Every stallion has their own personality and various habits that you get to know when you’ve been around them long enough. I think stallions have a reputation for being a bit aggressive but if you treat them respectfully and with kindness, they in turn will respect you.
Dawn Approach is the perfect example, a sensational racehorse, undefeated European champion at two and faster than Frankel in the Dewhurst - yet a child could handle him. He is so intelligent that he is able to master any situation unfased.
Ever since Court Cave arrived at Boardsmill Stud he has been a real character. He is very intelligent and has great presence. His favourite playful habit is to stick his tongue out as he looks out of his stable door and likes nothing more than getting his tongue pulled and chin scratched by his handler!
Califet was the only stallion at his previous stud in France where he ruled the roost, he had a rude awakening coming to stand alongside other established sires and quickly had to fit into the pecking order! He took a little while to get used to his new routine but settled in well after a couple of months. At first he wasn’t used to the whole idea of showing himself properly to breeders but is a true professional now and our Stallion Man John O’Connell has done a great job with him.
Kalanisi is a joy to work with. He is very professional in everything he does, be it showing himself or performing his covering duties. He is a very kind horse but still shows all the usual territorial traits you find in a stallion - be it in his stable or in the paddock.
Notnowcato is a real social character, loves all the fuss of being groomed and pampered. He shares his paddock with cows and young calves in the day time and enjoys the company but is sharp to come in at supper time. He has a great attitude towards his daily tasks during the breeding season.
Touch Of land
Touch Of Land has a strong personality. He likes to think he is the boss of the yard but at the same time likes to do his own thing and keep to himself.
One of the quieter stallions in the yard, Prince Flori has a good temperament. He likes to keep to his routine of being out every day for exercise and a pick of grass in the summer months.
Libertarian is the youngest horse in the yard but a real gentleman. Considers himself a pretty boy and thinks every mare that comes onto the stud is for him, spends most of the good weather out on grass and enjoys coming in to do his work
Like all the stallions who have stood at Rossenarra Stud down through the years, Windsor Knot has an easy going temperament. He is a laid back character and a great walker. He has been at Rossenarra since he retired from racing in 2007 and despite covering only small numbers of mares, he has had remarkable success with both a Cheltenham Festival winner over hurdles and a Group 3 winner on the flat.
BRIDGE HOUSE STUD
His name is derived from the famous chapel in the Italian city of Naples which is renowned for housing some of the finest Italian artwork.
The ‘Dude’ as he is affectionately known, is a masterpiece himself. Since arriving to stud, he is taking everything in his stride. He has been wooing breeders since he arrived, with his imposing stature and fantastic walk.
One thing that is very evident is his wonderful temperament, a true gentleman and the easiest horse to do anything with.
He goes about his business with such ease and professionalism. Stud life seems well suited to the ‘’Dude” but with his attributes he could turn his hand to anything.
Anjaal was purchased as a yearling by Ross Doyle who commented that “Anjaal was a lovely yearling. He was a medium sized, strong, correct colt, a good walker with good bone and a nice length of rein. He was a proper two year old.”
Anjaal will give clients a fantastic speed outcross for their mares being free of Danehill / Danzig blood. In terms of temperament after he won the Grade 2 July Stakes, Paul Hanagan said, “he has a great temperament and really did stick his neck out when he needed to and could not have done anymore for me.”
The show-off of the stud, this horse loves to show off when he is being viewed by breeders, going up on his hind legs is his favourite party piece. But, when it’s only us in the yard with him you would think butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth!
The Poser of the group. ‘Solly’ arrived in from South Africa in November and settled in very quickly, beautiful attitude, so relaxed, loves attention, he always want to be the first horse viewed.
Hillstar is a Group 1 winning son of Danehill Dancer. He won a Leicester 7f maiden at two and the King Edward V11 Stakes at Royal Ascot as a three year old. At four he finished second in the Ormonde Stakes, Hardwicke Stakes,Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Rose of Lancaster Stakes,before returning to winning ways in the Newbury Arc Trial and the Canadian International (Group 1). With his high class race record and strong pedigree,he is sure to instill speed and toughness into his progeny.
Barely A Moment
Barely A Moment is a lovely horse to handle. During the off-season he is out every day to keep fit and let off a bit of steam! The stallions winter away from the stud so BAM gets to enjoy a different view from his stable - young stock being broken and older horses being prepared for competition. He has adjusted well to his home in Ireland even if a double rug is a poor substitute for the Australian sunshine!