The Ashford Group invests in world-class equestrian estate in Portugal

Ashford Farm’s Enda Carroll is expanding the Ashford Group. Together with one of his business partners, the Irish entrepreneur is planning to build a flagship equestrian facility in the Algarve. The new Ashford venture will be a preeminent equestrian facility that caters for Grand Prix riders but is accessible to all. The location will feature top-quality accommodation and amenities for both horse, rider and the equestrian community.

Plans for the 80 hectare site are in the development stage and the team is working on the infrastructure and building permits. “The location is fantastic, and we are very excited to start developing the land. In due course we will present a unique international venue for showjumping and dressage with top-level facilities for horses and everyone involved in the sport”, Enda explains.

Showcase excellence
Expanding the Ashford Group in Portugal has been a longtime dream for Enda and his team. He plans to incorporate all the best practice he has seen and enjoyed around the world, into his own facility in the south of Europe. “We want to showcase the excellence of horse sports. And create something very special for the equestrian sport to flourish in the Algarve.”

The perfect location
Enda will create a second home in the Algarve for his family, who are currently located at Ashford Farm in Belgium. “I fell in love with the Algarve and its beautiful surroundings, the excellent climate, accessibility, hospitality, gastronomy, beaches and all the leisure and sport activities the surrounding area offers. My dream is to create a place for my family and others to enjoy horse sports, family life and a place that creates business opportunities for the community and people in our industry.”

“Good things take time, as they should. The project is well on track, and we are positive that everything will come together in due course. It will be worth the wait!”

Parfait van het Schaeck available for breeding

The stables of Augustsson-Zanotelli and Ashford Farm have joined forces to make one of their stallions available for breeding. Co-owned Parfait van het Schaeck (Comme Il Faut x Diamant de Semilly) is approved by the BWP studbook and at just eight years old he has already sired two BWP-approved stallions.

“We bought Parfait  because he impressed us in the national youngster classes and because myself and Enda Carroll know the qualities of his mother, Like a Diamond van het Schaeck, so well”, co-owner and rider Marlon Zanotelli explains. “We want Parfait to be available for breeding as well as focus on his development in the sport. On top of his incredible breeding lines, he combines a lot of quality and blood with a super character. He is also very light of the ground and has a fantastic rideability.”

Well-known dam line
The Brazilian showjumper currently holds the reins of both Parfait van het Schaeck and his mother Like a Diamond van het Schaeck. “Parfait is a very careful modern type horse with a lot of blood, partly thanks to his mother. Her pedrigree was also a very important part on the decision of buying Parfait. This dam line is very successful and well-known for producing many Grand Prix and Championship horses. Like a Diamond herself is an absolutely amazing horse with many successes at the top-level of the sport. She is probably one of the best horses I’ve ever had the chance to ride.”

Promissing first crop
Parfait himself has already proven to pass on the genes of his praised pedigree. The just eight year old stallion has already sired two BWP-approved stallions from his first crop; Tattoo H&DB (ds. Kannan) and It’s Parfait van het Schaeck (ds. Nabab de Reve out of Exquis Walnut de Muze). “We are very excited to see how Parfait will develop, both in the sport as well as a progenitor. So far he keeps impressing us, so I hope the breeders will also be interested in Parfait.”

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Job vacancy: 1st Show Groom for Jana Wargers

Due to unforeseen circumstances we are urgently looking for someone to replace Jana’s 1st show groom.We value horse loving equestrians who are motivated, tidy and who can’t wait to be part of this winning team!

You will be working with top showjumping horses which compete all over the world. The job opening is for a 1st show groom who is preferably in possession of an HGV truck license and has extensive experience with grooming at international shows.

Are you interested in joining our team and being Jana’s right hand, or would like more information, please contact Jana Wargers: +49 151 41440357 or Michael Cristofoletti: +49 151 46486000

Jana finishes as 9th and best lady rider at WEG Herning 2022 with Limbridge

What an experience the Jumping World Championships have been! We celebrate a huge milestone with Jana and Limbridge finishing in 0th place as individual riders at their first big championships event!

