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Our Team

Meet our team of experienced and passionate staff who are dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for each and every horse all year round.

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CRAIG & SUE ANDERSON

OWNERS & PARTNERS

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GAVIN MURPHY & CATH DONOVAN

OWNERS & PARTNERS

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PAM PARRY

STUD OPERATIONS

BORN/GREW UP: I called South Australia home until coming to the Hunter Valley in 1991.

LIFE/JOB HISTORY: Started work following a Diploma in Agriculture at Lindsay Park before coming to the Hunter Valley. Worked at Turangga Stud for 4 years. Started with Craig in December 1995 & still counting…

FAVOURITE HORSE: Broodmares that have nice easy foalings

INTERESTS: Breeding, showing and working clydesdales

FAVOURITE SEASON: Autumn

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB: Seeing clients have success with the horses they have bred whether it be commercially at sales or on the racetrack.

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CARLY LONGBOTTOM

YEARLINGS/FOALING UNIT

BORN/GREW UP: Grew up in Singleton

LIFE/JOB HISTORY: Rode competitively for the majority of her life and worked on a number of performance horse studs.  After leaving school Carly moved to Wagga Wagga to study a Bachelor of Equine Science at Charles Sturt University.  As part of the course Carly came to Amarina on placement, was offered a job and has been here ever since!

FAVOURITE HORSE: El Segundo

INTERESTS: Riding horses and catching up with friends

FAVOURITE SEASON: Spring

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB: Foaling down mares and watching those foals grow in to incredible athletes

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SHILO PEEK

FOALING ATTENDANT/STUD GROOM

BORN/GREW UP: Grew up in the Hawkesbury region but spent a decade on the Mid North Coast.  Shilo moved back to Hawkesbury as soon as she was old enough to work with horses.

LIFE/JOB HISTORY: Shilo has worked with animals since she could walk; in a pet shop, vet clinics, fauna centre, and racing stables.  She started her first stud job in 2001 when she was 15 and has been working with thoroughbreds ever since.  Shilo is also a qualified vet nurse who specialised in equine nursing.  She moved to a farm in the Hunter Valley with her family in 2016 and their new home looked over some beautiful green paddocks filled with horses.  Those paddocks were Amarina Farm and Shilo started as a foaling attendant that year and has been enjoying her time at the farm ever since.

FAVOURITE HORSE: Royal Sash

INTERESTS: Spending time with friends and family on the farm.  Shilo also enjoys volunteering when she can, whether it is fundraising for the kid’s school or travelling with animal aid abroad to places like Gili Island to treat the island ponies.

FAVOURITE SEASON: Foaling season

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB: I love working with the mares in foaling season.  The farm and the horses are different at night.  The mares become my girls and bonds are formed and I am honoured that the girls trust me to be there when they bring new life into the world.  It’s a joy and thrill, the foals are really really cute!!