Prestige VDL

Prestige VDL – Stallion Service raffle

The HHSA are pleased to be partnering with Sheridyn Ashwood from Ashwood Park Equestrian who has kindly donated a service to her imported stallion Prestige VDL. Tickets are $10.00 each and the raffle will be drawn on the Sunday 22nd July after the Brisbane CDI and the Carl Hester masterclass.  The only way to purchase your tickets is through our online portal using the purchase form.

Perstige VDL profile


Australian Tour Report by Katy Holder-Vale


Having been asked to be the evaluator for the Hanoverian Horse Society of Australia’s 2018 Foal & Mare Tour at last year’s Hanoverian International weekend, I flew out mid-February for 3½ weeks of judging, travelling and staying in breeder’s homes. I thought that this would be a great way to see lots of Australia but more importantly provide a great insight into the horse community and their breeding programmes.

Perth in Western Australia was my first stop and having left England at 2°C it was a shock to land at 6pm to find that it was still 41°C but a very dry heat. It was interesting to see how these beautiful horses coped so well in such hot dry conditions with most having access to field shelters and having their paddocks irrigated to ensure that the grass grew. During the two day show at Narbethong Equestrian Park, Michael Procter’s elegant filly by Benicio out of St Pr St Red Hot Chilli by Rotspon received high marks for movement and well-deserved gold award. Additional gold awards went to Michael’s Vitalis / Hocadel foal.

As well as Gabby Adam’s powerful moving filly, Foxleigh Baci by Bonds out of a Ferro Rocher mare.

The next leg of the Tour meant a six hour overnight flight across Australia to a green and tropical Cairns which proved equally hot but very humid. The first day involved a mare performance test with 3 lovely horses owned by Linda McKinnon. In their climate it is hard to work the horses so we had to stop and cool them down between riders and the free jumping. The first was a 3 year old by His Highness / Rocaille which was a little green but showed real ability over the jumps, next a 4 year old Don Index / Lanthan that scored well for its rideability and uphill canter, and lastly a 5 year old Regal Diamond Days Dancier / Londonderry. This very sweet mare scored highly for rideability and achieved Premium candidate mare status. The next day involved travelling to the ‘Atherton Tablelands’ and visiting Linda’s farm and evaluating 3 lovely foals before having a day off from the horses during which I took a boat trip to see the Great Barrier Reef and also a park with huge saltwater crocodiles!

Next was a short flight to Brisbane where I met the very charming Bev Chugg, whose son, Chris, has been on the Australian Olympic Show Jumping teams. She drove us from Brisbane to Main Beach on the Gold Coast stopping to classify several foals and mares en route including Bev’s elegant Hotline mare. We stayed overnight on the coast and the following morning we walked along the beach to Surfers Paradise to see all the Commonwealth Games preparations. That afternoon, we were picked up and driven over Tambourine Mountain in Queensland’s hinterland to several studs in Queensland.

On a day of very hot sunshine and showers, I attended a well organised day at Remi Stud where 19 foals presented by Cheryl O’Brien and her team. Awarded a gold sash was the outstandingly elegant filly, Remi Foressence, by For Romance out of her champion Quarterback mare; Cheryl said she’s keeping this one. The other gold went to the chestnut filly Radience B owned by Anita Barton, this was by Riverside out of a Lauries As mare. A highlight of the day was when Cheryl also presented a mare family consisting of Premium Remi Destinys Child and her two premium daughters by Lauries As and Quarterback, very modern beautiful family. Wonderful hospitality was laid on with drinks and BBQ which was enjoyed by all.

At the Gatton arena, we had 9 mares put forward for their performance test; all were well prepared and most showed ability in the free jumping. Rideability is key in these tests, and our test rider, Beth Carter, was impressed with the attitude of these young mares. Top marks went to Janette and Kevin Lewis’ Benchmark Dream On by Don Index / Rotspon and Cheryl O’Brian’s Remi Love Child by Lauries As / Fishermans Friend. Seven out of the nine mares achieved marks to make them Premium mare candidates showing the depth of quality in the local breeding stock. We finished the Queensland leg of the trip with Janette and Kevin Lewis, who had a gold sash filly in their quality and powerful mover Benchmark Freedom by For Romance / Wolkentanz 1.

Off to Newcastle and into New South Wales where we met Nicole Davenport, for 2 days of driving to see horses but somehow also found the time to look at the wine available in the Hunter Valley. I was particularly impressed by Sheridan Ashwood’s gold sash foal that was bred by Madonna Hedberg by Fiderfurst and out of her Totilas mare. We also saw our first gold Rhineland foal by Prestige VDL out of a Rhodium mare.

Another flight, this time a small region ‘hop’ to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, for a couple of days of visiting more well-presented foals. On the final day, the Whiting family hosted a show where amongst the horses presented they got a gold sash for their Matavia Bon Accord, a very smart foal by Bonds out of a Pommery mare. The evening ended with another BBQ and friendly horse chat with Rachel Whiting and family.

