25th April 2003

 

CLEVELAND BAY AIMS TO BE NUMBER ONE IN FIELD

 

A Cleveland Bay stallion from the University of Lincoln will be among only 12 horses specially chosen to participate in the prestigious King George V Cup at York this weekend.

 

Ten-year-old stallion Runswick Special Edition, or ‘Ed’ to his friends, will attend the competition at York Livestock Centre tomorrow (26th April).

 

Each of the competitors will be paraded around the arena to display their conformation, presence and movement. 

 

The ultimate winner will be crowned the champion Cleveland Bay stallion of 2003, receive the King George V cup and official premium status.

 

Ed, who is on loan to the university, will be accompanied by three members of staff from the university’s School of Agriculture at Riseholme Park, Lincoln where he is stabled.

 

Dr Mark Curry, Sharon Kirby and Amy Richardson will help put Ed through his paces on behalf of his owner Mr Fred Jhan.

 

Seventeen-hand Ed is the eldest of four stallions currently housed at Riseholme Park but is the only one currently old enough to participate in the competition.

 

“Every Cleveland Bay stallion owner works towards winning this competition because it has the highest recognition in the Cleveland Bay society,” said Sharon Kirby, equine practical instructor at the School of Agriculture.

 

“As a premium stallion he will be allowed to cover graded Cleveland Bay mares.”

 

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.

 

The competition takes place at York Livestock Centre, Murton, near York tomorrow 26th April at 11.00 am.  For further information please contact the centre on 01904 489731.

 

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

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

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