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Mastering The Art of Stallioneering

Gayle Bosscher and Arika Everatt-Meeuse share the secrets of successfully handling studs.

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By: Keith McCalmont |

What happens in the breeding shed, tends to stay in the breeding shed. Until now, that is, as Canadian Thoroughbred recently sat down with a pair of veteran stallion handlers, Shannondoe Farm’s Arika Everatt-Meeuse and Gayle Bosscher, breeding division manager for Colebrook Farms, about their experiences in developing future winners. Everatt-Meeuse was raised in the business by her parents James and Janeane Everatt and has been in charge of matings for Shannondoe Farm of St. Thomas, ON for more than 20 years. An accomplished rider, who owned her first pony at the age of two, she quite literally grew up on the back of a horse. In 1970, Bosscher became the first female to show a stallion at the Royal Winter Fair, taking honours in the Canadian Hunter Stallion category with Toreador. She is now a key part of overseeing a Colebrook stallion roster at the Uxbridge, ON farm that…

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