Other Yorkshire Studs - H
Haverham Stud Farm
Beverley, East Yorkshire
Previous Stallions: Willipeg
Notes: A short lived public stud standing tough handicap sprinter Willipeg (by Will Somers) in the 1970's.
Winston, Darlington, Co.Durham
Owner: Andrew Spalding
Current Stallions: Land Force (£2,500), Buratino (£3,000), Intrinsic, Portamento
Previous Stallions: Bold Arrangement, Case Law, Shaddad, Sylvan Express, Anvari, Daring March, Roaring Riva, Farfelu, Barry's Gamble, Skyliner, Miramar Reef, All Systems Go, Tower Joy, Marching On, Mr Confusion, Then Again, Doubletour, Namaqualand, Almaty, Compton Admiral, Warningford, Shinko Forest, Danroad, Indian Lodge, Beckett, Lear Spear, Hunting Lion, Garrison Savannah, Blue Dakota, Rambling Bear, Tillerman, Distant Music, Rob Roy, Josr Algarhoud, Misu Bond, Prime Defender, Mullionmileanhour, Arabian Gleam , Doncaster Rover, Westlake, Burwaaz, Mr Medici, Mahsoob, The Last Lion
Notes: Although having a postal address of Co.Durham, it could be argued that Hedgeholme Stud is in Yorkshire, it certainly used to be standing, as it does, on the south side of the River Tees. The stud has been standing stallions for a number of years, having been founded in 1984, and was previously known as Cliffords Farm, after the property at Ovington, which is still retained as an annexe, bringing the total stud acreage to 200. The aim of the stud is to stand commercial stallions at realistic fees, with the policy being to try and introduce a new stallion each season, to give northern breeders as wide a choice as possible. The recruits for 2008 were leading juvenille Distant Music (already the sire of Dream Theme and Sol Mi Fa), precocious two-year-old Blue Dakota (sadly put down following a paddock accident in July 2007 after his first stud season) and Garrison Savannah, a son of Danehill, who joined the relatively well-settled Rambling Bear, a group winning sprinter by Sharood. For 2008 only Distant Music remained, whilst he left the following season. The current roster includes proven sire Josr Algarhoud, former Bryan Smart horse Misu Bond, and new boys for 2011 Mullionmileanhour (sprinter by Mull of Kintyre) and Arabian Gleam (seven furlong specialist triple G2 winning son of Kyllachy), with the classy Prime Defender joining them in 2012. In 2013 the ranks were further augmented with the recruitment of Doncaster Rover, winner of five races including three listed sprints, and group placed on numerous occassions. The 2014 roster was augmented by Westlake, a Sadler's Wells half brother to the dam of Frankel, as well as an own brother to Powerscourt, who was joined by Group placed Burwaaz and HK G1 winner Mr Medici in 2015. The roster was augmented with Buratino in 2022 and Land Force in 2024.
One of the best Hedgeholme products is Hong Kong based Hawkes Bay (2002 Vettori - Norico Princess). Originally trained by Mark Tompkins in Newmarket he was third in the Brittania Handicap at 'Royal Ascot at York' in 2005. Switched to Hong Kong he won the £59,921 Chevalier Lifts & Escalators Handicap in 2007 and has been placed second in the Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial G2 and the National Day Handicap G3 . In 2013 they have decent juvenile Miracle Of Medinah (Milk It Mike - Smart Ass) who has won four races to date including the Somerville Tattersall Stakes G3 and the Rose Bowl Stakes L .
The stud is also a major boarding establishment for the likes of the Leggott family (who bred and owned Boldly Goes who was by then resident stallion Bold Arrangement and who won the Ripon Champion Stakes L, when trained by Chris Fairhurst) and North Cheshire Trading & Storage (also Chris Fairhurst owners, they have bred the likes of Peyto Princess and Abbajabba, also by resident stallions as well as Redcar Trophy & Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Blue Iris). Mr.Spalding was in the market for mares at the 2001 December Sales buying a seven times winning Nordico mare (Lot 1470) who's first 2 foals are both winners for 5,000gns, a twice winning Unfuwain mare (Lot 2028) for 1,400gns and an unraced 1/2 sister to Repertory (Lot 2033) for 1,600gns. The in utero progeny of these three mares were all sold as foals at Tattersalls the following year and fetched a total of 27,400gns between them! Amongst the recent horses bred by Mr.Spalding is Melalchrist (2002 g by Almaty - Lawless Bridget) who has won three times including the £12,402 Betbluesq.com Handicap at Chester in August 2005 and his half brother Fred's Lad (2005 c by Warningford - Lawless Bridgit) who, trained by Mick Easterby, won the Brian Yeardley Two Year Old Trophy at Beverley in 2007 and was third in the Roses Stakes L at York in the same year.
