Des Castine had given some thought to being a professional horseman when he was a young man, he worked with a Cutting and Reining trainer in Texas in 1973/4 and travelled with TBs to England and the US. But, when he came back to Australia he decided to be a professional farmer and to keep horses as a hobby.
After building a successful farming business in South Australia, together with his wife Pat and their son, D.J. in 2006 they moved to the grazing and fattened property “Toonga” near Tarcutta in NSW.
Des and Pat have been buying and breeding elite mares to give them a strong base to breed their ideal type of campdraft horse and needed a sire to complement the mares they purchased over the years.
So in 2013 Des and Pat bred their much admired mare Hazelwood Coraline to Chevin Ivory by embryo transfer. They purchased Coraline, who is now an Open campdrafter (by Hazelwood Conman o/o an Acres Destiny mare), as a foal from Terry and Chris Hall.
Des always liked Ivory as not only did he have excellent breeding, he is a strong, gritty competitor. Thus the name, GRIT, meaning tough and resilient. He is everything they hoped for…and more.
Along with his lovely rich bay colour, good temperament, looks and breeding Des and Pat are excited about Grit’s future!
Standing at 15.1 hh, he is set to go in the Campdraft arena this season.
The Castines have three progeny by Grit – a black two year old filly out of an Acres mare and two yearling geldings, one a grey, out of Soda Marrea (by Omega) and the other a chestnut out of The Ranch Copy Cat (by Knight’s Top That).