Ben Faerie

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Ben Faerie is a stallion who has had a great influence on eventing horses in Great Britain. His descendants include Virginia Leng's mounts Priceless and Nightcap, and Pippa Funnell's mounts Primmore's Pride and Walk on Star.

  • Foaled: 1968
  • Color: Bay
  • Markings: Star, half-cannon on LH
  • Height: 15.3 hh (160 cm)
  • Breed: Thoroughbred
  • Breeding: By Ben Hawke out of Faerie, by Vieuxce Manoir

Ben Faerie was bought as a two-year-old at the Ascot sales by Diana Scott, for £250. It was originally intended to use him as a stud for producing fox hunters out of half-bred mares. He began breeding as a three-year-old, and produced over 800 offspring. The first were used in the hunt field, until Virginia Leng had amazing success with two Ben Faerie sons: Priceless and Night Cap. These sons gave him a name as an eventing sire.

Ben Faerie had an amazing ability to pass on not only speed, but courage, tremendous jumping ability and a wonderful temperament. In 1998, 1% of all horses in Britain were by the great stallion.

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