Daniele Camuffo, General Manager
Daniele was appointed as General Manager at Kingwood Stud and Kurtsystems in August 2016.
Daniele has been passionate about horse welfare and training over the past thirty years, having been brought up by a father who was previously the manager of the Italian Jockey Club. He began his equestrian career at the age of 20 whilst undertaking military service in Italy as a Cavalry officer in the Cavalry Regiment 4th Genoa, later rising to the rank of Captain. During this period, he participated in the Military Riding Championships, coming second place out of four hundred participants.
After leaving the military he went on to work as Assistant Trainer to Count Vittorio di San Marzano.
Daniele trained a number of world-wide renowned race horses and won many group races. He has since worked at a number of prominent European yards.
Daniele is also a keen horse breeder and has spent the past ten years breeding horses in Istanbul at Mehmet Kurt’s Training Centre as a General Manager. His vast knowledge and international experience will be an important asset to the management of Kingwood Stud.
Katrina Warrender, Head Groom
Following riding lessons as a child, Katrina has now worked within the stud and racing industry for over 25 years. Having attended agricultural college on leaving school, she started on a small stud and has developed her knowledge of the breeding operations alongside stints working in a racing yard.
She has been at Kingwood Stud for more than ten years and has considerable experience with both mares & foals and also with stallions. Among the stallions previously in her care were Aflora, Fairmix, Grape Tree Road, Termion & Rakaposhi King. At Kingwood, she is now responsible for the main care of the mares and foals and brings her skills in foaling to the fore during the season.
Sarah has had a celebrated start to her equestrian Career. Growing up with a great passion for horses, Show Jumping to the 1st Degree in Italy (up to 1.30m), she worked to make her way in the industry from school. In 2012 Sara started to complete her Instructors courses, sitting her exams at Landford Common Stud in the UK in 2013. After this she progressed to Assistant Instructor at the Fonte Bianca Stud Rome. In 2015 Sara moved to Montefiore Stud as an Assistant Instructor and trained young horses as a rider. In 2016 Sara moved to Emsburen, Germany as a Competition groom and as a rider training young horses in Show Jumping and Eventing.
In 2017 we welcomed Sara here at Kingwood Stud. Sara is one of our riders, specialising in Breaking our youngstock, Riding our young horses and care of our all our horses here at the stud. Sarah has a fantastic way with the young horses and has started many off on their early careers most successfully.
Simone is an integral part of not only the Kingwood Stud Team, but also Kurtsystems. Having a fabulous history in Show Jumping and Eventing in his home country of Italy, Simone has become an accomplished horse man, especially working with young horses both on the ground and as a rider.
Simone came to us from Emsburen in Germany, where he was based with his Partner Sara, as a rider training youngstock.
Here at Kingwood Simone has great ability with our young horses, assisting in all aspects of Stud work. Simone plays a huge part in our ventures pre-training with the Kurtsystems. He trains our young horses to understand the Kurtsystems and their progression to Pre-training. He is our second driver for the Kurtsystems, Fully trained and shows great ability to operate the system using its full potential. Simone takes care of all the maintenance of the Kurtsystems and has been a key player in this year’s successful training season, working with all our youngstock and customers horses.
Alice started her equestrian education in Italy participating in numerous show jumping, three days events and dressage competitions at National and International level, as well as the Italian Championships Eventing, also was part of the Italian team at the European Championships in 1998. Alice has trained with important Italian instructors such as: Federico Roman (gold medal at the Olympics in Moscow), Francesco Girardi (Italian and European Eventing Champion, member of the Italian team at the Olympics in Barcelona and Seoul).
During the last eight years, Alice has made a career as a Federal Instructor, devoting himself especially taking care of the training operations, first breaking and pre-training of young horses in important Italian stud.
For the last 8 years Alice has been based here at Kingwood Stud and has managed our Staff recruitment most professionally. Alice also over see’s the transport and mares’ coverings, which is integral to our successful breeding program.
Mattia was destined to branch out into the equestrian Industry. Born into a long line of successful equestrians and Racing Trainers, Mattia chose to pursue working with horses once he graduated from Agricultural School in Italy.
As a teenager Mattia had a great education competing Ponies and eventually Horses in Show Jumping and Eventing. Competing in The Italian Regional Championships with great success.
Mattia arrived at Kingwood Stud last year and has begun to pursue his goal of working within racing as his father did before him. At Kingwood Mattia is riding our Young horses and horses in training, showing much ability and drive to succeed. He is responsible for the daily care of our horses as a groom.
Federico recently joined Kingwood Stud from the prestigious ‘CIL’ Showjumping Stables in Milan, Italy. Federico has a great passion for horses, having competed in Show Jumping back in Italy. He has a good Knowledge of horse care and is fantastic at handling our young horses and breeding stock.
Federico looks after all our horses here at Kingwood as a groom. He is efficient, hardworking and the horses are healthy and happy in his care. Something Federico is extremely proud and passionate about. We have great hopes for Federico here at Kingwood.
Liz Crew – Secretary to Kingwood Stud and Kurtsystems UK
Liz Joined Kingwood Stud in 2018 with a life time of Equestrian experience behind her. Liz is an Accredited British Horse Society Stage 4 Coach, specialising in young riders, many of her students going on to Show Jump both Nationally and Internationally for Britain. Liz’s passion for horses started from a child in the Hunting field, later becoming a keen Showjumper with placings at some of the UK’s most respected venues. In her home County of Kent, she managed one of the largest Equestrian centres in the South East, progressing onto Starting her own successful Stables specialising In Sales of Sport Horses and a string of highly successful Training Clinics using her purpose built and top-class facilities.
Liz is the first point of contact at Kingwood Stud, always providing a polite and professional service to our clients and an integral part of the team.
Engin Gunes – Accountant
Engin is Kingwood Studs and Kurtsystems Accountant. Engin has been based with Kingwood for over 3 years, always providing the most professional service. Engin is a highly experienced Accountant, always striving to do the best for the Stud.
Engin is a greatly valued member of our team here at Kingwood, his work ethic is second to none and although not originally from an Equestrian background, Engin has shown to be most adaptable and created a successful system for running the Studs accounts.
Kingwood Stud are extremely proud to have Engin as part of our Team.
Arthur Cripps, Stud Maintenance & Groundsman
Arthur has lived in the village of Lambourn for 50 years and is the longest serving member of the team at Kingwood, having been here for almost 25 years. His children, grandchildren and great grandchild were all born and raised in the village, and Arthur is a well-known figure within the local community. As Groundsman, Arthur is responsible for the upkeep of the estate and keeps it in pristine condition.
There aren’t many things that Arthur doesn’t know about Kingwood and is our own “foundation of all knowledge”.