saxtead hall stud
Bob and Fiona Temple have been breeding Thoroughbred horses at Saxtead since 2013. In 2012 they dispersed the famous Rumsden Herd of Pedigree Charolais cattle, and moved from Rumsden Farm in Sussex to Saxtead Hall in Suffolk, 1 hour east of Newmarket, the home of racing. The stud was the former home of the Hubbard-Rodwell's who bred Champion racehorse Canford Cliffs.
The Stud has been built up from small beginnings and is finally up to full strength, accommodating up to eight mares and followers. There is also a very small herd of Pedigree Charolais cattle which run alongside the horses to keep the grazing in good heart. Facilities include 25 acres of paddocks, an indoor school and horse walker. Eight brick looseboxes equiped with cameras and automatic daylights accomodate the mares, and a barn contains 10 lodden boxes for the youngsters. Mares are foaled at home and walked in to stallions in Newmarket and beyond. The resulting offspring are sold either as foals at the Tattersalls December sale, or as yearlings at suitable sales across Europe.
Our very many thanks go to Pauline Fowler who took the lovely pictures on this page.