The History of Ballygallon Stud
Ballygallon was initially purchased by Roy Strudwick in 1986. At this time, the farm was mainly focused on cattle. Roy was very interested in hunting and the thoroughbred industry and set about developing the property into a unique private stud farm with high quality broodmares.
During this time he met Belinda in 1994 and in 1996 they married. Belinda already had great experience in the horse industry coming from an eventing and hunting background. With Belinda’s interest in horses, she was keen to learn more about the racing industry and became more actively involved in the running of the farm, which she now has full responsibility of. Both Roy and Belinda shared the same vision for the farm, which was to stock it with high class blood stock and to ensure all of its facilities were to the highest standard.
The initial purchase of mares numbered approximately 10 and came from France, America and the UK.
The farm consists of approximately 220 acres of land. Initially 120 acres were stud railed to make it suitable for grazing and 24 loose boxes were added. In recent years, more works have been carried out in developing the farm to install new facilities and keep it updated. These include sales preparation and pre-training facilities such as 2 lunge rings, a horse walker, a sand arena, 6 all weather wood chip paddocks and an all weather sand and fibre gallop, as well as 12 additional loose boxes.
New pedigrees have been purchased along the way and the farm has continued to be successful at both sales and as an owner/breeder. In more recent years, the farm has mostly concentrated on its owner/breeder status and now does all its own pre-training on site.
The aim of Ballygallon has always been to produce high quality horses from a small number of mares and this will continue to be the aim whether at a commercial or owner/breeder level.