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6th September 2020

I do not know where the time has gone this year! I have been uncharacteristically  lax in not keeping the news page updated despite publishing the monthly Galleries and keeping new photos of the foals current. 


In many respects this has been one of the busiest years we have had for a long time.  With lock down and many of the usual distractions kept at bay we have made a concerted effort to concentrate on getting everything up to date in terms of maintenance, improvements and establishing future aims and planning.

We have been blessed with the presence of Emily Rix back and riding the stallions as her plans for this summer were stymied too as a result of this strange state of affairs borne on the back of COVID.

GFS Fire and Ice has benefited enormously from Emily's attention and he has recovered his fitness following last years injury and thoroughly enjoying jumping and schooling work where he has made enormous leaps and bounds...literally! 

Following a really sensational foaling season that despite the many dramas, tragedies and problems that arose this year we had a really fantastic foal crop which was very exciting.  We have made a decision to retain two of the fillies and there are two colts that have sparked an excitement here that I have not felt for a while.  They too will be lingering a while!

We have two colts, GFS DragonHeart our darling orphan and the spectacular GFS Kalahari who we are offering as available to the right homes and two sensational fillies GFS Wishful Thinking and either Izzy's or Pepper's, whichever goes first.  I would be delighted to keep either! 

We said goodbye last week to Whisper's absolutely heavenly filly GFS Amazing Grace.  She is set for a life enjoying the thrills and excitement of the eventing circuit.  The beautiful twins GFS Peekaboo and WhoopsieDaisy are happily going to remain together in a wonderful new home shortly and GFS Rocketman is heading to a fabulous lady who has big plans for him as an eventer too.

Weaning is well under way and with only four left to wean in six weeks time I have had endless enjoyment spending time with the foals and practising all the essential handling skills and basic life skills necessary when living with people!

We have had twenty one mares scanned in foal for next year and plan to retain up to ten to continue the plan of developing more of a ridden program and professional production of our horses for ourselves.  In the years following we will be reducing the foals we produce in line with our mares retirement and youngsters will start taking more of a priority and more in line with a peaceful semi retirement!

Paddy is still in the Cotswolds where he has been out only a few times unfortunately but continues to be an absolute dream stallion and one capable of flying round a Novice BE course, schooling to a very high level and hacking on the buckle alone or in company.  I have regretfully come to the decision that I will be selling Paddy of Liosin this year.  He is a joy to own and I have thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of owning him since purchasing him in utero nine years ago.  He has produced some absolutely fantastic foals for me including the amazing GFS Eskimo Jo and he is the sire of two of our 2021 expected foals.  Unfortunately I simply do not have nor have ever really had the time to orchestrate his career the way I had hoped to.

This horse is a dream come true in terms of his faultless temperament, absolutely staggeringly beautiful looks and his absolute kindness and generosity under saddle.  He is safety personified and I would go as far as to say he is almost anybody's ride.  He is vice free, an angel to catch, load, travel, with the farrier and his behaviour out and about is both professional and mannerly.

I would like to find a home for him where he can continue to enjoy competing, produce more wonderful foals and most importantly receive the love and attention that he so craves and deserves.  He is not a bargain by any means but to the perfect home his price will be fair.


Folly's Rock (1998 – 2020)

Always loved, forever in our hearts and memories. I am so sad I had to let her go but she told me it was time.

This mare touched our lives in so many ways. She was a force of nature, physically and with a character that demanded attention. She had the kind of presence that the special ones always have.

Folly's Rock was enormous fun, full of exuberance, opinionated, an amazing mother and a devoted friend. She did not suffer fools but she was also so very kind.

She had five foals for me over the many years I have spent with her and learned from her. Four colts; GFS Fire and Ice, GFS Hocus Pocus, GFS Punk Rock all of which were loud leopard spot and all pretty fantastic.

She blessed me with one daughter, GFS Hi Jinx, now three who I could not part with fortunately and will one day become part of this incredible mares legacy. She leaves her 2020 colt, GFS Rocketman too soon but this special boy will do her proud, of that I have no doubt. She loved being a mother and her foals were her greatest source of joy and pride.

Folly was by the late great Rock King and out of a Bohemond mare. Bred very much for eventing, she was sadly denied the competitive career she would have thrived on and doubtless shone at due to early injury. She was a born athlete with Herculean strength and so fleet of foot and mind.

She will live on through the bloodlines she shared with her foals and her many grandchildren and I am sure she will be waiting, one day when it is time for me to join her.

She has left her pain behind and I am happy for her that her aching body can no longer stop her running free even though my aching heart needs a little time to heal.

3rd June 2020

Not too much news at the moment.  

We are almost finished covering and scanning our own mares in foal with just a few of the more difficult girls still to confirm as due to foal in 2021.  It looks as though we have a record number of foals due with a third of our mares then due for retirement.  A bit like myself!  The 2021 foals are fairly evenly spread as sired by our four stallions and needless to say, I am already anticipating their arrivals and agonising over their names!

Both GFS Fire and Ice and GFS Lord of the Dance are back in work with the return of Emily Rix for the summer.  Having super established flatwork and with Ice having been trained to Advanced Medium dressage.  We will be concentrating on their jumping this year.

We have welcomed a new mare to the farm, she is a lovely five year old by Sir Shutterfly, having competed in the BYEH at Burleigh with the highest jumping score, she will be put in foal to GFS Fire and Ice.

We still have a number of our 2020 foals available for your consideration, all of which are super quality with great temperaments and suitable for a variety of disciplines and future aspirations. I will be updating all of the foal pages this weekend with plenty of updated photos.

The JUne Photo Gallery has now been published and can be viewed on the Gallery Page or just beneath this post.

June 2020 Gallery Slideshow

9th June 2020

Here is a link to our Facebook page.  It is the only way I can share the link to the rather lovely feature article published by the Regional Horse Magazines with none other than GFS Eskimo Jo on the cover!

I will be updating photos and videos this week and have already published our GFS Sporthorses May 2020 photo Gallery for anyone interested in that slide show.

Paddy returned to the Cotswolds last week to join Frankie Price in preparation for the commencement of the British Eventing season commencing next month...fingers crossed!  He thoroughly enjoyed his holiday and we are expecting two foals from him in 2021!

In other news...we are still welcoming a number of visiting mares with GFS Fire and Ice and GFS Lord of the Dance being exceptionally popular this year.

Of our own mares, we now have eighteen scanned in for a bumper season in 2021 and some very exciting combinations!

Foaling is of course now over for us and we have some super foals on the ground with a number still available.

Our little orphan has well and truly bonded with his new foster mum and is now thoroughly enjoying the freedom to play with other horses and learn valuable lessons from that interaction and that of being cared for by this super mare.

4th June 2020

It is with great excitement and a degree of relief that I can happily announce both the arrival of this magnificent chestnut filly and the final curtain call for the end of our 2020 foaling season.

This beautiful red head is by GFS Eskimo Jo and of course out of 'Izzy' or Zievident as she is registered with the KWPN. There is some serious jumping talent to be found in this filly's pedigree and Izzy is the dam of the eventing 'wonderchild' GFS Moonlight Echo. Her last filly was snapped up by the owners of Echo and we will doubtless be reporting on her debut in a couple of years!

I will post updates on both of our final two fillies and get some photos as they leave the foaling barn and their little hooves get an opportunity to show us if they can dance....I rather suspect that we will be delighted!

2nd June 2020

I am delighted to announce the safe arrival of this little darling.  Charisma has produced a very beautiful minimally marked double dilute filly by GFS Lord of the Dance and I could not be happier.

I will be updating her page and details, with endless photos and video...of course!

I have also added the May 2020 Photo Gallery for anyone who may be interested in the many random photos taken over the montha nd to give a little insight into life and the many characters who live here.

One more foal to go before we can call time on another foaling season and concentrate on finishing the 2021 covering and enjoy watching this years foals exploring the paddocks, gaining in confidence daily and gradually maturing into the wonderful horses they will all become.

20th May 2020

I am absolutely thrilled to announce the safe arrival of a beautiful palomino colt in the early hours of this morning.

By GFS Lord of the Dance and out of the incredibly special KWPN Ster Graded Neforia (Haarlem x Legaat), this colt is so beautiful that it is hard to imagine him as a boy!  He is a beautiful colour, almost pink! His conformation is absolutely super with long, strong and correct legs, he is compact of body yet remains  incredibly elegant.  From the brief  time we could see him moving when they went into the school for Neforia to stretch her legs and have a roll, his movement is utterly breathtaking!  

15th May 2020

This is a story of two parts really and like many a tale, there is tragedy, hope and the promise of such a special ending that the heartache and the sorrowful journey almost makes sense.

Please let me introduce you to this little 'phoenix'. From the ashes of despair and terrible loss, this golden colt has risen and reminded us of the wonder of a new day.

On Thursday night as my beautiful Treloan Simply Red lay down to foal, it quickly became apparent that something was terribly wrong. As veterans of so very many foaling scenarios over the years and a lifetimes experience of all type of livestock midwifery at hand, it was rapidly obvious that saving the foal who was presenting upside down was going to be the best case scenario, if highly unlikely.

