Renowned and respected Irish couple, Sinead and Patrick Hughes have set up their own operation, Sunhill Bloodstock just outside Lancefield in the beautiful Macedon Ranges.
The farm is based in a fertile farming region with rich soil and lush improved pastures in central Victoria and is only 50 minutes from Melbourne or an hour from the Nagambie breeding region.
Sinead and Patrick, originally from County Westmeath in Ireland were encouraged to set up their own property, Sunhill Bloodstock, after realising the demand from many good breeders in the industry for an operation of this type.
“People were always asking us why we hadn’t set up our own farm, and we have loyal clients that have followed us for years, and now we finally have our own property they have come to support us,” Sinead said.
The family run operation will provide clients with one-on-one personalised care for their mares. They aniticpate only having around 15 mares with foals on the property at any one time, so they ensure individual care and attention.
“We want to give out clients a sense of fulfillment, it may be sentimental, but we want them to feel at ease in knowing that their mares are being cared for as if they were our own. Every mare is important to us,” Sinead said.
During the vital formative months, Sinead and Patrick will ensure all foals are well handled from birth, and will be confident and well mannered to cope easily with the weanling process.
With many years experience handling the best bloodstock around the work, Sinead and Patrick have extensive thoroughbred experience in all facets of the industry.
“Together, Patrick and I have gained experience on many thoroughbred farms, including managing Yarran and Chatswood Stud.
“Patrick is coming up to his third season as the stallion manager at Sun Stud, and this will be my second season looking after the accounts.”
Patrick has international experience handling the stallions at Lane’s End in America for seven years which included working with stallions such as A.P Indy, King Mambo and Smart Strike. He also worked on yearling preparation at the operation.
Returing to his native Ireland, Patrick spent ten years working for Shadwell Stud’s Irish base, Derrinstown Stud.
Meanwhile Sinead attended Gurteen Agricultural Caollege in County Tipperary, studing Equine Production and Management before travelling to Australia to work for 18 months at Emirates Park in NSW under Robyn Wise.
“I came home to renew my visa to return to Australia, but met Patrick who had just returned from Lane’s End, After we married, we ended up staying in Ireland before returning together to Australia as a family ten years later,” Sinead said.
On her return, Sinead became yearling manager at Cressfield Stud in the Hunter Valley where she was instrumental in setting a new record for the stud when the Fastnet Rock x River Dove colt made $4 million at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
“It’s a price that I thought was really high, but Patrick prepared the Storm Cat x Hum Along yearling at Lane’s End that made $7,000,000!,” Sinead exclaimed.
Together with their family of three beautiful girls, Helena 13, Nicole 9, Michaela 6, they are now well-rooted in Australia and committed to their new life on their Victorian farm.
Sunhill Bloodstock is supported by an experienced and reliable local network, with Christoph and Candice Jentsch at Heartford Thoroughbreds in Romsey undertaking their foaling down, and expert senior Veterinary support coming from Dr Ian Douglas.
As well as mares and foals, Sunhill Bloodstock will offer yearling and weanling preparation, spelling and agistment.
Sinead is also a qualified equine masseuse, having worked extensively in Ireland and more recently with respected equine veterinarian, Susannah Hawkes to massage yearlings when they were sore and tight behind from exercise and being boxed.
For more information about Sunhill contact Sinead Hughes on 0475 770 259 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Sunhill Bloodstock on Facebook.