The Catherston Stud was started in 1949 by the late Lt Colonel and Mrs Jack Bullen who lived in the lovely Elizabethan Manor House, home_img1Catherston Leweston, set up in the hills overlooking the sea and the village of Charmouth in Dorset.  With five farms making up the 1000 acre estate, two of which were farmed by Colonel Bullen, it left plenty of grazing near the house, as well as Stonebarrow (now owned by The National Trust) overlooking Lyme Regis Bay, for the stud grazing and, with two dairy herds and sheep, it was ideal for cross grazing.

Anne Bullen had an amazing ‘eye for a horse’ and could see the end product of any emaciated animal.  She would scour the moors and buy, for little money, wild ponies that she considered she could tame, condition and sell on.  With a total of six children, Anthony, Michael, Charlie, Jennie, Jane and Sarah, she had produced ready jockeys of all sizes!!  Anne Bullen was a brilliant artist, who used her talents to illustrate numerous children’s books including Pony Craft, which showed her genuine understanding of horses. She was a tireless worker and trainer and her understanding of balance and collection enabled her to train ponies on the lunge to go beautifully under saddle, with the riders just giving commands by voice.

The Exmoor gelding Skipper, although he only cost £15 off the moor, taught the first four Bullens to ride across country.  He was difficult to ride, as he had not been taught to stop very well, but he was an amazing jumper and kept up with the big, galloping hunters in Hunter Trials in pairs and teams of three, as well as winning the Open on many occasions.  Not bad for a 12.2hh pony!  One of the most thrilling sights was to see Jennie riding her favourite pony, Silver Moon (Mossy) to check the mares and foals on Stonebarrow Hill which contained 60 acres of fenced grassland dropping away to the sea.  She would whistle to Bubbly, who would round up his 25 mares and foals and then, with head snaking and his white mane floating in the wind, would bring them galloping down to Jennie who would inspect them for soundness and general wellbeing before she rode home to Catherston.

In late autumn all the mares and foals would be driven down to Catherston Manor.  Bubbly would be caught, tacked up and used to drive his mares home where the foals would be weaned and the mares kept near the house for winter feeding.  They would travel the 1½ miles from Stonebarrow, down to the A35 in to Charmouth and then turn up Catherston Lane to the home land.  Reminiscent of a scene from the Wild West, the Bullen children, all mounted on ponies of assorted sizes, together with various staff, ‘directed operations’!!  It all ran like clockwork with the horses and ponies soon knowing what was expected of them.  In those days, 3 good grooms were employed and turned out 31 stabled horses and ponies immaculately.

In the mid 1950’s, an American, Miss Stubbings, purchased the three top class ponies which the Bullen’s were showing at the time, namely:  Coed Coch Pryderi, 12.2hh; Criban Bumble, 13.2hh and Royal Show, 14.2hh.  These three ponies were either 1st or 2nd in their class and champion, at the Royal International Horse Show and so delighted was the owner that she opted to take them to her native U S A to show them what British ponies were like.  The ponies looked very odd compared to the gaited ponies of the U S A, and were unplaced at the Washington Show.  So, undaunted, she went on to New York.  Within two hours of discussion she had introduced a Hunter Pony Division to the Madison Square Garden Show and also did the same at Toronto’s Royal Winter Fair, taking all the prizes at both,  Her actions started a great trade of Riding Ponies to the U S A  and the popularity of the Riding Pony in the U S A  and Canada are thanks to her and those three ponies.

Soon after this success she purchased the dark brown mare, Desert Storm, from near Newmarket as a 3 year old.  This horse, of just home_img215.2 hands and of Anglo Arab breeding, had wonderful cadence and looseness, and although not easy to produce as a Hack to start with, she had tremendous success, being Champion Hack at Windsor, Richmond.  At the Royal International Horse Show, she also won the Winston Churchill Cup for the Supreme Riding Horse of the Show title, the first Hack to win this award.  She also won the Hack of the Year and brought applause wherever she went, with her fantastic trot.  After several years showing, Miss Stubbings was offered a lot of money for this horse to go to Germany for one of their Olympic Dressage riders, after they had seen the mare at the Horse of the Year Show.  Jennie was so upset at the thought of losing the mare that she offered to buy her, knowing that she could never afford the price offered.  Miss Stubbings was so surprised that she gave the mare to Jennie to ride in Dressage competitions.  Desert Storm’s first International Dressage trip was to Hamburg, Cologne and Aachen and she was short listed for the Mexico Olympics.

