Sssh! AQHA Horsemanship Camp Feedback

8336_527763793957686_1575801820_nOnce again thanks for a tremendous camp experience.  Although we were fairly tired by end of day three we could have happily stayed another couple of days….horses might disagree.  You really do have a lovely atmosphere at your set-up.

Just to say thank you for a great Camp, please pass on my best wishes to Chelsea,Amanda,Josie,Sarah and Tabitha.

I really enjoyed the whole 3 days even if I ache like hell now from the no stirrup work but hey no pain no gain!!, My horse was a star for me and Josie’s comments about him after doing trail on him where so nice  it made my weekend.

I came home tired & very horsey happy!!

2013 AQHA Horsemanship Camp

Horse Creek Farm Arena played host to the 2013 AQHA Horsemanship Camp with North East Oklahoma University over the weekend 12-14th July.  What a fabulous weekend we had, great coaching, fabulous weather and lots of happy faces.  Our thanks to everyone who came to make it such a great weekend.

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Sovereign Spread The Western Word

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For many years David and Sarah Deptford have been at the forefront of promoting the American Quarter Horse and Western riding to a new audience throughout the UK and sometimes even internationally.

2013 has proved to be a busy year for the Sovereign Team, with demonstrations throughout the year, this summer the team has been busy at the Three Counties Show, as well as the Royal Norfolk Show and will finish up at the CLA Game Fair in July.   David and Sarah have always been very passionate about giving their time for demonstrations and always put on a good show.  This year, David has been riding the home bred  5 year old Classie Jay owned by Linda Joynes at the County shows.   This horse has wins in the reining arena as well as the Ranch Horse Pleasure classes  has been incredible showing off the versatility, and more importantly the calm nature of the American Quarter Horse.  The highlights of the demos have definitely been David throwing away the headstall and riding CJ bridleless!  David and Sarah have both reported a great interest in the horses and the AQHA UK Association of which David is a Director.

Photos – Jo Roberts

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SQH at the Fenland Show

_cal1228Wow!  Great show, 90 horses at the Arena, and Sovereign Horses and riders did fabulous!

Halter classes were dominated by Sovereign bred horses, with Jay and Snipper daughters sweeping the board.  Congratulations to Sarah and David who showed Snippers Mito Bella, Snips Silver Dollar, and Heir To a Jay all to Grand Championships.  Joyce Markham’s Heir To a Cady also was in the purple rosettes, as was Nigel Crowe’s A Snip Of A Jay.

Congratulations also to Sarah Hadley with Smokin Red Dene, Jackie and David Teideman with Jays Dene, Sam Bryce with Snips Silver Dene, Bev Piggins with A Snip Of A Jay, Karen Shaw with Just Another Jay, Toni Hardesty with Muy Poco Dene, Kate West with Easy Jay Olena, Sandra Mitchell with Im Sassy Story,  Tracy Haynes’ Jays Centrefold and Dorothy Coleman with Snippnbelles Star.

David in particular had a great show scoring the highest reining score of the weekend a 73 under Show Judge One, Dagmar Zenker from Germany with Blazin Chic Olena, and also winning both large Ranch Horse Pleasure classes with Linda Joynes Classie Jay as well as going Grand both days with the three year old gelding Heir To A Jay, and Grand with Snippers Mito Bella.  Both David and Sarah had great trail runs over the weekend, in fact they showed horses in most classes with great results.

It’s wonderful to see people out there showing and enjoying their Sovereign Quarter Horses.

We’re looking forward to the August Fenland Show – for more information on one of the most popular AQHA/NRHA/BR and All breeds shows in the country go to

Do You Want A Horse That Can Do Everything?

Here at Sovereign, we’ve been breeding and producing American Quarter Horses for 30 years now.   The horses we breed here at the farm, have great pedigrees, fabulous conformation, and fabulous temperaments.

Part of the reason for the success of Sovereign is both the mares and sires of our foals.  The mares are very important, and we are very strict about the mares that make out broodmare band.

The sires are just as important, and one of the things we love about all of the stallions who stand at Sovereign is the fact that you can take them anywhere and many people don’t even realise they are stallions!  We also treat them like horses, and they have a varied life, it’s not just all competitions.

We are lucky enough to have some very good friends who have cattle and as often as we can (which isn’t often enough, as we all really enjoy ourselves) we take “the boys” over to help move cattle around near Thetford Forest.