It is a tribute to the exceptional skills of Brian Smith who against all odds managed to guide him into the world with a steely determination and the angels on side, our incredible vets who arrived at speed, in force and with typical efficiency, that my beautiful lady left this world with dignity. Before the shock and adrenalin of her ordeal wore off, she had a brief opportunity to welcome her little man with clear delight and the unadulterated pride and adoration that is the gift of a mother.  She closed her eyes knowing love.

I count the many blessings that have arisen from this devastation even as it felt that my heart was splintering into a thousand tiny pieces.

I had the opportunity to spend a part of my life with a mare who gave nothing but love. A sweet, special soul with an immense generosity of spirit and genuine kindness. She was the daughter of my beloved Treloan Tiger Lily and was an integral part of our bigger animal family that encompasses so many wonderful characters, past and present who continue to make our lives such a huge adventure each day.

Treloan Simply Red has left a huge legacy as well as a hole in our hearts. Her tall, proud son, gilded in a coat of gleaming gold is simply perfection. He has the spirit of a fighter and the heart of a lion, a special gift left by our departing friend who will forever be missed and always remembered with such deep affection.

Sleep peacefully my beautiful girl and make sure you are watching from that special place because we will take such good care of him and he will make you so proud x

1st May 2020

Well, with nine healthy foals on the ground so far in the 'Class of 2020', there are four more very special arrivals due this year.  I cannot believe that we have managed to almost bring our foaling season to a close before the first of May!  We also have ten mares scanned in foal for 2021 already!  It is a rare thing that I am so organised so early but it is always an enormous relief to see the years foals happy, healthy and playing so happily in their little herds.  Getting the mares in foal is also another huge hurdle to clear.  I have not really embraced AI as a protocol here when the boys are here and they cover so politely in hand (for the most part!) and it is much easier to get the mares in foal but it is still a hazardous job for the handlers and it's fair to say that a collective sigh of relief is usually audible when the job is a good one!

The April 2020 Gallery has now been completed and posted on the website.  Please enjoy the photos.

The Sales Pages are coming on nicely and I will shortly be listing what foals will be available this year.

23rd April 2020

I am delighted to announce the arrival of Folly's Rock's simply stunning silvery buckskin colt!  It was not the easiest arrival as Folly has been under veterinary care for the past few months for a horrific knee injury but I am delighted to say that both Folly and her as yet unnamed colt are both doing well.

19th April 2020

As this particularly odd situation lingers and Covid19 continues to disrupt all of our lives, isolation has been passing mostly unnoticed as work continues and I have come to realise that this work is a fairly lonely old existence even without this insidious virus! 

Our seven beautiful 2020 foals who have so far made a safe arrival are all thriving and validating the tough decisions made in their breeding choices.  We have six more special deliveries yet to make a grand entrance, due from the end of the month and as ever there is a feeling of great anticipation and excitement preceding their appearance!

We have continued covering our own mares and to date have scanned seven in foal with seven more to scan in the coming days.

We are also now taking in outside mares for live cover with strict biosecurity protocol in place and social distancing strictly adhered to as per regulations. Please call if you would like to book in your mare as we now have limited spaces.

The website has been updated and I have started the 2020 photo Gallery page as a means of a monthly photo journal for anyone who is interested!

3rd April 2020

At last I am finding some time to catch up with the website. These are extraordinary trying times for us all and from my family to yours, we are sending our love, best wishes and prayers that you remain safe, positive and strong for the many trials and challenges ahead of us all.

We are obviously currently  in lock down along with the majority of the world but continue to concentrate on our foaling season. 

We have now welcomed seven very special new lives into the world, crazy as it may now be and what a thrill it has been.  They really are absolutely spectacular and everything I could have hoped for when setting out to breed my own ideal and horses with every attribute I could hope for.  I am concentrating on updating each of their pages with plenty of photos and will mark whichever will be available accordingly.

I am sorry to report that sadly Inca's enormous and very beautiful palomino leopard filly was born three weeks premature and despite a valiant effort on all parts, we lost her within 24 hours.  Inca is doing fine and has fallen in love with her new best friend, the staggeringly beautiful May Bellini who joined us last month.

I have great news from Florida...the wonderful GFS Mikado who left us last October for the US has been Graded at rising three and put on a spectacular show of his ability.  Clearing a 3ft 6" x 3ft 6" oxer with ease and great style he is now a Graded stallion and on the cusp of commencing what will doubtless be an absolutely spectacular career in both competition and as a future breeding stallion in the USA.

Wishing many congratulations to Jorge and Melissa Alvarez who are doing an incredible job of producing this much loved and missed character at Top Hat Equine.  With such fabulous new owners, his journey will be an exciting one to follow.

Top Hat Equine also bought Treliver Delphine 'Delphi' from us, she was in foal to GFS Fire and Ice.  The resulting foal is an absolutely gorgeous big palomino colt and both Delphi and her amazing foal are reportedly doing well.

In other news, we saw the arrival of another new mare before lockdown, she is a 17hh powerhouse with an enormous personality and every inch of her an athlete of massive ability.  By the very exciting young SJ stallion Sligo Candy Boy (Balou de Rouet/Giant Tschica) and out of an accomplished jumping mare by none other than the legendary and inimitable Cruising's sire, Secrest!

We had been hoping to bring in two other mares, one from Ireland and another here in the UK but have had to put those plans on hold due to the current situation.

Please keep checking the website, I will be adding many, many photos and plenty of video clips in the days to come and we still have six mares left to foal from the end of this month!

I wish you all well, let us count our many blessings at this time x

28th March 2020

I am utterly over the moon to announce the arrival of this long hoped for smoky black filly out of out precious mare Wantasia (Indoctro x Corland/Nimmerdor) and by the consistent sire of absolutely sensational offspring, GFS Fire and Ice.  Possibly the tallest foal we have ever had at foaling.

She is the sweetest natured filly with a naturally friendly, inquisitive personality and lovely laid back attitude.

This is a filly I have wished for over many foaling seasons and as Wantasia's career comes to an end, I could not be more delighted.

19th March 2019

We have been blessed by the arrival of an absolutely stunning bay colt, all legs and utterly beautiful.  This is another super colt by GFS Eskimo Jo and we are thrilled with the two foals he has sired this year with one more foal to arrive at the end of June.

12th March 2020

Last night saw the arrival of an absolutely spectacular buckskin colt by GFS Eskimo Jo.  A huge foal, he arrived with a triumphant whinny and won our hearts instantly.  His delighted mother It's Magic, or Madge to us could not be prouder and both are doing well.  This stunning young man has exceptional breeding and a pedigree made in heaven for jumping.  Whatever his future may hold, he will certainly catch everyones eye who comes across him!

09/03/2020 - Shock Announcement!

Well, here it is, time for an update on who else has arrived this 2020 foaling season!

On the 26th February following an otherwise uneventful pregnancy and a textbook delivery to full term. Our fantastic mare Destiny foaled a perfect pair of foals – again!!

A filly and a colt presented themselves following a brief and relatively easy birth. Both Destiny and her two foals were on their feet and all three enjoying a well earned feed rapidly, the two little ones zooming around the stable and exploring their surroundings and no doubt enjoying more space than they had become accustomed to!

Before I continue, I would like to categorically state that Destiny had been scanned with only one ovulating follicle and following conception, only a single foetus was detected. At no stage during her pregnancy was there the slightest suspicion that there was anything unusual.

Twins as most of us know are not desirable due to their poor survival rate and the inherent danger to the mare. This is why we routinely scan for multiple pregnancies and take immediate action in a timely fashion upon the discovery of such; neither is it common for a mare to carry to term and produce two healthy twin foals.

Two years ago Destiny, as many may remember produced another set of foals, these were mono zygotic and the genetically identical twin colt foals. The twin foals produced this year are not. GFS Shockwave and GFS Aftershock, born in 2018 not only survived but were both fit, healthy and highly athletic with winning characters. They are now both in super homes with the smaller foal, GFS Aftershock now in a showjumping home where he will be produced professionally to make the most of his incredible speed, balance and agility as well as his fearless attitude.

I am well aware that despite the miracle of this incredible event and the likelihood of two sets of healthy twins being born to the same mare, which is akin to being struck by lightening twice, there will be many people choosing to put a negative and unkind slant on this. That is fine, we are thrilled that both twins survived and feel that it is a balance of fate, luck excellent care and probably a pinch of fairy dust too that saw these two little miracles arrive and win our hearts!    


I am delighted to introduce the first of our new broodmares to arrive. This is May Bellini, she is a Hanoverian mare by the outstanding show jumping stallion Monte Bellini. Standing at 17hh and eleven years old, she competed to Novice BE with 52 foundation points, won at BD Elementary and had BS winnings before having to retire due to injury.

This is a beautiful girl with the nature of an angel. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to welcome her to the family and include her in our very exciting future plans.


