The Empire team is enthusiastically preparing for the upcoming 2022-2023 breeding season and three stallions with the world’s finest genetic and race credentials will be available exclusively in Australasia through Empire this year.

Our picturesque property in Avenel is only one hour north of Melbourne and just three kilometers from the Avenel exit from the Hume Highway.

Empire Stallions is a premier stallion collection and semen distribution center, owned and managed by David James and Donna Egan. David has been responsible for the sale or importation of over 120 Standardbred stallions to the southern hemisphere during the past 30 years including Albert Albert, Fake Left, Soky’s Atom and Troublemaker.

Donna transferred her lifetime love of horses into a very exciting seven year position as Marketing Director at the US Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, New York prior to partnering with David to establish Empire.

Les Joslin, a former international cricket player, who has been successfully breeding and racing Standardbreds for more than 30 years, joined Empire in 2011 as Sales Manager. David, Donna, Les and our staff are passionate about the sport and devoted to the enhancement of the Standardbred breed and providing you with the ultimate in personal service. Our phones are attended 24/7 and we welcome your visit to chat about our stallions – the coffee is always on and sweets are never far away.

Service Fees & Payment Options

Our service fees for 2022 are all available, for both Australian and New Zealand breeders, on the Service Fees page here.

Please note that breeders do not have to choose their payment plan until after their mare is safely in foal. For ease of payment, Empire accepts cheques, EFT and Mastercard or Visa.

Website & Social Media

With everyone’s busy schedules these days, we know it is difficult to call in at Empire to see the stallions personally. With this in mind, we encourage you to visit our website where you will be able to view race and paddock footage on all stallions, photographs, race career summaries and fully extended, up-to-date pedigrees.

There is also an extensive collection of current progeny performance recaps and race replays as well as a vast news archive. Visitors have the opportunity to create a hypothetical pedigree match for their mare using the Test Mating Program link.

If you would like to discuss your mare’s pedigree and potential stallion selection, both David & Les are willing to assist you with pedigree matching or any queries you may have. We further invite you to visit our Facebook Page often and follow us on Twitter in order to keep abreast of all the up to the minute Empire news. you can also sign up to receive our regular newsletters and update emails HERE.


Empire Stallions has made its mark as one of the Southern Hemisphere’s premier breeding farms in terms of roster quality and mares served. And our boys are doing an exceptional job! Their progeny are performing extraordinarily well on racetracks worldwide and we are very proud of all of their siring accomplishments. Our stallions have sired numerous Group and Sires Stakes winners and as a result, they feature prominently on the Top 20 Sire’s Lists each season.

To date, the Empire Stallions have sired a remarkable number of Breeders Crown and Vicbred champions, multiple 2YO, 3YO and Aged Horses of the Year both nationally and within states, and several Australian and NZ Horses of the Year. The Empire influence is being felt throughout the Southern Hemisphere!

We look forward to seeing you in the winner’s circle in 2015!