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

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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.

 

Oliver Townend says he’s got ‘the horse power and the support’ for his 2015 season – Good Luck Ollie

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Oliver Townends’ interview with Lee Sobort, the equestrian correspondent for the Yorkshire post reassured his fans on his aims and ambitions for the 2014 event season following the serious injury to his shoulder at the end of 2013.  Then Townsend insisted its not ‘If’ its ‘When’ and to prove a point he has had a fantastic season clocking up some 480 rides and and 1556 points is the BE 2014 number 1 ranking rider and as if this is not enough he is also the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings number 4 and Eventing Zone Rankings number 3.!.

He says he’s “Got the horse power and the support” and is looking to adding millage to his horses in the 2015 season. He is confident of a good start on Armarda at Burgham at the end of March and is looking forward to a strong Badminton in May.

He is set to start his season with five rides at Aston-Le-Walls on the 1st of March so we all wish him the best for a successful 2015 season …. and his thousands of fans rooting far and beyond into the all important 2016 Event in Rio

His super converted dairy farm in Shropshire has everything on hand for training horses from his 46 box yard.  He always has stock for sale from young stock up to 3* and 4* horses.

Becoming one of Oliver Townends’ owners is a chance to become involved in an exciting sport following a top talented rider.   As an owner you can expect not only a very professional relationship but Townend aims to give his owners the best attention.  He says “Eventing is our business, but it should also be fun and we like to consider our owners as friends too”

Stallion at Stud

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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.

Stallion for Eventing

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Harthill Stud boasts- Honour Cruise, he 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.

Oliver Townend Horse Scout Profile

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The hunger to succeed

Our leading event rider professional profile goes to Oliver…Winner of both Badminton and Burghley in 2009, Oliver’s success has always been based on hard graft and a love for the horses he works with. Oliver inherited this love of horses from his parents. His dad, Alan, was also an event rider, while mum, Eve, showed side saddle at county level.

Oliver began riding when he was 7 years old. His first success came when he was 11, with his pony Cool Mule at the Horse of the Year Show. At 13 he went on to represent Britain on the Pony eventing team at the European Championships, and he quickly moved through the ranks. For three years he was stable jockey to the late British Event Team show jumping trainer, Kenneth Clawson, in Leicestershire.

When Oliver eventually set up on his own at Lubenham Lodge, Leicestershire, he had just a few pounds in his pocket but an unquenchable thirst for success. Less than two years later he was able to buy his own farm in Dudleston Heath near Ellesmere, Shropshire where he is now based.

In 2005 the Hon William Russell’s Topping provided Oliver’s first crack at Badminton and he made the most of it by finishing in 12th place. This earned them an individual place at the European Championships, Blenheim, the same year. Edward & Robert Nicholson’s Flint Curtis took over as Oliver’s top horse in 2006 after placing third at Badminton, the horse’s first four star event. Oliver remained on the British Squad, riding Flint as an individual at the Aachen WEG that year, before earning his first team place – and a European Championship gold medal – at Pratoni in 2007.

Oliver Townend and ArmadaThen came his most successful year to date: 2009. Oliver and Flint Curtis won their first CCI**** at Badminton and Oliver then went on to win Burghley CCI**** on his other top grey horse, Andrew Cawthray’s Carousel Quest. He duly finished the season at the top of the British Eventing points table for the first time, having previously been top British rider.

Great results continue, with successive top placings at both national and international events. His string of horses, from youngsters to four star competitors, is impressive: his famous greys might no longer be in the start box, but they have worthy replacements. In 2012 Oliver was given the ride on Paul Ridgeon’s 4* horse Armada, and won Oliver the British National Championship title the following year.

In May this year, at one of the toughest Badminton’s in decades, Armada finished in the runner up spot. Meanwhile Black Tie II placed 4th at his first ever CCI4*, earning Oliver a place on the British Squad for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, with Armada named on the Reserve list.

Oliver finished the 2014 season at the top of the BE Rider Rankings, with a clear points lead. Armada was =3rd in the Horse Rankings.

Oliver Townend and Horse Scout

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Horse Scout are supported by the Yorkshire born and bred Oliver Townend, now based in Shropshire, and is involved with both his own event horse production at Gadlas Farm, but also Harthill Stud. Oliver inherited his love of horses from his parents. His mother Eve showed side-saddle at county level and his father Alan competed successfully in three day eventing. His early success was gained on a 14.2hh pony Cool Mule, with whom he won a class at the Horse of the Year Show and also represented Great Britain on the Pony Eventing Team at European Championship level.

In 2005 the Hon William Russell’s Topping provided Oliver with his first opportunity to ride at Badminton where he finished in 12th place; earning them selection to the FEI European Championships,Blenheim, that year. Edward and Robert Nicholson’s Flint Curtis took over as Oliver’s top horse in 2006 after achieving third at Badminton with Oliver, the horse’s first CCI4* event. Oliver remained on the British Squad, riding Flint as an individual at the Aachen WEG that year, before earning his first team place – and a European Championship gold medal – at Pratoni in 2007.

Among many international successes, Oliver was the triumphant winner of both of the world’s largest three day Events in 2009, taking both Badminton and Burghley winning titles.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

2009 European Championships (Flint Curtis)
2007 European Championships: 12th (Flint Curtis)
2006 World Equestrian Games: 11th (Flint Curtis)
2005 European Championships (Flint Curtis)

Oliver has produced and sold some of the best event horses in history, Oliver always has horses for sale, and has an exceptional depth of horses being run every season.