A REDUNDANT farm on the Bolesworth Estate could be transformed into an international stud farm which it is hoped will be home to some of the world’s most exceptional stallions.
Plans, which are currently being considered by Cheshire West and Chester Council, include a bespoke stallion yard, stabling and accommodation for 75 horses, on-site veterinary facilities, a full-size indoor school with European style viewing gallery and exercise and welfare units. It is expected to create up to 20 jobs.
Nina Barbour of Bolesworth Estate will head the operation and the estate itself is investing £1m into the plan at Harthill. Nina joined the Bolesworth Estate management team following the death of her father Anthony Barbour in 2007. She launched the plan alongside business partner and Badminton and Burghley horse trial winner Oliver Townend and they hope they will be producing world class show jumpers, event horses and show horses at the stud.
Nina said: “We are proud to be creating a world-class stud at Bolesworth. My father was passionate about breathing new life into the rural economy and we hope that Harthill will be a continuation of his work to rejuvenate the estate.
“Plans for Harthill are progressing well; we have travelled to Ireland and brought back some exceptional stallions. Oliver has had spectacular international success with horses of Irish ancestry and we’re determined to preserve those legendary Irish bloodlines in our sport horses. Modern sport horse breeding trends have changed over the last 10 years but it’s our mission to ensure that Harthill horses maintain the quality and character of the Irish thoroughbred.”
Oliver added: “It’s our aim to breed world-class event horses for British and international riders.”