During the Christmas break, we took Blaze and Jay, just take a look at how chilled the boys were.  We all had a great time, we’re really proud to have these horses, and we’re really proud of their babies too.

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Results of March 10th SQH Show

pumbaGreat time at the show on Sunday 10th March, chilly start to the day, but although it seemed all areas around us were covered in snow, the “tropical” Fens remained snow free, albeit a bit chilly!

Great turnout for the classes, with everyone benefiting from feedback from Judge David Deptford.

The Adult and Non QH High Point went to Abbey Brotherton on the Fjord Pumba

The Youth Highpoint went right down to the wire, with our show secretary having to wait for the results of the last class to declare the winner Sophie Mead with Fast Draw Flashy, with Claire Evans and Remedy only one point behind.

Our thanks to Mountain Horse Clothing for their generous sponsorship of both the February and March Shows.

We’re now looking forward to the joint Fenland AQHA Novice and SQH All Breeds Show on 13th April, don’t forget we’ve got the discounted post show clinic with Judge Juergen Von Bistram on Sunday 14th.

Oh, and… have we mentioned the sashes and trophies for first place in all classes…?

Results – PDF format sqhmarch102013results

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GO ON, you want to be part of it… we have chocolates too!!



Ssssh! They’re talking about us: Joyce Markham

davinaLike many people of my age (sorry, you’ll have to guess ‘cos I’m not telling), I was bought up on a diet of TV westerns; Roy Rogers is the earliest memory and the Virginian remains a firm favourite. So its not surprising that even though I was a keen English rider and had owned my own horses I still felt that I was missing something. After a riding break of about 15 years I saw David and Sarah Deptford giving a western demonstration at the Game Fair, Blenheim. I  immediately knew that I had found the missing factor and I had to start riding again and I had to ride western.
Everyone starts at Sovereign on one of the wonderful lesson horses. These animals are very bright and generous (forget the typical English school horse) and under David or Sarah’s careful guidance, these horses provide a fantastic education. I was so enthused by the American Quarter Horse that I had to buy one and eventually became the very proud owner of Heir to a Cady (Davina), a beautiful and smart grey mare bred by David and sired by AQHA Champion Snippers Heirogance.
It was then that I fully began to appreciate the care that David and Sarah take in breeding good quality horses and in coaching their new owners to develop great partnerships with their mounts. David has been so patient and understanding in working with me as I have learned to bring the best out in my horse (or possibly even that Davina has learnt to bring out the best in me).
All the staff at Sovereign are friendly and helpful and happy to answer questions and guide the novice western rider. Other riders and owners are also a very approachable group and I very much feel that I am not just a client but a valued part of the Sovereign team
Joyce Markham

WOW! Snipper is in the American Journal!

AQHASnipperMarch2013Do you get the American Journal?   Well it came through our letter box the other day, and guess what?   Snipper has a two page article about his AQHA Champion Award!   You know we said we were proud?  Well, we’re even more proud now.  He’s such a legend.

Here’s the beautifully written article available to read in pdf format..

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Ssssh! They’re talking about us in Australia

_EPH0406“David doing it down under”

For 2 consecutive years David and Sarah Deptford have been visiting in my home town of Pakenham, Melbourne, Australia.  I feel very privileged to have David and Sarah stay with my husband Tony and myself as I get to pick his brain and get lots of one on one tutoring so I make the most of it.  I look forward to their visits every year given their level of coaching is by far more superior than I believe we have here.  I think it is due to the fact that the UK have the BR coaching certificate to set a standard and we are in need of something like this here !!

The clinics the first year were received very well although slow to fill given they had not heard of the Bloke from the UK, Aussies are slow on the up take some times, but by the second year they were all pretty much half full before they had left the clinics and their students offering their horses to ship to the UK to keep up their training !!  There is a real gap in our industry here and I think this is why David and Sarah are received so well, coaching is what they do on a daily basis our guys here train horses not so much the riders aboard.  David can do both on an easy to understand level.  We have a wide variety of riders that come to the 4 clinics we hold the most popular being the Trail which I find amazing given Davids accolades in Reining but there you go some people see the benefit in a range of different things.

I highly recommend David and Sarah for clinics, one on ones or just a brain picking session all of which they are fantastic at they are  just genuine good folk.  Cant wait to see you again in 2013 lets hope its bigger and better than the last 2.

Cheers Tracey and Tony Mallia

Here Come The Boys… SQH Stallions at Stud for 2013








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