History of the Stables
In 1801 Sir Mark Masterman Sykes 3rd Baronet set up the first stud with the help of his brother Tatton. Sir Mark recorded the first foal he bred "a brown colt from a Thixendale mare sired by my brother’s old brown horse and given to my wife." The stud was
small compared to the stud that his brother set up after he inherited the estate from Sir Mark in 1832. Sir Tatton Sykes 4th
Bt had an abiding interest in horse breeding. At its height there were over 300 horses at Sledmere. He concentrated on breeding horses which he sold as yearlings at the great Doncaster and Newmarket sales.
People came from all over the world; Hungary, Belgium, France, Prussia and even Australia to purchase the Sledmere horses put up for sale by Sir Tatton Sykes the 5th Baronet in 1863. He had succeeded his father Sir Tatton Sykes 4th Baronet and all the horses in the stud were sold for what was then the huge sum of £30,000