Since moving to Germany to work for the world famous Schockemohle stables, the Volatis website and blog were put to one side. My time there proved to be a wonderful way to increase my knowledge of sporthorse breeding, and I know what a priviledge it has been to work alongside incredible stallions such as Totlias, Furst Romanicer and Sir Donnerhall, not forgetting the great jumping sires such as Balou de Rouet, Diarado and Chacco Blue. Being immersed in working with the blue blooded offspring of some of the world's best has been enlightening but as all good things must come to an end, I left the heart of the Oldenburg region and returned to the UK in the summer of 2012.
I am now working as the Equestrian Manager for Grandstand Media Ltd, the company responsible for the world famous Horse of the Year Show among other things. Its a new challenge and as a result of this, and my time spent in Germany, the Volatis breeding program has taken a bit of a back seat. Some of the stock has been sold or put on breeding loan.
However I did have 4 foals born in 2012. Sadly the wonderful Volatis Valencia, a filly by H Tobago out of Holme Park Venezia had to be put to sleep. Volatis Elfenthena (Weston Justice x Harmsworth Elfinesque) has been sold to a competition home in Shropshire and Volatis Furst Ciara (Furst Romancier x Volatis Casiphia) to a dressage home in Sussex. Volatis Taranis (Carousel x Desert Storm) has been retained as this lovely colt seems to have inherited the best from both his exceptional parents and is enjoying his youth at Wrestrow Stud in Warwickshire.
No mares were put back in foal but no decision has yet been made on wether to cover any in 2013.
Volatis Defiant (Showmaker x Dee Dee G) is currently on loan to Rachan Stud in Scotland and will be prepared for his grading this Spring. Defiant aka Jack came to Germany with me where he was backed but has done very little since. This video was taken as a 3yo with not very much mileage under saddle and shows his wonderful balance and willingness to work.