Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Four Win Top Mare Status

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Four Win Top Mare Status

Article excerpt

FOUR North East horses brought forward at the annual Homer Hill Farm Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain mare gradings have gained Head Stud Book status.

Mare gradings fall into three main categories - head, main and foundation stud books and a fourth elite group for those that have competed at top level in either dressage, eventing, show jumping or racing.

The gradings are overseen by three SHB officials whose job is to look at a horse's conformation, paces, trot up and competitive history if any.

Durham event hosts, Joanne and Billy Moran, were first to gain a head status with their five-year-old brood mare Arlington Park who has been in current season competition with her first foal at foot, Warren Point. Following Border Union and Northern Horse Show Supreme titles and a Royal Highland lightweight Hunter Brood Mare class win, Billy Moran said: "She is a new young brood mare with the correct confirmation, good bone and limbs, depth and a tremendous power walk as well as being very light in her movements. …

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