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Kia 0ra takes a stake in All Too Hard

Kia Ora Stud has joined Vinery in the ownership of All Too Hard, taking a significant share in the colt’s racing and future breeding career.

Kia Ora Stud, located directly across the Pages River from Vinery in the Segenhoe Valley, is one of the most historic farms in the Hunter Valley, and the Australian thoroughbred industry in general.

Established in 1912 by the late Percy Miller, Kia Ora has a long and proud history, it has produced numerous top class thoroughbreds, the only stud that could possibly rival it would be Widden, founded well back in the nineteenth century.

The first sire to stand at Kia Ora was Sarchedon, a grey son of The Tetrarch, he was hardly a good investment, whilst winning five races as a two year old in the U K, he didn’t meet with a lot of success as a sire.

Miller didn’t have immediate success, there were some lean years in the beginning, but that soon changed when he secured Magpie.

He was the foundation stone of Kia Ora, he proved a great sire by Dark Ronald, he had a magnificent female line, he simply couldn’t fail and he didn’t.

Midstream and Delville Wood followed, between them they won eight premierships, much of that success could be attributed to the mating of Magpie mares.

At one stage Miller had 200 mares at Kia Ora, during the war years the number was halved, in 1941 he offered 105 yearlings at the Easter Sales, a record number for any one breeder, the horses travelled by rail from Scone to Central Railway Station in Sydney and were walked from there to the sales complex at Randwick.

In recent years, under the ownership of Ananda Krishnan, Kia Ora has been completely redeveloped and reinvigorated with state of the art facilities, re-established pastures and first class management.

In a relatively short time the Kia Ora operation has continued the tradition of producing strong sound horses, such as champion South African mare Igugu, and leading sire, Exceed And Excel.

“We are delighted Kia Ora have joined us in the ownership of All Too Hard,” said Vinery’s Peter Orton.

“Kia Oro is one of the finest properties we have in the Hunter Valley, with a first class group of broodmares and a commitment to racing,” he said.


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