Having just held its biggest and best stallion parade yet, the momentum at Victoria’s Woodside Park Stud continues with the recruitment of two highly experienced staff.
Bringing their individual skill sets, a wealth of knowledge and a passion for thoroughbreds, Woodside has appointed Garry Isaac and Florian Boisset.
Home to a growing stallion roster – in both quantity and quality – Woodside Park’s determination to continually improve can not be doubted and these two appointments reflect that objective.
Garry has over 25 years’ experience in the thoroughbred industry having worked at some of Australian’s biggest farms.
His considerable know-how makes him a great asset in his role as Broodmare Manager and to the overall operations. He invested in his first horse at the age of 16 and, along with his wife, owned a successful horse business.
Ten years ago, he moved out of the corporate world into the industry full time. He worked for Marquee Stud where he developed and managed a 160-horse broodmare farm, and more recently he oversaw 450 horses for Aquis Farm as Operation Manager.
Meanwhile Florian (Flo) is joining Woodside in 2018 as Yearling Manager. He came to Woodside from Baramul Stud in NSW where he managed yearlings for over three years, ensuring they received the best care before and during their preparations for sale.
Prior to Baramul, he worked at a number of farms in NSW including Arrowfield and Turangga Farm.
Florian moved to Australia from the South West of France in Bordeaux and has always had a strong affection for horses.
Both new members of staff would have been left in no doubt about the desire by Woodside to compete amongst the best in Australia after taking in the stallion parade held recently.
A large number of mare owners, bloodstock agents, trainers and industry participants were present to take in the roster of four quality stallions…and, of course, enjoy the morning’s delicious breakfast buffet, and hot barista coffee.
Victorian Champion sire Written Tycoon was obviously a highlight for the crowd, but his three barn-mates also garnered enormous interest.
Invincible Spirit’s son Cable Bay has continued to furnish into an impressive stallion over the past year while ‘son of a gun’ Rich Enuff and his glistening coat stood out.
Many of those in attendance were there to get the first sight of Deep Impact’s son Tosen Stardom in his new breeding career. The multiple Group 1 winner – with substantial backing from Australia and Japan behind him – is a genuine chance at being one of Australia’s hot young sires.
With the new breeding season just days away, Woodside principal Mark Rowsthorn is keen to indicate his commitment to the stud and to Victoria.
“The philosophy of the business is to be the very best farm we can possibly be, to be the best in
Victoria across the entire range of thoroughbred activities,” Rowsthorn said.
“We currently have four stallions standing at our stud and we are looking to increase this number in the coming years.
“I believe we have the facilities, the expertise and the weather to grow out and produce the top-quality yearlings and the racetrack champions.”
With the sales ring and race track performances already achieved by Woodside and its stallions, it’s hard to doubt such statements!