Opal Park Warmbloods is located at Branxton in the picturesque Hunter Valley, NSW Australia. Easily accessible via the Hunter Expressway, we are approximately two and a half hours drive from Sydney airport, or one hour from Newcastle airport.
Our aim at Opal Park Warmbloods has always been to breed quality performance horses which are also a pleasure to ride and handle. Our focus is on the Olympic Discipline of Dressage. However, we have included other performance lines, such as eventing and showjumping lines, in our breeding. This gives our horses athleticism and versatility.
We had as the cornerstone of our breeding program the outstanding Grand Prix dressage stallion Richmeed Medallion. Unfortunately, Medallion died in 2008, at the young age of 17 years. Luckily, we had a small quantity of frozen semen in storage, and we were able to breed several more foals after his death. We have retained two mares by Medallion as competition horses and potential future breeding stock.
The last foals bred by Opal Park Warmbloods were born in 2010. Both colt foals were born healthy, but unfortunately one foal was diagnosed a few days after he was born with the rare condition neonatal isoerythrolysis. This condition meant that antibodies in the mares colostrum attacked the red blood cells in the foals blood, leaving him severely anaemic. Despite aggressive treatment and hospitalisation, the foal died.
The shock of this event, not to mention the expense, on top of the trauma of losing Medallion several years earlier, led us to sell off most of our brood mare herd and focus on raising and selling the young stock we already had.