Giving your horse access to the very best environment and care is giving them the opportunity to fulfil their potential for you. Whether that care is for your valuable mare and foal, developing weanling, sale destined yearling, resting racehorse or all of the above, Blue Gum Farm is the complete facility and has a record second to none for the quality maintenance of thoroughbreds. Our location on the lower slopes of the Strathbogie ranges allows us to take advantage of deep loamy soils with underground moisture and over 700ml of average annual rainfall to ensure the best pasture. Seasonal and year round agistment is offered to horses of all ages. Our highly dedicated staff have over 200 years of combined experience; they are professional and thorough in their attention to detail so that each and every horse at Blue Gum Farm thrives.
Blue Gum Farm’s record at sales is one of our proudest achievements. It began in 1981 when we were the first to sell a yearling for over $100,000 in Victoria to more recently being the first to gross over $4,000,000 at a Victorian Yearling Sale. We take pride in our presentation of high quality, well-bred young horses that will go on to be athletes, performing at the highest level. This is a process that begins long before the hammer falls. From conception through to their final preparation, we offer individualised care, regular inspections by Principal Philip Campbell and Yearling Manager Wendy Smith, monthly weighing and measuring sessions, an individualised farrier program and timely reports sent to owners, in order to present young stock that will get the result the clients and buyers are looking for.
Breeding commercially rewarding yearlings and successful racehorses is a challenging and thrilling endeavour. Whether you choose a resident Blue Gum Farm stallion or wish to take advantage of our Walkout service to a stallion located at one of the many studs around Australia, sending your mare away with the anticipation of having her covered by your favourite stallion is a very exciting prospect. Our dedicated and experienced team are supported by world renowned Equine Reproductive Specialist, Dr Angus McKinnon, and his team from the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital. We will be in contact with you throughout the entire process, from coverings to pregnancy tests. Whatever the activity being reported, it is timely and professional.
After researching potential matings, getting your mare covered and confirming a pregnancy, there are high levels of excitement when your foal is due to arrive. At Blue Gum Farm we understand how significant this moment is and your valuable mare will be monitored 24 hours a day by our highly skilled and dedicated staff. When your prized foal is born, owners will be notified personally by a member of our team, and then regular reports, photos and videos are provided whilst the mare and foal reside at Blue Gum Farm. Your mare and foal are given time to bond before your foal begins to grow and flourish in our lush paddocks. We will give your foal the healthiest start to life possible and they are welcome to stay at the farm for as long as you wish.
The education of your foal starts with halter training, leading practice and having their feet handled by our highly skilled and experienced team before the weaning process begins. After a week of dedicated care and instruction, your mare and foal are weaned in a paddock setting in small groups, overseen by experienced nanny horses, ensuring the process puts the least amount of stress on both mother and foal. The education process then continues on a regular basis for the weanlings, with scheduled time in our purpose built barn where they begin being prepared for their future careers. Throughout this entire undertaking, owners are kept informed of their young horse’s progress with regular reports, photos and videos being sent in a timely manner.
The Campbell family has an extensive history in the thoroughbred breeding business, having been successfully operating for over forty years. With experience in England, Ireland and the USA, Philip has a vast knowledge of bloodstock management that results in success, both in the sale ring and on the racetrack. We advise on potential matings for your mare, which sale to aim your bloodstock at to ensure the best result as well as purchasing bloodstock at any number of sales held around the country. Any thoroughbred placed in the care of Blue Gum Farm will be closely monitored by our dedicated staff, with regular inspections by Principal Philip Campbell and Horse Operations Manager Chris Kent to ensure your bloodstock is given the best chance of fulfilling its potential.