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We are a small stud in the Lake District, careful breeders of pure bred arab horses for our own endurance ridden use for nearly 25 years. We know how few straight Crabbet stallions at public stud are left in the UK, and have expanded our breeding of pure Crabbet, GSB and Old English arabian foals at home and to visiting mares. Our 100% Crabbet endurance stallion Hanson stood here until his death in 2009. He had just been joined here by Winged Saint, also straight Crabbet. We now have Winged Saint's pure Crabbet colt successors to take his legacy into the future: Seren Altair, a grandson of Hanson, and Seren Sadrh. Both of these have just reached 2 year old, and should be licensed and trial bred this year.
The bachelor herd playing: Seren Hanau, Seren Hanag and Seren Winged Shadow. (15MB)
Seren Vega finds a way of coping with being kept separate from the bachelors because of an injury. (8MB)
Traffic training: Seren Winged Shadow, Seren Vega and Merlin. (4MB)
More traffic training: Hanson and Shadowed Gold. DON'T TRY THIS ONE AT HOME!!! (3MB)
Our senior straight Crabbet stud stallion is
Son and sire of British National
He is now joined by our
pure Crabbet 7 year old at stud.
Hanson's 2008 son Seren Hanag has begun training here for his ridden career.
Hanag (Hanson / Silihah)
Seren Hanag (grey) with
Seren Hanau as three year olds.
Winged Saint's own successors are now here:
Following the great success of our 2012 breedings and 2013 foalings, we can now say confidently that in 4 to 5 years' time we will have at least one of Winged Saint's sons standing here at stud. We have not yet made any decisions about which. Summer 2014 saw them leave the mares and begin their integration into the bachelor herd.
The way we keep all of our horses allows us to teach courses in equine ethology, equine behaviour and welfare, and also means that they are ideal for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning for people. All of these take place here at High House, where other highly skilled professionals also use our horses, dogs and environment in their work.
While the preservation of certain bloodlines is very high on our list of aims, the overriding concern is that we produce young horses that are physically and mentally suitable for top level competition, with endurance as our main focus. We don't believe that good endurance horses are simply "the ones that are not successful in other disciplines" or "are arabs therefore good at endurance". We know what we are looking for in our breeding, both in the potential sires and dams and in the offspring.
Fortunately, among the Crabbet population in the UK and around the world are some eminently suitable horses for our purposes, which allows us to concentrate heavily but not exclusively on preserving pure Crabbet bloodlines without compromising our performance aims.
Another key area in our breeding aims is genetic health. All of evolution is based on changes to genes. Changes that result in improvement to the breed tend to be bred on to later generations, while changes that result in major problems tend to result in gradual or rapid loss of the resulting young animals. In between are changes that have small effects, or that have no effect at all unless the young animal receives two copies of the gene, one from each parent - "recessive" genes. Several of these genes, a tiny fraction of the genetic makeup of many horses, cause health problems which are often specific to particular breeds and their offspring. The ones that cause current concern in arabian horses are all recessive, and require both parents to carry at least one copy before they can cause any problems.
Huge advances in genetic research have meant that the three significant defects that are known to be in the arabian horse can now be identified simply and cheaply in the DNA of the horses by testing. This allows breedings that could produce affected foals to be avoided. We test all of our breeding horses for all three of these defective genes. This in turn means that we can be sure that our foals are healthy, and that we can select from the foals we have, keeping breeding stock that meet all of our requirements AND are clear of those genetic defects even if their sire or dam are not. By publishing the results, we can also inform owners of potential breeding partners so that they are making choices based on reliable information instead of blind hope.
This does not mean that youngstock carrying one or more of these defective genes cannot be part of the breeding programme. On the contrary, as long as they meet all of our other criteria, breeding from them passes on all of the good characteristics and will produce a statistical 50% of their own foals who are clear of the defect: preserving all of the strengths and "filtering out" the one defective gene which will not reappear in any of the offspring of those "clears". If a foal of a foal does inherit the defect, the harmless situation is continued until the next generation: a foal of a foal of a foal (and so on). Only when an equally good, clear foal reaches maturity would we take the decision to drop a carrier from the programme in favour of the clear - and even then it may be perfectly sensible to keep the carrier in the programme too, on its own merits.
Of course, many other breeds also have genetic problems, but we are not concerned with them here.
As the economic uncertainty continues, we feel that it is very important to keep our programme of 100% Crabbet breeding going, and we would encourage everyone to try to do so, too. With a small and aging global herd, the loss of a few years as we all wait for the economy to pick up is having a disproportionate effect on the future of 100% Crabbet breeding. We aim to keep our stud and livery fees as low as we possibly can, and encourage mare owners to share transport if possible.
There is of course a responsibility upon breeders to make sure that the foals will have a secure future before they are bred, and we are very happy to talk this through with potential breeders as well as all who get beyond the stage of merely thinking about it.
This is the first year when we will not be welcoming 100% Crabbet, GSB ("General Stud Book") and OE ("Old English") mares for breeding lease arrangements. We have reached the stage where we have to look at a gradual reduction in our own breeding because of our own future age - to avoid needing to disperse a large herd in 20 years' time because we can no longer cope.
We can thoroughly recommend breeding leases and loans (which have been on either RIF return-in-foal or RNIF return-not-in-foal terms). Each arrangement has its advantages in addition to the preservation of bloodlines:
RIF gives the mare owner 18 to 20 months without her costs, plus a foal without fees for stallion covering or livery. We could afford to have a foal without the capital outlay and the long term outgoings of a mare we owned;
RNIF gives the mare owner the same "cost holiday", without the practical and financial burdens of foaling and a foal to bring on or to find a home for.
We have given another arrangement and motivation for breeding the rather catchy title "AARNIF" (but of course it could also be AARIF or even AAF!!!) (more to follow...)
