The Holltess stud is a small, private, family run stud breeding hacks, riding horses and show ponies. The Stud was started by Mark and Auriol Roper-Caldbeck and named after their daughters Holly and Tessa.
Although we retired from showing ourselves in 2006; over the years the Stud has been responsible for breeding numerous in hand and ridden champions at the highest level including 2 Royal International Horse Show Champions, 2 Royal Show Supreme Champions, Supreme Champion BSHA Champs. The overall Supreme Champion at the BSPS Championships, 2 Ponies UK Supreme Ridden Champions, Eight Horse of the Year Show Supreme In hand finalists as well as winning the Supreme in hand pony of the year in 1996 at the Horse of the Year show.
Royal of England Show
Supreme Champion 2003
Holltess Veni Vidi Vici
Royal of England Show
Supreme Champion 2004
The Roper-Caldbeck family have been involved with competiting horses and ponies for over 50 years from Polo ponies to show jumpers to event horses. Auriol Roper-Caldbeck was trained by Dick Stilwell and Donald Owen, and show jumped as a child, in later years she progressed into eventing. Auriol competed at Badminton, owned and brought on the event horse “Wayfarer”; selling him onto Richard Meade, where he was the Olympic reserve event horse.
The Roper-Caldbeck Family
(L-R) Mark leading Tessa (2yrs),
Auriol leading Holly (aged 4)
The Stud - In 1993 we moved to Corsehill Farm, Gloucestershire in order to concentrate on the stud. A year later we purchased our resident hack stallion Fairlyn Fanfare (see stallion and progeny pages). Frankie was shown by us as a youngster with considerable success qualifying for the 'Templeton Supreme' in hand final at the Horse of the Year show (now the Cuddy), as well as being champion at all the major county shows. Frankie does not stand at public stud, and only covers a handful of mares a year, therefore stock is very limited. Despite this his success has been outstanding (see progeny page). The stud over the years has purchased a number of outstanding broodmares, all of which are proven champions(link to mares page) The stud is set in over 100 acres of pastureland and woodland and facilities include: stabling for 30 horses, post and rail paddocks, an indoor school and an outdoor turnout arena. The stud is ideally located, just 10 miles from Cheltenham, 5 minutes drive from Hartpury College and 20 minutes from The Three Counties Showground.