BRENDON Stud at Pyecombe enjoyed an outstanding season last year, with not only its own stallions in winning form, but horses bred from them showing talent as sport horses across all disciplines.
The stud, run by Shirley Light, is located at Brendon Equestrian Centre at the foot of the South Downs. The centre is a family run business headed by Cyril Light, his wife, Valerie and daughters, Shirley and Caraleen.
The 2010 season was particularly successful, with the stud’s home-bred Sussex Caretino winning the National Four-Year-Old Championship at Addington.
In addition one of the stud’s stallions, Don VHP, who jumped numerous double clears in Newcomers and Foxhunter, and was a finalist at Addington Young Horse Championship in 2009, again was exceptional in 2010. He started the season by winning the Walwyn Championship at Royal Windsor, and went on to qualify Newcomers and Foxhunter second rounds. Then he won the six-year-old championship at HOYS.
“It was nice to finish the season with a big win. We had plenty of successes across the board and all our stallions combine their stud duties with competing. It was also pleasing to see so many of their offspring doing well not only in show jumping, but also in other disciplines,” said Shirley.
There are more promising young stallions in the wings, including six-year-old stallion, Nederland Esquire, bred by their stallion Nederland F, and out of Prominent Lady, has his first foals due this year. A striking skewbald, has had a couple of double clears in Foxhunters and done well in BS Newcomers and Foxhunters. In 2010 he Qualified Scope Novice and Newcomers second rounds.
To read full feature and learn about more successes, see Sussex Horse World, West Sussex Gazette March 23