Shigeo Yoshida, a cousin of prominent Japanese breeder Zenya Yoshida and the operator of Yoshida Stud Farm, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 65.
Located in Hokkaido, Japan, Yoshida Stud Farm was established in 1898, with Yoshida taking over in 1970. Under Yoshida's management, the farm made a big splash in international bloodstock in 1973 with the purchase of U.S. champion Typecast, English Oaks winner Ginevra, and English champion colt My Swallow. Among the top horses bred by the farm under Yoshida's direction were Japan Horse of the Year Ten Point and Hong Kong Cup winner Fujiyama Kenzan, the first Japanese-bred group horse to win abroad and one of three stallions standing at Yoshida Farm.
Now managed by Yoshida's son, Dr. Naoya Yoshida, the farm is also home to stallions Magnitude, and Wakao Raiden.