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saxtead hall stud

Bob and Fiona Temple have been breeding Thoroughbred horses at Saxtead since 2013. In 2012 they dispersed the famous Rumsden Herd of Pedigree Charolais cattle, and moved from Rumsden Farm in Sussex to Saxtead Hall in Suffolk, 1 hour east of Newmarket, the home of racing. The stud was the former home of the Hubbard-Rodwell's who bred Champion racehorse Canford Cliffs.

The Stud has been built up from small beginnings and is finally up to full strength, accommodating up to eight mares and followers. There is also a very small herd of Pedigree Charolais cattle which run alongside the horses to keep the grazing in good heart. Facilities include 25 acres of paddocks, an indoor school and horse walker. Eight brick looseboxes equiped with cameras and automatic daylights accomodate the mares, and a barn contains 10 lodden boxes for the youngsters. Mares are foaled at home and walked in to stallions in Newmarket and beyond. The resulting offspring are sold either as foals at the Tattersalls December sale, or as yearlings at suitable sales across Europe.

Our very many thanks go to Pauline Fowler who took the lovely pictures on this page.

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Saxtead Hall Stud forms just one part of a family business that includes Rupert Taylor Ltd, a specialist Noise and Vibration consultancy, run from the offices at Saxtead. In 2016 Rupert Thornely-Taylor was awarded the Rayleigh medal by the Institute of Acoustics, for outstanding contributions to acoustics. The family owns 8 buy to let properties between them in Suffolk, managed by Bob and Fiona. Bob also makes a hugely popular product for show cattle, Bob Temple's Show Soap, the market leading product in Britain and Ireland for preparing the coats of beef cattle for the showring.