From the Grass Roots of NZ
As a man who built an empire from the grass roots of the New Zealand thoroughbred Industry, Sir Patrick Hogan is rightfully regarded as the King of “down under” horse breeding.
For over 30 years Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan’s Cambridge Stud has dominated as the number one nursery for thoroughbred Champions in Australasia.
To those people starting out in the industry as owners or breeders it is inspirational to reflect that Sir Patrick's rise to such wonderful heights all started from humble beginnings.
In the early 1970s Sir Patrick ran a small stud farm with his wife, Justine. "We had one staff member - that was all we could afford. When we first went into breeding we had five foals in our first year. They weren't very valuable, but they were valuable to us.
"Within six months we were down to one (mare). First one died, then a second, then a third, then another - all from one thing or another. That was a real low and we wondered what was going to happen to us."
But the importation in 1975 to Cambridge Stud of Sir Tristram, a son of English Derby winner Sir Ivor, was to bring a watershed change in Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan's fortunes.