A horse breeder from Sulby is hoping to see one of her mares compete for Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Lynne Crowden, of the Woodlander stud near Welford, bred dressage sensation Woodlander Farouche seven years ago and has seen her excel in dressage competitions for young horses.
If Farouche - who has won both the 5 and 6 year old World Young Dressage Horse Championships - makes it on to the British team in 2016, she will be the first British bred horse to represent our country at Olympic dressage for nearly 20 years.
The horse is ridden by talented young rider Michael Eilberg, who has already represented Britain and was a team bronze medallist at the 2013 European Dressage Championships.
Lynne said, “Farouche is just phenomenal, we are very much hoping she will make it on to the British dressage team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is just so exciting to have bred such a horse, she has all the credentials to bring home a gold medal.”
Farouche was bred from the outstanding stallion, Fuerst Heinrich and is out of a talented dressage mare, Woodlander Dornroschen, by Dimaggio.
Aged 7 she will be in her prime for Olympic dressage by 2016.
Woodlander Farouche is not the only star to emerge from the Woodlander stud.
Her three year old embryo transfer son, Woodlander Wild Child recently became a stallion champion along with a pony colt, Woodlander Wales, also bred by Lynne.
Two year old, Woodlander Wild Child took the title of Champion at the recent Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK stallion grading and Woodlander Wales was crowned Champion at the Sports Pony Studbook Society stallion grading.
Lynne was thrilled at this result.
“Both Wild Child and Wales are by our outstanding homebred stallion, Woodlander Wavavoom. I am very excited about the future for them both,” she said.
“It is a great result for Wild Child and he has sustained the promise he showed as a foal. I am delighted, particularly as I bred his mother and father. We are planning that Wild Child will stand as a stallion and compete as well.”
Woodlander Wales is out of a Welsh section C mare, Drysiog Helen.
Lynne said: “We will stand Wales at stud next year, he will hopefully go to a talented young rider and become an FEI dressage pony.”
Both Wild Child and Wales have also scored the highest possible premiums at the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations for young horses.
Wild Child recorded the highest score ever attained in the series as a foal, 9.79 out of a possible 10 and Wales was the highest scoring sports pony at the Futurity in both 2011 and 2013.
Making these successful bloodlines available to other British breeders is part of Lynne’s philosophy to see more success for British bred horses in the future.
“I hope that the success of our horses will encourage breeders to use our stallions, rather than chosing “designer label” stallions from Europe,” she added.
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