Big Star comes to Whitchurch: Famous Olympic horse put to stud at Stallion AI

Published date: 02 June 2017 |
Published by: Barrie White
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AN OLYMPIC gold medal-winning horse has been put to stud in Whitchurch, meaning he will stay accessible for British breeders.

Big Star, ridden by Nick Skelton at Rio 2016 to become the oldest British gold winner since 1908, is being “treated like a king” at Stallion AI in Whitchurch.

Tullis Matson, who operates the artificial insemination service at Twemlows Farm, says his company is delighted to have one of the biggest names in horse sport at Stallion AI.

“Stallion AI Services is privileged to have Big Star standing at stud with us in Whitchurch since his retirement this month,” he said.

“He is one of the world’s best show jumping stallions and this is the first year fresh/chilled semen will be available to ship within Europe.

“Big Star could easily have gone to stand at stud on the continent but we are fortunate his owners wished him to remain accessible to British breeders.

“He is living the life of a king in our brand-new, purpose-built facility.”

Big Star, who was foaled in 2003, has twice been ridden to Olympic equestrian gold, in the 2012 team event and the in the 2016 individual event.

His stud card carries Skelton’s testimony that Big Star is the best horse he has ever ridden and that he was the KWPN Horse of the Year in 2012.

He has also won the CSI 5* Hamburg 2012, Aachen 2013 and CSIO 5* Rome, also in 2013.

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