Tough Mudder UK

You all know we do courses for horses, but next summer you can take on a different kind of challenge here at the Gaddesden Estate. Delighted to announce that Tough Mudder UK will be staging their full and half-length events for the first time in our corner of Hertfordshire during the first weekend in July. Full details via: – tickets already selling fast!

Family Visitors

Mr and Mrs Halsey are always pleased to welcome family visitors, especially from the American branch of the family, to see the Church of St John the Baptist and the Golden Parsonage.  However, we would ask that you give as much notice as possible as due to their other commitments their diaries are often full and it is not always possible for them to be available.

We are now on Facebook

Yes we are now on Facebook, look for the facebook logo at the bottom of this page.  Please ‘like’ and ‘share’ our page.  It would be great to hear from you, so please let us know what you would like to see added to our page.

Gaddesden Estate Ride

Our ride consists of almost eight miles of estate roads and tracks containing two cross country jumping lanes together with a jumping complex.  The jumps range from 2ft to 3ft 3ins.  There is a five furlong grass gallop alongside one of the jumping lanes.  The ride year starts from 1st June to 31st May but you can join at any point through the year.  For more details please contact the Estate Office on 01442 252421.

New Business at Gaddesden Place Stables

We are pleased to welcome ‘The Centre of Horseback Combat’ to Gaddesden Place Stables.  Karl and Zana Greenwood will be using Gaddesden Place Stables as their Centre for Excellence for the training of Horseback Archery, Jousting and Stunt Riding.

The centre offers gift vouchers and courses on a range of horseback activities and is a very exciting addition to the Estate.

They will also be offering a bespoke livery service available for a small number of horses.

To find out more please visit their website ‘The Centre of Horseback Combat‘.

Oddsocks Returning to Gaddesden Estate

We are very excited to be welcoming back Oddsocks Productions again this year.  The date for your diary is Tuesday 2nd July 2013.  They will be performing Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”.

This will be Oddsocks fourth year performing at Gaddesden Estate and their comedy, enthusiasm and energy are very infectious resulting in a hilarious and lively evening for all the family set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Oddsocks Productions have been touring family-friendly adaptions of Shakespeare every summer for the last twenty three years and 2013 will see this mad-cap, tongue in cheek company perform Shakespeare’s shortest and most farcical of comedies:

“The Comedy of Errors”

A servant and master from far off Syracuse arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost twin brothers.  In no time at all they are trapped in a terrifying chain of chaotic events.

Tormented by a wild wife, a moody mistress, challenged by a crazy jeweller and damned by a demonic doctor the terrified twosome run headlong into a climatic happy ending which defies all probability.

A summer Turkish delight not to be missed!



Redbourn & District Ploughing Match

The Redbourn & District Ploughing Match and Root, Corn and Hay Show was held at Upper Wood Farm on the Gaddesden Estate on Saturday 6th October, having been postponed for a month because of the late harvest.  There was very heavy rain overnight, so although the match took place in glorious sunshine ground conditions were not ideal, with water lying in the furrows in Signpost Field, where the vintage tractors were ploughing.  In Well Field, where the modern tackle performed, conditions were better.  The estate  was represented by several people, who have connection with us, and we are delighted that one of our retired staff, Mick Matthews, won the overall cup for the vintage ploughing and goes forward to the Hertfordshire County Match.

Please click below to see the video that has been put together.

The winners on the day were:

Conv – 2 & 3 – The Verulam Cup – Stanley Woodward

Rev 2,3,4 & 5 – The Weir Cup – Best work with a Dowdeswell Cup – Henry Jackson

Reversible Youths – Youth Cup – Ollie Rowling

Vintage – District Hand Cup – Mick Matthews

Mounted Plough – Richard Norman

Estate Vintage Trailed Plough – Jim Wolton

Champion Ploughman of the Day – Henry Jackson

Stanley White Cup – Most points in ploughing, drilling and hedge cutting = Ollie Rowling

Well done to all these winners.