About Us

In Honour of the Horse

Stella Stud's History

A New Path

Founded in 2010, Stella Stud specialises in breeding and training internationally-bred Hanoverian horses for the Olympic disciplines of dressage and eventing.

Located in the farming community of Ellangowan, South East Queensland, Australia, the stud is surrounded by over 1,000 hectares of prime cropping country. In addition, we have designated natural grazing and quality artesian water to produce a select number of Hanoverian foals each year.

We are 15 minutes from the rural town of Clifton and 45 minutes from the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport (Toowoomba).

Our key focus is utilising imported frozen semen from internationally renowned warmblood stallions approved for breeding by the highly regarded Hannoveraner Verband in Germany.

The foundation mares of Stella Stud are elite quality Hanoverian studbook mares with proven genetics. We aim to breed intelligent, conformationally correct and athletically gifted animals from performance bloodlines.

Our youngsters are raised within a natural herd environment on expansive bushland acreage and each day receive the highest quality plant-based supplements from Hi-Form Australia, as well as organic certified feeds by Harry's Choice.

Regarding farriery, we use soleplates and the facet trim to ensure correct breakover and thus the long term health of our herd.

Our horses are introduced to a variety of groundskills before starting work in-hand from around 4 to 5 years of age (with a lightweight French-style cavesson and two reins), after which they are started under saddle from 6 to 8 years onwards, depending on their predicted mature height.

We honour riders who pay the utmost attention to the needs of the horse and who are committed to the patient pursuit of classical horsemanship. This includes the correct application of equine biomechanics to ensure the horse develops a sound body, a balanced mind, and a long and rewarding career.

We also encourage the study of Vipassana 'insight' meditation (as taught by SN Goenka), which leads to a state of egolessness and inner peace. Based on ancient wisdom, to 'know thyself' is to 'know thy horse' - a noble path for the rider.

Warmest regards,
Peta J. O'Connor

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