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I first saw our SHP foundation mare Lintonhills Country Classic at Cheshire County Show, which she won as a four year old. I was captivated and vowed that if she ever came up for sale, I would ask if we could have first refusal. Three years down the line I bought her with the intention of showing her for the last year that my daughter Tammy had in 14hnds SHP and then to use her as a broodmare; she is so deep in the body, with a fabulous shoulder and strong purposeful trot. She still mesmerises me at 17 when she sets off in the field with her foal at foot. Unfortunately she had thrown a splint, so her last season under saddle was limited.
As I had always been interested in breeding (previously we had a section B Broodmare): I had wherever possible noted the breeding of the winners.
The first foal out of Lintonhills Country Classic, a filly by Kilvington Scoundrel we retained (Roseberry County Affair) and her first foal Roseberry Highland Fling, a four year old who was successfully shown last year by Alan Charlesworth. He has now come out under saddle qualifying as champion for both R I H S & H O Y S at his first two ever open 14.2 hds SP classes.
The next four foals out of Lintonhills Country Classic - Starmaker ( a prolific winner in hand) by Yealand Nemesis; Spanish Conquest (qualified RIHS and HOY 04/05/06) by Strinesdale Matador; Talk of the Town (Sold to America) by Copybush catchphrase and Serendipity (Botingelle Swansong ). She has now come out winning under saddle as a Novice 14hds SHP but then in the future she will return as a broodmare, as she is the natural replacement for her mum. Both Highland Fling and Serendipity have been expertly produced by Gill Thompson and beautifully ridden by her daughter Charlotte.
Our policy has been to retain the fillies and sell the geldings, but last year's colt foal by Strinesdale Matador (Roseberry Special Occasion) we are keeping him entire, as my daughter Tammy and her husband, are setting the stud up at their place. I will keep broodmares at home until her foaling boxes are ready.
We have always gone to successful stallions, so we have top blood lines to build on. My daughter also has a two year old dun Welsh Section B Colt ( Roseberry Model Man ) by Duntarvie Crusader out of Wortley the Duchess, who eventually will be standing at stud. She has bought in a Welsh sec B broodmare ( Colbeach Gala Princess ) to develop this side of the stud. We have also bought a small mare Summerhill Alice to hopefully produce 12 hds SHPs. If we can find the right mare, we are looking for another 14 hds SHP broodmare.
Although it is a very slow process to build up a stud, it has been very rewarding breeding and it gives us enormous pleasure watching the animals that we have bred developing.