SCIENCE: Gympie’s Shirley Callaghan hopes to be part of a world horse breeding revolution, with a new high-tech company operating out of the planned Bollier Park quarter horse racing facility.
SCIENCE: Gympie’s Shirley Callaghan hopes to be part of a world horse breeding revolution, with a new high-tech company operating out of the planned Bollier Park quarter horse racing facility. Greg Miller

Horses for the Bollier courses

SHIRLEY Callaghan hopes her new company will soon give the Mary Valley a world-leading role in horse breeding.

The company she is helping found, ABS Breeding Technologies Pty Ltd, is aiming to operate in association with the promised $50 million Bollier Park quarter horse racing project run by the firm, Australian Quarter Horse Racing Development.

"When I heard the announcement about quarter horse racing in the Mary Valley, it struck a chord," she said.

"I'd been thinking about opening a breeding facility, like an IVF centre for horses."

Shirley already has considerable success selling semen from her own stallions and now hopes to move into a whole range of artificial breeding services, also including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, frozen semen storage and foaling facilities with 24-hour supervision.

She says the breeding enterprise will be a natural fit for the racing and training facility planned by AQHRD.

She is hoping also to achieve a PhD in clinical embryology, specialising in horses.

And with a vet and an IVF scientist for partners, Shirley hopes the new company will be at least a national leader.

"It's a big opportunity for breeding the best horses, because with high level artificial breeding techniques, you have a global gene pool."

You can breed, literally, the best horses in the world.

"At the moment, we have to use Australian eggs or embryos because we're not allowed to import frozen embryos yet. But we can import frozen semen.

"People interested in breeding sprint quarter horses have been doing it for years. This will accelerate things, especially for quarter horse breeding, because this will be the first time they'll have licensed racing as well," she said.

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