The Team

Lee-Anne Emerson
Farm Manager

Born in the Mid North of South Australia, Lee-Anne was raised on a mixed farming operation consisting of dairy cattle, sheep and crops. She grew up riding and working with horses and quickly developed a desire to pursue a future in the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry. Lee-Anne commenced her career working as a track rider for a racing stable, and later went on to work in breeding, which is where she discovered her true passion. With now 35 years experience in the industry Lee-Anne has extensive foaling, foal handling and yearling knowledge. She has been employed across various sized studs throughout South Australia, most recently managing a private stud in Oakbank before making the move across to Goldin Farms in December 2019.

Nigel Evans
Maintenance Supervisor

Nigel Evans is a local from the Barossa Valley and has been in the horticulture industry since 1983, working in landscape, amenity horticulture, turf and land management. He was previously employed by the Hayes family at Lindsay Park as Tracks and Grounds Manager for 17 years, and stays on with the stud farm after it was purchased by Goldin Group in September 2013. Nigel also has a Diploma in Horticulture and has been employed by TAFE SA as a lecturer in horticulture.

Karen Ryder
Stud Secretary

Karen grew up in Adelaide and commenced her Vet Nursing career at Hahndorf Veterinary Clinic. During this time she obtained a Diploma in Animal Handling. Karen went on to work at Toorak Thoroughbreds, Macclesfield SA and then Willunga Veterinary Services. During her 13-year employment at Willunga Veterinary Services, she spent 8 years in the capacity of Head Nurse and completed her Certificate 1V in Veterinary Nursing as well as a Diploma of Management. Karen moved to the Barossa Valley to take up the position of Stud Secretary at Goldin Farms in March 2015.

Hayley Harnath
HR & WHS Officer

Hayley completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of South Australia in 2011, at which point she joined a professional services firm based in Adelaide. Working as a Consultant within the risk advisory practice, Hayley developed a broad range of professional and interpersonal skills, gaining experience in areas including legislative and regulatory compliance, policy management, work health and safety, and performance and management reporting. Having grown up on the outskirts of the Barossa, her passion for both the local area and horses quickly drew her attention to Goldin Farms, where she joined Goldin Farms since September 2014.

Tanya Johnston

Tanya Johnston is a CPA qualified Accountant who holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters Degrees in both Finance and Risk Management. Tanya is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She spent much of her professional career working in the Financial Markets in Europe and the Middle East and returned home to the Barossa Valley in 2014, joining Goldin Farms as Accountant in October 2014. Tanya has considerable experience in the racing and breeding industries having managed the office of Collingrove Stud (Victoria) and having worked for the Australian Breeders Co-operative Society (ABCOS – now Magic Millions, Adelaide), and for Mr. David Coles, the Australian representative of the then UK-based Swettenham Stud. She is no stranger to the Lindsay Park property, having worked for the Hayes family preparing yearlings and riding trackwork in her younger days, and is thrilled to be a member of the team responsible for the redevelopment of the property and the development of the Goldin Farms breeding enterprise.


102 Stott Highway, Angaston, SA 5353, Australia
Postal Address:
P.O. Box 225, Angaston, SA 5353, Australia
Telephone :
+61 (8) 85 642 116
+61 (8) 85 643 709