A Scottish-bred horse, Jackton’s Ronnie, bred by Jim Steel, East Kilbride, recently became the first Scottish-bred stallion this century to take the All-American Clydesdale title.

Rated as the top All-American stallion, this was a rare win for a male horse against a mare for the supreme. The last time the title went to a Scottish-bred Clydesdale was in the early 1970s.

Mr Steel exported Ronnie, which is by by Doura Master Eddie out of Jackton’s Mary Rose, to David Carson, in the US, as a foal and it is now in the hands of Steve and Angie Westgate, of CanWest Clydesdales, Indiana. The four-year-old stallion has received numerous prestigious awards, including being the All-Canadian yearling and All-Canadian two-year-old titles, prior to his most recent achievements when winning the Royal Toronto Winter Fair, in November.

The horse has a rich pedigree of proven winners. He is sired by Doura Master Eddie, the Cawdor Cup winner in 2014 and his dam, Jackton’s Mary Rose, was a winner of multiple championships as a younger horse.

“Ronnie has inherited many of the fine qualities found in his pedigree. Conformation, breed character and exceptional movement are the most notable,” said Mr Wingate. “These traits, combined with his presence and style led to a very successful 2019 show season. We are excited about the new foaling season upon us – our first crop by Jackton’s Ronnie are starting to arrive.”

Mr Steel said: “It’s the achievement of a lifetime to have bred a supreme grand champion stallion and at the moment the result has not fully sunk-in. There is no greater achievement in the heavy horse world and at the moment it is all a bit surreal and I’m somewhat overwhelmed.”

The foundation line of the dam was imported as a stallion from the US and developed by the Steel family, before being exported back to North America. A seven-month old full-sister, Jackton April Grace, is at home.