From an early age, Tammy Notman from Northmore Thoroughbreds, had a passion for all things horses. Following Pony Club, Tammy’s Dad bought her a show pony. It was following this that Tammy fell in love with the Thoroughbreds and became involved with the weanlings and yearling preparation.
“Thoroughbreds are all I will ever show or deal with, they are the most magnificent, intelligent and elegant horse. You can get so many types and personalities and they are always a healthy challenge. From Pony Club it progressed to showing Thoroughbred hacks off the track which led me to Royal Shows.” Tammy remarked.
With such a love and passion, it is no surprise that Tammy was always going to work in the equine industry. “I was once offered some advice by lady who said focus your business on what you love to do and what you love to do is horses.”
Northmore Thoroughbreds is a husband and wife team and it was during the early years at Novelty Racing where Tammy met her husband Rodney.
A career as a farrier for Rodney first got him involved in the Thoroughbred industry.
“He has been a farrier for a long time. He has shod for some good trainers and racehorses, including Redoute’s Choice’ Rodney’s clients have included John Meagher and Rick Hall Lacey to name a few and still keeping himself busy with the farrier business as well working for Woodside Park and many others in the thoroughbred industry. It was Alan Harvey who has bred racehorses that first got Rodney interested in the preparing of yearlings.” Tammy said.
“Alan has horses he would send off to other people to prepare and one year he gave us a go. Rodney has a good eye for a young horse and I have always only dealt with horses that have been mature and off the track.” She said.
This experience makes the Notman’s the perfect team, as Rodney cares for the weanlings and yearlings and Tammy predominantly cares for the mature horses.
“Our motto is, as much as we want to run our business with small numbers we want to make sure we never become too big. We treat every single yearling as an individual and each horse is on a totally different programme. Rodney is very conscious that during yearling prep every horse is monitored closely daily.” Tammy said
Although the focus over the past few years at Northmore Thoroughbreds, has been yearlings and broodmares, in the downtime that Tammy does find, Tammy can’t resist the opportunity to spend it with an Off The Track horse sired by Zabeel.
Tammy has a great eye especially for the older horses ‘one horse that I showed was called Galveston who was by Zabeel and he was a huge part of what I looked for in a horse.’
“It is only because of that horse that I am keen to get back to showing as a Zabeel-bred it is really my type of horse.”
It is looking likely that we may well see Tammy competing at a Garryowen in the next few years.
The traits that Tammy looks for in a horse is clearly in the right direction following the success they have been having.
“I like a horse that stands over a bit of ground, that has a ‘look at me’ about them, a good head, intelligent eye and really strong through the shoulder.”
Northmore Thoroughbreds have been going from strength to strength and over the past eight years having developed the farm to full capacity. The farm was set up completely by Tammy and Rodney and they have worked hard to ensure it meets their high standards.
“We set the farm up to perfection in our eyes in terms of fencing and paddocks. We have now realised it is going to be far too small for what we want to do.” Tammy remarked.
Their yearling methods have been so successful they are now setting up a stand-alone yearling farm near Murchison near Nagambie. The new farm may include some homebred’s aswell.
“There are three of us who have joined together and called ourselves ‘The Golden Girls’. They have joined me in buying Moet Rose (a filly we bred) back so we have put her in foal and hopefully buy another couple of mares this year. It’s the start of a new adventure. Moet Rose who won at Bendigo, Ballarat and Sandown. This is our first dabble into homebreds.”
And when asked about the advice Tammy would give to someone wanting to become involved with our industry, she said, “Stick to what you believe in and your gut instinct. Never doubt yourself and don’t doubt your ability, always stick to what you think it right.”