Haras de Brullemail

  Animal   farm   Around 100 horses and a dozen dogs live at Haras de Brullemail – one of France’s leading stud farms which is situated in southern Normandy – also known as the French Bluegrass region. Here, its founder, Bernard Le Courtois is just as known for his beautiful gardens as for his powerful […]

During two years, Le Courtois camped out in the house in ruins along side the maternity

The home of British polo

  A family   affair     For the Pearsons, polo is a family tradition and has been so, long before Viscount Cowdray revived the sport after the war and launched the Gold Cup –  polo’s most prestigious trophy.   Text and photos Camilla Alfthan   The Gold Cup was launched in 1956 by the third […]

The Gold Cup winners

Monty Roberts at the Royal Stud

  OFF   TO A GOOD   START     Monty Roberts took horse whispering to the masses. But his groundbreaking methods would never have gone very far if it hadn’t been for the Queen of England who convinced him to start writing books to spread the word.   Interview and photos Camilla Alfthan   […]

Entering the starting stalls

A theatre for horse sales

  Arqana’s   new look   Exquisite thoroughbreds deserve exquisite surroundings.  That was the starting point for the French designer, Francois Champsaur when he set out to remake the iconic sales ring of Deauville. Two years after its inauguration, sales have reached a record high.   By Camilla Alfthan   The planning of the design […]

Colour and contrast

This year’s crop

  New Kids   on   the block   These days there are new babies in every stud farm of the equestrian neighbourhoods.   Text and photos Camilla Alfthan.    What could be cuter than a foal suckling milk from her mum?  Possibly, two foals feeding from their mums as you can vaguely hear their […]

Three musqueteers

Groomed, signed, delivered….

  Groomed,   signed,    delivered…   5,000 thoroughbreds are each year born in Great Britain. Some forty of them come from the Royal Stud in Sandringham where they’re delivered by their Danish groom.   Text and photos Camilla Alfthan   “Sandringham Stud – Strictly Private”reads the sign post at the entrance of the stud. The […]

The handsome Persimmon stands at the entrance of the Royal Stud

Silent movies

Silent movies Stunt riding can lead to many things. For Axel Mattson, his flamboyant appearances in the silent movies helped finance Denmark’s first equestrian club – complete with a futuristic manège by the famous designer, Arne Jacobsen.   By Camilla Alfthan   Horses were always a passion for Axel Mattson. The athletic Dane, who was […]