We have a small dedicated team of staff experienced in the care of thoroughbreds.

If you are interested in a career at Kirtlington Stud please send your CV to the following link:
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Chris Budgett - Stud Manager


Born in Oxford, the son of Arthur and Bay Budgett, Chris was raised at 'Whatcombe' the famous racing stables. Following school, Chris spent three years at Cirencester Agricultural College before gaining valuable experience at Haras d'Etreham in Normandy, Arthur Hancock's Stone Farm in Kentucky and Lindsay Park Stud in South Australia.

Chris returned to England to work with his father and took over managing the stud in 1984. In 1989 Chris made the bold decision to relocate and purchased 350 acres 'across the road' from Kirtlington Park.

With the support of a loyal and select group of owners, Chris has been developing the present stud ever since.

Max Weston – Stud Groom    

Max joined Kirtlington as Assistant Stud Groom in October 2006 and become Stud Groom in May 2009.

Born in Cardiff, Max studied at Hartpury College to achieve a distinction in Stud Breeding and Equine Science.  Whilst studying Max worked at Overbury Stud and assisted in preparing yearlings for two seasons before leaving Hartpury to become Second Man at Highclere Stud for four years.

He worked at Staffordstown Stud in Ireland for two years preparing yearlings for the major sales in England and Ireland and rode out for Tony Martin in his spare time.

Max has also worked at Tweenhills Stud as Stallion Manager and accompanied a stallion to New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.



Hazel Woods - Yearling Foreman


Born in Oxford in 1981, Hazel studied at Oxford Brookes University to achieve a Bsc Hons in Equine Science International Thoroughbred Management.

Whilst studying, Hazel worked part time as a Veterinary Student Nurse and Polo Groom.

After graduation Hazel worked at Templeton Stud as Second Person and then at Witney Stud before joining us at Kirtlington in May 2005.

Hazel enjoys competing her horses, teaching young children to ride and breeding and producing children's ponies to sell.


Johan Burger - Stud Hand


Born and bred in sunny Cape Town, Johan worked in Medical Technology for four years before joining SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) where he met many interesting people recording programs.

In 1999 Johan moved to the UK with his wife Erica and daughter Nicole and worked at Cliveden Stud until it was sold in 2005 when he joined Kirtlington Stud.

Outside of stud work Johan enjoys mountain biking and photography.


Terry Brock - Stud Hand


Terry was born and raised in Oxfordshire, in a village just down the road from Kirtlington Stud. His first job was with the M.O.D at R.A.F Upper Heyford where he stayed for 15 years before becoming a Security Guard at Bicester Village Retail Outlet.

Alongside his Security job, Terry pursued his passion for horses by running a livery yard and is proud to have taken charge of VINTAGE CROP as one of his boarders.

Terry joined Kirtlington Stud in November 2002 as a stud hand and lorry driver and gets great satisfaction from his role.


Ruth Johnson - Stud Secretary


Born in Oxford, Ruth studied for a HND in Business & Finance, Stud & Stable Administration at West Oxfordshire College.

Whilst studying, Ruth spent a summer working at Kirtlington Stud followed by sales and weekend work. She then joined the team as Stud Secretary in July 1997.

Ruth enjoys eventing and competes with Xanthus, an ex-racehorse bred on the stud.