There has been a lot of negative posting on social media last week, so how refreshing to see so much genuine delight for breeder Jane Townshend, who landed the prestigious Cuddy supreme in-hand honours at South of England Show on Friday, June 10.
Townshend, who owns Classictop Stud, went through to the final at Ardingly with the sport horse champion Raritat, by Rockwell out of a Landadel mare.
“What a day,” she said. “I am completely overwhelmed that we took the Cuddy with a sport horse broodmare. She’s 15 years old and showjumped up to 120m level in Holland. She has bred four foals, the oldest of which is Centrestage, a licensed stallion at in Ireland who competes at two-star level eventing.”
Raritat has a handsome foal at foot by the Catherston stallion Timolin, but he will be sold because Classictop doesn’t retain colts.
“We are very much a mare-only yard so only run on fillies,” said Townshend. “This also means we can use any stallion anywhere to try to breed the best, though I do like to support British breeding.”
Townshend added she has received some lovely messages, which is some consolation after a tumultuous time.
“I lost my lovely riding horse mare after foaling and had very, very little sleep for 19 days,” she explained. “This on top of spending six out of 15 months in plaster, after two nasty ankle operations, has made life very challenging. I have questioned whether it was time to quit, but I’m not a quitter.”
She certainly isn’t, and will surely be breeding beautiful horses for years to come.
Image: Raritat wins the Cuddy supreme in-hand at Ardingly by and courtesy of Peter Spidge Photography