LG Sporthorses, which operates on 70 acres at Lower Gadhole Farm in Mottram St Andrew, received the prestigious accolade at the recent Cheshire County Farm awards dinner at the Civic Hall in Nantwich. Judges congratulated the top three finalists for their “high standards of horse care, environmental awareness, land management and commitment to staff training.”
But the top award went to LG Sporthorses who “stood out for their business planning in the context of their desire to be at the forefront of the Equine Breeding Industry.
“For example their use of artificial insemination, attention to detail in the production and conservation of grass that is ideal for horses, the techniques used to assess soundness of their youngstock, the ways they showcase their stallions and youngstock and the commitment they show in matching horses for sale to the needs and capabilities of potential purchasers.”
Over the past 12 years husband and wife team Rebecca and Mike Battersby have built an international reputation for LG Sporthorses as a breeder and trainer of high quality young performance horses, specialising in the production and selection of young stock from the finest bloodlines. Extensive facilities at LG Sporthorses include stables, outdoor and indoor arenas and a fully certified artificial insemination service to complement its use of world class stallions.
“We are thrilled to receive this award and for our work to be recognised in this way”, said Rebecca.
She added: “We are committed to an exclusive and scientific breeding programme that strives to produce the ultimate modern sport horse. We specialise in young performance horses because there is a huge amount of fun and pleasure to be achieved by spotting potential and then developing that potential into the next generation of top eventers, showjumpers and dressage horses.”
LG Sporthorses is also committed to providing opportunities for young apprentices to gain the skills they need to have a successful career working with horses, through a partnership with Haddon Training, one of the UK ’s leading work-based training providers and the official supplier of apprentices to the British Equestrian Federation, the governing body for Olympic Equestrian Sports in the UK .
Said Rebecca: “We are passionate about our horses, and our business, so it’s very rewarding to pass on our knowledge to our apprentices, to support young people into the world of work and to maintain the high standards that the equine industry in Cheshire is renowned for.”
For more information about LG Sporthorses, contact Peter Venables on 07834 218516 or take a look at www.lgsporthorses.com and on Facebook.