It was lovely to hear from Caroline in Australia on Christmas Day along with some photographs of Sandhurst and Quantador. They are now in Sydney with Caroline's daughter Sara who is training with her coach Glennis Barrey.
We had a lovely email from Bangalore's owner, Rachel. He is going well under saddle and will be ready to start going out after christmas all going well!! He is maturing well and Rachel sent us a photo of him in July. We are looking forward to seeing him under saddle!
Exciting news from Germany and Norway! Florida's son San Diego E (Sancisco) has passed his 30 Day Test and he also licenced with the Mecklenburg Verband so his owner Lillian Strand in Norway is over the moon! He will be doing his 70 Day Test in 2010.
Photo: Hilde Haugsrud
Miserable weather and lots to do and not enough time to keep up to date with news!
However, Sandfontein has been sold to a fabulous dressage home. Although, as always, I am sad when one is sold, it is a lovely home for "Frank" and I know he will be very happy. Frank will be staying with us until next year.
The clocks have changed and it is certainly feeling like winter. The gradual weaning process has started with the mares and foals coping very well - it is much less stressful for us too!
A new member to our "team" arrived in the shape of a coloured miniature Shetland called Joey. He has settled in well and is acting as "nanny" to whoever needs one!
Sandfontein's sire, Sancisco won the short Grand Prix and a Grand Prix de Dressage with 72% in each at Zierow.
Sancisco also won all four advanced level dressage tests they participated at the Gänsefurther Dressage Autumn Event. They competed in an advanced level dressage test,
We managed a night away in Padstow with Ann and Tony after HOYS and we all had a fabulous time at Rick Stein's seafood restaurant.
Having stayed overnight at the NEC, we were up early to cheer on Kerrie and Laurie Ibbotson and their lovely mare Heathersedge Eurovision in the large plaited coloureds on Friday morning. The mare went beautifully, as always, and won the class which was the right result! It was wonderful as it is a real family affair as Kerrie bred the mare and her sister rides her - a great win for the amateurs. She has been second twice before so this win was rightly deserved. It was also lovely to catch up with our friends that we don't get to see very often so it was a great few days away!
We had a great couple of days at HOYS. Dinah showed a foal in the Cuddys for friend's Tony Wareham and Ann Bassett. Their broodmare Jessica XXIII was a credible 5th and the foal was well behaved which was a bonus!
We have built two new large foaling boxes so we now have a seperate maternity wing.
It was with great sadness that we had to put Bartercard to sleep as he had an irreparable injury within his foot. It is very sad to lose a nice horse so young but he will not be forgotten.
At the Oldenburg inpection under Dr Karsten Kuehl, Sandfontein was awarded the coveted Fohlenpramie title just like his big brother Sandhurst last year! We are absolutely delighted as this colt is rather special and a serious stallion prospect.
Dr Karsten Kuehl also thought that Fair Oaks was a super typey filly despite her spending all the time "hooning" around the school and not showing her fabulous trot!
Florianne's full sister, Diva Bellas 2009 Fidertanz colt Flammentanz sold for 10,000 at the foal auction at Klosterhof Medingen on 25/26 September.
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Dinah organised the southern KWPN Keuring at
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We had a nice photograph and a lovely write up in Horse & Hound on 10 September about
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High Bray had his first run over fences in the 2m Beginners Chase, again at
Left - Le Toto (Seamus Mullins) Right - High Bray (Jimmy Derham)
Robert stewarded at the new Welsh racecourse at Ffos Las so we had a nice day out at the races. It is a great track and there were plenty of runners from
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Our final show for the year was
To top the day off, she was Sport Horse Champion and qualified for the third time this season for the Cuddys.
After a fantastic first season, she is now out in the field with her good friend Deep King enjoying a well earned holiday.
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A few photos of the babies taken on 23 August they are growing up fast.
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Sancisco (Sandro Hit-Rohdiamant) and Ronald Lüders finished their trip to Dobrock Horse Show with three successful starts and three victories at S 7, Intermédiaire I and freestyle at Intermédiare I-level.
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High Bray ran for the first time since January in the 2m Maiden Hurdle at
Deep King is very well and is still enjoying the racing game. He is also very versatile as he acts as nanny to Fairfax in the field - he is a lovely horse to have around.
Deep King & Robert
High Bray (nearside)
Deep King & Robert (left) with High Bray & Jimmy Derham (right) on the gallops
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It was really nice to have Floriannes breeders; Inke and Volker Nolte, come and visit us from
Diva Bellas 2009 Fidertanz colt Flammentanz has been selected for the foal auction at Klosterhof Medingen on 2/25 September. He is catalogue no: 34 http://www.klosterhof-medingen.de/
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Our local show is Wincanton so we like to support it and paid a visit to the racecourse with
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We have a new addition to Camrose Stud and yet again four legged! Introducing Bourbon a Jack Russell bred by our good friend Seamus Mullins. His job title is Travelling Head Lad as he has already been to the races twice with us!
Conan is happy with his new companion and Bourbon has settled in well and has already become major player in the team!
