History

Koyuna Stud History

 
Koyuna Stud

Desire stood at 16.3hh and was bred by the Clarks in the early 1930‘s.  He was used as a general farm horse and travelling stallion, as was usual in those days.  Desire bred Request who, in his early days, was used to chase rabbits before settling down to run with five mares.
Desire stood at 16.3hh and was bred by the Clarks in the early 1930's. He was used as a general farm horse and travelling stallion, as was usual in those days. Desire bred Request who, in his early days, was used to chase rabbits before settling down to run with five mares.

Above:  Most of these police horses were by Souvenir.
Above: Most of these police horses were by Souvenir.

The photo above shows five Souvenir offspring at Melbourne Royal Show.
The photo above shows five Souvenir offsprings at Melbourne Royal Show.

Supreme aged 21 months, at Melbourne Royal.  Supreme was a son of Souvenir.
Supreme aged 21 months, at Melbourne Royal. Supreme was a son of Souvenir.

Burgundy, son of Souvenir...Champion Showjumper at just five years old.
Burgundy, son of Souvenir...Champion Showjumper at just five years old.

Pegasus, Gawler 3DE winner and was also an A Grade showjumper.
Pegasus, Gawler 3DE winner and was also an A Grade showjumper.

Kumali, son of Souvenir and maternal grandsire of Peppermint Grove, gold medallist at  the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics.
Kumali, son of Souvenir and maternal grandsire of Pepperment Grove, gold medallist at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics.

Tongala and Art Uytendaal...Australian Showjumper of the Year.
Tongala and Art Uytendaal...Australian Showjumper of the Year.

Silveneer, Australian Showjumping Champion and sire of many top showjumping horses.
Silveneer, Australian Showjumping Champion and sire of many top showjumping horses.

Koyuna Sun Set and Wendy Schaeffer are currently competing in showjumping in Europe and are aiming for the 2012 London Olympics.
Koyuna Sun Set and Wendy Schaeffer are currently competing in showjumping in Europe and are aiming for the 2012 London Olympics.

 
Souvenir

Souvenir horse bloodlineSouvenir was by Request–a well-known sire of jumpers, who was in turn by Desire (see info at left), owned by Howard Clark's uncle.  Desire was by Gortland, a stallion used by the Victorian Mounted Police to produce a consistent line of police horses.  Request was owned by Howard's father, Ted, and as he never stood to outside mares, produced only limited progeny that had great success in the show ring. 


Souvenir was the last son of Request, born after his sire's death.  He was an immediate success in the show ring, coming second at his first outing at Royal Melbourne Show behind the mature stallion, Niblick, an imported French Thoroughbred.  This was the only time Souvenir was beaten in a led class!


Souvenir was many times champion, and soon his sons were carrying on the winning tradition, with Supreme, the 1970 Royal Melbourne Show Champion Led Stallion over 15 hands, with another son, Victoree, Reserve Champion.  Koyuna went on to be unbeaten for the next 11 years before retiring from the Royal Melbourne and concentrated on breeding performance horses.


But it was as a sire of jumping horses that Souvenir was to achieve fame.  Perhaps the most famous was Tongala, who won a Showjumper of the Year title in Australia as a youngster before being taken to England as a five year old by Art Uytendaal, a Dutch-born showjumping rider who immigrated to Australia. Tongala competed with great success in the UK winning many of the big international events before returning to Australia. Autograph was also started by Uytendaal before he went to England with Jeff McVean.  A success in the UK, Autograph and McVean represented Australia at the Alternative Olympics in Rotterdam where he finished fifth in the Individual competition, just behind the immortal Diester. The amazing thing about that achievement was that Autograph did this as a rising 6 year old!

Koyuna had no less than seven horses selected for the elite or reserve squad in Eventing and Showjumping that are to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games. This does not account for the horses that carry the Souvenir bloodlines but not the Koyuna name, eg. Megan Jones Irish Park Jester.

Souveneir died in 1979 but his influence in Australian performance horses lives on.

