Chris Budgett – Stud Manager
Chris was born in Oxford, the son of Arthur and Bay Budgett, and 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.
Daniel O’Brien – Stud Groom
Dan was born in Cork, Ireland to a farming family and went into farming himself at 16. He competed in showjumping at pony level up to National level with horses and also evented. During this time he was involved in breeding sporthorses and producing youngster for the sales. Dan has run his own foaling business and has been involved with stallions for over 20 years, standing thoroughbreds, sport horses and connemaras. He has bred several winners, and has also trained Point to Pointers with some winning success. Dan has gained a wealth of experience in Ireland, France and England. He joined us as Second Person in February 2018 and became Stud Groom in January 2019.
Ruth Johnson – Stud Secretary
Ruth was born in Oxford and grew up riding and competing at a local level and as a member of the Pony Club Show Jumping Team. After leaving school, Ruth studied for a HND in Business and Finance, Stud and 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 re-training ex-racehorses and has re-homed a few from the stud, including Xanthus who evented to BE100.