We attended the New Forest & Hampshire Show and Fairfax was back to her usual exuberant self and she was 2nd in the Sport Horse class. Dinah also showed an Irish Draught yearling who won his class and then was Reserve Champion so his owner/breeder was delighted so it was a good day out.
At the National Mecklenburg Championships, Sancisco and Ronald Lüders defended their national Mecklenburg Dressage Championship title. He won all three advanced level qualifiers.
Dinah attended the BEF Futurity at The Grange showing two 3 year olds for Etheridge Stud as potential dressage horses. It was a good educational day as one had never been away from home and the other had only been away once before so it was a bit of an eye opener for them. They behaved well and were both awarded a First Premium.
Sandronista (Sando Hit)
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder".......
Conan, 13 years young, enjoying his new haircut as he heard that it was going to be sunny and warm!
Our weekly up-dated photos of Fair Oaks and Sandfontein.
Sandfontein - 10 weeks old
Fair Oaks - 12 weeks old
We have always taken plenty of photos of the foals as they grow up as it is interesting to watch their development - they change weekly and before you know it they are all grown up!
Fair Oaks - 11 weeks old
Sandfontein - 9 weeks old
We took Fairfax to The Royal Show. Having managed to get herself cast in the temporary stabling it was a relief that she was unscathed. However, she was not her usual exubert self in the ring but we were pleased that she was place 5th in the Warmblood class under Katy Holder-Vale.
Photo: Real Time Imaging
Both Florianne and Florida have both had their heartbeat scans and all is well. Fingers crossed for two healthy foals for next year and we are very excited about both the young stallions Hochstern and Bon Balou and await with interest the resulting babies.
As we do not keep the colts, sadly Sandfontein is being offered for sale to the right home.
Sandfontein - 8 weeks old
Fair Oaks - 10 weeks old
Some pictures from Lincoln show of Fairfax winning the Sport Horse Yearling class.
Florianne's breeder has sent us a picture of Florianne's full sister Divabella with her 2009 colt by Fidertanz. The likeness between the two sisters is uncanny!
Divabella with her Fidertanz colt
Fairfax had another good day out at Lincoln Show where she won the Sport Horse Yearling class with extremely high marks.
Florida has scanned in foal to Bon Balou.
Even though it is a busy time at the moment, we decided that it shouldn't be all work and no play so we went to Royal Ascot. We had a fabulous time in the Royal Enclosure and it was great to be able to dress up! Robert in his finery below:
Photo galleries up-dated.
Some pictures of Fair Oaks and Sandfontein from last weekend.
Sandfontein at 6 weeks old
Fair Oaks at 8 weeks old
Without tempting fate, Florianne has scanned in foal (14 day pregnancy) to Hochstern. Finger crossed we have a heartbeat at the next scan.
It is a busy time of year with the foals as well as re-breeding the mares. It has been very interesting having full siblings to last year's foals and comparing their growth and characters - there is plenty of time wasting going on watching the babies!
Fair Oaks at 7 weeks old
Florida & Fair Oaks
Sandfontein at 5 weeks old
We had a great three days at The Royal Bath & West Show. Despite the appalling weather on Wednesday, Fairfax won the large Sport Horse Yearling class by a clear 5 points. We went back on Thursday and she won the CHAPS Youngstock Yearling class and then stood Champion In-Hand coloured.
We were back again on Friday for The Cuddy Supreme In-Hand Championship and she was pulled forward for the final eight then she got down to the final 5 so we were highly delighted - she did so well for a yearling and more so for being coloured! All in all, a great show for us.
Fairfax went to Devon County for the Sport Horse yearling class and was rather over-exuberant! However, she still did very well and was awarded 2nd out of 20.
It is a busy time of year and the weather has been less than ideal for the foals, however, we are enjoying some sunshine again so a few up-dated photographs of Sandfontein and Fair Oaks.
Ronald Lüders and Sancisco qualified for the Nuremberg Cup Final at the CSI in Redefin. The duo won both Prix St. Georges-classes.
Fairfax was Champion Coloured at Newark & Nottingham County Show on Saturday - we are delighted that she is doing so well in her first season.
Photos: Real Time Imaging
A couple of photographs of Sandfontein taken when he was 6 days old and enjoying the grass under his feet for the first time!
We are delighted with our latest arrival - Florianne has produced another fantastic black colt by Sancisco.
Born on 4th May, Sandfontein C is full brother to Sandhurst C . He is big strong colt with very long legs and we are absolutely delighted with him.
Sandfontein C - 3 days old
Fair Oaks continues to blossom and Florida is certainly doing her well.
Fair Oaks is growing before our eyes and is filling out nicely. She is an absolute delight and part of the family already! She is nearly a fortnight old so here are a few photographs taken over the last couple of weeks below:
High Bray is working towards a run - he is cantering well but is also working hard on the school which he is thoroughly enjoying. Sophie is also working hard as Dinah has been "grounded" having re-torn a ligament in her knee - very frustrating!
High Bray and Sophie
Bartercard has been taken back to basics and he is probably for the first time in his life working correctly. We are sure that when he next gets back on the racecourse then all the hard work will pay off.
