Amadeus, the BSPA elite graded cob stallion, has died at the age of 31 leaving a legacy of winning offspring, plus three foals expected in 2013.

Owned by Lynda Lodge and Sandra Lawrence of Wulfstan Stud, Cambs, for 27 years, Amadeus gained BD points, was succesful in show jumping and hunter trials, as well as winning in the show ring.

Although his showing heyday came too early for the maxi cob classes, many of his offspring have been successful in the show ring at top level and a leading judge once described him as ‘the best show cob never to get to HOYS’.

“Andy, as everyone knew him, was my first stallion and had a wonderful temperament,” said Lynda. “When I bought him, I told the dealer that I didn’t know anything about this breeding lark.

“The dealer patted me on the shoulder and said: ‘Never mind, dear – he does.’ He was homozygous and even won a battle of the genes by siring a bay and white foal to a Cleveland Bay mare.”