Thompson of Widden Stud appointed chairman of Aushorse
WIDDEN STUD MANAGER Anthony Thompson has been elected as chairman of the Aushorse marketing board, following the resignation of John Messara.
Thompson has managed the historic Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley for the past 15 years and has served as president of the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association.
His appointment has come at a time when the Australian racing industry has committed A$1million to marketing and promotion.
Aushorse has stated that while it will continue to promote Australian races overseas, it willnow concentrate its efforts more heavily on the domestic market in the hope of attracting new owners.
"Owners are the basis of breeding and racing and there are still a great many Australians who are totally unaware of how rewarding owning a racehorse can be. We aim topromote the benefits of horse ownership far and wide," Thompson said.
"This is a very exciting time to be heading up Aushorse and I am looking forward to working with the team in making more people - both domestically and ona global scale -- aware of what we have to offer here in Australia."
Aushorse, a body that aims to promote the Australian thoroughbred on behalf of the country's commercial breeders, was founded in 1995.
Last year it joined with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, with Messara elected as present of both groups and Thompson taking on the role of treasurer.