Holme Grove Goldcard - Black Stallion by Holme Grove Solomon out of Premium Mare Holme Grove Genesis

Holme Grove Salsa, Black Filly by Holme Grove Prokofiev out of PM Holme Grove Sante Fe by Kostolany born 31st May 2007

Owned by Sue Ollson in South Africa.

Email updated from South Africa 26th April 2010

Hi to all at Holme Grove and Holme Park,

I am so sorry that this news is very overdue but all is well with the South African Holme Trakehner family. Wish the same could be said of the humans. I spent several months on crutches last year after corrective foot surgery which came right by the end of the year. Fate obviously decided that my skill on crutches should not be put to waste so I obligingly broke my ankle during a power blackout in March and am back hobbling about like a cripple at a cross! Our big news is that Helen will be getting married in October so it is all systems go with the wedding planning.

I was very sad to see that Sayan had aborted her Legend foal. You must have been very disappointed as he his producing some lovely upstanding foals. Is Legend still competing? How are Solomon and Genesis? Iím glad Gold Card is carrying on their blood lines over here.

Gold Card has had a quiet year in 2009. He hatched a virus in the very unseasonable weather we had early on last year and, although not overtly ill, he just was not right. We scratched him from a few shows and eventually I made the decision to give him a year off. We put him on the lunge for 6 months and brought him back under saddle towards the end of last year. He now seems to be back to his old self, but my ankle has not allowed him to compete yet. His first show will be on 8/9 May so we will keep you posted.

Our beautiful girl Salsa is well, happy and utterly gorgeous. What a people person she has turned out to be, everyone loves her to bits. She is coming up to her 3rd birthday and we will be starting to train her ready for her show ring debut early next year. I havenít wanted to rush her into showing as she is still quite a baby. She measures 15.1HH so I hope there is some more growing to come.

Gold Cards babies have started to come out into competition and they have been doing incredibly well. We had the Horse of the Year show early in February. This is THE big showing event of the year and entries come from lots of provinces. He had a little colt in the yearling class, Stonehill Gaspard, who although unplaced due to being a little too immature compared to some of the others, has the most phenomenal movement and is definitely one to watch.  He had 2 fillies on show, Vryhof Gift who is 2, and Vryhof Graffiti who is 3.

Gift was placed 3rd in her class in the general breed 2 year old filly. The English show judge said that if she had not had a blemish, due to a paddock injury, she would have placed her 1st as she is so beautiful. Graffitti was 2nd in the general breed 3 year old class and 2nd in the Warmblood 3 year old class judged by Rik van Miert from Belgium. He gave a commentary on his placed horses and he said she was the perfect example of a sport horse and she had the best movement in the class. She went on to be Champion potential dressage horse in the 3 year old class at the Presidents Cup on 18th April judged by Dr Senckenberg, who you know. He made her the Supreme Champion of the Loose Movement Class (the 2, 3 and 4 year old Champions) with 9 for her walk, 8 for her trot and 9 for the canter with an overall 84%.

In Kwazulu Natal his offspring have also done well. Lezaar Bronte (3) went to her first show at Shongweni and was 1st Show Hack in Hand, 1st Warmblood in hand and 4th Show Hunter in hand.  At her second show she was 1st Warmblood Mare to breed show horse/pony and 2nd in the Show Hack in hand to Gold Cardís very first born Baby, Lezaar Guilty Pleasures. We are looking foward to them coming out under saddle!

What has been so gratifying, apart from the successes, is that they have all behaved impeccably, even though for most it was their first show, and they all move exceptionally well. Gold Card has really proved to produce eye catching offspring. Letís see if he can come back successfully from his long break. I will send you some photos when I get them from the respective owners as well as some of Salsa and  Ďthe boyí.

All for now. Promise not to leave it so long for the next news

Love Sue, John and Helen


Foals born October/November 2008

Hi and love to all!

I just thought Iíd send you a quick update on our 2 BEAUTIFUL children.

Goldcard is doing very well and is looking fabulous! He has really come into his own over the last 18 months and has matured into a powerful yet strikingly elegant horse. He is an absolute pleasure to be around, and loves his cuddles, fuss and attention. He is currently in his African Horse Sickness (AFS) vaccinations which means that he is having a holiday. We have 3 wonderful foals by him this year with 4 more on the way. Here are some photos of the babies, Gaspard (colt), Gigi (filly) and Gift (filly). Gift was given this name because her mother was desperately sick with AFS during the early months of her pregnancy and they didnít think she would survive, let alone keep the foal. So when a perfectly healthy and very beautiful filly arrived, she was named Gift.

