The Gary Player Stud is presently home to some of South Africa's finest thoroughbreds and is consistently amongst the leading breeders on the National Breeders List. The Stud has been the stomping ground of world record equine athletes since 1883. The Ellis family bred numerous champions and stud book dynasties at Rietfontein including Prestisimo, Hey Presto, Magic Charm, Magic Link, Mowgli, Lavonia, Pussmoth, Preston Pam, Pipes of Pam, etc.
Gary Player acquired the farm in 1974. His personal involvement with the stud and winning philosophy have set the standard for the team of dedicated professional managers and the stock that they raise.
The choice of the estate near Colesberg has proved to be a master stroke. The quality of its breeding stock has become acknowledged by the increasingly selective and sophisticated South African and international thoroughbred market.
Natural Karoo veld is renowned for its rich trace elements and high calcium content, ideal for growing strong boned and resilient athletes. With several hundred acres of mixed pasture under irrigation, the Gary Player Stud is ideal for breeding thoroughbreds.
The extreme climate is perfect for breeding racehorses - The cold kills off parasites and the warmth is essential for proper growth.