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The Team

david3Owner, David Smith

After farming in England for fifteen years David Smith migrated to Australia in 1970.  He spent the next 14 years living in Esperance where he established the farm supply business SBS Rural later to become IAMA Ltd. After owning a few mares and racehorses in the late 80’s and early 90’s as a hobby the step was taken to purchase Yaminga Stud (now Scenic Lodge) in 1996 and establish a major commercial enterprise.

David retired as Managing Director of IAMA Ltd in 1997 and commenced setting about improving the bloodlines at the stud and providing Western Australian Breeders access to some of Australia’s top performing sires.  The acquisition of the proven sire Scenic in 1999 from Colin Hayes and Robert Sangster turned out to an inspired purchase as his progeny earnings now exceed $84 million from progeny who won over 2700 individual races and were placed over 4500 times. The loss of Scenic in March 2005 has been softened by the outstanding success being achieved by Blackfriars was also purchased from the late Robert Sangster, of Swettenham Stud in 2001.

jeremyGeneral Manager, Jeremy Smith

Jeremy commenced his involvement in the thoroughbred industry in 1990 as a Pedigree Researcher for Goodwood Bloodstock.  After a period managing a Veterinary wholesale business he returned to Goodwood Bloodstock under new ownership and working with Murry Tillet and Mark Pilkington  running the business.    Upon the sale of Goodwood Bloodstock to Magic Millions in 1997 Jeremy joined Durham Lodge Thoroughbred Stud as General Manager.

For the past sixteen years Jeremy has been very successful in developing the business and giving it the prominence in the industry that it enjoys today.  Scenic Lodge is very fortunate to have a person of Jeremy’s calibre and knowledge managing the business.


Jamie O'Bree
Yearling Manager, Assistant Stud Manager
Jamie O’Bree
, Jaime joined Scenic Lodge in early 2015. Her rapid progression through to the important roles of Assistant Stud Manager and Yearling Manager is a credit to Jaime’s amazing work ethic and all round talent as a horse woman. Jaime role is a massive one and covers all areas of assisting with the day to day running of a busy stud, managing and directing staff and supporting Stud Manager, Darrell Tampin. Jaime is very passionate about all the horses on the property and ensures they receive the very best of care. Jaime also has managed the Studs Yearling division for the past two years a role which she has excelled in. Scenic Lodge is very fortunate to have such a genuine talented hard working person like Jaime’s in these important roles.

Emily JohnsonBroodmare Manager, New Foal Manager
Emily Johnson

Emily started with Scenic Lodge at the beginning of 2016 after two years working for Belvoir Equine hospital. This vet background combined with her natural horse ability and a massive passion for the thoroughbred industry has seen Emily develop into a very important member of Scenic’s Team. Emily now oversees broodmare care and treatments throughout the year and ensures all the relevant history is needed to help with safe foaling and importantly getting the mare back in foal. Emily also manages the new born foal care area on the property and always ensures newborns receive 100% care in the critical first few hours and days after birth. She is also responsible for the care of spelling racehorses. Emily’s progression since joining Scenic Lodge has been amazing and they are delighted to have someone so passionate and talented with a great work ethic now in these important management roles.

Stud Veterinarian Scenic lodge employs a contract Veterinarian  who specialises in thoroughbred reproductive services. Veterinary assistance for stud horses and is available on call 24 hours 7 days a week.

P1010540Office Administration, Kim Maclennan

Communicating regularly with clients to keep them up to date with news on coverings, pregnancy tests  is the responsibility of our dedicated administration staff member Kim.

Stud Staff, Yearling Staff, Foaling Staff

Scenic Lodge is fortunate to have a dedicated and passionate stud team, who are committed to providing your valuable investments with the best possible care and attention, including around the clock foal watch supervision. Stud Staff pictured with Owners Only ambassador Dean Cox.

caroline (2)Marketing Manager, Caroline Gammage

Caroline has been part of the team since the studs inception. She has a wealth of experience in rural and equine marketing. She is responsible for all areas of marketing and communications for Scenic Lodge.


Property/Maintenance Manager, Murray Sharp

Scenic Lodge employs a full time property/maintence manager who is responsible for all aspects of upgrading and maintaining the studs two properties.