Riddler settling in

Riddler Just arrived at Abbots Close Farm 23-04-2015
Riddler Just arrived at Abbots Close Farm 23-04-2015

Riddler happy and settled in his new home.
Riddler happy and settled in his new home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Stallion

Linnel Riddler (1996)

Dam: Sleddale Ruth, Sire: Linnel Romany Boy

Early in 2015 I decided that my girls needed a new man in their lives. I had accepted that I was getting too old to start with another colt foal to bring on as a stallion and as I was reducing my breeding stock, I began to consider an older stallion. I needed a stallion that was still active and fertile and could provide me with foals for the next two or three years. I also needed one that could run out with my mares and stay out all winter.

Riddler belonged to Michael Woods, an acquaintance who had bought colt foals from my father many years ago. Riddler's progeny were popular and had done well in the show ring and at the annual FPS sale. When I went to look at him I was pleasantly surprised by his conformation and condition. He had been with Michael for 15yrs so was well handled, but by a man! When I asked if he was broken, Michael replied that he was but he didn’t think he'd ever had a saddle on. He later demonstrated by jumping on his back, holding the rope on his head collar, and riding him round the farm yard. His Sleddale bloodlines are quite rare and I could see the potential of using him on my Rackwood mares to produce future stallions.

He is all black (going grey because of his age) and currently stands at 13.3hh. He has good quality bone and straight movement. He is licensed by the FPS and has tested CLEAR for FIS (foal immunodeficiency syndrome). I am excitedly expecting his first crop of foals during April and May 2016.


Riddler happy and settled in his new home.