Cleveland Bay Horses in Scotland

THE SCOTTISH MONSOON SEASON STARTS

07-11-2019

After a relatively dry October November has seen the wet weather come in with a vengeance. The fields are still green, well the bits above the water are, and not completely mud yet so the horses are still grazing enthusiastically when they go out. We have restricted their access to just two fields to save the others for the sheep to winter in. The herd go out in two different groups, each one going out on alternate days which gives me a chance to clean up the group left inside for the day and them to dry out.

The tups went out on 5th of November so the ewes will start lambing in the first week in April, hopefully when there is some grass. The ewes were all oestrus sponged to bring them into season together for a tight lambing period. As a result Caesar and new boy Gonzo were greeted with an enthusiastic group of girls.

LIZZIE, TIM, LOCKIE and JACK

LIZZIE, CORI and SKY

There is a tup in there somewhere - the girls mob CAESAR

SUMMER PHOTOS

29-09-2019

On a lovely day in June we had a visit from Cecile Zahorka, a professional photographer from Germany. Cecile was touring Britain photographing rare breed horses and ponies for a book she intends to publish about endangered equines around the world. Her website is www.thepixelnomad.com and she can be found on facebook and instagram @thepixelnomad. Check out her sites for some beautiful pictures of world horses.

We had a great time watching her with the horses and how she got their attention. Cecile has recently sent us some of the images from the session and we have uploaded a few and will no doubt use more in the future. We thank Cecile and hope you enjoy them.

ULTIMATE (TIM)

JACK GETS A CUDDLE

LOCKIE LOOKING NOBLE

TIM SHOWING OFF

ANGUS AND PEARL

STILL SUMMER (JUST)

10-09-2019

It has been a mixed sort of summer, weather and otherwise. We have lost old friends, Warlord, Wallace and now Tuxedo and we have a lot of healthy, friendly lambs and two cracking foals. Pearl, Crystal and Cori are in foal for next year but Skysail unfortunately is not, in spite of a lot of effort and expense with AI. Tim is up for sale now and we hope that he will find a good new home soon but we will miss him, he is such a sweetie. He has really enjoyed his first summer of showing on his own and we were disappointed that what would have been his last, Kinross, was rained off.

The foals went out individually with their mothers this weekend and Angus went all the way to the end of the road to see the traffic quite happily. Solstice didn't get that far as Crystal wasn't happy leaving the rest of the herd. Once around the stubble field next door was enough for her.

Trying to get the babies ready to go out - obviously an excuse to play!

FUN AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

21-07-2019

Recently we travelled to Harrogate to compete at the Great Yorkshire show. We took Brackenbrae Ultimate (Tim) our part bred Cleveland Bay yearling to compete in two classes. The trip down was uneventful and Tim was relaxed and happy in his stable when he arrived on the Monday evening. He enjoyed all the goings on and seeing lots of different horses around him. The Cleveland Bay classes were due to start on the Tuesday at 4.30 pm but did not actually start until 7pm which led to some tired and bored horses competing with no spectators, especially for the later classes, Tim did not get into the ring until nearly 9pm. Jimmy handled Helen Hennessy's two year old Brackenbrae Ragnald (Rags) who despite being fractious at his long wait managed to win the pure bred two year old class. Jimmy then showed Brackenbrae Ultimate in the part bred Cleveland Bay yearling class and was place 2nd and behaved well.

On the Wednesday morning Alison took her turn to show Tim in the hunter yearling colt or gelding class achieving a 5th place in a very strong class.

It was a nice couple of days meeting friends and seeing Rags again, he has turned into a handsome big lad with Helen down in Yorkshire.

Brackenbrae Ragnald 1st Cleveland Bay yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate 2nd Cleveland Bay part bred yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate 5th Hunter yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate

FUN AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

21-07-2019

Recently we travelled to Harrogate to compete at the Great Yorkshire show. We took Brackenbrae Ultimate (Tim) our part bred Cleveland Bay yearling to compete in two classes. The trip down was uneventful and Tim was relaxed and happy in his stable when he arrived on the Monday evening. He enjoyed all the goings on and seeing lots of different horses around him. The Cleveland Bay classes were due to start on the Tuesday at 4.30 pm but did not actually start until 7pm which led to some tired and bored horses competing with no spectators especially for the later classes, Tim did not get into the ring until nearly 9pm. Jimmy handled Helen Hennessy's two year old Brackenbrae Ragnald (Rags) who despite being fractious at his long wait managed to win the pure bred two year old class. Jimmy then showed Brackenbrae Ultimate in the part bred Cleveland Bay yearling class and was place 2nd and behaved well.

On the Wednesday morning Alison took her turn to show Tim in the hunter yearling colt or gelding class achieving a 5th place in a very strong class.

It was a nice couple of days meeting friends and seeing Rags again, he has turned into a handsome big lad with Helen down in Yorkshire.

Brackenbrae Ragnald 1st Cleveland Bay yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate 2nd Cleveland Bay part bred yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate 5th Hunter yearling

Brackenbrae Ultimate

ANOTHER NEW ARRIVAL

22-06-2019

Brackenbrae Crystal produced her fifth foal, the first pure bred CB, on midsummer at 1.20am so we are calling him Brackenbrae Solstice ("Sol") He has great long legs and a very laid back nature, already coming up to people for cuddles. His sire Thomsonbrook King William is here again this summer and has already served Pearl and Cori so we hope for positive results from their upcoming scans.

Brackenbrae Solstice enjoying his first day lazing on a sunny afternoon watched over by his mum Crystal and Auntie Skysail.