About Armidale Stallions
Armidale Stud in Tasmania has a long and distinguished history of standing successful stallions. In the 1960′s the late David Whishaw first established Armidale with the French import SANDASTE as the foundation stallion. SANDASTE went on to become the State’s leading sire.
After this initial success David went into partnership with friend Robert Fergusson, with the aim of importing high class stallions to improve Armidale’s bloodlines. SWALLOWTAIL II, SWANEE RIVER, POACHER’S MOON and ST BRIAVELS followed in the 70′s and 80′s, with all proving to be highly successful at stud. ST BRIAVELS sired champion SYDESTON, a multiple Group 1 winner.
When Denis took over the management of the stud from his father David, he continued to look overseas for well-bred and performed sires. ALIOCHA (MiISWAKI) and LADONI (DANEHILL) proved to be valuable imports. It is interesting to note that Denis had the foresight to realize that DANEHILL was going to make the grade as a sire of sires, as LADONI was the second son of DANEHILL to go to stud in Australia (DANZERO was the first). Like so many of the DANEHILL sons, LADONI was a great success at stud, and in the last few years has been ably represented by his very talented daughter LADY LYNETTE, winner of 14 races and $1.1 million.
Locally bred sire WEASEL CLAUSE (by MARSCAY) proved to be a great stallion for Armidale, siring MY SIENNA and HIDDEN STRINGS.
More recently, SAVOIRE VIVRE, TOUGH SPEED, TELESTO and HELIKE have been imported by Armidale to stand in Tasmania. With his first crop of racehorses SAVOIRE VIVRE finished 3rd on the first season sires premiership in Australia, behind SHOW A HEART and GALILEO. He would go on to sire 8 eight stakeswinners including dual Dato’ Chan Nim Stakes winner THE CLEANER.
NEEDS FURTHER (ENCOSTA DE LAGO – CROWNED GLORY) commenced his stud career in 2015. He won three races during his brief career including the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes beating, group 1 performers, HAPPY TRAILS, DIVORCES and SHADOWS IN THE SUN. NEEDS FURTHER is a half brother to Multiple Group 1 winner HALLOWED CROWN (by STREET SENSE), winner of the 2014 $1 million Group 1 ATC Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).NEEDS FURTHER has made a promising start to his stud career with his first crop producing dual Listed winner PATEENA ARENA (Elwick Stakes and Gold Soverign) and II REGALO.
NEEDS FURTHERS yearlings sold up to $90 000 and averaged $26,421 at the 2017 Tasmanian Magic Millions sale.
In 2017, ALPINE EAGLE (HIGH CHAPARRAL- ZEPHYRIA) joins the Armidale Stallion ranks. He marked himself as a serious talent from day one when he was a dominant winner by 4.5 lengths on debut as a two year old.
At three, he went on to win the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield, displaying an extraordinary turn of foot when he flashed home in lightning speed to claim victory.
ALPINE EAGLE then backed up in the hotly contested Group 1 Australian Guineas where he was second by the narrowest of margins behind WANDJINA.
50-years on, and Armidale continues to breed horses that are competitive Australia-wide