Lime Country is a progressive thoroughbred enterprise specialising in sales preparation, broodmare and racehorse agistment, breaking-in and pre-training.

Our mission is to achieve great results every step of the way. From commercial success in the sale ring all the way through to winning races, we enjoy doing business with like-minded people. We have strong relationships with our existing clients and we look forward to developing new successful partnerships with Australian and International breeders, owners, trainers and participants in the future. Lime Country has been a top 10 vendor by average at all the sales in NZ, from yearling sales to breeding stock sales and we hope to expand that success in the Australian sales rings over the coming years.

Greg & Jo Griffin

Greg grew up on the back of a horse: from his time on the front of his dad's stock horse out mustering on big stations as a toddler through to competitive show-jumping and eventing in his teen years. His love of sport and horses saw him represent New Zealand at test match level in Polocrosse before progressing into to a career schooling and managing polo teams internationally.

During that period Greg & Jo travelled the polo circuit between NZ, Australia and the UK. A growing young family prompted the decision to return to New Zealand full-time with Greg taking up a position at Windsor Park Stud, largely focusing on working with the stallions and yearlings. The time spent at Windsor Park, along with some success as an owner of broodmares and race fillies ignited his passion for the thoroughbred industry.

From the thoroughbred itself to the business of breeding and the art of developing young stock for sale, working with horses is a life Greg loves.

Jo worked for many years as a professional groom for NZ Olympic show-jumpers after a successful riding career in her youth. A subsequent career in marketing and business development saw Jo in national roles with high profile brands such as Chubb, Disney and Warner. However, it was Jo's love of the Thoroughbred Industry that saw her land the role of National Marketing Manager for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing. In 2010 Jo decided to focus full-time on the growth and development of Lime Country Thoroughbreds, this focus has been a key driver in the rapid growth of the business.

Up until 2017 Jo's commitments in NZ saw her sit on the board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing as one to two Stud Masters representatives while also holding a seat on the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Association council. Jo is driven to provide Lime Country clients with a unique level of service within the industry and to see the farm continuing its ascent amongst the top vendors in the country.

Lime Country's Australian Expansion

In early 2016 we made the decision to move away from our base in the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand to ensure our business and family were positioned solidly for the future. For the last twelve months we have painstakingly reviewed our business, the thoroughbred industries in both New Zealand and Australia and our family's needs. While we loved our time in New Zealand, at the end of 2016 the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself in Australia. Our recent move to the Southern Highlands of NSW in Australia has been the culmination of a year of planning and many big decisions but we are delighted to be settling into our new property and look forward to many rewarding and successful years at our new home.

It wasn't hard to figure out why NSW currently has one of the most, if not the most, vibrant, progressive and accessible racing and breeding industries in the world today. Exceptional prizemoney, forward-thinking participants and world-class bloodstock are the reasons why the Australian racing and breeding industries are ahead of the rest, and why Lime Country decided to be a part of it.

Through an earlier business relationship with Duncan Ramage and Dato Tan Chin Nam we had a solid foundation in place to approach them with an innovative and mutually beneficial proposal in regard to the future of the Tan family farm which appealed to both parties. After much research and due diligence our move to the beautiful property formally known as Think Big Stud came to fruition in February of 2017.

It is the property of a lifetime, the opportunity of a lifetime and we feel extremely blessed to have secured it along with taking care of the Tan family's bloodstock in the future.

Values

So apart from pretty descriptions and glossy photos, what we really value are five things; our clients, our staff, our reputation, our horses and your success.

Our clients provide us with their stock and we feel enormous responsibility to do our utmost to maximise their return on investment while providing the very best, individualised care for each-and-every horse on our property. The buyers and investors that support us at the sales are key to our success and we do all we can to ensure that our clients' stock end up in the best possible hands.

Our staff are the people we get up and work alongside 365 days of the year. We want to work with great people who enjoy their work and want to progress within our business. We have assembled a team of people who understand how important their role and responsibilities are within our business. What they do and how they do it is a representation of our business and our values. So, we want and expect a lot more than average from our team and treat them like the assets they are.

Our reputation is why were are where we are. There is no other income stream, no fall-back position. Our reputation is extremely valuable to us and must be upheld, protected, cultured and continuously developed. We take our reputation into account in all that we do. This is a word of mouth business, recommendations matter.

Finally the horses. We aim to produce horses that are well-grown, sound and well educated - the three most important things that will help them maximise their chance of success on the track. Our mares live in a peaceful and well planned environment to ensure they breed quality foals. We pride ourselves on our horse management, there are no short cuts with feed, education or time. It's all about the quality of service, the quality of the staff and the outstanding natural environment.
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