News letter 2012

Uploaded : 24 Dec 12

How quickly time passes and on reflection how much we manage to fit in to it. Each year seems to gain momentum on the previous and the effort to keep up with it seems just that little bit more challenging. Blimey! I must be getting old; I’m starting to sound like my father!!!
As in 2010 spring in 2011 came along nice and early, March was exceptionally warm and sunny and we were turning out before the end of the month. Our first foals arrived in early March including our first by Miss. Harmer’s Hunter Pony stallion, Woodvean Midnight Blue. Karen Ligthelm’s small hunter mare, Dancing Queen by Prince Of Darkness had a bay colt on the 5th. He very quickly established himself at the top of the hierarchy amongst the later foals and indeed among the mares too! He went on to have a brilliant show season winning at County level in some very good company. Two of our own show hack mares had foals by Midnight Blue also and both look like they are going to be very serious contenders for the show ring. I may break my own rule of not showing yearlings with them!
As many of us, I too am guilty of thinking my own horses are the best but I genuinely do think our foals get better season on season. At least in my eyes and this, in part, is what drives me on to improve my mare herd and the stallions I use. 2011 saw the first crop of foals by Stephen’s homebred Thoroughbred stallion Trenavey Sea Heir by Kuwait Beach. 2012 saw his second batch and there are certainly a few ‘special’ ones. 2012 saw the first foals by Langaller’s first homebred stallion Langaller Starring Role {Roly}. As a 3 year old he ran with just four selected mares, all four conceived straight away and all four had colt foals. 1 grey, 2 bays and a chesnut. To say I am delighted with them would be an understatement. More on Roly later. We have found that running a colt with his mares for his initial ‘training’ is so valuable. They are taught so much in regard of manners and respect from the mares, far more than they will from a human.
In an effort to improve our genetics new mares arrive from time to time and 2012 was no exception. We are delighted to have Chantry Clover Girl as part of the team. She belongs to Mr.Richard Oliver. She is full sister to Chantry River Dance who is at the top end of Intermediate {BE}. She is by the Irish Thoroughbred Power Blade, lightly but successfully shown as a three year old, she then competed under saddle and came to us last year and was covered by Catherston Liberator. She foaled a bay colt and started her career as a show broodmare. She, in fact, has only been beaten once. She is due in April to Langaller Starring Role for 2012. Again more about her later.
One sadness for me this summer was not having any hound puppies at Langaller. Many of you will know that every summer we have a couple of puppies lolloping around the yard or lying on the kitchen sofa or tidying up the tail bandages and brushing boots! Late last summer I bought a beautiful brindle Jack Russel bitch puppy. Lily has become an integral part of the canine family along with my two Irish Setters. I seem to be increasingly away from home either with work or SHB related commitments and Stephen felt that hound puppies may just be the straw that broke the camel and he was probably right. Anyway Lily is older now so................... However the South Devon Puppy show still proved successful as Limestone, walked in 2010 was awarded best working hound from the 2011/2012 intake.
Our show season was somewhat disorganised thanks to the lack of summer but thankfully our local Devon County escaped the wet. For once!!. Chantry Clover Girl made her debut as a broodmare a winning one and stood Champion Hunter Broodmare. Trenavey Rational Choice won and went Champion of the Riding Horse Breeding. Newtown Pedro went Reserve Champion M and M and Champion Connemara. Di Sexon’s Tawstock Fedora was another to graduate to the ranks of Broodmare winning her Riding Horse class with her filly foal by Colbeach Nightlight.
Onto Bath and West where sadly they amalgamated the Small and Open Hunter Broodmares resulting in a poor turnout numerically. Chantry Clover Girl again won and her colt by Catherston Liberator was second. Karen’s Dancing Queen was second to Hazel {Chantry Clover Girl} and her foal beat Hazel’s foal. Doreen Hoare’s Riding Horse filly Langaller Diadem did very well to stand 4th in a very strong mixed age and gender Riding Horse class Tawstock Fedora won the Riding Horse Broodmare class.
Royal Cornwall follows and again Chantry Clover Girl won her lightweight Broodmare class making it three out of three from our local County Shows and subsequently winning the Douglas Kellow Memorial Trophy presented as the Three Shows Challenge.
Three Counties was very disappointing re numbers forward however Big Bird won her heavyweight broodmare class and her foal by Sea Heir went overall foal Champion. This colt is going to be a strapping middleweight horse and has been sold to a showing home. He is called Langaller Albert Ross. Big Bird X Sea Heir = a big sea bird=Albatross!!!! One of my better names I think. Doreen’s Langaller Diadem won a strong Riding Horse 2 year old class.
