Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

Saddle Up! Horse Studs of the Upper Hunter

The origins of the Hunter Valley's thoroughbred breeding industry dates back to the early 1800's when the first settler and horse breeder George Bowman chose to live and breed horses in the Hunter Valley.

Nestled in the valley surrounded by the Wollemi National Park and the Barrington Tops, protected by the valley hills, with lush pastures on the valley floors and close to abundant clean water, the first settlers to this region recognised that it was an unparalleled place to live, work and raise exceptional thoroughbred champions. The upper Hunter meets all the criteria for successful horse production and has emerged as one of the three greatest global centres for this enterprise along with Newmarket UK and Kentucky USA.

For nearly 200 years the Hunter Valley has been home to world-class thoroughbred studs, broodmare farms, veterinarians, saddlers, farriers, equine transport companies, feed merchants and many other equine support industries and thousands of dedicated people with a love for the horse husbandry. 

From Jerry's Plains, the gateway to the Upper Hunter Country, through Denman to the Widden and Bylong Valleys, east to Muswellbrook and Aberdeen, north to the Segenhoe Valley, Scone and Murrurundi - each stud presents a unique and unparalleled experience.

Every farm is a working business. Some are family-owned and operated for many generations. Others private businesses or part of world-leading and world-renown operations. All have a unique story to tell, from their history and heritage to their architecture.

But don't take our word for it. Come on up! and see it for yourself. It will be an experience you will never forget.

All visitors are invited to experience the hidden beauty and magic of our stud farms with their history and heritage and the champion horses they produce. Visitors are welcome at our studs but you must book ahead.

 To book a horse stud tour visit or call 0417 439 776

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