We have a separate write up of the day in the main issue of the magazine (click link button to view article).
Please enjoy this photo essay and selection of comments from those who participated.
Lynn Al-Redha – Lynaire Sport Horses
My 7000 mile round trip to attend the SSGB was worth every minute it took me to get there. The organisation was second to none and a credit to Shirley Light and the team. I am looking forward to the SSGB becoming a permanent fixture within the UK breeding calendar - a must for every mare owner to attend. As soon as the dates are out for 2012, my flight will be booked.
Lucy Gillingham – Louella Stud
I thought the SSGB weekend was fantastic; there was a wonderful, friendly atmosphere and everybody who was there seemed genuinely interested in breeding which, at the end of the day, is what you want. I was thrilled with the feedback we got about our stallions and will definitely be going next year as well.
Rowena Bertram - Avonbrook Stud
As someone who hasn't done anything like this before, I felt very comfortable dealing with Shirley and her team, both before and during the event, because they were organised, positive and what they said was going to happen did!
I really enjoyed the event and Marcus Aurelius just revelled in it all; it was also a great introduction to a big arena and atmosphere for the youngsters AB Silver Eagle (Robbie) and AB Silver Augury (Prince), who are both out of my SHB(GB) graded TB x show pony mare Caveland Calypso by Winter Words, a successful NH horse. It was a very big "show" for them, neither has been anywhere remotely like it before. What pleased me most was that my youngsters gave a good account of themselves, visibly growing in confidence as they went on. It was a very positive experience for them that will stand them in good stead for whatever they go on to do in the future, and I am hugely grateful for all of the help from Touchwood Stud and Louise Scammell in preparing the boys in advance
The opportunity for people to come and meet the horses in their stables and to have a proper inspection of the youngsters definitely counted in my favour, not least because people could see for themselves what Marcus can produce on a tall, competition-type mare. And Marcus could have a job at an airport the way he was teaching people to open their carrier bags for inspection of the contents!
As a stud with a variety of stallions attending, and a tradestand at the event, it was well worth the trip for us. The organisation was fantastic, the opportunity for people to meet stallions in the stables was a welcome addition to a stallion parade, and there was a great atmosphere throughout the event.
Emma Phillips – Quainton Stud
Quainton Stud enjoyed many visitors to the stand, and every one of them was a solid enquiry about the selection of stallions we had available and the mare services we offer. We will most definitely be back next year and are very appreciative of Shirley and team for organising such a useful event.
Christina Jones – Selected Stallions
Stallion Showcase GB proved to be a great event for Selected Stallions. We had a great time meeting stallion owners and breeders, and had a lot of interest in the 2011 edition of our book. The trade stands had a great ringside location and I enjoyed watching the Funnells and Fiona Bigwood in action as well as over 50 fabulous British stallions. Addington is a great venue especially as the stallions could be stabled together and easily viewed.
Rebecca Walker – Stormhill Mink
Stormhill Mink retired from the show ring as the most consistently placed show horse in the North of England, after yet another fantastic show season and attending HOYS 2010. Although he has his own website and other means of advertising, I feel it is not until you meet him in person that you appreciate his temperament, conformation and movement.
If not careful, budgeted advertising costs can really add up. A decision was made to take Mink to the Stallion Showcase to allow people to meet him, along with Diamond Storm Murphy, a 2 year old colt. People were able to see his movement in the ring, but the Stallion Showcase did more than that. It brought the opportunity to meet like-minded professional people, fantastic horses and to see them behind the scenes in the stables; one person said in conversation that Mink had really opened their eyes and given the dressage lot a run for their money!
A steady flow of people over the two days allowed Quainton Stud to promote their excellent facilities, horses and stud packages by having a stand with DVDs and information readily available. I also thought the silent auction was a fantastic contribution to the charity and I must applause all who contributed. The staff, facilities, commentary and H&C TV were also very valuable in what they offered throughout. The Stallion Showcase will grow every year and is a valuable way in choosing breeding stallions and facilities for the future. We will definitely be back in 2012!