TBA launches Centenary Book at Annual Awards Evening to celebrate milestone year

May 5, 2017 |

A limited edition book on the history of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) was unveiled to guests at the Annual Breeders’ Awards Evening in Newmarket on May 5, 2017.

Created to celebrate the Association’s 100 year anniversary, the book documents the Association’s history, the evolving National Hunt scene, notable breeders, key thoroughbreds and influential figures from over the last century. Leading industry journalists and writers collaborated on the project to provide expert insight on the featured topics, supported by rare archive photos.

Guests were invited to inspect copies of the book and speak with the TBA team about the project following dinner in the Jockey Club Rooms.

TBA Chairman, Julian Richmond-Watson said: “We were keen to document the TBA’s first 100 years in a fitting way and the book emerged from this idea. We were especially pleased that our Patron HM The Queen submitted a message for inclusion in the book, which conveys her support for the Association over the years and acknowledges the mutual interests of all thoroughbred breeders.

A copy of the limited edition book will be mailed to all current TBA members, free of charge, to thank them for their ongoing support and to enable members to share in the TBA’s centenary celebrations.”

Earlier in the evening, during the Annual Awards presentations, Frankel claimed his first TBA award as a stallion when winning the Tattersalls Silver Salver for leading first season sire. The unbeaten racehorse had a perfect start to his stud career with his first crop of two-year-olds, which included the fillies Queen Kindly, Fair Eva and Soul Stirring.

David Oldrey was presented with the prestigious Andrew Devonshire Bronze in recognition of his outstanding lifetime contribution to the Thoroughbred breeding industry. A long-standing owner and breeder, Oldrey has been a racecourse Steward, BHB and HBLB Board member. He became noted for his race planning expertise in these roles and for his skills as a racing historian. He was also TBA President between 2001 and 2006.

The other ‘mystery’ award of the evening, The Dominion Bronze, was awarded to Dr Richard Newton for his long term work at the Animal Health Trust.  He leads the Epidemiology & Disease Surveillance Department at the Trust and also acts as a consultant to the TBA, BHA, HBLB and DEFRA.

Jo Brown’s work at Overbury Stud was recognised when she was presented with a £1,000 cash prize for the Annual Stud Staff Award. The award, sponsored by New England Stud, aims to reward employees for the hard work that is necessary to run a successful breeding operation.

Sheikh Mohammed’s breeding operation, Darley (Part of the Godolphin Management Co. Ltd.), had another successful year winning; the Queen’s Silver Cup for leading British-based Flat breeder, the BBA Silver Cigar Box (Dubawi) for leading British-based Flat stallion, the Barleythorpe Cup (Exceed And Excel), for leading British-based stallion in terms of individual winners and the H.J. Joel Silver Salver (Eastern Joy) for Flat Broodmare of the Year.

The National Hunt awards were dominated by Kayf Tara once again, winning both the Horse & Hound Cup and the Whitbread Silver Salver. It was the fifth time the National Hunt stallion collected the Horse & Hound Cup and his eighth Whitbread Silver Salver.

Bryan Mayoh accepted the Dudgeon Cup for NH Broodmare of the Year winner, La Perrotine, whilst David and Kathleen Homes were recognised for their contribution to the National Hunt breeding industry with the Queen Mother’s Silver Salver.

TBA Flat Breeder of the Year, St Albans Bloodstock, were presented with the TBA Silver Rose Bowl, following a fantastic year on the racecourse for their flag-bearer Postponed, and Anthony Oppenheimer’s Hascombe & Valiant Studs collected the TBA Silver Salver (Flat Special Merit Award). The Langham Cup for Small Breeder of the Year was presented to Paul Gardner of Springcombe Park Stud following last year’s success with Quiet Reflection.