Recent Purchases

The collection has recently purchased a large collection of bits. We also have some old dumb jockey’s used for the training and breaking of horses in the nineteenth century. This large collection will take some time to be photographed but when complete will enable people to have a better understanding of the development of bits and

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Priam Lodge Stables, Epsom.

It was known as Priam Cottage, Downs Cottage or Downs Farm in the early part of the 19th Century. Not connected to Priam the Derby Winner. However in the late 19th Century John Jones and Arthur Nightingale trained from there and they had horses owned by the Prince of Wales. Above the entrance of the

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The Stables at Chaumont

The stables date from the 19th century. The courtyard is graced with an arched entrance. The riding school is on the right and the stables in front and to the left. They consist of stalls and some loose boxes for ponies. The floors are all tiled and the walls ceramic tiled. The fittings are all

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The Harness Room at Chaumont

This room contains up to 18 sets of harness. The collection will date from the 1880’s and later. The interior of the harness room is luxurious. The parque floor and panelled walls are typical of a property of that status. Most tack rooms had wood panelling and often tiled floors in the Victorian period. The

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We Are Riding

We are riding mettled horses, high mettled horses, We are riding mettled horses through the wind and the rain, Through woodlands over meadows past the glinting yellow gorses We are riding on forever, we are riding not alone. The woods are dripping water; the cold wind wraps our bodies, We are riding we are riding

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A History of Transporting Horses

Horses have long been used as a means of transport, but they have also had to be transported themselves. Horses prized for their strength or superior conformation have sometimes been moved many thousands of miles, as the heavenly or celestial horses were taken from Central Asia to present to the Chinese Emperor. Horses, particularly valuable racehorses, are

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The Chateau of Chaumont

The Chateau of Chaumont’s name is derived from the Latin ‘calvus mons’, which translates to ‘bald mount’. From its prominent position overlooking the Loire since 990, it is clear that its origins were defensive, it was built to defend Blois. The Chateau nearly bit the dust in 1465 when Louise XI ordered it to be

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