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we apologize for any disruption , this may cause, but would appreciate your patience, while we get up the office up and running again.
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SSH VIDEO FOAL SHOW 2014 *** Cancelled due to Lack of Interest ***

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SSH Stallion , Mare & Youngstock Gradings 2014 RESULTS****

Gradings took place on the 6th September , at Balcormo Farm, ,Leven, Fife and Sunday 7th Sept, Balhadie Farm, Solaris Sport Horses ( Private Grading) .

Stallions- Drumconnick Verdi- Passed

28, animals were presented over the two days, 18 were awarded 1st Premiums, 6 were awarded 2nd Premiums, Ster predicates, were awarded to 4 mares. 1, mare was awarded Model predicate.


Highest Scoring Fillies:

GBF Jersey ,Rockhill Delco Bay x Dream On Harry - 78% was awarded special Rosette.( had higher Conformation Score)
Just The Same, Tadmus x Replica.- 78 %

Highest Scoring Colts :
Just But Try, Talan x Can But Try - 77%
Just Dunnitt : Hill Farm Lir x Torette Isolde VDL- 75%

Rachans San's Next Top model, San Liberty x Wicky Paola- 78%

Cullenbay Rune, Rutherford Dancer x Moonlight Bay - 73%


Gift O' The Gab, De Nero x Outspoken- 72%- Ster
Madame Shutterfly, Sir shutterfly x Cloversbawn- 70 % -Ster

C-Aida, Acaletto x Ustria Schone Van Cayzele- 73% - Ster

Kingswell Razmatazz ( Pony), Catherstone Dazzler x Garryduff Blaithin- 72 %- Ster.

Edwina- Ed King hill x Darwina - Model

The SSH, would like to thank Balcormo Farm & Balhadie Farm,for their hospitality, and for their expertise The Graders, Suzanne Bredero, Tweetie Nimmo and Vet , Anne Logan.
and a big Thank You ,to the Photographer, Jim Crichton, and to all who helped .

Full Scores Click for Catalogue below:

GBF Jersey, Highest Scoring Filly Foal, owned & Bred By Gemma Stewart, Gelly Bank Farm, Kinross.
Picture courtesy of Jim Crichton
GBF Jersey
Results Catalogue
(Date of Event: 06 Sep 2014)
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Ursula,Ahorn x Papageno, an 13yr, Mare, bred in Scotland by long time

SSH Breeder Mary Turnbull , Ashton Stud,Culross, Fife. is No1 ranked horse in the world, along with her Rider Scott Brash.
now owned by Lady Harris & Lady Kirkam.

Recently Mary, won the SEBA ( Scottish Equine & Breeders Assoc) horse/pony of the year award, being presented with the Tansy Trophy.
also a Finalist was Desander, Abergwiffy x Secundus,owned and bred by Jane Gilchrist, Rait,Perthshire.
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MEMBERSHIPS 2014/2014 Foal Registrations / Graded Stallion fees

MEMBERSHIPS 2014/2014 Foal Registrations / Graded Stallion fees.
Memberships / Graded Stallion fees for 2014 are now due, if you wish to take part in any event, run by the SSH, you need to be a Member, Mare & Youngstock Gradings, Stallion Gradings, and Graded stallions.

2014 Foal Registrations,
Initial registration within 3 months of Birth £75 Incl DNA
Breed Passport £85 Incl DNA
Dam or Sire DNA £48
2014 foal's will be arriving soon, if you are wishing to register your foal with the SSH please read our Fees & Passport page, for this year's prices Etc, or contact the office on 0844 846 5220
the registration letter for this year is " J "
the SSH wishes our Studs & Breeders a successful 2014 season.

N.B. All foals must be registered within 6 months of birth or by 31st December. in year of birth, Failure to comply will incur a Late registration fee of £120.00 (Including DNA Costs For initial registration )

*****On-line Stud Book*****
To access the programme click On-line Stud Book side bar menu.

Members have on-line access to the Grassroots programme detailing SSH Horses, pedigrees, members and owners. A login number and password may be obtained from the Society office. 0844 846 5220, Current members login details are being posted this week.

Ped eWeb is an electronic Stud Book which gives you access to extended pedigrees, progeny lists and member details direct from the Breed Society to your own computer via the Internet.

