Bang on her due date the last mare foaled. The mare is Wishing by Welt Hit 11 out of Sable by Sion x Weltmeister. She produced the most exquisite typey filly by Hanoverian Reserve Grading Champion 2007 and Bundeschampionat candiate 2010, Christ. Christ comes from the Calypso II dynasty and is by the multi-talented sire Competent. Christ has links through the Hanoverian family of Sudette 853 to over 40 licensed stallions including Derrik, Aktuell, Sandford and top show-jumpers like Top Gun and Kim.
I was a bit worried about her Mum taking to looking after her but she has proved to be another natural. Well, that is it, four foals, all born without a problem and happily in the field with playmates of a similar age.
Down again to the Stud today to see the babies. It was a beautiful morning driving along the motorway but I know a lot of people won’t be too thrilled with the continual warm weather – still no rain so a lot of unhappy farmers and gardeners. The fields looked dry as I flashed past but I am lucky where I keep my horses as the pasture is still looking good.
The Ampere colt born earlier in the week to my Diamond Hit mare has changed dramatically. He is now turned out in a field with some other mares and foals so he has plenty of new friends to play with. He is still staying close to his mum however – he is only four days old. Flora, his mum is very protective and turning out to be a natural. He looks as if he has inherited her walk which in turn she gets from her mum Manilla. I don’t know about the trot but I did see him canter and it looks promising – if it is anything like his father’s canter I will be very happy!
I walked down to see the older nursery group of mares and foals. Herbert looks great. He legs are perfect since the farrier has been adjusting them. He has matured even in the last week and I am now crossing my fingers that I may have another stallion prospect. It is such an ambition to breed something that would be good enough to grade. The Floriscount filly is going to be big. She is built up hill and has a great front and well set on head and neck. She is pretty laid back and relaxed and never in a hurry!
I received a call this morning at nine o’clock to say that my Diamond Hit mare had had her foal. It was a bit of a surprise as she was a week or so early. I have got used to my other mares being on time in past years so it catches me unawares when they are early or late. Of course I had to jump in the car and drive down and see the baby. He was in a little field near the house with his very proud mum. She is a maiden mare so you can never be too sure how they are going to react. The Stud who foaled her last night said she was a bit surprised after a copy book birth to have this “thing” in her bed but she very quickly got the message that it was hers and she was going to look after it. Seeing her in the field she was so proud of her little colt. She kept touching him and nuzzling him as he was lying down in the sunshine as if she couldn’t quite believe that this perfect little chap was hers. He is adorable and very like his father the KWPN Champion Ampere. This little colt is my second by foal by Ampere and they are both alike. They are elegant with long legs, up hill with lovely heads, kind natures and really move.
I am very lucky to have some really nice mares to breed from and this year I am expecting four foals. I have bred some foals before but this year I hope to campaign them at the BEF Futurity and also the British Warmblood Show. I was lucky enough to have the BWBS Grading Mare Champion a few years ago so I would love to do well. So much has changed since then and the standard is even higher now - so who knows.
My old mare is twenty one years old. I was worried that she would be getting too old to have another foal but she has proved me wrong. She is such a lovely mare with a heavenly temperament that I thought it would be worth trying again. She took first time. She has an interesting pedigree – she is by the Danish Thoroughbred stallion Mago who competed for Denmark at Grand Prix level out of an Elite Danish mare by the Trakehner Ibikus. Ibikus sired the dam of Garibaldi, Gondola II. Garibaldi is the sire of Moorlands Totilas and he appears in the pedigree of many graded stallions. It is an interesting mix.
On the of 4th of April Manilla had a colt. He is a fine young man but his legs need to get stronger. It was a beautiful sunny day next morning so Mum and baby went out into a small quiet paddock. I was thrilled to see him at about thirteen hours old. He was such a friendly little chap and already exploring everything around him and worrying his mother! It amazes me how quickly they get their own little character – he is going to be a people person like his Mum. He has been such a success that I am going to try to put her in foal again to the same stallion Damsey.