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.
Oscar Engelbrecht – Stud 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.
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.
Zoe Powell – Marketing & Nominations
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!