Passing Of Willy Messenger

Willy Messenger at the 2012 KZN Breeders Awards. Image: CandieseLenferna

One of the oldest breeders in KZN and South Africa, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Willy Messenger of Bellwood.

Based in Nottingham Road and breeding horses since 1970 with his wife Jeanine and from a small stable of mares, Bellwood Stud won the 2002 KZN Breeding Achievement of the Year and produced many winners including Key of Destiny, the Equus Champion 3 year old and KZN Horse of the Year.

In 2004 Key of Destiny won the Equus Champion Sprinter of the Year.

He was later exported and won in Dubai with trainer Mike De Kock.

The last horse Willy bred retired in 2020, a 6-time winner named Bold Viking.

Our thoughts go out to Jeanine and family in this sad time.

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