ABOUT US 2018-09-18T00:21:40+00:00

ABOUT US

OUR FARMS
OUR SERVICES
OUR TEAM
EMPLOYMENT

Woodside Park is a world-class thoroughbred operation in Victoria. It is Victoria’s largest breeding operation and is the home of a renowned roster of stallions led by one of Australia’s leading sires, Written Tycoon. Joining the Champion Sire is dual Group 1 winning son of world Champion sire, Deep Impact, Tosen Stardom, Invincible Spirit’s highest rated two-year-old, Cable Bay and Written Tycoon’s fastest son at stud, Rich Enuff.

We have a breaking-in and pre-training business that is the first choice of many of Australia’s leading stables and owners providing horses with the best start to their racing preparation.

It has 500 acres of quality pasture in Seymour, ideal for growing and preparing bloodstock which is primarily dedicated developing and preparing yearlings and the spelling of bloodstock.

With its highly experienced teams and state of the art facilities, Woodside Park Stud is a first-class breeding and pre-training business. It has a breaking-in and pre-training business that is the first choice of many of Australia’s leading tables and owners providing horses with the best start to their racing preparation.

It has 500 acres of quality pasture in Seymour, ideal for growing and preparing bloodstock which is primarily dedicated developing and preparing yearlings and the spelling of bloodstock.

With its highly experienced teams and state of the art facilities, Woodside Park Stud is a first-class breeding and pre-training business.

OUR FARMS

Home of Woodside Park’s pre-eminent stallions, Written Tycoon, Tosen Stardom, Cable Bay and Rich Enuff, the stud is the heart of Woodside Park’s breeding operations.

Our beautifully appointed stud farm was developed to provide the best possible facilities for our stallions and mares and the bloodstock of our clients, and they include:

  • Stallion barn
  • Covering barn
  • Foaling unit
  • Foaling tower
  • Separate veterinary facilities for foaling and covering
  • Day yards
  • Spacious and beautifully laid-out paddocks
  • Events centre

The stud is managed by experienced stud manager Ben Gunn, who lives on-site and has a very hands-on approach, closely working with the horses, stud staff and service providers to ensure horses conceived and born at Woodside Park have the best possible start to life.

Our magnificent breaking-in and pre-training business is the preferred supplier for many of Australia’s leading training stables and owners.

The facilities are just as practical as they are impressive, and they include:

  • Modern stabling for 80 horses
  • 2x 10 horse walkers
  • 20 metre sand roll
  • 6 horse aqua walker
  • 60 metre straight swimming pool
  • 50 spacious and safe spelling paddocks
  • 2400 metre pro-ride track
  • 20 walk-in walk-out boxes with yards

The division is managed by renowned horseman Matty Upton. With his experienced staff, Matty is hands on and personally attends to all horses with the ultimate attention to detail.

Woodside Park Stud’s Seymour operations are situated on 500-acre property which backs on to the Goulburn River.

Seymour Park is dedicated to growing and preparing yearlings for sale and spelling horses, it features:

  • Quality pasture all year round
  • 2x Modern stabling blocks
  • Horse walker
  • Sand roll
  • Parade ring
  • 100 spacious and safe spelling paddocks

Seymour Park is managed by Will Rowsthorn, who is extremely passionate about the growth and development of bloodstock including pasture management and agriculture in general.

OUR SERVICES

Seasonal or year-round for all horses including mares, foals, weanlings, yearlings and spellers. With limited spots available at the stud we encourage you to contact a local boarding farm that specialise in broodmare agistment.

Prepares the horse for the trainer, teaching it to trot and gallop, remain balanced and calm, and accepting of a bit, a saddle and then a rider. We recommend our 16-week breaking-in package, this is not a process that can be rushed, it also ensures the horse has a small break in between sessions providing a better outcome.

