Catherston Stud is to remain “in the family” after Jennie and Anthony Loriston-Clarke’s daughter Anne stepped in to take it over.

“We have taken Croft Farm [the Hampshire home of Catherston] off the market following the availability of Anne [Dicker] and her husband Brian, who have agreed to take on the running,” said Jennie.

Anne and Brian, who have since 2001 run Hurstbourne EC at Catherston’s former home, are to join Croft Farm with a number of their own staff.

“There are so many things going on, but I’m pleased,” said Jennie.

Catherston was started in 1949 by Jennie’s parents, the late Colonel and Mrs Jack Bullen.

Earlier this summer, the Loriston-Clarkes announced their plans to sell up and downsize and have since sold 14 horses.

“We have another 10 to sell — we’re just keeping Catherston Springsteen and Littledale Bright Star, one foal and two yearlings,” said Jennie.

• A student and staff reunion is planned for later this month. To attend email:catherston@btconnect.com

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (2 September, ’10)