Our History

The Tait family

Olly and Amber Tait

Olly and Amber Tait can both boast CVs deep on learning and qualifications – but, in truth, their credentials for running one of Australia’s iconic stud farms aren’t on paper: they are in the blood. They are almost as steeped in the racing game as the horses they tend and raise.

Olly’s family have bred some of Australia’s greatest racehorses. Baguette, Tie The Knot and Spinning Hill all carried the Tait family’s famous red and white colours to multiple G1 victories. Thanks to those successes, the family was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. Olly began a professional career in bloodstock in his early 20s, and during his 15 years at Darley – Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock business – Olly established it in Australia, went on to manage it in Japan and the United States before relocating to the UK in 2010 where he was responsible for their operations globally. It’s true to say that he was instrumental in helping to shape the Sheikh’s breeding empire, and he was centre stage with many of the most significant decisions that have had such an impact on the thoroughbred world. Amber’s career began in Sydney and initially focused on business development for large professional service firms, before she joined Olly on his journey around the world of racing and breeding.

Olly’s international adventures extend to being a keen contributor to the global racing community. Elected to the Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors, Members and Trustees in 2009, Olly was their Audit and Finance Chairman until 2013. Olly has also held the positions of President of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association in Australia and was a Director of Aushorse, the representative body of commercial thoroughbred breeders in Australia, both from 2006-2008.

Olly and Amber’s children, Rupert, Freddy and Daisy, are all horse lovers and enthusiastic riders. Their places of birth betray the international outlook of the Tait household: Rupert was born in Australia, Freddy in America and Daisy in England. That said, all three of them (and their parents) couldn’t be quicker to call Twin Hills home.

Our services

Quality: it’s the Twin Hills way

Besides standing stallions, we’re involved with just about every part of the racing and breeding game…

Bloodstock management

We assist clients at all levels of the market in reaching their bloodstock goals, whether that’s success in the sale ring or on the racecourse. Olly’s career in the sport – including running Darley’s global exploits for Sheikh Mohammed – has given him a wealth of knowledge and fine-honed his judgement. Take advantage of his experience and entrust your breeding stock to the Twin Hills team.

Broodmare & youngstock agistment

Deep pasture on lush, rolling hillsides. An elite nursery, tended for decades for some of the biggest names in breeding, and now run by a family steeped in the game. Twin Hills is a fantastic farm, in a spectacular and tranquil landscape, and – as decades of big-race winners attest – this place has what it takes to produce proper racehorses. Horses thrive here. Please consider sending yours. We are well positioned between the major breeding centres in New South Wales and Victoria and welcome walk-ins, foaling mares and short-term boarders.

Racehorse spelling

Purpose-built, world-class facilities on prime pasture, plus a team with the skills and experience to give racehorses the highest standard of care during their downtime between preparations. The race records of Written By, Mildred, Music Magnate and many more prove it works. It’s a wonderful place to be a speller, and the Twin Hills way can help your horses fulfil their potential.

Sale preparation & consignment

The Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale in 2019 saw the inaugural Twin Hills draft of yearlings: our top price was $550,000. Later that year, we sold our first million-dollar horse: the $1.6m broodmare, Lipari. Twin Hills is now represented at all major auctions and can help your sales horses – be they youngstock, fillies or mares – really stand out and shine. Put our reputation and network to work for you.