In 2005 my wife Eileen and I made the move to the UK to set up a boarding and consigning business. We were very lucky to find Shutford Stud after only a year in the UK and this is where we began our fledgling business.
We now sell over 30 yearlings a year and a similar sized draught of foals each year. Our walk in mare business has developed over the years as has our full time boarders. In 2012 we started a very exciting Enterprise Investment Scheme for pinhooking, KHP Thoroughbreds Ltd, details of which can be found on this website.
After 7 years at Shutford Stud we found ourselves looking for a top class stud farm in a good location with enough scope to allow our business to grow. We were again very fortunate to be given the opportunity to lease the historic Bloomsbury Stud which has now been named The Woburn Stud.
In the time since moving to The Woburn Stud the business has grown significantly and we have formed another Enterprise Investment Scheme for broodmares, Woburn Thoroughbreds Ltd, details of which can be found on this website.
Geographically, the farm could not be in a better location being within an hour’s drive Newmarket, while it is also close to other excellent stallion studs making it an ideal location for walking-in mares.
Formerly known as Bloomsbury Stud, Lady Tavistock and her son Andrew Bedford took a decision to cease running their Bedfordshire-based stud after 45 years of operation. Bloomsbury Stud dispersed its bloodstock at the 2010 Tattersalls December Sale, with the mare First, a grand-daughter of the stud’s matriarch Mrs Moss, fetching 1.1 million gns. The aggregate for the 28 lots sold was 3,899,000gns with the average price being 165,944gns.
Lady Tavistock had been breeding racehorses at Bloomsbury Stud, based at Woburn Abbey, for ten years before she purchased Mrs Moss, a six-year-old mare by Reform who would significantly boost the stud’s fortunes.
The price paid was 2,100gns but it was noticed afterwards, on closer inspection, that the mare had a club foot; the buyers tried to return her to the vendor, but they would not take her. As it turned out, it was just as well they didn’t, as the disfigurement proved to be no hindrance to a stellar career at paddocks.
Mrs Moss founded a dynasty at Bloomsbury Stud: from 15 foals, she produced 11 winners, five of them black-type including Japan Cup hero Jupiter Island and speedy juvenile filly Pushy, and is ancestress of numerous stakes winners, including Bluebook, Myself, Perfect Stride and Presto Vento.
Mrs Moss is now leaving her mark in the southern hemisphere where Precedence has won over a million dollars and has run in the last three Melbourne Cups for trainer Bart Cummings, while Tavistock, a multiple Group 1 winner by Montjeu, is standing at Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud in New Zealand alongside Zabeel.
We hope you enjoy our website.
Keith and Eileen Harte.