As part of the Annual General Meeting held this week, three new TBV Life Memberships were awarded to long serving members of Victoria’s thoroughbred breeding industry.
Tony Cavanagh, Rosemary Inglis and Tim Stewart (pictured below) were all awarded life memberships, joining an illustrious list of 12 other TBV Life Members.
All three were presented with new Life Membership pins and their names will be enscribed on the new TBV Life Members honour board (pictured below – it will be hung at the Racing Victoria building at 400 Epsom Road, Flemington). A summary of each new Life Member’s contribution to Victorian thoroughbred breeding is listed below.
In an interesting and varied career spanning several decades in the racing industry, Tony Cavanagh’s influence and service in Victorian breeding and racing has been widely felt.
Starting in the mid 1960s, Tony worked for the Racecourses Licences Board as assistant secretary and government tote inspector. In 1970, Tony started as a pedigree clerk with Wright Stephenson and it wasn’t long before he played a key role in revolutionising the way pedigree pages were presented in sales catalogues – as they are today.
Following his departure from Wright Stephenson, Tony managed or owned a number of studs including Toolern Vale Park, Glenfern Park and Huntly Lodge Stud. During this time Tony served as Bloodhorse Breeders Association committee member from 1984 to 1992, a time when VOBIS was lobbied from by that organisation and eventually adopted by the VRC and State Government.
In 1980 he also established his own bloodstock agency, and his clients read like a who’s who of racing of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Through this agency, he sold champion racemare Emancipation, plus Magic Flute (AJC Doncaster Hcp) and Aurea (dam of Group 1 winners Magari, Centaurea). He also aided in the syndication of great sires Centaine and Sir Dapper among many others.
Tony personally bred and raced 1985 Blue Diamond winner Let’s Get Physical as well as high class mare Bold Bridget, a successful matriarch whose descendants include Staging, Excites, Tickets, Duporth and Delago Deluxe.
In 1989, Tony worked with prominent Victorian breeder and TBV Life Member Ted Cockram to open up thoroughbred trade between Australia and Argentina with the purchase of six fillies and mares.
Tony remains an active agent including working for many Victorian based clients. He recently helped broker sale of Il Cavallo (bred by Makybe) to stand at stud in New Zealand.
Tim has served the local thoroughbred breeding industry with distinction and a great deal of success over several decades.
Tim was the Victorian Bloodhorse Breeders Association Honorary Secretary from 1983 to 1988 and Vice President in 1991. He was the Chairman of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia from 2007 to 2013.
Tim is the Principal of Tim Stewart & Associates bloodstock agency representing clients Australia-wide. His broodmare matings executed for clients have produced in excess of 86 individual stakes-performing horses and an additional 168 metropolitan winners. Private purchases & yearling selections for clients have resulted in more than 252 individual winners of more than 550 races.
As a thoroughbred breeder in his own right, he has bred 56 individual winners of 218 races including multiple stakes performing horses. Tim takes great pride and responsibility in ensuring those horses he breeds and owns are found a good home following their racing or breeding careers.
Perhaps Tim’s most important service for Victorian thoroughbred breeding was while association secretary in helping to lobby for and establish VOBIS in the mid 1980s.
Along with other leaders of the Bloodhorse Breeders Association such as TBV Life Members Doug Reid, Brendan McCarthy and Ted Cockram, Tim helped successfully lobby the Victorian Government for funding for VOBIS. The scheme was the first of its kind in Australia and lead the way to make Victoria the premier racing and breeding state.
In 1987 as VOBIS was to become operational, Tim told Glenn Lester from The Age: “We want people to go to the sales and recognise that the VOBIS logo means dollars to the pocket.” (The Age June 5, 1987). This comment, made more than 28 years ago, has stood the test of time demonstrating Tim’s foresight and knowledge of the industry.
Notably, Tim also played a significant role in the computerisation of the Australian Stud Book and thoroughbred statistical systems.
Rosemary Inglis is TBVs longest serving committee member having been elected to the committee in January 1991.
She has been TBV’s representative on the Victorian Horse Council and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.
Rosemary and her late husband Dr Bert Inglis, a veterinarian, developed and ran Benalla Park Stud in North East Victoria. They stood several stallions including Star Pyramul as well as Hartbalm – a Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner who sired a Group 1 Galaxy winner. He was North Eastern Thoroughbred Breeders’ leading stallion in 1986-87. They also bred and owned the North Eastern Broodmare of the year Full on Hearts 1994-95.
In 1980, Rosemary was responsible for the formation of the North East Breeders Association and served as secretary for the next 15 years. During this period of service, the North East grew into the premier breeding ground in the state.
One of her most notable achievements at the Association was the establishment of very well-attended monthly dinner meetings as well as the annual dinner – a highlight of the State’s breeding industry’s social calendar.
Rosemary is a long serving member of the VRC, the Benalla Racing Club and a foundation Gold member of the Wakeful Club.