Steve Grant – Owner
Steve’s farming background commenced in the late 1980’s when he commenced in horticulture. For many years, he was one of the leading growers of macadamia nuts with farms in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Africa. Steve sold out of the farm in 2010 and, at that time, took a more active focus on breeding Thoroughbreds, after having bought his first broodmare in 1980.
He says confidently the first horse he bred won - this was the start of a long passion for the business. He continued to breed and race horses through the 1990’s and expanded in the 2000’s with Laurel Oak investment sharing a close association with Widden Stud where his horses were kept and boarded.
Steve served as a Director of the Australian Turf Club and spear-headed major projects, such as the redevelopment of the Rosehill Garden grandstand and integration negotiation with the NSW Government on the integration of the light rail at Royal Randwick. One of his favourite projects that didn’t proceed was the Racing Centre of Excellence.
The concept was to establish a new Thoroughbred training centre in Western Sydney that not only focused on the horses, but all participants. It was to provide integrated learning, including a University and private training for all aspects of the industry. During the design process of the project, Steve spent time inspecting training facilities in Changi, Singapore, Dubai, UAE and throughout Australia.
Steve still holds hope of developing a private or government-funded training and education centre that will form an integrated learning centre for all future industry participants. He aims to pull together wide-ranging training resources, gained through his time as Chair of the Advisory in Western Sydney, together with contributions from the many visionary industry leaders looking to improve training in the industry.
Steve began his profession in construction and property development, and has completed many major projects, a number of which have been recognised by numerous awards. Steve’s companies have received major business awards, and been recognised for their contribution to the State and Region. Steve is the visionary behind the creation of Silverdale farm. He has an innate passion for the Thoroughbred industry and has close relationships with several of the world’s leading breeders.
Robert Petith – General Manager
Robert Petith joined Grant Bloodstock as General Manager at the start of 2020.
Robert is a highly respected and vastly experienced horseman, excelling in many facets of the industry. He has a special affinity with his craft and love of horses.
Rob began his career working at Woodlands Stud in the Hunter Valley, working and learning from well-respected Stud men, Peter Flynn and Scott Holcombe before moving on to premier Queensland nursery, Canning Downs where he held the position of Stud Manager for 10 years. It was here he began to refine his craft.
Rob has travelled overseas and completed stud seasons in Kildare, Ireland (at the Irish National Stud toward the end of Indian Ridge's breeding career and the beginning of Invincible Spirit's), Newmarket, England and Lexington, Kentucky.
Rob says, "I'm very thankful to the people who have been a part of my development so far and I'm extremely excited about what the future holds for myself and my family at Grant Bloodstock, Silverdale Farm."
Some of his achievements are:
- Winning the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association Scholarship to the Irish National Stud in 2004, taking out the Silver Medal (2nd in the graduating class of that year)
- In 2006 won the Australian Equine Exchange Association Horse Industry Scholarship, where he elected to work at Hagyards Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky
- In 2015 with Canning Downs won the 'Best Presented Draft' Award at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale
Jennifer Sassier – Stud Manager
Jenny began working with horses when she was 14 years old and, since then, she has dedicated her life and career to building her expertise in the Thoroughbred industry. Over the course of her impressive career to date, she has worked in nine countries, including the United States, Japan, South Africa and now, Australia.
Previous to joining Silverdale Farm, Jenny was Foaling Manager at Arrowfield Stud for five years. A former veterinary nurse in ICU and Neonatology, she has extensive skills in foaling down mares and managing all breeding stock, with extensive experience in:
- Foal handling and weaning
- Yearling preparation
- Holding mares during covering
- Stallion handling
During her time at Arrowfield, Jenny ran the Classic and Melbourne yearling preparation for several years and she brings this wealth of experience to Silverdale Farm. As Stud Manager, she oversees the care of up to 50 horses on the property.
Jenny is incredibly passionate about working on the farm, including caring for the foals, yearlings and broodmares, managing our team and preparing yearlings for sale. She is highly capable and can also provide first aid treatment in cases of emergency, tube horses and place catheters.
She holds degrees in Animal Physiology and Physiopathology, with specialties in pharmacology and animal health.