Leading sport horse sire dies

  • The Thoroughbred stallion Accondy has been put down after breaking his pelvis in an accident. The 13-year-old son of Sadler’s Wells stood in Scotland with Doreen Allison for nine years before being sold to Ireland in January.

    Accondy was placed in two of his three starts on the racetrack and also sired national hunt winners, but it was as a sport horse sire that he really hit the headlines.

    He joined the HIS Premium scheme in 1997, when he was reserve for the Macdonald-Buchanan Trophy for the best new young stallion. The same year, he stood champion at the British Hanoverian Horse Society grading, attracting offers from the German assessors. He became a Super Premium stallion in 1998 and was twice awarded the Henry Tudor Cup for fertility.

    Before his sale, Accondy had attracted great interest in Ireland, where he stood for a season in 2001. He was champion Thoroughbred at Royal Dublin in the same year.

    His oldest offspring are seven this time and the eventer Look Forward is already close to advanced. Doreen Allison retained a yearling colt by Accondy out of Lucy Thompson’s former European Champion eventer Welton Romance, which she intends to keep entire. Welton Romance is due again to Accondy this year.

    “Accondy was my horse of a lifetime and I can only hope that his legacy will live on through his progeny. He will be sadly missed,” said Doreen.

  • This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (12 May, 05)

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