Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Samthan's a Stallion You Can Put Cash On

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Samthan's a Stallion You Can Put Cash On

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Byline: By Anna Lognonne

People would be forgiven for thinking Rachael Fernie and Ren Dawson had got their houses and their horses mixed up when you talk to them about their new business venture.

For while it is common for people to put a deposit on a house that has not been built, Rachael and Ren, from Red Rose Stud and Livery, in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, are already taking deposits for horses which have yet to be born.

But they are grateful for the interest, having invested their life savings into the father of these in-demand foals.

Rachael and Ren have been breeding competition horses for the last eight years and based their business out of Southburn Grange, which was owned and managed by Jennifer Cummings.

But when Mr and Mrs Cummings decided to retire and sell the stable yard, the pair were concerned that they would have to find a new base for all their horses.

However, the yard was bought by a local builder who asked the couple if they would be interested in managing it for them.

Rachael said: "Since we already had 14 horses at the yard, we jumped at the chance to manage it. With help from the new owner we introduced a number of improvements, such as new fencing, new stables, and improved pasture management and the next stage is to put down a new surface on the indoor school."

The yard was re-named Red Rose Stud and Livery, and initially Ren and Rachael continued to use Mrs Cumming's stallions

But gradually the stallions were sold off and earlier this year, Mrs Cummings told Rachael that the last stallion ( the coloured Oldenburg Samthan ( was also going to be sold.

Rachael said: "Samthan was the last stallion that Mrs Cummings bought and I always said to myself that if he became available then I would do everything possible to buy him. With that in mind, I had been saving up my money for quite a while.

"Earlier this year, Mrs Cummings said that she was going to sell him and offered me first refusal. …

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