Aushorse has a eight member board of directors comprising:

  • Antony Thompson (Chairman)
  • Ron Gilbert (Vice Chairman)
  • John Kelly
  • Adam Sangster
  • Arthur Mitchell
  • Tom Magnier
  • Chris Watson
  • Honorary Treasurer: Adam Tims
The Aushorse Board commit their time in an honorary capacity. They hold at least five meetings annually, and invite input on relevant issues.

Anthony ThompsonAntony Thompson – Chairman
Widden Stud, NSW

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 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.


John Kelly John Kelly
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.


Adam Sangster
Swettenham Stud, Vic

Son of the legendary breedshaper Robert, Adam Sangster has spent a lifetime learning about and working in an industry he loves.
After finishing school in 1984, Adam worked for Sir Patrick Hogan at his Cambridge Stud in New Zealand and then South Africa for Terrence Millard.
He then spent a number of years in the finance industry in both London and Hong Kong, before setting up in Australia in 1991 and overseeing the family’s southern hemisphere operations, in particular, the Sangster-Hayes joint venture, Collingrove Stud in Victoria.
He became a naturalized Australian in 2004 and a short time later bought out both family interests in Collingrove and rebranded the stud Swettenham, in line with the name his father had made famous.


Image Arthur Mitchell
Yarraman Park, NSW

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 Tom Magnier
Coolmore Stud, 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.

Chris Watson Chris Watson
Mill Park Stud, SA

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.

staff_pics_adam.jpgAdam Tims  B.Comm, CA Honorary Secretary/Treasurer
Director Stable Financial

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

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

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.



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