About Us

The Thoroughbred Club is open to all those that have an interest in horseracing, from the spectator, to stud and stable staff, as well as anyone working in areas of the industry that do not often spring to mind, such as administrative staff, marketing teams, the transporters, vets and insurers, to name but a few. The Thoroughbred Club is a network and community of 16 to 35-year-olds that share a common passion for the sport and the thoroughbred, who wish to gain an in-depth insight into the breeding and racing industry and further their knowledge of the sport.

The Thoroughbred Club has been fashioned through the merger of the Next Generation Club and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s 18 – 35 Membership tier to create one streamlined club.

What we are aiming to do

The Club aims to help educate and inspire a younger generation to feel actively involved in the industry. Allowing their interest in the thoroughbred, and all that links to it, to grow, hopefully leading to lifelong engagement with our sport. The Thoroughbred Club will invest in our members by promoting access to the horseracing industry via educational opportunities, social events and forums, whilst bringing young people together who want to invest themselves in the industry.

Meet The Team

Christian WilliamsChairman

Christian is a keen breeder in his own right and the Director of Oatridge Bloodstock Ltd. Previously he held the position of Stud Groom at Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire. Overseeing the day to day running of the farm he liaises with vets, farriers, feed suppliers and clients and is responsible for the health and welfare of all the horses on the farm, which included champion national hunt sire Kayf Tara and Melbourne cup winner Dunaden. He previously worked at Biddestone Stud and attended the University of Essex.

Natalie Folland

Natalie Folland was appointed Stud Manager at Elkington Stud in 2013. She has a strong academic background, having attended Hartpury College, completing a National Certificate in Stud Management and BSc (Hons) Degree in Equine Science. She has over a decade of experience in foaling and sales preparation, which she has gained working at a variety of yards.

John McBroom

After completing the BHA Graduation Development Programme, John spent 3 years at Coral working as Marketing Executive and Campaign Manager. He then moved into the Foreign Exchange industry, becoming Head of Marketing at Moneycorp.

Harvey Bell

Harvey has been a Bloodstock Executive at Tattersalls in Newmarket since 2012 and an Auctioneer since 2015. A regular racegoer and Bloodstock enthusiast he gained experience at Arrowfield Stud in Australia and Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket before progressing to roles with McKeever St Lawrence and Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky.

Zoe Wales

Zoe has worked for Lycetts Insurance as a bloodstock executive for the last 3 years in Newmarket, having always had a huge interest in the racing industry she now really enjoys working closely with studs, trainers and owners on a daily basis. Zoe graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Geography and also has an interest in Eventing.

Claudia McDougall

Claudia has gained extensive experience within the industry having worked on racing and pre-training yards before embarking on a career in breeding. After graduating from Hartpury College with a BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science, Claudia worked for establishments such as Tweenhills and the Cumani’s Fittocks Stud before gaining a job as a stud hand with Godolphin and progressing to work in their Nominations department.

Amy Murphy

Amy is one of Britain’s youngest trainers, having gained her licence in August 2016 aged just 24. Her CV includes stints working for Tom Dascombe, Nicky Henderson, and Gai Waterhouse, before becoming Assistant Trainer to Luca Cumani for three years. Her time with Luca coincided with a number of Stakes winners for the yard, including the likes of multiple Group 1 winner Postponed, who she was work rider for. Amy has trained winners in her own name under both codes, and coincidently her first winner was the TTC leased racehorse Mercian King.

Charlie Dee

Since graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a BSc (Hons) Equine Science and Thoroughbred Management, Charlie has gained experience within the industry by working for a number of establishments including Coolmore Australia, Alastair Donald, Martin Keighley Racing and has also completed the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course. During the summer he was accepted onto the British Horseracing Authority Graduate Programme, where he undertook an 8-week placement with Racehorse Owners Association. He is now working as a Bloodstock Agent for Lillingston Bloodstock.

Rob Davey

Rob has worked as a deputy editor at the European Bloodstock News for the past four and a half years.  Having obtained a degree from Warwickshire College in Equine Business Management, he previously worked for Tom Dascombe, Owner Breeder Magazine and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.