Arrowfield Stallion Parade 2017 Video
Arrowfield was among several Hunter Valley stud farms that opened their gates last weekend to welcome hundreds of clients, guests and other visitors for the annual stallion parades.
Glorious Spring weather, a stunning line-up of stallions, plus the warm hospitality and hard work of Team Arrowfield all helped to make the Stud’s 2017 Stallion Open House a resounding success.
Increased numbers of new and returning breeders were a feature of the weekend, so much so that Arrowfield added full parades to the Stud’s schedule on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
Described by John Messara as “probably the best collection of stallions we’ve assembled in Arrowfield’s 37-year history”, the 2017 roster is shaped around three major themes: the Best of Danehill (Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Smart Missile, Panzer Division & Scissor Kick); Japanese Champions (Maurice, Mikki Isle & Real Impact); and Global Superstars (Animal Kingdom, Dundeel & Shalaa).
Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice, dual Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Mikki Isle and Champion British & French 2YO Shalaa are the new boys on Arrowfield’s 2017 roster and they all attracted plenty of admiration. Mikki Isle and Maurice join the returning Real Impact to complete a powerful triumvirate offering fresh genetic options for Australian mares.
Newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel is in fine fettle for his upcoming busy season, and required a little more parade time to review his history-making 2016/17, and the rocketing start he’s made this season, with five stakeswinners already on the board.
Traversed by the Pages River, the Arrowfield Estate comprises more than 2500 acres of prime land in the fertile Segenhoe Valley, near Scone in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, long famous as a source of great thoroughbred horses. Free-draining, undulating hill country complements the rich alluvial flats pastured with a mix of high production grasses in order to provide the perfect balance of nutritional requirements for raising thoroughbreds to achieve their maximum potential. When irrigation is required, Arrowfield has substantial access to water from the Glenbawn Dam.
The Estate includes Arrowfield Stud, Arrowfield Broodmare Farm and the Arrowfield Sales Centre. The infrastructure and facilities at all three properties have been designed and constructed to ensure the best care of all resident horses and the safety of the people who work with them.