When he died, his heart was sent to Werribee Vet Clinic where it was found to be 14 pounds, 5 ounces (6.4kg)...which is 14 ounces heavier than Phar Lap’s!  The average weight of a horse’s heart is around 3-4 kilos.

 

The number of horses coming from the Koyuna stud includes, by Souvenir:

 

Autograph–5th in alternative Olympics in Rotterdam as a five year old.  Numerous international wins.

Tongala–Went A grade as a five year old in England under Art Uytendaal.  One of Australia’s top winners in the UK.

Mickey Mouse–10th at the World Championships in Stockholm in 1990. Many wins internationally and in Australia.  Picked to represent Australia at the Seoul Olympics but didn’t compete.

Silveneer–Australian Showjumping champion, and sire of many good jumping horses.

Koyuna–Multi Victorian Showjumping Champion and one of the country’s best horses for many years.

Blazing Bridles–Competed in Europe and a prolific winner.  All English Championship and then won a Japan jumping cup.

Eurella Jubilee–picked for Barcelona Olympics, after top 3DE wins, unfortunately died just before going.

Beauveneer–prominent jumper sold to Italy.  Won Gawler 3DE, top show jumper in Australia.

Rock-a-bye–sold to Japan, also won the Japan Cup for Jumping.

Chippendale–World Cup winner, out of a Souvenir mare.

Pegasus–Won Gawler 3DE and an A Grade showjumper.

Burgundy–An Australian Showjumping Champion at aged five.

 

Souvenir’s sons and daughters continued the success of the great sire’s ability to produce jumping horses at the absolute highest level.

 

Peppermint Grove–Gold medallist winner at Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, he was a grandson of Souvenir being out of a Kumali (by Souvenir) mare.

Kibah Sandstone–Olympic gold medallist–by Bamborough Sunny Souvenir, son of Souvenir.

Kirby Park Irish Jester, Megan Jones’ Olympic partner is by Irish Enough, a son of McCartney, himself an A grade showjumper.  McCartney is by Souvenir.

Belcan Agassi–from a daughter of Silveneer by Souvenir.

Diamond B Ego–from a daughter of Supreme by Souvenir and three times winner of the Golden Grand award for leading World Cup horse of the season.

Diamond B Sky High II–from a daughter of Supreme by Souvenir.

Koyuna Sun Glo–Adelaide 4* winner by Copper Glo Momento by Souvenir.

Koyuna Tora Bora–2011 Eventing National A Squad by Koyuna Majestic Supreme and a double Souvenir line mare.

 

 

Brilliant Invader

 

Brilliant Invader (pictured below) stood his early stud years in New Zealand at the Matamata West Farms, before being sold back to Australia in 1989.  He produced a handful of group performers on the track including the Hong Kong International Cup winner, Our Grey Invader and the Brisbane Cup winner, Barbut Delica.  But it is his successes as a sport horse sire, which have made the world sit up and take notice.

 

Then Howard, founder of Koyuna Stud, found Brilliant Invader who had come back to Australia and was not being used much at stud, and brought him to cross with the Souvenir mares.

 

Prior to Howard obtaining him Brilliant Invader sired:

 

Grey Invader–Winner of 2,000,000 Hong Kong International Cup.

Reddy Teddy–Ridden by Blyth Tait at the 1996 Olympics and World Champion at the time.

Pirate–Ridden by Harvey Wilson won three World Cup qualifiers in NZ.

Imperial–Ridden by Anna Wilson to won Lady Rider of the Year title.

Flower Power–Ridden by Jeff McVean, winners of the Grand Prix Horse of the Year title.

Mouse Trap–a little horse that had a huge amount of talent.

 

And by crossing him with Souvenir line mares the cross has produced:

 

Street Talk–A grade showjumper owned by the Clarks of SA.

Koyuna Ted–2009 Elite Showjumping Squad ridden by Rebecca Allen.

Koyuna Sun Dancer–winner Adelaide 4* 2010 ridden by Wendy Schaeffer.

Koyuna Sun Shine–third Adelaide 4* 2010 ridden by Wendy Schaeffer.

Koyuna Sun Set–currently competing in showjumping in Europe and aiming for London Olympics 2012.

