Claire and John have been at Westlands Farm for 12 years.
Claire ran a successful livery business for 6 years before having her first child Johnny. When Claire purchased Diago in 2006 as a colt, she made a decision to keep him entire as he is a carrier of the cream gene. She always wanted to produce her own horse from a foal and show in hand so this is exactly what she did. When Diago was rising two years, Claire and John went to Holland to buy two brood mares. They purchased Wiganita and Zarenta, who were both in foal. Claire foaled both mares down herself in 2007. This is when Claire decided to make breeding her business for the future.
In 2007 Claire met Gary Ryland owner of stallion Bambas Legacy on the showing circuit, and after Bambas Legacy's showing career came to an end he became an addition to the stud.
In 2008 Claire became a qualified AI technician and stallion handler and Charlene Lewis was working part time helping Claire with the breeding. Charlene now works full time as part of the team.
Zac Heydon joined us in 2009 to produce our young stallions and he is now a permanent resident offering an excellent backing and schooling service. He backs and competes all of our up-coming youngsters and is heavily involved with the stud.
In the last 5 years we have improved the facilities and successfully foaled down mares for clients, trained stallions for collections, frozen semen for UK distribution, sent home many mares in foal, and backed and produced youngsters. Our aim for the future is to breed quality modern sports horses with a difference and offer five star breeding facilities and care. We aim to have stallions and our home bred youngsters competing at international level.
With our amazing team of staff we see our goals being not too far away.
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