Anne Bullen, ever watchful for a good pony for Miss Stubbings, found Prosperity of Catherston, bred by Mrs Gordon-Watson, by Bubbly out of Fortune II, who was by the famous Arab, Naseel out of their lovely Connemara mare Silver Lining.  Prosperity was champion at Windsor and all the big shows.  She was nearly sold to the U S A but luckily Miss Stubbings let the Bullen sisters keep her for breeding.  She produced Catherston Safe Deposit by Bwlch Zingaree, Catherston Sunday Collection by Choir Boy and Catherston Nightsafe by Triumph, as well as many others.

In November 1959, Catherston Manor Estate was sold and the 100 head of stock was reduced, and the stud, together with two stallions , Bubbly and Bwlch Zingaree moved to the Manor House, Didmarton, with only 17 acres but in the heart of the Beaufort country.

In December 1963 Anne Bullen died after a long fight with Cancer.  To the end she still continued with her paintings, mostly of some of the lovely horses and ponies she bred and scenes of the area.  Many of these sketches are still produced by Jill Bullen Printing.

In 1965 Jennie married Anthony Loriston-Clarke and moved to Black Knoll House, Brockenhurst, Hamphire, taking with them Xenocles, Desert Storm and Three Royals, Jennie’s point to pointer.

Jane took over the running of the Stud in 1965 but with the failing health of Colonel Bullen, the Stud was left to Anthony and Jennie who had already purchased the palomino stallion, Foxhill Sunny Jim by Bwlch Zingaree.  Jane went on to train as a nurse at the Middlesex Hospital, Sarah was still finishing her schooling and so the mares, Bubbly and Bwlch Zingaree moved down to Brockenhurst where the stud name carried on.  Pear Tree Farm was purchased at Emery Down where considerable improvements had to be hastily made to accommodate the sudden influx of broodmares and youngstock.  Miss Elizabeth Profumo was very generous in assisting financially to build the Indoor School, which was put up in the late 1960’s.  She owned some lovely Hacks which were produced and shown by Jennie and Jane.  Anthony, and some hard working friends, helped build the Indoor School and soon stables were erected alongside.  Anthony, welding up and cladding the doors, having learnt a lot from his first efforts of converting the old stables near the house, and building 10 new stables from Forest Cedar.

In November 1966, Colonel Bullen died.  He was already in the process of selling the Manor House, having found somewhere smaller, but with his death, this left both Jane and Sarah without a home.  Anthony’s mother Cicely Loriston-Clarke, who lived in the upper flat at Black Knoll, gave her double garage for converting into a base for Jane and Sarah to come to when they were not at work or studying.

Mrs Gylle Steele came to visit the Stud for tea one day before Christmas and suggested getting a horse.  By this time, now having a home_img3young daughter, Anne, the goal posts had changed a bit from the Eventing scene, Jennie was far more interested in Dressage with Desert Storm and Xenocles.  Dressage really interested her and having looked at many horses for sale in Britain, she was told, by Sarah Whitmore, of a horse for sale in Holland.  Sarah Bullen (now Vey) and Mrs Steele flew off to Holland and purchased the gelding Kadett.  This horse, within two years, gave Jennie her first Olympic ride in Munich 1972.  Jennie was no stranger to the atmosphere as she had been to Rome in 1960 to watch her brother Michael ride Colonel and Mrs William’s Cottage Romance to 4th place in the 3 Day Event.  He also rode Sea Breeze in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, but it was a surprise when Jane, with the diminutive Our Nobby, won Badminton Horse Trials in 1968, after coming off night duty!  Our Nobby was trained in the New Forest.  He was a small Thoroughbred by Bewildered who came to us in Gloucestershire and progressed up through the Pony Club to be 3rd at Chatsworth, then 5th at Badminton, 3rd at Burghley, 1st at Badminton and, with Jane aged just 20 years and Jennie there as groom, went on to be part of the Gold Medal winning team in Mexico.  When Kadett started to show some form, Mrs Steele and Jennie decided that they should find another young horse to bring on, preferably a mare or a stallion.  Nothing suitable seemed to be available in Great Britain, so Holland was looked at and they found the 3 year old, Dutch Courage.

All these experiences, watching the three Olympic disciplines and having been involved in much of it herself, gave Jennie a great insight into what was wanted for each of these sports.  Her aim to breed the International Competition Horse, suitable for each of the disciplines had commenced.