Our annual pilgrimage to Yorkshire is a highlight of our show season. This year’s sodden {yes sodden!} summer claimed many of our local shows but with grim determination we set forth with 2 mares and foals. We were getting calls and texts almost immediately that the showground was quickly turning into a quagmire but relentlessly we trucked on. It’s up hill to Yorkshire! Just as we got to Nottingham we had news that indeed Great Yorkshire Show had been abandoned. So at the first exit we pulled off the motorway and joined a queue onto the roundabout. And sat there. And sat there. There had been an accident. We eventually crept forward, around the roundabout to the slip road to take us south again. It was closed for maintenance work and we had to follow a diversion into Nottingham and out again. Brian Clough Road is very long. We were over an hour before we got back onto the motorway. Bearing in mind that the mares had by now been on the lorry for best part of 5 hours to drive them home in one hit was not fair and so we phoned a friend in Warwick and booked ourselves and the horses in for bed and breakfast and got back to Devon the following day.
From then on most of the local shows caved in and were lost to the wettest drought in history. We managed to get to Bucks County at the end of August. Doreen Hoare’s yearling filly Langaller Sun Bird won her yearling class, Trenavey Celtic Fusion was 2nd in the Small Riding Horse/Hack 2/3 year old class, Langaller Diadem was 2nd and Trenavey Rational Choice was 4th in the Large Riding Horse/Hack 2/3 year olds . Tawstock Fedora remained on form to win the Broodmare class and the Overall Riding Horse Championship. She went on to stand Reserve in the Cuddy HOYS qualifier. Trenavey Rational Choice then went on to stand 2nd to the eventual Sports Horse Champion and Cuddy HOYS qualifier.
Our last show is always The National Hunter Show, this year at the new venue at Bury Farm in Bedfordshire. A very small team flew the Langaller flag, partly we were running out of puff and due partly to the rocketing cost of travelling with two lorries. Chantry Clover Girl was beaten into second place by the Broodmare Champion but stood Reserve to her in the overall Championship. The lightweight broodmare class was a very well supported competition and had quality right down the line. Congratulations to you Billy, very well deserved win. We will be back!!! Trenavey Celtic Fusion stood second in the Small Hunter 3 year olds. What a quiet show!!! I thought the new venue worked very well and with a few tweeks is going to prove an excellent base for our Championship show.
Within a couple of weeks we were back at Bury Farm for the SHB stallion grading with my homebred 4 year old colt, Langaller Starring Role. He is by Catherston Dazzler and out of my absolute favourite mare Loughbeg Marie. She in turn is by I’m A Star. Known as Roly he has always had just that bit of star quality about him. I ran him with a handful of mares as a 3 year old and then Claire Arden backed him. This last spring we covered with him in hand and then turned him out with mares again. He went back to Claire to be re backed and then went to Henrietta Knight to be loose jumped and brought on in preparation for his grading assessment. He has built up so much in the last year and being ridden really brought him on. Ridden by Lucy Loughton he flew through the grading to claim the Championship of the day being the stallion with the highest marks; no less than four 9’s. Lucy lives locally and Roly is now based with her and will be eventing next season. He is entered to go the Stallion Show at Hartbury on January 5th. There are plenty of pictures and a video of him on the Langaller website {I think!}
Am sitting here now as the rain pours from the sky and remembering my Sunday School days singing about the ‘rains came down and the floods came up’. Beginning to think Noah had the right idea. And he only had 2 of everything!
Stud wise was inevitably quieter than we would like but all the stallions had a reasonable number of mares. Colbeach Nightnight is proving to be justifiably popular and he has extended his stay in Devon for 2013. Newtown Pedro still continues to turn heads everywhere he goes and has had a good number of pure-bred Connemara mares as well as part-bred and Thoroughbreds. Keady Star has to be one of the best homozygous coloured stallions. I’m biased I know but he is throwing some exceptional youngstock. Aidensfield Rupert, just a four year old by him has won at Royal Windsor, Great Yorkshire and R.I.H.S. in his first ridden season and as a three year old Young Guns has won Championships all over the country. There are plenty more waiting in the wings!
Combining showing, breeding and hunting is no easy task and I can only do it with the help of a very dedicated team at home. Stephen, Steph and Kelly do an incredible job on the yard with Rose in charge of the office. Vets’ Richard Stringer and Jamie Gibb {Stringer Equine} provide fantastic medical care and throughout the stud season are here every day of the week. Stringer Equine specialise in Equine Reproduction and use Langaller as a base for a number of outside mares to board for insemination with frozen semen. Stuart ‘daddy’ Taylor looks after all shoeing and feet trimming and tack, rugs and saddlery is overseen by Karen Ligthelm of Leonard Coombes saddlery. Without all of their support this bus certainly wouldn’t run. Also thanks must go to help on show days by Loraine Chamberlain, Claire Arden and Di Sexon. Thank you.
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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