Following a great visit with Jade at SkyFall in Albury, I boarded my last internal flight and was off to Melbourne in Victoria, where I was met by Gayle Maule. In the next 4 days we racked up the most miles (1000 miles!) on our tour! Victoria is a beautiful state still hot and sunny but with cooler nights. Another Mare Performance test with a very beautiful black mare Von Cheri by Vitalis, owned by Silvana Di Teodoro and Danielle Giosserano, Cheri was rather green but jumped really well and blossomed under the riding of our test rider Callum Buczak, scoring well for rideability.

Off to Hollingrove Stud to visit Bruce & Debbie Williams and to award another gold award for their smart Don Ameche foal by Don Index / Ampere mare. Apparently, this is the third foal to get a gold award out of this Amaris mare. During my last ‘foal stop’ on this Tour, Kate Sheffield’s filly foal Everton For Keeps also scored gold, by Furst Wilhelm / Lord Sinclair.

My Champion Hanoverian Foal of the tour was Michael Proctor’s Benicio / Red Hot Chilli and my champion Rhineland Foal on tour was Sheridyn Ashwoods’s Prestige VDL / Rhodium. The 3 year old champion – highest scoring classification score went to Bev Chuggs Hotline mare.

The 4 year old champion – highest scoring classification score went to Linda McKinnon’s Don Index / Pommery.

Best Hanoverian on Tour was Benchmark Dream On winner of the performance test owned by Janette and Kevin Lewis.

Sue Crockett Photography

Off to UK with a million great memories, a whole group of new Aussie friends, and an increased respect for the great understanding and passion that goes into the breeding of Hanoverians in Australia. Thank you all for making is such a pleasure and privilege to see all your horses.

Katy Holder-Vale
HHSA Classifier 2018

2018 Tour Awards


Award Horse Name Sire: Dam: By: Bred by Owned by Ridden by
Champion Family on Tour Family of Elite Mare Remi Destinys Child/De Niro/Lanthan with her daughters Pr M Remi Leading
Lady/Lauries As and PrM & Champion Mare Remi Quintessence/Quaterback
Cheryl O’Brien
Gold Foal Ashwood Paris Doll Prestige VDL (imp) GT Rhapsody Rhodium Ashwood Park Equestrian Ashwood Park Equestrian
Gold Foal Benchmark Freedom For Romance Benchmark Welcome Stranger Wolkentanz 1 Kevin & Janette Lewis Kevin & Janette Lewis
Gold Foal Radiance F Riverside (imp) Remi Laurisska Lauries As (imp) Anita Barton Anita Barton
Gold Foal Remi Foressence For Romance Pr.H & Champion Mare Remi Quintessence Quaterback Cheryl O’Brien Cheryl O’Brien
Gold Foal OEH Viva La Chili Vitalis St.Pr. Red Hot Chili (imp) Rotspon Oakford Equine Hospital Oakford Equine Hospital
Gold Foal Foxleigh Baci Bonds Fiesta Ferrero Rocher Gabrielle Adam Gabrielle Adam
Gold Foal Arnage Fun Time Fiderfuerst (imp) Toscana (imp) Totalis Madonna Hedberg Ashwood Park Equestrian
Gold Foal Matavia Bon Accord Bonds Ribbleton Poppy Pommery Matavia Performance Horses Matavia Performance Horses
Gold Foal Hollingrove Don Ameche Don Index Amaris (imp) Ampere Bruce & Debbie Williams Bruce & Debbie Williams
Gold Foal Everton For Keeps Furst Wilhelm Everton Let’d Dance Lord Sinclair Kate Sheffield Kate Sheffield
Gold Foal OEH Bold Chili Benicio St.Pr. Red Hot Chili (imp) Rotspon Oakford Equine Hospital Oakford Equine Hospital
Gold Foal OEH Danny De Niro De Niro OEH Fine Eloquence Furstenball Oakford Equine Hospital Oakford Equine Hospital
Gold Foal OEH Believe In Me Benicio SPS Helene (imp) Hochadel Oakford Equine Hospital Oakford Equine Hospital
Mare Performance Test Champion Overall Benchmark Dream On Don Index Elite Mare & Pr Mare Benchmark Rock On Rotspon Kevin & Janette Lewis Kevin & Janette Lewis Kaitlin Colless
Mare Performance Test Champion Jumping Benchmark Dream On Don Index Elite Mare & Pr Mare Benchmark Rock OnR Rotspon Kevin & Janette Lewis Kevin & Janette Lewis Kaitlin Colless
Mare Performance Test Champion Dressage Regal Donna in Silk Don Index Regal La Bella Lanthan Linda McKinnon Linda McKinnon Linda McKinnon
Champion 3 year old Mare Jaybee Hot Lips Hotline Elite Mare & Pr Mare Jaybee Desiree Don Schufro Jaybee Farm Bev Chugg
Champion 4 year old Mare Regal Donna Indira Don Index Regal Perfection in Motion Pommery Linda McKinnon Linda McKinnon
Best Hanoverian on Tour Benchmark Dream On Don Index Elite Mare & Pr Mare Benchmark Rock On Rotspon Kevin & Janette Lewis Kevin & Janette Lewis
Champion Hanoverian Foal on Tour OEH Bold Chili Benicio St.Pr. Red Hot Chili (imp) Rotspon Oakford Equine Hospital Oakford Equine Hospital
Champion Rhineland Foal on Tour Ashwood Paris Doll Prestige VDL (imp) GT Rhapsody Rhodium Ashwood Park Equestrian Ashwood Park Equestrian