Hellwood Stud Farm
Hellwood Lane, Scarcroft, Leeds
Owner: Richard Whitaker
Acreage: 100 acres plus 60 rented
Notes: The stud, founded in 1989, is owned by trainer Richard Whitaker and run by his son Timothy. In it's first 10 years it bred 31 winners of 87 races, and yearlings sold have fetched over £500,000 upto that time. One of the stud's foundation mares is Spinner (Blue Cashmere - Penny Pincher), a half sister to a former Whitaker trained star in Clantime, who stood at Melbourne Hall Stud. To date Spinner is responsible for 8 winners from 10 racing age offspring including the listed placed Seigneurial, also trained by Whitaker, who went on to win nearly £100,000, mainly due to his exploits in the USA. The best winners from Hellwood to date are Vicious Dancer (Timeless Times - Yankeedoodledancer) who won the Harry Rosebery Trophy Stakes L in September 2000 and the Tote Scoop6 Handicap in May 2001, again trained by Whitaker and Saint Express who had numerous handicap successes and was stakes placed many times, including second in the 1992 Flying Childers S G2 when trained by Whitaker. More recently the Hellwood bred, Richard Whitaker trained, Avon Breeze (who won 10 races from 52 starts over 6 seasons, most notably the Armstrong Memorial Handicap at Ripon ) has produced the Simon Whitaker trained Liberty Breeze (2018 f by Equiano), winner of three races and the Andrew Balding trained Purosangue (2021 c by Aclaim) winner of the Rockingham Stakes L and second in the Molecomb Stakes G3, Roses Stakes L and Harry Rosebery Stakes L in 2023, who was jointly bred with R.C.Dollar. Bred from a boarder is the Richard Whitaker trained Taberet who is winner of the Roses Stakes L and third in the Windsor Castle Stakes L in 2005. The stud currently has around 12 mares.
Ingmanthorpe Hall Farm, Wetherby, West Yorks LS22 5EQ
Owner: Martin Wainwright
Notes: No distance at all from Wetherby racecourse Highbank was founded in 2003 and has gradually built up the quality of it's broodmare band which currently numbers around ten with the standouts being Dhanyata (Sirenia Stakes G3, 2nd Cheveley Park Stakes G1, 3rd.Chicago Handicap G3, purchased as a 5yo in 2009 for $280,000), Loch Jipp (Hillary Needler Trophy L, purchased as a 5yo in 2010 for 160,000gns) and Sweet Hope (Endine Handicap G3, 2nd. Darley Test Stakes G1, purchased as a 2yo in training in 2007 for $320,000, modest form for Kevin Ryan before improving in the States). At the sales the stud first really hit the headlines in October 2012 when selling a colt by Dubawi - Miss Delila for 320,000gns. In 2014 Loch Jipp's Invincible Spirit filly sold for a sale-topping 450,000gns at the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up, whilst in April 2016 the full-sibling sold to Coolmore (via Oaks Farm Stables) for 360,000gns at the Tatts Craven Breeze-Up Sales. On the track one of the better early homebreds was the Kevin Ryan trained Ashadian (2013 f Kyllachy - Miss Delila - sold for 48,000gns at the Breeze-Ups), winner of her maiden before finishing second in the Albany Stakes G3 at Royal Ascot, in her first start as a three-year-old in 2016 she landed the Chartwell Fillies Stakes G3 at Lingfield. From the same crop Bint Aldar (2013 f Zoffany - Maggie Lou - sold for 22,000gns at the October Sales) was a dual winner at two, also for Kevin Ryan. The stud currently has horses in training with Kevin Ryan and, in France, Damien De and owned the yearling purchase Roxan who, in the care of Kevin Ryan, won the Hilary Needler Trophy L and was second in the Firth Of Clyde Stakes G3 before sadly dying whilst in training. The stud also accepts boarding mares. In 2018 Mission Boy (2016 Paco Boy - Miss Mission), bred by Highbank and sold for a mere 3,00gns at the February Sales, landed the Gran Criterium G2, to add to two earlier Italian listed wins, whilst in 2021 the Highbank bred, and Kevin Ryan trained, Bielsa took the Ayr Gold Cup ; the stud having sold the horse a year earlier, the next year he was third in the Chipchase Stakes G3. The aforementioned Dhanyata produced homebred White Rosa (2014 f by Galileo) who was retained with Hugo Palmer and landed a Hamilton maiden but has produced Marshman (2020 by Harry Angel) as her second foal who, trained by Karl Burke, was second in the Gimcrack Stakes G2 in 2022, before kicking off his 2023 season by landing the Prix Sigy G3.
