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.

It has 1000 acres of quality pasture in Nagambie, 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 operation.

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.

Woodside Park Stud’s Morningside operations are situated on 1100-acre property located in the heart of the North East Thoroughbred Region.

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

  • Quality pasture all year round
  • Horse walker
  • Sand roll
  • Spacious and safe spelling paddocks

Morningside 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.

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.

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

Weanling and Yearling 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.

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

Office and Accounts Manager

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.

EMPLOYMENT

STUD HAND

Woodside Park Stud, one of Australia’s leading thoroughbred breeding operations based in Victoria, is seeking a highly skilled and motivated stud hand to join its broodmare team.

This position is full-time on a temporary contract, starting in August 2019 and finishing in approx. December 2019.
For the right candidate further employment may be available.
The applicants must have experience working with broodmares and young stock on a busy farm. Main duties will include helping with broodmares, assisting with foaling, caring for young stock and general stud duties.
Applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Remuneration will be based on experience.

Please email your cv to ben@woodsideparkstud.com.au or any questions for further information.

STALLION HANDLER

Woodside Park Stud, one of Australia’s leading thoroughbred breeding operations based in Victoria, is seeking a highly skilled and motivated stallion handler to join its team.

This position is full-time on a temporary contract, starting in August 2019 and finishing in approx. December 2019.
For the right candidate further employment may be available.
The applicants must have excellent horse handling skills and experience, previous experience working with stallions is essential and good communication skills.
A competitive remuneration package, including accommodation, will be offered to the successful applicant.
Applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence. Remuneration will be based on experience.

Please email your cv to ben@woodsideparkstud.com.au or any questions for further information.