I am absolutely delighted to announce the arrival of  another spectacular palomino filly. Out of Treloan Tiger Lily and by our very own GFS Lord of the Dance.  She is another huge, leggy girl with beautiful markings and the makings of a very special horse bred for sport, particularly eventing.

This is a very exciting foal for us also as Lily represents something of a matriarch here at the stud, we have her wonderful daughter Treloan Simply Red and her granddaughter GFS Zoffany.  Previous foals of Lily's have found themselves in professional homes and we are waiting with huge excitement to watch her 2017 foal GFS Midas Touch begin his ridden career shortly where he will be aimed at a serious eventing future.


And so it all begins again...!

Welcome one and all to the 2020 GFS Sporthorse breeding season, I hope you are holding on to your hats because I think we are going to have quite a ride this year and it has certainly started with a bang!

Today I am announcing the safe arrival of this absolutely amazing little darling.  She is an absolutely stunning and quite enormous golden palomino filly by GFS Lord of the Dance and out of our glorious girl Whisper.

This is a big, beautiful filly with a big strong frame, fabulous long correct legs and a super, friendly, confident character.

I will be updating the foals 2020 page later and adding lots of photos.

Please keep an eye on the website this year, the FB page too for all of the news as it happens...I promise that you won't be disappointed!

February 20/02/2020

And so it begins once again....!  We are preparing to start introducing the 2020 new arrivals and I am incredibly excited to meet the new generation of GFS horses.  First to foal this year will be our wonderful Olympic Lux mare  and the dam of our senior stallion Paddy, 'Destiny'.  She has a year off last year following the appearance of her unexpected twin colts, GFS Shockwave and GFS Aftershock!  In foal to GFS Lord of the Dance for a single foal, we are reliably informed!  This foal is sure to be a very special prospect for either eventing or showjumping.

Next in the maternity wing will be 'Whisper', again in foal to GFS Lord of the Dance and sure to be an equally super foal.  We have four mares hot on her heels with a foal due by GFS Eskimo Jo from our Treliver Decanter mare, Sahara who will actually be first to foal, Destiny's Great grandson or daughter!

In more news...An absolutely wonderful new addition to our broodmares will be joining us early next month!  With a successful record in eventing, SJ and dressage, I am very much looking forward to introducing this special lady shortly!

Updates to follow...........

January 2020

A very happy New Year to one and all...let us all have an amazing 2020 x

It seems only yesterday that we finished our 2019 foaling season and finished scanning the mares who were to foal in 2020, but here we are about to embark on yet another magical mystery journey of discovering what our planning and expectations will produce this year!

We start foaling next month and I am especially excited about the much anticipated new arrivals.  We are expecting foals from GS Fire and Ice, GFS Lord of the Dance and three much anticipated foals from GFS Eskimo Jo (pictured right) who has yet to really prove his worth as a reproductive stallion of merit due to allowing him more time to mature and really concentrate on his initial training as well as being very aware of his stifle which was broken at just under a year.

This will be the last commercial year for us and although I will continue to breed for my pleasure, it will be on a much smaller scale and the majority of future offspring will be retained and produced here at home.

I am still looking for suitable riders for my stallions and would be interested to hear from anyone interested in riding and or competing them from here. Paddy (pictured left) will shortly be returning to Frankie Price after a well deserved holiday back at home to resume his eventing career as well as covering a few of our mares this year and standing at Public Stud. The other three boys will remain here to continue their training, standing at stud and enjoying being family horses until such time as we find suitable riders.

I will be updating both the sales page and announcing the new arrivals as they appear shortly!

11th October 2019

It is slowly getting to that time of year where we have almost finished weaning the foals and are gradually bringing in the mares and youngstock for the winter.  I dread and look forward to having the horses back up on the yard and close to th house in equal measure!  The workload is phenomenal and  starting and finishing in the dark seven days a week is the norm! On the plus side, it is also a time when we can enjoy the close proximity of the horses and enjoy daily interaction.  They love it and so do we.  Each year they almost line up at the gate waiting for their winter issue rugs and the invitation to enter their stables with warm, clean bedding and daily room service! 

Tomorrow we are going to say goodbye to the horses who have been sold to and leaving for the United States.  GFS Mikado, GFS Millie Vanilli, GFS Chiquitita, GFS Sugar and Spice, GFS Grafitti and Treliver Delphine, in foal to GFS Fire and Ice will be leaving us to start their new life in Florida.  It will be sad to see them go but very exciting to see what the future holds for these special individuals.

We will be starting our foaling season in 2020 at the end of February.  I have updated the website to include who we will be expecting! I am very excited about meeting next years special arrivals!

I am also delighted to announce the arrival of another new face to GFS Sporthorses. We have been exceptionally fortunate to welcome Quiralina Z to the stud.  She is a very impressive big, powerful mare by Quirafino (Quidam de Revel) x Lorentin I/Flemming.  She has an excellent jumping record and has jumped internationally to 1.20. She has only been retired due to a foot injury.  Needless to say, we will be waiting for her first foal with immense anticipation!

31st August 2019

Many apologies for such a long period of time between updates and all of the happenings here at GFS Sporthorses.

It has been a difficult summer in many respects and various health and family issues being prioritised before my usual endless news flashes and photo overloads!

As you can imagine, it has otherwise been as busy as ever and regardless of any other problems we have had the constant joy of watching our 2019 foal crop start to grow into the wonderful young horses we dreamed of producing and seeing our youngsters continue to mature and show more and more promise.

This year we have also seen some phenomenal sales results! All of our horses as listed on the sales pages and every available foal has been sold.  It is always sad to see these wonderful friends leave, but we have been thrilled with the wonderful homes they are going to, mostly to professionals this year but one or two ambitious amateurs too. Their futures look very exciting and I am delighted to have been a part of it!

We have sold GFS Graffiti and GFS Mikado to the USA where they will be joining the team at Top Hat Equestrian in Palm Beach Florida and where they will be both produced and put forward for Grading as future stallions.  They will also be joined by GFS Millie Vanilli, GFS Chiquitita and GFS Sugar and Spice as well as Treliver Delphine who is in foal to GFS Fire and Ice.

I have retained two foals as it would have seemed very odd without the privilege of watching at least one or two maturing into fine yearlings under our watch!  GFS Zoffany and GFS Zahara were the only two left and we decided that rather than risk being left with just one little lonely, we would keep the two and offer them for sale either next year or the next having enjoyed their company a little longer!

We have also had the enormous good fortune to have added to our broodmares.  Now we are planning on breeding and producing more of our own in the future, we were delighted to welcome the stunning Dolanda to the family. Dolly is an eleven year old retired International Grade A showjumper with winnings in excess of £22,000 having jumped consistently up to 1.40. On the Sunshine Tour she won ten out of her twelve classes.  She is both beautiful and has an incredible temperament, a delight in every way.

I am hoping to bring in one or two more mares for next year as a number of my girls are retiring with more of an emphasis on mares who have competed at a higher level and ready to retire to a life of luxury as one of our  much loved ladies.

If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to contact me!

In other news....Five year old GFS Moonlight Echo, sold to Jackie Lancon and ridden by Sam Gillespie continues to blitz all opposition out eventing BE 100. She has a superb record and already has 68 Foundation Points as well as a well earned qualification to challenge for the Young Horse Championship at Osberton this October.

Paddy is back with Frankie Price where he has gained some super results at BE100 and about to go Novice.  

The two five year old boys at home are all on a holiday at the moment having worked so hard all winter and to early summer on their flatwork and dressage. This winter they will be returned to fitness and start jump training this Autumn. 

GFS Fire and Ice is still recovering from an unfortunate tendon sheath injury but we have every confidence that he will be back by late Autumn and we will be looking for someone to get him out competing.

I have updated the website and added an additional page for our 2020 Arrivals!  It is going to be another very exciting year with fifteen ladies all scanned in foal and three to GFS Eskimo Jo who we are very much looking forward to welcoming to the world!

I am also adding a huge photo album by way of video slide show as a way of catching up before keeping a monthly snapshot into life here into the old style galleries.

Video of the stallions will also be uploaded of some of their schooling sessions before they were turned out into the paddocks for some R & R.

Finally, everything is now up to date on the website and we have a new page dedicated to marketing clients horses who are either bred by us, sold by us or by one of our stallions!

29th June 2019

I have added new photos to the foals pages and will be continuing to add more over the weekend. I have also posted a 'Youngster' slideshow on our gallery page.  I will be uploading updated images of the stallions in work as well as plenty of video footage over the next few days.

We are also looking for a confident, competent rider to hack our well mannered, beautifully schooled stallions out for us and perhaps do some polework/jumping over the coming months and through the Autumn.

Please contact me by phone or email if you feel that you may be in a position to help.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/eaccJ9HFtdg

27th June 2019

It has been some time since my last post on the News Page and for that I apologise.  We have had a very busy year settling in to our new home, getting through our second foaling and covering season and keeping all of the stallions in work with new riders whilst continuing to progress their education.  On top of all of this, I have been unwell for quite a while which has made progress all the more difficult.

I am delighted to say though that I am now well on the way to recovery and am utilising the time I now need for recuperation to update the website and spend time improving our photo galleries and updating all of the news!