Bartercard and Sophie
We are absolutely delighted with our latest addition. Florida produced a fabulous coloured filly at 11.30pm on Sunday 19 April. She is by Sir Oldenburg and is full sister to Fairfax C. She has been named Fair Oaks C.
Fair Oaks C - 1 day old
Sandhurst and Quantador are living the life of Riley in Australia. They have already been swimming in the sea andCaroline and Sara have sent us some wonderful photographs! They have settled in extremely well and are blossoming. I think their long journey to the other side of the world is certainly behind them.
Quantador (left) & Sandhurst (right)
We took Fairfax on her first outing to the West Midlands Show at Malvern. She took everything in her stride, including staying overnight! She behaved like a true professional so we were highly delighed with her.
To top it all she was Champion Coloured beating all age groups and qualified for the Supreme Yearling Championships in the summer.
Sandhurst and Quantador have finally arrived in Perth, Australia. Caroline and Sara are absolutely delighted with both of them which is wonderful. It was a mammouth journey but finally they are "home". Caroline sent a few photos of them on their arrival and is keeping us posted as to how they are doing.
Sandhurst & Quantador in Australia
Florianne and Florida are looking fantastic and we are eagerly waiting to see what they give us this year!
Bartercard is settling in very well and we are very pleased with him.
On Sunday we had an early start up at 1.45 am! - to travel to the Hengstschau - Frischer Wind (stallion presentation) in
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It was also fantastic to see Samaii (Sambertino Brentano II), whom I showed in
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It is wonderful that AmaZulu is progressing very well with her training. Clare says she is loving every minute with her so we are really delighted!
Sometimes you just have to follow your instincts and on Tuesday we did just that! The end result was that we now have a new - if rather unexpected - addition to the racing team in the shape of Bartercard (USA).
He is a lovely, beautifully-bred, 16.3 hh dark bay gelding who has won a bumper and two Flat races and been placed under both codes. He is settling in really well at Sycamore Farm and is already firm friends with Deep King and High Bray.
Robert thinks he has real potential as a novice 'chaser, so hopefully there will be plenty of news to follow as he learns his new game.
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Sandhurst and Quantador are doing well - they appear to have no travel sickness so that is very pleasing. They were both clipped prior to leaving the UK so they are feeling very comfortable in the mornings with the sun on their backs in temperatures of around 30 degrees! They come in at lunchtime and have fans keeping them cool - I do not think that they will miss the Northern Hemisphere very much!
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Sandhurst and Quantador have arrived safely in Sydney, Australia. It was such a long flight but they both travelled well. Caroline will be keeping us posted as to how they settle in at the quarantine station.
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Fairfax is now nearly 10 months old and has suddenly started to behave like a young adult! She is actually not looking too bad at the moment for a yearling!
AmaZulu is going nicely under saddle - Clare sent us a photograph of them on their first hack together on Thursday!
The snow came to Somerset and caused chaos! However, the horses and Conan thought it was great!
One man and his dog!
High Bray's dam, Homing Instinct produced in Germany at Gestüt Görlsdorf a grey colt by the stallion Sternkönig - perhaps another winner?
Photo: Gestüt Görlsdorf
Sadly, it is finally time to say goodbye to Sandhurst and Quantador.
The boys are leaving us on Tuesday morning to start their journey to Australia. They have three weeks quarantine in Newmarket followed by a further three weeks in Sydney. They should reach their new home in Perth mid-March.
The McLeods are getting excited that they are on their way "home". We shall most certainly miss Sandhurst and we have to say that Quantador has also become a firm favourite.
Sandhurst (above) & Quantador (below)
Fairfax is going to team up with Steena who was Quantador's travelling companion from Germany. She will follow the boys to Australia at a later date. She is by Sancisco out of a Riccione mare.
Steena (Sancisco - Riccione - Lanthan)
Florida's second colt, San Diego E (by Sancisco) has been sold to Norway.
In 2008, Sancisco (Sandro Hit - Rohdiamant) started to compete at advanced dressage level and he achieved more than 20 victories up to Intermédiare I-level under his trainer Ronald Lüders. He placed at the final of the Nuremberg Cup Finals also.
Sancisco was the most successful Sandro Hit-offspring competing in Germany and the most successful seven-year-old dressage horse in 2008.
High Bray has pleased his trainer, Seamus Mullins, and is ready to run. After all the time off he has had he is bound to take a bit of time to get back into the swing of racing but we are thoroughly looking forward to seeing him back on the track after all the hard work we have put into him. Unfortunately, we are being thwarted by the weather due to the frozen ground and it looks like this will continue for at least the coming week, so it is rather frustrating.
High Bray on the gallops today (right) - his trainer in the saddle
Robert on The Speaker (right)
The breeding season will be upon us within no time, along with our racing commitments, so we thoroughly enjoyed spending Christmas in Val D'Isere with not a horse in sight!
Posing is the easy bit.......!
Sandhurst will be leaving to go into quarantine towards the end of January to start his long journey to Oz.
