The Skepper family have been involved with looking after horses for three direct family generations and the care of the horses has always been of the utmost importance.

"We strive to keep horses in a relaxed and natural environment to encourage them to grow into mature strong horses and keep healthy throughout their life."

We have three main yards each with their own grazing facilities and clearly separated from each other by at least a mile.

We provide a specialist service from conception to birth and then birth to adult horse ready for his/her destined profession.

We have a dedicated DEFRA Approved Stallion & AI Unit based at the Valley Farm Stud Unit. 

Valley Farm Yard & AI Unit -
We have Two large Stallion paddocks and associated stabling. Further stabling and three huge recently converted barns for housing horses through the winter. These are incredibly successful for wintering. Each barn has access to paddocks during the day. We have recently input a new yard of 5 stables for visiting horses.
This is the yard where the AI and Stallion collection unit has been developed. Onsite live Jane & Piers Marson. Visit the dedicate website www.hcstudstallionservices.co.uk

Valley Farm Unit -
Here we have full facilities for the stallion coming for collections including a horse walker for daily exercise and paddocks for those stallions visiting longer.

We have excellent grazing for mares coming in for AI alongwith open barns for mares in for a short visit.

The Unit boast an indoor collection area with leather covered dummy and full lab facilities. The ability offer semen freezing services as well as separate storage for outside stallions being used on mares at the unit.

We have full indoor stocks for AI Services.

We have had excellent results working with both chilled and frozen semen on visiting and resident mares for AI. Getting mares in foal to stallions such as Arko III, Escape Z, Rexter D'Or, Wish Upon A Star, Tenareze, Heritage Arrakis, Vadel, Abu Almerat and many more.   

We scan mares at 16 days and again at 24/25 days for a heartbeat scan. Once in foal, they either go home or move onto the Ferry Farm site to join other mares in foal for summer grazing on our huge 70acre paddocks.

Marsh Yard -
This is a lovely old yard which was converted in the late 70s. One side consists of three huge stables that are designed for mares and foals and the other side as 6 loddon style boxes. This yard is wonderful for youngstock as it is quiet and ideal for weaning foals due to the shape and style of the boxes. From this yard there is direct access to fields of over 60 acres in size.

House Stables -
We have two further stabling units at the main house at the Stud. These consist of six stables that turn into two foaling boxes with a double box next door. Both units have a small paddock for newborns which opens onto a bigger paddock near the house. These boxes are kept for the mares foaling down.

Farriery Work - We have a Two Farriers who are excellent with youngstock and remedial farriery who visit the stud every two weeks.

Worming -
We operate a very strict worming policy and all the paddocks are cross grazed with sheep. Due to the huge acreage we have we are able to rest paddocks properly. We carry out regular worm count checks at our own Stud laboratory.

The Stud has one access to each of the areas: Valley Farm and Ferry Farm where the main stud (at Heritage Coast Stud) is located. This provides us with excellent security and we have family members living on both sites.

Veterinary Work -
We work with two equine only practices; Paton & Lee Equine Practice and Mr Ben Ryder-Davies from Ryder-Davies & Ptnrs. 

Staffing -
We have a dedicated team of experienced staff and family members


Rates - Our rates vary according to the individual requirements  so please contact us for the full rates for each breeding season. 



Specialised Facilities -
We offer specialised facilities to cater for horse that require livery for convalescing from injury or illness. With our excellent facilities, space and experience we can offer the ideal situation for your convalescing horse.

We can provide full grass livery for horses requiring recovery time at grass and we can provide controlled exercise for horses requiring such management.

We have in the past managed horses recovering from tendon injuries, ligament injuries, chipped bones and muscle strains.

Further facilities that we have available: we have infa red treatment, hot/cold therapy systems, magnetic treatments,horse walker for controlled exercise, outdoor all weather school for controlled exercise.

Our fees for horses requiring special treatment will be provided per request.

If you have a special request and would like to talk to someone