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BKS Brandini Update

28 Apr 2018

BKS Brandini has a good show at The College Premier League.[...]

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BKS Fantasia wins 6 year olds young horse qualifier at Myerscough

31 Mar 2018

The brilliant BKS Fantasia celebrated her first show with new owner Sara Gallop with an outstanding win in the 6 year olds at Myerscough Premier League. Followed by write-ups in the Horse & Hound. We couldn't be prouder of her and look forward to future success for her and her younger siblings. [...]

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BKS Fantasia sold

05 Oct 2017

Congratulations to Sara on the purchase of BKS Fantasia (Fifi), our wonderful Furstenball daughter out of Real Ruby, Fran's great serial winning mare.A real favourite with everyone who has had anything to do with her we are excited for Fifi. Our thanks to Ashley Jenkins and Dan and Jamie for doing such a great job with her, we are all very sad to see her go but happy she will have a home for life and a wonderful future with Sara. We're already looking forward to seeing her out and about on the competition circuit. [...]

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Deutschmeister (Donny) sold

05 Oct 2017

Donny has been sold to a fantastic home where he will be quietly brought on, aiming for the top levels of the sport. Congratulations to his new owner, this is a very special horse. [...]

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BKS Grand Design sold to a new pony rider

28 Aug 2017

News from the McDowall family that Grand Design has been sold to a new home. Hopefully we will see him out and about again competing once the new pair have established a good partnership. Sad day for Charlotte and Ted as they have had a fantastic few years together and have had the most amazing partnership. Sadly, a chance to compete together at the Europeans was foregone as Charlotte had outgrown Ted and was concentrating her efforts on another team pony this year. However, Ted and she finished well with wins at medium of 74.8 and 75.7 on 19th August. Our best wishes go to Charlotte as she looks for a Juniors horse. Hopefully Ted will teach his new rider everything he knows and get them on the right track for a great future.[...]

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Fifi (BKS Fantasia) 2nd at Regionals and Qualifies for the BD Nationals in September

05 Aug 2017

Our fantastic mare BKS Fantasia, ridden by Ashley Jenkins, has come 2nd at the Regionals, battling through the wind and rain with the great score of 70.31%. She is to compete at the Nationals in September. Well done Fifi and Ashley! [...]

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Grand Design wins JR, YR and Pony team test at Hartpury Festival of Dressage

10 Jul 2017

The brilliant combination of Charlotte McDowall and BKS Grand Design triumphed at Hartpury Festival of Dressage winning the Junior, Young Rider and Pony Team Test combined class with 68.42%. Grand Design is now for sale as his rider is out of ponies this year. [...]

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BKS White Sapphire sold to Germany

18 Jun 2017

Tilly is sold to our great friend Christiane Seelig. Tilly is one of the best ponies we have bred and a very exciting prospect. Tilly was sent to Christiane to prepare, but Christiane has now bought Tilly as a broodmare to go with another champion mare she's just purchased. Exciting for us that she can now be put to pony stallions we cannot get here in the UK and some we have wanted to use for some years. We are looking forward to some more great foals and great ridden ponies from our own lines.[...]

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04 Sep 2016

Fabulous, unbelievable result yesterday for our amazing gelding Coolio who won through three rounds of competition in Warendorf to claim the massively coveted prize of Bundeschampion of the 4 year old mares and geldings riding ponies. Superb scores (8.9 in the first round - the highest score of the day throughout the ridden classes) and a wonderful ride from Christiane Seelig in all phases. We believe that this is a first for british breeding and fulfills a dream we have had for the past 9 years. We have made the journey to Warendorf most years and had the pleasure of watching a pony we also bred compete here twice, but to have one we bred and still own win has been the crowning achievement and a dream come true. We are very grateful to everyone who has had a hand in Leo's success both here and in Germany during the past four years. (Photo copywrite LL-FOTO)[...]

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Lara Kuropatwa and Mr Snowman selected for the Europeans

11 Jul 2016

Mr Snowman, sourced for the Kuropatwa's by us, and spotted by Fran as a potential FEI pony as a two year old in Germany, have been selected to represent GB in the Pony Europeans. Congratulations to all concerned, and good luck. Lara has been selected on both her ponies! [...]

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BKS Grand Design selected as second reserve for the Pony Europeans

11 Jul 2016

We are thrilled and delighted to report that BKS Grand Design and Charlotte McDowall, after a great showing at Hartpury final selection trial, have been selected as Second Reserve for the Europeans in their first full season at FEI. The pair are ever improving and there is still room for more as they become more confident and skilfull in the arena. [...]

