We have been breeding horses for over twenty five years for our own personal pleasure.....although we have sold a few most of our horses we have kept and competed and they will end their days with us.
We breed quality horses capable of going to the top with professional riders but can be competed by amatuers also.
Adding unuasual colours to our breeding programme has endorsed the fact that people do have a favourite colour horse, whether it be grey, bay or palomino.
We now have given breeders the opportunity to choose, without losing quality and performance bloodlines.
Leigh is a DEFRA Qualified Artificial Insemination Technician although most of our experience has been from Natural cover with Thoroughbreds.
Our foundation mare Jarva was still with us until 34 years old 9 19th March 1974 to 4th November 2008)
She competed in affiliated Show Jumping up to Foxhunter level and County standard Working Hunters successfully. She Hunted with the West Kent Hunt and won many Hunter trials and represented the Pony Club & Riding Club in Horse Trials and Show Jumping teams.
She never raced although we did school and gallop her upside the Point to Pointers.
We could not have wished for a better mare to start our breeding programme. Not only was she a true all round athlete with paces to die for..she always had the most wonderful temperament and she passed on all her qualities to her foals and their foals!
She was a 16hh chestnut thoroughbred mare by Jenny Loriston-Clarkes great event sire 'Xenocles' out of 'Nicaro' who was an Advanced Event and Dressage mare.
Her first foal Ariane (February 20th 1987 to 2010) (she was by the great Cruise Missile)...Arianes last foal Primitive Passion (by Primitive Proposal) born March 12th 2005 will hopefully continue Jarvas line once she has finished her competitive career. She has competed successfully in-hand Hunter and Sporthorse classes County level, 1st Herts County as a yearling, 1st The Royal as a 2yo, 1st and Reserve Champion Herts County as a 3yo, 1st and Reserve Champion at East of England as a 3yo, 1st Edenbridge and Oxted as a 3yo, 1st and Res Champ National Hunter Show as a 3yo.
As a broodmare she was Reserve Hunter Champion at Edenbridge & Oxted and at Kent County 1st Sporthorse Broodmare and 2nd Hunter Broodmare in 2011 dam of Auriane.
Our other broodmares have included 'Needlepoint' who was the top winning Novice Point to Pointer in the South East as a five year old..she gave us two foals..Primitive Point (by Primitive Rising ) who we sold to go National Hunt racing and Point Scally (by Scallywag) who we have kept and he has competed in British Eventing and been a member of our Riding Club Teams and as an Individual and qualified the last four years for the National Championships in the Open Horse Trials (ind), Dressage teams twice, Riding Test Team, Equitation Jumping Team and Pairs Dressage where he came 3rd in 2007.
Samba Beat (by Efisio ex Special Beat by Bustino)..she was a winning racemare and the dam of the UK's 1st dilute foal Aurumba, also dam of 2011 colt and 2012 filly by Electrum.
Our present broodmares are Sheezacista (by Cisto ex Jarva by Xenocles) dam to our pony stallion Joydens Glitterman and Xenaura by Electrum a winner as a yearling in Sporthorse and Hunter youngstock and a BEF Futurity Higher First Premium and 3rd at the BEF Championships at Osberton.
Money Box (by Karinga Bay ex Hy Wilma by Jalmood) dam of Valentina Marlen evented by Jeanette Brakewell
Muwasim (by Meadowlake ex Love of Ireland by Irish River) dam of 3 winners of over £100k also dam of 2012 colt by Electrum
As well as running Pulborough Stud we own a British Horse Society Approved Livery Yard -Shannon Leigh Stables- in South East London/ Kent borders where we provide Full Livery services.
We have excellent facilities which our clients enjoy and also gives our young horses great schooling experience before entering competitions.
We are proud to announce that we have been included in the London 2012 Olympic Pre-Games Training Guide
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Jarva competing at Blue Barn in a Foxhunter class circa 1983