“At Riversdale Farm we specialise in foaling down mares, reproduction and yearling preparation, our focus is on providing the best possible care for every horse”

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Our Team

Nick Hodges

General Manager

Nick was raised at Riversdale Farm from the age of two. He quickly showed a strong affinity for horses and became involved in every aspect of farm life. After High School Nick completed a Bachelor of Science, Geology from the University of Newcastle and worked in the mining sector for a short period. Before returning home Nick took 12 months to travel and work at some of the most respected horse studs in the world, discovering in the process that his true vocation lay with horses. Nick lives at Riversdale Farm with his beautiful wife Jasmine and their three young sons Oliver, Lincoln and Edward.

Joel Stewart


Joel moved to the Hunter Valley almost a decade ago, where he started working at Vinery Stud. In the 9 years that he worked there, he spent time in the hospital unit, yearling and stallion barn and then finished his career managing the dry mares.

In 2011, Joel shuttled stallions to the UK. Whilst there he worked with the stallions and was a yard supervisor at the English National Stud. Over the years Joel has picked up a wide knowledge of all aspects of the thoroughbred breeding Industry.

Riversdale Farm is fortunate to have some very experienced staff along with some younger and eager to learn.

They all interact well which makes a happy, efficient team.

Toni Freeman

Yearling Manager

Toni has been our Yearling Manager since August 2011.

She first started working in the thoroughbred industry doing seasonal work in Japan and America. After her overseas trip Toni worked for 2 years at Royston Stud followed by 5 years at Glenlogan Park as yearling manager.