At long last spring has sprung and what better way to enjoy it than on a guided tour of Grays PRE Andalusian Stud in the Canterbury countryside organised by the South & East Kent BHS Committee. BHS members had the chance to meet Kevin, Jayne and Vanessa Gray, and to see the beautiful horses that their stud has to offer. We learnt how a British PRE (Pura Raza Espanola. pure bred Spanish) Andalucían stud works, discussing breeding, the origins of the Andalucían horse and its development in modern breeding.
Jayne spoke in depth and with real passion about the Spanish horse; the traditional values of conformation, movement and temperament. The stud is known for its pure bloodlines linked with Cartujano/Terry breeding but also for crossbreeding Andalusians with other breeds. The stud is eagerly awaiting the birth of its first Andalusian x Hanoverian and hopes to one day breed a Thoroughbred x Andalusian for the eventing market.
Members had the chance to view the studs foundation stallion Ulano, now 22 years old, a true representation of Cartujano/Terry breeding and the traditional war horse type. We watched Carceno V, the studs national champion stallion, moving demonstrating his powerful extended trot and expressive canter.
One thing that was really evident was the studs family background and care for the horses there. All the horses, from youngsters through to the older broodmares loved human attention and wanted to see their visitors! The stud breeds their stock for a market but not at the sacrifice of their mares, many of which are given a year out after each foaling. The youngsters are well handled and the quality of the horses being bred is clearly shown by the studs numerous wins both nationally at the British Association for the Purebred Spanish Horse shows and in the BAPSH international qualifiers. For more information on Grays PRE please visit: www.grayspre.co.uk
On Sunday 21st April 2013 the BHS Surrey Committee held its bi-annual Un-affiliated Dressage Competition at the new venue of Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate for the first time. The event was a huge success, at this pristine venue boasting a new 40 x 50 meter outdoor arena, commanding views over the Capability Brown landscaped grounds of Gatton Park! The sun smiled on us, and all who turned out to support this BHS fundraising event had a wonderful day.
Ceandice Davison riding Jammie Dodger (one of Royal Alexandra and Albert School’s horses) took first place in the Walk and Trot and Romi Costantini won the Prelim Test riding Shamrock (pictured). Photographer Jemma Rylah captured some amazing shots of the action (www.jemmarylah.com) including these stunning images of some of the champions of the day.
The second in the Surrey Committee’s dressage competitions of this year will also take place at this venue during October, so be sure to get your entries in early for a chance to soak up the environment, compete at a wonderful show ground and show your support for your local BHS Committee. For more information on the up-coming event contact BHS Surrey chair Carol Stothard on email@example.com
For more details of events running do have a look at the re-vamped BHS Website which now has dedicated pages for our Region – www.bhs.org.uk/southeast. Also, the BHS London & South East Facebook phenomenon continues to grow and we now have over 780 fans who keep up to date with the London & South East Regional news & events – look up “BHS London & South East” in the Facebook search bar.
The BHS Trailer will be out at the South of England Show at Ardingly, West Sussex on June 6th, 7th and 8th of June. As well as books & DVD’s for sale, I will have a wide range of free advisory leaflets as well as an incentive for BHS Members to encourage their friends to join the BHS – so please do pop along and say hello!
BHS Development Officer – London & South East