The eventing season has officially started! Well, not quite yet for us unfortunately as our first event at Tweseldown has been abandoned due to an unprecedented amount of rain.
It really doesn’t feel like spring just yet! We’ve had so much rain and still waking up to frosty mornings (when it’s not raining of course). As disappointing it is to have had our first event abandoned, we have to spare a thought for the organisers of these events. They put in so much time and effort organising the whole thing for it ... Read More
Welly boots have been order of the day - it has been a very wet start to 2016 here at Parkfield Breeding.
Thankfully we had another barn built containing extra large foaling / young stock stables at the end of December. We've have had to bring in most of our youngstock to save our fields and get them out of the dreaded rain! We are absolutely full up at the moment, a lot of mucking out to do every day, but thankfully we have a lot of very nice young horses which ... Read More
The success of breeding in Great Britain was celebrated at the annual British Breeding Breeders' Awards Dinner, organised by The British Horse Foundation, with Badminton winner Chilli morning amongst those recognised.
The prestigious Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain Award, presented by Jennie Loriston-Clarke, was awarded to Chris and Lisa Stone’s 16 year old stallion Chilli Morning. Bred in East Germany by Rainer Schicketanz and ridden by William Fox-Pitt, Chilli Morning lifted the 2015 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials trophy and was the winner of an individual bronze medal at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
A UK Graded Stallion with the SHB ... Read More
The inaugural Competition Stallions Awards were presented at The British Stallion Event on 9th January to the top sires of progeny assessed by the British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity Evaluations 2015.
The awards are the brainchild of Jane Skepper, Director of the Competition Stallions Guide. “We felt it was now the time to start developing an Award Scheme for British based stallions to continue to help promote high quality stallions standing in the UK”, said Jane. “We wanted to start to start this year with Awards for the Leading Sires of Futurity presented in 2015, but we look forward ... Read More
As 2015 comes to a close, business at PFB does not seem to be slowing down! We have had a very busy November and December doesn’t seem to be slowing down either. This is actually all good news for us as we have lots of exciting things happening and plenty of plans for the future.
In November we weaned all of the foals, we really couldn’t have asked for this to go any better. We had a good process of bringing each mare in one at a time for around ... Read More
Prolific eventing sire Jumbo has topped the British Eventing (BE) Sire Rankings for the second year in succession maintaining his position as BE’s Sire of All Time.
The rankings are based on points earned by the stallion’s offspring registered with BE. In 2015, Jumbo amassed 1,570 points bringing his all-time total to 15,253.
The 31 year old stallion was sadly put down in March this year enjoyed a successful competitive career and went on to sire some of the most well-known event horses. By registered Irish Draught sire Skippy out of the show jumper Betty, Jumbo was purchased by Carolyn Bates of ... Read More
As the eventing season ends, most yards have their very well earned quiet period with most competition horses on holiday. However at PFB, ‘quiet period’ is certainly not the phrase we would use to describe it!! Weaning is very much upon us, and although we can’t complain too much so far, as it has gone as smoothly as can be expected, it is still not what we would call quiet! So far we have weaned two mares and foals, and have two left to do in the coming weeks. In ... Read More
We have had a very eventful month at Parkfield Breeding. We have learnt how important it is to have the very best vets, as you never know when you may need them. We are lucky enough to be in the right location near Lambourn, with Valley Equine Hospital (VEH) (http://www.valleyequinehospital.co.uk/) close by. The vets and nurses are second to none, and they know our horses well.
It all started at feeding time. When checking the foals we noticed an enormous lump on Parkfield Little Phoenix’s (Phoenie) stifle. We had ... Read More
Hartpury-bred horse, Hartpury Sky is the Limit, continued its run of good form with a fourth place finish at the Blenheim Horse Trials.
Rider Ian Willis went clear in the showjumping and the cross country to secure fourth place overall aboard Hartpury Sky is the Limit after a score of 49.0 in the dressage had left the pair further down the order.
After being bred at Hartpury Home Farm Stud in 2007, the gelding was raised at the college and then backed by students (they were the first ... Read More
Futurity weekend came around so quickly for the team at PFB, and it was definitely as busy as we were expecting! We were lucky enough to have Alex Van Tuyll eventing super groom helping us all weekend, we most definitely couldn’t have done it without her! She is super efficient and excellent with the youngsters and made them all look beautiful for their gradings.
Preparations started on the Saturday, where we brought in the first mare & foal for loading practice,
bathing, plaiting and trimming. The first ones – Ethel and Parkfield Little Phoenix (Phoenie) were extremely well behaved, walked straight onto ... Read More