His travelling companion has arrived from Germany and he is also owned by the McLeods. Quantador (Quaterback - Velten Third) is a cracking colt and has the most outstanding temperament and movement - I hope that Australia will be pleased with both the colts!
Fairfax will most certainly miss her good friend Sandhurst. We are already planning our trip to Oz to see Sandhurst in due course!
We were delighted to receive for Christmas some lovely photographs of our old horse, Pintofields Lancaster Maine, competing on the Isle of Man. He is affiliated with British Dressage and has qualified for the NW Regionals in February. We produced him from a weanling to a backed 3yo when we sold him to his present owner.
Florida's son, Wiarpo by Wind Dancer, approved stallion for the small German riding horse breed, was performance tested in Redefin. Although Wiarpo completed his performance test with a final score of 7.32 (dressage 7.03 show jumping 7.7), he will not be an active breeding stallion as he was sold to the USA in December 2008 as a Hunter Jumper.
Florida's first foal Wiarpo (formerly named Wyoming E) by Wind Dancer has completed his 30 Day Test at Redefin.
Due to Robert's busy work schedule and the short winter days, we have decided to put High Bray in training with our old friend Seamus Mullins. He has settled in very well. Below is a lovely photograph of him under Jimmy Derham cantering alongside Robert on Student Loan. Robert was enjoying his first day in the saddle for six months and I bet he will be sore tomorrow!
Robert & Student Loan (left) and Jimmy & High Bray (right)
We are delighted for Florida - both her colts have now Licensed in Germany. San Diego licensed with the Meckelnburg PKS in the Pinto book. He will now be performance tested and can then enter into the warmblood book.
AmaZulu has been sold and is heading off to a fabulous dressage home.
The foals are weaned - Sandhurst is still with us until the New Year when he will go into quarantine before his long journey to Australia. He will be residing at Narthethong Equestrian Park in Perth.
San Diego E at the Mecklenburg pre-licensing selections at Redefin where he was accepted.
Florianne's sire De Niro is the Hanoverian Stallion of the Year 2008. With this annual award, the Hanoverian Society honours important breeding stallions.
Depressingly winter is coming but we had a couple of sunny days over the weekend so took a few photos!
Good news from Germany!
Florida's 2006 coloured colt San Diego E (by Sancisco) was chosen by the Mecklenburg for licensing at Redefin.
San Diego as a foal
It is a quiet time at present - we are waiting for the Oldenburg Verband to come over to inspect and brand the foals - then they will be ready to wean!
Judged by Carl Hester, Bangalore C was Reserve Champion 2yo Dressage horse at the BEF Finals at Addington. As his breeder, we are incredibly proud and his owner is equally delighted!
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Fairfax C went to her first party and attended the BEF Futurity at Catherston. She was awarded a First Premium with very nice comments and a good mark of 8.40. She found the whole day out incredibly exciting!
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We are delighted to announce that Sandhurst C has been sold and he will be travelling later on in the year to his new home in Perth, Australia! It will be exciting to hear all about his new life Down Under!
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Firebird C has been sold to an eventing home.
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AmaZulu C was presented for Grading with the KWPN at Wellington on Monday 11th August with judges from Holland coming over for the inspection.
Much to our delight, she was awarded the prestigious "Ster" predicate.
Photo: Greenlees Equine Photography
Conditional jockey Jack Salmon has been working High Bray - they have a nice partnership going and we are all looking forward to his first run in the Autumn.
High Bray is back working after bruising a foot. He has come back from his break with lots of enthusiasm for the game and we are delighted with him.
High Bray - a different horse to the one we bought last October!
A fabulous photograph of Bangalore at the BEF in July.
Photo: Snapshot Photography
We are delighted that our 2006 colt Bangalore C by OO Seven (half brother to AmaZulu C) was the BEF Champion 2yo Dressage horse at The Grange on Friday much to his owner Jo Yeoman's delight! He had a score of 8.90 and headed a class of 9. He was also the third highest score of the day so you can imagine we are ever so slightly pleased that he has flown the flag for Camrose once again!
We have had a few trials and tribulations this breeding season - we have had many problems obtaining chilled semen from Holland for AmaZulu. We have had no semen turning up, semen arriving without health papers which has given us plenty of headaches. We have now called it a day as it is getting too late for us now and she will now continue her education. We will be looking forward to her coming out under saddle - we will come back to the joys of breeding with her in due course. Some exciting times ahead!
The sun has brought the camera out again so the photos galleries have been up-dated again!
Some up to date photos of the foals have been added to the photo galleries.
On 13th July, the seven year old Sancisco convincingly won the Mecklenburg Dressage Championships with three victories in the saddle for Ronald Lüders.
On 7th July, Sancisco and Ronald Lüders were in excellent form at the Brandenburg National Championships on the grounds of the Neustadt/Dosse National State Stud. They won all three of their advanced level dressage classes up to Prix St Georges level.* * *
Both the foals have been DNA tested for colour.
We are delighted that Fairfax is Homozygous Black (EE) which means she cannot produce a chestnut foal.
