The Farm


In 1930 Seton Otway purchased a run-down Waikato dairy farm and developed it into one of the leading thoroughbred nurseries of its time.  Named Trelawney, the farm remains the oldest commercially operated stud farm in New Zealand.

In 2016 Otway was inducted into the NZ Racing Hall of Fame, recognised for this achievements while at the helm of Trelawney.  Under Otway’s management the farm produced seven Melbourne Cup winners: Hiraji (1947), Foxzami (1949), MacDougal (1959), Hi-Jinx (1960), Galilee (1966), Polo Prince (1964), and Silver Knight (1971).  A statue was unveiled on the farm in 2010 recognising this achievement.


Arguably the most famous horse to represent Trelawney was Tulloch.  Bred, reared and sold by Trelawney Tulloch went on to win 33 times at elite level for the legendary Tommy Smith.

One of greatest influences on Otway’s success was the remarkable sire Foxbridge (GB), himself inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.  A super-sire of his era, Foxbridge headed the NZ sire’s premiership for 11 seasons, dominating the racing scene in the 1940s.  His accomplishments continued as a broodmare sire where the success of his daughters at stud saw him crowned as champion broodmare sire 11 times.

Another stallion to prove very successful in New Zealand was Alcimedes (GB).  Among his first crop were VRC Derby-winner Prince Grant and Melbourne Cup winner Galilee. He was also the sire of Melbourne Cup-winner Silver Knight.


Otway held an active interest in the farm until he passed away at the age of 94.  He was laid to rest between Foxbridge and Alcimedes, the two stallions that helped shape the success of the farm and together held 16 NZ Champion Sire titles.

In 1987 the Troy Corporation purchased a 50% share in the bloodstock of Trelawney.  Unfortunately the share market crash forced the Otway family to sell the farm to clear their debts, and the farm was picked up by billionaire Robert Holmes à Court.  Further bad luck ensued as Holmes à Court passed soon after.  In 1993 the farm was purchased by the Taylor family who are proud to be able to continue the legacy left behind.



Seton Otway Hall of Fame video

Foxbridge Hall of Fame video

Tulloch Hall of Fame video