Leading sire dies

  • Thoroughbred stallion Java Tiger has died at the age of 24

    Java Tiger, one of Britain’s most prolific sport horse sires, has died aged 24.

    The Thoroughbred stallion, who raced as a three-year-old, sired winners in all disciplines, but was leading British-bred sire of dressage horses three times and leading TB sire of dressage horses four times.

    His dressage list was headed by Moon Tiger and Spinners Double, and he had also stood as high as third in the list of leading event sires, with progeny such as Mistatiger, Feast Of Florios and Catch The Tiger. At Witton Castle horse trials recently, 17 of his offspring were competing.

    Show horses by him include the HOYS riding horses Legal Eagle, Safari Tiger and Alls Well, and his bloodline features in many Whalton pony pedigrees.

    His owner, Joanna McInnes, said: “He was the nicest, kindest and most generous horse I have ever had to deal with, and he passed on his bravery to his stock.”

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