About Us

Lambridden Stud Farm, Dalry lies in the heart of South West Scotland halfway between Glasgow and Prestwick airports. Ayrshire is noted for its lush green pasture land and is the dairy area of Scotland, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The stud boasts over 100 acres of good pasture which is well maintained and not grazed during the winter months when we have all horses inside. We have 36 stables and 7 loose boxes for youngstock. Close circuit TV within the 3 foaling boxes (20x12', and 2 at 16x11' boxes) which also covers the yard and 75% of the fields. We also have an indoor school 140x70' which is used for schooling our horses. Our purpose built laboratory was constructed in 1990 and our insemination stocks at the same time, although these have been renewed in the last 2 years. The laboratory equipment which includes scanning facilities, incubator, microscopes, liquid nitrogen tanks (6) for frozen semen storage, full AI equipment, is upgraded as required. In the last 3 years, we have also accumulated an extensive range of veterinary equipment needed by our in house vet. We are also very lucky to have in our area a number of exceptional equestrian venues including Rowallan Activity Centre (12 miles) and Ingliston Equestrian Centre (16miles).

From its beginnings in 1984, the stud has gone from being one of the first Dutch Warmblood stud's in Scotland to being one of the most succesful breeding centres in the UK.

Our original stallions, Dutch Falco, Dutch Diamond and VP Odion became some of the first Dutch Warmblood stallions to stand in the UK and have sired some exceptional youngstock in their time. We were delighted to win Top Young British Stallion with Dutch Falco in 1996 and 1997, and now at 24 years old, he is still the boss in the yard.

Tom & Julie Smith

Tom & Julie have been together at Lambridden since 1994. They work together to continually improve the quality of their youngstock and to make the breeding experience less stressful and complicated for their clients. They are both DEFRA approved inseminators and have many years of succesful experience in the insemination of chilled and frozen semen.

Julie was born into the horse world. Her brother, Iain Morgan started the interest in the family, which began a long standing love and involvment with showjumping. Iain was succesful all the way through ponies and became Junior European team and individual Gold medalist for Great Britain at U18 and U21 level. This paved the way for Julie, who continued along the path of success to Scottish Team level in all pony height classes and young riders, eventually competing for the British team at U18 European level in 1990 with Iain's very good horse Dun Topper.

Since coming to Lambridden, Julie has focused her attention on the running of the stud and the working and competing of the exceptionally talented selection of young horses they have at the moment.

Tom became involved in horses in the early 80s and began his long association with stallions with the purchase of VP Odion. He was the original founder of the Scottish Dutch Warmblood Association and through his involvement with the KWPN in Holland, has gone a long way to introducing the Dutch Warmblood horse into Scotland. He did his first artificial insemination training in Holland at the instruction of Lauw Van Vliet in Isselstijn, who is considered to be one of the top stallion handlers in Holland and studied at the University of Utrecht in Holland.

Tom & Julie both returned to Utrecht University in 1997 to do further training on the use of frozen semen and the associated techniques with the backing of Genus Breeding Services and became the Genus Insemination Team for Scotland and the North of England for 2 seasons.