Equine

Oaklands was established as a working stud almost 40 years ago, by respected stockman Godfrey Gird, with substantial infrastructure and breeding facilities. 

After Godfrey Gird’s departure in 1990 the stallions Second Empire, Alado and later Tiger Dance stood on the farm. The farm was then further developed to a point where it was a custom made horse farm, suited  for  the accommodation of horses and little else.  The farm then went into a decline and fell into disrepair, which was exacerbated by a wildfire that swept through the farm in 2008.

In 2010 it was purchased by the Darley Waddilove family, The Darley Waddilove family have an illustrious history of involvement in the development of the thoroughbred industry world-wide, that can be traced back to the importation in 1704 of the Darley Arabian to the erstwhile family home at Aldby Park in England.  The family then set about rebuilding Oaklands, improving infrastructure and adopting a conservative approach to the restocking of the farm, allowing for the rehabilitation of paddocks.  It is now again offering an all-inclusive equine facility with professional horse care.

Equine

Oaklands was established as a working stud almost 40 years ago, by respected stockman Godfrey Gird, with substantial infrastructure and breeding facilities.  After Godfrey Gird’s departure in 1990 the stallions Second Empire, Alado and later Tiger Dance stood on the farm. The farm was then further developed to a point where it was a custom made horse farm, suited  for  the accommodation of horses and little else.  The farm then went into a decline and fell into disrepair, which was exacerbated by a wildfire that swept through the farm in 2008.  In 2010 it was purchased by the Darley Waddilove family, The Darley Waddilove family have an illustrious history of involvement in the development of the thoroughbred industry world-wide, that can be traced back to the importation in 1704 of the Darley Arabian to the erstwhile family home at Aldby Park in England.  The family then set about rebuilding Oaklands, improving infrastructure and adopting a conservative approach to the restocking of the farm, allowing for the rehabilitation of paddocks.  It is now again offering an all-inclusive equine facility with professional horse care.

Fly Over The Farm

Have a look at the facilities that Oaklands Farm offers.

Equine Facilities

Pre-export quarantine: In 2015 Oaklands was accredited by the State Veterinarian and the Mauritius  Veterinary authorities as a facility for the quarantine of horse prior to export from South Africa. Members of the Oaklands team have accompanied horses out of the country.

Spelling: Oaklands offers a boarding establishment for thoroughbreds, especially yearlings coming off the early sales and needing further time to mature.

Pre-training for yearlings: The hilly terrain of Oaklands provides for sound muscle development and appropriate strengthening. Oaklands has a number of lunging rings including a state-of-the art covered lunging ring for the backing of yearlings Using natural horsemanship, yearlings are trained to enter starting boxes and floats, ensuring that upon arriving for training they do not present behavioural problems.

Mare station: Oaklands has a custom-built covering barn. Over the covering season, Oaklands offers accessible standing facilities for stallions, especially for those that are awkward and expensive to reach.

Horse transportation: Oaklands has entered into a partnership with African Horse Carriers and is able to offer dedicated transport for horse to and from the estate.

The Equine Team

Mike Louw – Equine Manager: Mike has been involved with the racing and breeding industries for all of his working life. Read more about Mike.

Veterinary support: There is a qualified veterinary nurse and veterinary physiotherapist living on Oaklands. In addition, 24hr veterinary support to the Oaklands facility is provided by the vets from the nearby Wellington Animal Hospital.

Pricing

Various Pricing Options are available:

  • Basic live out boarding in large paddock with no extras – the owner provides additional hard feed and forrage to his/her discretion.
  • Basic live out in large paddock and Oaklands provides additional hard feed and forrage.
  • Full boarding which includes 1 and 2 above with daily stabling and light grooming.

Veterinary attention, hoof care and deworming for owner account.

For more information and prices

Mike Louw: 082 775 6578