OUR PEOPLE

Steve Brown – Director

A founding director of Kitchwin Hills Stud. Steve has 20+ years of experience in financial markets with Bankers Trust, JP Morgan and Citigroup. Co-founder of miRunners, Director of 99 Sports Pty Ltd parent company of Mistable™ as well as co- founder of promising private exploration junior, New South Resources.

Steve Brown successfully developed his stock broking career with Bankers Trust, and Ord Minnett, moving on to spend 6 years as a Senior Vice President with Citigroup Wealth Advisors. Steve has participated in numerous company capital raisings / IPOs over several cycles and successfully established and helped build “Kitchwin Hills”, one of the fastest growing thoroughbred stud farms in Australia, with specialised stallion, breeding, foaling, rearing and brood mare accommodation facilities.

Steve’s passion is sport and everything Australian, racing was always going to be a natural fit. The natural surrounds of Kitchwin Hills play precisely into this theme.

Mick Malone – Director/Stud Manager

Growing up in Turramurra, it was clear Mick was always destined for a country lifestyle!

After working as a jackaroo in his early years, Mick ventured to the Hunter Valley where he originally worked for Arrowfield Stud.

While working there in all aspects of the farm, he got in contact with some old school mates Grahame and Steve Brown.

They were just setting up a little farm in Gundy and asked if he wanted to become involved.

22 years later and Mick is now an integral part of that little farm known as Kitchwin Hills.

His role ranges from everything between fixing fences, to mating mares, managing bloodstock and every little aspect in between.

The most common term used throughout Kitchwin usually is ‘Ask Mick’

Outside of work Mick is a keen fisherman and hunter, and loves getting away with family.

Pauline Alix – Assistant Stud Manager

Pauline grew up in Brittany, a small town outside of Paris.

Her love of horses developed from a young age when she began riding at the age of 4, then through her years at boarding school horses were on the agenda most weekends.

At the age of 19 Pauline moved to Ireland and worked for the famous Godolphin operation for 3 years, before embarking on a trip to Australia.

After working in Melbourne and travelling, Pauline found her way to Kitchwin as a backpacker, and over the next 9 years worked her way up from a backpacker to now assistant stud manager, also gaining an Australian Citizenship.

Outside of work hours Pauline loves spending time with her young son Ollie, as well as cooking and camping.

Bo Ritson- Client Relations

Having been apart of Kitchwin for nearly 17 years, Bo is the go to for many clients when it comes to information on the farm!

A previous winner of the HTBA Administration award, Bo has been an enormous part in managing the growth of the farm and its operations.

Whether its booking horses on transport, coordinating staff, or making a cup of tea at the sales Bo is an influential member of Kitchwin!

Graham Brown – Top Farm, Farm Manager

Graham founded Kitchwin Hills in the early 1990’s after putting in place infrastructure for the care of the families own horses. It soon became apparent that there was an opportunity to care for outside horses and together with the family set about building the Kitchwin Hills business. 

Grahams current role is focused on the presentation and pasture development of the yearling farm and its surroundings as well as catering and entertainment of the large numbers of visitors during the sales season.

Graham also pursues other interests mainly in minerals exploration where he is a director of junior explorer New South Resources as well as director for Alamo Limestone.

Other interests include food, family and golf.

David Topp – Bottom Farm, Farm Manager

David Topp or affectionately known as ‘Toppy’ is originally from Turramurra where he grew up with Mick and Steve, where he claims he help the pair of them get through school. After school he completed his carpentry and joinery trade and has worked in the construction industry for the past 32 years as a foreman/supervisor. 

Toppy made his way to Kitchwin Hills in 1995 with Mick, Steve, Graham, Di and Ray and assisted in the original set up of the Top Farm, from here he spent time traveling Australia before returning to Scone to take up full time employment at Kitchwin Hills in 2018. In his spare time you’ll find Toppy either playing lawn bowls or golf.

Kate Dallimore – Marketing & Nominations

Originally from the Gold Coast, Kate’s love for horses started at just 4 years old when her Aunty taught her to ride on their family property. At just 15 Kate left the Gold Coast to attend an Equestrian Boarding School in Armidale where her passion and love for horses only continued to grow. After school, she spent some time studying a Bachelor of Business before taking up full-time work in the racing industry including Office Manager at Baramul Stud, Events and Marketing at Townsville Turf Club and of course freelancing a number of yearling sales. 

Kate joined Kitchwin Hills in 2019 as Yearling Manager and has since progressed to Marketing and Nominations. Outside work you’ll find Kate cooking, running or enjoying time with her friends and family.

 

Oscar Engelbrecht – Yearling Manager

Oscar is a talented horseman and all-round friendly chap who’s recently joined Kitchwin Hills as Yearling Manager. 