What it does ....
Provides the Breed Society member with the tool to access the Breed Society data, in an interactive electronic format.
• Search for members by Name, address, prefix, region
• View the animals Owned/Bred, Alive/Dead, Male/female/castrate
• Search for animals by Name, registration number, owner, breeder, Alive/dead,Male/Female
• Display full details of a selected animal - including four generation pedigee and progeny list
• On-line registration of additional produce ( Coming Soon)
• On-line notifications of deaths
• On-line transfers ( Coming Soon)
• On-line service certificates ( Coming Soon)
• On-line subscription renewal ( Coming Soon)
Membership Form
(Date of Event: 07 Jan 2014)
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******2014 Events******

Mare & Youngstock Inhand Series Final 16th August 2014 @SNEC, full details of qualifiers available soon.
Stallion Grading + Mare & Youngstock, 6th September 2014, stallion packs will be available end of March 2014.
Foal Show - 1st November 2014 ,Muirmill EC.
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Current List of SSH Graded Stallions/ Available at Stud 2014

Current List of SSH Graded Stallions/ Available at Stud 2014

Graded Stallion owners can add there studcard details to the Directory ( simple registration), or contact the SSH office if assistance is required.
click on link below, for current list of graded stallions.
2014 Stallion List
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Dugald Low-Mitchell (1922- 2013)
Memorial service for Dugald Low-Mitchell is to be held on Thursday 28th November at 1.30 pm at Kirkton of Largo Church and afterwards at Balcormo.

It is with great sadness to report that the Honorary President of the SSH, Dugald Low-Mitchell, has passed away aged 91.

Dugald was a founder Member of the Scottish Dutch Warmblood Associtaion, now trading as the Scottish Sports Horse. A Private funeral is to be held and the family request that no flowers be sent. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In 1970, Dugald and Jacky Low-Mitchell made a change of direction that was to alter the face of sport horse breeding in Scotland. They were dairy farmers near Peebles until Dugald sold the entire farm — lock, stock and barrel — and didn’t tell Jacky until the sale was completed!
They moved into their new home ‘Balcormo’ complete with their two children, Jennifer and Sandra, three horses and two kids’ ponies, built some stables in the existing farm buildings and began taking in hunt liveries at £7 per week.

Dugald’s love was hunting, while Jacky had competed at top level when they bought two stallions. The Thoroughbred, Boston Two Step, breeding, while the sire of the Arab/Connemara Padraig was Naseel, one of the stallions credited with producing the British riding pony.

Jacky and Dugald started breeding their own horses and taking in visiting mares, while still doing hunt liveries. They built the indoor school that stands at Balcormo today and after extending it three years later, began running to pick up local children and their ponies, so that they could compete at the shows.

In 1979, on a trip to Holland, Dugald bought a three-year-old colt by Rigoletto out of a Porter mare. It was an inspired purchase. As well as becoming an excellent performer himself, Secundus was one of only a handful of British-based stallions to be awarded the coveted Keur Preferent status by the KWPN in recognition of his progeny’s quality and competition records. He was top British show jumping stallion in 1996, 1999 and 2000 and many of Balcormo’s current horses still carry his genes.

Before moving into horses, Dugald had AI’d his own cattle and realising that this would be the way forward for Britain’s sport horse breeding industry, he went to Kentucky to learn about the process from a top equine vet. In 1987, he added another Dutch Warmblood stallion, Dramiro, to Balcormo’s stallion roster.

The Low-Mitchells began using AI at this time - Priscilla the original home-made phantom mare is going strong to this day - and shortly afterwards Dugald worked with leading equine reproduction vet Martin Boyle to collect and freeze semen from many Scottish-based stallions. The Low-Mitchells were also at the forefront of the modern show centre three-day shows are still remembered fondly.

At the same time, the stud side of the family business was growing considerably. More stables were built, a horse-walker installed and Dugald ran the operation from his portacabin laboratory - known fondly as “the sex shop”!

From the early days, Balcormo has produced horses that perform and win in all three major disciplines and the stud carries on breeding award-winning stock today. These are all registered with Scottish Sports Horse.

Although Jennifer moved to South Africa with her husband - and is now breeding Scottish Sports Horses there - Sandra Low-Mitchell has taken up the business reins at Balcormo Stud.
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The Horsescotland Breeder Award, was won by SSH Member/ Breeder
Mary Turnbull of Ashton Stud, Culross, Fife.
Mary was the breeder, of Ursula XII & Whisky Mac, who are now both ridden by Olympic Rider Scott Brash.
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SSH Inhand Series Finals

results can be foind on the results page
(Date of Event: 18 Aug 2013)
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Equine Health Checklist

It has been produced by NEWC, BEVA and WHW for the Equine Sector Council for Health and Welfare

The checklist sets out the essential routines to help care for horses responsibly in a simple, accessible format and will encourage – among other good habits – basic disease prevention in routine horse care. The ultimate aim is to have the poster displayed in every yard, vet’s reception, horse owner’s stable etc. – indeed everywhere that it can be seen by horse owners and keepers.
Equine Health Checklist
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Biosecurity for Horses leaflet, please take some time to read the following guidelines, in light of recent EHV-1 outbreaks

link to the Scottish Government's Biosecurity for Horses leaflet. This leaflet outlines basic biosecurity measures that can be applied by anyone, as well as information on Equine Infectious Anaemia, African Horse Sickness and West Nile Virus. EHV-1


In the light of recent Equine HerpesVirus (EHV-1) outbreaks, the AHT has launched a set of guidelines for horse owners and event co-ordinators to help minimise the risk of any infectious disease spread.

