The Alvescot Stud in Oxfordshire is reducing its stock of youngsters after the family’s son, Duncan Hobbs, suffered a serious head injury earlier this month (1 September).

Duncan, 37, was lungeing a three-year old in the stud’s indoor school before he was found unconscious.

“We couldn’t get an air ambulance because of the low cloud, but a doctor came from RAF Brize Norton and Duncan was taken to the John Radcliffe hospital,” said his father, Stephen.

After 10 days in intensive care, Duncan was moved to the hospital’s neuroscience ward, where he will remain until he recovers.

The last scans indicate he was kicked in the head.

“He’s never been kicked seriously before and is always very careful how he backs them. He’s coming back slowly but it will take a while,” said his father.

The Hobbs family set-up the Alvescot Stud in 1981 and have 120 horses at the Burford-based farm.

The stud’s main stallion Flashpoint was champion at the Warmblood Breeders-UK stallion grading in 2012 and has been used several times by dressage rider Dan Greenwood.

“The three- and four-year-olds sold very quickly and we’re now going to try and sell the two-year-olds and yearlings before the winter,” added Stephen.

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  • Bluesocks

    This is very sad news – I have a lovely filly from Alvescot Stud. When I went down to view her and the other yearlings last year, I was so impressed by the way the stud was run and how the horses were handled, quietly, gently and with care by Duncan and his family, and girlfriend. When I collected my filly a few weeks later they had put a lot of work into handling her and she has been a pleasure – calm, friendly and takes everything in her stride. I can’t recommend Alvescot enough so please if you are going to look at one of their youngsters try not to see it as an opportunity to get more of a discount – you will already be getting a very lovely, well bred horse at a very good price, from a family run business who genuinely care about what they are doing. All the best to everyone at the stud and I hope that Duncan makes a speedy and full recovery xx