Having changed the main emphasis of our breeding, from Crabbet/ Polish to pure and very high percentage Crabbet, we have never achieved what some others have: a distinctive lineage over generations. Instead we have concentrated on two themes: staying as few generations from horses foaled at Crabbet Park as we can and staying true to the type of horse we so admire.
Thus Hanson, and then Halal: both of their parents, Hanif and Sherilla, were foaled and bred from at Crabbet; Shadowed Gold, daughter of St. John; Silver Ingot; Silihah; and Winter Queen who is GSB and over 90% Crabbet. All of these epitomise the powerful, versatile physical horse with the temperament and intelligence that we insist on, the sort of horse we should be breeding from. We have the son of Hanson x Silihah, the seven year old Seren Hanag (Ag = silver, on our stud list to carry on the line, but we conceded defeat after our attempts for a colt by ET from Halal and Silver Ingot.
Once we admit to the limitations of our own age, we will probably reduce our Crabbet breeding contribution to a herd of stallions for public stud, each with all of the characteristics we want, and offering a wide choice of pure Crabbet bloodlines for visiting mares. We have chosen from Hanson's sons, and will (realistically) keep two of Winged Saint's three 2013 sons to remain here and carry on his side of our programme. We have also bought and welcomed Dandini, Marbon Masadi x Palma Benay's 2014 entire weanling colt to join the entires.
Equine ethology is the study of horses' natural behaviour when free to behave naturally! Weare absolute believers in the benefits of an ethologically balanced existence, to both horses and their owners. Thus we have natural herds for all of the horses, adjusting the groupings according to the situation, though that does point out the need for the horses to fit into the real world and not some ideological pipedream. Management is eased by the more mellow behaviour that results. Out of doors our stallions live with mares and youngstock, or as a bachelor herd in sight, sound and smell of the mares, separated from them by a wall topped by normal electric fencing. Indoors they all feed ad lib from shared bales and can mutually groom over the partitions. We have found that some of our own horses are happier sharing a large loosebox than occupying one on their own, so that is what they do. Visitors are often taken aback to find double-occupied looseboxes and correspondingly empty ones in the American barn. Some people are quite alarmed to be told that some of the double-occupiers are stallions. The fact that they have to be told before they realise it says a great deal ...
Winged Saint with 3 mares and 2 weanlings (colts by Hanson)
Training in good habits and sociability begins within minutes of every foal's birth. We like horses and foals to be happy and safe in a loosebox with people! Equally, herd behaviour is vital to their manners and wellbeing, and they live out in their natural herds for the vast majority of the time rather than in the stable block:
Hanson (grey, by the car) with mares, foals and yearling colt
The result is that we live with gentle, beautiful horses. Starting ridden work is an extension of their handling rather than "breaking". The youngest (lightest) child was always the first in a youngster's saddle. It's a matter of mutual trust ...
Since any foal may be chosen to stay permanently, all have the same upbringing. The results have delighted our purchasers in the past, and will in the future.
The bachelor herd getting some serious eating done in the winter sunshine,
relaxing in the long view of the first snow of 2012/13 on the Coniston fells, the Langdales and Scafell Pike.
Video in context (same clip as reached by the links at the top of the page)
Many of our visitors from all around the world admit towards the end of their visits that they came with at least the half intention of proving to themselves that we are wrong. All have left knowing that we are not wrong, with many asking themselves whether they can use some of what they have seen for their own horses. We now offer structured courses here in herd behaviour and ethology, as well as welcoming informal visits as before. During the courses, we can give very detailed descriptions and explanations of what is happening as it happens, as well as the benefits of the situations and interactions.
For more on ethology and courses CLICK HERE.
lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of colts, serene as fill(ie)s
Beside the stream, beneath the trees,
Playing and dancing in the breeze.
There’s a rumour, which we are trying hard to start, that our lakeland neighbour William Wordsworth drafted those words after climbing our hill, only to be told that it didn’t rhyme properly and noone would believe it anyway. It might work with some tweaking… And so, Daffodils.
From 2015 we are offering a limited number of places for weanling colts from other studs to join our own foals until the autumn of their yearling or 2-year-old year. Each colt will be integrated into our nursery herd, then later with ours into a mixed herd of mares and other youngsters. At the individually, ethologically appropriate time, he will then move to join the bachelor herd. At the end of the contract, he will return to his owner. This service allows him to develop into the horse he can become, before a decision is taken on his future. Once he’s gelded, there’s no going back…But why, on balance, not just stick with the herd and carry on doing what has been done for so many years??? Simply because we have done the development work that shows us how to give entire males the same quality of socialisation as females and neuters. This leads to them behaving in equally acceptable ways.
Since 1993 we have had at least one entire male, stallion or colt; and
from 1995 always more than one, including at least one stallion. We soon
found that living in a herd they are much happier and easier to handle, but
we were always careful to avoid the dreaded
face-to-face meeting of entires.
In 1997, Hanson was introduced to his new colt foal. The instant calm showed us that a full stallion could coexist with junior
entires without certain doom for any horses or humans. We had already shown in 1996 that juniors could do it, in a three
colt group of 3 y.o., 2 y.o. and yearling.
In 2005 we began to take people into our herds to show how and why we do things, and to meet the horses including stallions and colts. Since 2010 we have taught structured courses here in horse behaviour and ethology.We believe we should keep them like this, and have built on it ever since. We love keeping multiple stallions and colts, either herded with mares and young stock, or in bachelor herds. Our experience is that colts raised in this way are as amenable as fillies and geldings, and grow into stallions who are kinder, more responsive and safer in the presence of people and other horses when compared with “conventionally” raised entires.
There is another, very serious purpose in this. With a dwindling gene pool, the future of pure OE, GSB and Crabbet breeding is in jeopardy. There are few mares of breeding age left. How many available stallions are there? Time and time again we hear that a colt has to be gelded because it is "not fair, practical or safe" to keep him entire.
