In 2004 when Maggie Pearlstine's mare Petite Ibnr produced a bay colt foal to our much-loved thoroughbred stallion Honeybrook Siren, we didn't realize at the time the significance this colt would have on the breeding industry. His mother Petite Ibnr, full sister to winning steeplechaser Carrig House by the leading National Hunt sire Phardante, little did we know within a year Honeybrook Siren would be dead, potentially taking with him his influential Cruise Missile bloodlines. The big bay colt was now a yearling and was turning more and more into his father, it was then we realized he was the only entire thoroughbred son of the late Honeybrook Siren and we knew if he had half the talent and ability as a sire as his father he would become a very popular Sports Horse Sire.
He was given time to mature living a fairytale lifestyle out in the herd of colts under the watchful eye of Joan Parker at Smithie Bridge Farm, only coming home through the winter months and then returning to live out in the lush grass and sunshine with a gelding companion. We are convinced this has attributed to his fabulous attitude and has allowed him to mature slowly without becoming bored stood in a stable and has allowed him to socialize with other horses growing up a kind and well mannered horse.
He was broken and ridden away around the farm Autumn 2007 and has returned to work showing a fabulous attitude unfazed by fences, water, ditches and heavy traffic-having hacked out alongside the A59.
In 2008 we aimed to produce him for the Young Event Horse Finals but after winning at Championship level as a show horse we decided not to risk injury and put the eventing career on hold for the time being. He rewarded us by winning all his stallion classes he entered. His long-term career plans were to be produced for a career in Eventing, Dressage and Show jumping. He was happily working at elementary dressage with established lateral work and changes and jumping double clears at 1.10m. Sadly as best plans can always go wrong he injured himself in a freak accident in the paddock and though still sound on vets advice we have decided to retire him to stud due to a large amount of scar tissue on the underside of his abdomen.
As he has such excellent conformation, temperament and movement we saw the opportunity to licence him with the National Pony Society, which has a separate section for thoroughbred stallions, he was rigorously vetted and assessed and we were delighted when he passed with flying colours! He is however still available via Natural service & AI with fresh semen at End House Stud.
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