Siobhan Campbell started her working life as a nurse but has always been involved in horses.
And those skills have come in very handy at Bellbridge Park in Myalup. “My husband Michael bred a couple of backyard foals and trained a few racehorses whilst dairy farming but after a bit of success we decided to move to our current property and breed and train full-time.
“We purchased our first serious stallion Corporate Raider and he went on to play a pivotal role in WA breeding siring winners and also producing great broodmares.
“From there it was a snowball effect and after the loss of Corporate Raider we ventured into shuttling, with the importation of the very successful sire Danetime. We are currently not standing any stallions but continue to own shares in a few.
“Everything went well during the foaling season and we have some really nice colts and fillies on the ground. One of the standouts is a Gingerbread Man – Miss Margene colt.”
Miss Margene (Flying Spur) won at Bunbury (2) and Albany and her current 2yo is a Galah colt named Cocky Dodd. He made $30,000 when purchased by Brent Hunt out of the Bellbridge draft at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions.
The Campbells also bought The Gem (Scenic) at last year’s Inglis August Sale in Melbourne. She won at Moonee Valley, was stakes-placed in South Australia, and is a sister to Market Price (G2 Blamey Stakes).
“We stuck our neck out and sent mares east and The Gem was positive to Toronado. She foaled a cracking colt in September and that’s pleasing with the success of High Chaparral.
“We also sent some mares to Vert De Grece at Geisel Park last season. He’s a quality stallion that’s conveniently close to us. I had a share in his sire Verglas and produced some lovely horses from him – horses that went on to race well, and so I’m keen to support this stallion.
“We had a funny season weather wise on the farm with a really dry patch early in spring and then a very wet, cold spell which seemed to make the mares go overdue. I feel we are getting much better at providing good nutrition and overall care. You keep up to date everything that is going on, and advances in science, you get better at things and keep improving.
“The Studmaster works very well in our feeding routine and horses are well grown and developed. We rarely have any issues with x-rays. The only other thing that has worked well for us is a balancer pellet, for when the grass is very flush. That’s why we use Equibalance at certain times of the year,” said Siobhan (pictured).
It works really well for when our horses are putting on a little too much condition. We can feed Equibalance at a lower feed rate, whilst still providing the required nutrients. We do get a couple of mares that really do too well on the paddocks at certain times of the year, so we switch them on to the balancer to control their weight.
My tip for surviving breeding season is coffee – and lots of it! Having a good working relationship with the vet is vital too, fortunately, our vet also understands the importance of coffee.