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Canterbury Stud Farm - Wai-Eyre Farm

5 star Agistment and Breeding Farm.

We are located on the northern side of Christchurch, situated alongside the Waimakariri river and handily located to Christchurch Airport. The farm comprises of over 800 acres of lush fertile soils. We constantly fertilize the pasture and this coupled with our irrigation, provides us with lush quality nutritional grass year round for the broodmares, race horses and young stock.

We specialize in providing five star agistment and breeding services for your horses. In addition we also stand a small number of select Standardbred stallions.

We are a preferred semen insemination base for all the major studs in both New Zealand and Australia. We offer in conjunction with our vet Andrew Bailey from Rangiora Vet Centre, an Embryo Transfer programme.

With excellent on farm in-foal rates for both fresh and frozen semen we are an excellent choice for your valued mares. Our 24 hour supervised foaling service compliments the breeding operation.

We are committed to providing the best possible care for our client's bloodstock and to meeting their breeding goals. Our experienced, long serving staff, combined with our purpose built equine facilities, mean we are able to provide the perfect breeding base for your mares and enable us to give her every opportunity to be a successful broodmare.

Wai-Eyre Farm's History

In the 1960's Mike Brown set up the original farm which comprised some 226 acres. Mike concentrated on beef and deer. Mike's son Darryl learnt his basic farming skills from his father. In the 1980's Darryl took a more pro-active role and in conjunction with Mike they changed direction into its current equine theme.

They set a goal of "continually striving to be one of the best breeding and agistment centres in New Zealand."

Darryl has attended many farming and farm related management courses to enable them to achieve that ongoing goal.

While initially set up as a broodmare base, over the years Wai Eyre has stood stallions of the calibre of the well known Christian Cullen and In the Pocket.

However, given that standing stallions is now a very competitive market, Wai Eyre has more recently decided to return to their initial business model and to concentrate on the broodmare side of the business. This has led to the decision to move from being exclusively a Standardbred stud, to market their services to the wider equestrian world, including the sport and pleasure horse and pony market.

The farm has now expanded to its current size of just over 800 acres and currently also runs beef stock and dairy young-stock grazing.

Due to the size of the farm and the ability to cross graze pasture with cattle, they are able to manage the land to its best which provides the perfect environment for agisting horses.

Horses thrive on the rich, fertile pastures of Wai Eyre Farm.

5 star Agistment and Breeding Farm

Staff Profiles:

Darryl Brown

Darryl Brown
Farm Manager

Darryl has the task of managing the entire 800 acre farm and the myriad number of staff that are needed to make the farm run as smooth as it does.

Ph: 0274 732 250

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark
Office Manager

Lisa manages the office for Wai Eyre and brings extensive experience with her, having run offices for a number of agricultural based businesses. Lisa has had a life-long passion and involvement with horses having ridden, competed, bred sport horses and recently became a show hunter judge.

Ph: 03 312 6338

Nicky Kennedy

Nicky Kennedy
Stud Manager

Nicky is the Stud Manager and brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, with many years of experience behind her in both the Standardbred industry, and as a sport horse breeder and rider.

Nicky is passionate about the care and well being of the horses and is committed to helping owners meet their breeding goals.

Ph: 021 865 796