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To coincide with the beginning of the 2024 breeding season, we are super excited to announce the launch of our shiny new website. With the help of our friends at broadbean, we have created a clean, modern design with intuitive, user-friendly navigation, making it easy to find your way around and introduced new functionality to allow our customers to order semen online from any of the stallions standing at WKS.
We’re all very proud of our new website and will continue to develop and improve it over the coming months. In the meantime, we hope you will have a scroll through and let us know your thoughts.
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Christmas Newsletter 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, we have taken a little time to look back on the year at West Kington Stud. Despite some interesting challenges from the British weather, the breeding season proved to be our busiest yet, with the safe arrival of 50 beautiful foals onsite. In addition to the foalings, we had a good number of both maiden and experienced mares through for successful insemination with Fresh, Chilled & Frozen semen & for Embryo Transfer, and we look forward to hearing about their progress in the coming months.

Our stallion line-up for 2023 saw the welcome return of our wonderful old friend, Billy Congo from The Billy Stud. Congo was used on some high class mares, with breeders recognising his exceptional performance record and the success of his progeny. The Billy Stud also sent us a very exciting 3yo stallion named Billy Reflection. This son of Grandorado TN is a striking, modern stamp of a sport horse who we are sure will be very popular as a sire in the future.

We were also joined by John Chambers’ lovely Thoroughbred, Ansiei, for the first time. With his progeny already competing internationally up to 4* level in Ireland, Ansiei is an exciting choice for eventing breeders and was a very welcome addition to our line-up.

It was very exciting to see the first foals on the ground from Fred Powell’s Just Chillin. All were lovely types with bold, friendly characters. He had another good book of quality mares this year, so we eagerly await next year’s crop.

Deborah Cox’s Chacco Volo visited us again, around his jumping commitments. Chacco was recently a member of a Winning Nations’ Cup squad for Team GB, and continues to breed top quality foals alongside his impressive competitive career, so the future looks very bright for this popular stallion!

Nick and Amanda Gauntlett’s The After Party continues to attract a good number of mares each season. A four year old gelding from his first crop won a Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier in the Spring, proving the quality of the stock that he is throwing.

We have recently backed the first youngsters from our own TB stallion Jamhoori. True to form, they have all impressed with their uncomplicated, straightforward characters and have taken everything in their stride. We look forward to getting them out and about under saddle next year.

Our Connemara stallion Hearnesbrook New Moon has had another busy season with a mix of horse and pony mares. We were e won the ridden class at Badminton Show on his only outing, once his stud duties were quietening down. Several of his foals have been born this year in Australia and Kenya so we are delighted to see that he is appreciated around the globe!

A late addition to the 2023 stallion line-up was Pennie Wallace’s lovely 5 year old, Pencos Arctic King. This stallion has an exceptional eventing pedigree, being by Badminton Winner Chilli Morning and out of the same dam as Ros Canter’s ride Lordships Graffalo (Winner of Badminton and the European Championships in 2023). Despite only being made available very late in the season, he has several mares in foal for 2024, who all conceived on first service.

We are thrilled that the late Cevin Z’s progeny continue to make their mark in the eventing world. His daughter Zaragoza II placed 8th at a very wet European Championships in Haras Du Pin with Gaspard Maksud before Barrington Alice, another daughter, Won the 6yo World Championships at Mondial Du Lion with Izzy Taylor. These results have contributed to Cevin’s 11th place ranking in the WBFSH Eventing Sire World Rankings for 2023 – the same position which he held in 2022. He remains available by great quality frozen semen.

Not to be forgotten was Keith Lovelock’s super looking Masterclass (‘Mitch’), another very successful, up and coming sire. Masterclass had a fantastic season’s eventing and show jumping, and completed his first 3*with a double clear. He also excelled in the 7 year old Young Horse Championships, placing an impressive 10th at Mondial de Lion and 6th at Cornbury. Mitch is currently available by frozen semen only, as he will be aiming for Blenheim (8-9 year olds) in 2024.

Since the conclusion of another busy season, we have turned our attention to updating some of our systems at WKS. We are very excited to announce that our website will be fully revamped over the winter, allowing for a much easier customer experience as well as an all new online ordering system. We will bring you all up to date with further news in the spring.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let’s hope it brings some drier weather!

Christmas Newsletter 2019

Our annual Christmas missive comes at the end of very long and busy season, in fact the last inmates of the Stallion Centre for collecting for worldwide export have only just left us! It was an early start to the stud season as well, with mares arriving to foal down and for AI from mid-March. A busy summer followed, and the vagaries of the British weather were challenging to say the least, with many mares cycling abnormally, which, as we are sure many vets will agree, was an issue throughout much of the UK.

The weather also played a part in our annual Open Day on the eve of Badminton Horse Trials at the beginning of May – we had changed the format from afternoon to evening, and it was just as well we did as the afternoon was unseasonably warm and would have been hard on the stallions attending. As usual, this event was well supported by many owners and friends.

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Christmas Newsletter 2018

2018 has been busy and successful year – both on the stud and stallion centre.

CEVIN Z had a very busy season and it is now recognised as one of the best sportshorse stallions in the UK producing international show-jumpers as well as eventers at all levels for all breeders. He coped very well and achieved a great conception rate. CHILLI MORNING had a good this season and he has settled in to the daily life of being a stud stallion – as long as he has his daily hacks. HANDASSA (Shadwell Stud) had a good first season at Stud – his bookings for 2019 are impressive!! WELTON DOUBLE CRACKER and WINDSOR HEIGHTS continue to produce successful
offspring. It has been fun hearing about their varied roles as eventers, show horses and general multi- purpose horses and ponies from their various owners. LEGRANDE spent 6 weeks at stud (as a break from his competitive career representing the UAE).

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Christmas Newsletter 2017

2017 has been busy and successful year – both on the stud and stallion centre. In January Tessa spent a few weeks in Kenya and made a useful contact with Venetia Philipps (a protégé of Professor Twink Allen). As a result we are now exporting frozen semen to Kenya. Irish Draught, Connemara and New Forest stallions seem the most popular. With the first 6 mares in foal with one insemination each, Venetia appears to be doing a great job!

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Caspian Horses at HOYS 2017- Jane’s Report

We were very proud to be involved with the production of the Story of the Caspian Horse at HOYS 2017 last week. The pure bred Caspian Stallion Hendon Troy, owned by Fleur Morfoot and ridden by our own Jess Lee was a real superstar. Only brought in from the field a few weeks ago, Troy came to WKS to be schooled for his role as lead horse in a magnificent display which was performed 7 times during the event, including the grand finale on Sunday night. A huge congratulations to all concerned and thanks to our many supporters.

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Report on Breeding for Gold Symposium

An extremely interesting and informative Seminar on Breeding for Gold was held at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester on 9th March. It was attended by 120 delegates who had travelled from as far afield as Yorkshire and Cornwall to listen to the impressive line up of speakers. The day was particularly aimed at breeders of competition sport horses for the future but was of interest to all who wanted to see Britain improve its image in the world market.

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