Ross Millin and Andre Maskell set up in September 1997. As an avid Saddle Horse enthusiast it was Ross's dream to own a Saddle Horse Stud. In September 1995 he bought a mare, Miss Tinkerbelle from Mr Jack Schoeman of Phillipolis. The horse that Ross really wanted was a colt called Yoko's Tornado, owned by Fanie Hauman, a horse that he watched since he was 18 months. Unfortunately Tornado was not for sale at that time (before he started his showing career) and Ross knew the moment that he would start his showing career, his price would be out of reach. He indeed went on to win his first SA Championship at Bloemfontein in 1995 as the Fine Harness Champion two-year-old. The next year he was Fine Harness three-year-old and in 1997 was the Fine Harness four-year-old as well as the SA Grand Champion Fine Harness Saddle Horse. All the championships were won under the guidance of his trainer Andre Maskell. This was also the year when he was bought by the wellknown Joan Hamilton from Kalarama Farm, Springfield, Kentucky, and exported to the USA.
Andre Maskell initially trained Miss Tinkerbelle. It was however clear that sooner or later Yoko's Tornado would be exported and because Ross wanted a colt by him, he bred him to Miss Tinkerbelle and so she became the foundation mare of the stud. Tornado's Heirloom was then born - a colt by Yoko’sTornado.
A stallion in America whose career Ross watched with interest was Kalarama Farm's Harlem Globetrotter. The same people who own him bought Yoko's Tornado. It was coincidental that the two horses that he admired the most would be in the same stables. In August 1997 he went to America, firstly to see Yoko's Tornado again (his name was subsequently changed to just Tornaado) and attend the World Champion Horse Show. It was an opportunity to meet Joan Hamilton and see Harlem Globetrotter.
Unfortunately Tornado did not show at the World Champion Horse Show, but another South African horse Zoovoorbij Commander in Chief was shown and won the World Champion Five Gaited title. (Commander in Chief's dam, Cameo's Rosa Lee, also appears in Miss Tinkerbelle's pedigree. Cameo's Rosa Lee is the dam of Day of Thunder, the sire of Miss Tinkerbelle. )
Harlem Globetrotter was even more impressive than in photographs. It would be an asset to own a Globetrotter colt but because of the R/$ exchange rate it is almost impossible to import any decent Saddle Horses to South Africa like in the old days. It was also obvious that no true breeder would sell his proven best horses. The best would be to import frozen semen from top Saddle Horse sires in America. Two sires were identified - Harlem Globetrotter and Supreme Heir. Unfortunately Supreme Heir had no frozen semen available and Globetrotter's semen did not fulfill the South African requirements.
In the meantime a young stallion Yoko Lomo (x Cantherius) was used. A very nice filly, called Perfect Pearl was born.
Andre Maskell left the stud and from June 1999, Ross Millin is the sole owner. The horses have been relocated to Oudtshoorn and Tornado's Heirloom is with Kevin Eltringham in Paarl. Unfortunately, Heirloom had an undescended testis, and had to be castrated in November 1999.
In March 2000, Ross bought the full share in the young untrained Tornado stud colt, Tornado’s Perfect Timing. (Newline only had a half share in him after Andre left). Perfect Timing’s first show was the 2001 S.A. National Championship show at Bloemfontein where he was shown by Kevin Eltringham in the Two Year Old Fine Harness Championship. This he won in grand style and was the talk of the show. Three broodmares, to compliment Perfect Timing’s genetic pool, were bought, namely – Sultan’s Charming Lady (x Supreme O’ Lee), Sugini (x Quaker Town) and Tango's Pearl (x Scandal's Last Tango). The first foals are due in October 2002. Perfect Timing is destined to rewrite Saddle Horse breeding history in South Africa. How true this will be, only time will tell.