The Edinglassie Team

The Team
Mick and Michelle Talty

Mick and Michelle Talty


Mick and Michelle Talty have been running Edinglassie as a commercial stud farm for the past 26 years.

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Andrew Baddock


Andrew was the breeding and racing manager at Gooree for 36 years before joing Edinglassie.

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Natasha Akland


Natasha has been breeding, breaking and riding her own stock horses for many years.

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Kyle Wilcher


The Thoroughbred Industry runs in Kyle’s blood. His grandfather was a jockey and his grandmother grew up on a farm.

Tony Strong - Edinglassie

Tony Strong


Tony grew up in Glen Innis and one of his first jobs with horses was working on the track in Wyong.

Michael Nevillle - Master Farrier

Michael Neville (Spook)


Michael’s accomplished skills are essential in rearing, selling and racing a sound correct thoroughbred.

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Celina Gray


Celina grew up in country Victoria, where she started riding at a young age, attending one day events and retraining racehorses.

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Cassie Reid


Cassie’s passion being neonatal care of foals is invaluable to Edinglassie looking after them from day one through to Yearling preparation.

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Vaughan Lees


After leaving school, Vaughan got his first stud job at Blandford Lodge in New Zealand, working with great stallions, Imposing and Sky Chase.

Gillian Matthews

Gillian Matthews

Gilllian has been Edinglassie's head nightwatch woman for the last 7 years. She has prolific experience in the valuation and care of our newborn foals

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Livia De Bias

Since 2019 Livia has been working between Kildangan Stud (Godolphin) in Ireland and at Hunter Equine Centre.

Mick and Michelle Talty

Mick and Michelle Talty

Mick and Michelle Talty have been running Edinglassie as a commercial stud farm for the past 20 years. Mick being a resident at Edinglassie for 27 years, 7 of those years gaining invaluable knowledge of the farm & horses from well known horseman Sid Anderson.

After meeting at Glenormiston Agricultural College both Mick and Michelle gained overseas experience in Ireland, England,  America and locally in the Hunter Valley.

Mick gained his thoroughbred grounding at Widden Stud before time working with leading bloodstock auctioneer companies William Inglis and Tattersalls. Returning to the Hunter Valley Mick spent time managing a small private farm before moving to Edinglassie Stud.

Michelle started her thoroughbred career under the guidance of Peter Orton at Middlebrook Park before, gaining international experience working at Airlie Stud (Ireland), Lanwades Stud (Newmarket) and Lanes End (Kentucky). Returning to the Hunter Valley, Michelle attained valuable experience as veterinary assistant to Dr Phil Redman, progressing to yearling manager at Turungga Stud. It was a natural move to Arrowfield yearling manager and reuniting with Peter Orton, upon the purchase of Turungga yearling farm by Arrowfield Stud

Now Mick & Michelle work side by side, complementing each others skill sets running Edinglassie Thoroughbred Stud.

Andrew Baddock

Andrew Baddock: Andrew has always had a strong interest in horses, where he started Show Jumping and competing in equestrian events at the age of 12. After finishing school, Andrew attended Tocal Agricultural College in Patterson, before landing at Job at Widden Stud. This is where he first met and became good friends with Mick Talty. Whilst working together, the pair learnt invaluable skills which led Andrew to Mudgee, where he joined the newly built Gooree Stud in 1985. Andrew was the breeding and racing manager at Gooree for 36 years until joining forces with Mick and Michelle at Edinglassie Stud in August 2021, with his partner Natasha Akland.

Natasha Akland

Natasha has always had a soft spot for horses, her very first job was a stable hand at just 13 years old. She has worked alongside the Veterinary Medicines authority, where she investigated illegal importation, manufacture and supply of Ag and Vet chemicals across Australia. More recently, Natasha spent a number of years working as the NSW Integrity Investigator and Steward for Harness Racing NSW, as well as working at yearling sales around Australia. Natasha has always had her own horses, where she has been breeding, breaking and riding her own stock horses for a number of years. Natasha and her partner Andrew Baddock have recently joined the team at Edinglassie, with a focus on growing and sharing the success of the farm with friends, Mick and Michelle Talty.

