Based in Shamley Green, Surrey, Monks Stud breed superior sport horses out of the best showjumping bloodlines in the world. Owned and managed by Charlie Swanston the peaceful yard set among 30 acres of beautiful grazing is the perfect environment for breeding and producing quality sport horses.
Based in Shamley Green, Surrey, Monks Stud breed superior sport horses out of the best show jumping bloodlines in the world. Owned and managed by Charlie Swanston the peaceful yard set among 30 acres of beautiful grazing is the perfect environment for breeding and producing quality sport horses.
After four years Monks boasts outstanding foundation mares by Baloubet du Rouet, Casall, Sandro Boy, Mr Blue, Emerald, and London to name a few, and direct sire lines including foals born by Quickstar, Stakkato, Cornet Obolensky, Nonstop and Kannan.
Specialising in the breeding, sale and import of elite showjumping foals, youngstock and competition horses, Monks Stud is proud to source outstanding sport horses throughout Europe for private clients and Monks own competition string.
Since 2014 Monks Stud has bred over 30 exceptional world class showjumping foals which are now registered under the Monks prefix. Charlie's main focus was about the mare lines as much as the stallions. She says "Many breeders seem to forget the importance of a strong motherline when breeding. I feel very strongly that the mother is very much present within our foals and all of our own mares were sourced with the best breeding possible. Our best mares have included the direct sires Baloubet du Rouet, Mr Blue, Sandro Boy, Casall and London. We breed to only the best stallions with a proven breeding and competition record at the highest level with direct Olympic sires including Baloubet du Rouet, Casall, Quickstar, Kannan, Cornet Obolensky and Stakkato."
A bespoke breeding, AI and foaling service is available to clients at Monks Stud as well as select vacancies for full and competition liveries.
Having ridden and owned a selection of horses since she was six years old, a professional career with horses for Charlie was always on the horizon. Charlie graduated from Hartpury College with a top class science degree in Equine Performance, studying biomechanics, nutrition and exercise physiology tailored around managing performance horses.
In 2005 alongside her college course, Charlie worked for Kate Lukas at LMEQ having regular lessons and working on the yard of over 25 competition horses where she learned the day to day running of a yard and routine for competition livery horses. She then went on to work for Ruth Starey in her private 14 box livery yard, Littleton Barn, based on LMEQ property.
As LMEQ grew Charlie realised that she wanted to be a part of that kind of set up and it wasn't long before Matt and Kate Tarrant offered her the opportunity to her own business and sub-let an independant eight box yard which she then named 'Luna Barn.' Charlie ran a very successful livery yard from there for two years giving her a real knowledge and greater understanding of horse management and giving her the opportunity to purchase some young horses to bring on.
That is when Charlie's enthusiasm for breeding started. With her father Ian, Charlie travelled to Germany to source a quality foal which she could bring up and train herself. Dani, a licensed AES colt was purchased in the spring of 2010 and was responsible for the start of Monks Stud.
Charlie continues to travel throughout Europe regularly to visit the breeders and stallion shows in order to keep up to date and develop her knowledge in breeding.
Charlie has a very exciting team of young horses for 2018 including her grand prix stallion Stafford ESC, her seven year old speed mare Fair Lady by Clinton, six year old Diarado Qamar by Diarado, five year old Barbie Girl by Baloubet du Rouet and four year old stallion Oreo by Diarado's Boy. Charlie offers a bespoke breeding, AI and foaling service to clients at Monks Stud as well as select vacancies for full and competition liveries.
Charlie considers herself exceptionally lucky to have such a fantastic support network around her especially in her family. Her father Iain, mother Julie, stepfather David and sister Katy have shown such great support and helped her in living her dream at such a beautiful site with some truly amazing horses. And of course her boyfriend Alex who is extremely tolerant of late nights and early starts and who supports Charlie and Monks as part owner of Torina, one of Charlie's top breeding mares.
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Elite Stallions provides a free of charge semen importing service for clients wishing to use the top Stallions from Europe.
We have an easy to use online ordering and payment system with no additional charges for debit cards and no exchange rate charges, this gives clients the simplest and fastest solution for payment. Exchange rates are updated every Monday (and more often if changes are radical) to ensure that the price you pay is the fairest.
We have one of the most extensive list of stallions available and as the main UK and Ireland authorized agents for Schockemoehle, Böckmann, Blue Hors, Helgstrand, Sosath, Brullemail, Sprehe, Ludger Beerbaum Stables, and Klosterhof Medingen stallions, as well as Nijhof, De Dalhoeve and De Wiemselbach. We can supply both chilled and frozen semen from many of our stallions on a next day basis.
STALLION AI SERVICES
Stallion AI Services has been successfully practising AI for over 18 years. The centre is owned and managed by Tullis Matson.
We have collected semen from over 600 stallions and carried out over 11,000 collections.
We boast the latest technology in our laboratory, which is envied and admired by breeders throughout the world and we offer a wide range of services including semen freezing and storage, fertility testing, fresh and chilled semen distribution, mare insemination centre, training courses and AI equipment.
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