Jennie and Tessa Clarke, Catherston’s Stud Groom both went on a course to Professor Twink Allen to learn about A I and in 1985/86 Catherston Stud started a pilot scheme of Artificial Insemination using chilled semen, to Mrs Gilbey’s mares on the Isle of Man.  This was a success and with Dutch Courage’s great success as a sire, it seemed more sensible to send the horse by post than crowd the stud with too many mares!  This scheme worked well and the fertility rate was the same as natural service, approx. 88%.  Several AI courses were put on for breeders and managers of Studs!  This opened the way, with more studs producing this facility and it is now quite common for cross bred horses to advertise the use AI.

The Studs’ success grew and in 1992 Black Knoll House was sold and the Loriston-Clarke’s’ found a new location at the Manor Farm, Hurstbourne Priors.  This is a position they had longed for, a beautiful river with water meadows, rolling hill land on chalk, with it’s own water supply, many farm buildings and a lovely old Manor House close to major roads with easy access.

Moving was quite a logistical problem, but Anthony, recently retired, was busy drawing up plans of conversions to buildings and how it could all be done and with the co-operation of the previous owner, Mr. and Mrs. Porter, they were allowed to start fencing and converting some of the buildings. On 28th August 1992, with the help of friends, 28 horses were moved as well as all the furniture and tack.  Somehow, order gradually reigned, even though the doors were still being put on the stables as the horses arrived, but everyone was splendid and from that day, improvements have taken place, until Catherston Stud has what is here today.  The envy of many, it has all come about thanks to a lot of dedication and hard work by the Loriston-Clarke family who have made this Stud the well known name it is today, both at home and abroad.

The Stallions

The first two stallions to be purchased in 1949 were the Welsh Mountain, Square Flashlight and the Thoroughbred, Golden Fern who home_img04had to be chased out of the lorry, as he was unhandled and quite violent to start with.  At about the same time the Dartmoor mare, New Moon, who turned out to be Dartmoor champion at most shows she entered, including the Breed Show, was purchased.

In the early 1950’s, a Palomino 2 year-old colt was purchased from Mrs Frank, of Crudwell, who said he was rather precocious as he had got several of her young fillies in foal!  He was named Bubbly, stood 13.1hh and was by the Franks’ stallion, Potato who was TB X Welsh Riding Pony.  The dam was a Welsh mare called Sunday.  Bubbly started as being a little wayward, but with Anne Bullen’s talents, he soon became the perfect riding pony.  He was shown in hand by Jennie and ridden by all the girls as he proved to be a fantastic jumper.  He was National Palomino Champion for 10 years.  He was a beautiful looking pony, a lovely mover and a very influential sire of children’s ponies.  His influence is still noted in many successful ponies of today.

Bubbly sired the stallions Bramshott Midnight Sun and Drayton Bubbling Gold, both champion Palominos.  His daughters, Prosperity of Catherston and Catherston Moon Fairy, the latter, who’s female line founded Sarah Vey’s (nee Bullen) Godsfield Stud, were both winners at the Royal International Horse Show.  He also bred many winners from New Moon, who would not get in foal to a pure bred Dartmoor, but did to Bubbly and Golden Fern!  Bubbly also bred Blagdon Gaytime, a big winner in Riding Pony classes and also the dun mares, Blagdon Folly and Blagdon Fiesta.  Anthony Adverse, one of his first crop, who although was only 14hh, won many Working Hunter Pony classes, One Day events, was 5th in the Leading Junior Show Jumper of the year 1958 and won two classes, out-jumping horses at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in 1958.  He also sired Catherston Moonstone. winner of the Pony Club ODE Championships 1956, Catherston Double Bubble, a big winner in WHP classes, to mention just a few.  Bubbly has stock in Germany (Catherston Red Gold) and his great grandson (Catherston Nightlife) is in Australia.  Perhaps his grandson Catherston Nightsafe, Supreme Champion NPS, Ponies of Britain, West Midlands Show and Bath and West, son of Prosperity of Catherston is the one who has carried on his line so well.  He was leased to Germany for two seasons and has bred some lovely ponies over there as well as siring Champion Hacks, Eventers, Show Hunter Ponies, Show Ponies and Dressage Ponies over here and abroad.  His influence is still carrying on with the fillies and colts which are left.

