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Pulehill Rustic Fox , Reg SHB- Stable name: Podraigh or just 'P'!, Born 1997
Podraigh is our superb heavyweight show hunter- a true ‘one off’ character with immense substance and quality- we would be very hard pressed to ever find another like him. Podraigh is an 18hh dapple liver chestnut gelding and was purchased in 2004 from a small advert in Horse & Hound and he truly is a horse of a lifetime, we consider ourselves very fortunate to have found him- he is unflappable at shows, in traffic and is a dream to ride doing anything that is asked of him. We believe he was brought over from Ireland but sadly has no breeding and we have tried in vain to find out- he is most certainly ID/TB as he has a good 10” bone and is very ‘typey’. Our first showing season in 2006 was fantastic:

  • Qualifying 1st time out for the RIHS 2006 at Warrington Show
  • Winning the heavyweight hunters at the Royal Lancashire Show, qualifying for the Blue Chip challenge and the RIHS 2007
  • Competing for the first time at the Royal International horse show at Hickstead- an amazing experience!

We continued our winning ways in 2007 defending our title at Lancs again qualifying for RIHS 2008. Podraigh is responsible for our love affair with the Irish Draught and it was due to him that we started our search for a youngster as a field companion for him- a pure bred RID gelding this time. Podraigh is an excellent mentor to Splodge and, we hope, many more youngsters to come. As close to a police horse as they come, he has given Splodge huge confidence hacking out and with all manner of traffic and it is very much thanks to him that we now have a cracking, confident little man to ride and enjoy. We would love to try and create another Podraigh in our breeding programme and we hope we are lucky enough to do so but we fear there will only ever be one big P bear!!

Ferdi Born 2008. **SOLD**
Sire: Attwood Black Laughton RID, Dam: Annabel RID x Western Sun

  • Ferdi is a pure bred Irish Draught gelding who passed as a Class 2 stallion in 2012 at rising 4 yrs. His sire Attwood Black Laughton is from the Ginger Dick line of Laughton now quite rare and known for its great temperaments and jumping ability. Ferdi is one of his last few progeny as he no longer stands at public stud. His dam Annabel is from a long line of county show winners and champion mares and he has inherited her outstanding loving, laid-back nature. A true heavyweight stamp, he combines traditional substance and bone with quality, and he is a fantastic light mover for his size. He lives out with our old mares who have taught him manners and he is an angel to handle. 2009 results: 3rd Midland Counties(2nd Yearling)qualified for the NFU youngstock champs, 1st at The Royal, 1st and res Champion in-hand at the North West Irish Draught show.

    Information on Ferdi's’ parents:
    Attwood Black Laughton RID- Height 16.3hh, Black. Sire: Ballinrobe Boy, Dam: Lydican Madam x Atlantic Boy.

    A superb outcross stallion posessing many old and unusual bloodlines gentically valuable to the pure bred herd, he has produced many performance horses and show winners and champions. Owned from a foal by the Highwood Stud he has been a successful broodmare sire with many producing RID stallions, he currently has no stallion son on the register and we hope Ferdi will go on to be a worthy successor to this rare line.
    Annabel RID- Height 16hh, Grey. Sire: Western Sun, Dam: Caitlin x Foxglen Himself.
    The best mare we have ever had the priviledge to see with the most outstanding temperament possible. She is a big show winner and was Champion at the Royal coming from a prolific dam line and a grandaughter of the famous multi-champion mare On a Promise. Her sire Western Sun is an advanced dressage sire now standing in the US.

    Pure Brave Knight Stable name: Monty Born 2011.**FOR SALE**
    Sire: Ferdi ID Class 2, Dam: Amber Lass AID x Amber Legend

  • Monty is a true 'one off' and very special. He is the only son of Ferdi before he was gelded out of Amber. On his only outing as a yearling in 2012 he won Derby County show and was in-hand champion- a great achievement for him and for us. He has a fabulous scopey movement and correct conformation and we hope will make a successful ridden horse in the future. As a 2 year old he was shown only twice, 4th at Aintre Show and 3rd in the 2Yr old gelding class at the national show. Results 2014- 3rd warrington Show.

    Tetrarch Boy RID- Stable name: Splodge,Deceased 2003-2011
    Sire: Grange Bouncer RID, Dam: Beeston Melody x Gort Boy

    Splodge was a complete ‘character’! Everyone who ever met him fell in love with him as he loved cuddles and was one of the most affectionate horses we have ever known and owned. We bought Splodge in 2005 as a 2year old from Janet George of Indigo Irish Draughts and went to see him on the strength of a very rough picture just arrived from Ireland. He was thin, hairy and a very strange colour indeed- Janet described him as pink with blue spots!-but we both thought he had great limbs and we were not disappointed when we went to view him not only is his conformation outstanding but his movement is wonderful! We were indeed VERY lucky to buy him as Janet thought he was something special and did not really want to part with him, I think we caught her on a good day! Splodge had missed out on a lot of early handling so when he came home we spent many months calmly handling him and getting him used to the sights and sounds of daily life on a yard. He very quickly became the most loving and easy ‘little’ horse to have around. Splodge was shown lightly for education in 2006, qualifying for the Baileys Youngstock challenge at the national breed show coming 3rd in the finals. He was lightly backed in 2006 then turned away to mature and restarted in 2007. Splodge grew to over 17hh with 9 3/4" bone and was a substantial heavyweight hunter type but with alot of quality very much taking after the line of his grand sire Pride of Shaunlara. Splodge had a cracking jump- not only huge and full of power but with such style too. He will be sorely missed by us.

    Information on Splodges’ parents:
    Grange Bouncer RID- Height 16.3hh, Grey. Sire: Prospect Pride, Dam: Grange Heather x Kilmore Heather.

    He is a very popular Irish Draught stallion in Ireland, he is siring some very useful and quality stock who are regularly winning in the show ring and also at eventing and dressage. Grange Bouncer himself is an Intermediate eventer and is of a more modern sporty type, passing terrific quality and movement to his progeny. We think that Splodge is of a very similar stamp to his sire and has inherited his wonderful temperament as well as his outstanding movement which we hope that he will use very well in a dressage career.
    Beeston Melody RID- Height 16.2hh, Grey(sadly deceased). Sire: Gort Boy, Dam: Harpist x Carrigbawn Lad.
    Hornby Premium mare and was a prolific broodmare during her life breeding only to RID stallions. We were lucky enough to go and see her in Ireland the year before her death and saw her with her 2005 filly foal at foot who is a full sister to our Splodge. Beeston Melody was bred in the UK by Mr Archie Smith-Maxwell before being sold to Dr.Karen Hinckley who we believe had her for several years and she was then sold to Ireland where we saw her with her last owner Mr Martin Collins of Co,Tipperary. We met the owners of one of her previous daughters at the Breed show and would love to hear from anyone who may have more information on her or who has a sibling to our Splodge. Her breeding history as far as we know is as follows:
    1993- Colt called Cello x Cork Arthur RID
    1994- Filly(graded RID mare) called Grizzle x Cork Arthur RID
    1995- Colt called Cork Melody x Cork Arthur RID
    1996- Colt called Bartys Tune x Cork Arthur RID
    1997- Filly(graded RID mare) called Magical Mystery x Mountain Prince RID
    1999- Filly(graded RID mare) called Rathcommon Cello x Cork Arthur
    2000- Colt called Banjo Boy x Blue Champion RID
    2003- SPLODGE x Grange Bouncer RID
    2004- Filly(unnamed) x Grange Bouncer RID
    2005- Filly(unnamed) x Grange Bouncer RID

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