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Kerry Murphy appointed new EBF chief executive

KERRY MURPHY has been appointed chief executive officer of the European Breeders' Fund. She will take up the post from January 1, 2013.

Murphy has run the Racing Post Yearling Bonus scheme since 2009, having previously spent 12 years working for Juddmonte Farms and six years as racing secretary to trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

She takes over from Sam Sheppard, who retires at the end of the year as chief executive, a position he has held since the inception of the EBF 30 years ago.  

"I am delighted to join the team at the EBF at such an important time," Murphy said. "The EBF plays a hugely important role in boosting prize money via the support of the breeding industry, which is crucial during the ongoing economic problems we are facing.

"I look forward to working with the current team to build on the success of the EBF, which owes much to the hard work of Sam Sheppard over the last 30 years."

Murphy joins the current EBF staff of Cheryl Caves, Candy Wight and Susan Carroll at Stanstead House in Newmarket. 

Charles-Henri de Moussac, Chairman of the EBF co-ordinating xommittee, said: "I, together with Philip Freedman and Harry McCalmont, interviewed several first-class candidates for the job.

"Kerry's experience within the bloodstock business persuaded us that she was the right person to take over from Sam. She will be joining the small, dedicated and tenacious team at Stanstead House, and we look forward to seeing the EBF continue to thrive under her leadership."

 

 

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