Skepper family have been involved with
looking after horses for three direct
family generations and the care of the
horses has always been of the utmost
to keep horses in a relaxed and natural
environment to encourage them to grow
into mature strong horses and keep
healthy throughout their life."
We have three main yards each with
their own grazing facilities and clearly
separated from each other by at least
We provide a specialist service from conception to birth and then birth to adult horse ready for his/her destined profession.
We have a dedicated DEFRA Approved Stallion & AI Unit based at the Valley Farm Stud Unit.
Valley Farm Yard & AI Unit -
We have Two large
paddocks and associated stabling.
Further stabling and three huge recently
converted barns for housing horses
through the winter. These are incredibly
successful for wintering. Each barn
has access to paddocks during the
day. We have recently input a new
yard of 5 stables for
This is the yard where the AI and
Stallion collection unit has been
live Jane & Piers Marson. Visit
the dedicate website
Here we have full facilities for the stallion coming for collections including a horse walker for daily exercise and paddocks for those stallions visiting longer.
We have excellent grazing for mares coming in for AI alongwith open barns for mares in for a short visit.
The Unit boast an indoor collection area with leather covered dummy and full lab facilities. The ability offer semen freezing services as well as separate storage for outside stallions being used on mares at the unit.
We have full indoor stocks for AI Services.
We have had excellent results working with both chilled and frozen semen on visiting and resident mares for AI. Getting mares in foal to stallions such as Arko III, Escape Z, Rexter D'Or, Wish Upon A Star, Tenareze, Heritage Arrakis, Vadel, Abu Almerat and many more.
We scan mares at 16 days and again
at 24/25 days for a heartbeat scan.
Once in foal, they either go home
or move onto the Ferry Farm site to
join other mares in foal for summer
grazing on our huge 70acre paddocks.
This is a lovely old yard which was
converted in the late 70s. One side
consists of three huge stables that
are designed for mares and foals and
the other side as 6 loddon style boxes.
This yard is wonderful for youngstock
as it is quiet and ideal for weaning
foals due to the shape and style of
the boxes. From this yard there is
direct access to fields of over 60
acres in size.
We have two further stabling units
at the main house at the Stud. These
consist of six stables that turn into
two foaling boxes with a double box
next door. Both units have a small
paddock for newborns which opens onto
a bigger paddock near the house. These
boxes are kept for the mares foaling
Work - We
have a Two
who are excellent with youngstock
and remedial farriery who visit
the stud every two weeks.
a very strict worming policy
and all the paddocks are cross
grazed with sheep. Due to the
huge acreage we have we are
able to rest paddocks properly.
We carry out regular
worm count checks at our own
Stud has one access to each
of the areas: Valley Farm and
Ferry Farm where the main stud
(at Heritage Coast Stud)
is located. This provides
us with excellent security and
we have family members living
on both sites.
We work with two equine only practices; Paton & Lee Equine Practice and Mr Ben Ryder-Davies from Ryder-Davies & Ptnrs.
We have a dedicated team of experienced staff and family members
rates vary according to the individual
requirements so please contact us for the full rates for each breeding season.