From little things, big things grow

Clear Mountain Stud originated at Clear Mountain, neighbouring Samford, on the outskirts of Brisbane in late 80’s after Bob and Maree Frappell purchased a 40 acre property.

The interest of purchasing this property came after Bob and Maree raced a handful of horses and thought they would try their hand at breeding before purchasing two broodmares from a local sale.

Their love of horses and the industry soon expanded and more broodmares were acquired as well as leasing a further 40 acres of the adjoining property.

As Bob now jokes, “the more land you have, the more horses you have.”

The familly’s dream was soon realised after standing their first roster of stallions; Alfarqad, Buck’s Pride and Rolling Minstrel.

By this stage, Bob and Maree’s eldest son Michael, had completed his degree in Equine Science at the University of Queensland (UQ) and the family decided to move from hobbyists to professionals which saw the purchase of their next property at Freestone, a stone’s throw from Warwick.

After moving Clear Mountain Stud to Freestone, Mick spent the following two years shuttling stallions to the United States America (USA) for Vinery Kentucky and working the Northern Hemisphere breeding seasons where he held a management position.

This experience was invaluable and further laid the foundations for his horsemanship and management skills for the family’s ever-expanding business in Australia.

Bob and Maree’s background was in running retail and wholesale businesses in the automotive parts and accessories industry and the business acumen they gained from their success, was applied to the thoroughbred industry with the same principals of fair play and skill.

With only a few stables, the Freestone property lacked infrastructure for the fast developing stud and building soon commenced with new fencing and the expansion of paddocks, yards and stables.

The stallion roster was further developed and the clientele base quickly followed.

The Frappell family soon realised their Freestone property was unable to cater for the next stage of growth and subsequently Fairview Thoroughbreds, situated on approximately 800 acres was on the market in Greenmount, just 20 minutes west of Toowoomba.

Although a hard decision at the time, in hindsight Bob now says, “it was inevitable” for the growth and success of their business.

In 2005 after countless trips of livestock transpired from Freestone to Greenmount, Clear Mountain Fairview was born.

No sooner were the bags unpacked, the neighbouring property, a touch under 200 acres came on the market and the Frappell’s again invested.

With incredible irrigation, this particular part of the property is home for the hay growing which supplies Clear Mountain Fairview.

In 2006, Mick met Lisa Campbell while she was working at Queensland Racing Ltd as their Communications Officer and the pair married in 2008.

Lisa’s background in the racing industry and her degree, Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing and public relations rounds out the nucleus of Queensland’s best thoroughbred facility, Clear Mountain Fairview.

Anywhere else is a compromise.