Rodney Quinn published: 01 Feb, 2016

For a country boy who was told he was too big to be a jockey, Rodney Quinn made the most of his opportunities and became very successful in the saddle, despite battling with his weight. His long tenure with Crown Lodge saw him win stakes races on the likes of Lonhro, Align and Viscount and now he is passing on his experience to a new generation of apprentices on behalf of Racing NSW.

Paul Blattman published: 09 Mar, 2015

Champions Research and Pierro are just two of the many outstanding horses to begin their education under the guidance of master horseman Paul Blattman who was born to a life in the saddle and whose Whispering Pines property at Oakdale is the finishing school for many of our best thoroughbreds.

Grahame Begg published: 14 Jul, 2014

Following his father Neville around his Randwick stables as a youngster before graduating to the role of travelling foreman, proved great grounding for Grahame Begg who took over the reins of the stable at 29 and soon proved his talent as a trainer. With a relatively small team he’s had a steady stream of good horses since Eye of the Sky became his first Gr.1 winner in 1990.

Basil Nolan published: 12 Aug, 2014

Newly elected TBA president Basil Nolan brings a lifetime of experience to his new role, and the stud owner and former bookmaker has some causes close to his heart. These include extracting money from the corporate bookmakers to help fund the industry and encouraging more people into experiencing the joys of thoroughbred ownership.

Robyn Whishaw published: 10 Feb, 2015

The sudden death of husband Denis in October 2004 at age 50 forced Robyn Whishaw to take on the huge job of running the family’s Armidale Stud at Carrick near Launceston at the height of the breeding season. Robyn met this challenge head on and has had great success in the past decade. She is now preparing to hand over the reins to eldest son David.

Tim Faras published: 13 Aug, 2013

Tim Faras has packed an amazing amount of experience and gathered a wealth of knowledge in a lifetime devoted to horses, and these days is putting it to good use as the manager of the well-appointed Royston Stud at Innisplain in Queensland, home to sires Longhorn and Cheval de Troy (NZ).

John Brocklebank published: 09 Jul, 2013

John Brocklebank had the chance at a professional footballing career in the US but he chose to forego it and follow his life long passion for horses, firstly in the world of the quarter horse and then pinhooking thoroughbreds. BC3 Thoroughbreds made headlines this year when paying a record $5m for a yearling half-brother to Black Caviar, and the company he co-founded is now a major player in Australia and US and looking at further expansion.

James Harron published: 12 Nov, 2013

James Harron began riding at six in Northern Ireland and it wasn’t long before he was “horse mad” and determined to make horses his life. Now just 28, he’s already achieved that dream, has had many memorable moments in the thoroughbred industry, and is at the helm of his own bloodstock agency in Sydney.

Sir Peter Vela published: 10 Dec, 2014

A thoroughbred called Dominus, who managed to win one race in 24 starts, fired Sir Peter Vela’s interest in the world of racing and breeding while he was still at university and led to him, and his brother Philip, becoming dominant players in the NZ industry. Now Sir Peter is at the helm of Pencarrow Stud and New Zealand Bloodstock.

Angus Adkins published: 10 Jun, 2014

Renowned equine veterinary surgeon Angus Adkins is still not sure what prompted his career path, but he hasn’t once regretted the decision he made as a teenager. The Scone Equine Hospital director, who is passionate about mentoring young veterinarians, admits “veterinary science is my life”.

Murray Tillett published: 15 Oct, 2013

Being taken to the races as a special treat gave a young Murray Tillett a love for horses that has led to a career in the industry, mainly with auction houses, but lately as bloodstock manager for the revitalised Woodside Park operation in Victoria. The stud is now home to boom young sire Written Tycoon.

Mark Pilkington published: 10 Mar, 2014

If they gave awards for industry “all rounder” Mark Pilkington would certainly be a favourite to take the title. He has been involved in most aspects of the thoroughbred industry in the past 40 years, and has gained respect and accolades along the way. These days he’s helping owners and trainers via his innovative Horse Training Packages and enjoying racing a few horses with friends.

Bob Charley published: 10 Nov, 2014

From being a member of the Legal Eagles punting syndicate, then media personality, to respected racing administrator, Bob Charley AO has had quite a career in the thoroughbred industry. Now he has combined that knowledge and his love of art to produce a limited edition book, Heroes & Champions, depicting the history of Australian Racing and told via essays on 140 paintings.

Grant Burns published: 12 May, 2014

Being born in the same NZ town as Phar Lap and having family involved in the racing industry meant Grant Burns grew up around horses, even if motorbikes became a passion for a time. However it’s hard to escape your destiny, and with some help from distinguished mentors, Grant has established a career as a bloodstock agent and auctioneer in WA.

