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Question: "Where did you get the name 'Sandringham'?
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Christopher: "As most of my friends know,  I love castles.  So while trying to come up with a name for my new horse sales and training operation, I thought that it would be only fitting to name it after one of my favorite young sale horses that I trained a few years ago, "Sandringham", which we named after one of the castles where Queen Elizabeth rides.

Sandringham House

Sandringham (pronounced: san-dring-m) is the much-loved country retreat where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth rides her horses. Built in 1771, the hall was purchased in 1862 by Queen Victoria at the request of the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) as a home for himself and his new bride Alexandra.  It has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs. 

 A lot of time at Sandringham is spent at the Sandringham Stud, the stable for the Queen's race horses. The Queen's incessant interest in horses is well documented and was nurtured from an early age. Riding horses has always been a way of life for the entire Royal family, especially the Queen. On her third birthday, her father, King George VI, bought Princess Elizabeth a Shetland pony named Peggy, and the bond between her and her horses has endured to this day.  Her Majesty is still heavily involved in rearing, raising, and naming her horses.

 


This is the horse, "Sandringham", one of our sale horses who was a 3 year old Thoroughbred straight off of the track.  After a year or so of training, this gorgeous young horse became an outstanding hunter and was sold.  He has gone on to win numerous ribbons at major horse shows.  I took the photo on the left of him after we won a tri-color in the Pre-Green Hunter division at the former Bloomfield Open Hunt Horse Show.  Below is a photo of him with his new owner, Ashley Reis of Ohio.

 

 


"Sandringham"
w/ owner Ashley Reis


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