As a child I loved to paint. I also had a fascination with the Arabian horse. I spent hours building a huge scrap book with cuttings from the Horse & Hound and other magazines. When I was 15 years old I got my first horse a 15.3hh Anglo Arab. I knew his pedigree generations back!!
I trained to be a riding instructor at college and although I didn’t teach I worked with horses as a career. For 3 seasons I exercised and raced Point to Point horses but yearned to be near Arabians. When the Arab Horse Society started racing Arabians I found a job at stud where they hoped to race, as well as the usual uses for this versatile breed.
I moved to Biddesden Stud where I became Stud Manager for 31 years. The stud was started in 1939 by Lord and Lady Moyne. It is one of the oldest Arabian studs in the country. During my time there I was lucky enough to compete the horses myself. I have ridden one of the stud stallions at the Horse of the Year Show (at Wembley.) I also rode the same horse at the National Breed Show. He was the British National Arabian Stallion. His name is “Sisyrinchium.” He is still at Biddesden today and holds a special place in my heart.
I also greatly admire the Anglo Arab and Biddesden produces both breeds. In 1992 I foaled a very special foal indeed. His name was Tamarillo ( In fact I also foaled his dam.)
Tamarillo became an international star in the world of Eventing with his rider William Fox-Pitt.
2002 he finished second at his first Badminton and was selected for the British Team at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez. Britain took the team bronze.
2004 he won Badminton so was selected for the British Olympic team in Athens. After the cross country he was lying fifth but heartbreakingly had to be withdrawn after sustaining a fractured stifle.
2005 he was again second at Badminton and was part of the British Team for the European Championships t Blenheim. Tamarillo finished with individual Silver and team gold!
2008 he won the Burghley Horse Trials. A truly amazing career
Many of my paintings are based on some of these beautiful horses. I have over 50 images of Sisyrinchium playing in the snow!
One of my lasting memories is of Tamarillo at a painting workshop which I organised at William’s yard for The Society of Equestrian Artists.
Tamarillo's retirement at Badminton - still so exuberant dragging us along!
Paint study of Tamarillo started at the SEA workshop
Myself riding Dhruv by El Shaklan ex. Despina, winning a ridden stallion class
Dhruv's son Sisyrinchium. Champion Ridden Stallion at the National breed show