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Brandini does well at Hartpury Festival of Dressage

10 Jul 2016

Brandini 5th in the FEI PYO at Hartpury Festival with 66.28% and a creditable showing in the final team trial with a score of 64.49%on Saturday in spite of several hiccups in the test. [...]

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BKS Cleopatra shines

10 Jul 2016

Cleo, owned by Karen Bourdon and ridden by Alice Hurley have had a great season, winning the 5 year old qualifier at Addington Premier League with 7.78 and a 9 for her walk, and then coming 2nd at Hartpury in the finals with 7.52. Congratulation to all connections. [...]

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Grand Design starts international career in 2016

30 Jun 2016

A promising start to Ted's international career with solid results at Keysoe, Saumur and Roosendal, with a brilliant highlight of a win in the consolation final at Roosendaal with over 68%.[...]

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Grand Design triumphs at Sheepgate Premier League

22 Jun 2016

Excellent wins in both FEI pony tests at Sheepgate with both scores over 69%. Ted continues to excel in national classes also with recent wins at Medium of 77%. [...]

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Brandini placed at Keysoe and Wellington Premier Leagues in the Pony Team test.

12 Jun 2016

Congratulations to Clare and Otto at Keysoe and Wellington Premier Leaguesfor good placings in the Pony Team Tests. [...]

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Giselle and Sive win Category 1 Prelim Championship in Ireland

12 Apr 2016

The firm partnership of Sive and BKS Giselle continues with a win at Prelim in the Irish National Championships with 70%. Many congratulations to the happy pair![...]

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BKS Grand Design and BKS Brandini picked for international squads

29 Oct 2015

BKS Grand Design and Charlotte McDowall have been selected to form part of the GB international pony dressage squad based on their excellent results in 2015. BKS Brandini and Clare Bennett have also been selected for the GB International Progress Squad. Congratulations to both and good luck in 2016. [...]

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BKS Brandini second at Winter Championships

18 Apr 2015

BKS Brandini and Clare Bennett scored a great 72.12% to come a very close second in the Prelim Champs at Hartpury, to round off a fabulous year since buying Brandini. With more to come from the pair, who have worked hard at establishing a very firm partnership.[...]

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BKS Brandini wins Winter Regional Championship at Patchetts

28 Feb 2015

BKS Brandini wins Prelim Winter Regional Championship at Patchetts with his ecstatic rider Clare Bennett with a fantastic score of 74.81. The pair will now head to the Winter Champs at Hartpury in April.[...]

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Success for all our ponies sold in 2014 continues.

30 Jan 2015

Keeping in touch with the owners of our sold ponies we are always delighted to hear and share in their ups and downs. Recent successes reported from BKS Grand Design and BKS Brandini, both of whom are out competing with pony riders, first and second placings in good sized classes and improvements still expected. Max had a wonderful end to 2014 with a special award from U21s UK. Digby goes from strength to strength, and Oscar has settled into his new home very well. The future looks bright for all our ponies and the great homes they have been fortunate enough to win. [...]

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Success for Fran at Hickstead and our only horse foal of the year arrives

27 Jun 2014

Fran and Pav have success at Hickstead while Sunshine produces a stunning colt foal [...]

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BKS Grand Design's second mare this season in foal with first dose of frozen

09 Jun 2014

100% strike rate so far this season - we are very pleased with the results we are getting from Grand Design's semen, with only the first dose which is great news for us and for our breeders! [...]

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BKS Grand Design's first mare of 2014 confirmed in foal with first dose of semen.

28 May 2014

Very happy to receive news from Twemlows this morning that Naturell is confirmed in foal on first go with Grand Design's frozen semen. Fingers crossed for the next 11 months! Mare owners can be re-assured that the cost of using frozen from this stallion is likely to be kept to a minimum! [...]

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Sira foals at last!

10 May 2014

Sira has another colt at 6am in Germany! A super bay colt with a white star, we eagerly await photos of him outside. Weather is awful in Germany as it is here, so no turnout at the moment until it's safe. [...]

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White Knight competes for the first time

28 Apr 2014

Digby gets a first and second at his first show. More importantly, he couldn't have been better behaved further proving his great nature and kind spirit. [...]

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Foster mother found

23 Apr 2014

Grateful thanks go to Twemlows Hall Stud, Edward Matson, Sabine Meiners and Michaela Koelling.[...]

