Dan and Rae Fletcher are both from Western Queensland. Their home is in Emerald in the Central Highlands where they have resided for almost 20 years and Dan operates a financial planning practice. They also operated a retail business which was run by Rae which they sold in late 2018.
“For as long as I can remember, away from our working obligations, all we’ve ever wanted to do is breed racehorses. We’d inspected a number of potential properties over the years, and we first looked at Telemon in late 2015. Initially we kept looking because it was leased and there were a few things that didn’t quite come together. The more we looked at other places after that, the more we realised nothing could compare to Telemon.” Rae Fletcher
“We’ve got an amazing facility to grow young horses but if you don’t raise them the right way it doesn’t matter how good your paddocks are. We have a guy at the helm who is highly capable and we’ve assembled a wonderful, dedicated team.” Dan Fletcher
Telemon’s General Manager is Joe Heather.
He has accumulated a wealth of experience having commenced his career at Jack and Bob Ingham’s renowned Woodlands Stud.
“At Woodlands I was introduced to the demands of a large-scale breeding operation as a wide-eyed kid. Not only was it a big operation, it was a place that demanded incredibly high standards and looking back I’m really grateful that in those formative years of my career I was mentored by some wonderful operators like Peter Flynn and Scott Holcombe. I had the privilege of working with some great horses and because of the scale of the place you got exposure to all facets.” Joe Heather
A parochial Queenslander at heart, eventually the opportunity to return to his home state was too good to refuse. Joe held a succession of roles as his career progressed including stints at Glenlogan Park in the management team, before being head-hunted for a nominations role at the ill-fated Patinack Farm’s Queensland base. This was followed by a stint managing River Junction where he oversaw both the development of a new property as well as the management of a successful bloodstock portfolio that delivered Group 1 performers Looks Like The Cat, Traveston Girl and many others.
“Across all those roles I learned so much and I formed some lasting relationships that remain to this day. I guess I have a base of expertise that stands me in good stead but apart from the operational and management skills the most important fundamental for me is honesty, integrity and always putting the client and the horse first.” Joe Heather
Senior Stud Hand