At the same time as Bubbly was so successful, the Bwlch Stud produced Bwlch Valentino.  He also sired many good show ponies and Catherston took on Bwlch Zingaree (by Valentino), who was a full brother to Bwlch Zephyr.  Bwlch Zingaree, a chestnut, was a good outcross to the Bubbly palomino and dun mares and although not as fashionable as his grey brother, did breed some notable ponies for example, Foxhill Sunny Jim.

The Thoroughbred stallion, Xenocles, was bought out of training from Nora Willmot.  By Nearula, out of Desdemona by Dante, he was very well bred, but not a success on the race course.  However, this didn’t stop him becoming an advanced Eventer and Prix St Georges Dressage horse.  He won Wylye ODE, Windsor ODE and was 4th at Tidworth 3 Day Event and had a fantastic temperament.  He would always put his heart in to everything.  He sired Xenarchus, out of Jenny Grey (AA).  Xenarchus was also an advanced Dressage horse and went on to represent Great Britain when ridden by Young Riders at the European Championships.  Xenocles was also the sire of Autumn Folly an International Show Jumper, out of Spring Fever, bred and owned by Judy Crago.

In 1970, the Loriston-Clarkes were told about Triumph by a friend.  Bred by the late Mrs de Warren-Rogers by the small Thoroughbred stallion Papillon de Martin, out of Taba, an Arab/Dartmoor cross mare, he was leased by Catherston Stud. This influential stallion, when mated to Prosperity of Catherston, produced Catherston Credit, Junior Eventer in the U S A and Catherston Nightsafe.  With Desert Storm, he produced Catherston Toledo, who became a Young Riders Dressage horse in Germany.  He also produced many working hunter ponies and helped put some better limbs on to the Riding Pony.  The Champion Anglo Arab stallion, Carbrooke Surprise, owned by Mrs. Crawford, also joined the Stud for a few seasons.

The 3 year old Dutch Courage was found in Holland was purchased by Mrs Steele and was graded in the newly formed BWBS stud book.  Dutch Courage went in to training for two years before he was ever used as a stallion.  Jennie was not sure that she would be able to control him, however the horse settled and behaved extremely well.  He has really stamped his stock, not only by siring eight graded stallions, to become one of the most influential stallions this country has seen but with his progeny winning in the 3 disciplines.

Dutch Courage started quite slowly in competition, with few successes as a 4 yr. old. As a five year old he quickly came on in his training and balance, being second in the National Medium Championships.  At 6 years, he was Advanced and also started covering mares.  Dutch Courage perhaps did more for British Dressage than any other horse.  On winning the World Bronze Medal at Goodwood in 1978, going first in the Special, when only 9 years, he was holding the lead until the last 3 horses went.  The tension and gradual realisation that Britain could win a medal in Dressage, seemed almost impossible, but the impact on the sport was remarkable, with a dramatic increase in the membership.  This was re-inforced when the Young Riders took the Silver Medal in 1986.  Anne Loriston-Clarke was riding Catherston Dutch Bid, his son, when only a 7 yr. old.  Dutch Courage himself, represented Great Britain for eight seasons, won 41 Grand Prix’s and 23 Grand Prix Specials.  He missed the 1980 Moscow Olympics due to politics but was 6th in the alternative Olympics.  He was struck by a virus, therefore missing Los Angeles in 1984 and retired shortly after.

Dutch Courage and his offspring were soon to dominate Catherston Stud.  Mr. Bannocks purchased Dutch Gold from the breeder, the late Mrs Goodall, when the horse was sent to Catherston for breaking. He was brought on slowly as a 4 and 5 year old , by Jennie, and he soon showed ability to jump finishing 7th in his first event.  He then won Taunton and Brockenhurst ODE’s and the next year, the Midland Bank Novice Championships at Locko Park.  A tough horse, the next day he was on the boat to Rotterdam, where he started his International Dressage debut.  Unfortunately, Mr. Bannocks had to cut down his equestrian interests when the recession came, so Dutch Gold was up for sale.  Luckily Jennie and Margaret Clayton were able to purchase the horse and, thanks to Mr. Bannocks generosity, Jennie was able to retain the ride on him.  He was soon, like his sire, to represent Great Britain on the British team.  Dressage to music became his forte.  He stole the hearts of thousands with his light footed dancing, winning at the European Championships at Goodwood, and being the 1st foreign horse to win the World Cup in Berlin, and also winning in Brussells, S’Hertenbosch etc.  Dutch Gold has travelled to Toronto, Seoul and all over Europe and is the only British bred horse to win the European Dressage League Points Championship.  (Another British bred horse, Milton, also won the Show Jumper Award in the same year.)

