Welcome to Woodlands Stud

About Us

In 1987 Charles Roberts purchased the property previously operating as the standardbred farm Harness World at mortgagee auction. Over the next 5 years the property was further developed with emphasis on pasture management. In 1992 Charles and his veterinary partner Andrew Grierson established Woodlands Stud. The name Woodlands Stud was the farm's original name dating back to the 60's. In the first years of the operation Woodlands stood stallions on lease with mixed success. One stallion stood out and In The Pocket was to become the most important influence on the NZ standardbred in modern times. After the dominance of this flagship stallion Woodlands came of age, however that was to change. In 2005 In The Pocket was sold by the US owners and unfortunately left the farm. Those with knowledge in standing stallions understand the time and effort it takes to promote a sire. Most do not become a commercial success. So in 2006 both Charles and Andrew took a new direction - securing sires by purchasing the southern hemisphere rights. With a positive approach to the future of the Standardbred Industry Woodlands purchased a controlling interest to the SH rights of the stallion Bettor's Delight and the next year American Ideal was purchased. Woodlands mandate is to provide the very top stallions and make them affordable to all breeders.

 

Woodlands Stud is now clearly a leading standardbred industry player in Australasia. The commercial success of all its stallions in recent times places it at the forefront of breeders, weanling and yearling sale purchaser’s minds when they are considering their options for their mares and for the formative years of their youngsters. The deeds of World Champion sire Bettor’s Delight continues like a juggernaut across two hemispheres. Bettor’s Delight has been NZ Champion sire in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13. In Australia he has been Champion Australian sire in 2011/12 and 2012/13. He continues to rewrite history. In June 2014 he broke the Australia record for stake money won by a stallion’s progeny, he passed the previous benchmark set by Fake Left. Bettor’s Delight is the sire of the fastest female pacer in history in Shebestingin in 1.47 flat! He was the leading all age sire in USA in 2013 and he is a regularly producer of Millionaire pacers. He was the sire of this year’s Miracle Mile and Interdominion winner Beautide, who is now a world record holder. Bettor’s Delight remains one the greatest outcross stallions in history. American Ideal is now in the upper echelon of standardbred stallions. He is the sire of four millionaires in the USA and has had an immediate impact down under. He is the sire Breeders Crown Champions, Bling It On and Ideal Scott. Besotted was a winner of Group One Taylor Mile in NZ record time and current NZ oaks winner Ideal Belle are adding to his growing reputation. In Australia, his percentages of runners to winners is very impressive and in the USA he was the sire of He’s Watching the USTA 2yo of 2013. Pegasus Spur continues to be a rich source of winners ‘down under’. A multiple Group One sire, he is now the sire of the fastest trotter in Australasia. Flying Isa trotted 1.53.2 in March 2014 at Menangle and his progeny are very tough and durable and he is a dual Breeders Crown winning sire. In 2014/15 Woodlands Stud have added millionaire pacer Highview Tommy to its stallion roster, a son of the sires sire Bettors Delight he will look to add another layer to the rich history of Woodlands Stud.

 

Woodlands Stud, a picturesque 640 acre property is situated on the 4 kms northeast of the small rural town of Clevedon. The stud is only 30 minutes from Auckland International Airport with its rolling hills and quality pasture, it makes the perfect location for a breeding base. During the winter months all mares and foals move to one of two Woodlands runoff properties. The first runoff property is the historic Puketutu Island located 5 minutes from Auckland International Airport. Puketutu Island is 282 acres and used to raise young horses and spell racehorses. Sandstone Rd Runoff is a block of 450 acres in East Tamaki where the bulk of the broodmares live over the winter months. Some hay and balage is made at Sandstone Rd in early summer when most horses are at Woodlands for the breeding season. All farms are cross grazing with sheep and cattle. Moving horses to the runnoffs over the winter has allowed the luxury of a pasture management strategy and fresh grass in the spring and summer months when Woodlands stud is at its busiest.