Despite the glitches, we have had another outstanding foaling season and are absolutely delighted with the quality of the foals.  We now have eighteen mares scanned in for a very busy 2020 season and welcome any enquiries. We do still have three, possibly four of our 2019 foals available and a few youngsters with those now reserved or sold either leaving for foreign lands as well as some super UK based professional homes. All photos and slide shows have been updated for the foals and I will be updating the youngsters too. The May/June Gallery is in progress!

Paddy is now back in the Cotswolds with Frankie Price. Their first outing saw them bring home a win on a dressage score of 21 and a storming performance cross country and over the SJ. 

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Our final foal of 2019. To complete our wonderful rainbow of dilute colours this year, we have a very striking looking smokey black colt. Tall, correct and exceptionally handsome! Despite our unprecedented crop of fillies, we started with a stunning colt and end the season with one too!

By GFS Lord of the Dance, our young AES Graded stallion whose pedigree carries some exceptionally rare and desirable performance Russian Trakehner, Akhal Teke and TB bloodlines. This lovely colt is out of Neforia (KWPN) who is by San Remo and whose own maternal line is of exceptional dressage and showjumping provenance with her dam an Elite Dressage International horse and G.dam a G.Prix showjumper. We would very much hope that this young man will also prove to be a sensational competition prospect!

I will be posting updates of both this gorgeous colt and our last two fillies over the next couple of days. Suffice to say, we have been blessed with yet another incredible foaling season and our fields are adorned with a spectrum of colourful foals bursting with new life and vitality.

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our journey this year X

17th May 2019

At the very civilised hour of 10pm, we welcomed our penultimate 2019 arrival. Yet another filly, this time an absolutely spectacular buckskin blanket spot. We are certainly blessed with a very colourful paddock this year and could not be more thrilled with  so many foals of such evident quality and future potential.

This gorgeous girl is by GFS Fire and Ice and out of our beloved Pepper. I will be updating all of the other news later this week and adding many more photos and videos to the horses pages.

25th April 2019

With Spring now well and truly upon us and the sun starting to make a much longed for appearance, it is such a treat for both horses and humans alike to enjoy full turnout once again. Winter's 5am starts, the endless mucking out of stables, feeds and trips to the horse walker and indoor school for each individual horse for excercise and socialisation with their friends  seemed never ending!

We are most of the way through our foaling and have had some wonderful foals yet again with both our beautiful broodmares and marvellous stallions.  Only a few more to go and all others now back in foal for our last big commercial breeding season in 2020. 

From 2020 we will breed for our own enjoyment and to produce ourselves as becoming more of a rather wonderful hobby unless we find another glutton for punishment willing to take on the enormous work load of running of the stud to the level necessary to continue breeding horses of this quality and calibre!!!

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The website is now almost completely updated with lots of new photos, including a Spring Gallery photo album, 2019 Sales Page which will continue to be kept current with photos and video.  We are offering some very special youngsters this year, many of which I had previously intended to retain for either campaigning ourselves or as future breeding stock.  I still have a couple to add including a couple of in foal broodmares, a two year old colt and one of our amazing stallions.  We will also welcome enquiries regarding any of our stallions all of whom are potentially available for breeding lease to suitable homes where they will also be expected to be campaigned in competition and promoted at public stud.

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Lastly, I would like to ask that any owners of horses bred by myself over the past many years please contact me and send both news and photos of your GFS Horses for a new page on this website which will celebrate our breeding program and follow our special GFS bred horses. With each update I will pair their foal photos to see what amazing transformations they have made.  Thank you x

Here is GFS Moonlight Echo who in her first season at BE is looking to become a little superstar. Her second run yesterday saw her come first by quite some margin following her previous trip which would have been the same result were it not for a small navigational glitch at the end! 

She is now owned by Jackie Lancon and ridden by Sam Gillespie.

16th April 2019

I am absolutely delighted to announce that on the stroke of midnight we saw the safe arrival of yet another filly! This time we have a very tall and strong golden buckskin by GFS Fire and Ice. She is totally and utterly breathtakingly beautiful.

Her dam is Treloan Simply Red who is by Kings Composer and out of another of our very special mares, Treloan Tiger Lily (Amerigo Vespucci x Shaab).

I simply cannot wait to see this little lovely moving in the morning!

4th April 2019

At 2am this morning we welcomed our latest addition! Sahara (Treliver Decanter x Accondy/World Cup I) foals an absolutely exquisite palomino filly by GFS Lord of the Dance.  She is a lovely looking filly and very quick to find her feet, start feeding and before long was cavorting around the foaling box as though she had arrived days ago. Sahara, despite being a maiden has taken to motherhood like a duck to water and could not be prouder.

3rd April 2019

Here is our latest wonderful new arrival. Two nights on foal watch, a 5am check when doing the feeds and no more than twenty minutes in the house for a coffee...this is what was waiting when I came back having been summonsed by the urgent barks of my midwife in waiting - Domino our trusty yard dog who takes his job very seriously and is always sure to alert us to any problems or irregularity occuring!!

Welcome to the world little one. Another remarkably beautiful 2019 GFS filly (I don't think we have ever had so many fillies in one year!). She is a lovely tall, strong palomino out of our very special Deihaiwejo (Al Pacino W/Andiamo Z x Aiglon Rouge/Enrico) and by GFS Lord of the Dance.

This little darling is expected to reach a height of 17hh+ at maturity and looks like she is going to be rather a special young lady and this is looking more like one of those rare 'vintage' years by the moment!

We are due five more foals in the next few weeks with one due imminently.

I will continue to update the 2019 foals page with photos and video as they mature. 

26th March 2019

What a night...!

Last night saw the arrival of not just one but two little miracles!

At 10.45 Charisma foaled an absolutely breathtaking double dilute filly who was on her feet and feeding well within 30 minutes. Tall, very beautiful and absolutely correct.  This filly is built like the ultimate athlete with long, strong limbs, powerful hindquarters and a lovely shoulder.  This is our second GFS Lord of the Dance foal this year and he has yet again proven himself to be worthy of producing the type of offspring we strive to produce.

Within the hour, Treliver Delphine decided to get in on the act and foaled another filly. This time by GFS Fire and Ice, a simply enormous dark golden palomino blanket spot!

I have spent the past few days clicking away with my camera and will be spending some time uploading so many photos this week. Updates on all of the foals as they grow - the first two are three weeks today and are looking spectacular.  I have also been photographing the stallions as they have been schooling and hope to be publishing some lovely photos showing their progress.

GFS Fire and Ice has had the past two months on box rest since stepping down a rabbit hole but will today recommence his training which is something to look forward to and I will be posting updates on his progress.

We are anticipating the next two arrivals shortly with both Sahara and Treloan Simply red looking very close. These two foals are also by GFS Lord of the Dance and GFS Fire and Ice, so we could be expecting more unusual coat colours and or patterns!

March 6th 2019

And so it begins...the madness and the miracles of a typical breeding season!  Our first foal of 2019 and what a little humdinger! A rather impressive and particularly striking smokey black leopard spot colt by GFS Fire and Ice and out of Wantasia, our beloved Indoctro/Corland/Nimmerdor KWPN mare.

And another...!

Later this afternoon we saw the arrival of another little beauty. A tall, leggy and correct golden buckskin filly by GFS Lord of the Dance this time.  Despite her size, she was up on her feet in no time and running her dear dam (Hogwart/Chemintx/Lord Calletto) in circles.

More updates to come as we await the next foals due at the end of this month and beginning of April.

March 4th 2019

It has seemed to be a very long winter but with spring now approaching fast we are readying ourselves for the imminent arrival of  the 2019 GFS foals.  What a year it is going to be too!

We are opening our doors from this weekend and our very exciting 2019 Sales List will be published in the next few days.  I will also be posting some of the many photos taken over the past few months.

The youngsters as always have totally transfomed as they mature and we have thoroughly enjoyed spendin time with them, learning more of their characters and progressing their age appropriate training.

The stallions are all in work and and have developed further in their ridden work with the emphasis being very much on their flatwork and dressage training. To say we have been thrilled with their progress is an understatement, they have worked incredibly hard and the results have seen them grow in confidence when schooling, establishing their concentration, improving their balance and impulsion through each transition and learning some very impressive moves too!

Watch this space for the latest news on the foal front...shouldn't be too long now!

PS Latest 2019 Gallery photos are now published:  https://youtu.be/uOKFypIjwe4

28th November 2018

We are now closed until February 2019

Another amazing year is now over here at GFS Sporthorses as we close for my annual escape to Australia!

I would like to thank everybody who has supported us throughout this most eventful year, to the wonderful new owners of so many of our young horses who left for pastures new and exciting futures.

We are now closed until February. I will not be available on my phone but will still receive emails.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and look forward to a new year of adventures, fun and a very exciting foaling season!! 

9th October 2018

All the latest news...

September Photo Album has now been published to the page!

I cannot believe that so much time has passed since my last news update! The summer is all but a wonderful memory and as the nights start to close in and the temperature falls, I am already in mourning!