Commenting on the guidelines, Dr Richard Newton, Head of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, at the AHT, said: “We have had a lot of enquiries from horse owners worried, in particular, about the risk of EHV-1. We have pulled together these guidelines to advise horse owners and event organisers on best practice to avoid the spread of infectious disease.

“This is, of course, in light of the recent EHV-1 outbreaks, but the advice would be the same when dealing with a case, or indeed outbreak, of any infectious disease.

“I would reiterate to anyone concerned that their horse may have been exposed to, or is infected with, EHV-1 or any other infectious equine disease to contact their local vet for advice as soon as possible.”

Since November 2012, the AHT has assisted with six outbreaks of EHV-1 in Devon, Somerset, East Anglia and Gloucestershire. All six have caused neurological signs in the affected horses.

This is an unusual number of outbreaks to diagnose in such a short period of time – in previous years; the AHT would have been surprised to have six outbreaks in the course of a year. However, through our disease surveillance programmes, the AHT regularly sees peaks and troughs of disease occurrence, and at certain periods we experience more cases of a certain disease than at other times. Unfortunately there is no clear scientific explanation for this.

EHV-1 remains latent in a large proportion of the UK’s equine population, and similar to the cold sore virus in humans, it can, under certain circumstances, re-activate itself. This is when it causes problems. It is believed that the virus re-activates when horses are under stress so we advise horse owners to avoid putting their animals under undue stress.

If you are concerned that your horse may have been exposed to EHV-1, please consult your vet for advice. If your horse is infected or has been exposed, please act responsibly and avoid moving the animal until it has been given the all clear by your vet.

In the light of recent Equine HerpesVirus (EHV-1) outbreaks, the AHT has launched a set of guidelines for horse owners and event co-ordinators to help minimise the risk of any infectious disease spread.

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New minimum operating standards for passport issuing organisations (PIO) approved in the UK from 1st February 2014.

All PIOs are required by DEFRA/SCOTTISH GOV, to report any breach of the legislation to Trading Standards who will decide whether to take further action.

1 Where a passport is applied for outside of the statutory time limit (6 months of birth or before 31st December in the year of birth whichever is the later). This is with the exception of rescued equines and those who have purchased a horse without a passport. These animals will be signed out of the food chain by the PIO before the passport is issued.

2 Where a passport is applied for when one already exists for that animal. When a duplicate passport is issued these animals will be signed out of the food chain by the PIO.

3 Failure of a new owner to update owner details within 30 days. This applies regardless of the length of time the person was in possession of the equine.

4 Failure of an owner to return passport for updating within 6 months of notification that the passport does not meet the current legal requirements.

5 Signs of unofficial changes to passport details, tampering or fraud.

If you own a horse that is not registered in your name the SSH recommends that these passports are brought up to date asap.
Legal Responsibilities of Owners in relation to Equine Passports

It is a legal requirement for all horses and ponies to be issued with a passport. Horse Passport law is governed by the commission Regulation EC 504/2008, and in UK by the Horse Passport regulations 2009, and where applicable, any subsequent amendments or successors to these regulations. Passports are required throughout the EU for identification, effective disease control and in order to protect the human food chain.

Owners and keepers with primary responsibility must ensure their horses are correctly identified and be able to produce the passport without delay when required. All horses, ponies, donkeys and other equidae are required to have a passport from 6 months of age, or by 31st December in the year of their birth, whichever is the later.

A horse's passport must be kept with him at all times. This includes any time the horse leaves the yard, such as to go to a show, on loan or away for schooling. It is illegal to travel a horse without their passport, unless they are being transported for emergency veterinary treatment. The passport must be produced within three hours of it being requested by enforcement agencies. The passport may be requested at any time but the most common situations where a horse's passport will be requested include:

When the animal is moved into or out of Great Britain
When the animal is used at a competition
When the animal is moved to new premises
When the animal is presented at a slaughterhouse for slaughter
When the animal is sold
When the animal is used for breeding purposes.

The passport must accompany the horse at all times, except:

When stabled or on pasture and the passport can be produced without delay
When it is moved temporarily on foot in the vicinity of the holding and the passport can be produced without delay
When it is moved on foot between summer and winter grazing and the passport be presented at the holding of departure
Unweaned and accompanied by their dam or foster mare
When it is participating in training or competition which requires them to leave the event venue
When moved or transported under emergency conditions

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