in which we could have complete confidence and 21st Century Horse and its partners met that brief”.
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