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Location

Durris Stud is situated in the North East of Scotland near the city of Aberdeen.

The Durris stud is conveniently situated five miles from Aberdeen Airport on the A947. Visitors are welcome, but please do contact us first.

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History

Pat spent her youth running amok in  Cheshire, Devon and North Wales. She inherited her parental grandmother's love of horses and from a youngster right through to her late teens, was never happier than when messing around with ponies. Although she never owned a pony herself, she had at her disposal, two Welsh Cobs due to their owner sustaining serious injuries in an accident.

Horses were put on hold in her twenties, whilst she pursued a career in American Tax in England and the USA. However, in 1988 she married her boss and was forced to retire. Poor George, a real townie from Edinburgh's Morningside District, didn't know what had hit him. Having gone from never touched a horse when he first met Pat, by the end of their first year of marriage, they owned three Cobs! All three horses were competed locally with some success, in particular Ashridge Action Man who regrettably had to retire from driving some years ago due to injuries he sustained in a driving accident. In 1991, Pat and George decided to buy two fillies, the yearling Badentoy Lyndie from Dr Mary Alud and the foal, Scole Starlight from Gladys Dale, to put together at a future date as a pair or tandem. That winter Lyndie appeared to put on weight whist living on apparent fresh air. by February they were very suspicious and on Friday 13 March 1992, at the age of 21 months, Lyndie gave birth to a part-bred filly foal and the Durris Stud was born.

From these humble and unplanned beginning the Stud has quickly grown in a very short time. Ponies from this stud have been sold to Argentina, Sweden and Germany as well as all over the UK.

We now have several people who help us out at the Stud on either a full or part time basis, including the following rabble.

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Having been approved as a BHS SVQ Training and Testing Centre in February 2004, we have Julia Gorley as our Chief Instructress who not only teaches but also assesses our students. Julia is a BHSI and LHHI who has recently become Grampian Regional Chairman Of the BHS, following in the footsteps of the redoubtable Annella Cowan. Julia was previously Chief Instructress at Gleneagles

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Aina came to work for us at the end of 2007 whilst still at university. Having got a degree in Australia in Equine Studies, she came to the Scotland to finish her studies and live with her Grandmother, Marie Brooker, an ex President of the Shetland Pony Society and a well known breeder of Shetland ponies. Despite being a partner in her Grandmotherís Clothie Shetland Stud, we have managed to convert Aina to Welsh Cobs and their Stud currently has 6 cobs. With her background and upbringing in horses, Aina is a great asset to the Stud.

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A Special Thanks

We would not have been able to succeed so quickly, without the help of the Waxwing Stud whose encouragement, instruction, and inspiration have never failed us. Tom Best and David Blair have supported us and have influenced us to try to achieve even higher standards and for this and their friendship, we thank them.

We would also like to take this opportunity of thanking the James Family, John, Ann, Philippa and David, of the Sianwood Stud for their help and support in producing our ridden horses since the 2005 season and for helping us achieve our dreams of competing in Wales against the best.

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E-mail: pat@durris.com 

Telephone: +44 (0)1558 668857

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