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Tony Batterham

TONY BATTERHAM BVSc Dip.Vet.Clin.Stud
DIRECTOR

Tony grew up here in Quirindi attending Quirindi High School and afterwards attending Sydney Univesity grauating in 1996. In 1998 he attended Sydney University Veterinary Centre Camden for an equine internship. After 2 years as a locum in the UK he returned to Quirindi and after practicing at the clinic for twelve months purchased the Quirindi Veterinary Practice. In 2004 Tony purchased Quirindi Feedlot Service, where he is a consultant veterinarian to beef feedlot companies up and down the eastern seaboard. In 2012 he became a consultant veterinarian to Regeneus Adicell procedure for treatment of canine and equine osteoarthritis.

David Frith

DAVID FRITH BVSc MVST
DIRECTOR

David grew up on a sheep and cattle property near Warwick in Queensland. After graduating from Sydney University in 1996 he went on to complete a Masters in Cattle Health and Reproduction at the University of Queensland in 1999. After nearly 4 years in mixed practice in the UK, David returned to Australia to join the Quirindi Vet Clinic in 2003. He became a partner in 2004.

Max Batterham

MAXWELL BATTERHAM
FARM MANAGER

Max was born locally at Scone Hospital. Max has bred and trained campdrafting horses for over 50 years. Max from a very young age was breeding horses, he worked with Harry Ball and ‘Abbey’ and continued this after Harry passed away. After a stint in the trucking business, Max moved back to Willow Tree and purchase ‘Collangi’ in 1982. Max continued to breed under the prefix ‘Belldiva’. Max helped the principals David and Tony establish Quipolly Equine Centre and from then on remained at Quipolly managing the stallion handling and farm management.

Katherine Wellings

KATHERINE WELLINGS
ADMINISTRATION/ACCOUNTS

Katherine was born and raised on her family’s farm in the beautiful Macleay Valley, where beef cattle and horses were always apart of life. In July 2009 Katherine moved from the Macleay to Tamworth to persue her interest in the Equine Reproduction industry. Outside of work Katherine enjoys Barrel Racing and water-skiing.

Danielle Drayton

DANIELLE DRAYTON BVSc
CONTRACTOR

Danielle grew up in Tamworth and graduated from James Cook University in Townsville as a veterinarian. Since graduating Danielle has worked in equine practices in the Hunter Valley and Tamworth. Her main areas of interest are lameness diagnosis and treatment and performance horse medicine.

Raelene Higgins

RAELENE HIGGINS
STALLION MANAGER

Raelene has a lifetime of experience in breeding, training & showing horses. Her knowledge and experience is shown with the consistent success of her homebred horses in the cutting pen. Raelene is the breeder and owner of the famous mare "One Hellofa Spin".

Les Palmer

LES PALMER
STALLION MANAGER

Growing up in the Quirindi district, Les has always had an interest in horses. He has travelled and worked extensively on superior ranches in the United States, including Slate River Ranch, and Bar H Ranch, both in Texas. Outside of work Les enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and campdrafting.

Helen Boyes

HELEN BOYES
NURSE

Helen has been involved in the horse industry for over 5 years, and has studied horse breeding through TAFE. She has previously worked on Canning Downs near Warwick, and managing a trail riding operation near the Gold Coast. Helen has a love of animals - particularly birds.