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Varsfontein celebrates 50 years

Varsfontein Stud, located at the base of the Perdeberg mountain amid the vineyards and wheat fields of the Boland in the Western Cape, has a rich history dating back to the mid seventies when it began as a Thoroughbred breeding operation. Today, it stands as one of South Africa's leading Thoroughbred racehorse producers.The farm turns 50 years old this year. 

Founded in 1974, Varsfontein Stud has bred 49 G1 winners to date in its proud history. The stud started with a flourish under its original owner Anthony Kalmanson, with Varsfontein’s first stallion, Mexico II, making a significant impact on the breed in South Africa. Mexico II sired the champion Harry Hotspur, and the very first yearling sold by Varsfontein, Kings Rhapsody, won 11 races, including the famous Smirnoff, which is now known as the G1 Gold Medallion at Scottsville.

Varsfontein Stud is renowned for its high-quality bloodlines, boasting a reputable broodmare band that includes proven home-bred families and new bloodlines from locally purchased and European-imported fillies. Each year, the farm presents the offspring of these mares at various yearling sales, though a select few are kept to race under the iconic red and white Varsfontein Silks.

The resident stallions at Varsfontein hold a place of honor, significantly contributing not just to the farm's success, but to the South African Thoroughbred industry at large. The farm itself is a picturesque haven, with sprawling lawns under ancient oak trees and traditional Cape-style buildings and stables. Yet, behind this serene facade, a dedicated team works diligently to produce and present top-class racehorses with the utmost professionalism.

The current champion stallion resides there in Gimmethegreenlight. He also sired Sandringham Summit, a horse due to retire to stud next season. Erik The Red and Master Of MY Fate also reside on the farm.

Congrats on 50 years! 

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