To the uninitiated, hearing the name ‘Yulgilbar’, little distinction is made between Yulgilbar Quarter Horse Stud and the historic Hordern/Myer family property, Yulgilbar Station.

Today they are separate entities, yet essentially still a part of each other. Encompassing a vast area, situated on the banks of the beautiful Clarence River near Grafton in Northern New South Wales, Yulgilbar-thought to mean “Place of the Platypus”-is the subject of a book by Janet Cannon (Yulgilbar 1949-1999, published by Hardie Grant Publishing). Steeped in history, today it is a successful beef cattle operation breeding high quality Santa Gertrudis cattle.

Yulgilbar Quarter Horse Stud as we know it today, began back in 1954 when the late Sam Hordern (Snr) together with King Ranch Australia, imported the first four registered Quarter Horse Stallions to Australia. The Horderns retained ‘Mescal’ one of the four-a gift from King Ranch-for their own stud at Retford Park in Bowral NSW. Mescal was a son of the great King Ranch stallion Wimpy, P-1 in the American Quarter Horse Stud Book. On the advice of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Horderns purchased a line of registered thoroughbred mares selected on their breeding, conformation and temperament to breed to Mescal. Their progeny were an instant success. These first cross Quarter horses went on to compete in all Equestrian and Western events with outstanding results. These horses underwrote the success of this breed from that time onwards. The Hordern Quarter Horse Stud, after the sale of Retford Park, moved to Cinnabar Station-adjoining Yulgilbar-then later down to Colony Stud at Scone in the New South Wales Hunter Valley.

50 Years of Yulgilbar Horses

Sam Hordern Jnr., with the help of the late Jack Reilly, a foundation AQHA councilor and Breed Classifier, continued to import some of the top American blood lines to breed to these first cross Mescal mares. Such stallions as Alazan De Lela-another Wimpy bred stallion-Bill’s Crocket, the first Dual registered Quarter Horse and Australian Stock Horse in Australia, Pars Music Bar, a grandson of Three Bars and a top performance horse in the US and Australia. All these stallions have been a contributing factor, as foundation lines for the outstanding success of the current Yulgilbar Stud progeny competing around Australia today. From this early beginning they continued to breed from an elite selection of the best imported bloodlines such as Lee Bars Boy, Jackeroo, Mr. Leotoe and Clover Drift. These horses were used over Yulgilbar’s carefully bred station mares, which were from top thoroughbred and stock horse lines. One of Mescal’s early progeny, the legendary Elgrando, set the standard when cutting competition was in its infancy in Australia.

Today the stud is owned by Sarah (daughter of Sam Hordern Snr.) and Baillieu (Bails) Myer and those classic Quarter Horse bloodlines are still represented in the current broodmare band, together with outcrosses to later imported lines (Flappers Breeze, Pars Music Bars, Peppy Snake, Easter Chex, Buc Lena, Wagon Cook, 49’er Doc, Doc’s Freckles Oak, Chickeramic, Doc’s Spinifex and King’s Phillip). The current senior sire is Playboy Roy, a grandson of the legendary Freckles Playboy. Imported from the USA in 1994 as a seven-year-old, Roy’s lifetime earnings in cutting in the United States at the time, was in excess of US$74,000.

“In 1976 the stud moved to Elgee Park, on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria where facilities for raising horses include a large stable complex with day yards, an 100 x 50 ft. indoor arena, 175 x 75 ft. outdoor arena and two round yards, the largest of which is 140ft across. Sarah and Bails have always believed in providing the best possible facilities and care for their horses. They continue to produce horses that cater for all the diverse activities of Quarter Horse enthusiasts across Australia. As a new generation of the Myer family emerges here at Elgee Park, their passion for this wonderful breed continues, ensuring that Yulgilbar horses will continue to lead the way in the future of the Quarter Horse in Australia, as they have done for the past forty years.

Playboy Roy – sire of champions

Playboy Roy (deceased) was ranked No 6 Leading Sire for all NCHA events in Australia for 2009. He was also ranked No 6 Leading Sire of Open Futurity winners in 2008 and No 3 Sire of Open and Non Pro Derby winners in 2008.

Playboy Roy has also sired many successful performance horses in campdrafting, reining, youth and other events, making him an all-round, versatile sire of champions in all events.


