Our Team

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.

Nick Hodges


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 four young sons Oliver, Lincoln, Edward and Dougal.

Toni Freeman

Operations Manager

Toni grew up in a show jumping family in Barraba, NSW, travelling to shows all over the east coast of Australia. A career in thoroughbreds commenced with a yearling preparation at Coolmore, then Toni moved to Glenlogan Park for five years where she was Yearling Manager for three of those years.

Travel to Japan and USA followed where Toni gained valuable experience in all aspects of stud work. A return to Australia saw Toni take up the position of Yearling Manager at Riversdale in 2011. Now in 2024 she is our Operations Manager.

Sarah Wills

Stud Secretary

Sarah is from New Zealand and was involved in the racing and breeding industry from a young age. Travel overseas took Sarah to Ireland, USA, Sweden and Italy where she worked for leading stud farms and trainers before returning to New Zealand to pursue a career in administration.

Sarah then worked at Coolmore Australia for 11 years before taking up CEO roles with firstly, Ballina Jockey Club and then Scone Race Club. Sarah has been with Riversdale since 2017 and helps Jasmine with all aspects of a busy stud office.