Breeder Profile - Riverton Stud
Riverton Stud
“The goal of any breeding operation must surely be to produce stakes horses, and for that reason one has to make special mention of Riverton Stud who had the highest strike rate of stakes winners this past season (excluding farms with only a few runners) with 18% stakes winners/runner. Riverton Stud has produced the winner of the G1 Tsogo Sun Medallion three out of the last four years (Captain of All, Potent Power and Link Man).” Highlights: South African Racing Review 2013

Duncan Barry's passion in life is horses! To breed the best athlete is an all-consuming interest. Confirmation, Pedigree & Tesio Ratings are studied and sometimes that gut Irish horsemanship just kicks in! "You just know it will be the perfect mating!"

The healthy dry climate and high calcium content of the soil makes Robertson, South Africa, the ideal location to breed tough, strong boned individuals. Horses are raised as naturally as possible – no UV lights, no hot housing, no appetite stimulants, no overstocking of paddocks, and no cube concentrates to artificially enhance bulk and a glossy coat. Paddocks are rotated and allowed time to rest to provide wholesome grazing. Experience has taught that thoroughbreds thrive best on a natural diet of lucerne and oats. Weather allowing, Duncan prefers to grow his own lucerne so that it can be cut and baled at night when the moisture content is correct for leaf retention and high protein content. Lean muscle build-up and a strong heart are achieved by extensive walking of the yearlings.

Riverton Farm Entrance


Horse Close up

Riverton Stud has consistently produced a high percentage of winners & earners from a small band of yearlings (12 to 15) entering the market each year!

Cardinal Fury who won the richest race in the country in 1993 (then called the Gr1 Administrators Cup - now the Summer Cup) was the first Grade 1 winner bred by Duncan Barry after he returned to Riverton Stud from Ireland.

Domino Man by Dominion Royale out of Storrington was the 1st Dual Gr 1 winner bred by Riverton Stud. He won two back to back features as a two year old – The Grade 3 Secretariat Stakes and the Grade 1 Cape Argus Guineas 2003. He went on as a four year old to clinch the Grade 1 Horse Chestnut Stakes over 1600m. Merit Rating 101.

 Internationally, Riverton Stud bred Holdall and Domino Principle who both won the Mauritius Horse Of The Year Award and Sentinel (who won 2 races in South Africa before being exported) won 8 races in Mauritius, including the Barbe Cup.

Horse Close up


Foal Birth

Currently Tales of Bravery, the Gr 2 Drill Hall 2012 winner, who was born and raised at Riverton for Victory Moon Syndicate is lighting up the Mauritian track. Liquid Motion has been named Champion 4 Year OldT


 In 2010 a Grooms Co-operative Scheme was developed in South Africa by Adrian Todd in conjunction with the Cape Breeders Club, Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The co-op scheme is tied into the training, in that only grooms that have been involved in the training programmes are currently eligible for the co-op scheme. Riverton Stud is proud that 3 of their grooms have received training and are members of one of the most successful co-operatives, Riverside Thoroughbred Grooms Co-operative. They pin hooked a Silvano colt from Klawervlei. Vercingetorix was then raised by them at Riverton Stud. Beating all expectation the Riverside Grooms Cooperative sold Vercingetorix for R1.4M at the National Yearling Sales to Mike De Kock for Al Adiyaat in 2011. So far he has gone on to win 4 from 4 including the Gr2 KZN Guineas and the Gr1 Daily News 2000 with an international future on the cards. A further 3 grooms from Riverton are also in the process of becoming members of another groom's co-operative.


Riverton is an accredited member of WIETA, the Wine & Agricultural Ethical Trade Association of South Africa.
Riverton is compliant with the WIETA labour code which is based on the International Labour Conventions' Ethical Trading Initiative and South African labour legislation.
The code includes the following principles:
Child labour shall not be utilised | Employment shall be freely chosen
The right to a healthy and safe work environment | The right to freedom of association
The right to a living wage | Working hours shall not be excessive
Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited | Unfair discrimination is prohibited
Regular employment shall be provided, and Compliance with the Extension of Security of Tenure Act

As a member of Robertson Winery 6 of Riverton’s female staff members are also shareholders in Constitution Wine Growers, a Black Economic Empowerment Initiative. To assist the women in running their company and to make informed business decisions, Robertson Winery has undertaken a holistic training programme together with WineTech. The skills development programme covers everything from viticulture practices to financial management. While this initiative had been in development for years, transfer officially took place in 2009. Constitution Wine Growers now operates as a fully-fledged member of Robertson Winery.


“Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." Aldo Leopold


 In 2007 and 2008 all the Riverton staff housing and the stable office received solar geysers.


 Living in a low rainfall area everyone at Riverton is very aware of the need to conserve water. The majority of the houses and sheds on the farm have tanks to collect rainwater. The bath water from the guest house is used to irrigate the lawn. All the vineyards and orchards have efficient drip irrigation that is closely monitored. To encourage water optimisation, Riverton occasionally has staff competitions to choose the best vegetable garden. The added benefit of having fresh organic vegetables available at the dinner table cannot be underestimated.


 A decade or so ago a rust fungus (Uromycladium tepperianum) that is specific to reducing the reproductive and vegetative growth of the alien Port Jackson (Acacia Saligna) trees along the Breede River was introduced. Whilst not exterminated, the Port Jackson's ferocious growth has been curbed to allow vegetation indigenous to the area to regain a foothold. A single Blue Gum tree can consume up to 600 litres of water per day. In 2007 a large number of the alien water guzzling Blue Gum (Eucalyptus) trees were professionally chopped down at Riverton along the Breede River. In 2011 Riverton also had 2 scholars chop down Port Jackson trees as part of their community service to achieve their President's Award.

Riverton has always been home to the most magnificent trees and it is their policy to replace fallen down trees and plant new indigenous trees on an on-going basis.

Contact details:

Owner / Breeder:    Duncan Barry
Address: Riverton Stud, P.O. Box 168, Robertson, 6705, South Africa
Tel: + 27 (0)23 626 4309    Fax: + 27 (0)23 626 5081   
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