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News for the month of February

Classic glory just eluded us at Turffontein’s Guineas meeting, with Varsfontein-breds having to settle for the minor places in both marquee events. Read full story

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News for the month of January

“He looks the goods, he could just be the goods”, exclaimed commentator Alistair Cohen, following Surcharge’s brilliant come from behind victory in Turrfontein’s Gr.3 Tony Ruffel Stakes. Read full story

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FAREWELL MARIE GALANTE- The Heart Of Varsfontein Stud

Varsfontein recently bid farewell to our very special mare Marie Galante. It was especially sad for Susan, John and Carl who hold very fond memories of this feisty little mare. Marie would have turned 30 years old this year as she was born in 1988 – the year that Carl joined Varsfontein. It was a […]

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A December To Remember

Written by Ada van der Bent R1,000,000 Forus Cape Guineas G1 – TAP O’ NOTH (Captain Al – Wintersweet by Western Winter) wins by 0,5 lengths from White River and Like A Panther. Tap O’ Noth was bred and raised at Varsfontein Stud on behalf of long-standing clients Alec & Gillian Foster. DECEMBER brought a […]

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News for the month of November

VARSFONTEIN-breds dominated the finish to the Secretariat Stakes at Turffontein with Gimmethegreenlight three-year-old Surcharge leading home former paddock mate Harlan County.   Read full story

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Varsfontein breds 1st and 2nd in Secretariat Stakes

Article courtesy of Sporting Post: The Varsfontein Stud-bred Gimmethegreenlight colt Surcharge was the talking horse at Saturday’s day-night Turffontein meeting, and he duly delivered – registering his first stakes success with a well taken victory in the R150 000 Listed Secretariat Stakes, run on the standside 1400m. A wide draw in the Emperors Palace Ready To […]

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VARSFONTEIN BLOOD RETURNS TO SA

A close relative of Varsfontein Stud’s exciting young stallion Master Of My Fate made waves at the second session of the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Wednesday. Highlands Stud, part of Ridgemont, splashed out $650 000 to acquire G3 Red Carpet Handicap winner Three Hearts, a half-sister to G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf hero […]

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Varsfontein news

It’s no secret that every breeder strives to produce a classic winner, hence we are thrilled and excited that a number of Varsfontein-breds look set to make their presence felt in this season’s classics. Read full story

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VARSFONTEIN NEWS

Varsfontein owner Susan Rowett took time out to visit ‘Equus 2017 Broodmare of the Year’ Mystic Spring at Cheveley Stud. Here she is pictured with Vaughan Koster and the prized matron, whose six stakes winners include the Varsfontein owned Champion Bela-Bela (below right) and Touch The Sky (below left). Mystic Spring is due to foal […]

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News for the month of August

The month started on a high when we were named the Outstanding Breeder at the prestigious Equus Awards ceremony. On the racetrack, an own sister to Judpot’s first crop Gr.1 winner Forest Indigo carried the Varsfontein silks to victory in a commanding debut win and looks an exciting prospect. It was tough going at the […]

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VARSFONTEIN’S AWARDS

With the 2016/2017 season behind us, its time to reflect on the successes of the past season which was one to remember for Varsfontein Stud. Between the Highveld Awards, Cape Awards and Equus Awards, Varsfontein received accolades at each event. At the Highveld Awards Varsfontein was awarded Champion Breeder. We were represented by numerous winners […]

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Latest Newsletter

The 2016/17 racing season has been consigned to the history books and what a momentous twelve months it has been for Varsfontein. Our latest newsletter recalls the highlights, both on the track and in the sales ring in a season capped with the accolade of Outstanding Breeders at the Cape Breeders Awards earlier this week! […]

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VARSFONTEIN- LEADING BREEDER BY STAKES WINNERS

When it comes to total stakes earned Varsfontein cannot complete with the numbers larger stud farms are able to produce. However, the quality of the progeny produced on Varsfontein is unrivaled as seen by the season-end statistics listed below. Varsfontein has produced the most stakes winners in the country during the 2016/2017 season despite only […]

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OUR CHAMPION COMES HOME

Despite it being a chilly, grey morning the weather could not dampen our high spirits as we welcomed our champion Bela-Bela home to Varsfontein. Bela-Bela won a total of 7 races in the colours of Varsfontein Stud, these included the Gr 2 Daisy Fillies Guineas, Gr 1 Woolavington, Gr 1 Paddock Stakes and more recently […]

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Bela-Bela – South Africa’s Champion Filly

Bela-Bela – South Africa’s Champion Filly – The manner in which she won the 2017 Garden Province Stakes G1 over 1600m, beating a top class field, was breathtaking.

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