Based in Camperdown, and nestled between Summerveld and the Midlands, High Eagle Stud is a new farm with high hopes and bold ambitions.
Owned by Rosanne Torr and Karon Totman, the farm first came into being just last year, but lost no time in making its presence felt!
High Eagle Stud made headlines on facebook last week, when the farm’s Eightfold Path-Ramp Vamp filly won the BSA Foal Competition, and thus netting High Eagle Stud a free entry to a Bloodstock South Africa auction in 2020 in the process.
Rosanne says she and Karon are keen to focus on quality over quantity, and says of the farm’s hopes going forward, “our plan is to keep small, pay attention to detail and strive to produce yearlings that have been well handled since birth and easy to work with. Our aim is to support the KZN stallions as much as possible – KZN has some really amazing stallions that are not given enough credit or the support that they deserve. We do hope to become a successful & well-supported stud and we definitely hope to breed a few champions.”
She admits that Peter Gibson played a role in the mating which produced the Eightfold Path-Ramp Vamp filly (described by her connections as “very smart”), with the filly being a full-sister to the very smart performer The Rising Legend. The well bred Ramp Vamp (she is by Jet Master out of Majorca Stakes winner Display Model) is now in foal to the Dynasty sired Cape Guineas winner Act Of War.
Rosanne says the farm will be offering a small draft at next year’s sales, “We have 4 yearlings for the 2020 sales. A strong robust filly by Crusade out of a Mogok mare,who is well put together and a very solid type. We will also be offering a very racy filly by The Apache who is out of a mare who has already produced 4 winners. We also have 2 colts, a very smart colt by The Apache, and a Capetown Noir colt out of a Mogok mare. A tall racy colt, we think he is something special!”
High Eagle Stud will be using a number of KZN’s better and more promising stallions this season, with the farm’s mares visiting the likes of Act of War, Hat Putano, Willow Magic, Rabada, Lance, Mambo in Seattle, New Predator, Flying the Flag, The Apache and Mogok this season.
Currently the farm is home to approximately 18 mares, as well as one of the best bred stallions ever to retire to stud in South Africa.
Storm Cat horse Mogok is a much loved resident at High Eagle, with Rosanne saying of the son of Storm Cat, “We have always loved him and he holds a very special place in our hearts. He still covers a few select mares. He is the most affectionate stallion, and such a gentleman. He has settled in very well here despite having been at the Scott Bros for many years. In the beginning, we were a little worried about the change for him, but he honestly has taken it very well and is looking amazing and is very happy.”