Laurence is the hands-on owner and director of Tyreel Stud. From managing all things machinery to planning and programing the redevelopment of Tyreel Stud pastures, Laurence is responsible for providing a top-notch feed supply for Tyreel’s horses and maintaining the A1 appearance of the property.
Laurence and his wife, Linda, purchased Tyreel in March 2014 and moved onto the property with their two boys in May 2014.
He brings 20 years’ experience in the construction and earthmoving industries to his jack-of-all trades role at Tyreel, and spent his formative years around cattle and dairy farming.
He was born into a long line of farmers and spent his teenage years working on two large cattle properties with his farm manager dad. During this time he learnt the art of cropping, pasture improvement, haymaking, machinery maintenance, fencing, cattle breeding and animal husbandry.
His role of Tyreel is the culmination of his born-and-bred passion for farming and utilises the many skills he built throughout two decades in the construction and earthmoving industries to ensure Tyreel operates at maximum production.
But Laurence is not satisfied to simply rest on his laurels. Rather, he believes in always thinking outside the box and welcomes a broad range of ideas from horse industry professionals to keep Tyreel performing well ahead of the pack.
In his downtime, Laurence loves spending time fishing, boating and riding dirt bikes with his two active young adult boys.
Robert knew he was destined for a career in the thoroughbred industry from a very young age. He gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working for many of the UK’s leading thoroughbred operations including Newsells Park Stud, before moving to Australia in 2005.
Robert quickly established himself in Australia’s thoroughbred industry as Yearling Manager at Bellerive Stud under the tutelage of Brian Gorman, and went on to join Tyreel Stud in 2009 as Assistant Manager under the previous ownership of Dean Fleming.
He was promoted to Stud Manager in 2012, and has played an instrumental role in evolving Tyreel for a new generation of success since Laurence and Linda Monds took ownership of the stud in 2014.
Today, Robert oversees the development and day-to-day operation of the farm, along with monitoring the farm’s bloodstock from breeding and potential mating plans and the foaling down of mares to the rearing of bloodstock, yearling preparation and sales.
Together with the dedicated team at Tyreel, he consistently strives to achieve the highest levels of care and nurturing of stock, and knows what it takes to breed and raise thoroughbreds at the highest level, resulting in exceptional sales and racing successes.
Away from work, you’ll find Robert chasing sheep at his farm in the Blue Mountains and spending as much time as possible with his family and friends.
Darren has thoroughbred racing in his blood. Prior to joining Tyreel Stud, he rode track work for Bart and Anthony Cummings where he gained first-hand insights into the training and preparation of some of the best racehorses in Australia.
But close contact with champion horses was nothing new for Darren. He grew up in Ireland where he worked in show jumping stables throughout his teenage years under the mentorship of key figures in the equestrian industry.
He was selected as one of the of travelling grooms for the Irish European show jumping team in 2005 during which he spent three weeks caring for the best show jumpers in Ireland.
After relocating to Australia in 2009, Darren was recruited by Mick Malone at Kitchwin Hills and was primarily responsible for handling yearlings and young stock. He also spent six months with IRT (International Racehorse Transportation) where he seized the opportunity to care for breeding stallions arriving in Australia from the Northern Hemisphere.
This experience has primed Darren for his current role at Tyreel Stud where he is responsible for ensuring all the horses are healthy, happy, comfortable and moving forward in their development.
He also works across all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the farm, and thrives on the challenge of being part of small, close-knit team with the common objective of providing the highest quality of care to broodmares and giving Tyreel’s young stock the best possible start to a successful racing career.
Tyreel Stud owner/director Linda Monds combines many years of business management experience with her background in thoroughbred breeding to lead the business into the next generation of success.
Before establishing her career in business management, Linda spent her early years growing up around a cattle property with thoroughbred horses, and is now combining her life-long passion for horses with her tried and tested business management skills.
That’s why Tyreel Stud is more than a business for Linda. She is a passionate animal lover and cares deeply for all Tyreel’s horses. Just as a master coach protects the interests of the athletes under their charge, Linda is committed to ensuring each and every horse is taken care of according to their individual needs in order to fulfil their potential.
Linda is also committed to achieving the best possible outcome for each and every client, and underpins her personal care for Tyreel’s horses with a strong financial understanding of the industry and what it takes to achieve commercial success.
Linda prides herself on her openness to new ideas and puts power behind her passion with the latest scientific and technological innovations that have made Tyreel Stud a best-practice leader in the constantly evolving thoroughbred industry.
She also strongly believes that building a dedicated on-staff team along with close relationships with expert nutritionists, agronomists, farriers and veterinarians to provide customised programs suited to the individual needs and behaviours of each of her horses is the key to Tyreel’s ongoing success.
Linda’s top-level communication skills are also highly valued among Tyreel’s clients and she consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure all client goals are achieved for a successful, stress-free and rewarding investment experience.
Orla loves everything about her job. Whether she’s looking after the general care of all horses on the farm, foaling down mares, handling foals, weanlings and yearlings, or preparing horses for sale, she brings a dedicated work ethic and positive attitude to everything she does.
With extensive hands-on farm experience and time spent on the sales circuit around Australia, Orla knows exactly what it takes to nurture a successful racehorse and is focused on achieving the best possible result for Tyreel Stud and its clients.
Orla began her career on a busy stud farm in Co Kildare, Ireland where she foaled almost 300 mares in her first season and prepared more than 20 yearlings for sale. She went on to take up a role as a supervisor on a stud in Co Carlow, Ireland where she cared for the farm’s stallions and assisted with most covers.
Following a move to Australia, Orla accepted a job with Coolmore Stud where she worked with mares, foals and yearlings, before heading to Victoria to gain further experience handling yearlings.
She also worked on the sales circuit around Australia where she learned first-hand what buyers look for in commercially successful racehorses, before returning to Coolmore in a supervisor role.
Today, Orla is a highly valued member of the Tyreel Stud team for her extensive knowledge of the entire thoroughbred development process – from foaling through to the final sale.
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The thoroughbred industry is full of passionate horse people and there is nothing more endearing than seeing the bond between mare and foal in the early stages, then on to horse and handler.
Owner / Director
At Tyreel Stud we are a close-knit team where every member of the group has a say in the day-to-day operation.
For a small farm with limited numbers, Tyreel punches well above its weight in the sales ring and on the racetrack. History has proven this over and over again, which makes this farm very special.
Tyreel Stud is beautiful and forever green. The livestock are very fortunate on the pastures provided for them. It is definitely second to none.
Ben has joined this dedicated team bringing modern technological ideas to the business which has already streamlined systems and procedures. He has a keen interest in the direction of the business operations into the new future of Tyreel Stud.
With Blake’s experience with machinery and interest in the entire operation his all-round ability is fundamental to Tyreel Stud’s operation. His input of new ideas and work ethic is highly regarded and will be crucial to Tyreel Studs future.
Today, current owner-operators Linda and Laurence Monds are dedicated to building on Fleming’s impressive legacy with their peerless level of commitment and passion for the business. [meet the team ...]