EMPLOYMENT

Apply for an opportunity to work on the leading Australian-owned farm led by John & Paul Messara

THE ARROWFIELD ADVANTAGE

Arrowfield offers more than the opportunity to work on the leading Australian-owned farm led by John & Paul Messara with superb facilities, a first-class team of people, one of the word’s best stallion rosters, a stellar collection of broodmares and sale-topping yearling drafts.

Arrowfield supports its team with opportunities to boost knowledge, expand skills and broaden experience in diverse sectors of the thoroughbred industry, by providing:

  • A strong support network to ensure that your transition to life in the Hunter Valley and Australia is as smooth as possible.
  • Staff Accommodation.
  • Guest presentations and tutoring sessions on the farm – for access to the specialist knowledge and international experience of Arrowfield managers and other industry professionals.

There are opportunities available for all levels of horsemanship across different areas of the farm.

 

SEASONAL HIRING PERIODS

During the following times of year, seasonal work opportunities are available for either short or long-term periods. Roles can involve working with mares and foals, yearlings, stallions or on general farm maintenance duties.

      • August – November: Breeding Season
      • October – January: Magic Millions Yearling Preparation
      • January – April: Inglis Sales Yearling Preparation
      • April – June: Magic Millions June Yearling Preparation

For more information about working at Arrowfield Stud, please email Matt Hill.

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JOB LISTINGS

Join us for the 2021/22 Sales Season

If you're a keen & capable horseman or horsewoman, seeking work for the 2021/22 Yearling Sales Season, we're keen to hear from you!

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Stallion Handler

Mitchell Ralph

New Zealand-born Mitchell Ralph brings a strong eye for detail and broad equine experience to his role in the team in charge of Arrowfield’s stallions.


The stallion team start their day at 5am by grooming the stallions before the first covering session of the day. During the day the team are kept busy mucking boxes, mixing feed, cleaning the barn, and organising stallions and mares for up to 30 covers a day.


“I have always been involved in the industry - my grandfather was a successful trainer, as is my father. I originally thought I might enjoy a career in real estate, however, my love for horses and racing had other ideas!”

New Zealand-born Mitchell Ralph brings a strong eye for detail and broad equine experience to his role in the team in charge of Arrowfield’s stallions.


The stallion team start their day at 5am by grooming the stallions before the first covering session of the day. During the day the team are kept busy mucking boxes, mixing feed, cleaning the barn, and organising stallions and mares for up to 30 covers a day.


“I have always been involved in the industry - my grandfather was a successful trainer, as is my father. I originally thought I might enjoy a career in real estate, however, my love for horses and racing had other ideas!”

New Zealand-born Mitchell Ralph brings a strong eye for detail and broad equine experience to his role in the team in charge of Arrowfield’s stallions.


The stallion team start their day at 5am by grooming the stallions before the first covering session of the day. During the day the team are kept busy mucking boxes, mixing feed, cleaning the barn, and organising stallions and mares for up to 30 covers a day.


“I have always been involved in the industry - my grandfather was a successful trainer, as is my father. I originally thought I might enjoy a career in real estate, however, my love for horses and racing had other ideas!”

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Broodmare Farm Manager

Sulene Manning

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and previous experience with thoroughbreds, South African-born Sulene joined Arrowfield in 2017, working initially with yearlings before progressing to manage the Foaling Unit at the Stud's Broodmare Farm. When the position of Broodmare Farm Manager became available in 2020, Sulene was a natural choice to fill it.


Sulene plans & supervises the daily work-flow for her team to ensure an exceptional level of care for up to 120 mares & foals.


She has a particular interest in the leg conformation of foals, working closely with the farrier each foal-trim day and monitoring each new foal’s progress to determine when they are ready to transfer to a larger paddock.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and previous experience with thoroughbreds, South African-born Sulene joined Arrowfield in 2017, working initially with yearlings before progressing to manage the Foaling Unit at the Stud's Broodmare Farm. When the position of Broodmare Farm Manager became available in 2020, Sulene was a natural choice to fill it.


Sulene plans & supervises the daily work-flow for her team to ensure an exceptional level of care for up to 120 mares & foals.


She has a particular interest in the leg conformation of foals, working closely with the farrier each foal-trim day and monitoring each new foal’s progress to determine when they are ready to transfer to a larger paddock.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and previous experience with thoroughbreds, South African-born Sulene joined Arrowfield in 2017, working initially with yearlings before progressing to manage the Foaling Unit at the Stud's Broodmare Farm. When the position of Broodmare Farm Manager became available in 2020, Sulene was a natural choice to fill it.


Sulene plans & supervises the daily work-flow for her team to ensure an exceptional level of care for up to 120 mares & foals.


She has a particular interest in the leg conformation of foals, working closely with the farrier each foal-trim day and monitoring each new foal’s progress to determine when they are ready to transfer to a larger paddock.

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Farm Manager

Lachlan O'Shea

Lachlan joined Arrowfield as the Property Manager in 2016 and brings considerable experience & expertise to his role.


As the leader of the property management team, Lachlan manages the maintenance, farming and gardening teams. The property management team implements strategies regarding irrigation, pasture management, construction and civil projects, and maintenance of plant & equipment. Lachlan and his team play a significant role in supporting all operational requirements of the stud.


“Most country people are brought up with race meetings being a key social event on the town’s calendar. I was no exception – my father was the Clerk of the Course for the Bourke Jockey Club and my interest grew from there. I love racing as a sport and the people associated with the industry. Being able to combine my professional interests with a passion is a blessing.”

Lachlan joined Arrowfield as the Property Manager in 2016 and brings considerable experience & expertise to his role.


As the leader of the property management team, Lachlan manages the maintenance, farming and gardening teams. The property management team implements strategies regarding irrigation, pasture management, construction and civil projects, and maintenance of plant & equipment. Lachlan and his team play a significant role in supporting all operational requirements of the stud.


“Most country people are brought up with race meetings being a key social event on the town’s calendar. I was no exception – my father was the Clerk of the Course for the Bourke Jockey Club and my interest grew from there. I love racing as a sport and the people associated with the industry. Being able to combine my professional interests with a passion is a blessing.”

Lachlan joined Arrowfield as the Property Manager in 2016 and brings considerable experience & expertise to his role.


As the leader of the property management team, Lachlan manages the maintenance, farming and gardening teams. The property management team implements strategies regarding irrigation, pasture management, construction and civil projects, and maintenance of plant & equipment. Lachlan and his team play a significant role in supporting all operational requirements of the stud.


“Most country people are brought up with race meetings being a key social event on the town’s calendar. I was no exception – my father was the Clerk of the Course for the Bourke Jockey Club and my interest grew from there. I love racing as a sport and the people associated with the industry. Being able to combine my professional interests with a passion is a blessing.”

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