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Sad news from Germany about Delta

22 Apr 2014

The worst news from Germany today. Delta has not been well for a few days and was admitted to the vet clinic with a suspected colic. Unfortunately she could not be saved. We are devastated to lose such a lovely young mare who has had four wonderful foals and was such a fabulous mother.[...]

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Delta foals in Germany

16 Apr 2014

Delta B has her foal by Cosmpolitan in Germany. Many thanks to Sabine for bringing this large chap into the world safely, He looks great and is a strapping fellow.[...]

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Fran and Pav make their Grand Prix debut

14 Apr 2014

Fran and Pav made their Grand Prix debut today [...]

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BKS Grand Design's first foal born

11 Apr 2014

Ted and Nat have had their first foal, a wonderful filly; just what the Doctor ordered! Delivered last night at 11.30 pm at Twemlows Hall. Eagerly awaited by all at Blackington Stud. [...]

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Congratulations Lara and Mister Snowman

23 Mar 2014

Lara Kuropatwa and Mister Snowman - a pony sourced by us as a 4 year old - make a successful international debut at Addington CDI [...]

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Fran and Pavarotti win their first Inter II qualifier

23 Mar 2014

Fran and Pav won their first ever Inter II qualifier at Sparsholt College today! [...]

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BKS Checkmate licenses in Hannover

25 Oct 2013

Benji licensed in Hannover and is now offered for sale as we have his full brother coming along next year! Benji has wonderful presence and should make 14.2hh being the full package for FEI or for offering as a stallion with his great mother line and fabulous father he should be an asset to pony breeding anywhere. [...]

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Please 'like' us on Facebook

28 Sep 2013

We've created a Facebook page for the stud. Please visit and 'like' it. [...]

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Caspar shows his class at the Bundeschampionate

06 Sep 2013

Caspar was possibly the best behaved 3 yr old pony stallion at the Bundeschampionate, both during his working in on the evening before his competition and on the day. His rideability and stunning temperament, advanced work level were second to none.[...]

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BKS Hawkeye off to be backed

01 Sep 2013

Archie starts his grown-up career and goes off to be backed. [...]

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State Premium awarded to BKS Giselle

31 Aug 2013

Now in Germany for the mare performance tests, Giselle was awarded Verbands Premium in Rheinland Pfalz, and having qualified for the championship, she competed and was awarded State Premium status on 31st August 2013. She now will go to the Performance tests in September. She is under saddle and is proving to be uncomplicated, willing and safe for the smallest child. Our grateful thanks go to our friend Jeanne McDonald for overseeing her preparation and for taking her to her shows, and her rider, Verena Sammer, for doing such an outstanding job. [...]

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Benji starts his training for the licensings in Germany

13 Aug 2013

BKS Checkmate (Champion de Luxe x Sira (Black Boy, Brillant)) started his training today for the autumn licensing selections in Hannover. He looks in great condition after his spring and summer out at pasture with a big group of other two year old colts in Germany. [...]

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Giselle is given Verbands Premium

10 Aug 2013

Giselle has been awarded Verbands Premium in Rheinland-Pfalz. This should now allow her to go to the Championship Show to contest State Premium titles [...]

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Caspar (BKS White Light) heads for the Bundeschampionate

28 Jul 2013

BKS White Light has been selected to represent Westfalia at the Bundeschampionate in September following his great result at the State Championships, ridden by Julia Coldewey and produced by Timo Coldewey. [...]

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Caspar (BKS White Light) 3rd at the 3 Year old Stallion Class at Westfalen Woche

26 Jul 2013

We are proud and delighted to have a stallion we bred (Delta B x White Gold B) come equal 3rd at Westfalen Woche today with 8. This is the Westfalian Registry's annual championship and is the route for all young horses and ponies registered with Westfalia to compete and hopefully be selected for the Bundeschampionate in September.[...]

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Delta B's first foal BKS White Light 3rd at Westfalen Woche

26 Jul 2013

Delta B is in foal to Cosmopolitan, the winner of the 3yr old stallion class at Westfalen Woche, Delta's son, White Light (son of White Gold B) was third in the same class! Delta is for sale in Germany. [...]

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Pavarotti H finishes 7th at Hartpury CDI in strong classes with over 70%

19 Jul 2013

Pav and Fran had a fabulous return to their international career among strong competition, they pulled up from a disappointing PSG to finish strongly in the Inter 1 and continued to improve to finish 7th after the Inter 1 Freestyle. [...]

