Swettenham stud encompasses 900 acres of improved pasture on well drained loamy soil and is surrounded by some of the premier properties of the region, including Mitchelton Winery and Chateau Tahbilk, two vineyards to the immediate north, and Northwood Park to the south.
Prior to being purchased by Robert Sangster and Colin Hayes in 1995, the land housed a well-regarded cattle operation belonging to the Sleigh family. Since then it has been transformed into a beautiful and very functional stud facility, encompassing facilities for stallions, mares, foals and yearlings.
Paddocks and fencing are of the highest standard, being built specifically for horse safety and practicality. The fencing was completely replaced and re-purposed following the purchase in 1995. The majority of the paddocks are double fenced with lanes separating paddocks, facilitating a safe and functional environment that meets the needs of managing a large number of bloodstock broodmares as befits a premier commercial stud operation.
The stud can accommodate up to eight stallions in stallion boxes and barns, with a beautiful view along the river offering a tranquil setting for the stud’s star equine residents. There is a modern well-ventilated barn for yearlings and another for mares and foals. Also located on the farm is an isolated veterinary hospital area with hospital boxes and a laboratory that facilitates the work of the resident veterinarian. A well-lit, state-of-the-art foaling unit is also an integral feature of the farm.