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Updated 7th January 2019

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We are dedicated to the rare breed Falabella Miniature Horse.
Located in Norfolk, U.K. close to Newmarket - the home of British horse racing.

We have lived here for almost 40 years, breeding top quality pure DNA-proven Falabellas.

The reason we can make this statement is because we DNA 'Parentage Qualify' back to imports from
the Falabella ranch in Argentina, as required by the Mother Studbook.

DNA testing proves this conclusively.
(click here)

"It is a condition that a genuine Falabella horse must have 100% Falabella bloodlines."

(
Asociacion de Criadores de Caballos Falabella, Argentina)

"I hereby state that The British Falabella Studbook, held and managed by Ms. Stella Dutchyn,
is recognized by the Registry of the Minihorses Falabella and the Association of Breeders of Falabella Horses (ACCF in Spanish).
No other entity in the United Kingdom holds such status."

9th August 2018

Alejandro C. Gramajo
Official Registry Manager and Head of the ACCF in the Republic of Argentina


The British Falabella Studbook was established in 2002, after Mrs. Stella Dutchyn obtained the coveted ‘Daughter Studbook’ authorization status
from the Mother Studbook in Argentina, the Asociacion De Criadores De Caballos Falabella, the ACCF.
 
Prior to this Mrs. Susan Eckholdt had raised the subject of UK Falabella registration with Sra. Maria Luisa de Falabella on a visit to Buenos Aires in 1997,
discussing the possibility of creating a British Studbook which would be run along the same lines as the Dutch Falabella Studbook which was established in 1995
and which later became the European Falabella Studbook/FSE.

We obtained ‘Passport Issuing Organisation’ Authority (PIO) from the Department for the Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) shortly after that.

In 2011 DEFRA removed our PIO status by mistake, and continued to ignore our protestations for over five years.

Then, during a fifteen month investigation, instigated by us, involving the Advertising Standards Authority
and an Independent Review conducted by Sir Hayden Phillips (between May 2017 and August 2018),
DEFRA's error came to light.

DEFRA mistakenly believed that Argentina had revoked our 'daughter' studbook status.
This was finally revealed on 3rd August 2018 when the Asa's Chief Executive Officer wrote:-

"You say that, the British Falabella Studbook is the official UK daughter studbook to Argentina’s mother studbook for the purposes of enabling Falabella horses to be considered officially registered as such.   It’s for that reason that you’ve objected to the third paragraph of the Assessment section of the ruling, which says that we understand there to be no authorised daughter studbook in the UK at the present time.

Our information on that point came from Defra, who advised us that the mother studbook in Argentina had
revoked their authorisation of your business as a daughter studbook some years ago."

Guy Parker
Chief Executive
Advertising Standards Authority
(3rd August 2018)


What had actually happened was that Maria Angelica de Falabella had tendered her resignation from the 'International Miniature Horse and Pony Society' on 21st February 2005 after discovering that they were registering part-bred Falabellas as genuine ones.

DEFRA got it wrong and punished the British Falabella Studbook instead.


LIBERTY AND ROBIN FISHER OF KILVERSTONE FALABELLA

Sue with the twins
Liberty and Robin Fisher of Kilverstone at the Equuleus Falabella Stud.
Photo: Marie Bushill

  EQUULEUS PETALOUTHA MOU FALABELLA

Equuleus Petaloutha Mou (Greek for 'My Butterfly') by Limelight's Orion ex Falabella Prosapia.
Photo: Marie Bushill

PRINCE PHILLIP

With Philip and some of his family.

Susan Eckholdt has been breeding Falabella horses for over thirty years.

She and her late husband Captain Edwin Henry Eckholdt, purchased some of The Lady Rosamund Fisher’s
eight original Argentine imports and a few of their foals. 

CAPTAIN EDWIN H ECKHOLDT AIR AMERICA FALABELLA KILVERSTONE

Captain Edwin Henry Eckholdt (former 'Air America' pilot) and Falabella Al Graten at Kilverstone Latin American Zoo, April 1980.

Photo: Susan Eckholdt

EQUULEUS JESSICA FALABELLA WITH BRENDA SUTCLIFFE

Equuleus Jessica, a great, great grand daughter of Falabella Al Graten
which was won in a competion featured in 'The Sun' newspaper in 1974. See the 'UK Archives' page.
Pictured here with Mrs Brenda Sutcliffe whose daughter Helen won the competition.

Photo: Ray Mumford

Sue also visited Argentina to select stock from the Falabella ranch and was privileged to meet Maria Luisa de Falabella in 1997,
becoming her UK representative until Maria's death in 2007.

MARIA LUISA DE FALABELLA HELEN HITE ARGENTINA

Maria Luisa de Falabella (in green) with her son Alejandro Gramajo, Helen Hite and Anna Maria Gramajo,

who made Sue so welcome in Buenos Aires - Christmas 1997.

Photo: Susan Eckholdt

FALABELLA FESTIVO ARGENTINA

FALABELLA FESTIVO ARGENTINA 2

Falabella Festivo on the ranch in Argentina in 1990.

Photos:- Courtesy: Helen Hite.

POINT BREAK FALABELLA FOAL

Sue with Limelight's Point Break (by Pegasus of Kilverstone ex Tripoli of Kilverstone) in August 1992.

Photo: Edwin H. Eckholdt

Sue imported the Limelight's herd of pure bred Falabellas from Sweden in 2000, hence the appearance of the Limelight's prefix in many pedigrees.
The herd contained several Argentine imports including the red leopard stallion Falabella Yabito.
It also contained several horses carrying the blood of the two legendary Argentine imports to the UK - Falabella Menelek and Falabella Al Graten.
See 'UK Archives' and 'Legends' pages.

Annika Ostberg had first met Ed and Sue at Kilverstone in 1991. 

ANNIKA LIMELIGHTS ANIMALS

Annika and family (Limelight's Animals) when they visited us in 2001.

Photo: Susan Eckholdt

She has long had a fascination for the night sky, so chose the prefix 'Equuleus' - The Little Horse Constellation.

Ed and Sue lived in Saudi Arabia and Morocco for some years where they grew to love the Arabian horse.

Top quality Falabella horses are those with Arabian characteristics so they made the decision to breed for this type.

Sue considers the stallion Limelight's Sabre (better known as 'Indius' in Sweden) to be the ultimate Falabella.

Sired by Falabella Chico ex Tripoli of Kilverstone (Falabella Menelek ex Falabella Morenita)

This little stallion (foaled in 1993) is AMHA registered so is also an American Miniature Horse.

He surely epitomises the term 'miniature horse'.

LIMELIGHTS SABRE FALABELLA INDIUS

SABRE FALABELLA

INDIUS SABRE FALABELLA

Limelight's Sabre (by Falabella Chico ex Tripoli of Kilverstone) at age sixteen.

Foaled in 1993, Sabre was undoubtedly the first of the ultra quality true Arabian/thoroughbred type Falabellas.

Owner: Rickard Rundqvist

Arabian halters: Lillemo Antonsson

Photos: Kristina Jaxell

SABRE INDIUS PEDIGREE

SABRE INDIUS FALABELLA FIELD PHOTO

Limelight's Sabre at age twenty.

Photos: Ray Mumford

EL JADIDA ARABIAN STALLION MOROCCO 1977

An Arabian stallion, El Jadida, Morocco. 1977.

Photo: Susan Eckholdt

KALA DE LEVIS FALABELLA

Sue's first Falabella - the stallion Kala De Levis, foaled at the Chateau De Levis in France and bred by Ranee Nevels.

KALA DE LEVIS PEDIGREE

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