Statue of a rearing stallion at The National Stud

25th May 2015

A bumper covering season at The National Stud

If we have been quiet recently, it is because we have been so busy. This has been a bumper breeding season for the National Stud in terms of the number of mares we have had boarding with us as well as coming in to be covered by the Stud’s resident stallions. But now we are starting to wind down at the end of season.

A special visit

Earlier this month we were excited to welcome Her Majesty the Queen to the Stud in this, our centenary year. In a private visit she came to view the stallions, meet staff and students and plant a tree. She talked about her first visit to the Stud when many of the facilities were still being built.

The Queen meeting staff and students at the National Stud.

Earlier this week, we finished foaling with the final baby arriving to make the final total a grand 106. We started the season with the birth of a Frankel filly and ended it with a fine Frankel colt. Now our seasonal boarders, mares who come with us to foal and be covered at surrounding studs, are starting to go home to their owners with their foals at foot.

Foals out in the field at the National Stud.

 

 

Coverings are winding down too and Toronado & Dick Turpin will go into quarantine for the southern hemisphere covering season on the 2nd July. Both will be based in Australia; Toronado will be standing at Swettenham Stud and Dick Turpin will be returning to Mungrup Stud.

With the breeding season starting to come to an end, that means that our Diploma students are in the final furlong of their time with us. With the majority of horses living out at night and the numbers coming down it is time to focus on final projects and exams and get some rest. Two of our students will remain with us over the summer to gain experience of a Stud in the off season.

Welcoming visitors

We continue to welcome people to the coffee shop as part of a longer visit or just as pit stop. Tours have been busy as we welcome members of the public in to find out more about our work, although fans favourite Amberleigh House is still on his post Aintree holiday. Polo sales in Newmarket have dipped alarmingly as a result!