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Our History 2018-05-14T02:40:16+00:00

Our History

The Lindsay Park Stud story started in the late 1950’s when Colin Hayes AM OBE purchased Beaufields Stud on the Gawler River, 60 km’s from Adelaide.

After selling Hawa to New Zealand the ambitious Colin Hayes AM OBE decided that Beaufields was becoming too small for their plans and started looking for a larger property.

With the help of Adelaide stock agents Coles Bros. Ltd they acquired Lindsay Park from Sir Keith Angus and the newly named Lindsay Park Stud Syndicate took over from July 1, 1965.

While still in its infancy, Lindsay Park raced from success to success. In 1967 Captain Paddy Hardbord Managing Director of the historic Curragh Bloodstock Agency visited Lindsay Park saying: “This could be the start of a small Kentucky….”

From the 70’s through to the 90’s Lindsay Park was home to some of Australia’s best credentialed stallions including Without Fear, Godswalk, Habituate, Arch Sculptor, Scenic, Bluebird, Military Plume and Jeune.

Lindsay Park has also had a major role in shaping Australia’s top broodmare sires such as At Talaq and Rory’s Jester. The dams of racing heavyweights, Manikato and top sire General Nediym, were bred at Lindsay Park; while the dams of Golden Slipper winners, Ha Ha and Belle De Jour, and the Blue Diamond winner, Road to Success, were also trained at the Hayes family base.

Lindsay Park Stud has also led the field with innovations such as stallion syndication and the shuttle stallion concept with horses such as Godswalk, Bluebird and Scenic.

The return of David Hayes to Australia in 2005 coincided with a significant re-structure at Lindsay Park Stud which saw Sam Hayes, a third generation of the Hayes family take over the management of Lindsay Park Stud. Sam, the eldest son of David’s older brother Peter became a partner in Lindsay Park Stud and assumed the role of Managing Director.

In May 2011, Lindsay Park Stud re-named itself ‘Cornerstone Stud’. The first draft of yearlings sold under the new Cornerstone Stud banner in 2012 contained subsequent Group One South Australian Derby winner Kushadasi. He became yet another top level winner to have been born and raised at the famous Barossa Valley property.

Winning is more than a tradition at Cornerstone Stud: it’s ingrained in the blood. And that goes for the people as well as the horses.