Tedworth Hunt Scurry 2016

Valentine’s Day dawned bright and bitterly cold but that didn’t stop a hardened band of equestrians from turning out at Mirabel Helme’s farm, Mount Orleans, on the edge of Salisbury Plain in East Wiltshire. The course was reputedly a touch longer than most expected and around 30 obstacles stood in the way of the competitors… Read more »


Sisyrinchium and his Daughters 2015

Sisyrinchium (1991 by Dhruv x Sakuntala) is now 25 but has been a superbly versitile sire for us and a credit to his famous father, Dhruv. He has sired successes on the eventing circuit, in dressage, endurance and also in the show ring. As a young horse he too had a successful career both in… Read more »


Tamarillo 1992 – 2015

Today was a very sad day for us as Tamarillo was put to sleep. We had a wonderful time with him and have many, many amazing memories. Here is the press release from Fox-Pitt Eventing. Very sadly today Tamarillo was put to sleep – at 23, age had simply caught up with the 2004 Badminton… Read more »


A Grand Challenge

This weekend Katey will run the London Marathon as part of her ‘Grand Challenge’ of completing 1000 miles powered by herself under race conditions in 1000 days. Katey has set herself this challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of her sister Fay Cuthbertson who passed away as a result of the… Read more »


January Show Jumping

Cold weather means indoor competitions and all weather surfaces so all the horses get a good dose of show jumping in the winter. Last week Katey went out twice: to Crofton Manor on Wednesday and to West Wilts on Friday. At Crofton Stracciatella went well and had a clear round, Annaliese had two clears and… Read more »


The British Stallion Event

The big stallion parade for Competition Stallions was held at Hartpury Agricultural College on 3rd January. It is organised by The British Bred Sport Horse, under the wing of the British Equestrian Federation. There were 64 stallions entered, 29 in the Dressage section, 21 in the Eventing section and 14 in the Show Jumping section…. Read more »


Imbroglio and Incognito

Imbroglio, our Part bred Arab mare by Indoctro out of Turkish Candle, finished the season with clear cross country rounds at Intermediate level at Aldon and at the CCI** at Osberton (photos below by ES Photography – click on them to enlarge). Her full brother, the young stallion Incognito (see the stallion section of the… Read more »


Tedworth Opening Meet

A few photos from the opening meet on Saturday. Click on the photos to enlarge. Rory on Alcibiades by All That Jazz Rosabel Creen on Halston Pompey


Kellythorpe Stud Breeder Award

Finn was very pleased to accept the Kellythorpe Stud Leading Arab Breeder of the Year Award presented at the Horse of the Year Show on the 9th October 2014.


Holnest Mikado

Congratulations to Kate Walters of Holnest Connemaras. Her yearling colt out of her pure bred Connemara mare Eileen and by Persiflage, Holnest Mikado, was made Champion Part bred Arab at the Dorset County Show in September. Holnest Mikado also became In-hand Supreme Champion at the National Pony Society Area 24 Autumn (Foal & Youngstock Show)… Read more »


Bakst – An Update

Many thanks to Alan Brown from whom we received this update on Bakst (2000 by Dante x Branta) who won the AHS marathon in 2011. “After the marathon in 2011, Bakst went on to do two FEI 1 star races (80 km) in 2012 at King’s Forest and then Euston Park, both of which he… Read more »


High Light III wins Chomondeley Castle Intermediate

Congratulations to Marcus Reid, our old friend and now Powys-based rider who claimed a convincing win on his home-bred Anglo Arab gelding, High Light III (aka Rupert), who is by our stallion Sisyrinchium. Marcus was previously based near Biddesden and has ridden several of our horses over the years including Marengo and Grafik. The 31st… Read more »


Edam by All That Jazz

We were happy to spot on the Janów Podlaski website that their yearling Anglo-Arabian colt Edam by All That Jazz became the Gold Champion Colt and Best in Show at the National Junior Championships of Malopolski Horses held at Białka Stallion Depot in Poland at the end of July.


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 »