Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Stallion Special: Who’s your Daddy?

It’s not just the human variety of father’s who need celebrating this Father’s Day (we know, another day of commercial clap trap!), but also the stunning stallions that have done their bit to sire such an impressively talented pool of progeny that we enjoy watching week in, week out. Seraphina Williams takes a look at some of her favourites.

Thomas Carlile’s athletic grey Anglo-Arab stallion Upsilon has been consistently successful on the International event circuit, recently winning the CCI** on his dressage score of 29.8 at Houghton Hall. Other notable wins include the CIC***ERM at Barbury Castle in 2017 and the CIC***ERM at Blenheim Palace in 2016. At only 10 years old he is sure to have many more successes to come and is certainly one to watch both in competition and in the breeding field. Classic Moet (Jonelle Price’s Badminton winning mare) had a foal this year by embryo transfer by Upsilon… now that one will be one to keep an eye on!

Upsilon © William Carey/The Gaitpost

Ramiro B could easily be described as the best proven event horse sire in the world. Notable progeny include Oliver Townend’s ride Cooley Master Class who won his CCI4* debut in Kentucky this year, notching up his fifth international win. Oliver’s other ride Cooley SRS also finished second on his CCI4* debut at Badminton this year. Another recent notable success was Jennifer Saunders’ Cooley Monsoon also by Ramiro B who was ridden to victory in the CCI** at Tattersalls by Piggy French. Quite frankly he has produced too many good horses to mention but find out about a few in our recent article “10 Thing’s You Didn’t Know About Ramiro B’s Progeny”.

Ramiro B

Cooley SRS © The Gaitpost

Chilli Morning needs no introduction, he is the only stallion to have ever won Badminton CCI**** (2015 with William Fox-Pitt). He also had three consecutive wins at Bramham 3* and represented Great Britain at the World Championships, Europeans and the 2016 Rio Olympics. His offspring are now just reaching the top of the game with the likes of Chilli Knight who was 7th at the 7 year old World Championships last year and Chilli’s Gem who was 4th at Gatcombe Advanced last year and also 7th at the World Championships at Le Lion in 2016. Now retired to stud (standing at West Kington) he is proving to be a very popular choice for breeders and I am sure we are going to see many more notable “Chilli” baby successes in the near future. 

William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning © The Gaitpost

Chilli’s Gem and Gemma Tattersall © William Carey/The Gaitpost

Party Trick is an exciting young stallion by Chilli Morning standing at stud this year. He is at the start of his eventing career but is showing to have all the attributes to follow in his father’s footsteps. He has impressive movement and scope. In 2016 he won the SHB (GB) Champion Stallion at his grading. He is ridden by Nick Gauntlett and we look forward to following their season. 

Party Trick

Another popular choice for breeders is the Advanced horse, Up With The Lark. He competed successfully as a young horse and went on to finish in the top 10 at Chatsworth Advanced and Barbury CIC***. Now standing at Stanley Grange Stud he is also proving to be a popular choice on the showing circuit due to his impressive movement and conformation.

Up With The Lark © Sally Coles

Catherston Liberator had an illustrious career in his competition days both in Dressage and Eventing. He competed at Prix St George level and gained 453 points. He also won 346 BSJA points from very few outings and qualified for Hickstead and the Finals of BSJA Winter Novice Championships. He also won 7 of his 14 runs eventing and was placed on four other occasions with a remarkable record. He is the sire of Xavier Faer who was third at Badminton in 2017 ridden by Tim Price. He is standing at Langaller Farm this season in Devon. 

Catherston Liberator

Another young stallion that can be seen on the eventing circuit is Emily Llewellyn’s 9 year old, Exclusive. He has competed up to CCI** and recently won the OI at Tweseldown among numerous wins and top placings over previous seasons. He is a beautiful modern type and has a great approach to the job. 

Exclusive and Emily Llewellyn

Britannia’s Mail is an exceptionally well bred stallion that can be seen on the competition circuit this year with Young Rider, Libby Seed. He is by Olympic Show Jumper Jaguar Mail out of a triple 4* winner Olympic Medalist Headley Britannia. He has competed up to 2* level and has had numerous top placings at Intermediate level. He is only a 10 year old, so we are sure he is going to follow in his mother’s footsteps and go on to compete at the highest level.

Britannia’s Mail

Timolin is an exceptionally quality stallion with athleticism and outstanding paces standing at Catherston Stud. He is by the legendary dressage stallion Totilas and is suitable to breed top eventing and dressage horses.  He has won numerous British Eventing events and has recently competed at the Badminton Grassroots Championships. He also competes successfully at Advanced Medium dressage and is working towards PSG alongside his eventing. At only 7 years old, there is much more to come from him. His stock will soon appear on the ridden circuit. 

Timolin © William Murray

Tiger Attack is also standing at Catherston Stud and is a real head turner. He was shown successfully in hand as a youngster with an amazing record winning every major National Championship. He is now continuing his success under saddle and has evented successfully up to BE100 level including competing in the Mitsubishi Motors Cup at Badminton. He also won the Sports Horse class at Royal Windsor this year. 

Tiger Attack © William Murray

Jackaroo is a 93.75% TB and is the full brother to High Kingdom CCI4* horse who Zara Phillips rode at the London Olympics 2012 and Mandiba CCI4* world No°1 WBFSH 2010. Unfortunately an injury stopped him having a competitive career himself but his progeny are now beginning to compete in national competitions. 


PSH Promise Me is a striking grey with the look at me factor. The 10 year old has competed up to 3* level with Michael Jackson and has 92 points. He was recently seen at Bramham where he jumped clear round the influential track. 

PSH Promise Me © William Carey/The Gaitpost

Seraphina Williams

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