Muller Performance Horses

HHSA YH Championships 2018 – Results –

The 5th Annual running of  the HHSA  Young Horse Championships was held at the Gatton Indoor, QLD. This competition was open to all Horses and Ponies.  It was great to see the Hanoverians winning the 4  5 &  6 yo Championship. A small band of workers helped on the day, thank you to every one of them. Special thanks must go to Anthony Reckin, Kim Kulper, Clare Muller, Janette & Kevin Lewis and Kaitlin Colless, this small band of happy workers did their best to keep smiles on everyone’s faces. Sue Crockett was our professional photographer:  Photos are available on her website (photograph folders can be found in the sidebar). (more…)

Annual National Tour 2018

2018 NATIONAL TOUR – our classifier

The classifier for 2018 is Katy Holder-Vale from Great Britain.

Katy has been breeding Hanoverians for over 30 years and has been a judge for the British Equestrian Federation Futurity evaluations for 10 years. Katy currently stands 2 stallions along with 9 broodmares at Witcham House Farm. For the last 28 years, Katy has been on the British Hanoverian committee and for the last six years, has taken the role of Chairman. In 1998, Katy qualified as a judge in Germany, having judged foals, mares, mare performance tests and stallion licensing.

Our National Tour will commence in mid February 2018 and travel around Australia over a 3 week period. In order to make the foal registration process a little easier now is the time to make sure you have your service certificate ready. Not sure what to do – just send an email so that we can enlighten you.

As your foals are born please go online to nominate your foal or mare for the tour. Please note that we do not accept nominations for the tour by phone, email or text message.

HHSA National Tour Map 2018

News Update – November 2017

Hello Friends,

For those  who are not aware, the recent AGM saw myself elected as President and Janette Lewis has moved into the role as Registrar.  We look forward to having Janette’s continued input.  I am sure I will be calling her on many occasions!!   Further information regarding the new committee can be found here on our website:

Moving on,  it’s getting to that time of the year again when our members need to be giving  consideration to the upcoming tour, presently scheduled for mid-February to early March 2018. Information about our classifier Katy Holder-Vale can be found below.  Getting your paperwork in early really assists us with the tour organisation. Please use our online portal to complete your Foal Registrations and to renew your Membership:     This is the preferred method for completion and increases accuracy of processing.

There is additional information below to help keep you abreast of what’s new and happening within the HHSA.  We are interested in new ideas from our members and welcome your constructive feedback.   There are often many jobs that need to be done to keep the HHSA running smoothly. Remember you don’t have to be on the Committee to offer to help out.  Please feel free to contact myself or any of the committee to see where you can be of assistance.


HHSA Committee

Your New Committee for 2017 – 2018

Pictures from the 2017 AGM:

HHSA Committee

HHSA Committee Members at the 2017 AGM

Janette Lewis at the 2017 AGM

Janette Lewis (Life Member)  at the 2017 AGM


HHSA committee members for 2018

Detailed below is a list of the HHSA committee for 2018. (more…)

Hanoverian & Rheinland Society AGM flyer

The Hanoverian Society 2017 AGM

Hanoverian & Rheinland Society AGM flyerThe Hanoverian Society invites all members, family and guests to our 2017 AGM.

Commencing at 10am we invite all members and guests to mingle and catch up over a delicious morning tea and coffee. The AGM will begin at 11am. Following this we will have our guest presenter, Dr Tori Doyle, a give a seminar on all things breeding and raising foals. We are very lucky to have Tori, a reproduction specialist with us for the event, and she will be happy to answer any questions following her seminar. The day will conclude with lunch served by Spicers Homage Restaurant.

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting new breeders!

AGM Details:

Date: 11th November 2017
Address: Spicers Retreat Hidden Vale (617 Grandchester Mount Mort Road, Grandchester QLD).
Price: $40pp (fully includes morning tea and lunch)

Please RSVP by the 3rd November to

Document you’ll need:

2017 HHSA AGM Agenda Forms and Documentation

Landguestut Celle Stud

Stallion Service Raffle – Celle State Stud 2017

How would you like opportunity to design and breed the Hanoverian foal of your dreams!

ihbsmallChoose a Celle Stallion & with one dose, from IHB, it can be yours with the winning raffle ticket!

Tickets $10.00 each.
Limited number will be sold.
DRAWN August 25th, 2017 or prior if sold out.

For more information you can visit the IHB website

Thank you to Landgestut Celle and International Horse Breeders for their continued support.

State Stud Celle - Finigan