However, having seen other people’s incidents and near misses with colts and
stallions, the approach comes with three very clear warnings from our
Ethologically based raising and keeping of colts and stallions mustn’t begin on a whim. You can’t “just do it” without proper planning and preparation;
Colts and stallions already raised in un-ethological regimes will have so-called “typical colt/stallion” characteristics, taking longer to adjust, if ever;
Progress towards paradise has to be appropriate in structure and pace. Getting it wrong leaves you in a harder place, not back where you started.
We have a tried and tested method for introducing new members to the bachelor herd, always based on the life experience and character of the newcomer, always at the appropriate pace, and always adapted to the circumstances. Our facilities are designed to make handling the bachelors as simple as the other herds.
2012 was very much focused on breeding Winged Saint, as the preceeding years had been centred on rounding off our plans for the sons of Hanif/Sherilla, Hanson and Halal. Saint had four 100% Crabbet 2013 colt foals, two by natural covering, two by AI. Another (partbred) is from an advanced endurance appaloosa mare, again by AI. The pure Crabbet mares are the Hanson daughter Seren Hanita; and Silihah who had not conceived since foaling Seren Hanos in 2009; as well as the Binley Arabian Stud mares Sa'ira and Klinta Salma who are here as part of a breeding collaboration between our studs with return-in-foal agreements. Sadly, Klinta Salma lost hers which was stillborn at full term.
His only covering in 2011 produced the pure Crabbet filly foal Seren Sanita out of Hanson's daughter Seren Hanita. The photo below caused quite a stir when we put it onto facebook, as so few people have seen a foal living together in a family group with the sire and dam:
Saint's two 2010 home coverings also achieved confirmed pregnancies. Sadly, Canopus twinned yet again after losing her 2009 covering Winged Saint twins 28 days before they were due. An attempt to reduce her to one single pregnancy failed: she lost them both and then refused to come back into season for the rest of the year. We hoped that she would at last conceive a straightforward single in 2011, but she had her fatal accident before being covered.
On the other hand, Shadowed Gold had a single pregnancy, this time a filly as you can see clearly from the ultrasound scan:
Seren Golden Wings (Winged Saint x Shadowed Gold), chestnut filly 2011, ultrasound scanned at 61 days gestation.
(Actually, we couldn't see how it shows she is a filly,
either. We also have an annotated copy that makes it oh so clear when you are
shown where to look and what to look at...)
(And notice a reflection in the scanner screen: no, the chestnut isn't the foal at all. It must be Silihah watching the scanning!)
One of Saint's 2010 visiting mares emerged from her transport in full season, so ready that we decided to cover her half an hour later. 52 days after her arrival, she left us with a 50 day confirmed pregnancy.
The other 2010 visiting mare, who has a long history of great difficulty in breeding, did not conceive. As part of the drive to preserve 100% Crabbet lines, we are happy to accept "difficult breeding mares", though they may distort our success rate statistics as in this case.
Our breeding emphasis in 2009, 2010 and 2011 was the Hanif / Sherilla programme, and we used Saint just enough to safeguard his lines. His three 2009 coverings produced a superb colt for us, Seren Winged Shadow out of Shadowed Gold, and a filly for Rebecca Kinnarney out of Seren Capella.
Meanwhile Halal had his first AI pregnancy in a mare in Wales, and a super foal resulted in 2010.
April, 2012. Seren Capella, daughter of Hanson, owned and ridden by Rebecca Kinnarney successfully competed for the Endurance GB team representing Great Britain at Mont le Soie, Belgium. Rebecca and Capella completed the course, one of only 7 finishers out of 22 starters in the 120km FEI**. The GB team had 4 of the 7 finishers, and 2 Young Riders (YR) also completed the 120km FEIYRJ** with YR Cari Ann Dark coming 5th in the 160km FEI***. These are superb results for the team and the individuals. Huge congratulations to Rebecca and Capella, their crew Sarah and Sarah, and the whole team.
During the summer, we were emailed by the owner of another of "our" horses, Shaiman, trying to find out more about him. We had lost contact with him in 2006. He has re-emerged as the ride of Amy Lennon, placed 3rd in the EGB 2012 young rider national championship at King's Forest. We hope to meet Amy and Shaiman soon, to catch up with him and to see what we can do for them!
In 2013, Seren Rigel progressed from novice to open with Rebecca Kinnarney, and should continue his development in 2014. The steady progression is to ensure that he reaches his potential without the damage to his health that over ambitious programmes can cause to horses. Meanwhile, Serinah started her endurance career with Vivienne Knight. At the end of the year we heard the standings of both of "our" novices:
Seren Rigel won the Cromwell EGB Group 2013 Novice High Points trophy; Serinah came second in the Northumberland and Tyneside Group 2013 Newcomers trophy and second in the Barefoot trophy. Our congratulations to both teams.
|Seren Capella crossing the finish line at Mont le Soie||Team GB congratulates...|
|Seren Rigel. Photo: www.west-end-photography.co.uk||Serinah. Photo: www.west-end-photography.co.uk|
The BEF is the governing body of UK equestrian sport. The BEF futurity grades youngstock for future potential in the fields of dressage, showjumping, eventing and, since 2009, endurance. In brief, the gradings take place at various venues around the country, where judges and vets experienced in the appropriate disciplines assess the youngsters in-hand, loose in the arena, and over jumps for the jumpers. The futurity is open to foals and yearlings, and to two and three year olds. The assessment may be repeated at each of those ages. The aim is to talent spot and to guide the breeding and development of British bred performance horses, to put more of them on the medal podium at Olympic and World Championship level.
Seren Procyon's owner, Kaye McIver, decided he was good enough to enter him in 2010. We were invited by Kaye to get involved and had a great time as part of the crew for the grading day. First we went to a venue to see what was involved on the day, and were pleased to see that it met all of the claims made for it. The judging was clearly focused on the actual performance and potential of the youngsters, rather than looking for comparisons between them. We gained the impression that if all of them had been worthy of elite grading then that is what they would all have been awarded. We were delighted to talk in the trialer park to one proud owner whose three year old had just completed a full set of "first premium " gradings at all four ages.
