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Performance Horse – Stallions at Stud – Harthill, Malpas, Cheshire


Nina Barbour and Oliver Townend established their stud partnership in 2009. Having visited industry-leading studs throughout the USA, Ireland and the rest of Europe to investigate different systems and design concepts, their vision is to create a world-renowned breeding establishment.

The primary objective is to produce top class event horses for both national and international markets, with the emphasis being placed on traditional Irish and thoroughbred bloodlines. They have sourced some exceptional stallions as the breeding foundation for Harthill Stud. These stallions are an exciting collection for outside breeders, with options to suit most sport horse mares, backed up with advice based on our in-depth knowledge of the competition industry.

Harthill Stud has 8 performance stallions standing

Arkol – £750 plus VAT

Arkol by Argentinus has been much admired since winning the 4 year old class at The British Showjumping National Championship at the Scope Festival in 2011. He has since consistently won 5 year old classes at Arena UK, Addington and Scope. In 2013 Arkol has had three wins in the Six Year Old Tour in Valencia. He will be campaigned by Billy Twomey who considers him to have the talent and scope to be part of his top string of horses.

Peppermill – £1,000 plus VAT

“Peppermill is one of the best horses jumping in the world today” Emile Hendrix commentary re PeppermillPerformance -2006 World Games5th 2007 European Champs2008 Beijing Olympic Games TeamAmongst many other major competitions, Peppermill has won the Grand Prix in San Patrignano and Rome and was the winner of the £90,000 Grand Prix at the 2009 Global Champions Tour in Valencia. He has been the anchorman in 22 Nations Cup teams in the last three years and was part of the British Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Ramiro B – £750 plus VAT @

Ramiro B’s pedigree is a cocktail of some of the best jumping lines including Belgium Warmblood and Holstein. Born in Belgium and produced in Ireland, with consistency in technique, genuine rideability and scope and successfully competed internationally with Irish international rider Edward Doyle.

And also Honour Cruise, a young event horse and power Line whose progeny are eventing: “Power Line” – 2* event horse coming up the grades in the UK, previously campaigned with Antoinette McKeowen. Already clocked some great results at international level. Now ridden by Martyn Johnson to Advanced level. “Power Drive” In 2014 he was the champion at the Novice Final, and has been consistant to 1* level under Oliver Townend. “BGS Juicy Fruit” – 2* Event mare, selected in Ireland for the World Championships for young horses at Le Lions d’Angers in 2014. “Wi

Harthill’s initial base has been established at Egerton Hall Farm, where the state-of-the-art facilities have been set up to cater for your mare and foal’s every need. Mares and young stock are welcome for any length of stay, and AI packages are available both using our own stallions’ semen, or any outside stallion of your choice.

Harthill offer a range of packages to suit your mare and her serviceing needs.

Harthill Stud offer a foaling service with 24 hour supervision and years of practical experience in foaling.

We know what a newborn foal needs to give them every chance of growing into a future superstar, and we ensure they receive it.

Our team of industry esteemed staff and purpose built facilities ensure that any stress is alleviated from broodmare owners at this exciting time.

Broodmares are stabled in our large foaling boxes all complete with CCTV installed, as well as our state of the art foaling alarm system.

The mares have daily turnout and are monitored 24hrs a day until foaling.

Once your mare has foaled we offer a programme of management tailored to their individual needs. Some foals are able to use our secure nursery paddocks as soon as 24 hours old, where others need to be more restricted for a little longer. These foal management decisions are based on a combination of our experience in raising foals, and the advice of our industry renowned vet Sarah Stoneham.

Sarah also offers a new foal package where a new foal will have an examination on the morning after their birth, and then an IgG test to make sure they have received sufficient immunity from the colostrum, and a tetanus antitoxin.

If you would like to send your mare to foal with us, we recommend that she arrives with enough time to be totally relaxed and at home in her new surroundings. Typically clients will bring mares a fortnight prior to her foaling date, but if the mare has a history of early foaling or can take a while to settle, arriving a month prior to her due date can be more suitable.

We will keep you regularly updated with all progress throughout, and welcome scheduled visits at this exciting time.


Stallion at Stud


Honour Cruise combines an exceptional jumping technique with superb correct movement and conformation. He was selected by Oliver Townend and Nina Barbour from the 2009 Elite 3 yr old sale at Cavan. He combines the very best of Irish bloodlines and has the blood and quality needed to be a top-class athlete. Honour Cruise has a fantastic, trainable temperament. Jumped a double clear in his first event, a BE100, at the end of the 2012 season with Oliver Townend, finishing on his dressage score of 25. In 2013 Honour Cruise completed his first full season, finishing the season with a consistant record at Novice level. Finishing in the top ten on five occasions.