The Leading Active British based sire of eventers, according to British Eventing’s 2013 leading Sires list, is the 22 year old Mill Law. He has achieved this position by combining the production of successful advanced eventers with heading up the Foundation Points league table, thus demonstrating he can produce eventers for amateur and professional alike.
His leading offspring include Advanced eventers Coopers Law, Run of the Mill, Cotton King, Millie on Air and Sugar Shack Mill.
Coopers Law is a son of the Kildalton Gold mare Miss Cooper. He progressed from winning the 5yo British Eventing Young Horse Championships through to three star level and ended their 2013 season with a Nations Cup team debut and individual second place at Montelibretti CICO***. The 2014 season should see him nearing his physical peak as a ten year old, and it looks certain that the results will follow.
Run of the Mill was a very promising young horse, who followed up a promising start in Burghley Young Event Horse (BYEH) qualifiers, with victory at 2 star level. Sadly this young talent was lost to colic as just a 10 year old. His dam sire was the Thoroughbred stallion Game Warden, which meant he carried a double cross of the stallion Big Game, whose name can also be seen appearing in the pedigrees of the famous Welton event horses.
Cotton King is another Mill Law offspring who has a Thoroughbred damsire, this time Sovereign King, who himself was a grandson of the famous Grey Sovereign. Interestingly his mother line contained Welsh pony blood. Cotton King combines good looks, as evidenced by success in the show ring as a young horse, with athletic ability. He was Champion 3 and 4yo eventer through the BEF Futurity scheme and then went on to win the BYEH and won up to Open Intermediate level and was competing at 2 star level.
Millie On Air, is a predominantly Thoroughbred mare, bringing in the blood of Louella Stud’s Primitive Rising and another well known old HIS stallion Current Magic. She was again very successful through the BEF Futurity and BYEH schemes, and went on to compete at Advanced level, before starting her new career as a school mistress.
Sugar Shack Mill is a full sister to Millie on Air, and represented Great Britain at the World Young Horse Championships at Lion D’Angers as a 6yo, going clear across country.
Another full sister was a multiple champion in the show ring.
There are also some promising youngsters coming through the ranks to fly their sire’s flag. Windy Miller is a son of the advanced mare Bright n Breezy and started 2014 with a good placing at Belton Park’s CIC**. Chance in a Million was 4th in his BYEH final last year, and combines fabulous looks and talented with fabulous breeding. His dam sire is one of the most prepotent British sires of eventers – Jumbo.
But it is not just in affiliated eventing that Mill Law makes his mark. He has also produced a number of successful BEF Futurity Offspring. In 2013 he was the sire of Elite foals MCS Maverick ( x Wolfgang) and damsire of Legal Graffiti (by Grafenstolz). He is also sire of 11 High First premium offspring since 2007. He ranks tenth on the all time sires list for Futurity sires of eventers.
His stock have also been successful in sporthorse and hunter breeding classes at major county shows.
Mill Law’s owner, Sue Browne, had decided to send one of her mares to the Thoroughbred stallion Samiel, who after a successful stud career in Ireland, had moved to Doreen Allison’s Summerhill Stud in Scotland. Sue chose Samiel as he was the sire of her daughter Nicola’s successful Junior horse Ballyhaise. While she was there she spotted a yearling colt son of Samiel, who was out of a part bred arab mare. The colt, later named Mill Law, was purchased as a surprise 18th birthday present for Nicola.
His good nature and easy temperament meant that there was no need to geld him. Sue says that even at the respectable age of 22, he is yet to have a naughty moment. He proved very straight forward to bring on, resulting in him going Advanced by the May of his 7th year. The following year, the eventing season was wiped out by the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease.
With their eventing season curtailed, it was decided to send Mill Law back to his breeder Doreen Allison to stand at stud. The following year Nicola suffered a very bad fall off another horse and decided not to do any advanced events, and by 2003 he was proving to be very popular as a breeding stallion, and so the decision was made to allow him to concentrate on that side of his career.
Mill Law’s sire Samiel stood in Ireland for most of his career and was known for producing good offspring for sport. He was in his late teens when he moved to Scotland and stood at Summerhill Stud in Scotland. Samiel was awarded the prestigious Croker Cup for Thoroughbred stallions at Dublin Horse Show and after his move to the UK, was awarded a Super Premium bythe HIS (now SHB GB). Samiel was also the damsire of the licensed stallion Kings Cotton Gold.
Samiel’s sire King’s Leap was a good looking horse, who showed enough speed on the racetrack to break the 6 furlong track record at Windsor. He sired a number of decent sprinters. He was also a grandson of the champion sire Big Game. Big Game is a significant influence on eventing pedigrees, with at least 37 direct get who have FEI level descendants. His name appears in the pedigrees of great horses such as Miner’s Frolic, Welton Apollo, Welton Louis and Julio Mariner.
On his dam’s side is a mixture of Thoroughbred and Arabian blood. His dam sire was an Anglo Arabian stallion called Colonel Gainsborough, who carried Crabbet blood through his sire General Grant. General Grant was also the sire of British National Champion General Gold. This sire line also produced the successful Dutch Arabian dressage stallion Aurilla Gold.
Further back in the dam line is another HIS stallion, Blackness.
The combination of proven performance Thoroughbred blood and the toughness and beauty of the Arab, goes some way to explaining the success Mill Law has had as sire. Added to that his own performance record, and the great temperament he passes on, it will be very exciting to watch his offspring continue that legacy in sport.