Arch Kingsley Jr.
Location: Camden, SC
My focus has never been on large quantities of horses, but more on finding the balance between the numbers required to be successful, and keeping the quality of my work and horses at the highest end. Many of the victories that I have enjoyed have been totally out of the public eye, and on a more personal level. I am most proud of the relationships that I have built throughout my career. I have enjoyed the support and connection of countless owners, horses, employees, jockeys, racing officials, and teachers. It is at the core of my philosophy that my ability to help to bring out the greatest and the best in the horses and the people that I share my skills with, is the most complete expression of my own spiritual path in life. I see my relationships and accomplishments as a joyful reflection of that journey.
My Experience and Background
I am a lifelong horseman that has grown up in and around the sport of steeplechasing. Both of my parents were accomplished jump riders on the Point-to-Point scene in Virginia in the 60ʼs and 70ʼs. I grew up fox hunting from an early age. As an adolescent into adulthood, I was mentored by some of the best horse trainers, and horse people alive. As a jockey my career was blessed with many high moments, including a national championship, multiple money-won titles, and countless stakes wins. I competed with some of the best men and women riders this country has ever produced, and consistently enjoyed the favor of the sportʼs leading trainers and owners.
As a trainer, some of my proudest achievements include the multiple stakes winners that I have managed, relative to modest numbers that I have trained. From autumn through late spring, my operation is based out of Camden, SC. My stable has been built there around the lasting legacy and generous philanthropy of some of the sportʼs most generous and visionary participants. The climate and land of Camden has given me a tremendous advantage in developing horses to their greatest abilities. In turn, Camden has proven an effective springboard to my horses as we have launched many productive campaigns around the East. In late spring through early fall, I often relocate to the racetracks in the North and mid-Atlantic for the grass racing season. Going forward I want to attract more owners that share my vision of developing top-class thoroughbreds to race on the flat and over jumps.