Horse Deals Signature Property 'Falcon Park'
|Horse Deals Signature Property 'Falcon Park' - 13th Feb 2013|
As seen over 4 pages in the January 2013 Issue. Each issue we will take you on tour of a 'Signature Property'.
As seen in the January 2013 Issue of Horse Deals over 4 pages
Photo's Julie Wilson, editorial by Anna Sharpley.
With passion, imagination, talent and hard work you can achieve almost anything.The proof of that is Pip and John Cooper's Falcon Park at Central Mangrove, about an hour north of Sydney.
Originally from Hay in NSW, John was a natural and won his first Advanced Three Day Event when he was 17.
Pip comes from Caringbah, a beachside suburb just south of the Sydney CBD. Her route to a career with horses was via the Roseworthy Agricultural College where she completed a Horse Management and Horse Husbandry Course. Pip and John met at the NSW Equestrian Centre at Lochinvar where John had been working and Pip was Stud Manager for Heath and Rozzie Ryan for three and a half years.
"John was working there," recalls Pip, "but the day I arrived he had a bad fall at a competition and broke his back. So I did not meet him then, but I heard all the stories; good stories, insists John. When he was back riding John was working at Port Macquarie, but would stop in at Lochinvar on his way to competitions. He was always looking for someone to plait his horses and I would offer, and that's how we met. After Lochinvar, they both worked for Ros and Kristy Oatley at Eden Glassie.The ambitious young couple were keen to strike out on their own and took up the offer to make Il Cadore Equestrian Centre at Somersby their base."We went there and ran our own business, teaching, horses in training etc. and we were there for eleven years".
The desire for their own property grew. "When we found this place", explains John, "it was just a cow paddock. But we would drive past when it was for sale and say, wouldn't it be great, we could do amazing things here. It was our dream property". Eleven years ago, that dream became a reality and the 56 acres became Falcon Park.The property had two houses on it, Pip and John live in one and Pip's parents, who are a great help, live in the other.
Originally there were just two boxes and with every horse sold there was more development. The six box barn, built in two stages has everything one would expect of a well run competition and breeding barn. There are and have been many successful competition horses produced by Falcon Sporthorses. "The best horses we have sold, I think are the ones we have bred," comments John.
There are 18 individual paddocks, all with gravity fed bore water. "The first thing we did was put in a bore and the bore water here is the kind they bottle". They also planted a lot of trees, which now eleven years later really put on a great show.
There is a huge Capricorn Soiltex arena (60m x 40m) which they love and a big jumping paddock with some permanent obstacles, and John has ambitions to make the paddock more Hickstead like.With 20 horses of their own and 22 boarders and countless lessons, life is busy at this very functional horse property.
Falcon Park is not a wealthy life style choice, it is a business run by people who clearly value a beautiful working environment.
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