Sue Wilkinson from Ayton Hall Farm Stud founded her “Zafran” bloodline using an Iberian stallion imported from Andalusia eight years ago. The stallion covered two mares with predominantly Anglo-Arab and thoroughbred blood.
Now she is in talks with Defra about registering a new breed and establishing a stud book.
Mrs Wilkinson consulted a number of experts on breeding specifically for performance.
From her founding trio, there are now eight youngsters.
“As long as we have something else no one has bred, we can register as a new breed,” she explained.
“If we registered with passports from PetID or a similar PIO we couldn’t at this stage record the breeding data, so it would defeat the object.”
The Zafrans are currently passported by Weatherbys.
They added that once all criteria was fulfilled and documents completed, an independent adviser would investigate and a decision on whether or not to grant approval would be made.
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This article was first published in Horse & Hound (11 June, ’09)