Sandhurst is also Homozygous Black (EE) as well as being a true black as he is Non Agouti (aa).
Good news - Florida has scanned in foal to Sir Oldenburg and Florianne has scanned in foal to Sancisco.
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A few new photos of the foals, AmaZulu and Firebird taken early evening.
Firebird should really be in the show ring at present as she is looking fabulous, however, lack to time is the old enemy!
It is amazing how much the foals grow when you dont see them for a few days! Sandhurst and Fairfax are both growing like weeds!
Fairfax - 6 weeks old
Sandhurst - 2 months old
Dinah managed to get away to Ireland for 6 days for a break. However, it was a bit of a "busman's holiday" as she was staying at the fabulous Mount Juliet hotel in Co Kilkenny which is situated within the grounds of the famous Ballylinch Stud!
After much consideration, it has been decided that Firebird is for sale to an approved home only. We have always limited our numbers and will continue to do so however hard the decision is.
A selection of photos of the foals taken over the last week or so!
Fairfax is growing quickly and certainly seems to love life! Fairfax also now has her own page.
Fairfax aged 2 weeks.
Sandhurst now has his own page.
He has been showing us in the field that he has the ability for the dressage arena!
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We took a few photos last weekend, but as usual, there are never enough hours in the day, hence they are only being added today!
Fairfax at one week old.
Sandhurst at three weeks old. It is our policy that we don't keep the colts, so sadly Sandhurst will be for sale.
Deep King is entered for Newton Abbot next week and will run depending on the ground. We give him a pop just to keep his eye in!
A few photos of Fairfax at 3 days old.
We have called her Adora at home, however, she already is being called "Dora The Explorer" - my nephews would be proud of me!
We have named our Sir Oldenburg filly Fairfax.
Fairfax - 1 day old
A fabulous picture of Sir Oldenburg at the KWPN Stallion Show in February 2008.
Our latest arrival appeared at 3.45am on Sunday morning - we were delighted with a coloured filly by Sir Oldenburg (Sion) out of our lovely mare Florida.
Deep King & High Bray are working well at home. Deep King is pencilled in to run at Newton Abbot on 13 May.
High Bray (left) and Deep King warming up
Deep King and Robert
High Bray and Abigail White
Assistant Trainer, Conan is pleased with how the boys have worked!!
Sandhurst grows more beautiful by the day and Firebird is growing!
Florianne and Sandhurst enjoying life!
Our Sancisco colt has been named Sandhurst. He thoroughly enjoyed his first day in the field on Thursday when we had some dry and sunny weather.
Sandhurst - 4 days old
Our new arrival ventured out today as it was lovely and sunny. We still don't have an offical name for him but he is now called Sydney at home!
Florianne produced a beautiful black colt by Sancisco (Sandro Hit) in the early hours of Sunday morning. Mother and baby are doing well and we are delighted with him!
AmaZulu has wintered well and we have some exciting times ahead with her now that she is rising three!
Firebird is now a year old and the sunny weather brought the camera out!
The mares are both due to foal this month - they are very well and enjoy the sunshine when we have some!
We are getting busy with the racehorses - Deep King is looking to run at the beginning of May and High Bray is now cantering although no concrete plans have been made for him at the moment.
King with Robert just before going off to canter
Deep King (front) with High Bray on the gallops
High Bray & John cooling off
A great day at the PSHP stallion show at Moulton College on Easter Monday which saw Dinah showing Sambertino for Flax Lion Stud. A jolly enjoyable day for all concerned!
Keeping two vastly different horses (a 13-year old chaser and a 7 year-old hurdler) fit, properly looked after and interested is something we are particularly keen on. Neither horse ever does the same thing 2 days running and both spend the maximum amount of time out of their boxes. We do a lot of school work with them to help keep them supple and we also loose jump them which as well as being very beneficial is something they thoroughly enjoy doing!
High Bray jumping neatly and carefully
Deep King true to form taking a "flyer"
The nice weather is a Godsend and all the horses are enjoying the sun on their backs. Deep King is now starting cantering and High Bray is going well and thoroughly enjoying his work - it shall be rather interesting when he starts cantering - I think we will need to "sit tight"!
High Bray and "Little" John
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Exciting news from Germany! Florida's first foal Wyoming E by Wind Dancer (Weltruhm - Argentan I) licensed with the Mecklenburg Verband this week. He was bred by Florida's breeder Elizabeth Ernflykt in Sweden.
Photos: Jutta Wego (These photographs cannot be copied from this website)
After being under the weather myself over the holiday period AND the terrible wet weather, finally a few up-dated photos!
Albeit looking rather scruffy and hairy - AmaZulu and Firebird enjoyed the sun on their backs yesterday.
High Bray has improved no end since his arrival in November. He has put on condition and is back in work and thoroughly enjoying life.
Deep King is working well - there is no hurry with him as he will not race until the Spring and when the ground dries up.
Florianne and Florida are both well - they are looking a little rotund and we are looking forward to their foals in April.
We have a fabulous new broodmare at Sycamore Farm who is not "sporting colour"!
