Pedigree & History

Ron started riding at the age of 5. However, it was his sister Fran (now Brodie) who started the family’s interest in breeding by producing a foal from the mare that they shared as teenagers. In 1980, Gail (aka Wishbone Abbey) produced a filly foal called Floppy. She was so named because her ears appeared floppy just after she was born. Luckily the ears didn’t stay that way and she went on to become a hugely successful event mare called Welton Abbey. Her sire was Welton Gamesun who was by Welton Gameful. Floppy went through the ranks to complete Badminton in 1992, ridden by her owner Georgie Caldwell. She subsequently produced a number of foals that also competed to  2* level and beyond.

Ron was riding regularly from the age of 5 up to 17, and competed in various disciplines but focused mainly on Tetrathlon with the Pony Club and hunting with the Pytchley Hunt. From 17 the world changed and the focus moved onto rugby which took up most weekends.

He took up riding again aged 32, when the rugby injuries eventually curtailed that sporting pursuit. Initially he returned to hunting, with a touch of team chasing but relatively quickly moved towards eventing. It’s the level of challenge in the cross country, show jumping and dressage that drives the passion to succeed

Ron has completed a number of 2* events but only gets to ride at weekends which presents its own challenges. This is particularly so as the standards of dressage and the needs to show jump well are increasing along with the growing technical demands of cross country. This competition knowledge is used to inform the approach to the breeding programme.

The grandson of Welton Abbey, Kenny is competing at the London 2012 Olympics in the Brazilian Eventing Team.

In a link to the current crop of mares, we have recently acquired Treviscoe, whose great, great grandsire on her dam’s side is none other than Welton Gameful. We are hopeful that the link will presage highly successful offspring!

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