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Arrowfield Training Centre
The Arrowfield Training Centre is a state-of-the-art complex situated alongside the main stud.
Paul Messara was responsible for the design and the resultant buildings and facilities are widely regarded as one of the best training complexes in the country that caters for a large number of horses raced by Arrowfield Stud and its partners, as well as private clients of Paul Messara Racing. Learn More
Arrowfield Stud was established in 1985 under the visionary and innovative leadership of John Messara.
In 1989 Arrowfield made one of the single most important purchases in Australian bloodstock history when it selected and secured a majority interest in Danehill, who proved to be a global breed-shaping influence, and the sire of 89 Group 1 winners – more than any other stallion in history.
After1 relocating in 1996 to the stud’s present location near Scone, Arrowfield enjoyed success with the outstanding sire Snippets before launching the careers of three champion sire sons of Danehill: Danzero, Flying Spur(retired from stud duties in 2012) and the exceptional champion sire, sale-ring sensation and sire of sires Redoute’s Choice. Redoute’s Choice heads the current roster and stood his first northern hemisphere season in 2013 at HH The Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in France.
In 2003 Arrowfield purchased the champion sire of Chile, Hussonet (by Mr Prospector), sire in Australia of Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. He was followed in 2005 by Charge Forward (by Red Ransom) and Not A Single Doubt (by Redoute’s Choice), and in 2006 by Snitzel (by Redoute's Choice) and Starcraft (by Soviet Star). These four young Group 1 sires are already established among the leading stallions of their generation.
Group 1 winners All American (by Red Ransom) and Manhattan Rain (by Encosta de Lago) joined the Arrowfield roster in 2010 and superstar colt Smart Missile (by Fastnet Rock) followed two years later.
Arrowfield's 2012 decisions to shuttle 3-time US champion Gio Ponti and acquire a majority interest in Kentucky Derby & subsequent Duabi World Cup winner Animal Kingdom confirm the Stud's commitment to offering Australian breeders diverse opportunities of the highest quality. Notable firsts achieved by the Stud in recent years include the first Australian stallions to shuttle to Japan (Snitzel, Shadai Stallion Station, 2007 & 2011); and the United States (All American, Darby Dan Farm, Kentucky, 2011).
Arrowfield is a leading breeder and yearling vendor with Belle du Jour, Fashions Afield, Flying Spur, Forensics, Inspiration, Master of Design, Mentality, Miss Finland, Reaan and Weekend Hussler among more than 40 Group 1 winners on the Stud’s roll of honour.
Twenty-one Arrowfield yearlings have sold for $1 million or more since 2001, most recently the Snitzel-La Bamba colt at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Sale.
Arrowfield also enjoys its share of racetrack success and recent stars include champion Australian 2YO & champion 3YO filly Miss Finland and Group 1 winner Alverta. In addition, All American, Charge Forward, Snitzel and Animal Kingdom all won Group 1 races after their purchase for stud duties by Arrowfield.
Traversed by the Pages River, the Arrowfield Estate comprises 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, home to the stallions and the Stud’s own broodmares & young horses; Bellerive Stud, the base for client-owned broodmares, foals and yearlings; and the state-of-the-art Arrowfield Training Centre occupied by leading young public trainer Paul Messara. 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.