Procyon was judged on his physical condition, movement, temperament and potential. His overall grading was a "higher first premium", scoring just 0.07 points below "elite". So, the competitive instinct was also satisfied as a bonus! For endurance gradings, Procyon's score was the highest in 2010, the second highest ever since the scheme was extended to include the discipline, and the highest for any 3 year old or any purebred arab. Great fun. We were very pleased indeed... The atmosphere was very civilised and pleasant - though none of us could help being nervous in such new territory. (In 2012 his score was overtaken, and he is now the second highest scoring 3 year old...)
For a full description of the assessment, see my article written for the Crabbet Journal, Winter 2011 edition.
Congratulations, Cyon and Kaye!
We intend to enter our youngstock ourselves from now on, and began in 2011 as all of the venues were fully booked for the rest of 2010. We planned initially to take the three year olds Seren Hanau, Seren Hanag, and Procyon's full sister Seren Bellatrix Malika as 2011 was the last when they were eligible, and the two year old colts if we could get the entries. The accidents in May had a devastating effect on us, in terms of the loss and in demotivating both our endurance and our BEF participation. Nevertheless we decided to take two: Hanau and Bellatrix. We moved our July entries back to August, and eventually began to prepare.
The full story of the day is told in a followup article for the Crabbet Journal, but suffice to say that getting crushed when half asleep in a loosebox while holding a dozing stallion who is woken by a wet sponge up his bottom is not the brightest thing to do nor the best final preparation for the assessment. Being unable to run or breathe properly as a result is not the best way to give a young horse confidence while leading him, either!!! The outcome was that both Hanau and Bellatrix scored First Premiums, and posthumously Hanson became the leading endurance sire in the BEF Sire Rankings, but we know we could have done so, so much better for him.
Much more detail about the scheme is available on the BEF website: click here
Seren Vega joined Seren Rigel in London in 2010, gaining experience with Rebecca Kinnarney. On 14th August, she took them both to the Wessex summer C show, to let them find out what an event in an indoor arena feels like. In the Crabbet geldings inhand class (4 yo and over) they were placed first and second, both qualifying for the National Championships in 2011.
Vega took in hand reserve champion at Patchett's December show, another qualifier, and also placed well in the ridden arab class, while Rigel continued to collect rosettes as he had all year.
Breeding for endurance on our mountainside, we have never thought we could compete in the showring, so these are huge results for us! Sadly, we had the enthusiasm knocked out of us in the preparation for the Nationals, by a series of freak fatal accidents to three of our horses...
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At over 15:2hh Hanson was a powerful, well conformed ridden horse. Flea-bitten grey with the bloody shoulder of a classic desert bred arabian, he was as imposing as he was pleasant. He was eager to please, easy to manage, had a sweet and kind temperament and was a pleasure to be with. He rode out with our mares in or out of season without problems. At 21 years old, he had retired from endurance. Though never shown, he attracted favourable attention from those who know their ridden arabs. He had a 100% conception rate in mares covered. All of his foals have finished larger than their dams. We are pleased that his sons Hanau and Hanag appear to be maturing to have similar temperament, athletic ability and presence to their sire. They will be AI collection trained in February, but will be concentrating mainly on beginning their ridden careers.
We welcome older mares as well as young, "easier breeders". Our equine vet Jane King and her team have and deserve our admiration for the way she has helped us to breed some superb youngstock out of some very challenged mares. She works closely with us to achieve and support pregnancies, with 11 of our last 14 home foals all being out of aging "difficult" breeders, whose lines might otherwise have been lost.
Winged Saint's Bloodlines
|AZRAK||BLUE DOMINO(RISSALIX/NISREYA)/SILENT WINGS(ORAN/SILFINA)|
|SILVER SHEEN||BRIGHT SHADOW(RADI/PALE SHADOW)/SILVER GREY(ROYAL DIAMOND/SILVER GILT)|
|SILVER BLUE WINGS|
|YEMAMA||INDIAN MAGIC(RAKTHA/INDIAN CROWN)/SILENT WINGS(ORAN/SILFINA)|
Seren Hanau's Bloodlines
|SILVER VANITY||ORAN(RIFFAL/ASTRELLA)/SILVER GILT(INDIAN GOLD/SILVER FIRE)|
|BRIGHT SHADOW||RADI(RISHAN/RAZINA)/PALE SHADOW(RIZZALIX/SHAMNAR)|
|BRIGHT SHADOW||RADI(RISHAN/RAZINA)/PALE SHADOW(RISSALIX/SHAMNAR)|
|SIVETTA||SILVER VANITY(ORAN/SILVER GILT)/ SIRELLA(DARGEE/SHALINA)|
|SUNLIGHTS ALLEGRO||INDIAN KING(ORAN/INDIAN PRIDE)/DANCING SUNLIGHT(DARGEE/SHADES OF NIGHT)|
|MAGIS PEARL||INDIAN MAGIC(RAKTHA/INDIAN CROWN)/SHADOW LIGHT(INDIAN GOLD/SILVER SHADOW)|
Seren Hanag's Bloodlines
|SILVER VANITY||ORAN(RIFFAL/ASTRELLA)/SILVER GILT(INDIAN GOLD/SILVER FIRE)|
|BRIGHT SHADOW||RADI(RISHAN/RAZINA)/PALE SHADOW(RIZZALIX/SHAMNAR)|
|SILVER SHEEN||BRIGHT SHADOW(RADI/PALE SHADOW)/ SILVER GREY(ROYAL DIAMOND/SILVER GILT)|
|HANIF||SILVER VANITY(ORAN/SILVER GILT)/ SIRELLA(DARGEE/SHALINA)|
|MALEKA||INDIAN MAGIC(RAKTHA/INDIAN CROWN)/DALIKA(DARGEE/SILVER GILT)|
SILVER VANITY One of the finest stallions of the Sobha line. Exported to America in 1962, he left only a few sons and daughters behind.
