Situated near the Durbanville wine route, Collingwood Stud is a small boutique stud farm run by Dave and Pat Schafer.
Pat’s father, John Winson, was a highly successful breeder in his own right, and was represented by two horses in the first Cape Guineas. Remarkably, those two horses, Andy Bland and Liberal Sun, finished second and third respectively.
Collingwood Stud will long be remembered as the breeders of the wonderful filly Sparkling Gem. A daughter of Joshua Dancer, Sparkling Gem was one of the best fillies of her generation, and delighted her breeder by winning the Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas, defeating star fillies Mother Russia and Zirconeum in the process.
Sadly, Sparkling Gem’s dam, Crystal Chalice, died shortly after foaling a Silvano colt two years ago. A big, quality mare (much like her famous daughter), Crystal Chalice had some foaling problems during her time at stud, and, at the time of her death, had left behind just five foals.
By former July winner Royal Chalice Crystal Chalice was out of Flying Snowdrops, winner of the Cape Fillies Guineas in 1984.
The stud has done remarkably well from just a handful of broodmares. Collingwood are also the breeders of the top class Sea Cat, who belied her R20 000 yearling purchase price, to win over R340 000 and also earned valuable black type when picking up a number of feature races.
A daughter of Var, Sea Cat’s dam is the Hansel mare Hansea, who remains active and happy at Collingwood the good age of 21.
Yet another high-class filly bred at Collingwood was the temperamental, but talented, Eternal Dancer. A daughter of the late National Assembly, Eternal Dancer’s 12 wins included the Champagne Stakes (now a Grade 3).
Collingwood is currently home to six mares, including the above mentioned Hansea, as Pat is trying to cut down her numbers. Among the stallions patronised by Collingwood this year are the likes of Ashaawes, Marchfield, Philanthropist, Silvano and Var.
Dave and Pat also welcome guests, with the farm also operating as a bed and breakfast. Nestled in the middle of the Durbanville wine routes, the farm is ideally positioned for visitors wishing to enjoy a weekend on an idyllic stud farm.