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We are very excited to be welcoming two lovely black dexter cattle to our herd here at Mudchute. The beautiful Moomin Tamarisk and her daughter Twiglet join us from Kent. Mother and daughter are black, short-legged dexters. Both cows have been shown and mum Tamarisk is a champion! They seem to like it here at Mudchute already, making friends over the fence, grazing and enjoying each other’s company.

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Before joining us, the pair were part of a larger herd, whose work included conservation grazing. Moomin dexters have even taken part in conservation grazing projects on the White Cliffs of Dover. A dexter’s small hooves and light weight make them ideal for keeping fast-growing and vigorous grasses down without compacting downland soil the way larger cattle might. Dexters are the smallest native breed of cattle in the British Isles and you can find out more about them from The Dexter Cattle Society.

We are extremely grateful to Mrs. D. Smith for generously donating one of the pair to us here at Mudchute and to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for the purchase of the other.

The exciting news doesn’t stop there either! Both mother and daughter are also pregnant, so we hope to hear the pitter patter of even tinier hooves in the autumn.

New neighbour?

New neighbour?

Meeting the neighbours.

Meeting the neighbours.

Mum and daughter relaxing after the journey.

Mum and daughter relaxing after the journey.

Settling in.

Settling in.

The newcomers approve of Mudchute grass!

The newcomers approve of Mudchute grass!


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While thousands of marathon runners pounded pavements around Millwall Park on 22 April in the heat, Mudchute Equestrian Centre’s finest were undergoing a different type of endurance event at the Frensham Sponsored Horse Ride.

Beckii Byrne and Lorna Roxburgh who are known for their love of animals at the stables and farm were on the podium at Stockbridge Farm in Farnham. They both raised funds for The Hedgehogs; a local Farnham charity (helping people and organisations in need) with Beckii taking first prize and Lorna third in the Seniors class. Both Beckii and Lorna thanked all those who supported their campaign to raise sponsorship, prepare for the event and logistics.

Once Beckii was adorned with her first prize tri-colour sash, gold silk cap and Lorna wore her bronze silk cap, Becca Evans joined the ‘Three Musketeer’ from the ‘Mudchute Cowboys’ to complete the 10 miles hack through Frensham common and surrounding farmland with 44 optional jumps. Here they are at the start line, left to right with Lorna on Bruno, Beckii on Maple and Becca on Treasure.

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Other members of the ‘Mudchute Cowboys’ included the Mangans with Jaime on Treasure who completed the ‘Children’s in-hand’ cross-country course, and Emma on Silver. Adam provided transport and Beckii’s family Laura, David and April Byrne cheered on everyone.

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Photos: www.paulfitchettimages.com (FSHR2018)


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Our Tamworth piglets have been out enjoying the outdoors with their mum. The playful pair are discovering the joys of rooting in the bark and mud, soaking up the sunshine and lots of wrestling and chasing games! They’ve been enjoying meeting all of our visitors too. Be sure to say hello on your next visit!