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 30-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.

An introduction to the Thoroughbred 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

Harry WilliamsChairman

A former BHA Graduate Development Programme participant, Harry works for the British Horseracing Authority as their Racehorse Ownership Executive.  The role involves working closely with owners in all areas of the industry and follows three years of employment with the Racehorse Owners Association.

Tom Blain

Tom continues his involvement with the Club from his time serving as a committee member for the Next Generation Club. Tom is Stud Manager at Barton Stud and has a degree in International Equine Business from the Royal Agricultural University. He has also assisted Blandford Bloodstock at the major sales in Europe and the US.

Christian Williams

Christian is 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 include champion national hunt sire Kayf Tara and Melbourne cup winner Dunaden. He previously worked at Biddestone Stud and attended the University of Essex. He is also a keen breeder in his own right and the Director of Oatridge Bloodstock Ltd.

Zoe Vicarage

Zoe works for the Racing Post as a bloodstock journalist having studied for a degree in Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. She has freelanced for a number of industry publications and also has an interest in photography.

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.

 

Joseph de SouzaClub Executive

Joseph has worked in horse racing for over 5 years, after successful roles at both The Jockey Club and Ladbrokes. He graduated from university with a degree in English Literature, but horse racing has also been a passion of his. Often found on a racecourse, Joseph will be looking to continue the good work of The Thoroughbred Club.