Stormhill Mink Heading For HOYS


Stormhill Mink Heading for HOYS champ

At 17 years old, Stormhill Mink really has nothing left to prove and fed Blue Chip Dynamic, the prolific champion has had his busiest and most successful stud season ever, standing with Jerome Harforth at Stanley Grange Stud in Middlesborough, Cleveland.

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Already the sire of many show champions, the 16hh Stormhill Mink was bred by the Stormhill Stud in Oxon, moved to Cheshire as a 2-year-old and then when he was eight, to a riding school in Yorkshire where he led hacks, enjoyed cross country and hunting.

Current owner Rebecca Walker bought him over seven years ago and she graded Stormhill Mink with the British Skewbald and Piebald Association (BSPA) and with the Coloured Horse & Pony Society (CHAPS). He is now an Elite stallion with the BSPA.

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Ridden by Rebecca’s good friend and Derbyshire-based producer Julie Judge, Stormhill Mink has also had a phenomenal season in the show ring so far. He has won at the BSPA Winter Championships and at the CHAPS Northern Regional Show, where he qualified for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), having qualified previously in 2007, which Rebecca says “was absolutely the most amazing thing I’ve ever done.”

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When she started receiving calls from overseas from breeders wanting his semen, Rebecca took him to Holden Folds Dressage Stud in Darwen, Lancashire and began feeding him Blue Chip Dynamic as recommended by the Stud Manager.

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She explains, “As he’s older, Blue Chip Dynamic hasn’t just been beneficial to his semen quality, but also really helped his joints. His sperm count and sperm motility increased – the sperm are stronger and just about jump off the slide! We’ve also seen a very significant difference in the viability of his semen, which is very important and has produced an increase in his first cycle fertility when used for AI.

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“In the show ring, he obviously has improved mobility and we’ve seen less back, muscular and joint problems. Natural covering puts a lot of strain on a stallion and he’s competing too, which is more strain. He’s been on Dynamic now for three years and the evidence is there – he’s won everything, has better movement, presence, musculature and his breeding performance has improved too.

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“We use Blue Chip Original for our youngstock as they grow evenly and look great and I use Dynamic for a veteran that had lots of ligament problems in the past but is still here, now aged 29. Both Original and Dynamic really do the job and without ‘fizzing them up’ and I wouldn’t be without either. The results have been and still are amazing.”

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Spirit of Storm

Stormhill Mink is online at www.stormhillmink.co.uk and Rebecca now has a colt foal by him, Spirit of Storm, out of a middleweight mare by Samber that she hopes will carry his bloodlines and presence on to the next generation.

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