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Kyle Wilcher

The Thoroughbred Industry runs in Kyle’s blood. His grandfather was a jockey and his grandmother grew up on a farm, both her brothers were trainers who worked on studs.. Even on the other side of the family both grandparents were involved in racing so you could say he caught the bug as well.

Kyle has ridden trackwork in both Victoria and Tasmania and has a large passion for racing.

Kyle’s main focus on the farm is the weanlings and yearlings. He has a disciplined eye and his attention to detail is of great importance.

Balancing nutrition, exercise and a young horses education is one of the most rewarding jobs in Kyle’s view.

Tony Strong - Edinglassie

Tony Strong

Tony grew up in Glen Innis and one of his first jobs with horses was working on the track in Wyong.

In 1991 Tony moved to the Hunter Valley and Drove Cattle in Quirindi and worked as a Stock and Station assistant.

Farming has always been Tony’s passion he started working at Edinglassie in 1998 and has been with us ever since.

Tony as well as a farmer has a great interest in horses and loves to follow racing. Tony knows the Edinglassie property back to front and is in charge of all the pasture improvements, irrigation, maintenance as well as keeping a close eye on the horses whilst he is out and about.

Michael Nevillle - Master Farrier

Michael Neville (Spook)

Michael “Spook” Neville, is one of Australia’s most respected farriers.

Spook learnt his trade from his father Billy, who ran a team of around 10 farriers servicing the majority of Hunter Valley thoroughbred stud farms in the 80’s & 90’s. Billy Neville is still the only farrier in the thoroughbred Hall of Fame in Lexington Kentucky.

Michael’s accomplished skills are essential in rearing, selling and racing a sound correct thoroughbred.

Spook has also been on the lecture trail, being invited to talk at various  events around the world, discussing his specialty in equine lameness, development  and corrective procedures.

Spook has been the consulting farrier for many leading Equine Hospitals and has been with Edinglassie for 30 years.

Celina Gray

Celina has always had a passion for horses, both her Pa and her dad where country trainers, her dad previously and jockey and still a barrier attendant to this day. Celina grew up in country Victoria, where she started riding at a young age, attending one day events and retraining racehorses. Celina has ridden trackwork for Sharyn Trolove and is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Science at Charles Stuart University.

We are fortunate enough at Edinglassie to employee Celina for the season, where she shows great attention to detail and neonatal care for the mares and foals, as well as doing a superb job preparing the yearlings for the Magic Millions Sales.

Cassie Reid

Cassie has been involved with horses since a young age where she enjoyed equestrian riding. Cassie has previously worked 4 seasons with Bhima Stud where she was active with mares and foals, yearlings and weanlings. Cassie’s passion being neonatal care of foals is invaluable to Edinglassie looking after them from day one through to Yearling preparation. Every Farm needs a Cassie.

Vaughan Lees

Vaughan grew up in Wairapa NZ, where he shared his passion for horses with his father. His father was on the committee for the Wairarpa and Wellington Race Clubs , which led him to getting his first job doing saddle cloths at the age of 12. After leaving school, Vaughan got his first stud job at Blandford Lodge in New Zealand, working with great stallions, Imposing and Sky Chase.

He was fortunate to have learnt a lot of valuable information and experiences form John Thompson, who is now the owner of Rich Hill Farm in New Zealand. After 20 years of working for great studs in NZ, including Wedge wood and Westbury, Vaughan decided to move to Australia where he was the broodmare manager at Baramul Stud. He has gained experience at both Newgate and Bhima before coming to Edinglassie Stud, where he provides great attention to detail and brings a lot of valuable experience to the farm.

 

Gillian Matthews

Gillian Matthews

Gilllian has been Edinglassie’s head nightwatch woman for the last 7 years. She has prolific experience in the valuation and care of our newborn foals

Livia De Biase

 Livia graduated in 2015 from the veterinary University of Perugia, Italy. After graduation, Liv completed an 18-month internship in equine medicine and surgery at Troytown Grey Abbey, Kildare in Ireland. Afterwards she worked primarily in ambulatory practice in busy thoroughbred hospitals in Ireland. Since 2019 Livia has been working between Kildangan Stud (Godolphin) in Ireland and at Hunter Equine Centre, where we have been fortunate enough to work alongside her at Edinglassie. Livia’s compassion and hard work all year round is why we love having her at Edinglassie.