History of Marston Stud

Natasha and Tom Halliday moved to Marston Stud and took over the running of it in 2021.

Established in the late 1950s by Natasha’s grandparents, John & Heather Sumner, before being passed onto her parents Richard and Joanna Wellesley, who successfully concentrated on breeding flat race horses. Their colours were worn successfully by Maids Causeway, Spinning Queen and The Puzzler. Natasha has refocused the Stud’s direction towards equine rehab. As an equine osteopath and having evented on a home produced horse at 4* (now 5*) level, Natasha is fully aware of the demands on the modern sports horse.

The famous green and yellow colours were carried to victory by Royal Marshall, winner of the Whitbred and the King George in the early 70’s, along with Dublin Flyer winner of the Mackeson Gold Cup and the John Hughes at Aintree.  The Sumner’s also bred Eight Carat, the dam of Octagonal, KaapstadMarquise and Mouawad, all group one winners.  Since then, my parents, Richard and Joanna Wellesley concentrated on breeding for the flat.  Their colours were worn with success by Maids CausewaySpinning Queen and The Puzzler to name but a few. They also had considerable success at the sales with the sale of Spinning Queen, brood mare Enigma.

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