Dawn Wigan, who formerly ran West Blagdon Stud, died on Sunday aged 98 after a long illness, according to Racing Post. Wigan is the mother of James Wigan of London Thoroughbred Services, who now runs West Blagdon, and is also survived by three other children.
Dawn Wigan inherited West Blagdon from her father, Charles Gordon, in 1959 and ran it with her husband Dare Wigan, who died in 1993. The stud has historically done well at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale. Under Dawn Wigan’s direction West Blagdon achieved top price at the sale five times despite owning an average of four mares. James Wigan has continued that standard after expanding the broodmare band to around 24, and has sold the top-priced lot at that sale the last two years.