This has been a year of triples for the stud.
The first of these was for the stallion Hollybrooke Duke. He is the only Forest pony this year to qualify for all three major championship shows, the Royal International, the Horse of the Year show and Olympia. It was his his first year in open ridden classes and he had a series of major successes. He achieved the second highest conformation score in his huge mixed Connemara and New Forest class at the RI to be placed eighth. He won his Olympia qualifier at the Heritage Show with an amazing score six marks better than the second placed pony. Other successes include winning at the Ponies UK Winter Championships, reserve champion at the Royal Windsor Horse show, champion at both the South Suffolk and the Suffolk shows. He also won at the Royal Norfolk show qualifying for HOYS. He is an a super stallion who combines his showing career with his stud work and we are thrilled by his successes. We wish him lots of luck at Olympia
The second of our triples was winning the New Forest Championship at the Ellingham Show for the third time since 2014. This year the recipient was Hollybrooke Grace. We had previously won it with Hollybrooke Dazzle and Hollybrooke Ginger. Grace won the four years and over mare class on her way to the championship and we have now won that class three times too. Sparkle won it in 2009 and Melitta in 2014. This year's success was crowned by Grace going on to win the show supreme championship as well.
At The Breed Show in August we won the stud stallion championship for the third time in seven years. It is an achievement of which we are hugely proud. Especially, as we have won it with three different stallions. There are a number of stallions who have won it more than once but no other stud has won it with three different stallions since the championship cup was first presented in 1973. This time it was the turn of Duke's father Hollybrooke Tinker. He only went to three shows this year and was also champion M&M at the Romsey Show. This followed a busy season at stud covering some really super mares. We are hopeful that Duke's mother is again in foal to him.
The last of our amazing threes was our beautiful mare Hollybrooke Melitta who was champion mare at the Breed Show for the third consecutive year. She bred her first foal this year so this time won her brood mare class to earn her place in the championship. We had two mares in the championship as Hollybrooke Grace won her junior yeld mare class (as well as a dressage class on the performance day of the show) Melitta's foal, who inherited his grandmother's lovely dark liver chestnut colour, left us in October for a new home in Belgium, where he will be given the opportunity to prove himself as a stallion.
We were lucky enough to have two ponies competing for the Breeders cup and the supreme championship. Melitta went on to win the Breeders cup (the third time we have won that) and was reserve supreme champion of the show. Quite a day! between them our four ponies came home with the seven trophies and twenty rosettes as pictured below.