DEDICATED AND PERSONAL APPROACH

A vision of Ben Cooper, Merricks Station is a world-class thoroughbred property that brings together like-minded and passionate people.

“We have hand-selected our team, holding the qualities of dedication, loyalty, trust and experience in the highest regard.” Ben Cooper

THE TEAM

BEN COOPER

OWNER
With business interests focused across the commercial, industrial and residential property sectors, Ben first became involved with racehorses as an owner in a Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra trained galloper. The property is currently home to Ben’s dozen broodmares, many that he raced successfully himself, as well as the young horses, yearlings, foals and a number of spelling racehorses.

DEARNE GESS-JONES

FARM MANAGER
A loyal and dedicated part of the Victorian thoroughbred community, having previously managed Musk Creek Farm, Dee brings her wealth of knowledge and passion for the industry to Merricks Station. Integral in the initial farm design, Dee is an effective and efficient manager who takes pride in her work and treats each equine resident as if it was her own. Proudly a working mum to two beautiful girls, she believes the positive traits that she has gained from motherhood, raise her standard of work.

MARCO

STUD ASSISTANT
Marco came to Australia to learn English, from Chile, he used to ride Patagonia horses. As a stud assistant at Merricks Station he is enjoying learning about the Australian thoroughbred Industry and racing environment. Marco takes great pride in caring for mares & foals and assisting to prepare the yearlings for sale. He finds it exciting to watch these horses develop into elite athletes. When not on the farm Marco loves his rugby, soccer and basketball.

SPUD

THE SNIFFER
Resident canine spud is a valuable and loved member of the Merricks Station team. Often found sleeping in the sun or welcoming a visitor with a wagging tail, his laid-back attitude can sometimes mean he is asleep during the action…. with Spud often appearing later with a look of “Did I miss the fun again?”