On Monday, 2 June at a joint meeting of the boards of directors of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and Aushorse Marketing held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Basil Nolan succeeded Trevor Lobb as President of TBA. Trevor has served in the role since September 2008. Basil Nolan is the current president of Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association (TBQA), and with his wife Diane owns Raheen Stud based in the Gladfield Valley, Queensland. He has served on the TBQA board since 1969, and on the national body since 2005.
"Trevor's resignation is a big loss to the TBA and I'm sad to see him go," said Basil Nolan.
"I have enormous shoes to fill. Trevor is an industry icon, has done a tremendous job in his position, particularly during the Equine Influenza outbreak and with the AI Court battle."
"But I'm honoured to be taking on the role and will do my best," Basil said.
Trevor Lobb commented, "During my time on the TBA board, Australia weathered the negative effects of the Equine Influenza outbreak as well as the GFC, causing the strongest correction to the Australian foal crop in history. In the midst of this turmoil, I was honoured to be elected President of TBA after the establishment of Aushorse Marketing, in an effort to streamline operations and deliver more value for the breeder. TBA and other stakeholders have worked in a unified manner to most importantly defend the right for the Australian Thoroughbred to compete and be exported internationally. By standing with the Joint Proprietors of the Australian Stud Book and the Australian Racing Board to protect our sport in McHugh v AJC & Ors, breeders have helped guarantee the future of our great sport. I am also very grateful to the individuals who have assisted TBA during that time, including Chauncey Morris and our staff. I have known Basil for over thirty years, and sincerely wish him all the best as he assumes the mantle."
Mr Lobb had previously advised the Board of Thoroughbred Breeders NSW at its meeting last month of his decision to also resign as President and as a Board member of the State Body.
NSW Vice-President and Treasurer Derek Field will assume the Presidency in NSW, a new member will be invited to join the Board with all positions to be ratified at the TBNSW AGM IN November.
In a further change, Chief Executive Chauncey Morris informed both boards of his intention to return to the United States for personal reasons, by early August 2014. A search for a new CEO will begin immediately. Both boards also unanimously decided to explore a merger between TBA and Aushorse Marketing.
Aushorse Marketing Chairman Antony Thompson along with TBA President Basil Nolan wish to express their gratitude to Chauncey for his hard work and commitment to both Aushorse Marketing and TBA for the past two and a half years. We congratulate him on many achievements including the successful carriage of the AI case, the expansion and exploration of many export markets, in particular the USA, where we have seen a dramatic increase in their involvement and investment in our industry.
Outgoing CEO Chauncey Morris said, "Any success in my role is attributed to my wonderful staff, directors, and sales companies who have worked tirelessly to promote and protect Australian breeders. Australia stands tall on the world stage due to an unending determination to improve the status quo in racing. Celina, my daughters and I must return to the United States to be closer to our families, however we will miss this special country and the great friends made during our time here."
Basil Nolan: +61 407 140 711
Antony Thompson: +61 427 470 507
Trevor Lobb: +61 418 240 230
Chauncey Morris: +61 409 201 221