St Pr St Florianne is by the fabulous stallion De Niro.
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Regazza Gazelle has been sold and has gone to the same fantastic home as Rozemarijn.
Deep King has finished racing for 2007 but enjoyed a day out with the Royal Artillery at their opening meet at Larkhill.
Firebird is now 7 months old, weaned and growing up very fast!
High Bray has been with us just over a week and is settling in well.
Deep King ran a fabulous race at Stratford on Saturday. He jumped fluently and led the field until the 8th fence, after which he was headed by the younger horses but stayed on well to finish 5th and yet again, he was in the prize money!
It was a very good end to his 2007 campaign and he has finished safe and sound. He will now be put away until Spring when the ground comes right for him again although he will be kept ticking over during the winter months.
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Deep King is entered to run at Stratford on Saturday 27th - we hoping that the rain holds off so that we get the good ground that he requires.
We have just purchased a new racehorse called High Bray (GER). More information about him in due course!
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Sycamore Farm was one of the venues for the Verband der Zuchter des Oldenburg Pferdes e.V. (OL) Mare & Foal Inspection tour.
Both Florida E and Regazza Gazelle both graded into the Main Studbook.
Firebird C was inspected, branded and we are delighted to announce that she was awarded Fohlenprämie!
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Deep King ran at Lingfield Park on 11th October in the 2m Handicap Chase. We knew when we delared the day before that the going was not idea after the rain - good to soft (good places) but the Clerk of the Course thought it might dry out. We walked the course and the ground was a little on the soft side in places for Kings liking but we let him take his chance and he proved us right he didnt like the soft patches!!!!
He actually ran a good race, jumped well and was well up with the pace but just didnt act on the soft places so was out of the money. The plan is to go to Stratford on 27th October as long as the ground is no less than good - he will then be put away till Spring.
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High Peak has been sold.
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After much sole searching we have now sold Rozemarijn. It was a very hard decision but as we have retained her daughter AmaZulu we have the bloodlines to breed the next generation.
Deep King is winding up to race again in October before the ground becomes too soft for him.
Possible races are at Lingfield, Bangor, Uttoxeter and Stratford.
Firebird and the mares making the most of the sunshine!
We attended the first ZfdP grading in the UK on 8 September when the Zuchtleiter Hans Britze came from Germany to inspect mares, foals and stallions.
Presenting a foal for Jivetime Sport Horses was first on the cards and the lovely coloured filly Jivetimes' Jivetalking (Lennox - Nekoma) impressed Herr Britze and was given Premium Foal (Prämienfohlen) status and then was branded.
Photo: Jivetime Sport Horses
We, ourselves, presented Regazza Gazelle - Hans Britze liked her very much stating that she was a "big, modern riding horse" - she graded with very good marks and was given Premium Mare (Prämienstute)!
Photo: Jivetime Sport Horses
It was obviously a very good day for Camrose Stud and Jivetimes Sport Horses and the venue and hospitality very enjoyable. Hans Britze commented that he was impressed with the quality of horses presented this year and looks forward to coming back to the UK in 2008.
After a good day at Addington, we heard that the BEF had announced the final results and AmaZulu was in the "Top Three" of the 2 year old Dressage horses across the country - a nice end to a short but sweet season!
Photo: Snapshot Photography
Another good day for AmaZulu. She finished a very good 3rd (and only coloured) in the big 2yo Fillies class at the National Hunter Show at Addington under judge Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE.
Photo: Pleasure Prints
Dorset County Show with AmaZulu who won the Sport Horse 2yo class under Chris Hewlett gaining a 9 for athleticism. Out of broodmares, foals, youngstock and 4 - 7 year olds, she then took the Sport Horse Championship.
Photos: Ann-Marie Fry
AmaZulu attended the BEF Futurity at The Grange, Devon. She did us proud gaining another First Premium and then Reserve Champion 2yo Dressage horse. She impressed the judges and their comments were:
"Very good looking elegant dressage horse with correct easy paces. Very well produced".
Photo: Snapshot Photography
Having failed to sample any of our new shows now that we are in Somerset, we finally found time to visit one - Melplash Agricultural Show! It is not very often that we show in coloured classes but they didn't have a sport horse class. AmaZulu went along and won the CHAPS youngstock class then took Reserve Champion coloured behind the ridden winner.
Photo: Horsepower Photography
Firebird had her first outing at the BEF Futurity at Catherston Stud yesterday. She was extremely well behaved and was presented to judges Celia Clarke, Clem Somerset & Lyn Crowden in the Eventing foal section. She showed herself beautifully and was awarded a First Premium. The judges also thought that she would make a very nice dressage horse in due course so we were obviously delighted.
A few photos of Florida & Firebird enjoying the sun at long last!
Our handicap chaser High Peak is for sale.
Showing on behalf of owner Claire Bevan, Dinah attended the BEF at Sunnybank EC in Wales showing Claire's coloured 2yo filly Uno who is by Suzy Mainprice's coloured stallion Uplift. It was the mare's first outing since a foal and she was beautifully behaved and gained some good marks from the judges and was awarded second premiums for both her show jumping and dressage sections.
