Dullingham Park Stud
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Group-winning Topatoo (out of Topatori) bred at Dullingham with her first foal, a Halling filly
Dullingham Park and Garrowby are now a very important part of the business. ''I am delighted to be able to offer my owners the opportunity to see their fillies develop in to top-class broodmares," said Mark. "Angie and I have established a great set-up: fillies that have been trained by me go on to spend their lives as broodmares at Dullingham Park Stud. Their progeny can then go to Garrowby Stud, as weanlings, until they are ready to come in to training. The owners enjoy planning matings and going round to see potential stallions, so they are involved in the complete cycle of producing their future racehorses.''
The main yard at Dullingham Park Stud
Dullingham Park Stud consists of nearly 100 acres of beautiful parkland, in the village of Dullingham, three miles outside Newmarket. During the last eight years, since we have been living on the stud, we have been able to develop it and establish a loyal team of staff, headed by stud groom, David Woodley. We are very fortunate to have the marvellous support of the Rossdale veterinary practice and O.A. Curtis and Sons, the top class farriers, headed by Simon Curtis - both firms being world-renowned.
We have a teaser, Charlie, for our mares. He is pictured below enjoying his winter rest.
After weaning, the mares relax through the autumn and winter, awaiting the birth of their foals.
When owners wish to keep their fillies as mares, the horses leave training and come to Dullingham to have a new way of life.
Maiden mares, in-foal for the first time, relaxing at Deer Park
In the spring the mares and their foals are turned out in small groups. They are brought in at night which ensures that they are well-handled, have their feet picked-out etc, and each mare and foal can be fed according to their requirements. In the summer they lay out but come in every morning for two hours to continue this individual attention.
The horses thrive in the relaxed environment of the stud
The foals spend their first months with their mares at Dullingham Park Stud. They are then weaned and once settled, they go on to Garrowby Stud, which lies between York and Bridlington. There, they enjoy their time as weanlings and, then, as yearlings until they are broken-in.
David, the stud groom, has done literally hundreds of foalings and has vast experience. Mark and Angie are always on hand to give assistance.
New Born Foals in 2013
Filly by Motivator ex Astrodiva Filly by Champs Elysees ex Cushat Law
Colt by Medicean ex Astrodonna
Filly by Authorized ex Brushing
Filly byAuthorized ex Missouri Filly by Champs Elysees ex Topatori
Filly by Big Bad Bob ex Astrolove
Filly by Halling ex Optimistic
Colt by Nayef ex Seasonal Blossom
Filly by Royal Applause ex Astromancer
Filly by Sir Percy ex Four Miracles
Filly by Nayef ex Missoula
New Born Foals in 2012
Colt by Refuse to Bend ex Four Miracles Filly by Bahamian Bounty ex Astrodonna
Filly by Rail Link ex Topatoo Colt by Virtual ex Qilin
Colt by Royal Applause ex Astromancer Colt by Medicean ex Seasonal Blossom
Filly by Halling ex Optimistic Filly by Champs Elysees ex Azure Mist
Filly by Dutch Art ex Sosumi Filly by Champs Elysees ex Dulcie
Colt by Motivator ex Doll's House Filly by Halling ex Twelfth Night
Filly by Royal Applause ex Missoula Filly by Authorized ex Trew Class
Colt by Schirocco ex Mega
New born foals of 2011
Filly by Halling ex Topatori Colt by Virtual ex Astrolove
Filly by Beat Hollow ex Missouri Colt by Bahamian Bounty ex Laheen
Colt by Nayef ex Twelfth Night Colt by Observatory ex Nice Time
Colt by Pastoral Pursuits ex Sosumi Filly by Three Valleys ex Tenpence
Colt by Sakhee ex Doll's House Filly by Halling ex Tawny Way
Colt by Halling ex Azure Mist Filly by Zamindar ex Mega
Colt by Sakhee ex Topatoo Colt by Halling ex Optimistic
Filly by Black Sam Bellamy ex Astromancer Filly by Dutch Art ex Seasonal Blossom
...and as they start to grow up:
Beat Hollow ex Missouri filly Nayef ex Twelfth Night colt
Bahamian Bounty ex Laheen colt Zamindar ex Mega filly
Black Sam Bellamy ex Astromancer filly Dutch Art ex Seasonal Blossom filly
Halling ex Optimistic colt Sakhee ex Topatoo colt
Halling ex Azure Mist colt Pastoral Pursuits ex Sosumi colt
Three Valleys ex Tenpence filly Observatory ex Nice Time colt
Virtual ex Astrolove colt
The foals are well-handled from day one. We have excellent nursery paddocks for exercising the young foals and we like to let the mare and foal have some time out in them within a few hours of foaling.
As the foals progress, they are turned out into the larger paddocks and learn to socialize and play with their contemporaries. They become more independent from their mothers and more confident in themselves, which ultimately prepares them for weaning.
Once the foals have been weaned we like them to settle for a few weeks before going to Garrowby. Then the weanlings leave Dullingham with their peer group and travel on our boxes with the staff they know, which ensures that they are not stressed by the experience.
