The Mares at Binley descend from the two lead Crabbet mares from Rosemary and Richard Archer’s Worth Arabian Stud, Silvern Dream and Sa’lilah. Binley has added a few extra Crabbet bloodlines to its mare band through the homebred stallion, Grecian Idyll (Silvern Idyll x Grecian Gilt). Two daughters are retained. The Sa’lilah line is hanging on through AHS Premium Mare, Sa’ira, now 22. Her daughter Binley Silver Sunset is retained. Sa’ira’s daughter Seren Sura is in Spain. The two Silvern Image daughters, Binley Silvern Grace and Binley Golden Reverie together with grand-daughter Binley Silvern Tahlia (Silvern Prince x Summertime Blues) complete the picture.
“Kanga” is a prize winning foal and champion filly. As a yearling she swept the board at the Crabbet Show at Equifest, taking the youngstock championship, the female championship and Supreme In Hand Champion of the Show. She also beat the senior horses in the Sports Horse Class. At the UK International Show as a yearling she received the best leg marks and was 4th. Kanga has continued to do well in showing and will join the broodmare band next year. As a daughter of Sa’ira, she blends this lovely female line going back to Sobha with the Australian breeding from the Arfaja Stud. Kanga will be backed this Autumn.
Tahlia excelled herself as a yearling, winning and taking the RASS Championship at the Wessex Summer Show on her first outing. She qualified for the Crabbet Championships that year as well. She was entered for the British Equestrian Futurity and just missed the “elite” grade by 0.6 gaining a Higher First and the Highest Placed Endurance Yearling in 2018. As a two year old, she went to the Bath and West coming a respectable 4th in open competition and won the RASS class at the AHS National Show. She will be backed this Autumn.
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“Saffy” combines the bloodlines of Silvern Dream, Prince Sadik and Grecian Idyll. With a wonderful nature, Saffy has just been a broodmare and produced two lovely foals by Binley Ronaldo. The colt, now a gelding has gone to an endurance home in Northumberland and the filly has departed to the Oldford Stud in South Africa to join the pure Crabbet programme of Wesley Hayes. Saffy will remain in the broodmare band at the present time.
“Rev” has had a good show record taking 2nd at the Welsh Crabbet Show to the overall champion and then taking Reserve Crabbet Mare at four years old in the strongest class of the day. Since then Reverie has been backed but this year has produced her first foal, a colt by Aurilla Gold. Reverie will remain in the broodmare band and we hope to breed her to a variety of stallions as she is a top class brood mare.
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“Grace” was born in 2002 and was shown lightly as a yearling. She was part of the Silvern Image family group and was much loved as a foal during the Stud Tour following the 2002 Crabbet Convention. Grace has only had two foals, sadly one died as a 2 year old, following a tragic accident. Binley Silvern Ghazal was gelded and sold to an endurance home in the South East. Grace has subsequently not had a foal but we hope to try and breed her for one more.
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Sa’ira has her last foal at foot, a bright chestnut colt by Dandini. Sa’ira is an AHS Premium Mare and a Ridden Champion under saddle, also qualifying for HOYS. More recently at 19 she won the Veteran Mare Open Class at the Nationals and also the Veteran Class of the Crabbet Championships, also at the Nationals. Sa’ira is of the famous Sobha family and has a son in South Africa, Binley Indian Prince (by Prince Sadik), a daughter in Spain, Seren Sura and a son with Moonlight Arabians in Cornwall.
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