Victoria, The Thoroughbred State

Last Wednesday, TBV invited guests from Racing Victoria, Racing.com, race clubs and other stakeholders to come and experience the behind-the-scenes of the Victorian breeding industry.

Hosted by Adam Sangster and his team at Swettenham Stud, guests were given a tour of what occurs on a farm during the breeding season.

Starting the day with a trip to the breeding barn, Adam and Jason Robinson walked guests through what occurs when a mare arrives on farm and the processes his team follow in the covering shed.

From here, guests headed to the stallion barn to gain an understanding of the important role that sales companies play in the journey of a horse from the time they are born until they go through the sales ring.

Simon Vivian from Inglis and Tim Brown from Magic Millions were on hand to explain conformation and what they look for when it comes to yearlings at the sales.

Simon Vivian and Tim Brown talk to guests about conformation

James O’Brien and Adam Sangster informed guests about key facts and figures such as the $193.3 million dollars in economic benefit which the Victorian breeding industry contributes to the economy and the 5863 participants across various regions of Victoria.

It is staggering to think that given such a high level of investment, the $193.3 million dollars in economic benefit does not include Victorian breeder’s investment in racehorses.

James and Adam highlighted the combination of the perfect environment to raise horses in, the strong support of the Victorian breeding industry from the State Government and Racing Victoria, the lucrative prizemoney and the world’s best incentive scheme, VOBIS, were all strong driving factors and that there was no better time than now, to invest in Victoria.

James O’Brien and guests at Swettenham Stud

Confirming this were Jarrod Byers of Millford Thoroughbreds, Murray Tillet and Brian Byrnes of Aquis Northwood, who have recently set up a farm in Seymour.

Jarrod Byers explained how a love of horses, saw his career flourish in the industry and led him to set up a farm with his business partner Richard. Citing the ideal environment, the endless opportunities and a strong VOBIS program on offer. Jarrod explained that it really was easy to make the decision to invest in Victoria.

Jarrod Byers explains to Charmein Bukovec why he has chosen to invest in Victoria

Murray Tillett – Operations Manager of Aquis Northwood highlighted the investment which Aquis have made to the Australian economy and with the new setup in Victoria that this complimented existing operations.  Murray was excited about this chapter for Aquis, given Aquis is relatively new to the Australian landscape.

Brian Byrnes – Stud Manager of Aquis Northwood, explained to guests that he could not pass up on the opportunity to take on the role and make the move from the Hunter Valley. The opportunities, the close proximity to metropolitan race tracks to watch great racing, combined with the lure of the role, made the decision for him.

Adam Sangster talks to guests about Victoria

It was then over to Charmein Bukovec, who explained that the success of both the breeding and racing industries is up to everyone and that we are all responsible for ensuring a strong and viable future. Charmein informed guests that she was excited to see the Victorian industry go from strength to strength in the coming years.

There is no doubt about it, Victoria truly is the Thoroughbred State.