Stallion of the month : Aimbry Chester

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Stallion of the month : Aimbry Chester
Stallion of the month : Aimbry Chester

Owner Trudy Goulding first met this exceptional pony sire at his breeder’s in Huddersfield. He was just nine months old, but she bought him straight away. His "look at me" qualities shone through and today he is still much in demand for his good looks, which have earned him recognition as the "face" of Baileys Horse Feeds and "house model" for Matchmakers International.

After being backed by Trudy, "Ches" was partnered by international dressage rider and judge Clive Halsall, who qualified him for the four-year-old potential international dressage horse final at the national championships and rode him up to medium level.  Young rider Lisa Marriott enjoyed competing him before handing the reins to international event rider Andrea Morris. In 2003, British junior dressage team member Holly Doyle took over and was placed in a team trial and finished second in the team event at Addington’s under-21 championships.

A lifetime graded lifetime sports pony stallion, in 2008 Ches was awarded a certificate of excellence by the Sports Pony Studbook for the most progeny registered. In the same year he returned triumphant from the Northern Horse show, where he won the riding horse stallion class, qualifying for both the British Show Horse Association national championships and NPS Ottergayle in-hand riding horse championship, a testament to his soundness, temperament and bloodlines.

"He was never fazed by a big atmosphere and could always pull out the stops," remembers Trudy. "We used to say he’d puff himself up to look 16hh in the arena — no one watching realised how small he is! A lot of people used to ask if I was disappointed that he was only 15hh. Even now, I laugh at that question because there are hundreds of big warmblood stallions to choose from, but how many Chesters?"

Stud duties, temperament and progeny

According to Trudy, Ches has a fabulous temperament and when he’s not busy covering, enjoys being ridden and is "fabulous" to hack out.  "He’s a little bit aloof and although he enjoys a good hug, he’d be horrified if someone tried to kiss him," says Trudy. "His world revolves around food, so he’s permanently on a diet. He also has a terrible habit of escaping, so a sign on his door reads ‘Please clip me in, I can escape’. He wouldn’t go looking for trouble — only as far as an open bale of haylage!"

Trudy believes Chester knows he’s special because everyone tells him so!

"He loves the camera and works it like a supermodel," she says. "He can change poses in an instance, just like an equine version of Kate Moss.  "He’s a really good sort with fabulous uphill paces and the most beautiful head and neck. At his grading, he was described as ‘masculine and athletic with a good shoulder and a very good temperament’, which sums him up perfectly."

Trudy says you can tell a Chester baby from 100 yards and he has proved ideal for breeding sports ponies: "He really stamps his stock and they all have natural ability and a desire to perform. He also doesn’t carry the red gene, so he’s never produced a chestnut foal."

Chester has sired HOYS and Royal International show horses, show jumpers and all-rounder horses and ponies.   "We have his two-year-old champion son, Imperial High Command, licensed with the NPS and Imperial High Order, supreme light horse foal at last year’s British National Foal Show, waiting in the wings," says Trudy. "His greatest achievement however, must be producing the 14hh stallion Thursden Vallye Raphael, a multi ridden champion and 2010 Cuddy finalist who is following in his father’s footsteps and aiming for a place on the junior dressage team. He’s also sired countless young horses and ponies with First Premiums at futurity evaluations."


For more information, contact End House Stud (01200 445426) or visit