End of an era as top showing team breaks up

  • One of showing’s most iconic collaborations has come to an end as Carol Bardo has announced that Moor Farm – the base of five-times Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) supreme horse championship winner Jayne Ross – is on the market and will no longer be home to any show horses.

    Moor Farm owners Bill and Carol Bardo have announced that they are retiring and so the complex, near Maidenhead, Berks, is for sale with immediate effect.

    “It’s a huge place to run and we have decided that enough is enough,” said Carol, who confirmed that no horses will be produced at Moor Farm next season. “Together with Jayne, loyal supportive owners and dedicated hard-working staff and friends, we have enjoyed the most wonderful years competing with some of the most beautiful show horses.

    “However we fully intend to continue being part of the showing world through sponsorship and owning some horses.”

    Brook Farm Spring Show 2014. Jayne Ross and Carol Bardo in the small Hunter class

    left to right: producer Jayne Ross and owner Carol Bardo

    Since beginning as a commercial production base in 2005, the yard has sent out no fewer than five Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) supreme horse champions: Soldier Brave, The Philanderer, Comberton Clancy and Broadshard Simplicity (pictured top) – who won twice – as well as Royal International supremes and numerous county show winners.

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    Jayne is determined to carry on, however, and is looking for a new base.

    “I totally understand the Bardos’ decision as it’s a massive undertaking with holiday and long-term rental cottages as well as the horse side, but I’m not ready to finish yet,” she said.

    “I am looking for somewhere else – perhaps nearer Lambourn as I want to stay on the M4 corridor for various family reasons – and have thrown a few balls in the air. We’ll just have to see where they land.

    It’s been a fantastic era but everything has to come to an end. It’s been a very lucky place for me and I’ve been very happy here, but everything changes.

    “I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

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