Airthrey Highlander

The above video was taken of Bowie jumping at his first 1* Grand Prix at Te Teko in the 2007/2008 season.

Bowie is a 17hh bay Clydesdale cross thoroughbred stallion standing at Airthrey Lodge Sporthorses in Cambridge. He is by the very famous Glendevon Commander, out of a well performed thoroughbred mare, About Time (Coober Prince).

After being backed as a three year old, Bowie has had a successful competition career, first as a Showjumper / Showhunter and from 2011 in Dressage.

Highlights include:

  • Reserve Champion 4 year old Show Hunter at the NZ Young Horse Breeders Champs.
  • Champion Preliminary Horse title at the Waikato Dressage Champs at his fifth start
  • Champion Preliminary Horse at Rotorua with a top score of 80.5%
  • Achieved the distinction of being joint top qualifying four year old in the Horsepower Young Dressage Horse with another score of 80.5%
  • Won the Show Jumping Development Class at the 2007 Horse of the Year
  • Wins in several of the 5 Year Old Showjumping Series classes
  • 2008/09 North Island 6yo Show Jumping Champion
  • 2008/09 National 6 yo Show Hunter Champion (Won at the Breeder’s Show Dannevirke)
  • Had his first Cathay Pacific 1* Grand Prix for 4th place
  • 5th on the NZ SJ Stallion leader board
  • Wins and placings in several 7yo Showjumping series classes (1.35m)
  • 2nd Showhunter Equitation 2009 HOY
  • 8th place on final 7yo Showjumping national leaderboard
  • Wins and placings in several open classes @ 1.20m+
  • 2010 Waikato Championships Grand Prix Dressage Champion
  • 2011 North Island Dressage Champs, 5th in the GP Kur and 6th in the GP
  • 2011 Bates Dressage Nationals, 4th in the GP Kur
  • 2011 HOY, 4th in the GP, 4th In the GP Kur for an overall placing of 4th in GP Dressage Horse of the Year
  • 2013 Waikato Championships Grand Prix Dressage Champion
  • 2014 North Island Dressage Champs, reserve champion GP
  • 2014 Bates Dressage Nationals, 1st in the GP, 2nd in GP Kur, GP reserve champion overall
  • 2014 HOY, winner of GP Special, GP Kur and GP Dressage Horse of the Year title

For a full profile of his competition record try this link: http://www.nzequestrian.org.nz/ResourceFiles/Extracts/32bd79b5-2879-46db-95a6-c01fc5242144.pdf

During his successful showjumping career, Bowie suffered a stable injury that saw him recuperating for nearly a year. The decision was made to change his discipline to dressage. After 12 months training with Bill Noble he had already reached Level 9, Grand Prix. He has the ability, temperament and talent to perform well across a range of disciplines. His natural balance and athleticism, along with a willingness to learn and his enjoyment of work, have helped him achieve standards well beyond his years.

Airthrey Highlander stands at stud for a service fee of $1,500 + GST (includes a non-refundable $200 booking fee). AI service only. Service contract on Contacts page.