Archives: December 2013


Drongo 1988-2013

Over Christmas we received the sad news from Brian and Andrea Boulton of Joysons Hill Stables that Drongo (1988 by Dhruv x Difayah) died in November. Drongo was an example of the versatile performance Arab that we aim to breed at Biddesden: he was the winner of 7 races and became an advanced endurance horse…. Read more »


Eventing Updates

A quick update for the end of the season: Annaliese won the BE100 at Dauntsey finishing on her dressage score of 26.5 and she has now stepped up to Novice and had two pleasing runs at Berkshire College and Aldon. Imbroglio was placed in her last two runs of the season finishing 7th in the… Read more »


Tamarillo’s Clone

Tamarillo won Badminton and Burghley and was William Fox-Pitt’s mount in the British team for some years. How we have wished that we could breed from him. Now, owing to advances in technology, we think that we will be able to do the equivalent. Thanks to the good offices of Replica Farm a clone of… Read more »


A Busy Weekend

A crowd of people including Katey, Sophie, Sophie Adesina and Livy as well as two lorryloads of horses set off for Malvern early last Thursday morning for The Arab Horse Society National Championships. The sun beat down on the Three Counties Showground while Katey competed a succession of young horses in ridden showing classes, dressage… Read more »


The Crabbet Convention 2013

The Crabbet Convention was held at Addington in Buckinghamshire on the weekend of the 20 and 21 July 2013. There were a couple of representatives from Biddesden: Nefertiti Bint Nayifah and her filly foal by Sisyrinchium. Nefertiti was bred and is still owned by Manon Somerville of Co. Wicklow in Ireland. She comes from the… Read more »


Updates on the Eventing Front

A good few weeks for Biddesden horses. Katey Cuthbertson had a successful day with Imbroglio at Eridge in Kent at the end of June competing in the Novice Regional Final and gathering another point with only a slightly disappointing mark in the dressage holding her just out of the top ten. At Barbury International Horse… Read more »


Biddesden goes Viral

In May our Pure bred Arab mare Nefertiti bint Nayifah gave birth to a beautiful filly by Sisyrinchium (seen to the left) but little did we know that this brand new, as yet unnamed, foal was already an internet hit via YouTube. In 2012, shortly after the mare had arrived from Ireland, Rory Guinness filmed… Read more »


Ballota and Dace Sainsbury head to Tarbes

Exciting news as Dace Sainsbury and Ballota (2000 by Sisyrinchium x Beradia) have been selected by EGB for the Young Rider World Championships in Tarbes, France at the the end of July. This pairing have racked up many successes in the past few years including being the best placed British combination and 12th placed overall… Read more »


Gnocchi Wins the Exmoor Stag Cup 2013

Endurance rider Linda Kidd competed in May’s Golden Horseshoe on Exmoor on Gnocchi (2005 by Grafik x Branta). Despite the very tough conditions, the combination won the Exmoor Stag Cup Two Day 120km class and were awarded Best Condition as the mare finished on a 48/48 heart rate plus good statistics for her muscle tone… Read more »

- Tweseldown, March 2013

Imbroglio at Tweseldown

Katey Cuthbertson and Imbroglio (2005 by Indoctro x Turkish Candle) had a successful outing to Tweseldown this weekend, coming 4th in their Intermediate section and gathering only a few time faults in the cross country section. The combination have been gaining their confidence over the tougher tracks since their nice win at the mare’s final… Read more »


Erodium at Jersey Fresh CCI 3*

Canadian rider Jessica Phoenix finished 8th at the Jersey Fresh CCI 3* Horse Trials on the Biddesden-bred Part bred Arab Erodium (2001 by VDL Emilion x Calamintha). After successes in the show ring, Erodium was imported to Canada as a young horse by Vanessa Fenwick who competed him for several years before selling him to… Read more »