“Sumbe offers a service to breeders both in France and Great Britain and one which revolves around its English concern Hesmonds Stud working in partnership with its Montfort & Préaux and Mézeray counterparts. No detail has been overlooked as regards ensuring that the synergy between the three concerns will benefit you as much as possible.
To be successful nowadays, you need to find the stallion which best suits each mare... and, accordingly, you must not hesitate when it comes travelling your mares. Therefore, when you decide to send your mares to stallions in either England or France, they will enjoy the very best facilities in both countries.“
Based in the south of England, Hesmonds Studs is ideally located. As a mare which is to be bred to a stallion based elsewhere in Britain can embark on the return trip in the morning and be back in her box in the evening, as its very location ensures that it’s never more than a three hour drive to most of the other studs.
Its 300 hectares site ensures that its international clientele has the option of boarding their breeding stock here, and the stud also concerns itself with the management aspects of the breeding season.
The geographical location of the stud – given the low horse population in the region - is a big plus from an equine health point of view.
Hesmonds Stud has benefited from massive investments to the point that it has become one of the most attractive and modern studs in England. Tony Fry, manager, says (February 2021): “At the very beginning there was a lot to do. However, Nurlan Bizakov had the intention and the ambition to make something really big. The renovation works began in 2011 and lasted three years, and they entailed pulling down and totally rebuilding three barns, changing more than 20 kilometres of fencing, installing a training track at which you can gallop the younger horses, and renovating the foaling boxes and the veterinary unit... It has become a magnificent studfarm which is located in a very stunning and hilly area. Moreover, we are close to a very good veterinary practice which is a real plus. We invariably strive to do the best for the horses.”
“Don’t hesitate to get in touch via your usual French contacts. We will help you getting in touch with the team at Hesmonds Stud, which will do their utmost to ensure that your breeding stock will benefit from their long-standing experience and the exceptional quality of the stud’s facilities.”
Nurlan Bizakov has bred some quality horses from the original generations which bear his hallmark at Hesmonds Stud in the image of Altyn Orda (Oh So Sharp Stakes, Gr.3, second in the Falmouth Stakes Gr.1, and third in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes Gr.1); Nausha (Tattersalls Musidora Stakes, Gr.3); Rasima (second in the Hoppings Fillies' Stakes, Gr.3); and Tomyris (Chartwell Fillies' Stakes, Gr.3)… These excellent results are additional to a whole host of smart performers which were previously bred at Hesmonds Stud. They include Prix de la Foret (Gr.1) winner Pas de Seul (Mill Reef); the Juddmonte International Stakes (Gr.1) graduate Terimon (Bustino) and a top three finisher in the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes and the Coronation Cup. (Grs.1); Claxon (Caerleon), the Premio Lydia Tesio (Gr.2) heroine; plus the Canadian International Stakes (Gr.1) and the Sun Chariot Stakes (Gr.2) winner Infamy (Shirley Heights)…
It was at Hesmonds Stud that Le Glorieux (Japan Cup, Washington DC International & Grosser Preis von Berlin, Grs1) was bred, and he was later to join the stallion ranks at Haras du Mezeray – a very prestigious French stud and a partner in the Sumbe project! Better still, Hesmonds Stud was the birthplace of Lobmille (Mill Reef). The latter is the great grandam of La Cressonnière (Prix de Diane & Poule d'Essai des Pouliches, Grs1), one of the finest fillies bred at Haras de Montfort & Preaux, which is the other French entity involved in the Sumbe project!