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.

Verna Metcalfe – General Manager Alma Vale & Kitchwin Hills

With a remarkable career that spans over 40 years in the industry, Verna Metcalfe is a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the thoroughbred industry. 

Starting her career, she worked for 12 years at Woodland Stud under the esteemed guidance of Peter Flynn. Her invaluable contributions extend to three foaling seasons at Widden Stud, where she demonstrated her exceptional ability by overseeing the foaling down of an impressive 350-380 mares annually. Verna then went on to expand her skill set by pre-breaking in yearlings for Belmont Farm. She then managed Middlebrook Valley Lodge for 13 years, earning an enviable reputation for exceptional care and attention to foals and yearlings before starting her own venture at Alma Vale Thoroughbreds. 

Verna was awarded the 2016 Murray Bain Service Award as a highly respected and valued member of the Hunter’s thoroughbred breeding industry who has worked expertly and tirelessly in all aspects of thoroughbred foaling, broodmare management, sales preparation, and general horse care.

With a wealth of knowledge and involvement in all facets of the thoroughbred industry, Verna Metcalfe continues to be a respected figure and Hunter Valley Royalty.

Oscar Engelbrecht – Stud Manager

Oscar Engelbrecht has carved an exemplary career path in the thoroughbred industry, rising to the esteemed position of Stud Manager at Kitchwin Hills. His extensive knowledge spans across all facets of the thoroughbred industry, with a keen focus on yearlings and pedigrees.

Hailing from a sheep and beef farm in New Zealand, Oscar’s journey into the world of thoroughbred racing was inspired by his father’s passion. Seeking to accelerate his career and explore greater opportunities, he made the strategic move to Australia.

Oscar has garnered valuable experience working alongside some of the industry’s finest mentors and with top-tier bloodstock. His journey includes stints at renowned establishments such as Vinery Stud, Widden Stud, and Yarraman Park. Additionally, he immersed himself in the European Thoroughbred Industry, gaining valuable insights during his time at Chasemore Farm, Tally Ho Stud, and Kildaragh Stud. He returned to Australia at the end of 2021 to assume the pivotal position of Yearling Manager at Kitchwin.

Oscar approaches the new position with a refreshing and open-minded perspective, injecting much needed vitality and innovation into the role.

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