As our 2008 season comes to an end and winter fast approaches we thought it time for an update.
The start of our seasons seems a distant memory with our first foal arriving at 11.45pm on 1 st March but since then we have had many more â€“ 18 in total and many more sleepless nights. Our last foal â€˜Brackenspa Deuce' arrived at a very civilised hour â€“ 9.25 pm on 26 th June â€“ which then left the remainder of the night for celebrating.
It has been a very successful year all the mares and foals are doing well and you can see pictures of them on our Foals 2008 page.
Of the 18 born we have had 11 fillies and 7 colts. The 9 foals that are by our resident stallions have done us proud and 5 of them have already secured their new homes and at weaning, will be moving on to pastures new. We wish them and their new owners all the best and with every success for the future. Never the less, we shall be keeping an eye on them and look forward to following their progress in the years to come.
Both â€˜Crown's Wonder Pearl' and â€˜Athens Mumbo Jumbo' have had a fantastic first season. The fertility results with both chilled and fresh extended semen have produced 100% positive pregnancy rates. The first of their 2009 crop of foals are eagerly awaited in early March and April respectively. As young stallions we have been very pleased with how they have behaved both in temperament and handling through the season as such a busy time can prove quite challenging to the most experienced stallion.
Multicolor has had a productive first season at Brackenspa Stud. His first foal being born earlier this year, leaves us all excited about next years crop. After settling in well he proved a gentleman in and out of the stable and definitely had an eye for certain ladies! He has also created a new record here at Brackenspa Stud â€“ our first set of quads! Having dealt with two sets of triplets last year we are looking forward to the set of quins next, although, Roger may have other thoughts!
Resident Gypsy has again proved his worth â€“ although an identical replacement has yet again eluded us! With mixed roans, skewbald and our standard sabino all showing their faces. Our ever reliable foundation stallion has been kept busy with lots of mares from across the country making a visit. One of his foals born this year was the first to be â€˜snapped' up on our open day.
The arrival of Macediona Mac's colt in June of 2008 was another excuse for a celebration. Mac has had a good year with both pure bred and non pure bred mares. He had a successful outing at the annual breed show and has remained a calm and well behaved chap throughout the season.
Athen's Abercadabra and Graf Fenmaster have yet again covered a variety of mares. They have both proven themselves as true sports hoses sires with top quality foals born in 2008 and more anticipated in 2009. Of the colt foals born at Brackenspa stud in 2008 Brackenspa Mr Mistoffelees (Athens Abercadabra) and Brackenspa Graf Master (Graf Fenmaster) were the most eye-catching and promising.
Our two three year olds have now started ridden work in preparation for the 2009 competition season. â€˜Crown's Wonder Pearl' is proving himself to be both bold and responsive. He has spent time in the school and hacking around the farm. We aim to have him out competing in January of 2009. He is showing promise over fences and a good attitude towards his work. On the 17th September he was presented for grading with the ECHA in Suffolk by the kind permission of Joanne Margossian. It was a busy day but also a very successful one. He graded with flying colours into Hengstbuch (Stallion book) 1.
â€˜Athens Mumbo Jumbo' has been away with Richard Walker for a working holiday and has spent time hacking and popping logs. He is a forward going, quick thinking chap who we hope to have out competing early in the New Year. His school work is developing nicely and he is a very rideable horse.
Our established stallions have enjoyed a bit of a break from ridden work through the busy time of the covering season but are now being prepared for the winter competitions. We aim to have them out competing in both dressage and showjumping in the near future.