HANIF Out of Sirella by Silver Vanity, and bought at Crabbet's dispersal sale by Mr. Plaister for his Imperial Stud. He sired the multiple champion Haroun, the U.S.A. Scottsdale winner Shatir (full brother to Hanson), and British National Champion Zarafah, amongst many others.
SIRELLA Though shown only occasionally while at Crabbet, Sirella was supreme female champion at the Arab Shows in 1956, 1959 and 1962. She was dam to many successful Arabs. At the 1962 Arab Show, Silver Vanity and Sirella were the supreme male and female champions, and Hanif was best foal.
BRIGHT SHADOW Selected by Lady Wentworth, he was renowned for his kind nature, which he has consistently passed down the generations.
SHERILLA Out of Sirella by Bright Shadow, and also bought at Crabbet's dispersal sale by Mr. Plaister. She was dam of Hanson, Shatir, ten other colts and five fillies. She was shown only once, as a three year old with her sister, when they took first and second in their class.
HANSON Bred at the Imperial Arabian Stud in 1988, and brought to Cumbria both because of his "Bright Shadow" temperament and to fill a need in the North of England for a stallion by Hanif. Hanson bore a striking resemblance to Silver Vanity. He competed in endurance until our own injuries prevented us from taking this further.
Mares must be of good quality; in good health apart from any injuries which do not affect their ability to breed, foal or nurse; and with up-to-date vaccinations and certificated current clear test results for CEM, EVA and strangles in accordance with the guidelines issued by the HBLB and BEVA. We require that your vet certifies that your mare has been on premises free from contagious and infectious diseases for the 60 days prior to her travelling to our premises. These are routine procedures for your vet, and also ensure that your mare is safe from infections which could otherwise be brought in by others.
We keep an eye on the situation with respect to EIA since the outbreak of 2010. There were two cases in Cornwall and Devon in October 2012, but the outbreak was declared closed by DEFRA on 1st February 2013, and we are therefore not asking for negative EIA test results from mares who have not been outside the UK. We will reinstate the requirement with immediate effect if there is another outbreak in the UK. Mares from outside the UK must be tested for EIA and the original certificates seen by us before they commence travel to the UK. They will also be retested for EIA on arrival here and quarantined until the results are received by us. These tests and quarantine are at the owner's expense.
More information on EIA is available on the DEFRA website HERE (opens in a new window).
As in previous years, our own stallions will have clear test results for CEM, EVA, and EIA for the 2014 season before any visiting mare travels to us, and before we begin to dispatch chilled semen.
All of these diseases and their tests are routine considerations, and there is no need for alarm. However, good health means both awareness and management of risk.
We will want to know your future plans for the foal before accepting your mare. We fully endorse the BHS responsible breeding campaign, while keeping the cost of breeding affordable.
Mares are accepted for covering and livery at the owner's risk. For safety reasons, we need them to be un-shod front and rear.
SCID, CA and LFS
Winged Saint, Seren Hanau and Seren Hanag have all tested clear (N/N) of SCID and CA.
Winged Saint and Seren Hanag are tested and certificated clear (N/N) of LFS. Seren Hanau is tested and certificated a carrier (N/LFS) of LFS and is only available to mares who are tested and certificated clear (N/N) of LFS or have no arabian bloodlines.
SCID, CA and LFS information and advice pages will be available shortly in the public section of our advice pages.
If the mare is violent during covering attempts, we reserve the right to change from natural covering to AI where AI is available. We reserve the right to terminate the covering agreement if the mare is violent and AI is not available.
We can do any covering style and care package, but prefer a first covering on sand & rubber. This allows us to rescue the stallion if the mare turns out to be violent. We don’t do ”cover on sight” except with Winged Saint who is a gentlemen, as it can teach the stallion to be insistent, and because the young stallions will be ridden regularly on public roads and in the company of mares in the future. Instead we prefer a gradual introduction before she is in season, then a civilised courtship, then the first covering. We are set up to intervene at any stage to prevent either from having a nasty time.
Drive-by mares can only be covered by AI, as we have no way of assessing the risk they pose to the stallion during a natural covering.
Covering and Livery Fees, Travel-distance related discount and carbon offsetting:
Winged Saint's, Seren Hanau's and Seren Hanag's stud terms are NFFR 48; The fee is calculated on an individual basis, to ensure that mare owners know exactly what the normal cost will be. The fees should then only rise if a mare requires more than the agreed package, i.e she needs to stay more than 70 days (10 weeks) if she is a visiting mare; or she requires AI rather than natural covering if she is a visiting mare other than a "drive-by"; or she requires more than 3 cycles/4 doses of AI if she is a mare receiving transported semen elsewhere; or she is a visiting mare and requires more than grass keep and basic care.
NFFR 48 means: if no live foal (surviving for 48 hours) results from covering, a return visit by the same mare will be free of covering fee, but subject to livery fees. The mare must still meet our full health, safety and behavioural requirements. Loss of the foal as a result of accident or acquired infection is excluded but may still be considered at our sole discretion. A returning mare's owner may choose a different stallion standing here in preference to the original stallion.
Returns by a different mare will not be considered unless the original mare has been lost through insurable circumstances or it is agreed at the outset of the agreement.
Nomination fee £50. This is not transferrable to another mare except by our prior permission and is non-refundable unless in exceptional circumstances. It is transferrable to another of our stallions, but the timing of the mare's visit must dovetail with pre-existing bookings for that stallion. It is certainly non-refundable once any covering attempt has been made.
£5 per extra day handling, grass keep and basic care, use of covering facilities and scanning stocks as required, plus emergency/contingency use of loosebox;
Quarantine £15 per day.
“Special arrangements” and hard feed costed individually;
Vet’s / farrier’s / trimmer’s / dentist’s and other professional's fees charged directly to the mare owner;
All visiting mares must leave our premises by 31st August unless by arrangement prior to arrival.