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We are very fortunate to have the famous Garrowby Stud, home of the great Shirley Heights, who won the Derby in 1978, for raising our weanlings and yearlings.
The good land, natural water and peaceful surroundings provide a perfect nursery for the young stock. Alan and Tina Ridger are in charge up there for us. It is comforting for us to know that the horses are in such capable and conscientious hands. When necessary, we use the Minster veterinary practice under the excellent Mark Collins. Our farrier is Ian Allerton, who is very good with the young horses. Any owners, wishing to visit their horses, whilst they are based in Yorkshire are, of course, always very welcome.
Views at Garrowby Stud
Garrowby is the most beautiful stud where horses thrive whether in summer or in deep winter.
As at Dullingham, the same principle of attention to every detail is applied up at Garrowby. The 'teenagers' play, grow and develop before being broken-in and brought down to Newmarket.
2011 Yearlings ( photographs taken in March 2012)
Tina collecting some of the colts
Colts ex Optimistic and Azure Mist
More colts already in a "string"
Two colts sharing their feed pot
Two fields of fillies
The fillies are better at posing than the colts...
Black Sam Bellamy ex Astromancer Zamindar ex Mega
Halling ex Tawny Way Halling ex Topatori Beat Hollow ex Missouri
Alan, stud groom at Garrowby
Mark with Optimistic - one of the founder member mares
"I find it very satisfying to have mares that I have trained, retire to our stud. We know each other so well, and I think this keeps the mares very relaxed and content. It is exciting for me to train horses that Angie and I have foaled - especially, when we know the hard work from all aspects of the business pulling together to get the best from each animal. Angie runs the breeding side of the business - her knowledge and enthusiasm have been at the cornerstone of its success."
Twelfth Night with her Motivator colt
Life runs at a different pace on the studs. The mares, foals and weanlings are given the time and peace that they need to thrive.
Maiden and rested mares, relaxing in the peaceful setting at Dullingham (above and below)
Equally, the weanlings and yearlings lead an idyllic life at Garrowby. This allows them to develop and grow to their full potential.
Young fillies at Garrowby Stud
Whether at Dullingham Park or at Garrowby, from conception to breaking-in, every animal has constant and individual attention.
Below is a picture of Tiempo who at 27 years of age is enjoying her well-earned retirement. However, she has a useful role in life as a kind companion to other mares when required.
The geese - the stud's watchdogs in summer and winter
"Finally, I am lucky to have them come in to training at the yard in Newmarket. I know their temperaments, their family traits and also that they have been well-handled all their lives. That, in itself, is invaluable for me as the trainer but this venture can be great fun too - for an owner there is no greater excitement than having a winner that they have bred themselves!"
Some of the recent winners bred at Dullingham Park Stud
and trained by Mark
Chankillo (ex Seasonal Blossom)
My Guardian Angel (ex Angels Guard You)
Zenarinda (ex Tenpence)
Jennifer J (ex Trew Class)
Topamichi (ex Topatori)
Astroscarlet (out of Astrolove)
(Barwick ex Tenpence)
As a foal, Like Clockwork (out of Tenpence) Five Hearts (out of Light Hand)
Brushing - winner of The Galtres Stakes, Listed
(Out of Seasonal Blossom)
Photograph by kind permission of www.officialphotographers.gbr.cc
Ted Spread - winner of the 2010 Chester Vase (Group 3)
(Out of Highbrook)
Rayvin Black (out of Optimistic) Astromagick (out of Astrocharm)
Battery Power (out of Missouri) Cotton Grass (out of Astromancer)
Marvo (out of Mega) winner of five races and placed twenty times
Astroleo (out of Astrolove) Kathleen Francis (out of Trew Class)
(Photograph of Kathleen Francis (above) by kind permission of Peter Higby)
Brushing (out of Seasonal Blossom) Astrodonna (out of Mega)
Astrolibra (out of Optimistic) Dulcie (out of Dulcinea)
Ron (out of Trew Class) Edward Whymper (out of Sosumi)
"Anyone wanting to have a filly in training to make into a broodmare need only look at the success of Topatori. She, herself, was a good racehorse, winning four times and her progeny to-date are as follows: Toparudi (four wins), Topatoo (four wins, including Group 3 Middleton Stakes), Top Shot (two wins), Top Tiger (winner) and Top Tinker (winner). Topatori's owner, Mr Mike Bowring and his mother the late Mrs P. Bowring, were named 'Small Breeder of The Month', following their one mare having such notable success. I feel she is the perfect example of what I am trying to achieve at the studs - producing winners for our owners."
Topatori and her 2010 Beat Hollow colt
Group winner Topatoo
(bred at Dullingham Park, out of Topatori)
with her 2011 Sakhee colt
For those interested in having a 'filly for the future' in training, to keep as a broodmare, please call the office on 01638 661434 to discuss this further or e-mail
Mark and Angie Tompkins