Rare Breed Conservation Farm Park and Approved Shire Horse Centre
The stables have been in constant use since 1780 when they were first built and have been part of the famous racing tradition at Sledmere.
Thousands of thoroughbred horses have been bred at Sledmere over the last 200 years, among the most famous are Spearmint, Mumtaz Muhal, Straitlace, Scottish Union and Lily Agnes. Sledmere has been described historically as the most important stud in Yorkshire.
The ground floor of the historic stable block is open for visitors to explore. With the tack room and “lads” room restored to their former glory and of course, the stable block is home to the “Sledmere Shires”. Our carriage house is home to our many different vehicles, including an exercise cart for day to day use, a passenger dray and also a Wolds Wagon which is owned by the Wagoners museum.
The Rare Breed Farm Park is proud to be an officially approved Rare Breed Survival Trust Conservation Farm Park and is dedicated to the preservation of these beautiful rare breeds and are helping to add to their numbers with a comprehensive breeding program. It is also recognised as one of only eight Shire Horse Society Visitor Centres in the country.
The Farm Park is home to a range of farm animals including a small flock of Leicester Longwool sheep, and a range of rare breed chickens which provide Sledmere House with a constant supply of eggs.
Pippa and Peppa are our resident Oxford Sandy and Black sows who provide us with pedigree piglets throughout the year. Geoffrey, Gracie and Gertie our cheeky Golden Guernsey goats have just welcomed the new arrival of twins Gordon and Georgie and little Gus.
There’s always something going on and lots of happy little faces ready to greet you.