Stallion Centre

Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Approved Semen Collection Centre

The Stallion Centre was established in 1996 to provide a high class service to collect and freeze equine semen for use nationally and internationally, with the prime aim of maintaining and enhancing conception rates and semen quality.

Please contact us for a Stallion Pack and we will be pleased to send you full details or answer any queries you might have. 

Stallion Centre Information Pack
Forms & Information for your Vets
Please note that the pre-entry health tests must be submitted to the Ministry Vet Lab using the forms provided in the pack

The Stallion Centre offers an experienced, high quality service, including: 

  • -  Individual stallion management and assessment
  • -  On-site semen collection
  • -  On-site freezing
  • -  Epididymal harvesting
  • -  On-site analysis ensuring strict quality control for each collection
  • -  Dummy training
  • -  On-site veterinary surgeon
  • -  On-site laboratory
  • -  Experienced staff
  • -  Storage and distribution of chilled and frozen semen (nationally and worldwide)
  • -  Pre-castration collections
  • -  "Banking" for competition horses
  • -  Advice and assistance for all stallion and mare owners
  • -  24 hour supervision of stallions

The West Kington Stud Stallion Centre was established in 1996 in conjunction with Martin Boyle MRCVS of the Stallion Reproduction Services to provide a service for collecting and freezing equine semen.  

Since then, semen has been frozen from a selection of the best British stallions, including native breeds such as Suffolks, Shires, Cleveland Bay, Exmoor, New Forest and riding ponies, and also from International sports horses (including dressage horses, show jumpers, eventers, endurance horses and racing Arabs).  Frozen semen has been exported to over 45 countries, with a conception rate of 70+%.  Exported frozen semen has successfully been used in Embryo Transfer projects in the UK, USA and New Zealand.

The Centre can arrange storage and distribution of frozen semen and has relationships with various agents around the world to assist stallion owners with marketing, storage and shipping.  Freezing for the UK market takes place throughout the year. As a DEFRA Licensed Collection Centre, semen can also be collected for the EU market as required.  The collection and freezing of semen for worldwide markets happens at specific times of the year to coincide with international market requirements. 

Stallions can be brought to the centre for a short visit to assess the suitability of their semen for freezing. Competing stallions can visit the centre in off-peak competition times to "bank" semen for the summer stud season, to ensure that they are not restricted in their competition schedules. Stallions can be sent to the centre before castration and have their semen frozen and stored for possible future use. We also offer epididymal harvesting when adverse circumstances, such as injury or death, mean that natural covering or collection for Artificial Insemination are no longer a viable option.

We offer advice and assistance to mare owners from around the world in their search for semen from the best of British native ponies, draught breeds and top competition stallions.

We are helping to establish greater confidence in the use of frozen semen abroad, with high conception rates from the high quality semen exported by West Kington Stud Stallion Centre.