CHICHESTER area amateur breeders of miniature horses, Alison and Roger Parsons, enjoyed prestigious success at the recent Horse of the Year Show. Their stallion Spotlight Bo Diddly culminated an excellent season by finishing second and competed in the championship event in the famous International arena in the evening performance.
This event was a well-deserved accolade for Spotlight Bo Diddly. He had competed in six of the 11 HOYS qualifiers and never finished worse than fourth place. He was second at Royal Windsor, third at Royal Bath and West, fourth at Royal Three Counties, third at Kent County.
He won and was Champion at The Showing Register and second and Reserve Champion at New Forest and Hampshire County Show.This latest performance meant he was the winner of the prestigious Tag La Ligga Award for consistency for all Miniature Horse Stallions.
“He also took the coveted Champion of Champions crown at the British Miniature Horse Society Breed Championships. This class is only open to horses who have won a championship at any affiliated show this season so the competition was very high,” said Alison.
She added: “He is a lovely boy who just loves his job, a real professional, who pricks his ears and demands you look at him as he enters the ring. He is nine years old so at his prime. He is now roughed off and in the field for a well earned winter rest. He will come back into work in mid February in preparation to do it all again next year. ”
The move into miniature breeding came when Alison and Roger celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2007 and decided to do something different to celebrate- they aimed to become involved with miniature horses and to show them at top level.
They approached the chairman of the British Miniature Horse Society who was extremely helpful and they found their first filly, Alamos Buttercup, who became their foundation mare for breeding.
Buttercup went on to reach HOYS in 2009 and their first foal arrived in 2014, and is now a yearling. They have six miniatures altogether, with three mares, Bo Diddly, Bo’s little yearling daughter, a gelding and Seamist Starlight, who is developing nicely and they hope will follow in her father’s footsteps.
“The filly foal will be really good next year. She is by Spotlight Bo Diddly, and has a good attitude with all the assets of her sire, so we are hopeful for her future showing success. Another mare, Bubbles (nine) and officially known as Apollo’s Carolina Moon,is away at stud and hopefully in foal. We also aim to put Buttercup in foal next year,” said Alison, adding: ” We have six at the moment- they are very collectable!”