Stockwell, a name synonymous with Victorian and Australian breeding success, is returning to the Victorian scene.
After a change of management, Victorian studmaster Mike Becker and his son Brodie, of Independent Stallions have taken out a long term lease arrangement on the historic property at Diggers Rest. Mike is a former President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and a life member.
Stockwell Thoroughbreds will offer a full suite of services for breeding stock and racehorses from stallion walk-ons, pedigree analysis, foaling down and sales preparation through to racehorse spelling and post surgery rehabilitation.
The former Stockwell Stud, at Diggers Rest, was established by industry stalwart Ken Cox in 1958.
The farm was particularly renowned and revered across Australia in the heady days of the great stallion Showdown.
Showdown produced 41 stakes-winners and was twice the Champion Australian sire in 1975-76 & 1977-78. He is the second last Victorian sire to achieve this prestigious title (Century won it in 1978-79). During this time, the farm was managed by legendary horseman George Smith.
Aside from Showdown, the likes of Comeram, Star Shower, and earlier Landau and Empryean graced the stallion paddocks at Diggers Rest. It was also the home of W.S. Cox Plate winner Our Poetic Prince upon his retirement to the breeding barn.
“Stallions have been our business for more than 20 years but it is getting almost impossible to compete against the big farms for the shrinking broodmare population,” Mike said.
“This farm is 800 usable acres, with wonderful facilities for foaling, sales preparation, and large paddocks for good development of young horses.
“One of the major bonuses for city-based broodmare owners, is the ability to have better access to seeing the mares and their progeny due to the farm being just 30 minutes from the city.
“Having stood up to 11 stallions in a season and foaling down up to 200 foals per season, we can fairly claim to bring solid experience to the business,” he said.
The Stockwell property features include:
• Over 800 acres of pastured, sheltered and well fenced paddocks
• 40 stables
• 3 undercover round yards
• Safe, sheltered day runs for spelling horses or yearling preparation
• Very accessible for owners to visit to follow the progress of their horses, just 30 mins from Melbourne CBD
• Central to all breeding areas of Victoria for walking in mares for cover
• More information can be found at:
More information & enquiries:
Mike Becker: 0412 538 155
Brodie Becker: 0437 788 434