Uploaded : 21 Jan 07

March the 8th. . I see in the diary that that was also the day that the blind man came. That is the man to fit the blinds not a blind man ! Then on the 12th the first of my Kuwait Beach mares foaled a grey filly by Dazzler, definitely one bred in the purple for the Eventer market. Foals seemed to come thick and fast from then on, a total of nearly 30 in fact. Not all ours I hasten to add, we foal an increasing number of visiting mares year on year. It takes the worry out of foaling for those who are either inexperienced or who have their stables away from the house. Most mares foal very quickly and easily but when they don’t you have to act quickly. No season goes entirely without incident and 2006 was no different. On the night of 31st of March a visiting mare started to foal and unfortunately the foal was presented wrongly and despite the combined efforts of ourselves and two veterinary surgeons we lost both the mare and the foal. That same night one of my own mares, possibly my favourite mare, Loughbeg Marie, started to show signs of discomfort. To me it looked more like colic than foaling. Thankfully the vets. were still on site and an internal examination proved that it was more than foaling contractions and it was decided to take her straight to the clinic. It was now about half past two in the morning and I was speeding up the motorway with a second major catastrophe looming. When I arrived there were 4 vets. and a nurse all scrubbed up and ready. Marie underwent a caesarian delivery because the foal had flipped the uterus over and twisted it. Mercifully both the mare and the foal survived. The foal is a colt by Kuwait Beach and was conceived using frozen semen. Marie is by I’m A Star so we have great hopes for this colt with that pedigree. I can’t speak too highly of the entire team at Western Counties Equine Clinic and am pleased to take this opportunity to thank them. Simon Joiner is one of the partners and was involved in both traumas that night and the colt is known at home as Simon and has been registered as Join The Q.
We are occasionally asked to help with fostering orphaned foals onto mares that have lost their own foals and this year we successfully fostered two foals. It’s very rewarding to see these foals out in the fields with the others playing and careering around when you think of what might have been.
Most of you will know that showing is very much an integral part of our business and 2005 was an incredible year for us, culminating in winning at Horse Of The Year show with our Hunter Broodmare ‘Euphoria’. Our season in 2006 kicked of as usual with our local Devon County Show. We had hoped to show some of our youngstock but we simply didn’t have enough time to produce them and so we set off with our seasoned broodmare campaigners, Euphoria in the open classes and Irish Breeze in the small hunters. I plaited Euphoria first on the lorry and then Breeze second. I moved under Breeze’s head and noticed blood on the wall and looking up saw that she had sliced her head above her eye badly enough that it needed stitching. Strangely I was more cross that I’d wasted time plaiting her than I was concerned about the cut. Thankfully the duty vet. was very good with a needle and in no time the scar disappeared. Needless to say she didn’t make her class, in fact she never came off the lorry, although according to the Horse and Hound report she was 3rd !!! Euphoria triumphed for the second year running, winning her class and the broodmare Championship. Returning on the Saturday to compete for the Cuddy qualifier is always a nerve racking time as it would mean so much to qualify on ‘home ground’. Euphoria, as always rose to the occasion and stood a very creditable Reserve. That was the start of her ‘bridesmaid’ year as far as Cuddy qualifiers were concerned . She stood reseve no less than 3 times from 4 opportunities. The Royal will stand out in this year’s showing season for us. Euphoria won the lightweight broodmare class, the Broodmare Championship, The overall Led Hunter Championship, The Supreme In Hand Light Horse Championship and stood reserve for The Cuddy. Fantastic. This mare is amazingly consistent. She is carrying to Weld for 2007.
A new show for us this year was Cheshire County. It has a very good reputation for both quantity and quality in the led hunter section and as we now have friends living very close to the show ground it was a good chance to combine business and pleasure. Our friends are Jamie Nicklin and his fiancée Faye. Jamie whipped in to our local foxhounds before taking the Huntsman position with The Cheshire Forest. Viv Booth has been a tremendous help with showing the foals as it is now impossible for Stephen and myself to both be away. She has given up a lot of her time to travel with us around the country. Thanks Viv. The led classes at Cheshire don’t start until 12 noon and so at half past six Viv and I whipped in to Jamie on hound exercise. It was a fantastic morning and a lovely way to start the day. Viv and I were soaked up to our knees in dew and we stood at the midway point on the edge of the lake at Peover Hall watching the hounds wading and swimming around Jamie who was standing at the end of a very rickety jetty. It was one of those