ridgemont highlands stud farm

Family business is a key player!

After a highly successful 2019/2020 racing season, where they topped the owner championship table in their home province of the Western Cape, the powerful Ridgemont Highlands team are looking forward to the challenges and thrills of the new term.

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The burgeoning success story of the Kieswetter Family’s investment in South African racing and breeding turned the page to a brand new chapter with the acquisition of the champion nursery of Highlands Stud in 2017. And the powerhouse family business has developed into a key player on the local scene over the past three years.Talking to the Sporting Post on Wednesday, Wayne Kieswetter said that the new racing and breeding term would ring in changes in the Ridgemont Highlands management team with the emigration to Australia of Stud Manager Ross Fuller.

“In the time Ross has spent with us on the farm he has been very effective in the growth and development of the Ridgemont Highlands brand and we wish him and Carla all the very best for their new life in Australia. No doubt they are excited for the opportunity their new adventure brings them – and we will be keeping in contact and watching closely as they will undoubtedly make it a success.”

He added that Craig Carey will be relocating to Robertson to oversee the breeding operation.

“We are very excited for the continual evolution in professionalism and success that Craig will bring to the day to day running of the farm. He has been an integral component from the very beginning in helping to create the Ridgemont Highlands brand and success, and I am very excited for the next chapter.”

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An extremely dedicated and accomplished Stud Manager, Ross Fuller wished the Ridgemont Highlands team well, and thanked them for a ‘rewarding and professionally stimulating’ experience in Robertson.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kieswetter Family and the whole team at Ridgemont Highlands for the last year, and we wish them all the best for the coming season and for all the winners to follow. It’s been a pleasure and privilege to have been associated with what is a world class breeding operation with roots firmly embedded in African soil. We are moving to Australia to start a new chapter in our lives and we will always be grateful to the Kieswetter Family for the opportunity they gave us. It has been a great pleasure working with them all.”

“My son Ross will be taking control of the Wellington Farm in the interim and it is our intention to fill the manager’s position in the next few months. We will be talking to suitable candidates and, while the Ridgemont Highlands standards are exacting and the job is a demanding one, a superb career opportunity presents itself for the right individual,” added Wayne Kieswetter.

He thanked breeders for supporting the illustrious band of Ridgemont Highlands sires and said that any enquiries with regards to bookings could be referred to his son Craig, or Craig Carey.

Potala Palace Relative Stars On Day One

A colt, from the immediate family of Ridgemont Highlands’ G1 winning and G1 producing sire Potala Palace, proved one of the star attractions at the first session of the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale on Monday.

Champion To Champion

Ridgemont Highlands’ top-class sprinter Run Fox Run was covered recently by one of the world’s elite stallions. The daughter of Foxwedge paid a visit to Juddmonte Farms’ unbeaten superstar, and outstanding stallion, Frankel, for a mating to Southern Hemisphere time on Wednesday.

Going Up Wows On Debut

Ridgemont Highlands look to have an exciting prospect in the form of Going Up. The latter, a homebred daughter of Gimmethegreenlight, made a big impression when making an eye catching, winning debut at Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon.

Canford Cliffs Colts For Grade One Winners

Ridgemont Highlands are delighted to announce that the top-class racemares Front And Centre and Takingthepeace have both, on Thursday night, foaled colts by the farm’s resident stallion, and five time G1 winner, Canford Cliffs.

Ridgemont Highlands Stallions Dominate August 2YO Sale

Current and former Ridgemont Highlands stallions dominated proceedings at the recently concluded August Two Year Old Sale. Not only did former resident sire Dynasty provide the top lot sold at the two day auction, but Ridgemont Highlands’ current star stallion Rafeef proved all the rage, with Rafeef sired two-year-olds setting the sales ring alight.

A Sad Day To Say Goodbye

South Africa lost one of its fastest thoroughbred sons following the passing of the brilliant Tommy Hotspur. The gelding, who was 30 years old at the time of his death, was euthanised on Sunday.

Ridgemont Highlands Purchase Classy Stakes Winners

The Ridgemont Highlands’ broodmare band looks set to grow considerably in 2021, and the farm recently purchased two exciting new additions to their already formidable broodmare band, the top-class sprinter La Bella Mia and the durable Onesie.

Mauritius Derby Cup Glory For Ridgemont Highlands

Ridgemont Highlands, who bred the first three home in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (C&G), had a Saturday to remember, with the Robertson farm also enjoying notable success in Mauritius this weekend.vThe Ridgemont Highlands bred Bag Of Tricks (Dynasty) provided his breeders with more success when he captured Saturday’s local G1 Mauritius Derby Cup at Champ De Mars.

Rafeef Colt Leads Home 1-2-3 For Ridgemont Highlands

Ridgemont Highlands achieved a notable feat when Ridgemont Highlands bred horses, William Robertson, Bard Of Avon, and Team Gold finished 1-2-3 respectively in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup (Non-Black Type) (C&G) (1400m).

Top Class Prospects Retire To Ridgemont Highlands

Ridgemont Highlands will be welcoming some very well-bred and highly talented racemares to their broodmare band in 2021, with no fewer than 13 fillies or mares are set to join the broodmare band this season.