The Haydon horses at Bloomfield have the unique claim of being bred by the same family on the same property since the early 1830`s. The horses in the stud today are grouped into families which trace, mother to daughter, to the original foundation mares. Over the generations these families have been recorded and graded for ability, temperament and conformation. The success of the stud today can be mostly attributed to the strength of these female lines. The stud’s policy has been to breed a quality versatile riding horse with about three-quarter thoroughbred blood. The aim is to breed and train horses that will perform at the elite level.
The Haydon Family
The Pioneering days
Peter Haydon arrived in the colony in 1830. He established Bloomfield being one of the original landholders and pioneers in the district. He was joined by his brother Thomas in 1836 who then built the sandstone homestead and took up more country. Thomas spent most of his time in the saddle, frequently using Aboriginal guides and realized the importance of breeding good riding horses. With his prized stallion Young Dover he started breeding top quality horses and started exporting horses as Army remounts known as the renowned “Walers”.
His son’s Stuart and Bernard’s journeys took them as far as the Gulf where they established various properties including Haydon, Vena Park, Claraville, Maggieville, Wondoola, Glenore, Timora, Waverley and Lily Lake. All stock were taken with them involving long droving trips, with hundreds of horses from Bloomfield, breaking them in as they went. Read more about droving horses from the Hunter to the Gulf and Droving to the Gulf .
Thomas’s sons Peter, Stuart, Bernard and Thomas continued on with horses as their rural interests spread. Horse breeding became a bigger enterprise and “Walers” were shipped out in hundreds as remounts. In 1888 Bernard stood Haydon Tester whose stock were rarely beaten in the then Bridle Spurts, where the winner received a bridle. Haydon Tester continued on a legacy as most of the horses in the stud today trace back to Tester. Three horses by Haydon Tester where in the famous Battle of Beersheba, galloping their way into history. B Haydon was a keen racing man, winning many races with the horses he bred.
The Light Horse days
This famous charge has now been recognized as an official day of remembrance, and has gone down in history as “the last successful mounted cavalry charge”. The feat of these Australian horses under the harsh desert conditions was truly remarkable and well documented. His brother B.B. (Barney) Haydon riding his Bloomfield mount Polo survived the charge across the desert and helped in securing the prized wells of Beersheba. He was also one of the leading horsemen in the early days of campdrafting and established an enviable record on the Bloomfield mare Haydon Thora. He later became a well known judge, officiating at the RAS and major shows all around Australia.
The fourth generation
The Bloomfield Homestead block was then taken over by Fred’s son F.B. (Jim) Haydon. Through his life he reached the top in campdrafting, cutting, training, instructing, judging, breeding and producing polo ponies. He drafted in the N.S.W team at the Sydney RAS and years later played polo on the same ground winning Champion Polo Pony. He took on the challenge of the quarter horses and won the Australian cutting horse championships on the Bloomfield mare Haydon Gypsey II.
His brother H.B. (Hilton) Haydon also established a similar reputation as a horseman and did his daughter Jill who won champion Galloway hack in Sydney many times on Bambalina. Guy’s son J.B. (John) Haydon also played polo like his father playing on home bred horses. His champion mare Haydon Eulalie continued on the Thora Family for the stud.
Australian Stock Horse Society formation
With the formation of the ASH Society in 1971 the Bloomfield horses were all entered into the stud book being foundation members. The stud in 1982 was then divided between Jim’s sons Peter and James. Peter retained the Haydon Horse Stud prefix, continuing to register all the horses and James adopted the Scotts Creek Horse Stud prefix.
Expansion of the Stud
The stud is currently run by Peter and his wife Alison, with their three sons Henry, Nick and David. The breeding numbers have been increased and on-property sales were held during the 1990’s. In 1991 34 horses were sold at the on property sale, in 1994 32 were sold and in 1997 46 were sold.
The horses have performed successfully across a broad spectrum of activities. Peter has competed successfully and pursued most horse avenues through pony club, jumping, eventing, campdrafting, polo, cutting, roping, showing, judging, instruction and training. The stud now breeds from around thirty broodmares each year using up to four stallions.
Appointment to the Royal Stables, Windsor Castle, England
Haydon Polo Team
In 1994 the three boys played at Ellerston in the junior polo league, all on Bloomfield bred horses. Henry (Haydon Beranghi Lass), Nick (Haydon Emerald) and David (Haydon Dark Jewel) at eight years old hit the winning goal in the extra time to win the final and Nick took out the MVP award. They continued on through the Scone Junior Polo School, run by Peter and Alison. They helped with foal handling, played at young horse chukkas and with the general handling and riding of the young horses.
In 1996 Peter played with his three sons in Scone Polo Club’s Wootton Cup. It was quite a feat co-ordinating horses, saddles, bridles, sticks and strategies but made possible behind the scenes by wife and mother Alison. They reached the final but lost by one goal to a team rated six goals higher.
In 1997 they re-grouped and again made the final. After an exciting game they won beating Anto White’s team with the boys holding their own well in adult company. Nick at fourteen years of age was also awarded the club’s MacCleod Trophy for the most improved player.
The Recent Years
In 2005 Nick won the J D MacLeod Trophy playing in Kerry Packer’s Ellerston White team alongside the renowned 10 goaler Gonzalo Pieres and now nine goaler David ‘Perlon’ Stirling. David started playing more in 2010 winning the Scone League. His horse Haydon Madonna was award BPP and he also played the runner up Haydon Luna. He combines working in Sydney with playing at both Scone and Windsor Polo Clubs. In 2011 he won two finals at Windsor on their last weekend of the autumn season.
The Haydon’s took on a ten year fight to stop the Bickham Coalmine and history was made when the Premier came to Scone to announced it would not proceed. The Upper Hunter’s position as a leading horse breeding centre has been preserved. After Kentucky it is the second largest horse breeding area in the world.
The Haydon horses go from strength to strength, performing at the highest level in many pursuits with continued International success. Haydon Satellite was exported as a sire in 2008 to the USA. Haydon Angel Jewel was recognised as the “world’s number one player Adolfo Cambiaso’s best mare to play outside Argentina”. She won BPP at the Cartier International Day, when Argentina defeated England in the Test Match in 2009 to win the Coronation Cup. She was in the winning Queen’s Cup and Gold Cup teams in 2010. She won BPP prizes in the US including being in the Best String at the US Open, she won the Argentine Triple Crown with the maximum La Dolfina 40 goal team, then back to win again in the UK high goal plus winning the Spanish Silver and Gold Cups in 2014 and 2015.
Haydon Scud also played in the final of the 2010 Gold Cup. In 2010 Haydon Victoriana was exported to Argentina where she won the Argentine Open. After playing Olivia 11 at Ellerston, Alejandro Mussio took her to England for the high goal in 2011. Australia’s top player Ruki Baillieu won BPP at Ellerston on Flirt in 2011. Haydon Spanish Jet won the US Gold Cup in 2016.