Holme Park Stud celebrates 25 years of breeding Trakehners
Earlier in the year Holme Park Stud in Northill Bedfordshire opened their doors to celebrate 25 years of breeding Trakehner horses at Holme Grove Farm and Holme Park Stud. It was a beautiful day and despite opening on the same day as England played in the World Cup there was a really good turnout.
Holme Grove Solomon opened the show in June aged 24 being led in hand and looked in wonderful condition despite his years. Herr Erhard Schulte from the Trakehner Verband introduced all the horses including Solomon’s approved son Holme Park Krug. He was shown ridden by Debbie Watts. We were then shown the produce of twenty five years of careful selective breeding from foals to older competition horses that had returned to help celebrate the stud’s Open Day. Many of the mares and young stock shown were breed Champions and some the product of three generations of Holme Park breeding.
The initial interest in the Trakehner breed came from Julia Charlton, Susan Attew’s sister who rode a Trakehner stallion and fell in love with the characteristics that go together to make such a good competition horse. Because of that Julia went on to buy in 1984 a broodmare called Schlobitten by Malachit out of a mare by Schwalbe. Schlobitten had bred the champion stallion in Germany, Schiwago by Tannenburg. As the cross with Tannenburg was so successful Julia took the opportunity to breed Schlobitten with Fernando, a grandson of Tannenburg who was standing in the UK for a year with David and Freda Clark in 1985. “The rest is history” as they say and Holme Grove Solomon was born.
Holme Park Stud as we know it today came in to being by accident. Paul and Susan Attew had to fly to Germany at short notice to help Susan’s sister Julia who was due to ride the newly acquired stallion Istanbul by Flaneur at a farewell demonstration at Neumunster. The result of their trip was the mare Farah von der Insel who was in foal to Sir Shostakovich XX.
Another acquired graded stallion was Prokofiev by Beg XX. He went on to compete successfully at Advanced Medium level with Peter Storr and Prix St .George with Julia who still rides and trains him in Lincolnshire.
The Attews are still passionate about breeding their Trakehner horses and are committed to breeding good quality competition horses with internationally recognised bloodlines. They are active members of the UK Trakehner Association. Paul was a judge recently at the UK Trakehner annual mare grading in September. It was a proud moment to have the Stud’s stallion Solomon awarded UK Elite status at the show.
The next Open Day at the Stud is Sunday 26th June 2011 where you will have the opportunity to see more of their lovely horses. For more details about the Stud please visit the web sight www.holmetrakehners.com
image of Holme Park Krug copyright Tanja Davis image of Holme Park Van Gogh copyright Holme Park Stud.