Dutch Courage also bred many Advanced Eventers (including Dutch Treat) and Show Jumpers including Clog Dancer, the Asian High Jump record holder (7′ 2″) in Japan.  Dutch Courage x Night Auction produced Catherston Dutch Auction, a 3 Day Eventer in Germany and Catherston Dutch Bid, 1st and 2nd at the European Championships and also a member of the Young Rider Silver Medal team, when ridden by Anne and later ridden by Lizzie in Young Riders and then Internationally at small tour level.

Catherston Stud , although moving more into horses, still had a soft spot for the Native Breeds and one who came first was Bryn-Y- Mor Comet, owned by Mr. John Holmes.  A Welsh Section D, he was ridden in Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing and Driving, by Anne and later by Lizzie.  Mrs Harvey-Richards’ New Forest, Deeracres Franco was Champion at many Ponies of Britain and other shows, he sired Peveril Peterborough who is still a very successful New Forest pony today.

Another horse who was standing at Catherston Stud in the 1980’s was Ramiro.  He was purchased in Holland by Catherston Stud and Mrs Steele.  He was to be an outcross for Dutch Courage but although he was a big winner in Dressage, his stock became too big to do what was wanted and he was sold to Canada to stand there.  At the same time, Rexico by Le Mexico, was purchased for Claire Morrison, who trained him to Prix St Georges level. He was also a very good jumper and was sold as a Hunter Jumper to the USA.

When attending the Catherston Stud Stallion Viewing Day, Mrs Blackburn was so impressed with the attitude and way that the stallions were handled that she asked if Catherston Stud would stand her soon to be retired Thoroughbred stallion, Liboi.  He had been a really honest racehorse and had won 10 races, was placed 23 times on the flat and over hurdles from 71 starts.  He quickly changed, being ridden by Lizzie, then 13 years old, when he was Supreme Champion of the Ponies of Britain Show, both under saddle and in Hand.  Liboi bred a considerable number of winners on the flat from the few mares covered.  He also produced a number of winners show jumping, show hacks, PBA’s and riding horses.  Liboi was presented at the BWBS stallion grading and was the first Thoroughbred to be graded in to the British Warmblood Stud Book.  Since then, he has produced the very successful Dressage stallion, Catherston Humbug and the Champion British Warmblood, Catherston Liberator.  Liboi’s influence in today’s competition horse will be long remembered when these young stallion’s offspring reach maturity.

Soon after Liboi’s introduction to Catherston Stud the Loriston-Clarkes’ were approached to take on the older Thoroughbred, Sanbal.  Palestine x San Christobel, owned by Her Majesty the Queen.  He produced Eventers, Working Hunters, Polo ponies and Show ponies.

Edison, a Dutch Warmblood owned by Mrs de Jong and other stallions who have stood for a few seasons, were: Zandor, a Dutch bred Grade A show jumper who was ridden by John Whittaker for a few seasons but unfortunately was not very fertile and was sold to go show jumping; Sportsnight, owned by Mrs. Stevens, stood for two seasons and then went Eventing and The Star of Orion, who Lizzie trained up to Prix St Georges Level.

The Mares

The influential mares, apart from Desert Storm and Prosperity of Catherston were also Turnberry Lucky Gold, an Irish bred pony by the Thoroughbred, Trencher.  She produced Catherston Lucky Bubble, and Catherston Bubbling Anne.  The former, when mated to Carbrooke Surprise, produced Shepherds Lucky Charm who bred Shepherds Night Club, Catherston Night Charm, by Catherston Nightsafe and Catherston Dark Trinket and Catherston Diamond by Catherston Dance in the Dark.

In 1982, John and Dawn Rose came to learn about running the Stud.  They brought with them Cedola and an old Groningen mare, with whom they had bred Modesty and Vol de Nuit, both by French stallions.  Cedola was purchased and was covered first by Ramiro and then by Dutch Courage, more as an experiment as Dutch Courage, up to that time had only been used on Thoroughbred or near Thoroughbred mares.  This produced the stallion Catherston Dam Buster who sired ‘Torent’, Preliminary and Novice National Dressage Champion 1998.  Unfortunately, Dam Buster had to be put down after damaging his hock badly when slipping on ice.  He had just reached Prix St Georges standard.  His full sister, Catherston Doodlebug is the dam of Catherston Humbug, Int. Kur Champion 1998.

