Thu 28 Nov 2019
ONE of Britain’s top prize money supporters, the British EBF, announced today that Simon Sweeting of Overbury Stud would replace Philp Mitchell as Chairman of the board of trustees from January 2020.
The trustees also welcomed two new members, beginning their terms in the New Year: European Editor of the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN), Emma Berry and Gary Middlebrook currently a Trustee of Racing Welfare. Both are successful owner/ breeders and bring a range of skills to the British EBF board.
Bloodstock Consultant and Non-Executive Director of The National Stud, Philip Mitchell, led his final meeting as BEBF Chairman earlier this week.
Simon Sweeting commented:
“I am looking forward to the challenge of taking on the Chairmanship of the British arm of the European Breeders’ Fund from 2020 and on behalf of the trustees, thank Philip for his enthusiastic leadership over the last three years. The British EBF continues to provide a unique and much needed industry funded mechanism for supporting racing’s prize money; I hope that the work that myself and the BEBF trustees do, can secure and enhance the health of the British EBF for the future.”
Emma Berry commented:
“With prize-money in this country under threat from several quarters, the financial support that British racing receives from the BEBF has not just been maintained but has increased in recent years. I am therefore delighted to be joining this vital and much respected organisation at a time when its work is more important than ever.”
Gary Middlebrook commented:
“Having been involved in racing and breeding for many years, and having served as a racecourse director in the past, I know how important EBF funding is to the developmental races in the programme. I am looking forward to working with the trustees and executive to take the British EBF forward and learning more about the crucial support they provide for owners’ prize money.”
The British EBF is funded mainly by British stallion studs and as a result of their contributions, it invested £1.7million in to prize money in this country during 2019.
British EBF Trustees 2020:
Simon Sweeting (Chairman)
Emma Berry (Independent)
Sam Bullard (Darley Stallions)
Fiona Denniff (Independent)
James McHale (Independent)
Gary Middlebrook (Independent)
Simon Mockridge (Juddmonte Farms)
Chris Richardson (Cheveley Park Stud)
Julian Richmond Watson (TBA)
Claire Sheppard (TBA)
Author: Rachael Gowland
Photo credit: Hoy Cubed Photogrpahy (John Hoy)