Looking down from the ultra-modern yearling and stallion barns now standing on Kia Ora Stud, the view is of lush, irrigated paddocks steeped in thoroughbred history.
For it was in these same paddocks along the Pages River, east of Scone, that such legends of the Australian turf as Amounis, Windbag, Shannon, Delta, Hydrogen and Evening Peal were born and reared.
For the more than 45 years that Percy Miller operated the original Kia Ora Stud, it became the most successful thoroughbred breeding establishment in Australia, demonstrating just how good this piece of country is as a nursery for superior racehorses.
Under new ownership and management, Kia Ora has moved into the 21st century as one of the best-appointed facilities in Australia after a building and fencing program that has utilised modern materials and design ideas to provide the best possible care for stallions, mares, foals and yearlings.
With ample supplies of irrigation water available for the whole farm and the deep alluvial soils of this famous valley to produce highly nutritious pastures all year round, the standard of care and feeding at Kia Ora is world-class.