Karen TeagueA rider from childhood, Karen has always been involved with horses. She started her first stud breeding and breaking-in safe, first ponies for kids when she was 15 as saw a gap in the market for a "bomb-proof" pony.
Being a teenager with no money to buy "a good horse" Karen was only too pleased to take on the rearers, buckers and bolters that no one else wanted, often saving these horses from being fed to the hounds! Here her love of working with "problem horses" started that the team at Brookby Heights International continue with today.
One of these horses, "Like Magic" (pictured) who now resides in The USA was acquired as an unwanted 3yo. Against many experts' advice to put him down, Karen persisted in his training ultimately being rewarded when he won for her the National One Day Championship.
After luckily acquiring an exceptionally well-bred mare, "Astra Amber" and spying a stunning 3yo colt, "Wynyard Agile" taking away Supreme Champion at a Royal Show, the future of Brookby Heights Stud was set. This pairing produced the very well known New Zealand stallion "Mighty Heights".
As Karen was primarily involved in the sport of eventing at that time, "Mighty Heights" was introduced to that discipline, immediately showing his versatility by being equally successful in all three phases, the dressage, cross-country and the show jumping. In just one year of competition, "Mighty Heights" won his way to the highest grade, Advanced.
Thanks to another stable mate, "The Odyssey" who had also started his career as a very successful eventer, Karen became interested in pure Show Jumping, when "The Odyssey" (pictured right) won a Puissance competition at 1.90m. (6 foot 2in).
"Mighty Heights" too showed a natural talent in Show Jumping moving quickly to competing in the World Cup Qualifier classes which are run over tracks built to a height of 1.60m. Karen and "Mighty Heights" successfully competed in both sports simultaneously, making "Mighty Heights" one of only a hand full of horses to compete in 2 separate disciplines at the highest level simultaneously.