Riverbank Farm was established approximately 25 years ago by Adrian and Dorothy Osborne. In setting up the farm, they planted an abundance of native trees which are now a beautiful feature of the property. Every paddock is surrounded by trees which provide a natural barrier, offering shade in summer and shelter in winter for the horses.
In September 2014, Adrian and Dot decided it was time to retire and handed over the reins of the farm to their son Russell, who has worked on the farm for many years.
Russell has been involved in racehorses from a very young age and has worked alongside his father Adrian, before obtaining his own trainers’ licence in 2013. Russell trains a small number of homebred horses and is passionate about racing. It was through the work on the farm that Russell met his wife, Caroline, who is an equine vet.
Together they have established their own broodmare band and have a number of their own home-bred horses which are trained and raced by Russell. Pretty Possum, Squeaky Squirrel and Flying Ferret are some of the winning homebreds to date.
Caroline has worked alongside the world-recognised equine reproductive specialist Dr Angus McKinnon for many years and has a special interest in reproduction and foal medicine.
Riverbank Farm is very much a family run property with all members of the family expected to help out. Russell’s breeding success applies not only to the horses but also to his family, with two sets of twins to his credit!
His twin daughters Olivia and Sarah are accomplished riders and netballers, who compete regularly in showjumping and pony club events, while the younger twin boys help daily on the feed up run (although they are only 2yo!).