Our History

Eureka Stud was founded in 1935 by Andrew McAlpine. Similar to a number of thoroughbred studs in Queensland, the property has been handed down from one generation to the next - current owner managers being Andrew's son, Colin and grandson Scott who has three sons, Harry, Angus and Charlie.

Over the past 85 years the original 'square mile of timbered Darling Downs black soil country with no infrastructure and no fencing except along the boundary line' has expanded to 2000 acres. Through hard work, the McAlpine family have shaped and pioneered a successful stud from modest beginnings and old-fashioned horsemanship.

Eureka is now situated over three main farms which have been established into the seperate purposes of breeding, spelling and a self sufficient hay and cropping production. Well maintained buildings, natural and planted pastures, protected higher ground, and undulating paddocks with a focus on safety, and a desire to reduce the stress on every horse and let the horse grow out naturally on the property has resulted in success.

Eureka has earned the title of leading Queensland stud over the years, and has been home to Champion Queensland stallions: Spirit of Boom, Semipalatinsk (USA) and Brave Warrior. The farm has produced Group winners in every State of Australia including Group One winners Apache Chase, Pippie, Spirit of Boom, Temple of Boom, Tinto, Picaday, Just Now, Scenic Peak and Show a Heart

The farms ability to breed and raise such an enviable list of Group performers becomes more noteworthy when you consider that most have been produced from a moderately priced broodmare band. Eureka mares have won Queensland Broodmare of the Year Awards no less than five times. The stud owes much of its success to a historical (yet increasingly rare) approach of supporting foundation mares and their daughters over decades - not months or years as commercial nuances dictates what may or may not be 'fashionable' - thus producing future generations of champions.

Eureka Stud's 85-year history gives it the distinction of being a true achiever in the field of producing exceptional thoroughbreds. It is located on the rich black soils of the Darling Downs which is renown for producing tough racehorses. The studs success has been achieved by back-breaking work, good horsemanship, honesty, staunch integrity and determination plus the occasional stroke of luck.