Free tree planted here for each 50 miles of double-round-trip as above for carbon offsetting (they will fuel our central heating in a few years’ time). You may also take a free tree to plant at home.
Please Contact us before sending nomination fees, as we will want to talk through your plans for the foal and your stallion choice.
All fees must be paid prior to the mare leaving our premises, including fees to outside professionals.
The excellent Westmorland Veterinary Group Equine Vets, are available here for scanning; for fixed priced scanning and washout packages; and for mares who need reproductive system treatment rather than routine AI procedures. All of these maximise the chance of a pregnancy while keeping the costs under control. For mares with breeding difficulties, we recommend this from the outset. For mares in the favoured age group with no history of difficulty, you may prefer to assume all is well and think about a vet package if she does not conceive in the first one or two cycles. The advice is to investigate any reason rather than hang on and hope, as resolving issues is less expensive in the medium and long terms. For details CLICK HERE.
Both of us are qualified, and recognised by DEFRA, as Equine Artificial Insemination Technicians. Winged Saint is available by fresh and chilled semen from our own collection and processing facility, both here and by next-day-before-0900 guaranteed, insured special delivery. Seren Hanau and Seren Hanag are provisionally booked in for collection training and semen freezing in February 2014, after which they will also be available by fresh and chilled.
For mare owners in dire need, chilled semen can be picked up from us directly. Sunday and Monday inseminations are for those who enjoy driving... We need to be contacted by 1100hr (11 a.m.) at the latest. This lets us organise the collection and processing of the semen in time to get it away for next day special delivery and insemination. The more notice we have, the more likely we are to be able to collect and dispatch semen to you. Advance warning is definitely in your interests as we may otherwise be out with your chosen stallion on a distant mountain summit while you plead desperately with the answering machine...
Note that our standard charge does not extend beyond dispatch by Royal Mail Special Delivery. If the timing of your mare results in your vet calling for semen for a Sunday or Monday delivery, it is your responsibility to arrange pick up from us by yourself or a courier at your expense, though our fee is then lower in line with the Royal Mail fee.
Our mare insemination facilities are long established, and our stallion collection area and semen processing setup are very successful.
Fresh and chilled semen costs for extra collections and assessment, and
for extra dispatch or insemination, are additional to the standard fees.
We have managed to keep them the same as in 2011:
Collection, processing and insemination here £70;
Collection, processing and client/courier collection from here £80;
Collection, processing and dispatch by Royal Mail Special Delivery by 0900hr Next Day £105*; *liable to change if Royal Mail prices for the special Delivery service change.
Replacement charge per shipper if not returned in reusable condition £20.
Vet's fees will be invoiced directly to the mare owner. We do not inseminate here with frozen semen, as the repeated scanning is a procedure that must be carried out by a vet and is therefore beyond our competence.
Winged Saint has been collected from by the reknowned Martin Boyle at West Kington Stud in the autumn of 2009. We now have a small amount of good quality frozen semen in store at West Kington that is of commercial quality and certified for Australia, New Zealand, USA, EC and the UK.
While Halal was with us, we took a very small collection of frozen semen from him at West Kington, too. Some of this may become available to 100% Crabbet mares from 2014, provided that we achieve the live foals we are planning to be sired from it for ourselves and subject to the agreement of his owner, Ali Cox. It is not certified for export from the UK.
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1996: Seren Canopus Hanifa, grey mare out of Hamatan (who was
sister to Hachim), 100% Crabbet.
SOLD TO RIDDEN HOME.
While there was also the children's touch-and-feel horse at an urban farm education centre.
Returned to us as a ridden and brood mare.
Began her endurance career before a fatal road transport accident in May 2011.
1997: Seren Ibn Hamatan, grey gelding out of Hamatan, 100% Crabbet. SOLD TO ENDURANCE HOME.
1998: Seren Arcturus, grey mare out of Blue Bandaila, 87.5% Crabbet,
12.5% Polish. SOLD TO ENDURANCE HOME.
We believe her to be currently breeding following accidental injury.
2000: Seren Capella, chestnut mare out of Seren Sirius Blue Lightning,
81.25% Crabbet, 18.75% Polish.
TO ENDURANCE HOME: Rebecca Kinnarney.
Joint fastest time in class (Exmoor Experience) and first ever entirely barefoot winner of a 2-day gold medal at the Golden Horseshoe, 2009.
Cromwell Endurance Group* 2009 Ultraflex Shield Winner for the Open Level Highest Points Score. (*Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire)
Foaled 29/5/2010 to Winged Saint. Capella returned to Rebecca late in 2010 to resume her endurance career.
(Her filly foal Capewell Winged Firestar joined her in 2012, having been raised here to 2 years old.)
Member of the Cromwell Endurance Group team 2011.
Rebecca and Seren Capella are on the the British Endurance World Class Start and Potential Squad.
Great Britain team at Mont le Soie, Belgium, 28/29 April 2012: Rebecca and Seren Capella one of only 7 finishers out of 22 starters in the FEI 2* 120km race. 4 of the 7 finishers were from the GB team!
2000: Seren Vega, chestnut gelding out of Blue Bandaila, 87.5%
Crabbet, 12.5% Polish.
STAYING WITH US.
With Rebecca Kinnarney while Seren Capella was with us:
Winner, Crabbet geldings 4yo and over, Wessex Group C show, August 2010.
Reserve Champion, Patchetts Winter Show, December 2010.
Began his endurance career in 2011 before we broke off to re-evaluate our transport arrangements.
2006: Seren Rigel, grey gelding out of Blue Bandaila, 87.5% Crabbet,
SOLD TO ENDURANCE HOME: Rebecca Kinnarney.
Now endurance ridden, and has upgraded from novice to open in 2013.
Winner of the Cromwell Endurance Group 2013 Novice High Points trophy.
Inhand class winner at Patchetts.