We had an exceptionally productive summer in many ways although it always feels as though every mountain climbed is only ever the beginning as there is always so much more to strive for.

As I have said in previous updates, we were absolutely blessed to have Emily Rix join us for the summer, she was absolutely inspirational in her relentless pursuit of giving the young stallions GFS Eskimo Jo and GFS Lord of the Dance such an excellent introduction to life back under saddle following their long holiday post starting last year.

Both boys took to pole work like ducks to water and no grid or pattern proved an issue with them working in a lovely balanced outline and maintaining rythmn and confidence. Lord of the Dance settled into his ridden routine easily and loved his work both in the school and hacking out and demonstrated a super attitude and axcellent trainability throughout. Eskimo Jo proved himself incredibly agile and more balanced than expected from such a huge youngster. He showed us some super paces and a lot of promise for the future, although he has some work yet to do in controlling his natural exuberance and focusing on the task at hand!

Paddy and Ice continued to work well and significant progress has been made by Paddy in tackling more technical questions when showjumping.

Although the younger boys are now on a short break until the beginning of December, we are thrilled to announce a new member to the GFS Team! Kirk Lovely will shortly be joining us at Moorview with his display horses and the stallions will be benefitting from classical dressage training over the winter months and beyond.  Although this is not the long term plan for all of them, they will learn an enormous amount about lightness, balance and working on their suppleness and concentration.

Kirk has already spent a week with all of the boys and is starting to work out their vastly differing characters and how best to work with them.  Currently it is Ice and Lord of the Dance who have proven absolute naturals at the 'dancing game' and shown themselves to possess the highly trainable minds, natural balance and attitude necessary for the education they wil be receiving although it is obviously early days and the two bigger boys are not looking too shabby either!

The foals are all maturing well and growing at an alarming rate. It will be weaning soon and time to say goodbye to some of these beautiful youngsters. We do still have the twins and rather handsome Byzantino available as well as a few really super yearlings and two year olds. Please feel free to contact us if you would like toarrange a viewing. We really should be making room as we prepare for a very big and bust foaling season starting in March 2019 with some very exciting new arrivals due!

30th August - The August GF Photo Album and Slideshow can now be viewed 

21st August 2018

All the latest news...

Well, there has been lot's going on recently.  Both GFS Lord of the Dance and GFS Eskimo Jo continue to improve daily under saddle. 'Django' has been working so well on the flat that he is now hacking our every day to build up his fitness levels, allow him to enjoy the benefits of ridden work out and about, experiencing fredom to see what is about and strengthening him for some jumping in the next few weeks.

'Mojo' is working very well in the school, he has mastered polework with greeat style and balance for such a big horse. We jumped to this phase in his training to keep his mind focused on the job and to learn to listen! He has not yet graduated to hacking out!!

Paddy is looking fantastic and his progress with both dressage preparation and jumping has been incredible. He has learned so much and he is loving his work so much.

Unfortunately Ice had a bad fall and really knocked himself about in July but having recuperated well in the paddock and under the care of some amazing professionals he is just coming back into work and raring to go! 

The website has been updated and recent photos and video footage are now available of the foals and youngsters remaining for sale.  We have said a sad farewell to both GFS Fantazia and GFS Xanadu.  Both have found themselves in fantastic homes and under the skilled work of our rider Emily Rix, left here prepared beautifully. 

Xanadu progressed so incredibly well with her jumping work and schooling that she has now gone to a home where she is being produced to event at the highest level! 

I shall continue to update the website and hopefully be posting news of Ice returning to full fitness and work under saddle by the end of this week.

We still have some absolutely fabulous youngsters for sale, all are so well handled, mannerly and of quite exceptional quality that should you be looking for a young horse or weaned foal it is probably well worth a visit to see us soon!

12th August 2018

A very belated News Catch up!

It has been over a month since I have updated the website!! There has been no other reason than we have been flat out decorating our new home, landscaping, enjoying a constant stream of very welcome visitors and above all working very hard with the horses!

We are absolutely blessed to have been introduced to the amazing Emily Rix earlier this summer as hopes were fading in finding a rider both talented enough and versatile enough for the challenging role of continuing the education of so many young horses! Emily is both local and one of the most natural and instinctive riders that I have met, she has done the most incredible job in bringing the ridden horses back into work after such a long rest and furthered their education out of sight.

necessary to get the best out of every horse she has ridden here.

Emily has been working with the four stallions as well as several others here daily and carefully re-introduced the two four year old junior stallions to ridden work. None of the horses had been ridden due to a lack of a suitable rider since our move and both GFS Lord of the Dance (Django) and GFS Eskimo Jo (Mojo) had done nothing since a very brief boot camp as three year olds with the extraordinarily horsewoaman Frankie Price last Autumn where they were given a super start to their education.

Both these youngsters have been brought back into work by Emily these past couple of weeks and despite not always being as easy as they might have been. Emily has got them working absolutely beautifully with her kind calm confidence and ability to adapt to their different characters and the differing communiction methods 

There are plenty of photos of the boys under saddle on their pages taken last week!

The July 2018 Photo Album

3rd July 2018

A remarkably rare opportunity has come up to purchase an exceptionally rare 2016 filly! I have had my suspicions for some time but having colour tested her for a spotted coat pattern I can confirm that the double dilute GFS Pandora carries the Lp gene. This makes her the fourth double dilute spotted warmblood that we have bred here at GFS sporthorses and very possibly the only double dilute warmblood filly currently registered.

I am no longer intentionally breeding for spotted coats and so am very sadly offering this very beautiful, tall and athletic girl for sale. She has a faultless temperament and is a delight to handle in every way. Expected height at maturity will be approx 16.2hh and her bloodlines make her a very interesting prospect for a future in eventing or as a broodmare for breeders of quality spotted sporthorses of dilute colouring and good performance potential. 

Please feel free to contact me regarding this special girl should she be of interest!

25th June 2018

Well, it has certainly been a busy weekend! The Daily Mail printed a full page story about our 'miracle' twins on saturday and our own FB post went viral!

We have had so many wonderful messages, calls and emails and would like to thank everybody for such support and kind thoughts.

The colts continue to do well and are growing at an alarming pace! Both are huge characters and great fun.

I have updated the sales pages and will continue to do so. We have some exceptionally nice youngsters for sale from foals to five year olds and although they all have updated photos I am just working on uploading brief video clips of them all.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Adams who took such amazing photos for the article. Here is a link for anyone who missed it:



Today marks the end of the second week of two rather special arrivals, born on the 8th June! It is only now that I feel suitably confident to announce the safe, if not rather startling arrival of twin foals. These two colts are genetically identical and among only a handful of monozygotic twins ever recorded. They went to term and despite both a red bag and dual presentation at birth their foaling was relatively easy and both were standing and feeding inside the hour.

Thorough veterinary examination found both of these stunning little chaps to be physically and safely within all boundaries with excellent respiratory function, strong clear heartbeats and excellent igG scores.

They have been full of life, boisterous in play and bright charming characters and so we now feel safe to introduce them! These super buckskin blanket spotted boys are by GFS Fire and Ice and out of the inimitable matriach of our herd and dam of our own Paddy of Liosin, Liosin Lux who has the rather apt stable moniker of Destiny! These two little tearaways are provisionally called

GFS Shockwave and GFS Masta Blasta!

They are now the latest additions to our 2018 foal page where I have posted a slide show of photos that record the progress so far...!

20th June 2018

The Sales page has now been updated and each of the available horses now have their individual pages detailing their pedigree and performance providence, photos from birth and full descriptions. This weekend we will be bringing them down from their summer pastures for a wash, trim and photo/video session. As of now everything is current on their pages, they are only awaiting the new photos and video clips which will be posted this weekend. We are blessed to be able to offer some exceptional young horses for your consideration this year. But hurry, we are experiencing a high level of interest this year with four of our youngsters sold before we have had the chance to update their pages!

17th June 2018

I have just added a 2018 photo album page at long last! Now things are starting to settle down on the foaling front I will enjoy every opportunity to wander among the horses taking current photos. Especially of the foals as they mature.

Just 'Izzy' left to foal now and I will be posting news as soon as she does. I will also be posting some fairly amazing news later this week!

15th June 2018

Lot's of news to be posted shortly. It has been a very busy couple of weeks with last week seeing the arrival of five foals over five days and a couple of surprises along the way! We could not be happier with this years foals and are gradually adding to the 2018 foal page as time allows. We now have one more foal due and have almost completed our covering season for 2019 which will see many more foals and much earlier arrivals!

Also in the pipeline is a new 2018 photo album as is our tradition with monthly slide shows of the horses and action on the stud.

Next week will also see the gathering of our 2018 Sales Horses from their far pastures. They will be brought in for tidying up, photos and their own videos. We have some very special youngsters on offer this year from yearlings up to five. Some under saddle and some ready to start their education. They are all very beautiful, calm, friendly and exceptionally well handled in every way.

I would also like to confirm that our stallions have been tested for Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome. This is a recently identified genetic problem that has become an issue in a number of warmblood breeding programs. All four of our boys have tested negative as carriers for this.

