Dear Breeders,

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) is always looking for ways to assist fellow breeders through innovation, cost savings and services. Supporting a thoroughbred breeding operation incurs major outgoings such as feed and animal health, this is an area that TBV have focused on and are pleased to present an opportunity that may assist breeders in significant savings.

To this end, we have been in discussions with CEPA Co-Operative Ltd.  CEPA is a large provider of stock feed, animal health products and general farm merchandise, primarily to the thoroughbred equine Industry.  It has been operating for over 50 years and currently supplies approximately 850 CEPA members in and around regional Victoria.

CEPA is offering TBV members the opportunity to join the CEPA Co-operative purchasing Group and avail themselves of a range of benefits including (but not limited to):

  • Favorable discounted pricing on a huge range of products for our industry
  • Access to the current additional CEPA members settlement discount scheme
  • Supporting Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria financially

Following the recent presentations to the TBV Board by CEPA, TBV committee members from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Burnewang North and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm have all joined CEPA and are benefiting from the excellent prices and quality of service.

I encourage you all to make contact with CEPA CEO Rob Bogumil, to find out how CEPA Co-operative can benefit your business and how CEPA is supporting TBV.

Rob’s details are:  P: 03 5443 6072   M: 0409 219 804   E:

And please ensure you mention your TBV membership.

Kind Regards,

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James O’Brien
President, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria has unveiled its new website and the launch coincided with more encouraging results for the local industry at the Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

Victorian vendors dominated Sunday’s trade selling all bar one of the Top 10 yearlings on the leader-board.

“There’s a positive vibe in Victoria and we have seen that at Oaklands this week,” TBV president James O’Brien said. “The VOBIS Gold incentives have been a major catalyst and the new website reflects the confidence in our breeding industry.

“Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria relies heavily on our members and the new website will be more relevant and keep everyone up to date with the latest news and events.

TBV executive officer Ashleigh Mitchell has been instrumental in creating the new website and initiating the association’s weekly newsletter. “Ash came on board last year and her brief was to improve the communication lines with our members and the media,” O’Brien added. “She can be contacted at our office at RVL headquarters in Flemington.”

TBV membership is $99 per annum.

In a move designed to improve benefits for members state wide, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria has established a new partnership with CEPA Co-operative Limited (Trading as CEPA Farm Supplies), a leading Victorian supplier to the Equine Breeding industry

CEPA is a wholly member owned Co-operative, operating in regional Victoria for over 50 years, supplying Stockfeed, Animal Health Products and General Farm Merchandise primarily to the Equine industry.  CEPA includes many of Victoria’s finest thoroughbred farms as members and has a reputation for service and support that is well known and second to none.

With a successful history of support for the thoroughbred breeding industry, primarily in Victoria’s Central and North East regions, CEPA has entered into this arrangement with TBV with the aim of providing support to the industry that has supported the growth of the Co-operative over the past 9 years, through group buying power, dedicated and targeted service, additional member benefits (such as discounts and free delivery) and increasing awareness and activity over a wider area of Victoria.

Benefits for TBV members will be two fold, being firstly for individual members and secondly for the peak industry body itself, thus endeavouring to improve member’s individual daily operations and at the same time enhance TBV’s ethos of representing, promoting and advancing the interests of the thoroughbred and its breeders.

CEPA Co-operative Limited is ideally situated in the centre of Victoria (Bendigo), has over 850 members, well established and owned premises, all new and owned plant and equipment, strong manufacturer and wholesale supplier support and a dedicated team of employees. CEPA is a true Co-operative with a strong ethos and focus on service and benefits for members, and not profit.

Successful TBV breeding operations that are already taking advantage of the new partnership opportunity include Three Bridges Thoroughbreds (Peter Liston), Burnewang North Pastoral (Cathy Hains) and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm (James O’Brien)

Information, testimonials, and further advice regarding the partnership and how you will benefit and at the same time support TBV, will be offered to you via personal contact to be made with you in due course, by the CEO of CEPA Co-operative Limited, Mr. Rob Bogumil, or by contacting the TBV Executive Officer, Ms. Ashleigh Mitchell ( if you would like contact to be expedited.

We look forward to providing the service and support you expect in a practical, reliable, cost effective and professional manner and at the same time supporting Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

CEPA is “Your Co-operative — Working For You”