About Us

Valinor

Glass Recycling / Somali Cats / Thoroughbred Stud / Warmblood Stud

About Us

We have been owned by Somali cats since 2000 when I was introduced to Somalis by a work college, Melanie Askeland.

Since then we have been loyal Somali humans.  We began to breed in 2002 and were very lucky when Teresa Guldagar of Dushara agreed to swap a beautiful male kitten that she had bred with a little girl that I had bred.  Between that boy, who became      Gr Ch Dushara Breidablik of Valinor and Gr Ch Askecat Galadriel duCati, my queen that I got from Melanie, we started Valinor Somalis.

Recently we have begun showing our cats again to great success having our first Supreme champion in Sp Ch Valinor Palantiri who is a grand daughter of both Galadriel and Benjamin.  We plan to continue breeding and are in the process of sourcing new stock.  We are also looking at starting a ruddy program.

The history of our stud farm goes much further back.  It began when I was taken to Maine Chance thoroughbred stud, by my father (one of his employee’s was the son of the manager at the time and we had been invited there for lunch).  On that day I decided that that was what I wanted to do as a career.

After school I attended the Pretoria Technikon (University of Technology) to complete Equine Studies.  Thereafter I was lucky enough to work as a veterinary assistant in Chile for a year before returning to SA and working on 2 stud farms in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  It is there that I decided that it would be better to own my own stud than to work for one and changed careers.

After 5 years I was able to purchase my first horse Wild Diamond, on whom I competed in dressage until 2004.  In 2004 my husband and I purchased Valinor Farm, which realized my lifelong dream of owning my own stud farm.  I then had Wild Diamond inseminated with semen from the stallion Sosath’s Le Wildt.  On the 6th of January 2005 Valinor Farm’s first foal was born Riverleigh’s Wild Garnet V.

Since then we have acquired 2 more mares and plan to expand out broodmare band further in the future.