Park Wood Stud


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Who we are

Park Wood Stud is a well established 150-acre thoroughbred stud farm located between Badminton and Westonbirt in the South Cotswolds. Modernised and redeveloped over the last 16 years, the farm has been the site for the breeding and rearing of both Flat and National Hunt racehorses for several generations. The setting is both tranquil and beautiful with the all important benefit of free draining limestone soils to enable year round turnout. Two large, light and airy American barns house the stud’s residents and are complimented by the purpose built foaling unit and indoor turnout. The stud has a range of immaculately fenced paddocks including nursery paddocks suitable for young foals and large tree-lined paddocks ideal for growing youngstock to their full potential. Cattle and sheep graze in rotation with the horses for tidy pastures and reduced parasites.

The Stud is owned by Ruth Pitman and is managed by Ruth and her team including Stud Groom, Matthew Darling.

Our Services

Park Wood Stud offers a full-range of bloodstock services for both Flat and National Hunt clients including foaling, boarding (permanent & seasonal), sales preparation, sales presentation, breaking, pre-training, rest & rehab, stores and pinhooking.

Health and hygiene are top priorities at the Stud. New arrivals are isolated for an appropriate period before mixing with resident stock and the Stud operates strictly in accordance with HBLB Code of Practice.

Our philosophy

To ensure that both our clients and our clients’ horses are looked after to the highest standards possible. We are committed to offering a bespoke service whereby each horse is treated as an individual under the watchful eye of our top team of staff. Care, attention to detail and not over-stocking the farm are the key components in achieving high outcomes for our owners. We take pride in keeping clients fully updated on their horse’s progress during their time at Park Wood Stud and we actively encourage owners to visit – together we hope to bring both the enjoyment and success that the client’s investment deserves.


Broodmares (Permanent & Seasonal boarding)

Breaking and Pre-training

Sales Preparation

Horses For Sale

From time to time the Stud has horses for sale privately and details can be viewed here.

Our Gallery

Our Team


Ruth Pitman


The owner of Park Wood, and a Rural Chartered Surveyor Ruth has two sons, Alex & Chris, and a daughter, Ella, all three of whom give time to helping with different aspects of the stud.


Matthew Darling


Matthew Darling brings a wealth of experience and dedicated horsemanship to Park Wood having worked extensively in the TB stud industry in the UK and Canada. One of the top students in his year at the National Stud’s Diploma course, he also spent 11 years working for flat trainer William Knight, as Head Lad/Assistant trainer.




Chris is a Director of the B&W Equine Clinic based at Willseley and heads up the Stud and Reproductive Centre based there. He has a particular interest in stallion and mare infertility issues. Chris can be on site with us within six minutes. 




Beth works for Kelly Farm Consulting and makes regular visits to the farm. She is responsible for all billing, wages, VAT returns and all financial records.




Installing the bore hole water supply system to the stud, building his own workshop and constructing a haha are just some of the many projects Graham has completed during the 7 years he has worked here.




Responsible for the smooth running of the main house and equally at home exercising horses, Nats is a mainstay of the Park Wood operation. Nats is also a practising Reiki Master for both equines and humans.

Stud News

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New Arrival

Monday 18 March 2019

2 day old colt by Bobby’s Kitten

Welcome Ziggy Rose

Friday 01 February 2019

Our latest arrival is a stunning 5 year old filly by Fame And Glory. She made it to us just in time to beat the snow.

Logo on the Lorry

Saturday 29 December 2018

Thank you very much @FrenzyDesigns1 for making our lorry look smart!


Contact Us

Enquiries and visitors are always welcome. Please let us know your requirements.

Park Wood Farm, Saddlewood
Leighterton, Tetbury, GL8 8FP

Ruth Pitman:
01666 890334

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