Desert Storms’ first foal was Catherston Desert Star, by Xenocles.  She was sold on as a youngster but she produced the stallion Star Attraction by Fleetwater Opposition.  Desert Storm also bred: Catherston Surprise Storm, by Carbrooke Surprise; Catherston Toledo by Triumph; Catherston Thunderstorm and Catherston Lonely Breeze by Xenocles.  She was a top class Small Hack and won at the Horse of the Year Show etc.  Catherston Lonely Breeze bred Catherston Desert Gold by Dutch Gold, she was a successful Dressage horse over here before being purchased by Mr. Richards of Australia, where she went with her foal by May Sherif, called Richmead Medallion, now a graded stallion and Dressage horse.  Lonely Breeze bred Catherston Loneliboi who went Eventing, Catherston Loveliboi, champion Hack at Windsor etc., Catherston Dancing Storm, an Advanced Eventer, Catherston Dancing Breeze and Catherston Dance in the Dark, all by Dutch Courage and Catherston Goldstorm by Dutch Gold.

In 198? Desi Dillingham of Masterlock Recruitment sponsored several of the horses, Catherston Dutch Bid being the first.  Desi then helped purchase the Intermediate Eventer, Castle Keep (La Court Monique), for Lizzie to bring on as a Dressage horse.  Together they reached Prix St Georges level before the mare was retired to stud.  Desi and Masterlock also sponsored Thean, a Dutch bred mare, on which Lizzie competed Internationally as well as Catherston Dauntless, a winner of 19 classes show jumping with Johnnie Harris and then taken on to Advanced Level Dressage by Lizzie.  When Desi sold Masterlock Recruitment, Catherston Stud gave her a half share in the young stallion Catherston Dougal a son of Thean who is showing he has inheritied his dams tremendous paces.    Wellingtonia, Intermediate Eventer with Anne and Mockbeggar Alice Valerian, by Xenocles are others who’s stock are to watch for in the future.

Witrosia, a Hanoverian mare, was purchased from Mrs. Banks.  She bred two fillies by Dutch Courage and Dutch Gold.  Both were purchased through Heath Ryan and taken to Australia where they have been very successful brood mares. – Catherston Dazzling Rose by Catherston Dazzler – Catherston Dynasty by Dutch Courage – Catherston Daybreak by Catherston Dance in the Dark (silver medal mare) – Catherston Dynamite by Dutch Gold and Catherston Goldfinger by Catherston Goldstorm.

Catherston also purchased the Elite Stud Book mare, Debora (Dove) by Voltaire and been loaned, by Mrs Barnett, the Elite mare, Werra by Westwind, both have produced winners in the ring by Dutch Gold and Catherston Goldstorm.

The loan of Our Spring Fancy (Saks – Spring Fever) from the Crago’s, produced: Catherston Gold Spring by Dutch Gold, an Eventer; Catherston Double Spring by Dutch Courage, Dressage and Show Jumper; Catherston Spring Edition by Edison, Dressage; Catherston Saxaphone by Sportsnight, Dressage; Catherston O Brian by Star of Orion; Catherston Springsteen by Dutch Dream.

Welton Gazelle, full sister to Welton Louis, was loaned to the stud by Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, as she was a shy breeder, but with Dutch Courage this did not last long!  Catherston Dutch Sika being her first foal.  Catherston Dutch Buck and Catherston Dazzler, all by Dutch Courage.  Catherston Romeo by Ramiro and later Summer Song, by Fleetwater Opposition – what a mare!  Catherston Dutch Sika produced Catherston Jetstream – show jumper, dam of Catherston Liberator by Liboi, Catherston Dream Machine by Dutch Dream, Dutch Sika also produced the stallion Catherston Zulu by Zandor also a show jumper and sire of graded stock.

These mares plus several other good sound mares have enabled the stud to produce so many winners in all the disciplines.

The Stud has produced, bred and ridden Olympic Dressage and Event horses, and with their breeding policy is now producing horses of the highest quality to compete with the best in Europe and the rest of the World.

In part two you can study the current stallions standing at stud most of whom are related to the horses previously mentioned.  It is amazing how, over the last fify years from the small beginnings of the Welsh and Thoroughbred stallions, this renowned stud has grown to produce sound, versatile, world class competition horses by using proven mares and stallions.