Salsa has completely settled in although she is still trying to figure out what to do with her coat! Shame, her body is telling her to get a winter coat (for England) but the South African summer weather is telling her otherwise! What an angelÖ I have never come across a horse who so delights in human company! She is interested in absolutely everything but in a curious, calm way rather than being silly. Last week Tuesday was Diwali and our inconsiderate, revolting neighbours across the road let off huge fireworks that went off like gun shots and quite literally exploded right over our plot. All of the horses were tense, with 2 of them really freaking out but little Salsa had her head over the door, more curious than anything else and kept eating her hay all the while! (Needless to say Goldcard was also pretty calm all things considered! J Thatís the Holme Grove temperament!).

I promise we will send some photos of Salsa once her coat has got itself sorted out and she is looking all lovely in her summer coat!

Until then, love to all (animal and human) and take care.

Much love,

The Olsson family.



Foals born December 2006

Hi there from the Olsson Clan!

I just wanted to send you all some baby photos. This is Mona Lisa, Goldcard's third foal (the first filly) out of a pure bred Lippizzana mare. She was born in the middle of Dec 2006. We were a bit worried about her as she was a month late in arriving, but as you can see, she turned out just fine

Hi again.

Meet Bronte, Goldcard's fourth foal (and second filly). She was born in the middle of Jan this year and is owned by the same lady who has Goldcard's first foal. We are very excited about her as she is very beautiful! Liz says that she has a walk to die for and loads of self confidence!

I hope you are pleased with the new additions to your South African family!

Hope you are all well and have a spectacular 2007!

Much love,
The Olssons!


Holme Grove Goldcard -  News Update from The Olssons

1st January 2006

Dear Everyone,

I canít believe that another year has gone and we are starting a New Year. I sincerely hope that 2006 brings all you wish for yourselves, and your beautiful horses go from strength to strength.

Susan, I hope the surgery went well and you are buzzing around as normal. Please take care.

Iím sorry that we werenít in touch as much as previously but it was a very hectic year. My boss was diagnosed with Ca breast at the beginning of the year and life became a little hectic after that, as I am her Deputy Head of Department. Fortunately she appears to be doing well and hopefully she will be able to continue with no ill effects in the coming year. She and I have worked together for over 20 years so it was an emotional time for us both.

On a brighter note Helen graduated in April 2005 in her Social Sciences ( Psychology) degree with an overall distinction, and she will receive her Honours degree this year, also with distinction. We are very proud of her, and now she is job hunting. I hope she finds something she enjoys after all her hard work! 

It was a relatively quiet year for Gold Card with his change of rider. Maud found a boyfriend who she moved in with and was no longer prepared to travel to ride or teach. We were not prepared to let Gold Card move to someone we did not know and so the partnership came to an end. I have no regrets as her relationship did not last and the boy would have been shipped around too much. His new rider is Lilian Moller, who is manager of the South African Lipizzaners. Riders from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna come out on a regular basis to train the riders.  She is a full time dressage rider who trains and teaches and she is a very sympathetic rider. She has worked very hard on improving his engagement and carriage and he is working very well. We hope to have a video later this year which the Warmblood Society is putting together for advertising the stallions. We will send you a copy of his performance.

His highlight this year was a 4th place at Elementary-Medium at the S A Champs, and was 3rd in the freestyle at the same show.  I have some photos from the show which I will email, but I may have to send them separately in case the file is too big. He will now be upgraded to Medium for this year. His lateral work has come on in leaps and bounds and he is starting tempi changes.

The most exciting news is that his first foal was born on the night of 22/23 December 2005 in Kwa Zulu Natal and is amazingly like Daddy at the same stage.  He is a black colt with two white socks behind and a white star (like Grandma). I will include the photos we have which are all within the first 24 hours, hopefully we will have more soon. The owners are delighted with the new arrival and, when her other mare foals down, she will put her to Gold Card. It is all so exciting!   His next foal is due this month and we have some other mares lined up for this season.

I promise to stay in touch more regularly and will furnish you with all the photos as we get them.

Our love to you all

From Sue, John and Helen, and of course, the beautiful boy

Holme Grove Goldcard -South African Championships 2005