As Cheryl has a vast wealth of knowledge, not just from her own breeding achievements, but also through networking with her German counterparts, I asked her what she felt the best advice was that she could offer to breeders.
"Use the best mares you can from proven dam lines. Research the pedigrees and choose the best match for the mare, not necessarily the most popular stallion of the day.
Decide what you are trying to produce. In Dressage, sires of ‘Young Horse Class’ type winners, are not necessarily the same as sires of potential Grand Prix horses.
Although you don’t ride a passport, I think the choice of studbook that a foal is registered with can make a difference when selling, particularly if it is potential breeding stock that may be sold outside the UK. Pink papered BHHS horses are also eligible for entry to the Verden auctions."
As with all my interviewees, I asked Cheryl about her thoughts on the discussion that always seem to be the main stay in Britain regarding the lack of horse power for our top riders, and wondered what her thoughts were on this topic.
"I think British breeders are producing some very good horses, but they often don’t get the opportunity to be placed with good riders. I feel the breeders and individual disciplines need to have much more contact with each other. A good “shop window” for stock for sale would be the various disciplines National Championships - perhaps there could be a catalogued parade of selected UK bred youngstock, along with viewing area made available."
Lastly, I asked Cheryl what she would like Flax Lion Stud or Gestüt WM to represent if people thought of the name, and like my previous interviewees, it was a very simple message….
"Quality horses and good service!"
I would like to take the time to thank Cheryl for doing this interview with us. I for one enjoyed reading just now she came into breeding, as I think it always amazes me just how people get involved and what it is that leads them down that direction, and I think considering she was only originally looking for a top quality coloured horse, that it is quite amazing what she has done over the years, not only with her own Studfarm and breeding, but also the setting of up an EU Approved Stallion Station in Germany, which is no mean feat at all!