Longacres Stud: The Story So Far


It was while Mandy Sanderson, owner of Longacres Stud, was training & competing at Show jumping in Germany that she became interested in breeding, showing & competing Hanoverian horses. Mandy wanted to reproduce the high standard and quality achieved by German breeders back in Britain. She brought 4 quality Hanoverian mares back home to the UK, determined to produce superior British-bred performance horses.

From one of these mares she bred the famous stallion Sanderson, who had many wins in-hand including Champion Foal at The British Hanoverian Society Show. As a 4-year old, he went Germany to be 100-day tested and achieved some of the highest jumping & rideability marks that year. Back in Britain he won the Landhold Young Dressage Horse of the Year, before being sold as a 5-year old.

That’s when Mandy and partner Alan went on a mission to find an outstanding coloured stallion with exceptional movement & jumping ability, in order to produce top quality, coloured performance horses for all equestrian disciplines, all registered with top stud books and with 5 generation pedigrees to ensure consistency through their bloodlines.

Finding Emir, a 2-year old by Ed King Hill, himself a renowned talented stallion, competing in both dressage & showjumping to the highest levels, put them well on the way to establishing Longacres Stud and what looks like a meritoriously bright future. During that time Mandy also introduced some exciting new broodmares to the team, all with incredible bloodlines linked to top level equines in all disciplines, putting their already successful stud, well & truly on the Sporthorse breeders’ map. In 2008, after Emir was sold to a Stud in Australia, Mandy and Alan introduced a new boy to the stud: Samara Fly.

By Sambertino, by the World renowned Samber, Samara Fly was to stand as the stud’s Premiere Stallion for the next 10 years, from 2008 to 2018. In that time he sired no less than 150 top quality foals, whilst also competing at the highest levels in dressage. He  was THE coloured dressage stallion to watch until his untimely passing from a complication following a routine veterinary procedure. Despite this tragic loss, with so many up-and-coming Samara Fly youngsters, his  legacy will live on.