What A Winter

Bon Voyage to our Ladies!!

Backworth Mares depart for the Cape / Ian Todd (p)

Spring is always an exciting, yet anxious, time for any Stud Farm as the results of years of intricately calculated planning and breeding come to fruition with the arrival of the past season’s foals and the selection of the next season’s Stallions.

This year is a particularly anxious, yet exciting, time for the Backworth team as we bid farewell to a few members of our broodmare band as they embark on their journey to the fairest Cape… and to some impressive Stallion talent too!

Mare Broodmare Sire In Foal To Visiting Stallion (2014)
Angel Bells Labeeb n/a What A Winter
Auburn Annio Point Given n/a Oratorio
Blue Lace Agate Rakeen n/a Oratorio
Captured Time Capture Him Irish Flame Dynasty
Cupid’s Daughter Ad Valorem Byword Var
Dancing Royale Danehill Dancer Byword Oratorio
Forbidden Woods Fort Wood Crusade Judpot
Gilt Edge Goldkeeper Kahal Potala Palace
Moving On Up Jallad n/a Oratorio
Plush Fort Wood n/a Var
Refined Gold Rich Man’s Gold n/a Var
Sunset Ridge Tiger Ridge n/a Judpot
November Sky Imperial Stride n/a Var
Varlet Var Gimmethegreenlight Master Of My Fate

Royal Dance for Western Winter

Western Winter (USA) - Dancing Royale (AUS)

The South African breeding industry was hit with the sad news Saturday of the loss of Lammerskraal Stud’s Champion Sire, Western Winter.

The son of Gone West has been a stalwart of South African breeding for well over a decade producing tough and durable racehorses winning at the highest level from 1000m to 3200m. Western Winter was crowned champion first-season sire of 2000/01, remaining in the upper reaches of South Africa’s sires’ tables to date. His other achievements included overall champion sire in 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2005/06 and finishing second in the sires’ table three times. He was twice sire of Horses Of The Year with Winter Solstice and What A Winter.

Western Winter’s other progeny include Yard Arm, Set Afire, Ice Cube, Roxanne, Bad Girl Runs, Swartland, Argonaut, Fair Maiden, Fearless, Nania, Warm White Night, On Her Toes, Lady Windermere, Surveyor, Silver Mist, Oracle West and Capetown Noir.

As if by command from the heavens, our beautiful Australian mare, Dancing Royale (Danehill Dancer - Asian Incline), gave birth to a really beautiful Western Winter colt early Saturday morning. The photos above show Dancing Royale and her colt foal at just 10 minutes old!