Richardson and Thormans Take Top Honours at TBA Flat Breeders' Awards

British bloodstock industry stalwarts Chris Richardson and Paul and Sara Thorman featured among the headline winners at the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Flat Breeders' Awards for the 2023 season, held at Chippenham Park on the evening of Wednesday, July 10. With recipients revealed only at the event, Cheveley Park Stud managing director Chris Richardson received the Dominion Bronze Award, which recognises outstanding contribution and long-term commitment from someone in the industry, while Paul and Sara Thorman, who have run Trickledown Stud since 1990, received the Andrew Devonshire Bronze Award, which acknowledges...

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TBA Bloodstock Conference Hosts Sessions on the Horse, People and Business

The challenges and opportunities for the future sustainability of the thoroughbred breeding and bloodstock industry were explored in-depth by speakers, panellists and delegates at the annual TBA Bloodstock Conference, held on Tuesday at Tattersalls. Two hundred breeders, owners, enthusiasts and industry professionals convened at Park Paddocks for the full-day event hosted by leading broadcaster and racing journalist, Lydia Hislop. The conference was opened by TBA chairman Philip Newton, who discussed the current challenges facing the thoroughbred breeding industry and the need for transformational change to alter racing's finances. Newton also...

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Nominees For The TBA Flat Breeders' Awards Evening Revealed

Shortlisted nominees for five of the award categories at this year's TBA Flat Breeders' Awards Evening were announced on Thursday. Sponsored by Dullingham Park, the awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, July 10 at Chippenham Park, near Newmarket. All 13 awards--including the previously announced statistical awards for British-based stallions and breeders--will be presented to the winners on the night. Tickets for the TBA Flat Breeders' Awards Evening are £80 (inc. VAT) per person and admission includes a champagne reception, a two-course dinner and the awards ceremony. The awards and...

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Nick Luck Headlines Winners At TBA National Hunt Breeders' Awards

Sponsored by Goffs, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) celebrated the tenth edition of its annual National Hunt Breeders' Awards in a ceremony held in front of 150 breeders, owners and trainers at the Hilton Garden Inn in Doncaster on Monday evening. Leading broadcaster and breeder Nick Luck, who hosted the evening, was the surprised recipient of the Queen Mother's Silver Salver (National Hunt Special Achievement Award), the highest honour bestowed by the TBA's NH Committee. The other award winners were as follows: Eric Gillie Ltd Trophy (Special Achievement Award): Kevin...

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Her Majesty The Queen Announced As Patron Of The TBA

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the TBA National Hunt Breeders' Awards, which takes on Monday May 20, The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association announced the appointment of Her Majesty The Queen as its Patron, succeeding the late Queen Elizabeth II who was Patron for 68 years from 1954 until her death in September 2022.  Her Majesty The Queen has held a longstanding interest in the breeding and owning of thoroughbreds across both National Hunt and Flat codes, enjoying her first home-bred winner with Royal Superlative in 2009, then as the Duchess...

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TBA NH Breeders' Awards Night Scheduled For May

The 10th edition of the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association National Hunt Breeders' Awards, sponsored by Goffs, will be held on Monday, May 20, the eve of the Goffs Doncaster Spring Store Sale. Doncaster's Hilton Garden Inn has been selected for the awards show, with Nick Luck signed on to host again. The event celebrates the achievements of British-based breeders and British-bred horses across the 2023-24 National Hunt season. During the event there is a champagne reception, and dinner is followed by the awards ceremony. A total of 14 awards will be...

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Richard Phillips Named as Keynote Speaker at 2024 TBA Bloodstock Conference

Richard Phillips has been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2024 Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) Bloodstock Conference, which is set to take place at Tattersalls in Newmarket on Tuesday, June 25. Phillips, trainer and founder of National Racehorse Week, said, "I am delighted to be invited to speak at this year's Bloodstock Conference. I have a lifelong passion for the bloodstock world and look forward to sharing opinions, ideas and views with those attending." Staged for the first time in 2023, the event will feature talks and presentations with...

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Juddmonte Stallions Take Top Honours at TBA Flat Stallion Awards

   Juddmonte stallions Frankel (GB) and Kingman (GB) have been announced as the big winners in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA)'s annual Flat statistical-based awards. The awards take into account British and Irish statistics for British-based stallions for 2023. Frankel took the BBA Silver Cigar Box for the second time in three years as Britain's leading sire by total earnings in 2023 with £7,143,651. Frankel, who was crowned champion sire in Britain and Ireland, sired 11 individual Group 1 winners in 2023, with his notable runners on home soil including...

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First Edition Of The TBA ACCESS Foal Forum Well-Attended

Over 250 people attended the first edition of the TBA ACCESS Foal Forum in the Tattersalls sales ring on Thursday night, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) announced on Friday. The free-to-attend event welcomed both TBA members and non-members, and aimed to inform and educate attendees about the intricacies and challenges of breeding and pinhooking foals. The forum was led by Vanessa Ryle and featured insights into the first steps and considerations of breeding a foal, nurturing the growth of a young foal with the expertise of Kate Sigsworth of West...

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TBA Launches Stud Farm Carbon Calculator

With backing from the Racing Foundation, the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) has launched a digital Stud Farm Carbon Calculator in order to help its members reduce the carbon footprint of their operations.  Believed to be the first carbon emissions calculator developed specifically for use with horses, the tool has been devised to be an aid for stud farmers in considering changes to land management practices and energy usage which could both cut carbon emissions and save money. Developed in partnership with ADAS, it will calculates emissions originating from horses and...

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Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Launches Free-To-Attend Foal Forum

The Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) has announced a new free-to-attend Foal Forum due to take place on November 30 during the Tattersalls December Foal Sale.  The TBA ACCESS Foal Forum aims to educate and enlighten attendees about the intricacies and challenges of breeding and pinhooking foals.  With an emphasis on fostering excellence and innovation in the industry, as well as providing networking opportunities with fellow thoroughbred enthusiasts, the inaugural event will take place in the sales ring at Park Paddocks by permission of Tattersalls and will be free to attend....

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Business Essentials Programme Launched By TBA

The Business Essentials Programme, a new educational resource providing stud farm owners and managers with exclusive industry insights to support business understanding and provide the best welfare for horses, was launched by the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (TBA) on TB-Ed on Wednesday. Focussing on the areas of employment, leadership, finance and marketing, the courses aim to support the building blocks of a successful business operation with advice from experts across the breeding industry. Each course features fully narrated video-based modules with a downloadable script, allowing users to work through at their...

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