Breeder Profile - Collingwood Stud
Collingwood Stud

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Breeding to Race and Racing to Breed….for the joy in it

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My dream of having a boutique stable of quality mares was originally inspired by my father, John Winson. After my father’s premature death, my mother, Doodie, kept this dream alive with continued support and encouraging me to purchase a small farm that we named Collingwood. It is located on the Durbanville Wine Route….Meerendal Farm Portion 7.

Collingwood Foaling Stable Collingwood Main Stable
Collingwood Foaling Stable Collingwood Main Stable

John Winson, my father, was also an avid horseman breeding and racing a string of several horses in both England and South Africa.  He actually had two horses running in the very first Cape Guineas in 1955…. ANDY BLAND ran 2nd and LIBERAL SUN ran 3rd.

It has always been my dream to breed the winner of the Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas and I achieved it by breeding the winner in 2008 with SPARKLING GEM.    It was such a blessing for me personally; as well as for the stud as the mare, Crystal Chalice, is still on the farm.    I am most grateful to my Heavenly Father for all the blessings that He has given me….Thank You Jesus.

Sparkling Gem (2007 Collingwood Graduate) accolades are:

  • 2008 Lexus Summer Juvenile Stakes (Listed) - winner
  • 2008 Odessa Stud Fillies Championship (Gr2) - second to Mother Russia
  • 2008 Avontuur Cape Fillies Guineas (Gr1) - winner
  • 2008 Racing Association Plate – second to Big City Life
  • 2009 Fancourt Majorca Stakes (Gr1) – second to Mother Russia
  • 2009 Grand West Casino Fillies Sprint - winner
  • 2009 Tibouchina Stakes (Gr2) - winner
  • 2009 Garden Province Stakes (Gr1) – second to Lady Windermere
  • 2009 Diana Stakes (Gr3) - winner

Over the years, Collingwood has bred many winners including: Red Hot Poker, Jungle Magic, Bold Gamble, Eternal Dancer, National Command, etc.  

Collingwood’s 2008/2009 winners to AEPR, as posted by the Sporting Post, stands at 
R124,178, or fourth from the top of the log.

Sparkling Gem Winner Cape Fillies Guineas Collingwood Main Stable
Sparkling Gem Winner Cape Fillies Guineas Collingwood Main Stable

Collingwood’s mission is to send 10 quality yearlings to sale each year.    All our yearlings are handled from birth and are exposed to many distractions, (such as chickens, squirrel monkeys, dogs, peacocks, cats, pet pigs, etc) making my yearlings well mannered and easy to handle.

Collingwood is noted for turning out well muscled and good boned yearlings, reflecting the importance that we place on feed and conditioning.   We strive to produce sound horses.

We invite you to visit our website at so that we can share the full story on our graduates and mares.   Also checkout the links to the Classic Races to see the ancestors that influence today’s pedigrees.

As the Lord leads, we will race more fillies ourselves so that the most successful can return to stud increasing the quality of our mares….our motto: “Breeding to Race and Racing to Breed…for the joy in it” says it all.