Welcome to Barnett Stock Horses
The stud has been breeding quality stock horses for 50 years and Clem's aim has always been to breed soft, intelligent, athletic horses suitable for campdrafting, polo, polocrosse and the show ring. We are renowned for the temperament of our horses.
Our resident sire is the exciting and record breaking Kirkbys Stud Theo, whilst our past sires Barnabbey, Nabinabah Easy Gun and Gilgannon Mr Minstral have left a great legacy of outstanding broodmares.
We are situated on the New England Highway on the outskirts of Wallabadah, a small village 50klm south of the new AELEC centre at Tamworth.
Visitors are most welcome to call in and 'talk horses' with Clem and Tim.
Clem has always had a passion for horses and has been involved with them all his life.
His father stood a pony stallion “ Blue Light” at stud . By the age of twelve, Clem was exercising seven racehorses before school for two pounds per week. By the age of fifteen he was breaking in.
He campdrafted, played A grade polocrosse, did some roughriding, including winning the NSW Bulldogging Championship and the NSW Maiden Campdraft at the same rodeo. Clem and Neville Matthews were a well known Pickup team at the rodeos, in the days of “the big arenas”. Clem was also breeding a few mares a year to outside stallions. These stallion included, Little Abbey, Dell Mingo,and The Gunner. One example of this was the sending away of Flicka, a mare Clem drafted played polocrosse on and used as a pick up horse. She was bred to Little Abbey, producing an outstanding filly, Abbalee who was Supreme Led Horse at the Hunter Branch ASH Show for 4 consecutive years.
At David Archibald’s Sale the stud purchased Nabinabah Easy Gun as a yearling, who was foaled 23/10/1981.This lovely colt added class and “speed with ease” to the stud. Easy Gun was never shown but his progeny excelled in the fields of campdrafting, polocrosse and polo.
A phone call from Alan Gilmore concerning “a nice colt” that he had bred was the prelude to the purchase of Gilgannon Mr. Minstral. He was a striking looking brown/black colt who had accidently capped his hip, but had the potential to be great stock horse sire . His progeny have proven this to be true, inheriting his quickness and athletic ability, winning in the campdrafting arena and on the polocrosse field.
The studs 4th sire Kirkbys Stud Theo was purchased as a yearling, and broken in by Tim. He went on to become the first stallion to win The National ASH Futurity and the following year to win The ASH National Maturity. This outstanding colt has added another depth to our breeding program. His foals have “bone”, are a pleasure to handle, intelligent, fast and soft.
The stud is very much a family affair with help from all. As we foal around 30 mares a year, Clem and Tim are kept busy all year round, breeding, handling, breaking in, shoeing, training etc. We are fortunate in having the next generation, Taylor, Lily and Hannah keen and involved in all aspects of stud work with Taylor also studying Veterinary Science (large animal) at Charles Sturt University at Wagga.