Thoroughbred Stud Tours – a unique Upper Hunter Country experience
The Upper Hunter is home to unique Australian heritage and history, home to iconic world renowned horse studs and award winning wineries... nestled in the Hunter Valley surrounded by the Wollemi National Park which is part of the Greater Blue Mountains Heritage Area and the Barrington Tops National Park ... an unparalleled visitor experience.
Jerrys Plains is the gateway to the Upper Hunter. Horse Country stretching west though Denman to Widden and Bylong Valley, east to Muswellbrook and Aberdeen, north through Australia’s horse capital of Scone and on to Segenhoe, Gundy and Murrurundi.
Every stud tour is a unique experience.
Each stud is a working business, some are owned and operated by a family over generations, others are private businesses or companies with Australian and /or international interests.
Each farm has its own story to tell, from its history and heritage, to farm buildings, architecturally designed stallion barns and landscaping, through to the stud’s role in Australia’s national and international breeding and racing scene.
The Upper Hunter Country is home to more than 200 thoroughbred stud businesses and the centre of Australia’s multi-billion dollar thoroughbred breeding industry and equine critical industry cluster.
The origins of the Hunter Valley’s stud industry date back nearly 200 years, and is the second largest concentration of thoroughbred studs in the world – alongside Kentucky in the USA.
The studs are open all year for business.
Tours can be booked through commercial accredited operators or the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA).
You do not need to know about horses or the Upper Hunter, the stud tours will take you on that unique journey.
Tours are currently unavailable due to COVID-19, for future bookings please contact the following tour operators.
To enquire about booking a Stud Tour please contact one of the following HTBA accredited operators:
Upper Hunter Tours (Thoroughbred Tours & Syndications)
Craig Benjamin (Operating from the Coast to the Hunter)
0417 439 776 www.upperhuntertours.com.au
Upper Hunter Country Tours & Events (Group Packages)
Geoff Lloyd (Local operator Scone & Surrounds)
0475 080 370 www.upperhuntercountrytours.com.au
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