Pepper Tree Farm, situated in the fertile Lachlan valley in central west New South Wales, was established by Rob and Julie Vandyke in 1996. Since then, we have grown to be one of the leading standardbred studs in Australasia.
The stud is run at two properties, each with purpose built horse facilities. Pepper Tree Farm is our base with the office, stallion collection barn and foaling centre. It is home to the foaling mares, while Wynnefield, just a few kilometres away is the breeding base for the dry mares. Our facilities are modern, practical and designed for the care and safety of the horses. We provide 24 hour foaling supervision with experienced staff; breeding expertise right through to yearling sale preparation.
We are always striving to improve the facilities and services at Pepper Tree Farm and 2010 saw a flurry of activity around the Foaling Centre. New foaling paddocks were constructed, along with upgrades to the Foaling Centre yards and a new neo-natal treatment bay all of which support our goal of giving the best possible start to each foal and the health and safety of their mums.
A firm foundation is of the utmost importance for young horses – both in terms of nutrition and handling.
The early growth period is critical for young horses, when they are developing the bone and muscle tissue that will support them in their racing career. Our weanlings receive a specialised diet designed to assist their development during this vital time and special attention is given to their education and handling. At Pepper Tree Farm we aim to have all our youngsters leave us with the best possible foundation for their racing future.
The “proof of the pudding” for stud farms is the success of their breeding programs and we are very proud of our young “graduates” – the substantial number of quality racehorses that have been bred and reared here since the stud’s inception.
Already these include four Australian 2Year Olds of the Year; an Australian 3YO of the Year; six winners of the Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold, as well as Victorian and NSW Derby winners, Australian and Victorian Oaks winner, NSW Breeders Challenge winner and NSW Sires Stakes Champions
Pepper Tree Farm continues to focus on its aim of providing clients with the best opportunities to breed for success in the standardbred industry. We are proud to be bringing world class stallions to the Southern Hemisphere for breeders to access and look forward to the impact we believe these sires will have on our industry here.