At our state of the art facilities we provide the very best veterinary attention and experienced staff to ensure sound pregnancies and happy and healthy mares and foals. There are several options to get your mare in foal

  • Resident – mare is prepared for cover at our stud and may remain on-site for the duration of her pregnancy, including foaling down
  • Walk In – mare comes to the stud to be covered and leaves straight after
  • Walk Out – our stud staff walks your mare in to another stud, this service is only available under special circumstances

Foaling Down – mares are watched closely throughout their pregnancy and observed 24/7 by a trained foal watch person/s in the weeks leading up to her due date. Once the foal is on the ground it receives the very best of care and attention. The stud manager will contact the owner as soon as the foal is born, or first thing in the morning if the foal in born throughout the night.

We have a specialist exercise program for your horse prior to it entering a professional training stable. The aim is to get a horse’s fitness to a certain level providing a smooth as possible transition to its training stable and thus optimising its chances of performing to its best.

An alternative method of exercising your racehorse. It is ideal for giving racehorses a freshen up between races as it maintains their fitness whilst taking pressure off their legs. It is also a great pre-training and conditioning tool, especially for horses returning from an injury.

An earned break for your racehorse/s, in particular city trained horses who will appreciate the quiet surrounds Woodside Park.

Separation of foal from mother in a professional and hands on manner. We also offer branding, vaccinations, DNA testing, microchipping, and foal handling.

We provide professional preparation and presentation of your yearling to achieve the best possible sale result. Generally, 8 – 10 weeks of individual preparation including stabling, grooming, farm parades, inspections and promotions, first class care and presentation of your yearlings at the sale venue.

OUR TEAM

MARK ROWSTHORN

Owner and CEO

MARK ROWSTHORN

Owner and Chief Executive Officer

Mark assumed responsibility for Woodside Park Stud in 2012 taking over from his father Peter Rowsthorn. Having gained great experience from his long career in the business world, Mark offered to take over the business with a view to changing its focus from racing to breeding and looked to further capitalise on the world class facilities built by his father. Over time he invested heavily into stallions which included the purchase of Victoria’s leading sire Written Tycoon five years ago. Since his involvement with the business, Woodside has experienced a major turn around and is now the leading stud and breeding operation in Victoria and competes with some of Australia’s most successful stud farms.

DAVID JACKSON

Executive Chairman

DAVID JACKSON

Executive Chairman

David joined Woodside in 2018. He is an experienced senior executive who has spent a 20 year plus career at one of Australia’s leading logistics companies, Toll Holdings. David has had a long term interest in both horse breeding and racing and has owned a number of mares and racehorses over many years. As Executive Chairman, he assists Mark Rowsthorn with the overall management of the business and plays a key role in developing and delivering the strategic operational and investment objectives of the business. In addition to being a key leader of the business he also chairs the Woodside Advisory Board.

JAMES PRICE

General Manager Commercial

JAMES PRICE

Marketing and Communication

James joined Woodside in 2018 having spent over 11 years at Inglis in NSW and Victoria.  As a Senior Bloodstock Consultant and European Representative for Inglis, James has developed strong relationships with breeders in Australia and all over the world and importantly has become an extremely good judge of a horse.  His role in the business is to provide advice and manage the sale and purchase of all bloodstock, control stallion nominations and oversee all marketing and communications activities.  James is an integral member of the senior management team.

WILL ROWSTHORN

Stud Manager, Seymour Park

WILL ROWSTHORN

Stud Manager, Seymour Park

Will joined Woodside in 2016 and since then has developed a vast knowledge of the thoroughbred industry.  Having spent a number of years in the agricultural sector, Will has developed extensive experience in managing farms and dealing with livestock, predominately sheep and cattle.  He has a Bachelor of Business (Agriculture) from Marcus Oldham College and since joining Woodside he has progressed to being a senior leader of the business having overall responsibility for the growing out and spelling farm at Seymour which includes weanling and yearling preparations for sales.

