7 things you didn't know about Avanti Amorous Archie

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7 things you didn't know about Avanti Amorous Archie
Stallion of the month (December 2011) - Avanti Amorous Archie<br><br>

7 things you never knew about the British-bred Irish Draught Avanti Amorous Archie, who is now a sought-after sport horse sire…

1. Owned by Rita Jennings, he has a fast-growing fan base and even a popular Facebook page. Easy going and charming, Archie is out of Rita’s home-bred mare Avanti Racey Gracie, a prolific county show winner by Snowford Bellman. Archie’s sire is the Irish grade A show jumper Crosstown Dancer. His proven Irish Draught bloodlines are impressive. Snowford Bellman now stands in the USA and also on his dam’s side are a Banks Fee Daniel, Slievenamon, Skippy, Mountain View and The Huntsman.

2. Archie was unbeaten as a foal and yearling in Irish Draught classes at county level and his owner/breeder always knew he was special. "Archie was easy from the moment he was born," says Rita. "I asked international judge and Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) founder member Maggie Spreckley-Dollard for her opinion and she described him as ‘a horse of exceptional merit; combining quality with substance and athleticism’."

3. Archie made his mark under saddle as a four-year-old at the annual breed show, where he was reserve champion and highest-placed stallion in the performance horse class.

4. A real favourite at the Avanti Stud, near Hitchin in Hertfordshire, Archie stands at home, where semen is collected and dispatched from April to August.

5. A typical day for Archie starts with schooling by Charlotte Currer, who competes him in dressage; hacking with Natalie Huttlov, who has shared many show ring successes, or lungeing or loose schooling with Rita. "He then spends the rest of the day grazing with his companion Noddy, a part-Shetland pony: they enjoy grooming each other," says Rita. "The Irish Draught horse is known for its kind and trainable temperament and Archie proves that. Natalie and I backed him together and she still hunts him."

6. Archie was passed by Liz Edgar to jump as a stallion under BS rules and is currently winning at Elementary level affiliated dressage. He has 129 BD points to date.

7. According to Rita, Archie is stamping his progeny with plenty of bone and substance, and passing on his lovely temperament. Last year was his best to date, with 52 mares using his services. Currently, his eldest progeny, out of a Thoroughbred mare, is competing in affiliated dressage. His pure- and part-bred children include winners at home and in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, France and Germany. This year, his first two foals were born in the USA at Manu Forti Stud, home of the RID stallion Touch of the Blues.

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