Andrew Wiles published: 13 Jan, 2014

A friendship forged at school led to a life changing job opportunity for Andrew Wiles, who has just taken up the position of Global Chief Financial Officer for Sheikh Mohammed’s global thoroughbred operation after working for Darley Australia since June 2008. He will be based in London alongside his former schoolmate Olly Tait, who is Global Chief Operating Officer of the Dubai ruler’s equine interests.

Barry Bowditch published: 12 Jan, 2015

Barry Bowditch felt the lure of the thoroughbred world from an early age with parents who were both involved in the industry and horses “around every corner”. When increasing height and weight ruled out a career as a jockey, Barry turned to the bloodstock side of the business and has never looked back, starting at Inglis and now enjoying a senior role at Magic Millions.

Darren Thomas published: 10 Dec, 2013

Cornerstone Stud is building on the wonderful legacy of Lindsay Park and South Australian businessman Darren Thomas is at the heart of this revival, backing Sam Hayes in a partnership that could return the stud to the glory days experienced under the stewardship of Sam’s grandfather, legendary trainer and stud master Colin Hayes.

Bryan Carlson published: 10 Sep, 2013

It was always a pretty safe bet that Bryan Carlson’s working life would involve horses, given his parents were both involved in equine pursuits, and that’s the way things have panned out. Bryan, who was riding from a young age, is now nominations manager at Emirates Park in NSW at a time when the Nasser Lootah-owned stud is undergoing a renaissance with some high profile new stallions and a $4m foray into the Easter yearling market.

Jacqueline Stewart published: 10 Feb, 2014

Given her love of speed and passion for horses it seems fitting that Jacqueline Stewart has found a career in the world of the thoroughbred. She made history in January when she was appointed the first female Keeper of the Australian Stud Book.

Julie Nairn published: 12 Aug, 2014

The decision by her parents to buy a property at Red Hill when she was “just a wee dot” changed Julie Nairn’s life forever and set her on a path into the equestrian world and then into thoroughbred racing and breeding. These days Julie manages stallions through her LP Stallions company and enjoys sharing her love of horses with the many people she meets through her business.

Chris Russell published: 07 Apr, 2014

The tragic death of his father Ken in a race fall at Rosehill has not stopped Chris Russell from forging a career in the thoroughbred industry and he’s grateful for all the help and support he received from many industry notables along the way. After an early career at the Magic Millions, these days Chris is a familiar figure at Inglis sales where he has been a bloodstock consultant and auctioneer since August 2012.

Mark Shean published: 13 Oct, 2014

Although his father and grandfather were jockeys, Mark Shean never considered that profession, although he knew he wanted to be involved in the racing industry in some capacity. So he put his memory for names and colours to good use and began calling races as a youngster, and then professionally from the time he was 16. Now he’s one of the country’s most respected race broadcasters, working for TVN in NSW.

Tony McEvoy published: 13 May, 2013

Learning at the hands of a master in Colin Hayes has certainly helped Tony McEvoy in his climb to the top ranks of Australian trainers. Now the South Australian is enjoying the next stage of his career and is training plenty of winners from his state-of-the-art property Kildalton Park.

Steve Hart published: 11 Jun, 2013

Steve Hart was determined his dream of combining his passions for racing and photography would one day become a reality and provide a full time career. He achieved his goal through hard work and dedication and now he’s giving something back to the sport as a director of Wyong Race Club.


Stephanie Grentell published: 16 Apr, 2013

With hurdle jockeys in her family it’s little wonder Stephanie Grentell isn’t afraid to tackle the big obstacles in life including eventually becoming an auctioneer of thoroughbreds and a bloodstock agent. While she chases these goals and runs marathons for a hobby, she’s forging a career in a male-dominated world and is a valued member of the team at Inglis, based in Melbourne.

Gray Williamson published: 11 Mar, 2013

Taking a gamble on breeding thoroughbreds more than 30 years ago proved a very astute move for Gray Williamson, his wife Jan and their family, as they have developed Mungrup Stud into one of the most successful in the nation and a great advertisement for their home state of Western Australia.

John Sunderland published: 04 Feb, 2013

A decision to remain in Australia after his first visit more than 20 years ago has proven the right one for Irishman John Sunderland and, thanks to the support of “wonderful people” in the thoroughbred industry who have helped him along the way, he is now the general manager of Darley’s Woodlands Stud operation at Denman.

