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 75 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 1350 acres. Through hard work by hand, the McAlpine family have shaped and pioneered a successful stud from modest beginnings and old-fashioned horsemanship.
Practicality, 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, not necessarily a five-star hotel rating. "It's not the colour of the fences - it's what's inside them that counts," Scott says.
Eureka has earned the title of leading Queensland stud over the years, and home to leading Queensland stallion, Semipalatinsk (USA), while boasting an impressive tally of four Magic Millions winners. Eureka has produced, Group winners in every State, Group One winners Spirit of Boom, Temple of Boom, Tinto, Picaday, Just Now, Scenic Peak, Show a Heart and Skalato (which had it taken from him on a technicality) as well as multiple Group wins and Group One seconds to include Eureka Jewel, Memphis Blues and Skalato.
The family's 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 ( a strategy also supported by world renowned owner/breeder, the Aga Khan). Colin says, however, that you can't learn it overnight.
Eureka Stud's 76-year history gives it the distinction of being a true achiever in the field of producing exceptional thoroughbreds. The McAlpine family's success has been achieved by back-breaking work, good horsemanship, honesty, staunch integrity and determination plus the occasional stroke of luck.