A busy weekend at the end of July saw Dinah judging the coloured classes at Clarbeston Road Show in Pembrokshire - the sun shone and the hospitality was good so a good weekend was had!
We finally got to the first show of the season with AmaZulu! We attended the BD Breeders show and AmaZulu was a crediable 7th out of 14 two year old fillies - once again, the only coloured in her class. She gained some good marks and was only 1 point behind the winner who was by the wonderful stallion His Highness. The judge was Richard Stiles who's comments were "A fine upstanding, mature filly who should have an exciting future. Lots to like!"
Photos: Image Point Event
Our youngest "Diva" (aka Firebird) is definately becoming quite a charater - as you can see, she goes everywhere at top speed!!!
Deep King has enjoyed a break after his win at Stratford - he is now back in work with the plan to run again in August/September.
After nearly two years off the track, High Peak has finally started work - the plan is to take him slowly and run him when he is ready.
Florida has scanned in foal to Sir Oldenburg for April 2008.
Bangalore's owner Jo has sent a recent picture of him - he is growing well and still a beautiful boy!
A few photos taken last week of Firebird aged 9 weeks - she is changing by the day!
Firebird at 8 weeks.
Another winner for Camrose Stud!
Photo: Ian Headington
We are delighted to report that Deep King WON his first race for three years when battling on really bravely to win the Barteak Developments Hunters Steeple Chase at Stratford on Friday (25th) evening. Although he started at a very generous 16-1, we had waited two years to run him on a left handed track and we were confident he would run a big race. He jumped and travelled well throughout but turning for home when upsides the well backed favourite, it looked like we would have to settle for second (again). However, JJ threw caution to the wind at the last and got a magnificent jump while the favourite emptied. King ran on really bravely and scored by 21/2 lengths.
All credit to the jockey who had ridden a very intelligent race and success is probably due in no small part to the fact that he ignored the trainer's instructions! This was a very pleasing effort and King knew he had done well! It looks like it is left handed tracks from now on and the horse clearly hasn't completely lost his liking for the game.
AmaZulu has just turned two and is standing at around 16.1hh-ish! She has been entered for a few shows but unfortunately, racing & inseminating the broodmares has been priority so she has lost out so far this season!
We hope to get her out to a few shows before too long.
AmaZulu at 2 years old
We are very pleased with how Firebird is growing on and how her character is coming out!
Firebird at 7 weeks
Robert and Deep King "cooling off " after a piece of work
We had hoped to run Deep King at Newton Abbot on 10 May but sadly he was balloted out. A further Hunter Chase opportunity was lost when the meeting at Newton Abbot on 15 May was abandoned due to unsafe ground but he finally made it to the course at Folkestone on 17 May. Once again we were obligued to go right handed, which does not suit him, but he put in a brave performance and was prominent throughout the race before being beaten into 5th place in the last few strides.
Firebird is growing up - picture at 2 weeks.
Deep King ran at Hereford on 20 April - we were trying the a new trip in distance and we were pleased with the run. It now gives us more options that he will now get 3 miles so we are aiming for Newton Abbot mid May.
Firebird at 9 days.
Madley leaves us for her new home in Scotland. She is a lovely mare and we hope that her new owner has as much pleasure from her as we have had.
After a lot of deliberation, we have finally settled on a name for the filly. In accordance with the registration rules of the Oldenburg Verband, all fillies should be named with the first letter of their dam. We have therefore chosen the name Firebird C. This is a very fitting name as one of Igor Stravinsky's best-known works is the ballet "The Firebird" and since Stravinky is the filly's sire, this seems a very suitable name!
Firebird C at 1 day old.
Below taken at 7 hours old having her first taste of freedom!!
Exciting news - Florida produced a beautiful coloured filly by Stravinsky xx at 8.50am on Saturday 7th April - we are delighted with her!
We were very pleased that Deep King completed around Ludlow on Thursday in what was a competitive hunter chase after 322 days off the track. He travelled well for a long way and jumped well but we now feel that he may be suited by a longer trip where he can dominate through his front-running tactics. We are therefore looking at stepping him up in trip to 3 miles and he may run again as soon as next Thursday at Taunton.
JJ came down to school Deep King prior to his first run of the season. All went well and JJ was delighted with how well the horse is.
Deep King is extremely well - he has had a "pop" and is working well on the gallops. We are hoping that the ground will begin to dry up so that we can look for a race for him for next month.
Exciting news from Holland:
Zospecial (AmaZulu's full older brother & son of Rozemarijn) has been licensed by the AES and is now standing at stud in Holland.
He is now under saddle and will be trained by Trea Mulder.
A few dry days made it easier to get the camera out so a few snaps of AmaZulu!
Florida is looking well albeit a little bit pregnant!
Leaving Robert to hold the fort, I managed to get time away to attend the KWPN Stallion Show at Den Bosch. An excellent trip looking at the up and coming young dressage stallions for the future. Much to my surprise I found that I was even taken by some of the jumpers!!
