Farewell to show pony legend

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Farewell to show pony legend
Show pony legend: Strinesdale Matador
Show pony legend Strinesdale Matador, the outstanding 14.2hh British Riding pony/ Part Bred Arab, who became one of the most prolific stallions in the showing world, has died of colic at the age of 20.

Foaled in 1990, Matador was purchased as a foal by Liz Mansfield of the Rotherwood Stud. A son of her own stallion Troubadour, Liz was impressed by his presence and authority from the early days.

"The first time I saw him, he took my breath away," remembers Liz. "Even as a foal, he had something different about him and proved very noble and aristocratic, but he was a very nice person too."

As a yearling Matador qualified for the in-hand final at Wembley, winning the pony section. He was Ponies UK Champion at the age of three by which time he had commenced his illustrious stud career.

He was backed at the age of five by David Bartram and Jan Darwin and showed great ability as a show jumper.

Matador retired from public stud and was available to select mares at Pat Mather and John Keleher’s Pickmere Stud in Cheshire, who loved and cared for him in his twilight years.

"He had never had an illness in his life and his death was very sudden," said Liz. "He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at Rotherwood, with a memorial plaque at Pickmere where he was so happy.

"He was a big part of our lives and has left an enormous legacy in riding pony breeding. His biggest forte was his movement, athleticism and versatility, which was outstanding. Thank goodness for modern technology that this will not be lost forever."
Matador, who was NPS champion sire in 2007 and 2008, has an endless list of successful progeny with an impressive CV that includes numerous champion titles at national and county level in Riding Pony, Hunter Pony, Show Hack and Intermediate classes, as well as several competition ponies particularly in dressage.

At the 2005 Horse of the Year Show, Matador had 15 individual entries in 18 classes and these included the Cuddy In-Hand Champion: Rotherwood Take A Peep (previously Ridden Pony Champion in 2003) and the Show Hunter Pony Champion Crafton Waltz of the Toreadors.

His frozen semen has been exported to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and he has had a Pony of the Year in Australia.

Matador has also been recognised in the Sports Pony world with his inclusion on the American Sports Pony Society register and the British Sports Pony Studbook Society register.

For more information contact Rotherwood Stud or visit www.rotherwoodstud.com