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.
Foaling Centre paddocks, along with small yards and shelter sheds and neo-natal treatment stables 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 have included several Australian 2YO and 3YO of the Year and winners of the major Group 1 races including Australian Pacing Gold, Australasian Breeders Crown, NSW Breeders Challenge, NSW Sires Stakes, Victorian and NSW Derbies, Australian and Victorian Oaks as well as New Zealand Northern Derby and New Zealand Harness Jewels. For full details of these many champion racehorses go to our Graduates page.
Yearlings prepared at Pepper Tree Farm have regularly achieved top price sale results at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sales in Sydney and Melbourne, including setting an Australian yearling record sale price in 2009 ($135,000) and 2014 ($155,000).
We are also proud to have brought a range of world class sires to Australia for Southern Hemisphere breeders to access and proud of the impact these sires are having on our industry here. These have included seven time NSW Sire of the Year, Panorama; Australian Leading Juvenile Sire, Jennas Beach Boy and dominant world sire, Art Major.
Our current sire roster continues to offer breeders the best of the Standardbred world’s bloodlines and performance with USA 2YO Pacing Colt of the Year (2009) Sportswriter; USA Horse of the Year (2010) Rock N Roll Heaven and USA 3YO Pacer of the Year (2011) Roll With Joe .
Pepper Tree Farm continues to focus on its aim of providing clients with the best opportunities to breed for success in the standardbred industry.