JO JONES and her partner Angus Gordon, of Pulborough Equestrian Centre, have made significant improvements to their new base, on land east of Jackets Hill, Thakeham, where Jo is submitting a planning application for a stud farm.
The couple had been running their viable and popular equestrian business, Pulborough Equestrian Centre, for four years before they took the plunge and decided to invest in their own premises.
They bought the new site, with the intention of starting a stud producing their own warmblood sport horses, and combining it with the small scale riding school they previously operated in Pulborough.
But they orinally ran into problems at their new site when they had to transfer stables to the opposite end of the site because of waterlogging and it was felt too many traffic movements would be generated from the riding school.
Angus explained: “We discovered the area near the entrance had serious flooding problems, and we had no alternative but to move the stabling area, to a less instrusive position on the site wth a barn for indoor stabling.
“In consultation with Horsham District Council we have reduced the footprint of the access road and hardstanding by 30 per cent.”
The whole site has been re-seeded and put to grass and they have planted 200 young trees around the site for screening and environmental purposes.
“Texal sheep are kept to clean the pasture, eating the weeds, and we rotate the fields with the horses we have on site,” said Jo.
They have begun their own breeding programme using two broodmares of their own and have started to produce their own warmblood sport horses, but need permanent stables in an indoor barn for their brood mares in the future.
Their colt foal was born early in the field, but survived. Named Carabalout, he is by Baloubet Rouet, who won the World Cup finals three times in a row, and whose offspring won an Olympic gold in London. Carabalout’s dam, Quito, has just been covered by top stallion Baltimore and a smart colt foal has been bought to keep him company in the paddocks.
Angus has just sold his own two horses to America but will be bringing on horses bred in Ireland and sent to them to be sold. (www,pulboroughec.com)He was brought up with horses in South Africa, and was a member of the South African show jumping team until coming to England 15 years ago. They hope the changes they have made will be well received when their stud planning application is decided.