Horse Breeder of the Week: Meet the duo running a stud that can be traced back to the 13th century!


Catherina meets David Cox and Tamso Doyle, who run one of Ireland’s best-known stud farms.

Horse Breeder of the Week: Meet the duo running a stud that can be traced back to the 13th century!

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Catherina meets David Cox and Tamso Doyle, who run one of Ireland’s best-known stud farms.

It was only a natural progression for David Cox, Newbridge, Co. Kildare to become the manager of the Baroda and Rosetown Studs, an active director of Naas Racecourse and to gain a seat on the Bloodstock board of Goffs sales.

Hailing from a strong equine and Agricultural background left no trace of a doubt in Mr. Cox’s mind when it came to carving out a future career path.

‘‘Racing was always my first love,’’ David told That’s Farming.

The History of Baroda and Rosetown Studs

The history of the stud is one that differs from many.

The well-known stud was built by the Maharajah of Baroda and flourished as a hunting lodge.

Baroda’s history dates back hundreds of years but for the last half a century or more it has been a key part of the bloodstock world and is known the world over both for the horses it has produced and the well-known people who have lived here and made inroads in the industry.

Currently, David now manages the stud alongside his wife Tamso with a staff base of seven full-time employees.

Sitting on 470 acres, Newbridge, Co. Kildare is home to the prestigious stud farms, a boutique breeding operation.

On the sizeable acreage, the stud farm is operated alongside a 40-cow suckler herd and 200 breeding ewes.

Approximately 100 horses between mares, foals, yearlings and National Hunt stores now dominate the pastures.

The thoroughbreds are backed by powerful bloodlines originating from Ireland, U.K. France and the USA and have garnered the attention of customers right around the globe including China, America, France, South Africa, Australia, UK and of course, Ireland.

Running the Show

Like the management of every stud, there isn’t a moment to spare and Baroda and Rosetown are not different from others in that sense. Taking several trips across the waters to numerous leading sales including Deauville (France), Saratoga (USA) and Doncaster all come as part of the job.

‘‘This week I am heading to Kentucky for the Keenland yearling sales. I am then returning to attend Tattersalls Ireland sales in Fairyhouse, followed by a sale at Goffs and the next day fly to Tattersalls (in Newmarket).’’ David explained.

Buying foals and yearlings, as well as having large consignments of foals and mares to sell for his notable client-base is next to top the agenda.

David is always kept on his feet and has a sales consignment business Baroda & Colblinstown Consigning in partnership with David Myerscough of Colbinstown Stud. The stud also stands out on the map for selling and producing in the region of 70 yearlings on an annual basis, as well as selling mares and foals and National Hunt horses at leading sales.

Family History

Many may question how Mr. Cox has created such a name for himself.

David’s family are no strangers to success in the equine circles and many names may ring bells of familiarity.

David’s father Dermot Cox, along with other businesses was a large tillage farmer and formally owned part of Castlemartin Stud before it was carved up by motorway and was purchased by Sir Anthony O’Reilly.

Dermot, a National Hunt racing enthusiast has enjoyed whopping success with highlights being Cheltenham and Punchestown festival with winners including BACK IN FRONT, NINETIETH MINUTE AND TRANQUIL SEA.

David’s grandfather Paddy Cox was an avid racing fan, breeder, and owner and had horses in training with Vincent O’Brien.

He continued to cause quite a stir as a major shareholder in Naas Racecourse as well as Owner/Founder of Newbridge Greyhound Stadium.

Following in their footsteps

With his family tradition steeped in National Hunt racing, David was always keen to get involved in Flat racing and the Breeding industry. As someone who grew up in Rosetown in Athgarvan, it was no wonder that David tied the knot with like-minded equine enthusiast Tamso Doyle.

‘‘We both spent lots of our childhoods here at Baroda as our parents were friends with the most recent previous owners who were Sean and Susan Doyle, followed by the Myerscoughs. It is lovely that we are living here now.’’ David explained.

Tying the Knot

David’s wife of 9 years Tamso Doyle is steeped in the equine-loving bug and has devoted her life to the racing industry. They have 2 daughters India (6) and Isla (2).

Tamso is also making waves in the sector and follows hot on the heels of her parents as well-known horse trainers who are now deceased (Sue and Paul Doyle) and her uncle Peter Doyle, who is one of Europe’s leading bloodstock agents.

Tamso was employed by Horse Racing Ireland for just over a decade and took a leap of faith to establish her own Communications Consultancy enterprise in April 2013.

‘‘I also work with David on the business side of the Stud and Consignment business. next big project is organising the Devenish Charity Ball, Point to Point & Country Fair at Dowth in Co. Meath on the 28th & 29th October so that is my main area of focus at the moment.’’ Tamso told That’s Farming.

Highpoint

Like many breeders, scooping success and valuable silverware is something all set out to achieve.

CLOTH OF STARS is on that stands out in memory in the 2017 calendar, winning the Prix Ganay Group 1 this year.

‘‘He was born and bred on Baroda for our Australian client Peter Anastasiou and sold to Godolphin at Tattersalls by our sales consignment business Baroda and Colbinstown Consigning, a great success story all around,’’ David told That’s Farming.

Future Plans

We have no doubt that the future is going to continue to shine brightly for the Cox Family and Baroda and Rosetown Studs.

Many plans are stirring in the pipeline including the improvement of the farm.

‘‘We have plans to grow our band of mares and to provide a great service for our clients,’’ David concluded.

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