David & Joanne

David: Son of Bill Birch, who successfully managed Mornmoot Stud in Victoria and was a key player in the success of one of Australia’s leading sires in ‘Century’, David spent a lot of time learning the ropes from his father as a young boy.

After finishing school, David left the shores of Australia, and travelled working abroad for six years. During this time he spent time working on horse farms in America, Ireland, England, France, New Zealand and Germany.

Kicking off his career at Coolmore in Ireland, he has been fortunate enough to be involved in the care and management of great horses such as Danehill, Lohnro and El Gran Senor.

After returning to Australia, David was one of the first employees for Darley Australia, and worked hard in helping to set up the large-scale operation Aberdeen property. In 2004, David took on the role as Foaling Manager for Woodlands Stud, a position he held for 4 years.

Joanne: Originally from Coffs Harbour, Joanne grew up in a racing stable with her Father Trevor. Finishing school in 1993, she then completed an Equine Science Degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga, graduating in 1997. After returning home and gaining some invaluable racing administration experience under Martin Henderson at Coffs Harbour Race Club, Joanne took on the position as Assistant Manager of Clarence River Jockey Club in Grafton.

After a 2 year stint with the Grafton Club, Joanne was offered the position as CEO/Racecourse Curator at the newly built Sapphire Coast Turf Club on the far south coast of NSW. Looking to further her experience, Joanne left her position at Sapphire Coast and took on the job as CEO of the Ballina Jockey Club.

After 6 years in racing admin, Joanne decided to turn her hand back to horse management. To gain experience in the breeding industry, Joanne then moved to Woodlands Stud in the Hunter Valley, to take on a role as Broodmare/Yearling Foreman for the Ingham’s enterprise.

Joanne met her partner David at Woodlands. After almost 4 years at Woodlands, Joanne and David both moved to western Sydney to manage and prepare the yearlings for the reputable Reavill Farm. In there first year, Reavill sold 24 yearlings for just over $6 million, averaging just over $250,000 at the premier Magic Millions & Inglis Easter Yearling sales, the best result to date for Farm.

After the sudden death of her Mother, Joanne & David moved back home where they now enjoy life on a beautiful property, just outside Coffs Harbour.