Second in class, Crabbet geldings 4yo and over, Wessex Group C show, August 2010.
2007: Seren Procyon, grey gelding out of Winter Queen, 96.88%
TO ENDURANCE HOME.
BEF futurity grading, August 2010 : Seren Procyon graded with the highest score for a 3 year old in the endurance section since the scheme began, with a "higher first" premium, just 0.07 points below the score for "elite".
Congratulations to Seren Procyon and Kaye McIver!
2008: Seren Hanau, chestnut colt out of Shadowed Gold, 100% Crabbet.
STAYING WITH US.
2011 BEF futurity grading: First Premium in endurance dicipline.
2008: Seren Hanag, grey colt out of Silihah, 100% Crabbet. STAYING WITH US.
2008: Filly out of Bibi Maizoon, GSB. (visiting mare)
2008: Filly out of Templars Magic Pearl, 100% Crabbet. (visiting mare)
2008: Seren Hanita, filly out of Dominita, 100% Crabbet. STAYING WITH US.
2008: Seren Bellatrix Malika, filly out of Winter Queen, 96.88%
Crabbet, GSB. STAYING WITH US.
Full sister to Seren Procyon.
2011 BEF futurity grading: First Premium in endurance dicipline.
2009: Seren Hanos, grey colt out of Silihah, 100% Crabbet.
SOLD TO ENDURANCE HOME in the USA: Chris and Kara Yost, Bar Lazy Y ranch,
Intended for the Tevis Cup.
2009 Seren Perdaius, grey colt out of Blue Bandaila, 87.5% Crabbet,
12.5% Polish. STAYED
Died following a freak accident May 2011.
Winged Saint's recent offspring
2006 Silver Serendipity, 100% Crabbet grey filly out of Silver Ingot. BOUGHT BY US as a 2 year old.
2007 Royal Marque, grey gelding out of Royal Mantle (visiting mare).
2009 Binley Winged Spirit, 100% Crabbet chestnut colt out of Binley Silvern Grace.
BOUGHT BY US as a weanling.
Died in a freak accident, May 2011.
2010 (x Seren Canopus Hanifa) Sadly, the first 100% Crabbet foal of the year due turned out to be twins that had evaded the scanner - we all saw the scan and everyone is perplexed - and Canopus lost them both as a result of the filly twisting her cord. The colt was born alive 28 days before term after a fortnight of us trying to help her to hold on to the pregnancy. 28 days early is just not survivable.
2010 Seren Winged Shadow, 100% Crabbet chestnut colt out of Shadowed Gold. SOLD TO ENDURANCE HOME in Belgium: Johan Jans.
2010 Capewell Winged Firestar, 90.625% Crabbet, 9.375% Polish chestnut filly out of Seren Capella. Joined Seren Capella, Seren Rigel and Rebecca Kinnarney in October 2012.
2010 Rose D'Or, 100% Crabbet filly out of Dominita (visiting mare). Foaled in France.
2011 Seren Golden Wings, 100% Crabbet chestnut filly out of Shadowed Gold. STAYING WITH US.
2012 Seren Sanita, 100% Crabbet chestnut filly out of Seren Hanita. Now available for sale.
2013 Seren Altair, 100% Crabbet chestnut colt out of Seren Hanita.
2013 Seren Sadrh, 100% Crabbet chestnut colt out of Silihah.
2013 Seren Shadek, 100% Crabbet chestnut colt out of Sa'ira.
2013 Zahri Maffy Faloose, 50% arabian partbred appaloosa filly out of Pink Nugget (visiting, advanced endurance mare). Currently being raised here on behalf of her owner, following rejection by her dam.
Look out also for ...
Bandaius. (Altius / Blue Bandaila). Chestnut gelding. SUCCESSFUL ENDURANCE HORSE
1996: Seren Sirius Blue Lightning. (Al Hashmood / Blue Bandaila). Strawberry roan mare 14:1hh. SOLD TO RIDDEN HOME.
1995: Silver Flurry. (Silver Satyr / Sheer Bliss). Grey mare 14:3hh. SOLD TO RIDDEN HOME.
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100% Crabbet Mares
Autumn 2011 was a sad year, and autumn brought the last sadnesses, as we took the decisions that two of our prized old mares would not be able to cope with the coming winter. Painful though it was for us, it meant that they would not have to endure the misery of stuggling to keep warm and comfortable.
Silver Ingot came to us as a 25 year old, and was a
super example of the type of horse we are trying to preserve, in terms of
bloodlines and of physique and character. She did not come well out of the winter
of 2010/2011, and
it was obvious from her excessively long coat and gradual loss of condition
that she had lost pituitary gland function - cushings disease. She had
already struggled a year earlier with completely worn out teeth, and we had
fed her through the winter on multiple buckets, with her haylage chopped
each day by chaff cutter so that she could eat without any effective
When she failed to change her coat yet again in the spring, we took the decison that when the weather broke at the end of the summer she would be put to sleep at home. She enjoyed her last summer quietly, first with Halal and then on the fringe of the mare herd. We never had the foal we would have so valued from her, but at 28 she owed the world nothing. Even when she needed to be sent to her rest, she was utterly breathtaking in her stature, her conformation and her loveliness.
Shadowed Gold! We are so pleased that she stayed with
us having arrived here on loan. She had the most wonderful sabino spots on her
chestnut coat, set off by her long, flowing flaxen mane and tail.
Sadly, at just 20 years old Goldie's teeth caught up with her. She developed gaps between the roots and her gums, into which her feed was constantly impacted, even on soft grass. She stopped enjoying grazing, and failed to thrive after foaling her 2011 filly. We had to keep her going until we could safely wean the foal early, but then she, too, deserved to have the awful decision taken. She, too, was put to sleep at home.