With the German Team this amazing duo already impressed with three clear rounds, helping the Germans secure a 5th position and a qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. Thanks to their excellent results Jana and Limbridge qualified to compete in the individual final on Sunday.

The best 21 riders of the WEG all jumped in the first round with Jana and Limbridge once again on top of their game, clearing the fantastically built course in Herning. The 12 combinations with the lowest number of penalty point were invited to jump in the second round. After a fantastic Championship, with  Jana deserving nothing but praise for her performance throughout this event, they finished in 9th place individually and as best lady rider of the Championship.

It was such a pleasure to be part of this amazing show and we thank the WEG for their hospitality and organising this very memorable event🙏

Two weeks in Samorin lead to many top results

So many classes, so many results and in our case after two weeks of jumping in Samorin we are very happy with the progress of our horses and the matching top results.

For example, our eight-year-old Nutcracker (by Centadel) proved to be in excellent shape at the X-Bionic Equestor Sphere. With Michael Cristofoletti he jumped clear rounds only for two weeks in a row, collecting a total of four top ten placings, while an unfortunate pole down kept this pair from the final Grand Prix jump-off but still earned them the 10th place.

Michael also did a top job with eleven-year-old Hold it Against Me (by Chacco-Blue). They won the CSI2* Grand Prix in the first week of the tour, in which Jana placed second with nine-year-old Singulord Joter-son Sidney Sam.

Michael and Jana also did very well in the CSI3* Silver tour, respectively finishing in 6th place with Cartino and scoring a 3rd place Clash Royale. Jana finished the tour off with nice a second place in the CSI2* Grand Prix with nine-year-old Corny M (by Connor).


Limbridge and Jana part of winning Nations Cup team in Aachen

Winning a Nations Cup is already a fantastic achievement by any means, but winning it on home soil at one of the most legendary shows in the world, that is pure magic!

What a night it was Thursday with the CHIO Aachen stadium filled to the brim with equestrian enthusiast who came to watch the match unfold under the floodlights and umbrella’s. No amount of rain would hold back the fans that came to cheer on their favorite riders.

For the home team our Limbridge and Jana Wargers had been selected to represent Germany and thanks to their efforts and those of her fantastic jumping team mates the crowd saw their home riders seize the victory after a nail-biting second round.

We are very proud of Limbridge and Jana and the rest of the German team. A huge congratulations to all: the riders, horses, owners, groom, chef d’equipe and the how organisation of CHIO Aachen. It has been our privilege to compete at this amazing event again. We look forward to next year!

Top trio of horses sold to Eric Lamaze’s stable

Press Release courtesy of Starting Gate Communications:

French show jumping athlete Nina Mallevaey has three new horses under her saddle thanks to the generosity of the Rein family.

Cartier SR, a 10-year-old grey Holsteiner gelding (Canturenter x San Patrignano Cassini); Crack d’La Rousserie, a 10-year-old chestnut Selle Français gelding (Quaprice Bois Margot Quincy x Apache d’Adriers); and Chagall des Erables Z, a seven-year-old bay Zangersheide stallion (Cazador LS x Toulon) were acquired from Enda Carroll’s Ashford Farm.  The trio of show jumping talents were purchased by Rein Family LLC, owned by Canadians Mark Rein and his wife, Tara Dow-Rein, who began supporting Lamaze in 2020.  Following Lamaze’s formal retirement from competition earlier this year, Mallevaey and Canadian Olympian, Beth Underhill, have taken over the reins on his top mounts.

“I am really excited, it is a big opportunity for me,” said Mallevaey who began working for Lamaze in August of 2021.  “Eric was my idol when I was young, and to work for him now and be part of such an incredible team is very special.  I’ve got to experience a lot of new things.  Going to Florida this winter was a big experience, and so is being on a Global Champions League team.  I’m very thankful for everything that the Rein family is doing for me.”

