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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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28/06/2017

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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12/06/2017

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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10/04/2017

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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  08/04/2017

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!


30/03/2017

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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29/03/2017

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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21/03/2017

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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08/03/2017

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.