Varda Green published: 08 Jan, 2013

Although she lived in Sydney’s eastern suburbs as a youngster Varda Green pestered her family for a pony and the passion for horses never went away. These days Varda and her partner, former trainer Ian Macpherson, specialise in standing stallions and are relishing the lifestyle at their Wattle Grove Stud in the NSW southern highlands.

Brett Howard published: 10 Dec, 2012

Thanks to a grandmother who liked a bet, the young Brett Howard got an early taste for the racing industry that eventually developed into a vocation. He now runs the successful Randwick Bloodstock Agency with his wife Rachael as well as an agistment property in the lower Hunter Valley, and this proud parent of three young sons says he “couldn’t be happier”.

Alan Thomas published: 13 Nov, 2012

Growing up as part of a sports mad gang of kids, inheriting a love of horses and the races from his Dad, and possessing a great memory for horse names and racing silks gave Alan Thomas a flying start in his career as a race caller and sports commentator and led to him becoming one of racing’s great assets in Queensland.

Henry Field published: 09 Oct, 2012

A member of the Moses family and steeped in thoroughbred tradition, Henry Field had the best tutors as he set out to learn everything he could about the industry. His passion to acquire knowledge and his dedication have seen Henry’s fledgling Newgate Farm operation make an immediate impact at the highest levels of racing and breeding and it seems this young man has a bright future indeed.

Anthony Mithen published: 09 Sep, 2012

A winning quinella on the 1982 Melbourne Cup started Anthony Mithen’s involvement in racing, his love of sport led to a successful career in the media and his marriage introduced him to a family with a passion for breeding thoroughbreds and to eventually running a stud that is home to Gr.1 winners Danzero and Toorak Toff. There has been plenty of hard work along the way too, it’s all part of a plan to make Rosemont an industry leader in Victoria.

Jaime Mackay published: 12 Aug, 2012

Champion polo player Jaime Mackay’s life has always been tied up with horses and the land, so it really came as no surprise when Jaime turned over his historic family property to the breeding of thoroughbreds and Cangon Stud Farm was born. It’s a move that Jaime, wife Jennifer and children Jock and Catriona haven’t regretted.

Paul Knight published: 08 Jul, 2012

Paul Knight has had a real passion for his work at Magic Millions since he left school more than 
25 years ago and is now the sales company’s bloodstock operations manager. This good fortune to have a job he loves has prompted Paul to realise how lucky he has been and to try and help others who have not been so fortunate.

Steve Tregea published: 10 Jun, 2012

Hard work and a hands-on approach have given Steve Tregea success in business and in the world 
of the thoroughbred. As a breeder and trainer, the Windemere Stud principal had some great rewards, as well as “being on the wrong end of the pineapple”, but for someone who was “always mad about horses”, he wouldn’t change a thing.

Clarry Conners published: 13 Apr, 2015

Clarry Conners learned all about horses literally on his father’s knee and the methods taught by this wise old horseman have stood his son in good stead, taking him to the top echelon of Australia’s trainers and landing him four winners in the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 and a host of other successes 
at the elite level.

Biddy Oquist published: 14 May, 2015

A chance meeting with thoroughbred industry doyenne Jennifer Churchill paved the way for Biddy Oquist to embark on her long love affair with breeding and racing. She’s been an administrator, bred and raced a Gr.1 winner, a valuable cog in the Arrowfield operation and is set to retire from the TBA.

Chris Watson published: 09 Jun, 2015

The Watson family can thank the weather gods for the start of their thriving thoroughbred enterprise at Mill Park in South Australia which began in earnest when a truck load of mares arrived at the sheep property to escape a cold and wet Adelaide winter. Now, more than 20 years later and with Chris Watson at the helm, the stud can boast 16 Gr.1 winners and a reputation as one of the finest nurseries in the country.

Adam Tims published: 05 Jul, 2015

A childhood dream of working in the racing industry has become a reality for accountant Adam Tims. Today his company, Stable Financial, has a client list of major Australian and International bloodstock investors, and Adam also offers his time and expertise to help industry bodies such as TBV, Aushorse and TBA.

Bruce Slade published: 13 Aug, 2015

A family tragedy when he was three changed Bruce Slade’s life and put him on the path to a career in the thoroughbred industry. The young South African has already packed a great deal of experience into his 29 years and the most recent chapter in an eventful life began early this year when he became director of stallions and sales at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley. 

Mark Newnham published: 01 Sep, 2015

Despite growing up in a family of racegoers and being exposed to the sport at an early age, Mark Newnham was a late starter as a jockey after stints working for trainers Bobby Thomsen and Bart Cummings. After his apprenticeship concluded he forged a strong partnership with trainer Gai Waterhouse, firstly as a stable jockey for Tulloch Lodge before becoming assistant trainer to the leading Randwick-based mentor on his retirement from race riding.

