ASA Members Equine Tour – 23 January 2015
Members Enjoy Day Out In Kildangan Stud
Friday 23 January 2015
Kindly sponsored by: GAIN Horse Feeds
Our annual equine tour is a big attraction for the many horse enthusiasts among our membership. This year’s tour, to the famed Kildangan Stud in Co Kildare on Friday 23 January, did not disappoint. The tour was kindly sponsored by Gain Feeds.
Kildangan is part of Darley, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global thoroughbred breeding operation, which currently stands stallions in six countries around the world. Its headquarters are at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket.
Purchased by Sheikh Mohammed in 1986, Kildangan is one of seven stud farms run by Darley in Ireland. The farms, in Kildare, Meath and Tipperary, total almost 5,000 acres in size. Kildangan is home to 10 of the world’s leading stallions all of which were paraded for the ASA visitors.
We got close up to Shamardal, which at €12.6m had the top global earnings for European and US stallions in 2014. We also met Exceed and Excel, which had earnings of €10.2m in 2014 and is the world’s number one sire of two-year-old winners, two-year-old stakes horses and two-year-old group or listed winners.
Helmet, the son of Exceed and Excel, was also paraded as was Teofilo and New Approach’s outstanding sonDawn Approach.
The Kildangan breeding season starts on 9 February. During the season the 10 stallions will receive around 1,200 mare visitors. Some of the mares stay for the season while others just require ‘bed and breakfast’.
Jimmy Hyland, stud director at Kildangan gave us a most informative and enjoyable tour of the entire operation including the woodchip gallops, used for breaking 250 yearlings every year, and the iconic American stables.
Tom Gallagher took us around the Kildangan museum and we also got insights into the stud’s farming enterprises, which include 320 acres of oats and winter cereals and over 300 acres of haylage.
Kildangan ran its own beef enterprise until recently. Now, an outside operator feeds around 1,000 cattle in Kildangan sheds. Sheep are used to clean up the grass on all seven stud farms, with up to 5,000 sheep taken in from commercial sheep farmers during November and December.
We also saw the willow enterprise and the reed beds (natural water filtering system) with six different pools. The willow crop is sold to the Edenderry power plant. Brian Heffernan, manager of the farming operations across the seven stud farms in Ireland, took us around the composting unit where, using a massive composting machine, dung and waste from all farms is reduced to compost. The end product is spread on grass at seven tonne/acre and stubble at 10 tonne/acre. Each tonne has a fertiliser value of 5units N, 3.5 units P and 15units K.
We are most grateful to Jimmy Hyland, Tom Gallagher and Brian Heffernan for their superb hosting. And a very special word of thanks to Mary Delaney, Gain Feeds and ASA Council member for her organisation of this highly enjoyable tour.
About Kildangan Stud
Kildangan Stud is part of Darley, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s global thoroughbred breeding operation, which currently stands stallions in six countries around the world. Its headquarters are at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket.
Kildangan was purchased in 1986 and is now home to nine thoroughbred stallions, including leading earnerShamardal and Exceed And Excel, the world’s number one sire of two-year-old winners, two-year-old Stakes horses and two-year-old Group or Listed winners.
He stands alongside his son Helmet, a dual G1 winner at two who went on to win the G1 Caulfield Guineas in record time. Also there is proven G1 sire Teofilo and New Approach’s outstanding son Dawn Approach, the undefeated Champion Juvenile who went on to win the Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes at three.
New to the Kildangan roster for 2015 is outstanding sprinter Slade Power, who won both the Diamond Jubilee and Darley July Cup in 2014.
About Sheikh Mohammed
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai, the second-largest of the seven states that make up the UAE.
His horses have won almost every major race in the world, running in both his maroon and white colours and the famous blue colours of Godolphin, the globetrotting racing stable he set up in 1994.
In 1996, he founded the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race, designed to encourage other owners to bring their horses to Dubai to compete for millions of dollars in prize money.
As well as being a racehorse owner Sheikh Mohammed is also an expert horseman and has won many endurance races.
Bookings are closed for this event.