It is Lavington Stud's people who form the key to the farm's success. Many have worked at Lavington for over 25 years, creating a unique workforce in tune with every aspect of the stud's operation - and each and every one of the horses in its care.
Tim Read, Stud Manager for over 25 years, runs a close-knit team of eight. He said: "The low staff turnover is very important. It means each and every one of us has a vested interest in making sure that we operate to the very highest standards. It also means that we all know each horse very, very well - and that counts for a lot. It means we are very sensitive to how each animal is progressing. We can follow through - from foal to sales."
The majority of the stud's staff live on the stud, in properties equipped with CCTV links to the stud's yards and boxes. The permanent staff are complemented by a full-time, experienced night watchman throughout the foaling season, and veterinary surgeon Paula Broadhurst who works for the Sussex Equine Hospital.