Lisha Leeman’s Kellythorpes Stud has suffered a major blow in the run-up to the Horse of the Year Show with the loss of the marvellous foundation mare Meacham Mambo No. 5. Leeman bought the papered Dutch Warmblood to start her breeding operation and the 16-year-old bay had done her proud — her first four progeny for Leeman all qualified for the hugely prestigious Cuddy in-hand supreme at HOYS.
Mambo, heavily in-foal, succumbed to colic last weekend and died on the operating table at Rossdales. Team Leeman has been devastated by her loss.
“My heart has been ripped to pieces,” said Leeman. “No one will ever understand just how much love we all have for this very, very special lady. She was my best friend and made us what we are today. Mambo, you have left us a legacy to carry on your good name.”
That good name will be showcased in the Cuddy at this year’s HOYS on Wednesday, October 7, when Mambo’s daughter by Kilvington Scoundrel, Kellythorpes Strike A Pose (Phoebe), competes in the pony section.
In 2012, Leeman’s first two foals from Mambo — Kellythorpe Don Diamonte and Kellythorpes Moulin Rouge — finished fourth and fifth in the horse section; in 2013, Moulin Rouge won the horse section, while Kellythorpes Master Key was fourth last year in the horse section and Strike A Pose was second in the ponies.
The many friends and supporters of Leeman and Kellythorpe will be rooting for Phoebe this year, as well as Kellythorpes Ooh-La-La, another by Scoundrel out of Cherwell Abacus, in the horse section.