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Starting a stud from scratch: Georgia Sheard and Rose Flats

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Georgia Sheard with Countessa RF (2019: Capatino GNZ - Waitangi Hotspot x Waitangi Double Click)

By Sally Reid
Photography: Private collection

When Georgia Sheard decided to begin breeding sport horses, she didn’t do things by half as she’s only 25 now, and her achievements are quite extraordinary. Rose Flats Equestrian, is turning out champion young horses – testament to the amount of work that she’s put into it.

She is one of the youngest people in New Zealand breeding sport horses as a business; very probably the youngest of all, and also likely one of the youngest in the world. She performs all the stud’s scanning and AI work herself, and is now hoping to study veterinary science at Massey University after previously completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Auckland. Somehow, this astonishing young achiever found time to talk to WBN.

Q Can you give us a brief description of your stud, and tell us when it was founded?
The Rose Flats Equestrian ‘brand’ was established at the beginning of 2017 after our first serious crop of foals hit the ground earlier that summer. Originally based on a lifestyle block in Northland, we relocated to Kaukapakapa, Auckland in late 2017 to be closer to competitions and make horses more manageable whilst I was studying at university.

Q What is your personal breeding aim?
My focus is on breeding Warmbloods for showjumping. Breeding a top-class horse that can get to the higher levels is an underlying goal, but ultimately temperament is an important aim to me. A well-natured horse, combined with suitable handling as a youngster makes a world of difference in setting them up with the foundations so that they are ready to take on life with whatever rider they end up with, whether that’s an amateur or a professional... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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