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News Update from Morningside Stud
14 February 2003

Plans are well under way for the 3rd International Breeders Conference, to be held on Saturday August 2 (the weekend before the Dublin Horse Show, which begins on Wednesday August 6). The theme of the conference is “Breeding, Managing, and Training Young Horses for International Competition Careers.” The speakers are Jennie Loriston-Clarke, the dressage rider who competed in four Olympics for Great Britain; Lt. Col. Gerry Mullins, the showjumping rider who is Commandant of the Irish Army Equitation School and competed in two Olympics for Ireland; Gillian Rolton, who won two Olympic Team Gold Medals in eventing for Australia; and Dr. Christa Finkler-Schade, a German expert on foal nutrition and management. The conference will feature keynote speeches in the morning and demonstrations with a young horse under saddle in the afternoon. The conference venue is the Kill International Equestrian Centre in Kill, County Kildare, the venue for the 2003 Special Olympics. Further information on the conference and registration information can be found at

Plans are also advancing for the first SCOPE Auction and SCOPE Sale, to be held on Sunday, August 3 in conjunction with the Conference. The SCOPE Auction and SCOPE Sale will offer the “very best of the best” foals, yearlings, and two-year-olds that Ireland has to offer the world. The Selection Committee is comprised of Jaap Werners (Chairman of the Stallion Inspection Committee of the KWPN), who will serve as Chairman plus three Olympians: Jennie Loriston-Clarke (dressage), who represented Great Britain in four Olympics; Gillian Rolton (eventing), who won two Olympic Team Gold Medals in eventing for Australia; and Lt. Edward (Ned) Campion (showjumping), who represented Ireland at the 1968 Olympics and recently retired as Secretary-General of the Equestrian Federation of Ireland. All horses selected by the SCOPE Selection Committee for either the auction or the sale will be examined by a veterinary surgeon on the day of the auction and all two-year-olds will have been x-rayed.

For the third year in a row the Dutch company BCM has donated copies of the WBFSH International Breeding Guide to Morningside Stud to support our International Breeders Conference. We offer the International Breeders Guide for only euro 29 for customers in the EU and only euro 34 for customers elsewhere in the world. Price includes shipping and VAT. Please note that this year the International Breeding Guide is published only in CD-rom format, not as a book. Visit and pay for the Breeding Guide with a credit card.

Condios has been approved by the American Holsteiner Horse Association. Condios (Coriano x Landgraf I, born 1995) is now approved by nine studbooks in seven countries on three continents. Condios’ chilled and frozen semen is available from Morningside Stud (Europe) and Genus Equine (Great Britain); his frozen semen is available from Morningside Stud (Europe), Genus Equine (Great Britain), International Horse Breeders (Australia and New Zealand), and Cornell University (USA and Canada).

Morningside Stud has created a CD-rom of Condios showjumping in 2001 - 2002 in Germany and Denmark under Henrik Gundersen. Included on the CD, which can be played on your personal computer or DVD player, is Condios jumping at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf as a 6-year-old and at the Danish National Stallion show as a 7-year-old. The CD also contains the video clip, provided by Danish television, of Condios jumping in a 1.50 metre class (which he won) during which the middle part of a treble was blown down by the wind just as Condios approached the fence. The CD, which costs ¤10, may be purchased on-line with a credit card at If you have broadband, each of the clips on the CD can also be downloaded and viewed over the internet.

Condios will be leaving the breeding station in Denmark in a few weeks to resume training and competing. Condios has been at the station since November 1 to freeze semen for export to the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2003 Condios will compete in 1.50 m., 1.60 m., international Grand Prix, and Nations Cup competitions.

According to The Irish Field (January 25, pg. 50) “Condios is a Cosmopolitan Choice” for Irish breeders. According to the story’s author, noted equestrian journalist Nicholas O’Hare, Condios is in “the ranks of stallions that demand special attention from breeders” and “few Irish owned stallions -- Cruising apart -- have been so successful on the international jumping scene.” O’Hare, the author of several books on Irish showjumpers and Irish Draught Horses, also praises Morningside Stud’s other stallion, the Dutch Warmblood sire Ekstein (Zion x Joost): “The World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses recently ranked Ekstein as the 38th best sire for producing Grand Prix showjumpers in 2002/2003. He is certainly the top sire standing in Ireland for producing the most offspring competing successfully at international Grand Prix level.”

Jean Llewellyn, editor of Breeding News for Sport Horses, conducted an extensive interview with Morningside Stud’s Tom Reed that was published in the January issue. The interview can be downloaded as a pdf file (Adobe Acrobat file) by visiting


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