Other Yorkshire Studs - R
Past Stallions; Newminster
Notes: Rawcliffe was one of the first studs formed with the specific purpose of actually making money from breeding racehorses. One of it's successes in this regard was 1851 St Leger winner Newminster, son of the mighty Beeswing. He initially stood at the Tickhill Stud but was leased by Rawcliffe in 1856, and soon bought outright by them. He remained at Rawcliffe until his death in 1868 and during this time he sired numerous winners, but the most important in a modern context is the famous 1867 Derby winner Hermit, who was leading sire every year from 1880 to 1886.
Cartoft, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire
Owner: Hindley Family (when a stud)
Notes: This stud was founded in 1949 by the late John Hindley at the lovely Gisburne Park (now sadly a hospital) in what was then Yorkshire, but is now Lancashire, it then moved to Kirkbymoorside in 1962 (originally Kirbymoorside was just used for the weanling colts). The property at Cartoft had previously been part of Sir Victor Sasson's vast bloodstock empire, which also included Thornton Stud. At Gisburn part of the stud (End House) was later used by Tony Dickinson (father of Michael, later to move to Dunkeswick near Leeds) as an overspill yard. This part of the Gisburn property is now home to the End House Stud, and there's an aerial photo of the yard here. In addition the stud also utilised another yard at Coppy Nook, just outside Gisburn.
Mr.Hindley was a director of British Home Stores. Mr.Hindley's son - Jeremy, later became a prominent trainer with such good horses as Protection Racket (Irish St Leger G1), Comme l'Etoile (Italian St Leger G2), Huntingdale (Dewhurst S G1), He Loves Me (Greenham S G3 & Cork & Orrery S G3), Muscatite (Craven S G3) Be Tuneful (Challenge S G3), Crash Course (Doncaster Cup G3) and Star Pastures (Child S G3). He retired from training in 1987, aged 43, the following year he became President of the National Trainers' Federation. Prior to Jeremy starting his career the families horses were trained by Matt Peacock at Middleham and Sir Noel Murless at Newmarket, the later named of course owned the Cliff Stud and was also the manager of the Sassoon studs.
One of the Ribblesdale foundation mares was Minaret who was purchased at the famous Dewar dispersal of December 1954. Minaret's most important produce was Rose of Medina (Princess Elizabeth S, Princess Royal S, 2nd.Nassau S, 3rd.Oaks) who produced Celina (Irish Oaks) and Melodina (Seaton Delaval S, 3rd.Cheveley Park S) for the Hindleys. Another daughter of Rose of Medina was St.Padina, who was later to be grandam of Sure Blade (see below). Amongst the other good horses bred by the stud were Be Tuneful, Tommy Barban (Premio d'Estate G3) and the sires Tribal Chief and the aforementioned Crash Course, trained by Jeremy Hindley. Like so many stud's though one of it's best ever winners came to light after the stud was disbanded, in Ribblesdale's case this was See You Then (Royal Palace - Melodina), for whom Ribblesdale won the prize for Leading British Based National Hunt Breeder of 1986. See You Then joined the select band of triple Champion Hurdle winners with his last victory in 1987.
Following the death of his father Jeremy Hindley continued the stud with his mother, but it was eventually closed down with the remaining three mares and one filly being sold at the December Sales 1982, under the supervision of manager Robin Dickenson. One of the mares sold was Double Lock (whose third dam was Rose of Medina) for 105,000gns, the foal (by Kris) she was carrying was non other than Sure Blade (Champagne S G2, Queen Elizabeth II S G2, St.James' Palace S G2) who was later sold at the Highflyer for 270,000gns. The solitary filly foal by High Line was bought for 18,000 gns by West Hall Bloodstock and, named Dubian, was later to win the Premio Lydia Tesio G1 and be placed third in the Oaks G1 and the Irish Oaks G1. Interestingly the Hindley family home moved from Gisburne Park where the stud started to Ribblesdale Park, Ascot, about 250 miles from Ribblesdale! And of course there's the Ribblesdale Stakes run each year at Royal Ascot, although the race is named after Lord Ribblesdale who, like the Hindley's, was a former resident of Gisburne Park.
Riston Whins Stud
Riston Whins, Whins Lane Catwick, Beverley HU17 5PN
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