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Playboy Roy – Accomplishments

Currently ranked 6th Leading Sire in Australia –
Progeny Lifetime Earnings (118 progeny) $11,169,680

NCHA US Open show earnings — $US5,374.00

Lifetime US earnings — $US74,053.83

Achievements in Australia (Limited Showing):
N.C.H.A. Certificate of Ability

Achievements in Australia (Limited Showing):
N.C.H.A. Certificate of Ability
N.C.H.A. Merit Award
A.Q.H.A. Register of Merit (Cutting)
A.Q.H.A. Register of Merit (Performance)
1996 N.C.H.A. High Point Stallion
1999 No 3 Leading Sire in Australia
2000 No 4 Leading Sire in Australia
2001 No 2 Leading Sire – 19 progeny with earnings of $130,417
2001 No 1 Leading Sire of Futurity Winners (Open & NP) 7 progeny winning $100,112
2001 No 2 Leading Sire of Aged & Restricted Winners (Open & NP) 13
progeny winning $110,449
No 3 All time Leading Sire, 32 progeny winning $288,338.
No 3 All Time Leading Sire of Open Futurity Winners – 14 winning $184,638
2002 No 3 Leading Sire of All Events – 17 winning $29,928
2003 No: 3 Leading Sire of All Events – progeny earnings $90,730
2004 3rd Leading Sire of All Evwents – progeny earnings $111,129

NCHA Certificate of Ability

1990 NCHA 3yr Old Futurity Open Semifinals $5,000.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1991 Abilene Western 4yr Old Derby Open Finalist $1,000.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1991 Augusta 4yr Old Futurity, 3rd Open $10,582.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1991 NCHA 4yr Old Derby Open Semi finalist $1,500.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1991 Texas Gold 4yr Old Derby, 6th Open : $1,006.09 Roy Carter (rider)
1991 Will Rogers 4yr Old Maturity Open finalist $1,000.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1992 NCHA 5yr Old Classic Open Champion $11,766.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1992 Abilene Western 5/6yr Old Classic Open finalist $1,880.50 Roy Carter (rider)
1992 Montgomery 5/6yr Old Classic Open finalist $4,666.90 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 Augusta 5/6yr Old Classic, 5th Open $5,580.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 Old Fort Days 5/6yr Old Open Champion $2,037.29 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 Abilene Summer Spectacular 5/6yr Old, 4th Open( $2,545.46 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 Chisholm Trait 5/6yr Old, 3rd Open $7,613.06 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 Gold Coast Winter 5/6yr Old Classic, 3rd Open $4,227.33 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 NCHA 6yr Old Challenge, 7th Open $2,288.00 Roy Carter (rider)
1993 Steamboat Springs 5/6yr Old Classic Open finalist $2,395.20 Roy Carter (rider)
1994 Chisholm Trail Legends Res. Champion $2,000.00 John Carter (rider)
1994 Chevy Trucks/NCHA Nat*1 Work-off, tied 7th Open $400.00 John Carter (rider)

Source: Australian Cutting Statistics at

Playboy Roy – Progency Achievements

2005 Queensland Reining Championships
• 3rd Non Pro Futurity – Yulgilbar Phillipa Girl ridden by Bo Saunders
• =4th Open Futurity Docs Fancy Roy ridden by Warren Backhouse
• 3rd Novice Horse Non Pro (31 entries) Yulgilbar Oaks Playboy ridden by Mark Taylor

• 3rd. All events sire earnings $111,129
• 4th. Sire of Futurity Winners earnings $22,531
• 2nd. Sire of Non-Pro Events earnings $$16,213
• 2nd. Sire of Open Derby winners $16,21

• NCHA Hi-Point Open Horse
• NCHA Hi-Point Mare Aust.
• 1st Marlborough Mare Stakes
• 1st. NCHA Non-Pro Limited Fut.
• 1st. Vic. Stallion Shootout
• 2nd CCCC Non-Pro Derby
• 3rd CCCC Futurity
• 3rd NCHA Derby
• 3rd NCHA Non-Pro Futurity
• 3rd VCHA Classic
• 4th 2003 Snaffle Bit Futurity
• 4th Equitana Masters
• 4th NCHA Futurity
• 5th Toowoomba Futurity
• 5th Victoria Futurity
• Eq. 5th 2003 Snaffle Bit Futurity
• 6th NCHA Derby

• 3rd NCHA Non-Pro Derby
• 3rd & 4th NCHA Open Derby
• 6th & 7th NCHA Gold Cup Open
• NCHA Open Futurity finals

• NCHA Open Futurity winner
• 3rd NCHA Open Futurity
• 9th NCHA Open Futurity
• 4th in the Non-Pro Futurity
• 6th in the Open Derby (Futurity)
• 6th in Open Cutting (Futurity)

• Reserve champion NCHA Futurity
• Reserve champion NCHA Derby
• Champion NCHA non-pro Derby
• Champion NRHA non-pro Futurity
• 2000 Futurity Reining Champion and Reserve-NRHA and State Shows
• 2000 2nd AQHA National Jnr Reining Horse
• Progeny have won at halter and pleasure and are starting to shine in the campdraft arena

1999 PROGENY ACHIEVEMENTS: (first foals) 
• NCHA Futurity winner
• NCHA Non-pro Futurity winner

Source: Australian Cutting Statistics at