Australia’s largest thoroughbred breeding industry, anchors the town with economic stability. It has the largest concentration of thoroughbred studs in the world outside of Kentucky, USA. Hunter Valley thoroughbred breeders contribute $2.6 billion to NSW economy, employ over 5,000 people in the Hunter region, and support more than 22,000 industry-related jobs in NSW.
Two minutes from Scone Regional Airport the developing Scone Equine Precinct is ideally located in the centre of the Hunter Valley thoroughbred nursery. Based around the Scone Race Club, TAFE NSW and Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre, the Local Lands Office is also based here, along with Thoroughbred Training Facilities.
Scone Race Club
The Scone Race Club, est 1944 is recognised for the best racing surface in New South Wales (NSW). So it’s no surprise that the two day Scone Cup Carnival held in May, is the largest country racing carnival in Australia, offering nearly $2M in prize money and stand-alone metropolitan status.
Scone Equine Hospital
Scone Equine Hospital, the largest equine hospital in the southern hemisphere provides specialist equine veterinary services from surgery to neonatal intensive care and reproduction. Facilities include a dedicated equine veterinary laboratory, pharmacy and diagnostic imaging service.
Australian Stock Horse Society
The Australian Stock Horse Society (ASHS) Headquarters is in Scone and is largest of more than 70 individual equestrian horse breeding associations in Australia, existing to preserve and promote the bloodlines of the Australian Stock Horse with 180,000 registered horses.
HUNTER VALLEY EQUINE RESEARCH CENTRE (HVERC)
The facilities of the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre (HVERC), which opened in 1998 are inspiring and fitting for the Thoroughbred-breeding hub of Australia. The centre has its own stable blocks, laboratories, seminar room and kitchen, accommodation, offices and foyer in a picturesque setting, overlooking the racecourse of Scone Race Club. The HVERC is also home to the NSW State and Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders offices and Racing Australia’s Equine Genetics Research Laboratory.
WHITE PARK RECREATION AND EQUINE FACILITY
White Park was the original racecourse and venue for Thoroughbred sales, dating back to 1947. There are plans to develop the area into the White Park Recreation and Equine Facility, to offer facilities for all weather from multiple arenas, stables and a parade ring to cattle yards and camp draft area, with camping facilities and amenities.
SCONE HORSE FESTIVAL
The Scone Horse Festival originally grew from The Scone Cup carnival race meet in a quest to attract a wider group of people. Nearly 40 years later, the festival now offers over 60 event experiences over 10 days, around the horse capital of Australia.