Welcome to Taunton Vale
Taunton Vale is one of Western Australia’s oldest family-owned studs and is situated off the Boyanup-Picton Road, 10km south-east of Bunbury.
Studmaster Kent Johnston has been standing successful stallions for over 30 years. Dynamo (NZ) was a force in the 1990s while Tribu began making an impact at the turn of the century.
Demerit has been the lynch-pin of Taunton Vale’s operations since his purchase from Darley in 2011 and he has been joined by Redoute’s Choice stakes performer King’s Troop this year.
DEMERIT is the first son of champion racehorse and sire Lonhro to stand in WA and he reached a career-high on September 13 with a winning treble at Belmont courtesy of Denim Pack, Yeah Dardy & Lorentinio. “Demerit is very much in the mould of Lonhro,” Johnston stated. “He’s well suited to WA and is providing a great outcross for breeders.”
Johnston has maintained the utmost support for Demerit. When mares from outside clients, in foal to Demerit, were catalogued for the 2015 Magic Millions Winter Sale, he purchased them for the home herd and has been rewarded in kind this season.
Among those buys was Female Agent (Commands) who was carrying brilliant filly Agent Pippa and Saturnalia (Pins), the dam of recent debut winner Demeritorious.
KING’S TROOP is by Australian champion sire Redoute’s Choice and is a three-quarter brother to Australian champion sire Snitzel. He won a Warwick Farm juvenile before going down a half-length in the G3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill. “We are excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to stand King’s Troop,” Johnston said. “He’s an athletic type with a very strong stallion pedigree and will sire precocious two year-olds that train on.”
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