Other Yorkshire Studs - A
Aike Grange Stud
Aike, Nr.Driffield, East Yorkshire
Owner:Formerly Mr.& Mrs.J.Stewart Banks
Previous Stallions:Belfort, Kala Shikari, Dominion Royale, Dublin Taxi, Jimmy The Singer, Le Johnstan, Dawn Review, Hatim, Sizzling Melody, Carlton, Kirchner, Prince Ragusa, Van der Linden
Notes: Founded in 1974 on the 213 acre family farm, this small, but impressive stud with it's modern buildings was put on the market for £450,000. It had stood a diverse range of minor stallions (usually 4 or 5 in any one season) for a number of years. Mrs.Banks now runs the Aikenfield Foaling Unit, whilst the stud is now run as an international dressage centre by Laura Fry.
Allerthorpe Farm Stud
Sutton Lane, Barmby Moor, York YO42 4DD
Owner:Mr.Mike Dawson O.B.E., D.L.
Notes: Mike Dawson, well known as a prominent owner with James Bethell (his many successful horses are headed by Mine) founded Allerthorpe Farm Stud in 2000 having sold his other successful business interests the previous year. As well as operating as a Thoroughbred stud Allerthorpe is also an A.I. and Embryo Transfer centre for the breeding of sports horses. As of late 2009 the property (listed as only 55 acres) was for sale at £1.75m, an adjacent 58 acres of arable land having already been sold.
Askrigg-In-Wensleydale, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Notes: This stud (and indeed much of Askrigg village including the Manor House) was built in 1767 (although some accounts sat as early as 1745 which seems unlikely) by John Pratt (b 1728), the famous owner, breeder and jockey. Pratt's father, Simon, had left Askrigg to make his fortune in London, which he duly did before returning to Askrigg. Seven years after the formation of the stud John Pratt was one of the founders of another great institution, the Jockey Club. Perhaps his greatest claim to fame was as rider of the peerless Eclipse. Pratt also won the 1782 St Leger as the owner of Imperatrix, although that horse was probably really owned by the Rev.Henry Goodricke (the clergy being forbidden from owning racehorses). The property continued for nearly 200 years as a racing stables, but more recently part of it was the King's Arm Hotel (complete with painting of John Pratt on Eclipse). The genuine Stubbs of John Pratt aboard Eclipse is in the Sheldonian Museum in Oxford. Pratt is sometimes accredited with the breeding of Messenger (1780), although that great racehorse and sires' official breeder is Lord Grosvenor. The stables have now been converted into holiday cottages.
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