Tim Johnson - President
Tim and his wife Lisa, along with their children, own and manage one of Victoria's finest thoroughbred stud farms in Victoria's premier thoroughbred country, Euroa.
Ealing Park Stud has stood some of Victoria's best known stallions, including the 1990 Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule.
Tim is a true student of the breeding and racing industries and brings with him a wealth of experience and an in depth knowledge of the breeding industry.
The Johnson’s are as close to racing royalty as we get in this country through the feats of Tim’s ancestors The Cox family. This name is now associated with one of the worlds best WFA race The W.S Cox Plate.
Tim also represents TBV on the Super VOBIS Board.
James O'Brien - Vice President
James’ interest in thoroughbred breeding has been heightened since taking up his role as Operations Manager of the Lauriston Racing and Breeding Farms at Corinella on the western shores of Western Port Bay in South Gippsland.
Lauriston has earned a reputation as a leading broodmare farm in that region of Victoria having bred 30 individual winners to date. The most notable is General Truce who won the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate in 2009.
Lauriston’s select band of broodmares has been enhanced by the recent retirement of the quality racemares, Gold Edition, Street Smart and Amarazetti.
James holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from RMIT. He is dedicated to the causes of Victorian breeders achieving greater rewards on the race track, further successes in the sales ring and developing a strong accord with RVL, owners, trainers and industry affiliates.
Lillian Cooney - Committee Member
Lillian Cooney has been a long standing TBV member and has also been the Honourary Legal Officer for TBV and has always lended her support and services to our Association on a number of levels, which TBV have greatly appreciated. This commitment to TBV saw Lillian awarded Life Membership in 2007.
Lillian's connection with racing and breeding is best illustrated with her wide range of memberships. She is a member of Moonee Valley Racing Club, Melbourne Racing Club, Victorian Thoroughbred Breeders, Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Club (NSW) and TROA.
Outside of racing she was on the Council of RMIT University from 1989 to 1998 (including a period as Deputy Chancellor), is a member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the Law Institute of Victoria, the RACV Club the Melbourne Cricket Club and the DOXA Youth Foundation.
Lillian has raced and/or bred a number of successful horses since the late 1970's. These include Racers Edge,Nonpariels, Century Toast, Millicent, Here for Glory, Breadeater, Lady Josephine, Lord Jugah and Condescend. She currently part-owns four horses in training including Sir Topaz and Plush Manor. She has six broodmares and is a regular vendor at the Melbourne Premier sale.
Cathy Hains - Committee Member
The Hains name is one of Australia's most famous when it comes to breeding and racing horses at the highest level. Cathy's father David was responsible for the likes of Kingston Town amongst his plethora of champion racehorses.
Cathy joined the TBV Committee in 2012, a coup for the Association to have such a business savvy, horse passionate indivdual on the board.
In 2006, Cathy Hains purchased Burnewang North, Rochester with a view to establishing a fully commercial operation across all facets of farming including bloodstock, sheep and cattle livestock and fodder production (including lucerne and oaten hay).
They currently run a select band of 40 privately owned broodmares on this extensive property. Their horses are raised with the utmost attention to every aspect of their well being by a dedicated group.
Rosemary Inglis - Committee Member
Rosemary Inglis is one of TBV's longest serving members, having been elected to the committee in 1991.
Rosemary and her retired veterinarian husband Bert have developed and managed the successful Benalla Park Stud at Benalla for 30 years, standing stallions such as Hartbalm, Willingly, Gay Habit Tristino, Star Pyramul and Phizam.
They rate the prolific Hero Wind as the best horse they have bred. Rosemary has been very active in the formation and progress of the successful North Eastern Breeders' Association since its inception in 1980, taking on the role of Secretary for 15 years.
Rosemary was one of the founding members of the North East TBV, which actively promotes the region and provides invaluable information to the areas participants on all things breeding as well as organizing a number of highly successful social activities.
Roger Langley - Committee Member
Roger has recently been seconded to the TBV committee and brings a significant amount of experience from the business world as well as significant exposure to the racing and breeding industry.
