Normandie Stud came to life on 1st August, 1997, in the picturesque village of Kirdford, amidst 200 acres of land bordering onto the counties of Surrey and West Sussex. It was formerly known as the Boxalland Stud, which had been home to a group of boarding mares and foals, and was bought, purely, as a place to retire our National Hunt horses. However, an unexpected passion was ignited, upon sight of these broodmares and the love and devotion they felt for their foals; this passion was eventually to translate itself into a breeding operation. Money was first spent on upgrading the paddocks, and eight years later, the Stud was rebuilt, using only local builders and materials. We were lucky enough to be rewarded with a Sussex Heritage Award for our efforts.