If you’re planning to swerve the top names and use a younger, upcoming stallion to breed from this year, take a look at our selection of some of the most exciting stallions under eight years old, all of whom are standing in Britain and have plenty to offer breeders in 2021
SS Pegasus (Balou De Rouet Z x Voltaire)
Stud fee: £550+VAT stallionai.co.uk
This exciting young stallion, who boasts outstanding jumping bloodlines, was fourth in the four-year-old championship at the Al Shira’aa Bolesworth Young Horse Championships in 2020, and the highest-placed British-bred horse.Pegasus’ super technique and work ethic is backed up by his pedigree – Balou De Rouet is one the most popular and successful showjumping sires of all time, while his Tolita has had a glittering career herself, being placed 17 times at 1.60m.
King (Governor x Johnson)
Stud fee: £500 (frozen) contact Richard Burge on 07930 334835
This impressive, highly trainable stallion, by the hugely successful Totilas son Governor, already has a strong of super dressage results to his name, having been crowned novice freestyle national champion in 2020 with Jezz Palmer. He went on to win the NEXGEN five-year-old final, finish reserve national champion in his age group and be selected for the World Breeding Championships. He will be available on a limited basis in 2021, his first year of breeding.
Future Hepsilon (Upsilon x Heraldik xx)
Studbook: Breeders Elite
Stud fee: £650 futuresporthorses.co.uk
As the only licensed son of the record-breaking eventing stallion Upsilon standing in the UK, the powerful, athletic Hepsilon is sure to be busy in 2021, his second year of breeding. His dam, Heraldik Girl-W has already produced two international event horses and her sire, the legendary Heraldik, topped the WBFSH sire rankings for eventing for five consecutive years.
Cornets Pleasure WW (Cornet Obolensky x For Pleasure)
Stud fee: £550+VAT gibbs19.co.uk
With some of the very best jumping bloodlines in the world today, this is a stallion with a promising future ahead, both as a sire and as a performer in his own right. He competed at Foxhunter level and in age classes in 2020, and is jumping 1.20m at home, and already has a selection of super foals on the ground, with two graded gold elite and finishing in the top 10 of the showjumping section at the British Breeding Futurity in 2020.
Lestingdale VS (Glamourdale x Sorento)
Stud fee: £800+VAT clementsequine.com
Described as the “British Glamourdale”, this striking young son of Lottie Fry’s 2018 seven-year-old world champion stallion has plenty to get British dressage breeders excited. Under Elly Darling, he topped the four-year-old championship at the NEXGEN Young Horse Series in 2020 and has been scoring plus-75% at novice in just a few outings. He proved very fertile in 2020, his first year at stud, and there are high hopes for his first crop of foals due this year.
Britannia’s Bijou (Littledale Bright Star x Mr Big Cat xx)
Stud fee: £350+VAT lucindafredericks.com/stallion-services
Out of Bella’s Britannia – one of four embryo transfer daughters of Lucinda Fredericks’ legendary eventing mare Headley Britannia – this young stallion is already showing exciting ability under saddle. His sire is top pony stallion Littledale Bright Star, who is only 12.2hh but has sired international progeny in all three Olympic disciplines. Bijou received gold premium status in the 2020 Futurity series and also from the Sports Pony Studbook Society (SPSS).
Woodlander Sequoia (Secret x Imperio)
Stud fee: £900 woodlanderstud.com
A son of the 2020 Bundeschampion Secret, whose sire is none other than the triple world champion Sezuan, this exciting young stallion has performance running through his veins. Sequoia is out of Kiss, a daughter of the Olympic dressage horse Imperio and whose Trakehner line has produced many generations of successful stallions.
Z7 Dubai Castlefield (Cardo x Laval II)
Studbook: Breeders Elite
Stud fee: £600+VAT breenequestrian.com
A big horse but very light on his feet, this jumping stallion makes his work look effortless. He started 2021 with good placings at 1.35m in the UAE under Shane Breen, and looks to have all the potential to reach the highest levels of the sport. He is by Darco, one of the world’s most successful showjumping stallions, who topped the WBFSH sire rankings for five years.
Don’t miss this week’s sport horse breeding special issue of Horse & Hound magazine (issue dated 18 March).
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