Casey Dando has been involved in the Thoroughbred Industry since he was born, with his Father being a Trainer (Ron Dando). At the age of 13yrs Casey had to step up and take the reins when Ron passed away and he’s never looked back. Having time in Australia under the eyes of John Saddler, it was time for Casey to return to NZ where he went back to Cambridge Stud as 2IC Broodmare Manager. From there, he became Broodmare Manager at Trelawney Stud and on to Manager of Blandford Lodge.
The drive to own his own property got stronger and stronger.
Caseys Mum, Glenice Dando, owns a primo block comprising of 20 acres in Taihoa, Matamata which is leased by Bradbury Park. Glenice has endured a long involvement within the Industry and now enjoys the partnership of Casey and Michelle with regards to breeding and racing interests. Her property has grown some very talented Horses in its time which the Dando family have bred and raced:
Mezmerize (a Group performer) being the dam of Bemuze who has left Maz Quin (HK Regency Dragon) (2nd Group 3 & HK -2 winner, HK-3 placegetter), Zoe Quin (4 wins), Agent Ziva (5 wins), Themoneyzmine (4 wins) & Nga Tim (2 wins)
Heartache the Dam of Bear Heart (listed placegetter & in HK – Kick Serve), Tenko (listed placegetter), One Night Stand (listed placegetter), SWORN TO SECRECY (Gr 2 Empancipation Stakes Randwick 2011) & winners Heart of Darkness (4 wins), Sworntoperfection (2 wins)
Accidentallyinlove (Cape Cross – Heartache) the Dam of GUNS AT FIVE (Listed St Leger, 1st Rotorua Plate), Fantastic Honour (2nd in Eclipse Stakes Gr 3 & Karaka Million Listed), 2nd Wanganui JC Fordell O’Leary S. L &4th Hawke’s Bay Gold Trail S. Gr.3)
(Race stats as at 25.10.13)
Michelle Dando (nee Messent)
The Name BRADBURY PARK has come from Family Racing Interests. Ian Bradbury, a Trainer many years ago is the Grandfather of Michelle.
Michelle too has come from a Racing Family, with her Father, John Messent, being the top apprentice Jockey in the early 1970′s only to suffer a Race fall that ended his career via his leg being amputated. John married Margaret Bradbury. After loosing John’s leg he became and owner trainer and bred a few too, then got out of the Industry. It was Michelle’s appointment as Personal Assistant to Sir Patrick Hogan of Cambridge Stud that relit the candle for the Messents and got them back in to Racing again now having ownership, in Wonder Woman (Showcasing x She’s Invincible – home bred & raced mare) with Michelle and Casey.
Michelle met Casey at Cambridge Stud and neither of them have looked back. She moved on to return to the Banking Industry for a few years then had Daisy (2007) and Jack (2009) and has since worked in the Offices of Waikato Stud, Richardson Racing Stables and helps many of the Industry Operators with their Office Operations. Currently she is sole operation of Bradbury Park’s office comprising of 200 acres, she also is the Treasurer / Secretary for the Bloodstock Agents Federation NZ (BAFNZ).
Daisy and Jack Dando
Daisy loves farm life and the Girls as she calls them. She has been able to ride her pony since 2yrs. She enjoys watching the in foal mares & following the foals through to the Sales. Very much following in her mother’s footsteps, Daisy is a great entertainer and enjoys plenty of people around.
Jack thoroughly enjoys being a Boy on a Farm. He loves being amongst the operation, knows the location of all Horses and Cattle and is quiet happy to dictate to the Staff if he see’s a job needs to be done. Jack plays cricket – at the age of 6 was playing against 9-11yr olds.
Bradbury Park has been in operation since 2010.
Casey and Michelle jumped at the opportunity to purchase a farm & since inception haven’t looked back with furthering their experience and expertise.
“We welcome anyone to come and visit the Farm. Just give us a call”. Michelle Dando
Casey 021 503 212
Michelle 0275 81 00 16