Historians believe that the farm was started by none other than Tipu Sultan, the 'Tiger' of the erstwhile princely State of Mysore to breed horses for his Cavalry, making Kunigal perhaps one of the oldest known Stud Farms in the World. It is reported to have commenced breeding bloodstock almost 250 years ago.
Spanning an area of almost 500 acres, the Kunigal Stud Farm was, for many decades, used by the British Army to breed horses for their Cavalry Regiments using Arab stallions. Such was the importance of Kunigal and its ability to produce top horses, that the 'Delhi Durbar' exercised direct control over its activities through a string of British Army stalwarts.
In 1886, the first thoroughbred stallion to be imported into India, "Pero Gomez", was stationed at Kunigal. Subsequently, when the import of racehorses from the UK and Australia was permitted into India, horses bred at Kunigal proved their mettle by winning many prestigious races all over the country. In fact, the very first native-bred to challenge the supremacy of the imported horse - a mare named Yvette - was Kunigal bred!
Today, Kunigal's takeover by the Chairman of one of India's largest industrial groups - the UB Group, heralds the dawn of a new era of excellence.