Andrew Perryman published: 01 Oct, 2015

For a youngster who used to watch the thoroughbreds walk past his home at Semaphore on their way to work on the beach it seems fitting that Andrew Perryman is now stud manager at Goldin Farms, Angaston. Colin Hayes set up the stud under the Lindsay Park banner after the master horseman had also started out his training career on the beach at Semaphore. Andrew has been charged with implementing the plans of Goldin’s owner Pan Sutong to again make the stud a real force in Australian breeding.

Ciaron Maher published: 04 Nov, 2015

A family accident turned Ciaron Maher away from motorbikes to horsepower of a different kind and eventually into a career as a jumps jockey. But the heavyweight always knew training was his vocation and he learnt all he could from the experts before setting up with just three horses in 2005. His first Gr.1 winner came in 2007 and now he’s considered one of the country’s best young trainers.

Dean Hawthorne published: 01 Dec, 2015

IT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT to say Dean Hawthorne has a grounding in the thoroughbred industry, because horses have been his life from the time he could sit on one. His vast knowledge has gained him enormous respect and plenty of success, particularly in selecting and preparing ready to run horses and in managing a large bloodstock portfolio for clients.

Mathew Sandblom published: 01 Aug, 2016

Nick Hodges published: 01 Sep, 2016

MORE accustomed to the horsepower of motorbikes as he was growing up on the family farm at Scone, Nick Hodges gradually came to realise that his future was in the thoroughbred industry. He hasn’t regretted the decision and these days is busy as the general manager of Riversdale Farm, which was established by his parents Alison and Peter, and has a wonderful reputation as a broodmare farm and for the preparation of yearlings.

Ross Hatton published: 01 Oct, 2016

IRISHMAN Ross Hatton has found his nirvana at Cornerstone Stud, seduced by the horses, people and lifestyle of the Barossa Valley. It’s a far cry from Kilkenny, but the thoroughbred heritage runs deep in his veins and he’s delighted to be part of the resurgence of the famous South Australian property.

Clint Donovan published: 01 Nov, 2016

STARTING off selling cattle for his father’s firm as a 13 year-old gave Clint Donovan the dream of one day making his career as an auctioneer. He’s achieved all that and more in the years since and is now a fixture on the rostrum at Magic Millions sales as well as working as bloodstock consultant for the company and representing the firm abroad.

Simms Davison published: 01 Dec, 2016

Mapperley Stud has a great reputation for raising thoroughbreds, So You Think and Dundeel are prime examples, and now Simms Davison, the third generation of his family at the helm of this operation, is heading in a new direction by standing four high-class young sires at the Matamata property. It’s a challenge the former star rugby player is relishing and he can’t wait to see the results.

Garry Cuddy published: 01 Apr, 2017

GARRY Cuddy thanks his lucky stars for having an uncle who introduced him to the world of the thoroughbred at a very young age. This exposure, and encouragement from his first employer Vin Cox, set him on his life path and today the 27 year-old is general manager of the Australian arm of Spenthrift Farm.

Adrian Bott published: 01 May, 2017

GROWING up at historic Segenhoe Stud, Adrian Bott was surrounded by thoroughbreds, so it was no surprise he always wanted to be part of the world of racing and breeding and has worked hard with this aim in mind. The 29 year-old is living the dream these days as co-trainer with Gai Waterhouse at Tulloch Lodge, the famous Randwick stable started by her father T.J. Smith more than 60 years ago. 

Gary Portelli published: 01 Jun, 2017

Gary Portelli thanks his lucky stars for the “sliding door moments”, which have helped smooth his path from leading show rider to successful trainer. He believes this luck also played a big part in winning the 2017 Golden Slipper with She Will Reign. 

Jonathan Crowley published: 01 Jul, 2017

Growing up in a racing family and helping out at the stables and riding track work gave Jonathan Crowley a good grounding for his first job as a 17 year-old at Coolmore in his native Ireland and then in Australia. Lured by the sun and the lifestyle and determined to make his life here, he is now on the nominations team at the fast growing Aquis Farms in Queensland.

Andrew Williams published: 01 Sep, 2017

NEW Zealander Andrew Williams can’t remember a time when he wasn’t around thoroughbreds and he always knew his destiny would be tied to the racing and breeding industry. The Darley Flying Start graduate began his own bloodstock agency in March and made quite an impact at auctions sales in 2017