July 12, 2021
There is a certain romantic beauty to Victoria’s Macedon Ranges. The historic towns, the rolling grassy hills with meandering wildlife, the crisp air.
It is a picturesque landscape that has featured as the backdrop for many local and international movie and television productions. It is also the place that stole the heart of Mr. Hughes and has become the home of Spendthrift’s first, and only, international base.
Spendthrift Australia is situated just outside the small country town of Kerrie, only an hour from Melbourne’s CBD. From the moment they took over the 600 acre property in early 2015, the Spendthrift team have focused not only on the development of their Australian bloodstock band but also in the redevelopment and sustainability of the farm’s infrastructure.
Whilst much time and effort has been put into the farm to bring it up to modern standards, there is still a nod to the property’s rich history. The new stallion barn, which was rebuilt a few seasons ago, reflects the heritage style of the old barn and reuses recycled timber from the original.
The entire property has almost completely been re-fenced, and staff are now comfortably settled into the new office, which resembles a Kentucky-style ranch with a wide wrap-around verandah, and the spacious building overlooks the soon-to-be updated stallion parade area.
The farm also features a state-of-the-art horse transportation zone, for the safe loading and unloading of horses from floats and trucks of all sizes. Situated in a high traffic area, a lot of thought was given to the layout of this space, with safety and welfare for both horse and staff at the forefront of the design.
“Our new mare and foal barn is also almost up for construction,” said General Manager, Garry Cuddy. “Unfortunately, due to the pandemic there’s a steel shortage in this country at the moment so it’s on hold until those issues are rectified.”
Such significant development of a successful stud does not happen overnight, but Spendthrift have no plans to go anywhere. They have remained fully operational during renovations and the support from breeders, particularly those in Victoria, only continues to flow.
“We’re now at the landscaping stage around the barn and office,” said Cuddy. “I’ve always said you don’t lay your lawn before you build the house. So, with garden beds and lawns now being rolled out, it signifies we’re in the final stages of production.”
“It’s an exciting phase and we’re looking forward to showcasing to new and current clients during the upcoming breeding season.”
Included in the property development and renovation plans was pasture rejuvenation. By implementing paddock management processes the Kerrie team have seen a marked improvement to their paddocks.
These improvements not only have a long-term positive effect on the land itself, but also on the bloodstock that live and graze upon them.
And from the foals right through to their resident stallions, it is the quality bloodstock that Spendthrift Australia have invested in that call those paddocks home.