Mulawa Arabian Stud Open Day - WAHO 2019
Inauspicious and unpretentious, Mulawa Arabian Stud began on a small property in Wyong, located about 50 miles (85 km) north of Sydney just off the Pacific Coast. Mulawa — pronounced muh'-lah-wah — is an aboriginal word meaning “in the shade of the trees.” This name was chosen by the elder Greg Farrell for the original family homestead, peacefully situated amidst a large grove of eucalypts in northwest suburban Sydney. When the aspirations of the stud outgrew the original Wyong property, it was relocated inland to Kulnura for another 15 years, and then again in 1992 to its present location in rural Berilee, near the original family home on the edge of greater Sydney.
Jane, too, credits Ambition with Mulawa’s early success. “Without Ambition we would have remained a hobby farm, Ambition and Greg; without either one Mulawa simply would not be! He was a very noble stallion and his influence remains far stronger than the number of direct descendants in the program. The dream began with Ambition and the dream goes on.”
“I don’t think our goals have changed, or will ever change,” she continues. “A beautiful, functional, athletic horse, is to me the definition of the Arabian, the ‘complete’ package. Our program is forever evolving, but the aim of that ‘whole’ Arabian will not change regardless of the size or market reach of the farm.”
“I perceive our horses being of international quality for worldwide breeding programs and performance in the showring,” says Julie. “On a personal basis, my ultimate goal would be to breed an exceptional moving and conformed performance horse that will also be highly competitive in the international halter ring.”
The recent focus on embryo transfer has allowed Mulawa to capitalize on the genetics of the program’s most meritorious broodmatrons as well as the most accomplished young females. The results thus far have been impressive – the productive life of older elite mares has been extended, while the early productive capacity of the best two-year old fillies has been realized, oftentimes reaping multiple rewards. In the past, Mulawa felt compelled to keep the best progeny from each foal crop as next generation replacements – now with several of the best mares producing multiple foals a year, Mulawa can share its finest with the international market and breeders worldwide while ensuring the ongoing success and progress of its own program.