Stallion of the month : Broadstone Landmark

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Stallion of the month : Broadstone Landmark
Broadstone Landmark

After being bought by Broadstone Stud, Landmark was graded with the British Warm Blood Society (BWBS) as a five-year-old and was champion BWBS stallion that year.

His pedigree, with Lancier, Landgraf and Ladykiller on his sire’s side and Gotthard and Raimondo on his dam’s side, contains some of the best Holsteiner and Hanoverian bloodlines and Landmark made his mark as a performance horse early by standing reserve champion stallion at his 1991 grading in Denmark.

Ridden by Philip Surl, he evented up to international level, completing Burgie CC** in 1997 with two clear rounds, before an accident where he slipped on the flat and broke his hock forced early retirement.

Landmark has also competed successfully in affiliated dressage and was trained up to advanced level.

New beginnings At the age of 18, Broadstone Landmark was "gifted" to Alison Ives of Balinmore Stud at Bewholme in East Yorkshire, where he now lives.

"I couldn’t believe what a beautiful stallion he was and it was love at first sight!" says Alison. "I’ve been told by everyone who’s ridden and competed him that he was the ultimate athlete and gentleman. He’s proved that here. He’s absolutely bombproof in every type of traffic, including combine harvesters!"

Like many stars, Landi has proved quite a character. "He always dunks his hay in his water bowl and likes all his feeds made very sloppy," explains Alison. "His stable has to be like Fort Knox as he can remove or undo most fittings, including his Haybar, and on one occasion his water bowl, which meant flooding the stable. He definitely has a sense of humour!"

Successful progeny

According to Alison, Broadstone Landmark stamps his progeny through stunning heads, athleticism, conformation and temperament.

His successful progeny include international show jumpers, advanced eventers, dressage champions, champion show horses, countless Burghley Young Event Horse finalists and, of course, this year’s Badminton winner, NZB Land Vision.

"It was so exciting this year watching on TV. We all stopped work on the stud — after all, it’s not often that a horse by your stallion’s in the lead after cross-country at Badminton!" remembers Alison.

"This season has been one of his busiest yet, with some super international event mares visiting him, no doubt due to his new found fame. Although he’s a senior stallion, Landi is of the modern type of warmblood breeders want to use.

"Our future plans are just to keep him fit, well and happy and hope that he stays in the land of living for a while longer yet! The 2012 Olympics will be very exciting, too, with NZB Land Vision in real contention. Watch this space."