Our Mission Statement

Breed with passion!
Work with pride!
Respect the process!
Celebrate victories!

Meet our team

Building a team around you that shares your vision.

Our History & Provenance

The property enjoys a wonderful rambling garden, with a 1km driveway lined with Azaleas, Yellowwoods and Hydrangeas, with many avenues of Plane and Liquid Amber trees across the property. There are many fine specimens of trees with stories of seeds bought back in the early 1900s - propagated and planted - namely the Cedars of Lebanon and Italian Oaks.

Backworth Stud is a subliminally beautiful property. Standing proud at 1,100m above sea level, the estate boasts 360⁰ of uninterrupted views across the breathtaking Southern KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. A gentle, temperate climate caresses avenues of yellowwood trees, and an abundance of hydrangeas and azaleas surround Backworth House, the rambling thatch homestead built in 1924.

Backworth takes it name from the original Leftwich family farm in Northumberland, and has been under committed custodianship since 1902 when Colonel Fawcus purchased the land upon his arrival in Natal. On his death, Colonel Fawcus willed his treasured piece of Africa to his sister Mrs Charles Leftwich, who subsequently passed it on to her son, Peter Leftwich, from whose estate we purchased Backworth in 1993. In so doing, we secured a very special piece of history and three generations of the Leftwich family's commitment to the establishment and beautifying of this magnificent farm. In 1999 we began development of an infrastructure aimed at enhancing this environment for the holistic breeding and raising of quality Thoroughbreds.

Backworth is a fine property, and shares its soul with all who visit to appreciate this remarkable boutique Thoroughbred breeding stud.

Backworth Stud extends over 100 Acres (48 ha) with 85 acres under Kikuyu pasture with post and rail fencing. Shade provided by magnificent Plane, Liquid Amber, and Oak Trees .

Our Facilities

  • The 48 hectare property is efficiently utilised, with careful planning of paddocks surrounding the central stable infrastructure.
  • A strict regime of personalised feeding and vetting is integral in our daily operations. This requires a horse to staff ratio of 5:1.
  • A knee high dip is used daily to assist in tick prevention against Babesiosis and Piroplasmosis.
  • A Velox Walker assists in the Yearling Sale preparation.

Breeding Endorsements

Statistics:

  • 2014-2015 - to date - 28 runners, 43% winners to runners, 25% places to runners.
  • 2013-2014 - 32 runners, 31% winners to runners, 35% places to runners.
  • 2012-2013 - 40 runners, 35% winners to runners, 24% places to runners, 2 Stakes Winners.
  • 2011-2012 - 37 runners, 54% winners to runners (1st on National Log ), 38% places to runners (2nd on National Log) , 2 Stakes winners. AEPR of R61,416.
  • Received the KZN Breeders’ Award for Breeding Achievement for season achievement.

Recognition:

  • KZN Breeders’ Award for Breeding Achievement 2012.
  • Bred Gr1 Winner CHOCOLICIOUS, raced in South Africa and Dubai Racing Festival.
  • Bred Gr2 Winner FIRST AGAIN - 23 starts for 8 wins and 13 places.
  • Bred Gr2 Winner COLOUR OF COURAGE.
  • Multiple Stakes Winners - VARIOMETER and RAISE THE BAR.
  • Stakes Placed - BLINGLE BELLS and AQUAVIT.
  • Other Top performers: VARLET, GLIDING HIGH, HEDONIST, PRIVATE COLLECTION, FAIRE LA FETE, MOGUL, RAMBO’S FANTASY, MISS CHARLIZE, BERMUDA PRINCE, PRINCELY REASON, GLITTER STAR, MAC MUFTI, DEVONELLA.

Backworth Graduates

Nothing beats the thrilling sound of 16 Thoroughbred Athletes charging at full speed towards the finishing post.

RACETRACK PERFORMANCES

Year Of Foaling Total 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
No of Foals Sold 186 24 19 13 12 15 16 18 8 9 14 8 8 10 7 5
No of Runners 163 18 14 10 12 15 14 16 8 8 11 7 8 10 7 5
Number Individual Winners
103 7 7 7 7 11 11 10 3 6 7 5 6 7 4 5
% of Individual Winners to Runners 63.19% 38.88% 50% 70.00% 58.33% 73.33% 78.57% 62.5% 37.50% 75.00% 63.64% 71.43% 75.00% 70.00% 57.14% 100%
No of Place Horses 134 14 10 7 11 12 13 12 5 7 10 6 8 8 6 5
% of Individual Placed Horses to Runners 82.20% 77.78% 71.42% 70.00% 91.66% 80% 92.86% 75% 62.50% 87.5% 90.91% 85.71% 100.0% 80% 85.71% 100%