BURWOOD STUD

Burwood Stud is situated on 1500 fertile acres of basalt and limestone country, ideal for the making of champion racehorses.

Burwood Stud Horses GrazingSix bores supply water rich in minerals and calcium to the stock, while six large dams ensure adequate water supplies are on hand for both additional stock water and irrigation.The property guarantees an annual supply of quality lucerne hay, which ensures cost-eff ectiveness for Stud clients, and quality feed for their mares and foals. Burwood Stud caters for permanently-agisted mares and their offspring, as well as short-term visiting mares.

Dr Francois ViljoenHighly-respected, internationally-acclaimed veterinary surgeon Dr Francois Viljoen BVSc (Hons), Member Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Member British Equine Veterinary Association, attends to the harness racing stallions, mares and foals at Burwood Stud – he has occupied various specialist equine vet positions.

Dr Viljoen and his associates Dr Steve Rayner and Dr Glen Laws from Darling Downs Vets, are accessible at all hours, for their equine reproduction expertise, as well as for their attention to and care of the mares and foals. Burwood Stud uses the latest technological advancements for foaling down the mares.

While offering service arrangements to the Stud’s resident stallions, Burwood Stud also offers semen transport facilities to mare owners, thus bringing the world to your mare’s doorstep.
With a view to assisting Stud clients to produce their best possible foals, Burwood Stud offers a complimentary mare matching test mating service.

Burwood Stud offers generous discounts on multiple bookings, and welcomes inspection, but would appreciate prior notification so we can make you most welcome.

Burwood Stud was established in 1982 by Noel and Christine Denning as a family-owned equine agistment and spelling complex.

The passage of time has seen Burwood Stud grow from an equine agistment and spelling complex to a standardbred and thoroughbred nursery of note.

Burwood Stud is owned by Noel and Christine Denning, and their family, who established it back in 1982.

In the intervening years, Burwood Stud has played host to a number of successful stallions in both spheres, and has built a strong, close client base, content to agist their mares and foals at the Darling Downs nursery.

Burwood Stud was the dream of Noel and Christine Denning, who raised their three children on what is now regarded as one of the prime standardbred Studs in Australia, and Queensland’s leading nursery. Jonathon, Noel and Christine’s son, is helping his parents keep the dream alive, as Noel’s right-hand man on the property.

The Dennings are commercial breeders, with the entire process happening at Burwood Stud, from impregnation, through to foaling, and boast an imposing strike rate with horses they have sold, mostly as yearlings, through various auction sales.

Burwood Stud and the Denning family are bywords of the Australian harness racing industry,   with the age-old saying ‘Don’t Just Preach Me A Sermon, Show Me,’ being apt.

Burwood Stud and the Dennings have bred five winners of the feature Garrards Redcliffe Two-Year-Old Sale Classic, including the 2019 Group One champion, and Queensland’s 2YO of the Year, Governor Jujon..

Previous Garrards Classic winners, linked to the annual Redcliffe yearling auction, were Cha Ching Chaching (2011), Couldntresist (2012), Designer Style (2013) and Mathilda Diventa (2014).

To add ‘heat’ to the Burwood ‘fire,’ the 2015 champion, Group One winner Leos Best is just another feature winner, in the juvenile ranks, by Burwood Stud’s resident millionaire racehorse-and-sire Cammibest, while Heart Of Change, the 2016 Garrards Redcliffe Classic winner, was raised at Burwood Stud.

Cha Ching Chaching, which became a member of the ‘Hundred Grand Club,’ sold for just $4000, while Designer Style changed hands for only $6000; the other bargain buys were half-brother and sister, Couldntresist ($3000) and Mathilda Diventa ($6000).

Add to this, the likes of $4000 purchase, Group One juvenile champion and Group One Queensland Derby runner-up Wicked Style (1:55.7; $221,445) and the 2014 Addington (New Zealand) three-year-old winner on debut, Horace Greeley, who cost just $2000 and is trained by the champion horseman, Mark Purdon, who selected him from the Burwood Stud yearling sale draft.

This year alone, Burwood Stud graduates which have either been bred by the Denning family, or born or raised at Burwood to have saluted include the likes of Amaya Becomes, A Rainbow Diamond, Ark Me, Awholelotofpretty, Baron Jujon, Big Gem Montana, Blackjack Bart, Celtic Cruza, Dapper Bessie,  Doolittle Doozzie, Fortyeighthenson, Golightly, Impressive Diamond, Justa Little Bit, Oceanside, Scheu Creek, Sheriff Jujon, Sweet Lombo, Targaryen Hanover, Ultimate Ad, Whatta Good Reason, Which Hunt, Will The Wizard etc.

Burwood is excited to announce the arrival of Group One newcomer, Franco Nelson, to join fellow New Zealand-bred Changeover and evergreen Cammibest this season.

Franco Nelson 23 races including $100,000 Bohemia Crystal FFA; Group 1 3YO NZ Sires Stakes Final; Group 1 Harness Jewels 4YO Emerald Final; beat Tiger Tara in Group 3 Hannon Memorial at Omaru as a 7YO; Group 2 NZ Welcome Stakes; Group 2 Kaikoura Cup; Group 2 Pelorus 4YO Classic; Group 3 Avon City Ford Cup etc.

With nine Group wins to his credit, this extraordinary Group One winner retired with stake-earnings of $872,493 and a personal best 1:50.3.

Being a son of the legendary Christian Cullen from a maternal line studded with black-type performers, and topped by a winning, Group One producing dam, Franco Nelson will prove an ideal ‘outcross’ with mares by Cam Fella-line sires, bringing that extra depth to pedigrees.

Changeover, by Franco Nelson’s paternal grandsire In The Pocket, is a sub-1:50 sire with Group One credits and $1/2million performers to his credit.

As such, Changeover’s siring deeds are franking those of him on the racetrack, where he paced 1:53.4 and bankrolled a sensational $2,321,677, courtesy of numerous Group One wins, including the time-honoured, prestigious New Zealand Cup.

Changeover sired more than 100 individual winners in the 2019-’20 season, with progeny earnings atop the $1.7million mark, with his fillies proving every bit as good as his colts.

Cammibest, the millionaire racehorse and sire, is the sire of Queensland 2YO of the Year from last season, Governor Jujon.

Burwood Stud offers semen transport for Changeover and Franco Nelson, while Cammibest is available for on-Stud service only.

Many potential yearling purchasers make pre-sales inspections of the Burwood Stud stock in their natural environment, at home here. Others, however, prefer to see the youngsters on auction day.

Members of the entire Burwood Stud draft each sale are raised right to race right, and the Stud proudly stands by our numerous achievements on the racetrack – we let our horses do the talking for us!

Burwood Stud is situated at Pittsworth, a comfortable 48km from Toowoomba, at Pittsworth, on the renowned Darling Downs, a comfortable 90-minute drive from Brisbane.

We invite you to come out and see Burwood Stud for yourself – you’ll be pleased you did!