Our History & Provenance
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|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
|% 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%|