Hollywood actress Susan George is downscaling her Arab breeding operation as her acting career enjoys a resurgence.
Susan, whose film credits include Straw Dogs alongside Dustin Hoffman and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, told H&H she is moving forward with some “fantastically exciting” new acting projects.
The star of the silver screen has been breeding Arabs at her Exmoor stud farm — Georgian Arabians — for the past 21 years, during which time she has helped deliver 110 foals.
“For my former career, I need to be able to do things spontaneously and living as far as I do from London makes that very difficult indeed,” explained Susan.
She added she is not moving away from horses completely, but is scaling down to a smaller breeding programme.
“Arabs are my love, my passion,” she said.
“I breed for performance and versatility, and I want the world to recognise Arab horses for just that.
“The performance horse is what I have always been focused on, that is my strength.”
Susan is holding two viewing days, by appointment, for the Georgian Arabians Sale of Excellence on 23-24 October.
She will be looking for homes for up to 18 of her homebreds and said the thought of selling them is “the hardest thing ever”.
“These horses are my family,” said Susan.
“I am so careful about who I sell to — there are the right people and there are the wrong people.
“I do not think I am the only home in the world, I just need to find those right people.”
Some of the proceeds from the sales will go to Lasting Life — The Simon MacCorkindale Legacy, which she set up in memory of her late husband.
Funds from the legacy go to the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT), a medical research charity that helps people regain quality of life, independence and dignity after major trauma.
The actress held the position of honorary president at the Horse of the Year Show for 14 years. As part of her role, she brought Arab show classes to the event.
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Her horses have won 20 national showing championship titles across the country over 15 years and have also been successful in endurance — including the seven-year-old S G Elegant, who competed at the FEI World Endurance Championships for young horses last month.
“The picture of him having completed 122km — he looks a picture of health and beauty and performance,” added Susan.
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