6th June

Day three of the GFS Sporthorses spectacular foaling bonanza! Another rather special foal by GFS Lord of the Dance (Destello x Malibu Galileo) and out of the breathtaking KWPN mare Neforia (Haarlem x Legaat). Once again, not the arrival of who we expected but this time and just when I was hoping for a full compliment of colts...we welcome the arrival of an absolutely exquisite golden buckskin filly whose doe like beauty, the legs of a supermodel and face of an angel has me utterly smitten !

If the foals stop arriving for a day or two I will be posting photos of the three sensational colt foals already on the ground and impressing everybody who has met them with their charm, beauty and phenominal athleticism already. I think it is fair to say this news feed is going to be chocka with photos for the forseable future!

5th June 2018

And another new arrival! Can they keep getting any better....? Not who we were expecting to make an appearance today and quite a surprise. Treloan Tiger Lily foaled a typically enormous deep golden colt with three long white stockings very similar to her own and a huge blaze. Up and drinking inside half an hour of presenting. A lovely easy birth for this super mare and our first 2018 GFS Lord of the Dance foal....he is spectacular, and with his breeding tailor made for an eventing career we will be looking for a very special home for this rather special colt.

Photos as ever will be posted in volume over the coming days!

4th June 2018

Wow, wow, wow!!

Our first GFS Lord of the Dance foal of 2018 - what a cracker! Typically long legs, powerful, athletic conformation and the incredibly pretty head that this stallion has to date consistently stamped his offspring with. This truly beautiful colt, gilded in gold and wearing two equal white socks in front, long equal stockings behind and a crazy streak of lightening running down the length of his beautiful face is without a doubt going to be something very special. Bold as brass and already running circles around poor Whisper, this is some boy!

I can't wait to see him out and really moving. More photos will obviously be coming in the next few days...

30th May 2018

We are about to send a final shipment of GFS Fire and Ice frozen semen to France. If there are any further interested parties wishing to buy frozen for Europe, there are not many straws remaining that are available for export.

This lovely young stallion was bred by us and his sire is the knabstrupper/Kinsky stallion Colourthyme Kajika. He is out of a Rock King x Bohemond mare whose sire and grandsires world class eventing credentials speak for themselves. Dressed in his unique robes of irridescent gold and silver, this stallion is unique, mythical in appearance will certainly be wearing his own colours out eveneting!

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Ice is now six, and stands at 16.3hh. His temperament is faultless as is his work ethic, He is fast, brave and balanced cross country with enormous scope and enthusiasm over a fence. He moves with grace and agility and won his first two dressage tests on his first outing.

We are taking him very slowly with a view to enjoying this huge character at home as much as we can as he gradually matures and continues to strengthen as well as fill his big frame but he is a natural eventer and that is where his future lies.

His foals to date have been true to type with fantastic bold and sociable chracters, incredibly beautiful heads, long straight limbs with excellent angulation and athletic with impressive and expressive movement. The attached video is a brief slide show of photos showing both the man himself and some of his offspring to date.

Graded and Licensed with impressive scores across the board by the AES.

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17th May 2018

Today marked both the beginning of our foaling season, the end of our in house covering quota and the arrival of this little darling!

Welcome to the world GFS ??? This beautiful colt the TB stallion, consistently rated over 120 in racehorses and consistent winner on the track; Geordieland (Johann Quatz x Aerdee - Highest Honor/Final Straw) and out of our very special Lola (Who's Joker - Osilvis (GP Showjumping stallion) x Slyguff Joker/First Consul)

He is jet black although there is every chance that he may have inherited the grey gene that his stunning sire carries...time will tell, but regardless this is one fantastic foal. He is tall, strong, straight, beautifully put together and already showing himself to be both athletic and a little precocious!

With his fabulous bloodlines and 3/4 TB breeding, there is every reason to believe that we have just seen the arrival of a rather exciting future eventer!

Photos taken at an hour old!

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We also welcomed another new arrival a couple of weeks ago! Meet Treloan Simply Red...this very beautiful 3/4 bred mare is by the highly regarded TB stallion Kings Composer and out of none other than our own Treloan Tiger Lily (Amerigo Vespucci x Shaab). This absolutely stunning mare has come direct from her breeders and the breeder of Tiger Lily too. She has now been covered by GFS Fire and Ice whose Grandsires Rock King and Bohemond combined with her own incredible proven eventing ancestral connections should make their 2019 foal a very exciting future eventing prospect!

4th My 2018

Wishing everyone a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend and fingers crossed for some great weather...!

Here at the stud we are gradually getting the horses all out into their summer pastures which is always an absolute joy, both in terms of less work and watching them kicking up their heals and enjoying the spring grass.

We are expecting our first foal any day with Lola due to the charismatic thoroughbred stallion Geordieland. We are very much looking forward to this new addition.

Another new addition arriving tomorrow is a new mare to the stud! We are absolutely over the moon and deeply honoured that our own very special Treloan Tiger Lily's breeder, Judy Tomlinson has entrusted us with Lily's fabulous and beautifully bred daughter by Kings Composer.

We be also sadly saying goodbye to our beautiful Willow this weekend. She will be leaving us to go to our good friend Hayley at Silverlining Stud where she will be started under saddle as well as being put in foal to GFS Fire and Ice's cremello leopard spot son, bred by ourselves and sold in utero to Hayley. They are sure to make a fabulous match and we are very much looking forward to what the future holds with this special combination.

Wishing everyone a muchly belated Happy New Year and even happier Spring...when it arives!

Many apologies for such an extended 'radio silence'! We are back and about to re-open for our 2018 season. 

I am desperately trying to update the website and prepare for what we very much hope will be a fantastic year for one and all now the snows have melted, the wind has stopped howling and we start to see the first signs of sprng emerging.

Firstly, we have moved! No longer in the Cotswolds and based at the beautiful Gassons Farm, we have moved to an equally stunning spot in the Devon countryside where we have bought a property that more lends itself to our equestrian pursuits following our retirement from farming. We will be remaining GFS but will now be known as GFS Sporthorses.

Our new contact details can be found here on the website and we remain exceptionally easy to get to being only six miles from Exeter and conveniently located to the M5.

I was fortunate enough to spend the majority of this exceptionally harsh winter in Australia with my boys and many special friends. Returning in February, the big move was imminently looming and the logisitics of such a major move became rather an alarming reality! We beat the snow...by a day! The horses arrived the day before we were hit with the full force of what felt like a 'mini ice age'! Fortunately the horses settled immediately following a superb operational effort by Ken Gamble and his fabulous team. 

More used to converted cattle buildings to the luxury stables on offer at our new home, every horse now has their own purpose built stable ideally located on an incredibly well equipped equestrian yard. The facilities we are now lucky enough to have means that we will be able to have the horses in training at home, the stallions more easily available at public stud should we go down that route this year and an ideal situation to for buyers to view the horses in a specifically created environment. We are also blessed with similarly spectacular natural backdrops to Gassons Farm for photographic purposes! 

I think winter this year has been especially hard for everyone! The unprecedented snow fall and freezing temperatures has taken its toll and I am feeling very fortunate that we have such a late start to foaling as there is very little in the way of the nutritious new grass growth so crucial to a mare and foal in the first weeks. 

A rather horrifying office excercise has alerted me to the fact that since December we have gone through 450kg stud mix, 36 sacks of herbal alfalafa, 108 sacks of carrots, 150l of cod liver oil, 150l of apple cider vinegar, 40kg of seaweed meal, 40kg of garlic, 100kg of coconut and copra meal, 150 large round bales of top quality haylage and a little over that in six string straw bales, add to that three trims per horse, the worming and the forty rugs we have had to buy in too and it is starting to get alarming!! I am also not looking forward to the agronomists report on which fertilizers we will be requiring this coming season either! Add to that all of the registrations, vaccinations, microchips, stallion Grading/Licensing fees, veterinary work, ridden work, medicine as well as too many other incidentals to mention....this breeding malarkey when done properly is a very expensive business - lucky we are passionate about what we do!

I am unsure at this stage whether we will be organised enough for one of our Open Days this year, but if by some miracle we are, it will be as ever a warm and welcoming open invitation to join us and meet the horses old and new.

We are also very excited that the amazing Frankie Price will be coming down to join us for a spell of getting the stallions under saddle once again for the season, starting some of the youngsters and hopefully doing some of her own clinics from here. Please feel free to register interest and giving an indication of what format you may be interested in with respect to starting and handling young horses, preparing them for saddle and problem solving. 

We may shortly be shortly offering short stay holidays in a two bedroom apartment on site with staggering views for you and your horse or simply as a wonderful getaway to this lovely part of the world on the edge of Dartmoor and in easy range of beaches. The opportunity to stay during June will also almost certainly offer a real possibility of becoming involved in our very late but condensed foaling dates!

I will be updating the website regularly now and adding photographic journals of each month as ever as well as all of the news as it occurs. We will not start foaling until the end of this month. We were deliberately late due to the predicted chaos of moving but have eight rather special new arrivals due over the next couple of months. More to follow...!

