Highclere Estate has been growing oats and hay for centuries, but in recent years it has become synonymous with racing. The outstanding products grown here encourage high performance in horses, attested to by a number of leading trainers, eventers, and polo teams.
The Highclere Estate has been farmed for generations, with Lord Carnarvon and his father working in partnership to produce premier oat crops for horse feeds for over twenty years. Together they created the Highclere Horse Feeds business, focused on producing the best oats, hay and haylage as well as other products for the horse world. (Lord Carnarvon has been farming here initially in partnership with his father. Together they created a Highclere Castle Horse feeds business focused on producing the best oats, hay and haylage and other products for the horse world.)
The current Lord Carnarvon, like his father, takes tremendous pleasure from the handful of brood mares and foals kept at pasture on the chalk downland surrounding the castle. Lord and Lady Carnarvon thoroughly enjoy watching the foals grow and develop in preparation for being sent into training. At every stage proper nutrition is the key to strong development of a healthy horse.
His wife Fiona, has ridden since a child and has a collection of riding horses and ponies from an Andalusian mare, to Arabs, a retired race horse and smaller ponies all who thrive on the Highclere haylage and hay.
As the Spanish proverb states “A horse is worth more than riches”
Simon Andrews, Highclere’s Farm Manager has worked here for 12 years over which he has developed a tremendously keen eye for how to best produce superior grains. As custodians of the land we are committed to conservation and creating a diverse and sustainable environment, using few pesticides and encouraging biodiversity.
Lord and Lady Carnarvon and Simon are passionate about all their work and know your horses will enjoy the results of their endeavours.
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
Sir Winston Churchill