Whitchurch in the west of England is the new home of some very special stables. Maintaining genetic variety in horse breeding is the daily business of Stallion AI.
Tullis Matson and his team have set up a centre for artificial insemination of mares and a huge semen bank with more than 10,000 canisters from more than 700 stallions. Not only the semen of popular, modern stallions is collected and stored here, care is also taken to preserve old, traditional horse races. For this reason, in 2011 it received the Marsh Christian Award for Conservation in Genetic Bio-Diversity.