The 2018 Sales Page is now under construction and as soon as we get some fine weather I will be posting up to date photos and videos. In the meantime I am posting a link to a slide show diary of the past month, including some rather dramatic snow photos taken by Bruce Adams of the Daily Mail who came to visit us and meet Ice and Django just before we left Gassons Farm, apologies for not removing the tags before uploading those shots..

Thank you for your patience and welcome back x

We are now closed for business until Spring 2018

15th December 2017

May we wish you, one and all a very Happy Christmas and a New Year filled with happiness, success and laughter.

We are now closed in accordance with our traditional annual winter break to concentrate on the youngsters and ridden horses. I am also planning on recovering much of the old websites information and previous foal histories and repairing the damage caused when our website was so badly damaged by our providers security issues. 

When we re-open in the spring the stud we will have relocated and moved to Devon. We have now sold Gassons Farm and are buying an equine property in Devon, as such we will also soon be changing name, numbers and our email address!! 

As ever, many thanks to all of our supporters, friends and clients old and new. 

We have big plans for 2018 and some very exciting new arrivals, so please continue to watch this space....!

11th November 2017

Huge thanks to Emma Beresford!

GFS Fire and Ice made his public debut and first ever foray into the world of competition!! It is obviously always a tense experience taking any youngster out for the first time but with a stallion it is a massive leap of faith and prayer mats at the ready!!

I am absolutely delighted beyond words that not only did Ice behave beautifully, taking everything in his stride including a very busy warm up area but with Emma's quiet, tactful riding he came home with two firsts and some fantastic comments!

Emma has been working with Ice for the past couple of months and it was her determination and confidence in him that made me agree to an outing that I wasn't sure he was mentally ready for, a brave decision as I have an injured shoulder which left the lion share of the responsibility firmly at Emma's feet!

Emma is an exceptional young rider who achieves consistent success in competition with her horses and whose kindness, dedication, generosity of spirit and intuition makes her an ideal choice for anyone with a young or talented horse wishing to send them for professional production under saddle to be aimed at a competetive career.

More photos of the day on GFS Fire and Ice's page!

September 21st 2017

A little of the latest news and a few photos of GFS life this week!

For the first time in quite a while, all of the horses are home! The stallions and our two lovely girls who are now under saddle have all returned looking amazing and having earned top points for effort and attitude!

GFS Lord of the Dance and GFS Eskimo Jo are now enjoying a well earned rest following their first experience under saddle with Frankie Price. I think it is fair to say that both boys made huge progress and gave us all every reason to be very proud of them and their willingness to listen and learn. It has been such an exciting journey, watching them develop from long legged foals taking their first steps to their first strides under saddle and showing the potential we dreamed of even before their arrival!

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Frankie also started both GFS Xanadu and GFS Moonlight Echo recently who have both also benefitted from her incredible expertise and skill in bringing out the best in young horses.

Meanwhile back on the farm, new team member, eventer and consumate professional Emma Beresford is getting to know the horses and working with them to progress their education and get them competition ready. Lots of roadwork, schooling and combined training to keep them interested, happy in their work and fit.

Paddy is coming back into work following a holiday after his fabulous work this year and enjoying getting out and about in the glorious countryside as he regains fitness for a winter of enjoying some dressage and showjumping. Ice is continuing to improve every day, showing an incredible work ethic and massive enthusiasm for his new found love of jumping. We will be aiming to get him out on a few small outings shortly before his eventing debut next year.

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We are also soon to be moving! We have a buyer for the farm and will be relocating within the next few months.

As such we will be shortly advertising a number of our special horses due a necessity to numbers in order to spend a bit more time exploring life beyond the huge workload of farming and full time professional horse breeding. Spending more time with family, friends and enjoying life whilst we are relatively young are among the reasons that have prompted us to make the decision to slow down a little. That said, horses and their breeding are addictive passions and as such we will continue to breed and promote the magical horses the GFS brand is known for. This will be on a much smaller scale and more emphasis will be concentrated on producing the stallions in competiton and standing them at Public Stud in the coming years.

17th September 2017

I really do not know where the past months have gone, summer seems to have flown by!  We are already saying goodbye to the 2017 foals as they leave for their new homes.

GFS Moonlight Echo, GFS Eskimo Jo ('Mojo'), GFS Xanadu and GFS Lord of the Dance ('Django') are all now working beautifully under saddle and I couldn't be prouder of their progress over the past couple of months as each have spent time receiving the expert attention of Frankie Price.

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Django and Mojo are now home where they will be left to mature and grow until it is time for them to continue their education next year. 

GFS Fire and Ice continues to improve everytime he is ridden. He is absolutely loving his jumping, schooling beautifully and generally just loving his work. 

Paddy is on a holiday following his exciting eventing debut. He is a huge young horse and is benefitting from some time in the paddock before continuing with his competition career next year.

We also have some lovely photos on the August Photo Album documenting the day to day life and lives on the farm. These include photos of some of the very special youngsters that remain available for sale this year!

5th September 2017

Following a past August with all the associated work of rapidly growing foals, youngsters to educate, stallions to progress under saddle and four young horses to start under saddle including our two junior stallions GFS Eskimo Jo and GFS Lord of the Dance. It has been a struggle to stay on top of the website updates! Many apologies.

Whilst I am working on updating many of the pages and trying to restore the damage done when our web host Vistaprint lost our original site, I have now added the August 2017 Photo Album.

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I am also delighted to report that following the successful few weeks that saw GFS Eskimo Jo commence his training under saddle, Both GFS Lord of the Dance and the three year old filly GFS Moonlight Echo have also now started their ridden careers under the expert tutilige of Frankie Price who has been responsible for all of our horses progressing so well to date.

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We are also delighted to welcome Emma Beresford to the GFS team. Emma is a talented young rider who has competed up to CCI** and having enjoyed a sabbatical riding in the circus following an eventing accident. She has returned to a professional competetive career. 

Emma will be riding GFS Fire and Ice and we predict exciting times are to follow!

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News catch up!

Fantastic day watching both GFS Eskimo Jo 'Mojo' and GFS Fire and Ice schooling with Frankie today.

Dear Mojo who at 18hh and three years old has made simply amazing progress in just a little over the two weeks he has been at Frankie Price Equine. He was relaxed, motivated and trying so hard. A very happy boy indeed and loving his time away and introduction to the work that he will be asked to do next year. Now schooling well and riding out in traffic both alone and in company sensibly and with great enthusiasm. He came home this evening and will be having a long rest to reflect on the lessons learned and to continue to strengthen and mature until he is ready to do a little more as a four year old.

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As we collected 'Mojo', we dropped off GFS Lord of the Dance 'Django' who has now taken his place and will be starting his education under saddle with Frankie. Photos to follow as he starts to make progress...Another of our three year olds, a filly will also be joining him tomorrow too for starting under saddle.

Meanwhile, 'Ice' had a very exciting schooling session out

X-country. The penny has well and truly dropped and he is loving it! I will upload the photos later and post tomorrow.

I am now also currently getting both photos and videos done of the remaining young horses up to three years old who are for sale. We still have some rather special youngsters who I am rather hoping to sell before the end of September!

30th July 2017

The July 2017 photo album has now been uploaded...probably the biggest monthly slideshow yet! It can be found on the 2017 Gallery page!

We have been very busy with GFS Fire and Ice the past few weeks, concentrating on his jumping, both in an arena and out cross country. He is starting to really enjoy this work and we have made some enormous progress this week towards this important preparation for his competiton career. There are lots of photos in the new album!

Another great trip out today with the ever professional Paddy and Frankie to Calmsden Horse Trials, lovely dressage and another very encouraging performance from the 'golden one'.

GFS Eskimo Jo (Mojo) has left to go to 'bootcamp' and has joined Frankie Price on her yard for a preparartion for work under saddle. He will be having an intensive course for the next four weeks in what will be expected of him next year before being turned away to start proper work next Spring. When he returns, it will be GFS Lord of the Dance who will be following him for the same lessons, although we are hoping that an earlier restart next year may see him presented in some young horse classes! 

We do still have a few remaining GFS Fire and Ice and Paddy of Liosin youngstock available at a very reasonable price...I think they may prove to be quite an investment!

July Photos!

19th July 2017

Yesterday saw Paddy and Frankie compete at their second BE100 at Dauntsey Park. As ever the big man was as polite and professional as ever. An uncharacteristic poor dressage test proved a disappointing start, but as ever he came into his own X-country tackling this big technical course with huge enthusiasm and trust in his rider. Twelve time faults , which we expected as at this stage Frankie is having to give him ample opportunity to look at the jumps and build his confidence. That said it was a great result coming in 25th in a big section of wall to wall professional riders and fantastic horses.

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9th July 2017

On the 1st July, Paddy and Frankie were entered in their first official BE100 and despite a costly error in the dressage, Paddy rose to the occasion and made a fantastic effort at whatever was asked of him despite not having had the most ideal preparation the week before. He tackled the big technical x country in the only way he knows how...fearlessly and with huge enthusiasm. Both Frankie and myself were thrilled with him and are eagerly awaiting the next trip out next week.