MATTY UPTON

Pre-Training Manager

MATTY UPTON

Pre-Training Manager

Matty joined Woodside in 2012 after spending many years working at horse training facilities.  Matty became Peter Sidwell’s private trainer at Sutton Grange after spending three years as foreman for Robbie Laing and a further three years as foreman to Andrew Noblet. Together they won in excess of 30 races.  As Woodside’s Pre-Training Manager, Matty utilizes his extensive race horse knowledge and experience as a track rider himself, to deliver high quality pre-training and breaking services. As a senior leader of the business Matty manages an expert team of track riders and stable hands and has great relationships with many leading trainers.

BEN GUNN

Stud Manager

BEN GUNN

Stud Manager

Ben joined Woodside in 2017 after a decade long career with globally renowned Godolphin in both the United Kingdom and Australia.  Ben’s extensive experience, led him to become an excellent manager of stallions and gave him a strong, well rounded understanding of thoroughbred breeding. He came into the business as Stallion Manager and soon became a key part of the leadership team. In his role as Stud Manager of the Tylden farm he continues to be responsible for our roster of leading stallions, the management of our mares, foals and all breeding related activities.

LOUISE GLEISBERG

Broodmare Manager, Seymour Park

LOUISE GLEISBERG

Broodmare Manager, Seymour Park

Louise joined Woodside in 2017 and has many years experience working with foals, weanling, yearlings and broodmares.  Having had roles at a number of reputable farms such as Eliza Park, Emirates Park and Newgate Farm, Louise brought extensive knowledge skills to the business.  As Broodmare Manager, she is responsible for the day to day care of broodmares from simple husbandry through to their journey through the breeding season and beyond.

GARRY ISAAC

Broodmare Manager, Tylden

LOUISE GLEISBERG

Broodmare Manager, Tylden

Garry moved to Woodside in 2018 with over 25 years experience in the thoroughbred industry.  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.

TAHNEE PFEIFFER

Foaling Unit Manager

TAHNEE PFEIFFER

Foaling Unit Manager

Tahnee commenced at Woodside in 2015 and quickly rose to the position of Foaling Unit Manager. In her role, she monitors all pregnant mares and provides foaling down services and neonatal care to newborns until they are strong enough to enter a new environment. Having participated in show jumping and eventing earlier on in her life, she developed a great passion for horses which now sees her re-educate and re-home retired racehorses in her spare time.

EMILY EADON

Stud Secretary

EMILY EADON

Stud Secretary

Emily has been with Woodside since 2015.  Managing all administrative aspects of bloodstock related activities, Emily is across the movement and progress of all horses on our two breeding farms. She has become an integral part of the team and is extremely knowledgeable on our horses’ life journey, from conception through to their racing career and beyond.

JORDANAH WEBB

Marketing and Communication

JORDANAH WEBB

Marketing and Communication

Jordanah joined Woodside in 2017 with over six years experience in the advertising and event industries.  She is responsible for marketing activities including media, advertising, website management and hospitality/events. She is passionate about the thoroughbred industry and brings a unique mindset to the team that draws from her years of working at a global advertising agency.

TOM ROWSTHORN

Nominations and Sales Administrator

TOM ROWSTHORN

Nominations and Sales Administrator

Tom joined Woodside in 2017 and was originally based at the Seymour farm however moved into a Stallion Nominations and Sales role in early 2018.  He is passionate about the thoroughbred industry and is in the process of completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  His role sees him working closely with James Price and assisting him with the securing of stallion nominations and the purchase and sale of bloodstock.

GEMMA CAMERON

Accountant

GEMMA CAMERON

Accountant

Gemma joined Woodside in 2017 having had various accounting roles in and outside of the thoroughbred industry.  Having worked many years for businesses such as the Australian Wheat Board and accounting firm Pitcher Partners, she moved to the thoroughbred accounting specialists Stable Financial/Stable Connect.  With her accounting expertise and knowledge of the industry Gemma is responsible for accounting and compliance across all three farms.

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