High Bramley Grange Stud
Bramley Grange, Grewelthorpe, Ripon, HG4 3DN
Owner; Mr.Roy Bracher
Notes; High Bramley Grange was a relatively new 'stud' close to Ripon. Previously an owner with Mark Johnston, Mr.Bracher, who is also active in the showing world, only owned two mares, both of which were boarded in Ireland (John Osborne's Tipper House Stud), so it remains to be seen how much of a 'Yorkshire' stud it is! So far the most successful mare is Miss Queen (1984 Miswaki - Empress Jackie) who was herself sold for 120,000 Euro's at Goffs in Feb 2004, the day after her yearling colt by Fantastic Light had sold for 130,000 Euro's. Subsequent events would indicate that they should have held onto Miss Ocean for a while longer, although that is being extremely picky! The previous year Miss Queen's (who is a winning half sister to Tajannub out of a US stakes winner) yearling colt by Grand Lodge had sold for 85,000 Euro's. To date Miss Queen's most significant progeny (all bred in Ireland by High Bramley Grange Stud Ltd) are Chateau Istana, Mandobi and the aforementioned Fantastic Light colt, now named Prince of Light. Chateau Istana (2002 colt by Grand Lodge) won the Windsor Castle Stakes L at Royal Ascot 2004, following on from his Leicester maiden win, and Mandobi (2001 colt by Mark Of Esteem) won two races including, two days after Chateau Istana's victory, the 2004 Brittania Handicap at Royal Ascot, thus giving Bracher a truly memorable 2004 Royal Ascot. Chateau Istana followed up later in 2004 with a win in the Flying Childers Stakes G3, whilst Mandobi was a good second in the Vodafone Thoroughbred Stakes L before being transferred to Dubai. Prince Of Light has finished up at Kingsley House with Mark Johnston and was an impressive winner of the Sirenia Stakes G3 in September 2005, his third win in a row. For such a small operation to win two races at Royal Ascot in the same year is truly the stuff of dreams, and the sort of inspiration that drawns people into the bloodstock world in the first place! Bracher's other mare is Lamzena (1996 Fairy King - Ezana) who was a winner in the USA and who's first foal by Rahy sold for 55,000 Euro's in 2003. Lamzena is a half sister to five winners including Ebaziya (dam of Ascot Gold Cup G1 winner Enzeli and Irish Oaks G1 winner Ebadiyla) from a good family of the Aga Khan's.
Shay Lane, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Current Stallions: Merit (2000: £400)
Notes: Merit is a 1992 son of Rainbow Quest out of Fur Hat (from the famous Moller Horama family) he won £52,399 including the Chester Cup. However the web site at www.irishdraughthorseuk.com shows that Merit probably isn't going to be producing many Royal Ascot Two-Year-Olds, but he is a thoroughbred stallion standing in Yorkshire.
