HISTORY

Established in 1985 under the visionary and innovative leadership of John Messara

ARROWFIELD

In 1989 Arrowfield made one of the single most important purchases in Australian bloodstock history when it selected and secured a majority interest in Danehill, who proved to be a global breed-shaping influence, and the sire of 89 Group 1 winners – a tally surpassed only in recent years by Galileo.

After relocating in 1996 to the stud’s present location near Scone, Arrowfield enjoyed success with the leading sire Snippets and launched the careers of three Champion Sire sons of Danehill: Danzero (who completed his stud career at Rosemont Stud), Flying Spur (retired from stud duties in 2012 and died in May 2018) and the exceptional three-time Champion Sire, Champion Broodmare Sire, sale-ring sensation and sire of sires Redoute’s Choice, who died in March 2019.

Arrowfield is home to the best sire sons of Redoute’s Choice: the history-making Snitzel who arrived in 2006 and was crowned Champion Sire of Australia in 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020; and outstanding sire Not A Single Doubt, who was retired from stud duties in January 2020, but remains a much-loved resident of the farm.

Arrowfield’s current roster features two young home-bred sons of Redoute’s Choice: brilliant Group winner Pariah (first 2YOs in 2021/22) and Champion 3YO Colt & 5-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun (first yearlings sell in 2022). The “young gun” team is rounded out by Snitzel’s dual Group 2-winning son  Showtime whose first yearlings will also sell in 2022.

Six-time Group 1 winner Dundeel (by High Chaparral) joined Arrowfield’s line-up in 2014 and is now one of Australia’s most exciting young sires, with 5 Group 1 winners from his first two crops.

New to the roster in 2020 were Group 1-winning 2YO & 3YO Castelvecchio (by Dundeel) and, for one season only, Australia’s Champion Sire-elect of 2021, Written Tycoon (by Iglesia). 

In 2017, three international stars joined the roster: Al Shaqab’s Champion 2YO Colt Shalaa (by Invincible Spirit), the Yoshida family’s sensational Horse of the Year Maurice (by Screen Hero) and Japan’s Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (by Deep Impact). Mikki Isle’s first-crop 2YOs include promising city winner Dragonstone; Shalaa (sire of star 2YO Shaquero) and Maurice (now the leading 2nd Season Sire in Japan, with 8 winners & 6 stakes performers from his first Australian 2YOs) both return to Arrowfield in 2021. 

They were joined for the 2019 season by Dubai Turf G1 winner Real Steel (by Deep Impact). A third son of Deep Impact, two-time Group 1 winner Real Impact has been represented by Group 3 winner Lunar Impact and stakes performers Outburst, Providenceprovides & Sky Lab. New from Japan in 2021 is unbeaten Champion 2YO and three-time Group 1 winner Admire Mars (by Daiwa Major). 

Past stallions that achieved Group 1 sire status with foals conceived at Arrowfield include: Beneteau (died in 2013, leaving only two crops), All American (now at Geisel Park Stud, WA), Animal Kingdom (JBBA, Japan), Charge Forward (Murrulla Stud, NSW),  Hussonet (Cornerstone Stud, SA; died 2016), Manhattan Rain (Blue Gum Farm, VIC), Smart Missile (Twin Hills Stud, NSW) & Starcraft (Rosemont Stud, VIC).

Arrowfield’s history also includes 76 Group 1-winning graduates among them Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Champion 2YO & Champion 3YO Filly Miss Finland, Champion 3YO Filly Shoals, Champion 2YO Estijaab, Champion Sire Zabeel and current Arrowfield stallions The Autumn Sun and Castelvecchio.

30 YEARS OF GREATNESS

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Arrowfield Stud was established under the visionary and innovative leadership of John Messara.

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John Messara identifies and purchases breed-shaping sire Danehill.

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Flying Spur wins the Golden Slipper, helping Danehill win the first of his nine Australian Sire Premierships.

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Arrowfield relocates to its present location in the Segenhoe Valley near Scone.

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Four-time group 1 winner Redoute's Choice retires to Arrowfield.

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Not A Single Doubt, the first stakeswinner by Redoute's Choice, becomes his first sire son to join the Arrowfield roster.

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Miss Finland wins the Golden Slipper, Thousand Guineas & VRC Oaks.


Redoute's Choice wins the first of three Australian General Sire Premierships, with 3 crops of racing age.


Snitzel retires to Arrowfield.

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Arrowfield graduate Forensics wins the Golden Slipper, helping Flying Spur to Champion Sire honours.

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Redoute's Choice & Snitzel finish 1-2 on the Australian General Sires' Premiership becoming the first father & son combination to do so and the first stallion quinella from the same stud since 1953.

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Arrowfield's home-bred filly Stay With Me emulates her mother Miss Finland by winning the Thousand Guineas.

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Arrowfield's sells the Redoute's Choice-Secluded colt for $2.5 million at the last Inglis Easter Sale held at Newmarket Stables.


Snitzel makes history as Australia's Champion Sire, completing an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires at Arrowfield: Danehill, Redoute's Choice and Snitzel.

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THE STUD

Traversed by the Pages River, the Arrowfield Estate comprises more than 2500 acres of prime land in the fertile Segenhoe Valley, near Scone in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, long famous as a source of great thoroughbred horses. Free-draining, undulating hill country complements the rich alluvial flats pastured with a mix of high production grasses in order to provide the perfect balance of nutritional requirements for raising thoroughbreds to achieve their maximum potential. When irrigation is required, Arrowfield has substantial access to water from the Glenbawn Dam.

The Estate includes Arrowfield Stud, Arrowfield Broodmare Farm, the Arrowfield Sales Centre and the Arrowfield Training Centre. The infrastructure and facilities at all four properties have been designed and constructed to ensure the best care of all resident horses and the safety of the people who work with them.

Arrowfield Broodmare Farm

Formerly known as Bellerive Stud, the Arrowfield Broodmare Farm is a boutique broodmare farm wholly owned by Arrowfield and adjoining the main Stud property. The Arrowfield Broodmare Farm provides excellent walk-in facilities and a fully integrated service, including sale preparation, for Australian and international clients.

Arrowfield Sales Centre

Completed in 2018, the Arrowfield Sales Centre, on Gundy Road opposite the main stud property, is a state-of-the-art sales preparation facility designed principally by Paul Messara with custom-designed boxes, walking machines & day yards.

Arrowfield Summer Farm

The 700-acre Summer Farm, on the Williams River north-west of Newcastle, was purchased in 2019 and developed specifically for broodmares and young stock, to allow resting and regeneration of the main farm’s pastures. 

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