Aushorse has a eight member board of directors comprising:
Antony Thompson – Chairman
Antony Thompson is the seventh generation member of the Thompson family to be actively involved in Widden Stud, founded in 1867 and home to breed-shaping sires such as Todman, Bletchingly, Vain, Marscay, and Lunchtime. He worked with trainer John Morish before stints at Ra Ora Stud and Cambridge Stud in New Zealand, Vinery Kentucky, and later, Eaton Sales with London-based bloodstock agent Luke Lillingston.
Ron Gilbert - Vice Chairman
Highgrove Stud, Qld
Property developer Ron Gilbert's passion for thoroughbreds led to the establishment of boutique Highgrove Stud on the Darling Downs in Queensland, a region widely revered as prime thoroughbred country.
In a short space of time, Highgrove has rapidly established itself among the nation's leading yearling consignors, and Ron prides himself on a select band of elite broodmares, focusing on breeding to sell.
Newhaven Park, NSW
John Kelly is the third generation of the Kelly family at Newhaven Park near Boorowa in NSW to be actively involved in the property which stands sires including Zeditave and Marauding, with his father, Richard Kelly.
Newhaven was founded by the Kelly family in 1920 and became a fully-fledged thoroughbred venture in 1945. Apart from a stint in central Queensland, John’s life has been based around Newhaven, where past luminaries include Luskin Star and Wilkes. He is extensively involved in racing through the family’s Burst Pty Ltd syndicate.
Son of the legendary breedshaper Robert, Adam Sangster has spent a lifetime learning about and working in an industry he loves.
Mungrup Stud, WA
Gray Williamson caught the bug early on in a family that trained their own racehorses.
Gray now owns and runs Mungrup Stud along with his wife Jan and his four daughters and their partners. Over 30 years, Gray’s passion in breeding top class yearlings and finding excellent sires has seen Mungrup Stud grow from the ground up to become the biggest stud in Western Australia.
Mungrup Stud stands a well regarded stallion line up including boom WA sire Oratorio and is the largest consignor of yearlings to the Perth sales.
Gray was, until recently, the West Australian Bloodhorse Breeders Association president and has been a constant voice in the Western Australian breeding community for the past 20 years.
Arthur Mitchell is in partnership with this brother Harry, in Yarraman Park Stud located in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales. Yarraman Park Stud has been home to Thoroughbreds for over 100 years, dating back to the early 1900’s.
The Mitchell’s have owned and operated the Stud for over 40 years after purchasing the Stud from legendary jockey, George Moore in 1968.
Arthur became a Director on the Aushorse Marketing in October 2010. He is also the Vice President of Scone Race Club. Scone Race Club conducts 12 TAB race meetings a year and holds the title of the 'richest country race meeting in NSW.
Tom Magnier is a fourth generation horseman and a son of John Magnier, founder of Coolmore, the world’s largest stud farming operation and grandson of legendary Horse Trainer, Vincent O’Brien.
Having enjoyed a successful stint as an amateur rider during his teenage years in Ireland, and also representing Ireland in Three Day Eventing, Tom has committed his time to developing an extensive understanding of the horse racing and breeding industry worldwide. He spent years working at Coolmore’s operations in Ireland and the United States before moving to Australia to assist in the management of Coolmore’s operations in the Southern Hemisphere.
Mill Park Stud is located in the upper south east of South Australia, close to the world renowned Coorong National Park. The farm consists of 10,000 acres of undulating limestone based country with renovated lucerne and veldt grass pastures. The horse enterprise has been established on 2,000 acres. Their low stocking rate of 1 horse per 8-10 acres enables a natural free range upbringing which they believe is part of the successful raising of competitive racehorses.
Apart from their breeding operation the Watson's also spell racehorses for some of the leading South Australian trainers. The family also owns a 300 acre irrigated lucerne property in Meningie which allows the supply of consistently high quality fodder to the farm.
Chris became a director of both Aushorse Marketing and Thoroughbred Breeders Association in October, 2012.
Adam Tims B.Comm, CA Honorary Secretary/Treasurer
Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Practicing Certificate with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Adam heads the firms’ taxation, accounting and business advisory division, being admitted to partnership in July 2001. He has extensive experience in the equine industry from a management and taxation perspective. Most of his clients are horse owners, breeders, syndicates, trainers, jockeys and horse industry associations. Many of his clients also have significant other “non-horse” businesses.
An avid racegoer and horse owner, Adam is a member of all Victorian Metropolitan Race Clubs. He also represents jockeys in his capacity as a Director of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association (VJA) and is treasurer of the Victorian Club that is steeped in racing tradition.
Adam has written a large number of tax and accounting articles for horse industry publications and newspapers including the Financial Review and has appeared on talkback radio regarding tax matters relating to the horse industry. He is obviously passionate about the horse industry and sees the most important issue at hand being that of developing a united voice for the horse industry across states and across horse industry sectors.
Chauncey Morris - CEO
Chauncey joined Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse Marketing as CEO in December 2011 from the US Thoroughbred sales company Keeneland.
During his time with Keeneland, Chauncey had been travelling the world to promote the US Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry for nearly a decade as their Sales Marketing Associate. Chauncey oversaw the global sales strategy while at Keeneland as well as initiatives to attract a new generation of owners into the United States racing industry. This initiative will be undertaken in Australia.
In November 2002, Chauncey established an emerging markets program within the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association/Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Inc., which sought to develop relations with countries whose growing Thoroughbred breeding and racing programs had been positively affected by globalization.
Chauncey formerly served as a trade specialist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture from 1999-2001, when he was appointed as an analyst and advisor to then Governor Paul Patton's Office of Agricultural Policy.
Chauncey moved to Australia from the US to live in Sydney with his family to take up the position as CEO.
Rowena Smith - Marketing and PR
Rowena grew up on a mixed grazing property near Boorowa in NSW. Her interest in thoroughbreds originated from her family's involvement in the industry.
Rowena's career has been a journey from grain to GMOs to horses. She kicked off her working life in the NSW Farmers' Association's Policy Division before a three-year role in Canberra providing science-based information about genetically modified foods and crops.
Joining Aushorse in 2007 in a Marketing and PR role, her responsibilites also include managing and coordinating the highly-successful International Inward Buyers Scheme in conjunction with the two major Sales companies in Australia. Rowena also became Aushorse's South African representative in 2009.
Fiona Goor - European Representative
Before graduating with a degree in International Agricultural and Equine Business Management, Fiona spent time preparing yearlings in Kentucky and working on stud farms in the UK and New Zealand.
Fiona also completed two and a half years at William Inglis and Son, working in the marketing and bloodstock departments. On returning to Europe, Fiona spent three years in the marketing and nominations department of Derrinstown Stud, leaving in 2002 to set up and manage the office of De Burgh Equine, Hubie de Burgh’s respected bloodstock consultancy.
Nathan Exelby - Website, Research and PR
After completing a Sports Journalism degree in 1996, Nathan has carved out a successful career in the media and specifically within the thoroughbred industry.
Nathan was editor of Turf Monthly magazine from June 2000 to May 2008, in which time he was named Young Thoroughbred Writer of the Year in 2002 and later awarded an AAMI Victoria Derby National Media Print Editorial Award.