With great regret we have to report that Traquair Jason died on Wednesday, 5th January 2011 at the Beamish Museum, Co. Durham.   The outdoor museum is one of the northeast's premier visitor attractions and had owned the Cleveland Bay stallion since February 1994.   Jason spent two seasons at the Stainmore Stud before returning to stand at Beamish.   Born in 1985, Traquair Jason was bred by Dr E. C. McFadden of Northampton and was by Forest Farnon out of Traquair Jessica.   Latterly, Jason had suffered increasing difficulties due to arthritis, particularly affecting his hind quarters.


Traquair Jason pictured in the Colliery Village at Beamish Museum, ridden by Rhiannon Hiles talking to Peter Brassett in 2002.       Photo courtesy of Beamish Museum.

        Changing times have seen a significant reduction in the number of horses at Beamish and there are no plans to acquire another stallion.   Currently, the museum has the pure mare, Stainmore Briar Rose, Jason's last foal, Beamish Nelson (aka John Boy) out of Briar Rose, and two part breds, CB x Dales, by Beamish Fugleman.   The part breds are Beamish Cracker and Beamish Topper (formerly Mettle).   It is likely that they will work at Beamish as a pair in the future.   As a final tribute to Traquair Jason, some of his tail has been retained.   The hair will be used on two period steam gallopers which will be renamed Traquair and Jason.   (Posted 16th Jan and updated 23rd Jan 2011)

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