by Patrick Clancy – Executive Officer
Two new committee members will join the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria committee following the official counting of votes in the 2016 postal vote election.
Riverbank Farm’s Dr Caroline Duddy and Woodside Park Stud’s Matthew Tillett have been elected along with incumbents James O’Brien (Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm) and Toby Liston (Three Bridges Thoroughbreds).
Caroline and Matthew replace retiring committee members Christine Mills and Rosemary Inglis.
It was the first election in the modern history of TBV with a majority of financial members casting a vote.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Caroline’s passion for racing has taken her around the world working in the industry.
As a vet, Caroline has worked in Ireland, England and the Hunter Valley, before settling in north-east Victoria where together with her husband Russell Osborne, they own and manage Riverbank Farm in Benalla.
“I believe that I am in a unique position where I can represent all aspects of the industry: I am a broodmare owner, I am a stallion owner, I am a racehorse owner, I am a vet to a number of Victorian farms,” said Caroline.
“My vision is to make Victoria the premier destination for thoroughbred breeding by strengthening the VOBIS scheme to encourage high quality stallions and increasing the incentives for broodmare owners to breed to Victorian based sires.”
Matthew Tillett is the Bloodstock & Sales Manager at Woodside. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce, he worked for Magic Millions and, for the past seven years, has been in Victoria at Darley followed by Woodside.
“TBV have been a significant influence in improving opportunities for breeders and owners through working with various industry bodies and particularly Government to improve returns to investors,” Matthew said.
“It is my desire to assist and further enhance the contribution of TBV so that Victoria continues to be an industry leader whose initiatives are envied by other breeding groups throughout Australia.”
A big thank you goes to all seven candidates – also including Susan Zeitz, Garry Cuddy and Betty Taylor – for putting themselves forward and giving TBV members the opportunity to participate in an election.