How it all began….
Preci Spark has owned event horses from 1971, when Vin bought a four year old ex racehorse, who he trained and ended up at Badminton. He competed for about 25 years, producing horses and competing at four star level gaining an Armada Plate at Badminton.
When Vin realised that his back and groin injuries would not enable him to compete anymore, we decided that we still wanted to be involved with event horses. In those days, as well as now to a great extent, event horses were either brilliant hunters, hot dressage horses, slow race horses or careless show jumpers. We decided to take a more educated approach, and try to breed eventers using the very best mares, with the most suitable stallions.
Several of the mares we bought were Irish, including The Wexford Lady who was purchased as a three year old and went on to be selected for the Athens Olympics. Welton Lady, the dam of Treason, was bought from Sam Barr, and Erbium from France. All the mares had superb breeding and conformation, showing serious ability as young horses. Now, we are breeding with the daughters and grand daughters, but only if they comply with our strict standards.
Where we are at now…
Our aim has always been to breed Four Star horses, which we have achieved three times already.
Our first was Trebetherick, ridden by our then stable jockey, Sarah Cohen at Badminton. Trebetherick (Posy to her friends) is out of Coolmore Clarine, by Bolivar. Having proven her ability, Trebetherick is now very much part of our breeding program, having already produced 6 foals to date. The oldest, Treboy, was by embryo transfer and is now being successfully campaigned by leading British rider Oliver Townend, having been initially produced by Emily Lochore.
Our second 4* homebred was Treason, out of Welton Lady by Hand In Glove. Treason finished 19th at Burghley in 2013, also with Sarah.
The third was Trevalgar II, out of The Wexford Lady by Fleetwater Opposition. He completed Adelaide in 2015 with Katie Roots.
We currently have a very exciting string of young homebreds from 4yo to Advanced which we are very excited about and hoping that some of these will be our next 4* campaigners.