Last Sunday Fillies Form attended the Meadows Bloodstock and Racing (MBR) Open Day.
MBR is owned an operated by Keith and Jan Meadows and is located in the small picturesque village of Jamberoo. Jamberoo (derived from an aboriginal word meaning ‘track’) is approximately 11km inland of Kiama on the South Coast of News South Wales.
Fillies Form first met Keith and Jan at Warwick Farm based trainer Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Englebrecht’s Open Day. What started as a polite introduction, turned into a few cold beverages and a keen discussion about their relatively new breeding operation, their racing interests and how we had just purchased a 10% share in a 2 year old filly on the hunch that it could be the next Black Caviar. We enjoyed the day, exchanged numbers and left thinking that we may run into them at the races in the near future.
To our surprise, in early October we received an invite to their MBR Open Day. With the promise of a parade of their latest offerings, seafood by the creek, lunch, champagne and lucky door prizes, we were not going to miss this opportunity. We knew after meeting them and reading the invite that they were just like us! They had a love for racing, good times and champagne.
The Open Day finally arrived and despite the wet conditions on the trip down from Sydney, we were given a very warm welcome by Keith, Jan and their guests. We found it amazing that after one prior encounter, Keith and Jan were willing to open their home to us and treat us like family. We settled in with a few refreshments and were introduced to many characters, some who had an interest in racing while others were there to learn more about the MBR operation.
Avoiding the rain, the 50 strong crowd gathered in the living room of the sandstone home to hear Keith speak of the progress made by MBR in 2013. He detailed their plans for the future and the methodology MBR adhere to when breeding, caring and racing their horses. It was evident that the work and effort required to run such an operation was huge, and Keith and Jan graciously thanked all those tireless helping hands involved.
Two trainers who work closely with MBR, Gabrielle Englebrecht and Robert Price, spoke of the success they have experienced training for Keith and Jan. They also gave their personal opinion on the horse’s on offer, an insight into their training methods, and what prospective owner’s could expect if they were to buy into one of the MBR horses.
Fillies Form were also lucky enough to speak to Luke Price (Roberts son) who used to be a top apprentice with Guy Walter, but now trains in his own right. He gave a glowing report on the MBR horses he had ridden in trackwork and gave us a tip that the Canny Lad colt that was being offered on the day was something special. We liked the sound of this, but it was time to watch the replay of MBR’s most recent success ‘Budderoo Dragon’ who had won convincingly at Bathurst.
Keith then said it was time to see the horses on offer down by the creek and with drinks in hand, who were we to argue? Expecting a muddy yard with drenched horses, we trekked down some stairs to a prestine grassed area next to the flowing creek. In newly fenced yards we spotted 2 horses that must have wondered what all the fuss was about? Little did they know that the main attraction was them. We all gathered around the yard to get a good look and listen to Keith, Jan and the trainers speak about each horse. What we really appreciated was the honesty from everyone who spoke in regards to each horses current ability and their future potential. We found this very important as we now had all the information to make an informed decision without any smoke and mirrors. After absorbing all that was said, it was time for lunch.
Upon arrival back to the homestead we were greeted by an amount of food that could have fed the crowd at Flemington on Derby Day. Seafood, BBQ meat, Roast Meat, Dessert, the list went on and it was just like mums cooking (only better). Completing the action packed day were the lucky door prizes, and low and behold, our name was the first one picked out of the barrel. We had won a beautiful Black Caviar book filled with unseen images of her triumphs and behind the scenes footage, picked up by Keith and Jan on their many travels. Just when we thought our day couldn’t get any better, it just had.
We were happy to settle in for the evening given the rainy conditions, the wine and the exceptional company, but home was calling and it was time to exchange phone numbers and say our goodbyes.
On the way home we couldn’t stop talking about the fun characters we had met, how beautiful the property was, the immaculate presentation of the horses and how MBR was really going to do something special in the racing and breeding industry.
The generosity and unbelievable hospitality shown by Jan and Keith was something very special, and the experience will be talked about for a long time.
Our trip to the MBR Open Day was a great example of how racing provides so many opportunities to meet so many great people. Without getting out and experiencing different aspects of the racing industry, we would never had been able to experience such a memorable day.
For further information about Meadows Bloodstock and Racing you can contact Keith Meadows by email – firstname.lastname@example.org