Thoroughbred Horse Studs – why they began and how to experience them.
The origins of the Hunter Valley’s thoroughbred breeding industry date back to the early1800’s when the first settler and horse breeder George Bowman chose to live and breed horses in the Hunter Valley, describing its perfection for agriculture.
Nestled in the valley surrounded by the Wollemi National Park and the Barrington Tops, protected by the valley hills, with lush pastures on the valley floors and close to abundant clean water, the first settlers to this region recognised that it was an unparalleled place to live, work and raise exceptional thoroughbred champions.
For nearly 200 years the Hunter Valley has been home to world-class thoroughbred studs, broodmare farms, veterinarians, saddlers, farriers, equine transport companies, feed merchants, many other equine support industries and thousands of dedicated people with a love of and passion for, horse husbandry.
From Jerrys Plains, the gateway to Upper Hunter Country, through Denman to the Widden and Bylong Valleys, east to Muswellbrook and Aberdeen, north to the Segenhoe Valley, Scone and Murrurundi– each stud presents a unique and unparalleled experience.
Every farm is a working business. Some are family-owned and operated for many generations. Others private businesses or part of world-leading and world-renown operations. All have a unique story to tell, from their history and heritage to its architecture, the birth and raising of many famous racehorses including the mighty mare “WINX”.
But don’t take our word for it. Come on up!… and see it for yourself. It will be an experience you will never forget.
All visitors are invited to experience for themselves the hidden beauty and magic of our stud farms, their history, heritage and the champion horses they produce. Visitors are welcome at our studs but you must book ahead.
To arrange a visit or tour please contact the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association at www.htba.com.au/stud-tours so that we can arrange a memorable experience.