Star stallion: AES licensed Trakehner stallion Craig

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Star stallion: AES licensed Trakehner stallion Craig
Star stallion: AES licensed Trakehner stallion Craig

Meet AES licensed Trakehner stallion Craig, the only full brother to leading international dressage sire Connery, last year’s top UK Trakehner stallion of the year

Based at Bellegrace Stud in West Sussex, Melissa Wood’s striking 16.3hh dark bay graded Trakehner stallion Craig is a firm favourite with staff and visitors alike, who are captivated by not only by his good looks and outstanding movement, but superb temperament too."He is without a doubt my one in a million!" says Melissa proudly. "This horse has the most phenomenal temperament – in fact my four-year-old twins happily groom, lead and sit on him.  He is their best friend. . . and just loves the attention!

"As a mother of young children any horse here must have a kind, calm nature and good manners far less a stallion, Craig is this and more! Not only can I clip him loose in his stable, I can also hack out alone and in company, first or last and would love to hunt him as his disposition is perfect for the job. "

Bred in Germany and imported as a two-year-old, this stunning eight-year-old has some of the best and most sought after proven bloodlines in sport horses.

Craig’s sire EH Buddenbrock (Trakehner Stallion of the Year in 2012) was approved in Neumünsterand qualified for the prestigious Bundeschampionat (the national championships for young horses) in eventing with Olympic event rider Andreas Dibowski and was placed in the finals.

EH Buddenbrock was exported to USA last year and now stands at stud full time.

Craig’s dam line descends from Corrida, with his grand dam Cornau, being the half sister to the legendary Elite Trakehner stallion Consul.

His brother Connery, top UK Trakehner stallion of the year in 2012, was described by the Celle State Stud director as: "to be the picture perfect example of a refined Trakehnerstallion" and a perfect match for mares lacking modernity, a trait he shares with his good looking brother!

Craig  (affectionately known as Mouse at home) began competing in affiliated eventing last year and according to his owner loved it, boasting a 100% clear cross-country record every time out. The plan now is for Craig to continue to work his way up the grades this season, and he will also be competing in affiliated show jumping and dressage in between stud duties.

As a perfect modern type dual purpose stallion, Craig will be available primarily via frozen semen in order to work around his competition schedule, although when possible he will also be available via fresh/chilled semen.

"He is a definite star for the future, as a sire and under saddle," says Melissa. "With a temperament second to none, great trainability, breathtaking movement and jump, this stallion is versatile enough to produce not only dressage and eventing winners, but also horses for the show ring. He has some very exciting foals due this year, especially out of our own mare, full sister to London 2012 horse Master Rose.

"As an licensed eventing stallion with the AES his foals will be eligible for AES papers, however foals out of KWPN mares are also eligible for KWPN Reg A papers.

"The plan is that Craig will be presented to the TrakehnerSociety (TBF) for grading once we feel he has sufficiently proven himself as an eventing stallion and is not just in his brother Connery's shadow.

"The most striking thing about this horse is his amazing presence and outstanding beauty, his conformation is near perfect with the most exquisite and dainty head. He oozes quality, and would suit a range of mares as he has stamped his foals with his refining and correcting conformation from very different mares.

"He is a great improver, and is sure to take the eventing, dressage and showing world by storm!"

LFG £500 (excluding postage and shipping)

For more information visit or Facebook 'Bellegrace Equine' or contact Melissa Wood on 01403 710415/07515 481431.