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West Kington Stud

At West Kington Stud our aim is to breed top competition horses, particularly eventers, with good temperament, soundness and ability.  We feel it is very important to give all youngsters, from an early age, a good basic training in general handling, leading, loading, etc.  The Stud, which is run by Stud Manager, Tessa Clarke, has five stallions standing in 2018:  Cevin Z, Chilli Morning, Handassa, Welton Double Cracker and Windsor Heights.  For MAY 2018 ONLY we will also be standing Legrande. 

Stud Cards and full details available on-line by clicking on the "West Kington Stud" menu button.

Home-bred youngsters by a variety of stallions are often available for sale, broken and unbroken, and can be seen by appointment. A current list is available under "Horses For Sale".

West Kington Stud Stallion Centre (WKSSC) 

WKSSC is run in conjunction with Martin Boyle MRCVS of Stallion Reproduction Services who is one of the world’s leading experts in freezing stallion semen, and works closely with Chris Shepherd from Willesley Equine Clinic. The Centre is producing frozen semen from the “Best of British” stallions for national and international use. Currently available is frozen semen from over 650 stallions from a variety of different breeds and types, including many rare breeds.

Competition Yard

Horses and riders compete from the Stud under the guidance of Jane Holderness-Roddam (Olympic Gold Medallist and winner of Badminton and Burghley), participating in Novice to Advanced horse trials, including the top three-day events. The Stud has excellent facilities, including horse-walker, outdoor arena, cross-country fences, show jumps and good hacking and is close to several outside schooling facilities and gallops. The aim is to give horses and riders the confidence to achieve their goals.

Jane supervises the schooling and fitness training of the horses who are, this year, competing mainly from Pre-Novice to 4* level, including Tiger's Eye II, who completed at Badminton and Burghley last year with Alex Peternell and this spring has been ridden by Simone Vitullo as a schoolmaster at 2* level. Our home-bred Cuillan Hills, by Windsor Heights, is aiming for a 3* this autumn. Many are home-bred and the philosophy is to work thoroughly on the basics to ensure they have a good start to their careers without pressure.

Several riders from both the UK and abroad come for training, with or without their horses, on short or longer term courses. Students are also taken for NVQ training in conjunction with Haddon Business Centre.

West Kington Farms (WKF)

West Kington Farms (WKF) is an arable business growing mainly quality crops for the human food industry. Typically, our grain goes for milling, brewing and breakfast cereals. The Farm also grows rape, peas and beans for specialist markets, and our herd of pedigree Welsh Blacks continues to grow.

The farming business also has share farming arrangements with other owners and farms in total 2000 acres, of which some 1400 acres are down to arable crops. The strategy is to develop and grow this side of the business. WKF remains interested to take on additional land, either on a share farming or FBT basis.

WKF is equipped with up-to-date arable machinery and has a modern drying, cleaning and dressing plant with 4500 tonnes of ACCS accredited storage.


Tim Holderness-Roddam

Tim’s experience in agriculture has been complementary to Jane’s equestrian activities and has led to the development of West Kington Farms. This has expanded into a major agricultural enterprise with four farms totaling some 2000 acres. Tim is currently Consultant to Countrywide Farmers and Bristol Port and a Director of the Abercrombie & Kent Group of Companies and British Eventing.

Jane Holderness-Roddam

Jane was the first British woman to compete in the Olympic Three-Day Event, winning a Team Gold in Mexico 1968. Jane has ridden, judged, instructed and competed in many countries around the world in a variety of equestrian disciplines, from showing to eventing.

Jane is Patron of the Side Saddle Association, President of the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy, BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association), The Caspian Horse Association and British Eventing.  Jane is a BE Steward and Accredited Trainer, FEI Technical Delegate and Judge, and author of over 20 equestrian books.

Tessa Clarke – Stud Manager

Tessa started her career as an eventing student at Wylye and then went to Catherston Stud in 1980, where she helped pioneer AI in the UK with Jennie Loriston Clarke and gained her NPS Diploma. She obtained an MBA in General Business Management before joining West Kington Stud which she built up into what it is today. Tessa has been instrumental in building up the Stud and Stallion Centre over the last 15 years.

Martin Boyle

Martin was senior vet at the TBA Equine Fertility Unit specialising in stallion reproduction work at Newmarket until 1990. In 1992, he set up his own company, Stallion Reproduction Services, specialising in collecting and freezing equine semen. Since 1996, he has supervised the West Kington Stud Stallion Centre and has collected frozen semen from over 750 stallions, both nationally and abroad.

Darren Luton – Farm Manager

Darren joined the team as Farm Manager in May 2001 and has played a key role in the expansion of the farming enterprise. His wide experience of arable cropping has been a key element in the success of this side of the enterprise.