Roger has a small property in Bunyip, South East of Melbourne, where he breeds from a select band of broodmares; he has had a regular presence at the Melbourne sales as well as racing and selling into the Asian markets. His most recent success was the Show a Heart gelding Paganini’s Soul, who won 3 from 4 and was sold to Hong Kong.
Roger has a business background, having built and run a successful recruitment company for 20 years, selling in 2005 to pursue his passion in the thoroughbred industry. In the past five years, Roger has spent two years working with Nathan Tinkler, assisting him to establish the early stages of his major breeding and racing interests; this has given him great exposure to all parts of the Australian and some part of the European racing industry.
Roger is married with two boys, is a member of the VRC and MRC and is a great supporter of the quality of Victorian Racing and Breeding.
Anthony Mithen - Committee Member
Anthony joined the Committee in April 2009 and brings with him a wealth of experience in media and communications, vital to the success of the Victorian breeding industry.
Anthony, his wfe Selena and their young family own and operate Rosemont Stud in Ceres and already within a short time they have made their mark both at the yearling sales and on the track .
Rosemont has been an iconic farm in the Geelong region for the best part of a century, once boasting Geelong’s most popular pony club, it has served as a sheep farm, cattle country and is now set-up as one of the more picturesque boutique thoroughbred farms in Victoria.
Sprawling over 650 acres with two and a half kilometers of Barwon River frontage, the undulating ground up the Barrabool Hills and the magnificent river flats offer the perfect combination for the successful rearing of any stock, but in particular thoroughbred horses.
Christine Nevill - Committee Member
Christine Nevill has been a member of TBV for over 10 years and is a current board member.
Christine owns Hollylodge Thoroughbreds a breeding business established in 1998 in Kyneton and later in Avenel, Vic.
Starting with one mare, Christine has built the business from scratch breeding her first city winning racehorse from her foundation mare.
Since then she has bred 31 winning racehorses from her own mares and has stood stallions at her stud including ... Jungle Pocket (JPN), Tuscanos, Aristotle, Durbridge, Tailings, Honours List, Widden Valley and is currently managing Zupaone, Illustrious Blue, Helene Mascot, Masterpiece under her Stallion management services business.
As well as offering Bloodstock consultancy for all newcomers & existing clients to the breeding industry Christine has also developed and co-ordinates the Orphan Foal/Foster Mare service in Victoria.
Christine’s love of horses began as a child and continues on today in the Breeding/Racing industry, supporting and sponsoring Racing Clubs, breeding and racing her own horses, offering a Tried Racehorse service and supporting TBV in her role as a board member advising clients and keeping them updated on how to be involved and get the most out of their hobby or business in the thoroughbred industry.
Christine also enjoys writing articles and stories for various publishers on breeding and stallions.
Adam Sangster - Committee Member
The Sangster name is synonomous with success and Adam has flown the flag for his family in the Southern Hemisphere for two decades.
Testimony to the unending link with superiority, Swettenham Stud prepared and sold in 2007 super sprinter Black Caviar, the highest rated galloper in the world in 2011, as well as evergreen Zipping, a multiple Group 1 winner whose three successive Sandown Classic wins earned the tribute from the Melbourne Racing Club of a change of race name to the Zipping Classic .
Adam is passionate about all things Victorian and as a major stallion owner in this country brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Committee.
Adam Tims - Treasurer
Adam joined the Committee to fill the casual vacany left by Bryan Gurry who was appointed as a Director of Racing Victoria Limited.
Adam is a Director at Stable Financial who are experts in Taxation and Accounting matters for the horse industry.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Practicing Certificate with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Adam heads the firms’ taxation, accounting and business advisory division, being admitted to partnership in July 2001. He has extensive experience in the equine industry from a management and taxation perspective. Most of his clients are horse owners, breeders, syndicates, trainers, jockeys and horse industry associations. Many of his clients also have significant other “non-horse” businesses.
An avid racegoer and horse owner, Adam is a member of all Victorian Metropolitan Race Clubs and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria..
Adam has written a large number of tax and accounting articles for horse industry publications and newspapers including the Financial Review and has appeared on talkback radio regarding tax matters relating to the horse industry. He is obviously passionate about the horse industry and sees the most important issue at hand being that of developing a united voice for the horse industry across states and across horse industry sectors.