Hunsley House Stud
High Hunsley, Cottingham, East Yorkshire
Owner: Bob Urquhart
Current Stallions: Aragon (since 1997, 2001 fee:£600, 2002 fee: On application)
Previous Stallions: Nicholas Bill, Highland Melody, Rambo Dancer, Import, Class Distinction
Notes: Now back in it's rightful 'Yorkshire' fold, having been exiled into the Humberside wilderness, this stud was founded in 1930 by E.V.'Vernon' Stephenson (father in law to trainer Joe Hartigan), and has been expanded by his grandson Bob Urquhart (who's father was the local rector), since he took it over in 1974. The stud historically concentrates on solid, reliable, mid-range sires and on boarding mares for clients, typically only keeping a couple of mares of it's own. Nicholas Bill sired Double Dutch (Tote Cesarewitch H, 3rd.Sagaro S G3), Billet (Northern Dancer H) and Ghofar (Hennessy Gold Cup) amongst others before leaving in 1991 (to become a NH sires at Conkwell Grange). He was replaced by the Maktoum owned Rambo Dancer , a half brother to Epsom, Irish and Yorkshire Oaks winner Fair Salinia. He stood at Hunsley House until 1996 siring Ramooz (Criterion S G3), Rambo Flyer (Pilot Fineliner Cup L), Bollin Frank (£40,000), David Nicholl's tough campaigner Rambo Waltzer and numerous others, before being replaced by proven sire Aragon for the 1997 season. This tough sprinter/miler by Mummy's Pet was already 17 at this point, but he was always going to be popular with northern breeders, having already got Cloud of Dust (G3), Argentum (G3), Midnight Escape, Point of Light (G3), Only Yours (G2), River Falls (G2), Dana Springs (L) and numerous other stakes winners as well as solid handicappers like Knight of Mercy and Aradanza. He is currently the sire of winner's of nearly 500 races and over £3.5m. Bob Urquhart is the breeder of Sumoquinn (1992 c by Then Again - Fancy Flight) who won 6 races at two including the Rockingham Stakes L and also of the Tom Tate trained Suits Me (2003 g by Bertolini - Fanicer Bit) , winner of five in a row towards the end of 2008 and second in the Quebec Stakes L.
Hutton Wandesley Hall, Hutton Wandesley, York
Notes: Mrs.York is a steward at Catterick, Redcar, Doncaster and Wetherby. Her husband, Col. Edward York is a steward at Doncaster and York, and was High Sheriff of North Yorkshire 1988-9, his is also President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. They usually have around 3 mares on their 2,500 acre property including flat foundation mare True Ring (by High Top) who is out of a half sister to Circus Ring. Amongst True Ring's progeny are Future Perfect, who won 3 races including the £34,800 Globetrotter Handicap at Goodwood in 1997 and was also placed second in the Tote Credit Silver Bowl at Haydock and the Vodafone Handicap at Epsom on Derby Day and Semi Circle who has won 8 races under both codes for Tim Easterby. Their first entry into throughbreds was with the eight year old mare Nostra, purchased for 600gns in 1971. Another good horse bred by the York's is Meadowbank, who is trained by Mick Easterby, who also bought Future Perfect on the same day, although that colt later moved to Paul Cole's yard. They are also responsible for Good For A Laugh (Idiots Delight - Mekhala) who won 11 races including the listed Motor Imports Handicap Chase at Punchestown in 1991.
Huttons Ambo Stud
Low Farm, Huttons Ambo, York
Owner: Edward Hide
Notes: Only three miles from Malton, Low Farm was bought by sixteen times 'Cock o' the North' jockey and former champion apprentice Edward Hide (possibly the best jockey of the post-war era not to win the championship - he was second once and third three times) in 1965. Having converted the property into something suitable for the keeping of thoroughbred's Eddie set off to Newmarket's December sales to buy a mare, and came back with four!. Of these Susiana (Darius - Lorelei) and Sing High (a winning filly by Sound Track and placed in the Northern Free Handicap) stayed with the stud till death or retirement, a third Rosecroft Honey bred two foals, both winners before dying young and the other foundation mare was sold on. Susiana bred six winners and Sing High seven, a good start for the stud. Following his Derby victory on Morston the owner Arthur Budgett gave Eddie Hide a free nomination. Susiana was sent but failed to take, luckily Mr.Budgett offered Eddie a second chance the following year. A new mare was purchased out of Dick Hern's stable - Fountain, who was by Reform and a half sister to champion French sprinter King of Macedon. The resulting foal was no champion, but the mare later produced the stud's best winner - Royal Fountain who won the Wood Ditton S and Heathorn S L. Having bred the winners of around 80 races the stud ceased to trade in the late nineties, as they no longer found it viable. The most recent winner bred by the stud is Ruby Legend (Perpendicular - Singing High) who won in 2002 for Mary Reveley. The same's mare progeny include prolific chase winner Highbeath (by Dunbeath). Edward Hide is the uncle of top National Hunt jockey Philip Hide.
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