Upper Hunter Country

Upper Hunter Country
Monday, 31 July 2017 15:31

Scone - Horse Capital of Australia

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The origins of the Upper Hunter Valley’s thoroughbred breeding industry date 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.

Scone has long been known as the home of thoroughbred racing and breeding in Australia with legends like Makybe Diva being trained right here on local soil.

The area is well known across the world for producing some of the finest in the industry. 

Newmarket in England, Kentucky in the USA, and Scone in the Upper Hunter together form the nucleus of a fascinating industry.

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 its architecture

The world's most dominant thoroughbred operations - the Irish-owned Coolmore and Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Darley - have large scale permanent bases in the Upper Hunter, and other international investor's include Sheikh Hamdan, his Excellency Nasser Lootah who owns Emirates Park at Murrurundi, the Sangster family and others.

The calibre of thoroughbred horses in the Hunter was highlighted with the wine of Scone bred Shocking in the 2009 Melbourne Cup.

Bred and born at Ilala Stud, by George and Felicity Fraser, Shocking further cemented Scone in the history of one of the world's most prestigious horse racing events.

Australian-owned farms more than hold their own against international competition with Arrowfield, just outside Scone on the Gundy Rd, the leading Australian-owned farm - and among the world's top thoroughbred operations with three generations of Champion Australian Sires, Danehill, Redoute's Choice and Snitzel. 

Other notable studs include Vinery, Yarraman Park and Segenhoe.

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 for themselves the hidden beauty and magic of our stud farms their history and heritage and the champion horses they produce.

Visitors are welcome at our studs but you must book ahead. To arrange a visit or tour please contact Upper Hunter Country Tours and Events on 0475 080 370 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can arrange a memorable experience.

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