23rd September 2002

 

ROSETTES FOR RARE BREEDS

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Rare breed Cleveland Bay horses from the University of Lincoln will shortly be heading for pastures new after a busy and successful show season.

 

The mother and two sons – who take up residence at their new home at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture’s Riseholme Park this week - have made appearances at events throughout the summer, scooping rosettes in the process.

 

The trio ended their successful season this weekend with an appearance at the Holkam Country Fair, Norfolk having completed a busy season at local and national shows during which they gathered seven awards.

 

At the Royal Show at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire the family was awarded with five accolades: Stainmore Scotch Rose (mother) took first place in the broodmare class and was overall reserve breed champion.

 

The youngest son, Lindon Graduate (aka Dennis) – foaled in May – was fourth in the foal class whilst his brother, Lindon Principal – foaled April 2001 – took third in the youngstock class and won best UK-bred yearling.

 

The brothers continued their success at the Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate where Lindon Graduate received the award for third in the foal class and Lindon Principal took second in the yearling class.

 

The Cleveland Bay is one of the rarest breeds in the UK.  With fewer than 200 breeding females in the country - foaling around 30 offspring each year - the breed is classed as a category one rare breed with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

 

“We are delighted with the success that the mother and foals have had this summer,” said Dr Mark Curry, senior lecturer in equine science at the university. “We have been breeding Cleveland Bays for three years now.  We use the programme to teach students about equine reproduction, breeding management, stud management and management of small populations.”

 

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Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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