 

On the WBFSH 2010 Sire ranking for event horses Koyuna Stud has two sires in the top 50.  Brilliant Invader at number 22 and Koyuna Majestic Supreme at number 38.

 

 

Howard Clark - Founder

 

Howard Clark has been breeding outstanding competition horses for over 50 years, and his breeding program has proven worldwide that Australia can produce international quality show jumping and eventing horses.

 

His Koyuna Stud prefix is known by any competitor in Australia and in 2010 one of the Koyuna horses  won the Adelaide 4* and another placed third and the 2011 elite eventing quad currently has several Koyuna bred horses listed for both the the Show Jumping and Eventing squads.

 

Three Koyuna horses, Sun Set, Sun Dancer and Sun Shine are currently campaigning in Europe with Wendy Schaeffer.

 

Howard’s long time passion for breeding jumping horses spans 50 years and began when his father owned a handsome grey jumping bred colt named Souvenir.

 

Bred from a lone line of jumping horses, via Desire, Gortland and Heroic on his sire side and through Carradale Lanius and St Simon on the dam side this enormously prepotent stallion was to change the face of jumping competition in Australia, consistently producing horses that could showjump and event at the highest level.

 

90% of the horses that competed at international level during the Souvenir years were bred by Howard at Koyuna with Koyuna mares.

 

Howard continued his family’s tradition of breeding horses and took his family’s hobby and started Koyuna as a going concern in 1963; almost 50 years on in 2011 a horse called Souvenir is possibly the best known in the country for performance horse breeding.

 

The stud has achieved representation competing for Australia with horses by Souvenir or his sons or daughters and now Brilliant Invader.  There are simply too many to mention individually and the value is such that there are so many performance studs in Australia based on Koyuna bloodlines.

 

By the end of the 80’s Howard was recognized as one of this country’s most knowledgeable men in the breeding industry and was invited by the Dept of Trade to tour Asia giving lectures on breeding.

 

First stop was the Manila Polo Club where his first experience was to see a line of big black Mercedes pulling up and men getting out with machine guns.  It turns out it was just Marcos’s people turning up for the talk.

 

Next was Kuala Lumpur where he lectured, but he said the highlight was sitting on a log watching a local polo match with the then King of Malaysia talking horses for most of the afternoon.  Singapore and Indonesia were the last two stops.  In Australia he would visit smaller clubs on invitation, wrote articles in Hoofs and Horns and all this, he did for free.

 

 

Darren Clark

 

Darren is the fourth generation horse breeder in the Clark family.  He has grown up around the Souvenir bloodline so he has a vast amount of knowledge about the bloodline and what it takes to select the right mares to continue that bloodline.  While Koyuna has enjoyed great success in both Eventing and Showjumping, Darren’s passion is Showjumping.  He is concentrating on breeding the more true to type showjumper over the next decade with their stallion, Koyuna Quarterback, which in his view will produce progeny that is equal to anything being bred in Europe.  For the last 10 years he has quietly bred his mare line for that exact purpose.  Koyuna Genesis, whilst equally able to breed showjumpers, is being used to breed Eventers that should also be able to showjump on the international circuit.

 

For the last 10 or so years Darren has concentrated on line breeding their Souvenir and Brilliant Invader bloodline mares with their current stallions, Koyuna Genesis (by Brilliant Invader/Souvenir mare) and Koyuna Quarterback (double cross Souvenir).  While it may have taken them a few generations to achieve their goal, the wait was worth it.

 

It’s remarkable recognition for one stud in a relatively small country.

 

The stud continues today, using Brilliant Invader X Souvenir line mare stallion Koyuna Genesis and the double X Souvenir stallion Koyuna Quarterback over Souvenir line mares that have been sourced, and some mares with proven jumping bloodlines.

 

Several good young horses like Stuart Tinney (Eventing) and Anthony Thomas (Show Jumping) are just beginning their competition careers.

 

A fine crop of Koyuna three years just being broken in will continue to contribute to Australia’s competition success for a long time.

 

Download full Brilliant Invader.pdf here.