Tulara Warmbloods is owned and run by Anna and Mark Fraser. Anna’s father, Peter Baillieu was instrumental in the original importation of Quarter horses from the King Ranch. Anna and Mark both enjoy breeding quality livestock and in 2002 decided to start breeding warmbloods. Initially we bred both dressage and jumping horses. Now we are focused on breeding showjumpers.
It has been our policy to keep the best mares from each year and we have gradually building up our numbers. This year, 2020 we will join 40 mares. The first filly we bred was by Stakkato. She is still one of our most productive broodmares with several progeny out competing at a high level. The first colt we bred was Tulara Balouch by Balou du Rouet. He started a long relationship between Tulara and Jamie Winning and Jamie Kermond. He won jumping with the stars down at Werribee and went to Europe where he was jumping well at 1.40 before leaving competition.
Our focus now is on producing horses that will excel at showjumping. We tend to use what we believe are some of the best young stallions available worldwide. We like to use the younger stallions so that we can keep our breeding program moving forward. Each year we select our best fillies, based on their type, movement and free jumping ability and they go out in the paddock to breed. We believe this strategy of keeping good mares at home gradually improves the quality of our offering.
The environment at Tulara is ideally suited to breeding horses. The ground is mostly granitic sand which is hard on the horses feet and keeps most of them under control. There are many steep hills and rocks where we put the young horses to grow up. They learn to balance traversing the slopes and by galloping up and down some steep terrain they strengthen their bone and muscle.
We believe the combination of Genetics and the Environment help Tulara to breed some competitive horses.