Since becoming a rider for Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable, the 22-year-old has made her debut in Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) five-star competition at the 2022 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.  She was also selected for the Rome Gladiators team, owned by Rein Family LLC, for this season’s Global Champions League, held as part of the Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT).  At GCT Miami, FL, she won Round Two of the Global Champions League competition riding Chacco Kid before placing second two weeks later riding Kino in the €100,000 1.55m Trofeo Banorte at CSI5* GCT Mexico, MEX.

“We have been impressed with Nina’s natural talent and dedication to the horses,” said Tara Dow-Rein.  “She has been a great addition to our Rome Gladiators team, exceeding our expectations.  We’re happy to support Nina and help accelerate her presence at the top level of the sport.”

Lamaze added, “It’s not often that a 22-year-old is presented with this sort of opportunity to advance their career – it’s almost like a fairy tale – and I know Nina will make the most of it.  I cannot think of anyone more deserving; she’s a dedicated and hard worker with no ego.  Mark and Tara are committed owners and I’m extremely grateful for their generosity in providing Torrey Pines team members with top mounts.

“I would like to thank Enda Carroll for working with us and showing us these horses,” continued Lamaze.  “We originally went to Ashford Farm to purchase one horse.  After he showed us his inventory, we left with three superstar horses for the future.”

“It was a privilege to sell these three horses to Eric Lamaze’s stable and we are very thankful to the Rein family for their trust in Ashford Farm,” said Carroll, a veteran of the Irish show jumping team who operates Ashford Farm in Bocholt, Belgium.  “It will be a pleasure seeing these three horses continue their careers with Eric’s rider, Nina Mallevaey, and we look forward watching them advance and grow to the highest level of the sport.  I want to take this opportunity to thank Eric and the Rein family for their confidence and to also thank my team for their continuous hard work with a special mention to the rider of these three horses, Cecilie Tofte, who has done an amazing job of getting them to this point.”

Currently based at Lamaze’s Belgian location, Mallevaey will begin competing with her new horses at smaller shows as she gets to know them.

For more information on Eric Lamaze and his Torrey Pines Stable, visit


“Cartier SR, pictured here with former rider Cecilie Tofte, is one of three new horses that the Rein family has purchased from Ashford Farm for Nina Mallevaey of France.  Mallevaey rides for Eric Lamaze’s Torrey Pines Stable.”

Photo Credit – Juan Manuel Photography

Job vacancy: Show groom

We are looking for a new member to join the awesome group of people that already work at our beautiful farm.

We value horse loving equestrians who are motivated, tidy and who enjoy being part of a dynamic team. You will be working with top showjumping horses at our stable in Bocholt, Belgium near the Dutch border. Living accommodation can be arranged if needed.

The job opening is for a show groom who is preferably in possession of an HGV (truck) license and has experience with grooming at international shows.

Are you interested in joining our team, then please contact Cecilie Tofte: +32 470 31 72 23

Limbridge and Jana finish 2nd in the 1.60m Rome Grand Prix

We celebrate an amazing achievement by our Limbridge & Jana Wargers who placed second in the 1.60m Rolex Grand Prix of Rome.

After jumping two amazing rounds for Germany in the Nations Cup on Friday this top duo went on the jump clear in the first round of the CSIO5* Grand Prix of Rome on Sunday. In the jump-off there was only one combination that managed to finish faster with a clean slate, but we are nevertheless very proud of this pair that is jumping from strength to strength!

The CSIO di Roma – Piazza di Siena has been an amazing show to compete at and we thank  the organization plus of course our team for the great work and making our successes possible.

Job opening: Fulltime groundsman

We are looking for a groundsman with good DIY skills & a fondness for horses.

We offer a beautiful work environment at a farm where no day is the same. We are looking for a candidate that is willing to help out in the stables and takes care of the general maintenance of the barn and the grounds.

The position would be ideal for an animal loving groundsman or former groom who no longer wants to travel and is ready to take on more maintenance responsibilities.

The ideal candidate has experience with tractors and forklift trucks and has a minimum of basic English language skills. The job is fulltime and includes working on weekends.

If you are interested in working with us and our amazing team or want more information about the job, please contact Michael Cristofoletti: +49 151 46486000

We hope to welcome you to our team soon!