Our breeding programme is founded upon Piyayo. With no other Hispano-Árabes in the
UK; particularly mares, we have within the breed criteria introduced both Pure Arabian
and Pure Spanish horses to provide two Pure Raza Hispano-Árabe daughters from Piyayo
to give the spring-board of our continued Hispano-Árabe breeding programme.
The bloodlines of the PRE and Arabian horses has added diversity to our genetic
possibilities while retaining and fixing all the characteristics and quality of the
Hispano-Árabe as exemplified by Piyayo.
The first Pure Arabian blood for nearly 100 years has been introduced to the line
by Asoka Minara, a Polish Arabian mare from a line of performance Arabians,
herself a Golden Horseshoe qualifier.
Her daughter by Piyayo is Epona Pandora, one of our foundation mares.
Minara with Epona Pandora
Due to the Foundation Studbook listing all existing Hispano-Árabes such as Piyayo
as a base 50% Arab; Epona Pandora is registered as 25%PRE : 75%Arab
Pandora graded as the highest apto mare
of her time, with exceptional movement.
She has proved an excellent dressage and
endurance pleasure riding horse, as well as
being endowed with her sires tremendous
power for jumping.
Her passion has proved to be as
a lead herd and boodmare
Pandora with her colt foal
Epona Puccini at foot.
We were honoured to be given the opportunity from Rosy Hutchinson to 'borrow'
her PRE mare Raglan Joya to breed with Piyayo.
It has to be noted that few UK owners of PRE mares have appreciated the importance
to the Hispano-Árabe regeneration programme of using Spanish mares, so the vision of
Rosy and the few who set aside their PRE mares to breed Hispano-Árabes is very much
Raglan Joya with Epona Chimene
The other side to the continued Hispano-Árabes breeding programme comes from
the lineage of Pandora's half sister; Epona Chimene, she is registered as
75%PRE : 25%Arab. In reality any Arabian influence is suppressed by the high ratio PRE
breeding and Chimene in type is very much PRE herself. Both as a foal and during her
grading the Cria mistakenly took her for being a PRE! Therefore respecting
her PRE genetic profile in our Hispano-Árabe programme, Chimene breeds with
quality selected proven performance Arabians to introduce diversity to our stock.
Chimene has been a wonderful riding
and driving horse as well as providing
our second generation Hispano-Árabe
stallion Epona Balthazar.
Introducing Epona Valiente the 1st UK Hispano-Árabe foal of 2011.
Son of Chimene and Marcus Aurelius of the Avonbrook Stud