This year has been different in many ways. We made the decision early on that due to the current economic situation and the over production of horses and ponies that we would not put any of our own mares in foal for 2014. We only had three foals this time but it will seem very strange to have no Hollybrooke foals next year. It is very many years since we have not had a single foal. The stallions all covered some lovely visiting mares so there will still be foals by them next spring and we have plenty of youngsters to show ourselves. The show ring appearances were also much less frequent, following two years when our young stallions were professionally produced under saddle. We have, never the less, been very successful.
Our two year old colt Hollybrooke Duke won several good classes through the season culminating in winning both the stud colt and stallion championships at the Breed Show. An amazing achievement for a two year old in only his sixth appearance in the ring. In the Autumn he went on to pass his colt inspection and vetting so that he is now approved by the Breed Society as a breeding stallion. Sadly he is too closely related to our ponies for us to be able to use him to breed. We had several expressions of interest in him, even before his super results so we very sadly decided to sell him. He left us in October for a new home in Cambridge where he will continue his competitive career in hand and hopefully later on under saddle.