The "short" list for future dressage sires has now turned into a "long" list!
Everyone is settling in well at Sycamore Farm and life in Somerset is rather enjoyable!
High Peak is now back in training after a long lay off. It will be a slow old job but fingers crossed that he gets to the track and stays in one piece.
Plans for Deep King - who looks a million dollars after his rest and should come to hand very quickly - are to run when the ground dries out!
Baileys Horse Feed & British Breeding Futurity Scheme Championship Final 2006
AmaZulu was Champion Dressage yearling with a good score of 8.26 - the only dressage yearling to score over 8. Evaluators were Celia Clarke, Edward Evans and Carolyn Rycroft. She was the 5th highest placed yearling at the Finals. An extremely good end to the season!
AmaZulu C won the large Sport Horse Yearling class at Bucks County under Celia Clarke. Once again, she was the only coloured in the class!!
Photo: E.S Photography
Bangalore C attended that BWBS annual show and was well placed with 4th in the colt foal class.
Photo: Soley Photography
AmaZulu was presented for evaluation by Clem Somerset and Bridget Parker at the BEF Futurity Scheme qualifier at Catherston Stud. She was awarded First Premium and was the highest placed dressage bred yearling. She has been invited by invitation to the Championship Finals in September.
A spur of the moment decision to take AmaZulu to Worcester Lodge proved to be a good one - she won the BSPA Sport Horse class then took the overall coloured Reserve Champion title!
Bangalore won the foal class at the KWPN Keuring at Bromyard on 22nd July. The inspectors described him as being a "long-lined, correct foal with presence, easy balance and powerful movement with good self-carriage". We were delighted with the result!
An up-dated picture of Buranpour.
AmaZulu attended The Royal Show and was shown in the Warmblood yearling class, being the only coloured. In fact, she was the only coloured to be presented across all the Warmblood classes.
The class was judged by Johan Knaap, Director of the KWPN and it was an extremely good result for the coloured world, with AmaZulu being awarded 3rd place behind the Kirbys stunning His Highness filly and Paul Fridays Cardinar filly. Other progeny in the class were by the stallions For Edition, Rubin Royal, His Highness, Don Primero, Chequille Z to name but a few.
The "boys" Buranpour & Bangalore are growing up!
Buranpour is 4½ months old, Bangalore 2 months and best of friends!
AmaZulu had her first outing of the season and we were delighted with the results! At the National In-Hand at Malvern she was second in the yearling Sport horse and Warmblood classes, only beaten each time by the Kirby's fabulous filly by His Highness.
Notable sires in the classes were Kostolany, Kasparow, Tyson, Cardinar, Classic Juan, Monte Carlo and Burggraaf, to name but a few - and she was the only coloured in the ring!
Photos: Pleasure Prints
We are delighted that Buranpour and Bangalore have been sold to the same fabulous home. They will be going to their new owner at weaning and although we will be sorry to see them leave, they are going to a top class competition home.
Zotika G's new owner John Hinds is having great success with her. At the North Yorks County show on Sunday - not only did she win the CHAPS youngstock and Open In-Hand but took the coloured Championship!
Matrix has been sold to go point to pointing with a new trainer in Devon.
The foals are growing up and enjoying the beautiful weather!
Buranpour at 15 weeks.
Bangalore at 5 weeks.
AmaZulu is suddenly looking very grown up at 13 months old!
Matrix is up for sale. He has won 2 point to points in 2006, is a safe sound jumper and will make someone a fabulous schoolmaster for next season. More about Matrix on his page.
Up-dated photographs of Buranpour (13 weeks) and Bangalore (3 weeks).
Bangalore at 10 days old - he is keeping us guessing as to what colour he will end up!
Buranpour at 10 weeks - he is proving to be quite a character!!!
Bangalore C was born on 2 May at 11.20pm. A beautiful black colt by the wonderful stallion OO Seven (Rubinstein). He will be for sale at weaning.
AmaZulu C celebrates her first birthday on 1st May.
We are delighted with Buranpour - unfortunately, as he is a colt he will be for sale at weaning. He is a bold, friendly colt and it will be a sad sale.
Zotika G is now a 2 year old and growing on nicely. She will be shown again this year.
Matrix ran in the Intermediate at the Old Berks point to point on Bank Holiday Monday and won!
Deep King had his first run since October 2005 at Ludlow on Thursday 13 April. He ran in the Hunter Chase with JJ being in the saddle for the first time under Rules. King ran with all his usual enthusiasm and would have possibly won or at least been in the frame when he hit four out and the saddle slipped up his neck so JJ had to pull up. However, a very promising first run of the season!
Matrix runs in the Restricted at VWH with Jonathan Jarrett (aka JJ) in the saddle. They finish 5th - a good run on good to firm ground.
Buranpour C was born at 3.30 am on 20 February. Madley produced a strong bay colt by the late Negretto (Negro).
Matrix wins the Members at Lark hill - a win first time out for the Trainer
The weather hasn't been kind so we have been unable run Matrix due to abandoned meetings so we are looking forward to better ground in March.