Conductor was bred by the Miles family in 1998. They were big fans of Doc’s Spinifex and as he was ageing they were keen to put a really good mare to him.
Cedar Downs Anna was their standout young mare. She was by Star Black Minstral and from an Open mare drafted by Russell Miles, Cedar Downs Misha. The decision was made to breed from her early as it was felt this would be a promising cross. She would then be returned to work as a quality competition mare when Hugh was a little older.
Heartbreaking news was to follow as CD Anna was found dead in the paddock only days after Conductor was weaned.
Conductor was sent to Todd Graham to be broken in and then had 6 months cutting training with him before being spelled. He then returned to work and was prepared for the Rocky Rush Challenge and the ASH Maturity by Duncan Steele-Park.
As Red Oak was standing at Peel Valley as the main sire, Conductor was spelled again. This time the spell was to last 2 or 3 years. During this time he only paddock served several home bred mares and it is these foals that Hugh has been competing on and selling so successfully. The Conductor, Red Oak cross has been highly sought by the industry for their temperament, trainability & competition attitude.
Conductor’s life changed when Hugh was a young boarding school boy. He returned home for holidays and decided to give him a try. He got him in, rode him and his campdrafting career started from there.