Keeley Durham, small-time breeder of Argento, shares her winning ethos

  • Many people will be familiar with the name Keeley Durham – as well as a successful showjumper in her own right, she’s a respected producer, owner and trainer. But she is also a small-time breeder with an outstanding strike-rate, producing such superstars as John Whitaker’s Aachen grand prix-winner Argento.

    However, Keeley only pursued the breeding side of the sport on the advice of Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton – and thanks to a chance buy.

    “When John [Whitaker] was riding Welham [who Keeley owned], we were once down at Nick Skelton’s yard and he suggested that I should get a broodmare and start producing more young horses,” says Keeley.

    “I thought this was a great idea, but I did not really act upon it until about two months later when John asked…

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