Catherston Stud and the majority of its youngstock and broodmares are to be sold next month as its owners Jennie and Anthony Loriston-Clarke are to retire.

Croft Farm, in Stockbridge, Hampshire, is the current home for Catherston, a renowned trademark in horses and ponies that has been in existence for over 60 years. It was inaugurated by Jennie’s parents, the late Colonel and Mrs Jack Bullen, in Dorset in 1949.

“We are not selling the name as I am sure family members will still be breeding, albeit on a much smaller scale, and perhaps one day either the children or grandchildren may continue the stud,” said former international dressage rider Jennie.

She took over the running of Catherston in 1966 and it also became a leading centre for students training for BHS and NVQ exams.

Jennie is the present chairman of British Dressage, as well as an international dressage judge and trainer.

“I will still be available for judging and teaching and [Anthony and I] will still be part of the equestrian scene, but we now intend to have more time to enjoy it,” said Jennie.

“I hope I will be able to give more time to people, which in the past has been difficult due to the pressures of running a busy stud and business. We are both looking forward to being able to spend more time with the grandchildren.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (20 May 2010)