The stud’s history dates from 1971 when Rae, in partnership with Audrey and Lyn Skinner, bought a mare for breeding.
In 1975, they sent this mare, Champayne ID11, to the Perry family’s young Appaloosa stallion, Nevada Sundancer. Champayne went on to produce eight foals for the partnership, six by Appaloosa stallions.
At that time the stud was called Sparkling Waters, situated as it was on the edge of Lake Taupo. Champayne’s first foal, SW Champayne Charlie, later became New Zealand’s first national champion Appaloosa gelding. Another of Champayne’s progeny, SW Champayne’s Perfection, obtained a Register of Merit in performance.
Peter and Rae soon formed their own stud, P&R Appaloosas, and in 1977 bought the first Appaloosa mare born in New Zealand, Indian Hills Whispering Hope, who gave them 11 foals. Her first-born was the colt P&R Colidas Hopeful Lad (by Colidas Jet Set), one of the three stallions still part of P&R Appaloosas today.
The Mutchs moved to Te Mata in 1986 and shortly thereafter bought the stallion Dusti Breeze. Dusti was bred in America, where he was the Intermountain Appaloosa Horse Club regional champion and qualified for the world championship Appaloosa show three times. The Mutchs now live on the outskirts of Hamilton.
Over the years the Mutchs have developed a great band of breeding mares. From these horses they have bred top young horses — horses that have excelled in every equine field in New Zealand. We invite you to view their stallions, mares and foals.