Kooringal kick-starts Centenary

Some unexpected developments in recent weeks have ensured 2010 will be a significant year for the Lamont family’s Kooringal Stud in Wagga.

Enemy of Average, Marwina and Zariz will stand alongside resident sires Alert (Arg) and stud stalwart Bureaucracy (NZ) in a development that will make Kooringal the most commercial NSW breeding outfit south of Sydney.

Formerly members of the Riverdene Stud stallion roster, Enemy of Average, Marwina and Zariz were transferred to Kooringal Stud on April 30 and have already settled into their new surroundings.

First founded in 1910 by John and Christina Lamont, Koorginal Stud this year celebrates its centenary, with third and fourth generation members of the same family actively running the highly regarded nursery which is situated 22kms north of Wagga.

Kooringal principal Stuart Lamont explained that he did not have a moment’s hesitation in accepting the opportunity when near-neighbour Kevin Pendergast first brought up the possibility.  “The addition of Enemy of Average, Marwina and Zariz fits Kooringal Stud’s profile perfectly and complements our two other stallions.

“Alert is now approaching his fourth season at stud in Australia, and it was important that we had other options to offer our loyal client base during the period it takes for him to establish himself with his early runners.

“We are, however, extremely pleased with the manner in which Alert’s first progeny have been received, selling for up to $100,000 at this year’s yearling sales and averaging $30,000-plus.  We are confident that he has commenced his stud career in the right fashion and that he proves a commercial stallion for many seasons to come.”

The addition of Marwina and Zariz provides Lamont with the added dimension of offering the services of two prolific sires of quality winners, very much in the same mould as Kooringal Stud veteran Bureaucracy.  In real terms, the stud’s new roster for 2010 now offers broodmare owners the chance to go to three tried and tested performers that have sired a collective 630-odd winners between them.

Lamont is also very positive regarding the transfer of Enemy of Average to Kooringal Stud.  “He has proven very popular at stud serving books of 130 mares in each of his past two seasons, and with an active group of shareholders it is expected that he will receive another good book in 2010.”

Lamont views the fact that Kooringal Stud is standing the biggest contingent of stallions in the stud’s 100-year history as the best way to celebrate the milestone.  “We are proud to present an appealing new roster of proven and emerging sires with diverse bloodlines,” he says. “We look forward to receiving a heightened level of enquiry this year, and for many more to come.”

For any further information regarding Kooringal Stud’s 2010 stallion roster and/or centenary celebrations, please contact Stuart Lamont on 0427 246 422.