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STUD HANDS

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Stud Manager

Stud Manager

 

Bernadette Hamill our Stud Manager, first started at Yarradale in 1996 as a part-time Stud Hand, while she completed a university degree. 

She was appointed Assistant Stud Manager in 2000 and became Stud Manager in 2004.

Bernie has worked in the industry since 1981, including four and a half years working abroad at leading studs, including Cheveley Park in England and Three Chimneys in the USA, where she gained valuable experience working with mares, foals and preparing yearlings for sale.  

She seems to know everything about Yarradale - from where the water pipes are, to which horse is in which paddock, or the year a mare first foaled, and when it won its first race - her knowledge is extensive and she is our 'Guru'.  If anyone needs to know anything, the first port of call is to Bernie!  

Team Members

Pippy (1998 - 2016).  Yarradale mourned the loss of Pippy in August 2016.  Pippy was chief rat catcher, rock chaser, foaling assistant, vehicle inspector, staff supervisor and heart breaker.  Ron Sayers said that if he ever had a dollar for everytime Pippy wagged her tail, he would be a rich man indeed.  As it was, everyone at Yarradale was richer for having known her.
 
 
 
Susan Hanratty (nee Bradfield) is our Assistant Stud Manager.  Susan started with Yarradale in 2002 when she worked with us for yearling preparation.  She returned again for a brief spell in July and August that year and when a position became available in 2003, Susan joined our team permanently.  She was appointed Stallion Handler and Yearling Manager in 2006.

In 2009, Yarradale Stud sponsored Susan to attend the Irish National Stud Course, which she completed in July that year.  She stayed on at the INS for Yearling Prep and during that time attended yearling sales in Ireland and the UK.  She returned to Yarradale briefly early in 2010, before heading to Lane's End Stud in Kentucky USA to gain further overseas experience.

Upon her return in July 2010, Susan was appointed Assistant Stud Manager.

Davy Hanratty joined Yarradale in August 2011 as Stallion Manager, but doubles up as Yearling Manager during the sales preparation.  Davy hails from Ireland, having worked at the Irish National Stud for many years.  Davy is also responsible for training our yearling staff and has proved himself to be a very welcome addition to the Yarradale Team.  

Susan and Davy were married in 2015 and in 2016 we welcomed the newest member of the team - Shannon Hanratty.

 

    Belinda Bracegirdle is a Senior Stud Hand.   Belinda has worked with us, on and off since 2002, starting her career with us at the same time as Susan Hanratty.  Other interests and career options kept her away but in March 2016 we were able to induce Belinda to work for us full time and she is now in charge of the foaling unit.  Most particularly Belinda attends to the care and welfare of our most vunerable, the neonate foals. What Belinda doesn't know about the little critters probably isn't worth knowing.  She is the go to person for reference on behaviour, health and development of our foals.

 

Bob Francis (left of photo, with father and son team Shayne and Luke Newling), has managed the Yarradale Harvey property since 2002.  Bob is responsible for the welfare of our spelling racehorses, broodmares and yearling fillies, as well as maintaining the pastures, fencing and the summertime irrigation.  He runs the property with a keen eye and keeps the property immaculate. He shares a passion with Ron Sayers for grey horses and is enjoying following his current grey protege', Uncle Lino's racing career.

 

Shayne Newling, successful jockey, now retired, started at Yarradale in 2004 and has become an integral part of Yarradale.  His role as Senior Stud Hand incorporates horse transport, tractor driving, feral pest control and maintenance of the dam and water supplies. Shayne retired from race riding in 2013, having enjoyed many years at the Broome carnival.  He and partner Ali are enjoying success in 2017 with their current racehorse Mrs Brown's Boy.

 

 

 Gary Potter, head gardener,  joined the team in 2011.  Without him, Yarradale would be overgrown, unraked, and full of weeds.  His knowledge of wildlife, and birds in particular, is a constant source of inspirtation.

 

In March 2013, Yarradale appointed an assistant Office Manager in Cheryl Mustchin.  Cheryl has now taken over as Office Manager due to the retirement  of Heather Appleby in August 2015.  Cheryl has had a varied career, which has involved nursing, and she spent the last 11 years working for a transport company, prior to joining Yarradale.  

Donna Clarke , was appointed as our new assistant Office Manger in 2015. Donna comes from a rural background (farming & cropping) in the Southern Cross area and in her earlier years as a track rider.

Sally De Sousa, works part time in the office and doubles up as a Stud Hand.  Sally lived in the UK during the 1980's and while there qualified as a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor, and has owned horses for many years.

 

Yarradale also employs a well qualified team, all of whom have experience in the various aspects of Stud work, including the handling of broodmares, foals, weanlings and yearlings, as well as a full time Farm Manager and Gardener. 

(The photo was taken at the Toodyay Race Day and the staff do not usually look quite so glamourous!)