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Pavarotti H and Fran selected for Hartpury CDI3*

19 Jun 2013

Following on from Fran and Pav's great results from early competitions this year and the success they had at Hartpury CDI in 2011, where they placed 10th in their first Senior International, they have been selected to compete at the CDI3* again this year. [...]

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Naturell in foal to Grand Design

16 Jun 2013

Naturell, our wonderful Champion Westfalian FEI mare and Elite mare (SPSS) is now confirmed (heartbeat) in-foal to Grand Design. [...]

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Delta B and Sira in-foal

10 Jun 2013

Delta B and Sira are both confirmed in foal today. [...]

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Hilken's Charismatic - first mare confirmed in-foal

31 May 2013

Exciting news from Hilken's Charismatic's new owner. Charles first covering resulted in a confirmed pregnancy. [...]

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Pavarotti makes successful Premier League comeback

12 May 2013

Fran and Pavarotti place 6th in the Inter 1 at Addington Premier League with 68.35% [...]

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Naturell to be covered by Grand Design

13 Apr 2013

Our own home-bred stallion, Grand Design, will be covering Naturell, our Champion Westfalian FEI mare as soon as the weather improves for breeding conditions. [...]

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Mares and colts go to Germany

10 Apr 2013

Mares and Colts go to Germany[...]

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Rufus receives a wildcard for the British Dressage Winter Championships

07 Mar 2013

Rufus and his rider Lauren Harper have received a wildcard to compete in the Elementary Restricted Winter Championship at the BD Winter Championships[...]

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Grand Design has a successful stay at Stallion AI Services

17 Dec 2012

Grand Design has returned from Stallion AI Services with a glowing report[...]

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BKS White Light licenses in Hannover

20 Oct 2012

BKS White Light, bred by us in 2010, has been awarded licensed status by the Hannoverian Pony Verband in Verden, Germany. [...]

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Rufus wins at the British Dressage Under 25's Championships

25 Aug 2012

Rufus, a pony produced and sold by us, wins at the British Dressage Under 25's Championships [...]

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Rufus successful at Under 21s UK Championships

29 Jul 2012

Rufus continues to go from strength to strength competing sucessfuly this year in the Under 21s UK championships[...]

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Real Ruby produces a filly by Furstenball

16 Jun 2012

Real Ruby has given birth to a full sister to Felix (born in 2011).[...]

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Vb.Pr.St Delta B gives birth to a bay colt by Nemax

03 Jun 2012

Our final foal of the year arrived early this morning. Vb.Pr.St Delta B produced a fantastic bay colt by Nemax[...]

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Pavarotti successful at Keysoe Premier League

13 Apr 2012

Pavarotti narrowly misses out on direct qualification for the National Championships with a 2nd place in the Inter 1 and a great score at PSG [...]

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Desiree foals

14 Mar 2012

Our third foal of the week arrived this morning, Vb.Pr Desiree B gave birth to a lovely palomino filly by White Diamond B [...]

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Sira foals

12 Mar 2012

El.St.Pr Sira has produced a fantastic dun colt by FS Champion de Luxe, a full brother to her 2011 colt BKS Checkmate [...]

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Naturell foals

09 Mar 2012

St.Pr.Naturell foaled this morning, producing a stunning bay filly by FS Don't Worry. [...]

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Pavarotti scores well at Addington High Profile Show

21 Jan 2012

Pavarotti H picks up where he left off at the first show of the season with some great scores at PSG and Inter 1[...]

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Pavarotti H & Fran compete at Hartpury CDI

01 Jul 2011

Fran and Pav were selected to represent GB in their first Senior International at Small Tour level in August 2011.[...]

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Pavarotti H & Fran Double Regional Champions South West Regionals

01 Jul 2011

Pav and Fran won both qualifiers for the National Championships at the South West Regionals at Prix St Georges and Inter 1. [...]

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01 Mar 2011

Having been sold to the Rowe family in March 2011, Rufus built a great partnership with Lauren Harper who took him to victory at the SPSS BD Young pony Championships, coming 1st in the 6 year olds and 3rd overall to two 4 year olds ridden by GB squad riders. [...]

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Rufus wins British Young Dressage Pony Championships 2010

31 Oct 2010

We are thrilled to report that Francesca and Rufus won the SPSS BD-sponsored British Young Dressage Pony Championships held at Vale View Equestrian Centre on 31 October 2010.[...]

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