Oscar grew up in New Zealand on a sheep and beef farm before following his father’s passion for thoroughbred racing and decided that making the move to Australia would fast track his career and give him more opportunity. 

At the young age of 24 Oscar has worked with some of the best mentors and bloodstock in the country spending extensive time both at Vinery Stud, Widden Stud and Yarraman Park, as well as exposing himself to the European Thoroughbred Industry in recent times before returning to Australia to obtain the Yearling Manager position here at Kitchwin. Outside work you’ll find Oscar playing rugby or enjoying the outdoors either hunting or fishing.

Trina Morgan – Management Accountant

The newest member of our team! Trina is a Queenslander who moved to the Hunter Valley 7 years ago and is happy to never leave. She lives with her husband, 4 children and a menage of animals. Trina previously worked in the education, mining and energy industries and she’s looking forward to all that is the thoroughbred industry.

 

Dr. Amy Duff – On farm Veterinarian

Amy is our resident veterinarian who joined the Kitchwin team in July 2021, having worked with the farm for many years prior. Amy is originally from the UK but graduated from St George’s University in Grenada with a keen interest in equine practice.

She completed two internships after qualifying as a veterinarian. The first was a surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky and the second was a large animal internship at Texas A&M University.

Amy came to Australia in 2016 and fell in love with the Hunter Valley thoroughbred industry and all it has to offer. She worked at a private practice locally managing all aspects of the hospital, and on farm care of mares and foals, as well as yearling sales work. Amy had been involved with the horses at Kitchwin Hills for many years and was thrilled to come on board full time.

Amy’s main interests are neonatal care, difficult mare reproductive cases, prenatal care, and yearling endoscopy.

When Amy is not on the farm she can usually be found in the gym or walking her sidekick Rosie. She also loves spending time with her husband Matt, on camping adventures or traveling the world.

Pierre Cornet – Broodmares & Foals

French, born and raised in Gabon, in Central Africa, Pierre comes from a family of horse owners and lovers. He’s always been around horses and rode for the first time at 6 and did 2 seasons of show jumping when he was a teenager.

After working as a Logistics Manager in Gabon and in Malaysia, Pierre traveled around Asia and Australia. Pierre’s partner became Nanny for Mick and Pauline’s son, Ollie 3 years ago and from here started working at Kitchwin Hills. Pierre assists Pauline closely with the running of day to day operations with the mares and foals as well as spending time in the office assisting Dr. Amy Duff and anyone else who needs support! Pierre started working at Kitchwin Hills 3 years ago, and the rest is history!

 

Billy Brooks – Stallion Manager

Billy is originally from Bay of Plenty in New Zealand though relocated to Australia at the young age of 18 to follow his passion for the Thoroughbred. His first job was in Scone at Turangga Farm where he learnt the ropes of leading yearlings and stallions with John and Stuart Ramsay. Having worked in the industry for over 10 years now, Billy has spent time with some of the best stallions in the country working for Newgate Farm, Emirates Park, and Kia Ora Stud. 

Although, most of his time has been spent with us at Kitchwin Hills. Billy spends his days caring for our two resident Stallions Graff and Sooboog and being Oscar’s right hand man with the yearlings. Outside work Billy enjoys fishing, racing and spending time with his friends.

Emma Wilcock – Dry Mare Manager

Emma is originally from Manchester England and has been at Kitchwin Hills for nearly 3 years now. Having being around horses since she was just 4 years old, spending most of her weekends growing up riding horses, it was only a natural fit that she went on to complete her studies in horse management and care. 

Emma first ventured to Australia 4 years ago where she completed a season at Widden Stud before returning home only to come back a year later and join the team at Kitchwin Hills. Emma now manages the Dry Mares and is an integral part of the team. Known as the smiley face of the farm, outside work you’ll find her cooking new recipes at home or writing. 

 

Tom Giles – Yearling Handler

Tom is originally from Melbourne where he grew up in Bayside and had never touched a horse. He was a keen sportsman growing up filling in his time playing cricket and AFL. It wasn’t until he was 20 years old that he started following Thoroughbred Racing when his father purchased a share in a race horse which sparked Tom’s interest.

In 2020 Tom applied for a position on the Fast Track Program after spending 5 years as a Cricket Coach, once Tom was accepted he made his way to Kitchwin Hills! Once graduated from the Fast Track Program Tom continued his progression at Kitchwin Hills and has now become an integral part of the team, he’s gone from never touching a horse 3 years ago to now handling the yearlings and helping Billy with the stallions. Outside work you’ll find Tom either at the races or searching for unique bottles of whiskey to add to his collection!