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Great Success at Yearling Sales for NMIT

18 Apr 2007

With a unique educational and breeding facility at Northern Lodge Stud, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) has achieved outstanding success in the recent Australian Easter Yearling Sales in Sydney.

A bay filly, out of Staremma (NZ) by Redoute's Choice, fetched $550,000 at the sales, purchased by Woodland Stud in NSW to be trained by John Hawkes.

Over 500 yearlings from around Australia and New Zealand were for sale.

The bay filly was bred at Northern Lodge after a decision to cover Staremma (NZ) with Redoute's Choice was made three years ago by the former manager of the stud, the late Brendan Fitzgerald.

As part of its equine educational programs, NMIT started breeding thoroughbred horses at its Northern Lodge stud just over a decade ago and aimed to become recognised as a credible player in the breeding industry.

NMIT Operations Manager Drew Coulthard said NMIT had developed its stud facilities and its horses over the years and the sale of the bay filly was 'testimonial to the success of the Institute's breeding program'.

The filly was nurtured by NMIT staff and students involved in the equine studies program.

Northern Lodge Manager, Ros Durrant, said the filly was ' balanced, well bodied and a beautiful walker with a lovely temperament.

'She was always a leader of the pack in the paddock and it just came naturally to her. '

Ros added the sale price was 'a wonderful accolade' for the 300-hectare stud at Eden Park.

Designed and developed by NMIT since 1995, Northern Lodge has its largest draft of yearlings for sale this year; a total of 29.

The stud has 44 commercial mares and two stallions, Flying Gulch and Command Post , and facilities include stables, covering barn, ménage, stripping stalls, a horse walker, sand roll, mechanical horses and 1400-metre racing/training track.

NMIT offers a specialist, three-year bachelor degree and a range of other certificate and diploma courses in equine studies.

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