Downs mourns iconic horse breeding figure
THE Australian racing industry has lost one its most influential members following the death yesterday of pioneering Darling Downs thoroughbred breeder Colin McAlpine AM, aged 84, following a long illness.
McAlpine made his mark on the national and world breeding stage through the achievements of Cambooya's Eureka Stud which he took over in the 1960s from his father Andy who founded the farm in 1935.
McAlpine helped revolutionise Australian breeding with the importation of American-bred, Italian two-year-old Semipalatinsk who became a record-breaking Queensland sire.
His work as an industry administrator included his 17-year stint as TBQA president and 14 years as president of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.
"Colin was one of the most influential breeders in Queensland for many years and has left the legacy of Eureka Stud,” TBQA president Basil Nolan said.
"Not only was he a fine horseman and breeding entrepreneur, but he was a true gentleman and well respected in the industry not just in Australia, but world-wide.
"Colin was a true pioneer of the Australian breeding industry and one of the first people to "risk” importing stallions - his gamble paid off and he broke new ground.
"I have no doubt that the Queensland breeding and racing industry prospered on the back of Colin's visions.”
McAlpine is survived by his wife Jill, son Scott, daughter Jenny and grandchildren.