About Houghton Bloodstock

It was at Neil Adam’s Collin Stud, Robin Sharp and Malcolm Bryson forged a successful working partnership that has endured for more than a quarter of a century.

Since the sale of the stud at Stetchworth, which has now reverted to its former name of Aislabie, the friends have bought their own farm at Hundon and have set up Houghton Bloodstock, the name in which they consign horses for sales.

“We never really sat down and discussed it,” said Bryson, who is from Ayrshire and started work at Collin Stud as a 16-year-old.

“It was just assumed that we would carry on. The stud was sold, so the owners had to find new homes for their horses, and all the clients stayed with us as we’d been there so long.” It’s a partnership that works.

“Robin is the pedigree man- he has a photographic memory – and I’m loving doing the work on the farm and being hands-on with the horses,” said Bryson. “I’m happiest in wellies and oversalls.”

Mares in the field at Fox Farm

The duo bought Fox Farm, a 120-acre property with easy reach of Newmarket and which was originally an arable farm, and set about turning it into a stud farm.

Bryson said: “We foaled our first mares there in 2007 and prepared our first crop of yearlings as Houghton Bloodstock from the farm in 2008”

They also rent another yard at Chevington for weanlings and another yard at Dullingham Ley to accommodate their 40 to 50 boarding mares and youngstock, plus six mares of their own.

Bryson said: “We’ve tried to buy the best-bred mares we can – every one we have is a black type performer or has bred a black type performer. If you’re going to try to do it for other people, then you have to do it yourself, too.”

This 2012 sales season sees them consigning over 60 yearlings, foals and mares under the Houghton Bloodstock banner, and Bryson added: “Robin chose the name because Houghton was synonymous with quality.

“Every year, everybody knew that the Houghton sale was the quality sale of the year. It was a name everybody would know.”

Houghton Bloodstock have had an excellent 2012 with two Group 1 winners either born or raised at Fox Farm. Mayson, by Invincible Spirit - Mayleaf, winner of the Darley July Cup at Newmarket's July Course, together with Belle Royale, by Val Royale (FR) - Kahyasi Moll (IRE), winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park. Both horses were raised by the expert staff at Fox Farm.

2012 July Cup Winner Maysoon

Fox Farm Affairs by Robin Sharp

The inspiration and ideas for the Houghton Bloodstock website came from the late Mr Donald Bass. Donald was a very loyal client and great friend to Malcolm and myself, and we will miss our chats about everything from cricket, football and the stockmarket together with his words of wisdom.

It was with great sadness that we lost Muhhamad Sharif who died suddenly while on holiday earlier this year. I can honestly say he was one of the most honest, hardworking and reliable people we have ever had the pleasure of working with and he will be greatly missed, he will always be in our thoughts.

Everything we have and do at Fox Farm is down to Mr Neil Adam. Neil gave myself and Malcolm the chance to develop a high class stud and I know we are doing exactly as he would have wanted.