mornings that will long be remembered and has certainly cemented Cheshire County in our showing diary. Bad luck Jamie ! Euphoria and her son, Euphoric aka Eric by Dazzler , both won their classes and the mare stood Reserve Champion. As I mentioned before, we had tried and failed to show any of our own youngsters but others by our stallions represented us very well. Ridden winners included last years Hunter Show Champion, Eve’n More by Prince Of Darkness out of Eve’s Wish who won his four year old class at Royal Cornwall. At the same show another POD offspring won the HOYS qualifier Open Working Hunter and jumped one of the few clear rounds in the final at the NEC in October. Another ridden winner and HOYS qualifier was Shipton Charisma by Shipton Teasel. She went on to be 3rd in the M and M working hunter pony final at HOYS. Led Champions include Figaro II, bred by Di Sexon by Lostock Huntsman and out of her young Bandmaster mare, Opera. He is now owned by Michelle Larkin and produced by Moggy Hennesy. His season culminated in being the overall led Champion at The Hunter Show in September and qualifying for the Cuddy. The overall foal Championship was won by Miranda Skinner’s foal Hudson Bay by No Submission out of her novice and middle weight winner Tiger Bay II. These results mean that Langaller either bred or owns the sire of: the Res Champ foal {2005} Champion foal {2006}, The Champion led {2005/2006}. We also won the Broodmare Championship in 2005/2006. Lostock Huntsman now has his first Graded son in Jane Thrupps Rocombe Stan The Man; lovely horse, shame about the name ! He was Champion at the BSPA grading in October. Weld continues producing numerous winners on the race track, probably his best in ’06 was Hot Weld who won the four mile chase at Cheltenham and we believe Weld was the only British based stallion to produce a winner during the festival.
On the stud front 2006 has been incredibly busy with over 260 mares either visiting us or being AI’d with semen from our stallions. All those of you who have dealt with us throughout 2006 will have met our newest recruit. Rose Miners joined the team in February and is the person who has helped so much by taking on the day to day running of the office. She has a wealth of stud knowledge gained from running an Arabian stud with her parents for many years. I am told she is much nicer to talk to than I am. Rubbish!
As I said before we started foaling in March and the last foal was born in July and I would guess that neither Stephen nor I slept in a bed for more than about 7 or 8 nights throughout preferring, to sleep either in the chair or on the floor watching the camera monitor. Sarah and Emma both worked extremely hard throughout the summer often doing 12 hour days and again I want to say a very public ‘thank you’ to them.
Our summer wouldn’t be complete without our hound puppies. Last years couple were Hectic { bitch} and Moral {dog}. Both did well at the puppy show, both being placed 5th. This year we have walked Girdle and Giveaway, litter sisters out of Willow whom we walked 2 years ago and by Gideon. They have inherited their mothers’ affable disposition and their fathers’ looks. Sadly! They stayed with us until August when Ian asked to have them back. No huntsman asks for puppies to be returned early unless……….he wants you to have more ! There was a single dog puppy at kennels drafted in from The Old Berks. By South Devon Roscoe, Rumpus duly arrived and very quickly became very much part of the family, sleeping in the chair in the kitchen and far too quickly learnt to open the door which now means the house is like Fort Knox, locked at all times. When hounds met here last week he hunted, within the law of course, until 2 O clock !!
In June we were very honoured to be asked by H.R.H.The Prince Of Wales if we would take care of a stallion for him. He and The Duchess Of Cornwall had been given an Arabian stallion during their visit to Saudi Arabia. Goudah arrived in late June and stayed with us until earlier this month when he was moved to an Arabian stud in Herefordshire where he will stand for 2006. Regretfully Stafford Twilight has returned to his owners in Hampshire following a quiet season. I am very glad to say that I have 3 mares of my own in foal to him. I think he was very under-rated by mare owners and I am really looking forward to seeing my foals next spring.
NEW for 2007. Yes we do have a NEW stallion for next season. We have always felt that standing top quality stallions is vital and we were very excited to be offered Catherston Dazzler back in 2003. We are very privileged to have a second Catherston stallion now on the yard with the arrival of Catherston Liberator. He is in fact Dazzler’s great nephew, Liberator’s grandam Dutch Sika is Dazzler’s full sister. Liberator is by the Thoroughbred Liboi and out of the Jashin mare Catherston Jetstream. He is himself an Advanced Eventer and a Prix St George dressage horse. He has fantastic stature and limbs and the athleticism you would expect from his pedigree with a temperament which is second to none. Come and see him, you won’t be disappointed.

May I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

From all of us at Langaller Farm

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