Northwood breeding operation Yarran Thoroughbreds has a new man at the helm with Irishman John Doherty having been appointed to the position of Manager this past May.
Doherty will lead Yarran into its next stage of growth, development and success for UK based owners Andrew and Robyn Hine.
Joining John at Yarran Thoroughbreds are his wife Rachel and their three children (Grace 12, Lucy 8 and Sean 6). New Zealander Rachel also has a strong background in thoroughbred breeding and will play a key role at Yarran.
Andrew and Robyn Hine have owned Yarran for nearly a decade. Andrew is the Founding Director of Polofix, an organisation which promotes polo around the world. A professional polo player himself for more than 20 years, he captained England from 1999 to 2003.
John Doherty brings more than 30 years of professional thoroughbred industry experience from around the world, including 16 years with Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
“I started in 1984, the year Sadlers Wells won the Guineas. Coolmore was on the brink of going global, and Sadlers Wells was one of the early stallions that facilitated that.”
Having vast experience caring for shuttle stallions travelling to America, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia, John was responsible for the immortal sires, Last Tycoon, Zabeel, Danehill Woodman, Royal Academy and Sunday Silence on their journeys.
“By handling the top stallions, you could see each one was special in its own individual way, be it temperament, toughness, or just pure class.”
“Danehill’s personality was incredible, probably the easiest horse in the barn, you could have led him around with bailing twine. He passed on his brilliance and his “easy to handle” attitude to his progeny.”
After taking stallions over to Japan for Coolmore, he then spent eight years at East Stud and Paca Paca Farm in Japan, where he prepared foals and yearlings which consistently sold for more than US$1 million.
Most recently John has spent the last eight years at Godolphin Northwood Park, only a stone’s throw from Yarran down Northwood Road.
Yarran Thoroughbreds are in the process of expansion. They will focus on upgrading their broodmare band and increase numbers to approximately 60 mares on farm in future seasons.
“Being in the same rich vein of land as Godolphin next door, some of the best horses bred in Australia have been foaled along Northwood Road, with Sepoy next door and Black Caviar just down the road. My plan is to breed and rear the best.”
“Andrew and I will sit down using a strict selection criteria. With pedigree analysis and proven stallion selections, we will aim to make the right decisions to see our efforts return positive results in the sale ring.”
For more information on Yarran and its services, contact John on 0459 136 778.