|1997, 12.2 hh
Bay Stallion, Registered SPSS, NPS
a nice-sized, athletic smaller horse. He's producing fabulous offspring, including a 2* eventer and numerous
showjumpers, as well as working hunter ponies. Littledale Bright Star is a very correct and impressive pony with a
lot of character; he is a worthy replacement for his famous father Catherston Nightsafe.
Catherston Nightsafe is one of the most famous pony stallions ever produced in Great Britain. A prolific winner
in-hand and under saddle, Catherston Nightsafe was the Lloyds Bank Supreme In-Hand Champion at Royal Bath &
West, Supreme Champion at the National Pony Show, West Midlands Stallion Show, and New Forest Stallion Show.
Catherston Nightsafe had a lifetime breeding permission in Germany, where he was leased for two
seasons, and his first progeny in Germany included both the National Male and Female 2-year-old Champions at
Aachen. Catherston Nightsafe was by Bubbly, sire of Catherston Red Gold, foundation sire of the German D-line of
Littledale Bright Star has the same sire as the notable German Pony Stallion Chantre B who has sired many State
Premium Daughters and Bundessttuten Champions.
Littledale Bright Star's dam, Gwersyllt Town Mouse, was a much loved lead-rein, first ridden pony of impeccable
breeding with some of the best Welsh and riding pony bloodlines available.
Littledale Bright Star's ground covering strides and powerful jump make him a serious prospect for the breeders of
both horses and ponies to consider when trying to produce a smaller animal without sacrificing movement and
performance. He visited the Whitakers late in 2007, and did some competitions with 10-year-old Joe Whitaker
(younger brother of William), as seen above in the photo. He is now back at Catherston for the 2008 stud season,
but they have plans to send him back to compete more in 2008.
It is important for breeders to see his video and realize what an outstanding temperament he has. In the video he is
ridden by a young girl in her first stallion show, and he looks every inch the quiet child's pony who couldn't jump a
fence bigger than 2'3" -- and then you see his picture with Joe Whitaker, and realize that he is one of those
wonderful small ponies who have talent and athleticism, without having sacrified a child-safe temperament.
Littledale Bright Stars' first crop of foals have proved promising with many mares returning to him several times. At
the 2006 and 2007 BEF Futurity Evaluations, his stock graded with 8+, 2 of which were 2nd and 3rd at the 2006
Finals. 2nd placed Rosewater General Election was Overall Res. Supreme Champion & Foal Champion at the
British Dressage Young Horse and Breeding Championships earlier that year. Trevaliant Button Moon who was 3rd
at the Futurity finals was also a winner in the show ring at the New Forest Show. She along with the colt Catherston
Bright Spark, filled the top 2 places in the SHP & WHP Foal Classes. Bright Spark is now under saddle and
qualified for the BSPS Championships on his first time out as a 4 year old. On his second time out he qualified for
the 133 cms SHP at Royal International Horse Show and although not placed at the final, was immaculately
behaved and proved a good dress rehearsal for the BSPS Championships where he brought home many rosettes.
In 2009 the foal Catherston Bit of Gold by Littledale Bright Star out of a 16.2hh warmblood mare was the highest
foal ranked foal in the country.
His stock are winning in dressage, horse trials, and in the show ring. Truly a versatile sire who crosses well with
both horses and ponies to produce sports ponies for any discipline..
Littledale Bright Star is a very impressive pony with lots of character and is a worthy replacement for his famous
father Catherston Nightsafe. His ground covering strides and the powerful jump make him a serious prospect for
the breeders of both horses and ponies to consider when trying to produce a smaller animal without sacrificing
movement and performance.