Lammerskraal Stud was founded in 1983 by Mike Rattray and is situated at the foot of the Swaarmoed Pass, in the Ceres valley, one of the most fertile regions of the Western Cape and ideal for the breeding of thoroughbreds.
Pieter en Jolanda Graaff purchased Lammerskraal Stud with the adjoining farms, Quains, Pofaddersfontein and Wanganella early in December 2014.
Stud manager Sally Jourdan had previously worked for Terry Silcock at Starston Stud, Colesberg and subsequently at Daytona Stud, Ceres for 2 years. Sally took over the management of the stud in 1987, when the stud’s broodmare band consisted mainly of poor Argentinian mares. These mares were soon culled when it was decided to build a broodmare band of well bred, top class race fillies. Mike Rattray was also a prolific buyer of yearling fillies, one of the most successful being FASHING by Dancing Champ, who became the dam of Horse Of The Year YARD-ARM, and DONYA (dam of triple Crown Winner ABASHIRI).
WESTERN WINTER (USA)
Western Winter was selected for Lammerskraal by Charles Faull, together with astute New York agent Joe Brocklebank. Western Winter was a Gr1 performer in the USA, having finished a very close 2nd in the Metropolitan Mile Gr1 and 3rd in the Carter H Gr1 1400m. Western Winter retired to stud at Lammerskraal in 1997 and has been a huge factor in the success of Lammerskraal Stud. His first crop born in 1998, produced 48 runners, 40 (83%) winners, 8 stakes winners (17%) and 19 (40%) stakes horses in total. He was the CHAMPION SIRE of South Africa three times.
Western Winter’s sire GONE WEST (Mr Prospector – Secrettame by Secretariat), has had a huge impact as a Sire of Sires, having produced the successful sires MR GREELEY, ELUSIVE QUALITY, ZAFONIC (sire of Count d Bois), GRAND SLAM, SPEIGHTSTOWN, WESTERN WINTER and others.
GRAND SLAM is the sire of Lammerskraal’s exciting proven young sire VISIONAIRE(USA) a Gr1 winner in the USA and already the sire of Gauteng Guineas Gr2 winner Heaps Of Fun, Gr3 Strelitzia S winner Royal Pleasure and the progressive winners Vilikazi and Jet Air.
VISIONAIRE is a half brother to Gr1 winner Tara’s Tango and multiple Gr 1 placed Scarlet Strike. He is the property of a syndicate and will stand at Lammerskraal Stud for the first time in 2016.
GO DEPUTY (USA)
A Gr1 winning and multiple Gr1 placed Turf Millionaire, Go Deputy is by Deputy Minister out of Partygoer by Secretariat. He is a half- brother to Gr1 winning DARE AND GO. From very little support, Go Deputy has produced the stakes winners:
ABASHIRI 2016 Triple Crown winner
PESSOA Kings Cup Gr 3; Michaelmas H (L)
ADOBE PINK East Coast H (L); Queen Palm H (L); Sun Classique H (L)
CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD Racing Association H (L); Matchem S (Gr3)
CURRENT EVENT Cape Summers Stayers H (L)
DEPUTY RYDER Queen Palm S (L)
AREZZO Settlers Trophy (L)
FLYING ICE Devon Air S (L)
Go Deputy is also the sire of GOGETTHESHERIFF an 11 time winner.
In Kenya, he is sire of 3 year old filly WESTERN BALLAD who in 2016, has won the Kenya Guineas by 7 lengths and the Kenya Derby by 10 lengths.
Lammerskraal is a leading stud in South Africa, having bred and raised many successful racehorses including the stakes winners: MASTABEAM, WILD ASTER, SAINTLY SOUL, DONYA, FINE FEATHER, KALE, CELTIC GROVE, CITIUS, HINTERLAND, SET AFIRE, SURVEYOR, YARD-ARM, ICE CUBE, FAIR MAIDEN, LONG DOLLAR, JAGGED ICE, ROXANNE, LAVERNA, BRAGGADACIO, CARRY ON KATIE, NANIA, RUDRA, SUPER STORM, VIVA MARIA, CAPETOWN NOIR, RED RAY, BRUTAL FORCE, BICHETTE and the stud’s most recent super star ABASHIRI, the 2016 Triple Crown winner.
The horses are raised on large, well- maintained pastures, which are irrigated throughout the summer season. The water comes from a series of dams which are fed from a catchment on the mountain farm, Wanganella.
Yearlings are consigned to all the leading annual sales, whilst 4 or 5 fillies are retained to race. The youngsters, once broken-in, are exercised daily, doing a good deal of roadwork, as well as working on the dirt tracks and treadmill. The stud follows a policy of resting their horses in training, on a regular basis, whereby they are turned out in good sized green pastures, but are still exercised, either on the horse walker and /or treadmill.
The farm also runs herds of Red and Black Angus and a flock of Dohne Merino sheep. Lucerne and Teff is grown under overhead irrigation. High quality oat hay is grown in the winter, as well as barley, which provides feed for the livestock as well as bedding for the stables.