Rustic Amber xx / Salmon Leap xx / Gala Crest xx


Classified into the Australian Hanoverian Society studbook as a younger mare, CHECKERS achieved an overall score of 8, positioning her in an elite group of the highest scoring thoroughbred mares in Australia.

CHECKERS is also the dam of Hollands Bend Beautiful Encounter (HB Benita) by Benetton Dream, who is one of Australia’s best known and most popular show horses. As a young mare, she was judged supreme led warmblood in-hand at the RMS Summer Royal, Barastoc International Challenge champion show hunter, and Equestrian Victoria state titles champion small show hunter hack and supreme of show.

In her second show season, HB Benita was champion show hunter hack at Adelaide Royal, and reserve champion show hunter hack at Melbourne Royal. She was also Equestrian Australia national champion small hunter hack, EV state titles champion small show hunter hack for the second year running, SHC Horse of the Year (HOY) champion small show hunter hack, and the Hanoverian Horse Society’s Show Horse of the Year.

The sire of CHECKERS is Rustic Amber (Thatching/Bold Lad) who has produced 6 stakes winners for 21 stakes wins. As a racehorse he had 2 wins up to 1200m including the Group 3 Curragh Greenlands Stakes and the Goffs Stakes. He also achieved top placings in the Phoenix Park Mill Ridge Stakes, and the Phoenix Park Sprint Stakes.

Rustic Amber is the sire of international eventer Kirby Park Allofasudden ridden by Australian Olympian Megan Jones. He won the Melbourne International CCI3* (finishing on his dressage score), then after winning the Reynella CIC3* went on to place second in the CCI4* at the Australian International Three Day event. In 2009, he completed the eventing season ranked 2nd on the FEI World Rankings Table.

Rustic Amber’s sire, Thatching (Thatch/Abernant), is a well-reputed sire of many international sport horses including thoroughbred mare Rustic Rouge who won an individual gold medal in the showjumping (over a very challenging course) at the 2002 Asian Games.

An Irish thoroughbred racehorse and sire, Thatching recorded impressive victories in Great Britain in both the Group 3 Cork and Orrery Stakes held at Royal Ascot (renamed to the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes in honour of Queen Elizabeth II) and the Group 1 July Cup in Newmarket. The July Cup is one of Britain's most valuable and prestigious sprint races, and many of its winners have been acknowledged as the champion sprinter in Europe.

Thatching was from the first crop of foals sired by Thatch (Forli/Thong), an American-bred, Irish-trained horse who won some of Great Britain’s most prestigious stakes races, including the St. James's Palace Stakes, the July Cup and Sussex Stakes.

Thatch is the sire of Prince Thatch (Thatch/Stupendous) who was one of the most important thoroughbred breeding stallions at the Hanoverian Landgestüt in Celle, Germany. He was considered as one of their top thoroughbred sires with the purpose of refining the breed.

While standing at Celle State Stud, Prince Thatch covered an impressive number of mares and produced 8 licensed sons including Paris, Prince Noir (imported to Australia) and Princeton. He was also the sire of several FEI dressage horses, including Grand Prix competitors Piccolino (German Olympic A-short list) with Klaus Husenbeth and Gestion Joker with Anky van Grunsven.

The dam sire, Salmon Leap (Northern Dancer/Baldric), had 4 wins up to 2000m including the Group 2 Leopardstown Nijinsky Stakes, the Group 3 Curragh Tetrarch Stakes, and the Group 3 Phoenix Park Whitehall Stakes. He also achieved a top placing in the Phoenix Park Pacemaker International Stakes.

The dam’s dam sire, Gala Crest (Gala Performance/Summertime), was a stayer-type who won two stakes races up to 2400m including the VATC Eclipse Stakes, and the VATC Herbert Power Handicap. He was also the sire of 5 stakes winners for 12 stakes wins, including the highly successful Gala Supreme (Gala Crest/Talisman II) who is one of only 6 racehorses to win the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes and the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (the richest ‘2 mile’ handicap in the world) in the same year.

For offspring from the best producing thoroughbred mares to be successful in three day eventing, major racing successes such as stakes wins by the males found in the mare’s first two generations are necessary for elite performance.

The presence of champions and speed horses are important ingredients in the pedigree, which is one of the main reasons we have chosen CHECKERS for our Hanoverian breeding program.

At Stella Stud, we believe that by breeding high quality Hanoverian registered thoroughbred mares to Hanoverian approved sires who are themselves from elite producing families, we can produce international quality sport horses with substance and beautiful type, as well as the right amount of blood necessary to excel in the Olympic equestrian disciplines.


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Registered Name: Checkers (AUS) xx

Stable Name: Annie

Birth Date: 04-09-1997

Birth Land: Australia

Height: 168 cm / 16.2 hh

Colour: Chestnut

Gender: Stud Mare

XX/OX Rate: 100%

This is the approximate percentage of Thoroughbred/Arab blood in the pedigree of the horse; calculated over the last nine generations only (Horsetelex).

Inbreeding Coefficient: 1.31%

The Inbreeding Coefficient (F) is calculated over nine generations where 0.0% is no inbreeding, 0.0% - 1.2% is relatively low inbreeding, 1.2% - 3.3% is relatively high inbreeding, and >3.3% is relatively very high inbreeding. The average F for sport horses in the Olympic disciplines is estimated to be 1.2%, with the standard deviation being approximately 2.1% (Horsetelex).

Predisposition: Dressage / Eventing / Showjumping

Sire:Rustic Amber (IRE) xx

Dam:Feather Wing (AUS) xx

Dam Sire:Salmon Leap (USA) xx

Dam's Dam Sire:Gala Crest (AUS) xx

Life Number: AUS00656116

Studbook: Thoroughbred

Breeding Approval: Hanoverian

Breeder: WH Luck, Australia

Owner: Stella Stud, Australia

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