Formally known as Velvet Stud, it is now known as Velvet Quarter Horse Ranch (VQHR). After looking for a property in the Southern Highlands in NSW, Sue Gibson along with her daughter Kodie and son Sam, purchased the property in June 2018.
Located at Robertson and only 30 minutes to the magnificent South coast beaches and a 90 minute drive to the Sydney CBD, this was the perfect location. Set on a lush 122 acres, natural rain forests are a feature along with spring fed dams that ensure a constant water supply and an annual rainfall around 60 inches. Over the years, the property has been pasture improved and a regimental fertilizer program has insured that the pastures are green all year long.
With a history second to none, It hosted and catered to the Australian Show jumping team during the 2000 Sydney Olympics as its training base, also Gai Waterhouse used the thoroughbred stud to run her yearlings prior to them being broken in. The property was also once owned by Australian fashion designer Lisa Ho, who staged some of the most talked about parties which the locals and Sydney siders still talk about.
The search for a Manager started in early 2018 and Ricky Glen who had trained horses for the family in Western Australia prior was given the key position. Ricky arrived in July 2018 and under took the revamp of the ranch which has transformed it to what it is today.
Velvet Quarter Horse Ranch has a state of the art equestrian complex which includes a 10 stall barn, an indoor round yard which is more than large enough to ride in, an entertainment area and bar area which over looks the round yard, 2 extra-large foaling boxes, vet crushes, vet room, tack & show rooms, feed rooms and recently installed four post & rail Polvin PVC fencing systems.
VQHR is starting to become one of the most outstanding Equestrian facilities in the Southern Highlands, a substantial amount of stone work has also been completed throughout the property, as a result rock walls line the sealed internal roads and gardens.
Safe horses were sorted for the family to ride which resulted in the purchase of three quarter horse geldings which were very successful AQHA show horses in their own right and they now have a forever home on the ranch. These include YLS Shaken Not Stirred Q-59351 (Bruce), RQH Jiminy Cricket Q-61975 (Cricket) and Signature Im Too Cool Q-69156 (Cooper), who between them hold thousands of AQHA points and multiple awards.
VQHR joined Ricky Glen in the ownership of Peptos Stylish Oak (imp) Q-39269 who over the last 20 years has established himself not only as a champion sire, but also has become a Leading Grandsire of NCHA cutting horses both here in Australia and the USA. The passion for VQHR to go Cutting then lead to a possibility of a new stallion being introduced to Australia.
Geoffrey (Spud) Sheenan who works for Beachfork Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas had a full brother to Once In A Blue Boon for sale. This horse, named Twice In A Blue Boon Q-91627 was one of Spud’s leading Futurity horses for that year but a pastern injury put a halt to that and the deal was done to bring Twice In A Blue Boon (imp) Q-91627 to Australia.
This coincided with the 1st progeny of his full brother, Once In a Blue Boons to show in the USA and they came up with the results as follows. Badboonarising placed Reserve in the 2018 Open NCHA Futurity and another progeny did the same at the 2019 NCHA Open Futurity as well. He also sired the Champion at the 2019 NRCHA Open Futurity. With these results coming through, the future looks bright for the progeny of Twice In A Blue Boons foal to show.
The 1st foal crop of Twice In A Blue Boon (imp) Q-91627 are coming up yearlings and by all reports from owners, the ranch can’t wait till these show at the NCHA Open Futurity in 2023, they will be eligible for incentive payouts totalling $20,000 this is above the prize money already on offer.
Mares have been purchased to complement the breeding program including a daughter of Peptos Stylish Oak (imp) Q-39269 x Darlin Lil Rooster (imp) Q-41251 making her a full sister to Playin With Pepto Q-54682 and also Roosters Lil Darlin Q-60612. Her Daughter, Reys Stylish Rooster Q-94622 sired by Reys Dual Badger (usa) who is in foal to Peptos Stylish Oak (imp) for 2020 has also been purchased. Two imported mares, Pink N Boon (imp) Q-59995 sired by Peptoboonsmal in foal to Peptos Stylish Oak (imp) for 2020 and Freck Goes Hollywood Q-62410 (imp), sired by Bobs Freckle who is also in foal to Pepto for 2020 have also been added to the mares list.
The latest purchase is Spins Encounter Q-51139 who is from the last foal crop sired by Docs Spinafex (imp) and in foal to Smooth As A Cat (usa) for 2020 joins a growing list of mares for VQHR.
Ricky will be looking to buy some show mares to add to the broodmare list. One of these mares will be a competition horse for Kodie, who is ready to step up and start showing cutting horses. Sam, Kodies brother is happy at this stage to ride about the farm on his favourite horse, “Bruce”.
At the 2019 NCHA Select sale, a yearling Catty Hawk filly was purchased and she is now in training for the 2021 NCHA Futurity with Grant Quigley. Also at the recent 2020 Landmark Classic sale, a 2 year old stallion sired by Once In A Blue Boon from the same family as Amaroo Sheoak Q-57443 was added to the roster and he is also in training with Grant Quigley also for the 2021 NCHA Futurity.
The future looks bright for Velvet Quarter Horse Ranch where lifestyle is the major factor and their horses enjoying life to the fullest.