Colt fetches $56,000
There's no horsing around for Waimate couple Anna Miles and Michael Simpson.
They have landed a whopping $56,000 sale for one of the dozens of thoroughbred horses they graze and prepare for racing on their 12-hectare property.
The two-year-old by Danroad-Snow Reason fetched the top price for a South Island horse at a recent thoroughbred sale. A total of five horses from their stable sold on the day.
The couple have been in business for three years, their objective with horses being to present and prepare them for racing.
Ms Miles was awarded the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Scholarship to attend the Irish National Stud's Thoroughbred Breeding and Management Course in 2001. She was awarded the gold medal for top student of that year.
She has worked on stud farms around the world, including Waikato Stud, Esker Lodge and Prebbleton Farm in New Zealand; Derrinstown Stud, Oaklawn Stud and the National Stud in Ireland; Allevamenti Della Beredenga in Italy; Gestut Farhof in Germany; and Maine Chance Farm in South Africa.
Mr Simpson has worked on international stud farms in Ireland, Germany and Italy, working in the breeding barns and breaking in young racehorses. Before that, he managed Tekapo Trekking.
Pear Tree Farm, Waimate, was bare land when it was bought and the couple have created a purpose-built facility.
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