Longacres Breed From The Best Mares

WHY WE ONLY BREED FROM THE BEST COMPETITION QUALITY MARES


As breeders our reputation depends on the quality of the foals we produce from our own and our clients’ mares. That’s why we only breed a handful of foals each year from our own quality mares, focusing on quality not quantity. We aim to breed the very best youngsters by selecting the right mares to complement our stallions for conformation, type and movement. We use only the best bloodlines to produce youngstock capable of performing as a sporthorse in any discipline, even at the highest level in the world of dressage.

Like stallions, mares should have traits and characteristics you want to reproduce in the foal e.g. conformation, movement and rideability. If these are missing from either mare or stallion, don’t breed from it. Look at past progeny as a guide to the qualities passed on to offspring by the dam. Research the mare’s family bloodline history for examples of past competition success as an indicator of her potential to produce quality, trainable youngstock. If the granddam is not a quality mare, it’s likely the dam’s offspring won’t be either.

When deciding on a mare to breed from, temperament and trainability in a riding horse is paramount, regardless of the intended discipline. Along with bloodlines and conformation, we critically examine these two aspects in both the mare and any existing offspring, looking for a balance between rideability and trainability combined with the intended use of the foal and the experience of the new owner.

Good conformation of both parents is important to ensure your foal will be physically capable of doing its job whatever the intended discipline. Poor conformation can increase the risk of injury in a youngster intended for high level competition. Flamboyant gaits are not always a sure indication of future talent, but most equestrian professionals look for a good canter and a good walk in a youngster, which is more likely to be the result of a pairing between a stallion and a mare who both exhibit these traits.

We don’t rely on licensing alone to justify using a mare or stallion. For example our late stallion Samara Fly was both fully licensed AES, CHAPS and Zfdp + rigorously performance tested through achieving the highest results and excellence in sport. The same goes for our mares. This year we have two exciting new broodmares joining the team – Gandorra and Rachan Dance Rebel. All our mares have incredible bloodlines linked to top level equines in all disciplines, ensuring our already successful stud remains well on the Sportshorse breeders map. View our mares below…

IMPORTANCE OF THE MARE

In many ways the mare is the most important part of the equation. She supplies half the genes and carries the foal for nearly 11 months. She then nurtures the foal for its first six months, during which time she will influence the foal’s behaviour, character and experience. A sensible well-balanced mare is therefore paramount to producing sensible, well-balanced youngstock.

Broodmare: Expense Eve

Expense Eve (aka Paisley) is by well known Stallion Stanhopes Diddicoy. SHB(GB) registered, Paisley is a Skewbald coloured mare standing 16.2 hands high. Prior to joining the stud as a broodmare, Paisley had a varied career under saddle. She evented, competed in dressage and had a very successful career in the show ring. She even competed carrying a side-saddle, and very smart she looked too.

View Expense Eve / Paisley's gallery

Broodmare: Eureka

Eureka (aka Cilla) is a 17hh Black & White Polish Warmblood Mare by Step. A Graded mare with the Polski Zwiazek studbook, her passport is over-stamped Anglo European Studbook (AES). Eureka competed to Medium level Dressage before  joing us at Longacres Stud as a broodmare. We are retaining Eureka’s 2017 colt foal, Standing Ovation a a potetial stallion prospect for the future. Eureka is in foal to Samara Fly and due to foal late August 2018.

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Broodmare: Eska

Eska is a striking 17.1hh Brown & White Polish Warmblood Mare by Skaner. A Graded mare with the Polski Zwiazek studbook, her passport is over-stamped Anglo European Studbook (AES). Eska started her competition career  as a 4-year old in Dressage and Young Event Classes. she retired to stud with a front leg injury. Eska produces lovely strong foals and is again in foal to Samara Fly and due to foal mid May 2018.

STOP PRESS: late on 14th May 2018 a stunning colt foal by the late Samara Fly is born to Eska. Bay with 4 white socks and a striking blaze. Pictures on Eska's gallery and soon to be on his own page. Watch this space!

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Broodmare: Gandorra

Gandorra's Pedigree - Click to view a larger image

2011 Gandorra (aka Sienna) is a KWPN registered liver chestnut mare with an outstanding pedigree that reads the ‘Who’s Who’ of top GP Dressage stallions and State Premium mares. Having already proved herself in dressage with scores in the 70% range, Sienna sure to produce some cracking foals. Sienna is in foal to Samara Fly and due to foal late June 2018.

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Rachan Dance Rebel

Rachan Dance Rebel - Click image to view a larger version

2015 Rachan Dance Rebel (aka Bella) is a pretty Skewbald mare by Decoupage. With Samber as her paternal great grandsire she has similar bloodlines to Samara Fly. She is registered with the British Warmblood Studbook (BWB). She will be put in foal to our new stallion First Impressions this year.

View Rachan Dance Rebel / Bella's gallery