Breeders, staff and enthusiasts from northern Victoria came together on Saturday night to celebrate another year of thoroughbred champions raised and grazed across the northern region
The Northern Region awards, held at Nagambie’s Mitchelton Winery, also recognised people who care for these horses each step of the way.
Northern Region Thoroughbreds Social Club committee member Rob Bogumil was thrilled with the large turnout for the annual event.
“It provides a special night out for industry participants to don the glad rags and enjoy a social drink before the busy breeding season is underway.”
“It was the biggest turnout we have had for a number of years.”
Along with a spot of networking, dancing and laughter, the awards presented included:
- NRTSC Industry Award – Ian Horwood. Presented by Dr. Katie Wilcox representing the Avenel Equine Hospital.
- Tim Jones Memorial Young Achiever Award – Mikela Hudson. Presented by Dr Simon Robinson representing the Victorian Equine Group.
- Stallion of the Year – Written Tycoon (Woodside Park Stud) Presented by Rob Bogumil, CEO of CEPA Farm Supplies.
- Breeder of the Year –Godolphin Northwood, Presented by Andrew Soper representing Ridleys Barastoc.
- Broodmare of the Year – Slippery Madam owned by Twin Creeks Thoroughbreds.
- First Season Sire – Fighting Sun (Sun Stud)
- Highest VOBIS Gold Average Award – Burnewang North Pastoral.
- The Over Achiever Award – (received following a wonderful applause) John Pittard (Master Farrier). Presented by Daniel Nevill, representing the Northern Region Thoroughbreds Committee.
The two-standout awards for the night were the NRTSC Industry award presented to Ian Horwood and the Tim Jones Memorial Young Achiever Award presented to Mikela Hudson.
“Ian Horwood – What a bloody legend! Respected and loved by all in the breeding industry, he has given almost forty years of dedicated service to a field that is so thankful of his time,” Bogumil said.
“Having managed Collingrove back in the day, he was instrumental in setting up the National Centre for Equine Education (at Wangaratta) to help educate and empower stud workers to be more knowledgeable, and he was also a founding member of the Northern Region Thoroughbreds Club.
“We all have Ian and Kerrie in our thoughts, and along with their late daughter Courtney, who was on our committee, we recognise their family as a treasure of our industry.”
Mikela Hudson at just 23 years old, has taken on a leading role at Creightons Creek based Lindsay Park.
She plays a significant part in facilitating the training of some of Australia’s most elite racehorses. As the HUB operations manager at Lindsay Park, she is responsible for the daily trackwork of up to 180 horses, 18 riders and over 20 ground staff.
“This job requires great organisational skills, extraordinary interpersonal and communication skills and Mikela is a well-deserved award winner,” Bogumil said.
Along with Rob Bogumil, current members of the Northern Region Thoroughbreds Social Club include Dr Katie Wilcox from Avenal Equine, Daniel Neville and Christine Mills from Hollylodge Thoroughbreds, Chris and Catherine Kent from Blue Gum Farm, Fiona Grundmann from Lindsay Park Racing, and Damian Gleeson and Deb Gifford from Phoenix Broodmare Farm.
“It’s a club that is about the industry, not individuals, and by gathering a young, smart, vibrant group of active members in the region, we can come up with new ideas that appeal to the breeding and racing workforce in the area.”