Here on the farm we are enjoying a rare time of all of the horses enjoying absolute freedom out in the huge paddocks and on the hills. Even the stallions are now out all day, stretching their legs and lolling in the sun between training sessions. Peace, but for how long.....!

We still have a number of absolutely fantastic youngsters for sale and a few of the delightful 2017 foals who have all been blessed with exceptional beauty, glimmering golden coats and the amazing temperaments that we are so well known for producing in our horses.

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We had another fantastic trip out with Paddy last weekend. His first 100 ODE and had he not had time faults X country we would have come 6th!  This coming weekend sees Frankie and Paddy attend their first official BE 100 ODE....news to follow! 

The Sales page has now been updated with all sales horses listed and slide shows added. We do have video available for most now so if you have an interest in a particular horse, please just ask!

The June photo albumwill also be posted by the end of the day with various photos taken throughout the month of the horses.

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20th June 2017

We are delighted to announce the arrival of our last foal. The beautiful Wantasia has ​​produced an absolutely perfect buckskin filly by GFS Fire and Ice and we are both thrilled and smitten with this divine foal who completes the very special 2017 foal crop.

In other news, Colourthyme Kajika has now made a permanent move to the Dynamo Stud where he is charged with the important task of standing as their foundation stallion. More exciting news is the fact that following his return under saddle prior to his move, the Dynamo Team have furthered his education under saddle to the point that he has now been upgraded from Registered to Licensed when presented to the Anglo European Studbook this week!

Paddy and Frankie will be attending Sapey this Sunday...results to follow!

The yearling Sales page will also be upgraded this weekend with both photos and video, if I find a few more hours in the day too!

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18th June 2017

Another fantastic outing for Paddy yesterday. He just loves this job, eventing seems to be his forte and the partnership he has developed with Frankie is just amazing. In a very short period of time their progress has been meteoric. Sapey next weekend and then Pre Novice next month! Exciting times ahead for this rather special young stallion.

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At 2.30am we were delighted to welcome our penultiate arrival for 2017. A very tall, correct and absolutely too beautiful to be a boy...colt! By GFS Fire and Ice and out of the very talented showjumping mare It's Magic. 

He is absolutely superb and we could not be more thrilled with this smashing chap.

9th June 2017

Website re- launch! I would firstly like to apologise unreservedly for the lack of website for the past six weeks and especially at this most important time of year as we announce the births of the much anticipated 2017 foals and promote our Summer Sales List.

Unfortunately I have been let down massively by my domain host who failed in every aspect of  resolving the issue! Thus the new improved, more concise and easier to navigate formula!

This replacement website is obviously very much a work in progress and covers only the bare bones of the work yet to do. I have attempted to cover the major aspects of the Stud news and information and will continue to work on it every day with daily updates and more detailed information as necessary.

A lot obviously happens at this time of year and seven weeks offline has left a huge gap on the news front!

In summary we have had a season of incredible highs and lows without much in between! We have welcomed ten exceptionally special new arrivals, suffered tragedy too over the season but are delighted with the quaity of the foals we have bred this year, the continued development and maturing of the yearlings and other youngsters. We are expecting two more foals, both by GFS Fire and Ice!  The 2017 foal page will allow a catch up with some of the utterly captivating GFS foals this year. A few of which will be available.

We have also enjoyed an incredibly exciting and successful start to Paddy and Frankie's fledgling competition career. Four outings to date over the past few weeks cross country, dressage and last weekend; their first three phase event has seen them in the ribbons every time! An 8th in their first X Country, a second and third in dressage with superb scores and then a very special 4th place last weekend with a 30 in dressage which was best in their section and second over all and one silly pole down showjumping that cost us a 1st place!

There are also a multitude of photos to be uploaded to our Summer 2017 Photo Album too.....! Updates are gong to be almost daily for a while as I catch up with the huge back log!

The 2017 Sales page is updated and we will be adding individual photos and videos over the next week!

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At 2.30am we welcomed this little darling to the world! By GFS Fire and Iceand out of GFS Phoenix. This glorious golden filly is as pretty as a picture and about as perfect as you can get. She is bold, correct, displays a fantastic shoulder, beautiful legs and a perfectly sculpted head! She is offered for sale either upon weaning or with her dam who can be started under saddle to make a superb ridden prospect or returned to one of our stallions for another special 2018 foal!                  

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A quick catch up of the GFS news before we start the incredibly exciting foaling season here on the farm.

This week we ​have said a sad goodbye to Colourthyme Kajika who has left us on loan to a rather special home where he will be aimed at a dressage career as well as becoming the foundation stallion for a vibrant new dilute spotted warmblood breeding program. Having been restarted under saddle at Frankie Price Equine following his horrendous experiences on loan in 2014/15. it has been both a credit to his incredible temperament and the exceptional capabilities of Frankie Price that this really fantastic stallion now has a second chance at a ridden career as well as continuing to sire the really special young horses that he has become so well known for.

We also bid farewell to the beautiful GFS Zhivago who has left us to go to the Netherlands where he will be put forward for Grading later this year and aimed at an eventing career.

GFS Zebedee has also now been sold and will also shortly be leaving Gassons Farm.

We will continue to keep the Sales List updated as well as announcing each new arrival in order of appearance!


Fantastic day at the Deer Park X Country course today with Paddy. First time round the course properly and he flew. Nothing was too big, too scary or the slightest problem!

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Colourthyme Kajika is making fantastic progress in his return to ridden work. This fantastic stallion has had a lot of time off​ following an especially unpleasant experience whilst on loan and left subsequently traumatised. Now fully recovered, his trust has been regained and he has started anew with the help of the highly professional and incredibly caring horsewoman, Frankie Price. Now ready to join his new home, a professional Stud where he will become a foundation stallion for a very exciting new dilute spotted warmblood program.

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The utterly incredible Colourthyme Kajika has now joned the great team at Frankie Price Equine to resume an intensive refresher two weeks under saddle before heading off to his new home where he will become the foundation stallion for a new generation of very special 'baby K's' as part of a new and exciting dilute spotted sporthorse dressage breeding program! News of his prgress to follow...!

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Well..all the April foaling girls are in the maternity unti and under cameras for round the clock surveillance! They were all very keen to secure their places in the 'pamper parlour' and virtually dragged us in their wake such was their hurry! All very exciting and we hope to start welcoming the first of the 2017 foals in the next couple of weeks with Lola and Phoenix being the first due and both in foal to GFS Fire and Ice!

We are hoping to publish the fianlised sales list at the end of the week too! Other news is the start of our 2017 photo albums!

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Well, it is coming to that time of year once more! Foaling cameras reset, veterinary supplies ordered, feet trimmed and everything assembled and organised for the new foaling season!

We are expecting fourteen very special foals this year and as always are becoming impatient to meet them and start that magical period of watching the beauty of new life cavorting and testing their limits in the paddocks with their proud dams gazing on with barely concealed pride. My favourite moments yet to come, sitting amongst these happy families, spending hours watching them, taking photos and marvelling at their rapid growth, developing confidence, independence and sheer innocent beauty.

It is also going to be quite a poignant foaling season for us this year as it will be our last as a commercial stud and here at Gassons Farm.

We have made the monumental decision to sell our wonderful home and move to pastures new as we are retiring from farming to pursue new ventures.

We will continue to breed the unique and special horses we have built our breeding reputation on wherever we go, but on a vastly reduced scale. For this reason, we will be posting a comprehensive sales list shortly to include stallions, a number of our wonderful broodmares, all the current youngsters and the majority of the 2017 foals.

It is obviously going to be a huge, enormously emotional scaling back and as such we will be pricing accordingly, our horses have very much been part of the family and their future welfare and security is very much a priority. As such, those horses offered will be available only to the very best homes where they will be cared for and loved in the same way they are accustomed to and understand.

All of our horses are calm, trusting, well handled and mannerly. Their breeding is excellent as are their temperaments and quality. Each will be sold fit for purpose, open to vetting, with full history and in superb condition.

A list will be published on the website once it is finalised. Any enquiries prior to this time are invited should there be a specific horse or due foal that may be of interest.

The Gassons Farm Stud has been the most incredible labour of love and emotional rollercoaster. We have laughed, cried and experienced the fantastic highs and lows throughout the years. We have met some amazing people and horses, made friends for life and had the privilege of both working and sharing our lives with special animals in a beautiful part of the world.

Achieving a lifetime goal in Grading our homebred stallions with a WBFSH affiliated Studbook, the AES and in producing quality foals consistently with the versatility and truly exceptional temperaments we aimed for. Each new life has proven worthy of our aim to breed the horses of our dreams and they have made us so proud as well as bring immense joy to the lives they touch, in the wonderful homes they have found.

It has been such a special journey. Our dreams took flight and become a reality for us and everyone lucky enough to now share their own dreams with any one of our magical 'unicorns'. The dreams continue too, they have just grown bigger wings and are now taking us in another direction!

Thank you all for your support and friendship.

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