Brendon Stud is located within Brendon Equestrian Centre at the foot of the South Downs in the village of Pyecombe. We are a family run business headed by Valerie Light and daughters, Shirley, Caraleen & Jacqui. The stud is part of a bigger picture. As well as breeding competition horses for all disciplines [although we specialise in Showjumping], we also import horses to produce and sell on. We run a comprehensive Show Centre with affiliated Jumping shows, along with affiliated and unaffiliated dressage, arena eventing, unaffiliated jumping and showing shows. We have a saddlery shop on site, [and online] alongside the saddlery we sell a quality range of Feed and bedding.
The BS Stallions can be seen competing at shows all over the south of England (and occasionally further away!)
We have long been established as well-known breeders, producers and sellers of competition horses, though specialising in show jumpers for over 45 years. Brendon was first established in 1965. The name "BRENDON" came about from Valerie's first pony; an Exmoor from the Brendon Hills. In the early days the business was mainly a Riding School with a few dealing horses bought in sales or directly from Ireland, we later moved onto more serious competition horses, with the first big wins coming in the late seventies.
In 1983 we stood our first stallion, Sussex Diamond. A popular choice with the sire being by the infamous - King of Diamonds. The second foundation stallion to stand was Magic Motion [Ballyard Light], he went on to win a Gold Medal at the Pan Am Games in the 90's with his new owners. The home teams’ broodmares of today still carry these bloodlines. At the time we thought we had the best stallions around, having said that we can't begin to compare them with the stallions we stand today!
The first "warm blood" was Tropic Star, a Trakehner with bloodlines from Furioso; he competed at the top national level before Injury forced him to retire early. His next successor was the Belgian bred Maestro Nativio, with a lot of thoroughbred and blood lines to Alme Z. He again was a step forward. An International Grade A, he jumped International Trials and the Hickstead Derby before being sold abroad. His progeny have been successful in all three of the major disciplines, his best known son being the aptly named “Buddy Bunn”, winner of the 2004 Hickstead Derby ridden by John Whitaker. We then of course had the pleasure of owning the fantastic Unbelievable Darco, a phenomenal stallion that won the Foxhunter final at 5 years old amongst many many wins. We also had the good fortune to own and produce to 1.60m Warrior and Don VHP Z, two truly World class stallions, they both showed their fantastic talents with Louise Pavitt before being sold. Both compete at Global Tour shows and Warrior also competed at the London Olympics. In 2017 Don VHP Z was named “Belgium Horse of the Year” after winning GCT GP’s and the Individual Silver at the European Championships.
Brendon Stud stallions & offspring have won and qualified for the Blue Chip Winter Finals, Hickstead Derby, HOYS, RIHS and World Breeding championships in Lanaken, GCT GP’s, London Olympics and European Championships.