Stallion of the month : Revolution

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Stallion of the month : Revolution
Stallion of the month : Revolution

Meet the former racehorse and eventer Revolution

Owned by Lucinda Broad

Bred by M3 Elevage and Haras D’etreham

Born: 1994

Colour: Bay

Height: 16hh

Breed: Thoroughbred

Breeding: Suave Dancer (USA)-Dom Racine (FR)

Studbooks: GSB, SHB (GB)

A former racehorse, the advanced eventer Revolution has enjoyed success across the disciplines, as well as enjoying himself in the hunting field.

After being trained by David "Dandy" Nicholls for Lucinda Broad’s grandfather Bill Swiers, Revolution, who is now 17, went as a four-year-old to Lucinda as a potential eventer, with the intention of having him cut and selling him on after a few competitions.

However "Rev", as he is affectionately known, was so quiet to ride and look after that he was never gelded. During his first winter, Lucinda hunted him regularly and they jumped their first fence out hunting with the Bedale.

Rev raced again as a five-year-old, but when Lucinda took him eventing a few months later, they discovered he shared her enjoyment of the sport. They did their first pre-novice at Bishop Burton and Revolution accumulated 14 BE points at novice level. As a six-year-old, he flew round his first intermediate at Witton Castle before disaster struck at Blair, his first two-star event, where stepping into a rabbit hole on the steeplechase caused a tear in his tendon sheath. Rev returned to eventing after a year off and competed to advanced level before retiring to stud.

"I didn’t know he was going to be as successful in competition," says North Yorkshire breeder Lucinda. "He was so easy to do, with an amazing temperament, and went from strength to strength.  "He’s one of the best cross-country horses I’ve ever sat on — bold, genuine, fast and straight as a die, and all his offspring I’ve ridden have proved just the same!"

Stud duties and temperament

Revolution, who has a beautiful head, good length of neck and excellent hock action, with athleticism and jump, is available via Twemlows Stud’s Stallion AI services from April to August before returning home to Lucinda, where she says: "He loves to sleep and hunt!"

Lucinda describes Rev’s personality as "funny" because he hates being ignored or left out.

"Many people have said he talks with his eye; he’s a very kind, willing and genuine horse. He loves kisses, cuddles and banana skins!" she says.

His outstanding temperament was once again proved at Badminton’s stallion parade this year: "Some five-year-old kids came to see him and he just lowered his head and enjoyed being cuddled!"

Breeding and progeny

"Revolution is excelling in his stud duties and his offspring are already starting to prove themselves," says Lucinda, who is very excited about the four-year-old Sir Suave, who gained a First Premium in the BEF Futurity Evaluations.

His second foal My Evolution, a member of the Equine Pathway in 2009, won 35 BE points and graded into the SHB (GB) studbook with the highest mark last year, while Rev’s third foal, My Abalution, earned 27 BE points, was placed in his first intermediate and completed a one-star and a CCI* as a seven-year-old.

Revolution also had winners in-hand at Bramham in 2008 and 2009, as well as winners of BEF Elite, High and First Premiums for the past four years in all age groups from foals to three-year-olds.

"Rev has such a wonderful temperament to go with his talent, which I’m sure has enabled him to achieve so much," says Lucinda "He’s passing these traits onto his offspring and it will be exciting to watch as more of them begin their competitive careers this season.

"I believe he’s ideal to put to part- bred or warmblood mares to get the stamina, speed and boldness of the Thoroughbred. His progeny are willing to work and please and are very trainable.

"He hasn’t done too badly for an ex-racehorse who wasn’t bred for eventing and his offspring are starting to make a name as eventers now. Not many Thoroughbred stallions can say that!"

• For more information, visit www.stallionai.co.uk or contact Twemlows Hall Stud (01948 666295).