Not only did she give us three superb foals, but also she played a major part in the balance and dynamics of the herd. Always sweet to us, she did not approve of the nonsense of the youngstock - and explained to them in clear and unequivocal terms! However, she had a wicked sense of heirarchy. Since losing her, we miss the fun of watching all of our first-time human visitors making the same movements around the place - without them realising that Goldie was the choreographer.
Silihah. Since arriving here she has given us two 100% colts by Hanson, both of whom are destined to stand at stud. Seren Hanag is staying with us. The younger, Seren Hanos, adds a safety backup in the preservation programme as he is in Idaho, USA, with the Yosts, so would not be involved in any UK disasters. It looked from the scans and a biopsy as if her breeding career was over, but thanks to Jane King MRCVS and her team, Silhah is carrying another 100% Crabbet pregnancy by Winged Saint for 2013. This is a huge achievement, and vindicates our preservation policy of attempting to breed from mares of rare bloodlines but less-than-ideal breeding condition.
Seren Canopus Hanifa. Hanson's first foal. Having been sold as a foal, she became both a ridden mare and the horse used to give city children close up non-ridden contact at an urban farm. We bought her back after Hanson's death, and she conceived two sets of twins by Winged Saint with never a live foal. We hoped for a simple single pregnancy for 2012, but in the meantime she started an endurance career in preparation for leading out the 4 year olds in 2012. In May 2011 this was abruptly cut short by a fatal accident in transport home from a successful endurance event.
Silver Serendipity (2006). Silver Ingot's daughter by Winged Saint. This lovely girl arrived with her dam, to help in our preservation breeding programme. We fell in love with her at first sight, and only realised later that with her name her place here was predestined.
Seren Hanita (2008). She has been dubbed the "Miracle Filly" by Merri Melde in her articles about us. She took over the 2010 foals Seren Winged Shadow and Capewell Winged Starfire in order to ensure that they continued to learn good herd manners after weaning. She gave us our only foal of 2012, Seren Sanita by Winged Saint.
Seren Golden Wings (2011). Goldie's last foal, by Winged Saint, and her only 100% Crabbet daughter.
Seren Sanita (2012). Seren Hanita's first filly, by Winged Saint.
High % Crabbet, GSB and Old English mares
Winter Queen (Sylvern Idyll x Queen of Diamonds) 93.76% Crabbet, GSB.
Seren Bellatrix Malika (2008) (Hanson x Winter Queen) 96.88% Crabbet, GSB.
Serinah (2007) (Lufti Pasha x Imperial Nefinah) 99.2% Crabbet, Old English. sold to endurance home: Vivienne Knight.
Silver Angel (2007) (Lufti Pasha x Sefinah) 99.6% Crabbet, Old English.
(All calculations of % Crabbet are ours, and are approximate)
More information will follow.
(See also Merri Melde's piece on that subject: http://www.endurance.net/international/GreatBritain/2010SerenArabians/notes05.html !!! (Opens in a new window))
If you may be interested in one of our horses, of any age, then contact us rather than waiting for an advertisement to appear. We very rarely advertise them here or anywhere else if they are available, and are usually unable to breed enough youngstock to meet the demand. We prefer to meet people who have made a bit of an effort!
Loan terms, with a clear, comprehensive and binding agreement, make loans safe for us and for you.
Chestnut filly to make 15hh or more.
100% Crabbet, 6 lines to Blue Domino through Ludo and Azrak, well back in her pedigree.
A super rising-two year old, but the wrong sex! Sanita is tall and athletic, with a confident, friendly attitude to people and with good herd manners. She raids the front loader of the tractor as it carries bales into the barn past the front of the loosebox she shares with her older year old sister...
Sanita is too close to all but one of our stallions for her to have a breeding future here, and we do not need her purely for ridden work. Sanita's full brother is almost certainly destined to stay here permanently as a stallion.
Photos and pedigree to follow. See http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/seren+sanita in the meantime.
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Chestnut colt to make 15:2hh.
100% Crabbet, 3 lines to Blue Domino through Ludo (twice) and Azrak.
A three year old in 2013, he has lovely ground covering paces and is growing well to become the sort of endurance horse we are breeding for. He has a temperament to long for, and is a sociable horse who likes people and being handled. He lives in a bachelor herd with two older stallions and a gelding, and his current loosebox is next to a mare's without a grill above the 1.5 metre / 5 foot partition. We now have three foal sons of Winged Saint who are potentially as good as Shadow and are not Seren Hanau's or Seren Golden Wings's brother.
Photos and pedigree to follow. See http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/seren+winged+shadow in the meantime.
Now Sold to Johan Jans
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Grey mare, 14hh.
100% Crabbet, lovely movement and temperament.
Bought as a two year old to preserve both Winged Saint's and Silver Ingot's lines, she has remained the same height ever since. This limits her in terms of our programme, and she is therefore underused. Available to the right home as a show or small person's ridden horse, though she has not been started in ridden work here. A substantial arabian for her height, and a good doer, she is the one who excites the traditionalists who visit us.
Photos and pedigree to follow. See http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/silver+serendipity in the meantime.
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Silver Angel (Lufti Pasha / Sefinah), 2007.
Grey mare, to finish around 14:2hh.
99.6% Crabbet (with Ziree Al Wada, used by Lady Wentworth, as the 0.4% - would be regarded as 100% Crabbet in Eastern USA)
Angel came here as a three year old, and having been started in ridden work by a highly respected Cumbrian endurance rider and horse trainer has been out on loan for 9 months. She has been hacking out alone and in company, jumping, and schooling. Of traditional size, she rides like a much bigger horse, with beautiful movement and paces in hand and under saddle. After a transition period, we will be looking for a perfect placement for her to bring her on, which could become permanent if appropriate.
Photos and pedigree to follow. See http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/silver+angel3 in the meantime.
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Dom and Jan Atkinson,
Upper High House, Over Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria. LA8 9QX, U.K.
Telephone (U.K.) 01 539 821 019
(International) +44 1 539 821 019
EMAIL IS ALWAYS MOST LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL, especially to book AI collection.
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