Featured Image: Location Map of Upper Hunter Thoroughbred Studs
This has not changed dramatically in distribution for over 100 years. However there has been a recent decrease in breeding farms firstly around Singleton and latterly Muswellbrook. It is easy to speculate that this is because of the inexorable northward expansion of the coal mining and energy industries. It is certainly part of the reason. Agriculture in general has also declined in these areas and the dairy industry has all but disappeared except for a few major players.
The Bylong Valley has missed out in recent times. This is more difficult to explain despite ‘threats’ from politically motivated and occasionally dubious investors in underground minerals.
The Upper Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association prefers to view the valley as a single ‘cluster’. The map in the featured image appears to highlight ‘sub-clusters’ around Murrurundi, Scone, Denman, Widden/Baerami and even Merriwa?
List of Thoroughbred Horse Studs as in 2011
Upper Hunter Thoroughbred Stud ‘Cohorts’ (See Map)
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders are sensitive about the use of the acronym ‘Cluster’ for the aggregation of Thoroughbred Studs throughout the area. I have elected to arbitrarily split the total congregation into three (3) cohorts as follows.
Northern Cohort (Murrurundi/Blandford/Timor)
Central Cohort (Parkville, Scone/ Segenhoe)
Middlebrook Valley Lodge
Berkeley Park Stud
Hunter Valley Nursing Nannies
Muswellbrook West/Denman Cohort
The Old Crossing
Parson’s Creek Farm