Daley KHistory of Blackall Park Stud

Blackall Park stud commenced in the late 1980’s, when Denis Crane began breeding Showjumping and Dressage horses. Most of the earlier horses were by the wonderful thoroughbred stallion Balmoral Boy (pedigree available at www.allbreedpedigree.com/) Balmoral Boy was owned by the late Mr Alec McIntosh.  Many outstanding horses were bred including Balmoral Bill, Balmoral Gent, Balmoral Ice, Balmoral Princess, Balmoral Duchess, Balmoral Rose etc. 

All of the Balmoral Boy horses had great size, jumping ability and movement, together with outstanding trainability, temperament and soundness.  As the years have gone by, Balmoral Boy has become regarded as one of the most influential stallions used in the breeding of Australian sport horses ever.

Denis Crane and Alec McIntosh decided to look for a Warmblood stallion to use over the magnificent group of Balmoral Boy mares that they then had.  In 1988 Denis Crane  saw the beautiful grey stallion Daley K, and was immediately impressed. (pedigree available www.allbreedpedigree.com). Daley K was purchased in 1989 and began his stud career that year.

Daley K was bred by Holger and Melanie Schmorl at Kinnordy stud in Queensland. He is by Daktylus (imp) from the Goldstern mare Gold Song (imp) He is in fact the first horse bred in Australia at Kinnordy, and has been followed by many other top level performance horses bred along similar lines.

Daley K has a superb temperament which he imparts to his progeny. He has exceptional jumping ability and movement, and has proved his ability to sire both top level showjumpers, dressage horses, eventers,and show horses.  Over the next twenty years, many such horses have been bred, and the stud has become nationally and internationally known.   Probably the best known of the Blackall Park horses is Warlord II. By Daley K from Balmoral Princess, Warlord II represented Australia in the final of the World Cup for Showjumping held in Las Vegas in April 2007. (pedigree available www.allbreedpedigree.com). On his way to selection as Australia’s representative, Warlord II won five consecutive World Cup Qualifiers which we believe to be a world record. 

Of course there have been innumerable other great horses, many of which having reached the higher grades in Australia have been exported. There are now horses by Daley K jumping with distinction in America, Canada, Japan, and Korea.

Over the years, selection criteria have become more clearly defined, with the result being that Blackall Park horses are more consistent in type and temperament. We believe that the current interest in Daley K  progeny is a recognition of sound breeding principles and adherence to particular objectives.

2007 was an exciting year for Blackall Park, a World Cup finalist, and many other great performances by our horses throughout Australia. The year was topped off by a wonderful foaling result, nine healthy foals from nine mares to foal.

2008  saw an excellent showing of Daley K bred horses in the prestigious JWTS contested at Werribee Park in April.  Glenara Bollinger, a Daley K granddaughter by Warlord II was awarded all age champion, after being the  6yo winner, and in the 5yo class  both the winner, AEA Orox,  and third place getter Caltango were  from Daley K mares.  Congratulations to the connections of these wonderful horses of the future. Another highlight for 2008 was the great win by Shae Hanger and Warwind (by Daley K) in the Garryowen at the Royal Melbourne Show. Warwind is the first Warmblood horse ever to win the event, and is fast becoming a legend in the show world.  

Denis Crane with Daley K
Denis Crane with Daley K

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Daley K at 25yrs -  15/1/09
Warlord II at Las Vegas

Warlord II ridden by Gavin Chester at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas April 2007 

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Warwind ridden by Shae Hanger
Garryowen winners 2008

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