British EBF appointment

Thu 5 Jan 2017

The British EBF has appointed Rachael Gowland to the new role of Marketing and Communications Manager.  Gowland is currently Marketing and Sponsorship Manager for Shadwell in Europe and prior to that completed six years at the National Stud.

Gowland will be joining the team in March and said, “I am excited to be taking on the challenge and responsibility of marketing the British European Breeders’ Fund.  The BEBF is a vital source of support and investment for British racing and I am delighted to have the opportunity to develop the programme of race sponsorship and work with stallion masters to promote the aims of the BEBF fully within the industry.

I have enjoyed my three and a half years with Shadwell enormously and am very grateful for the opportunities and support that Richard Lancaster and the team have afforded me. It is a great source of pride to have worked for one of the world’s greatest owner/breeder establishments.”

Philip Mitchell, who takes over from Philip Freedman as British EBF Chairman, commented.

“We are delighted to announce that Rachael Gowland will be joining us.  Rachael is exceptionally well qualified for this new role within the British EBF with a deep interest in racing and bloodstock and is well regarded within our industry.  At the end of last year, following a restructure, Candy Fisher and Susan Carroll left their part time positions; they had been an integral part of the EBF for many years and we wish them both well.  Rachael’s role will be committed to ensuring that our sponsorship throughout GB will be communicated and promoted well and I am certain she will prove to have a very positive influence on this.

The British EBF is a major sponsor of racing and spent £1.6million in 2016 directly into prizemoney.  This is funded by stallion owners in GB and we owe them a huge amount of thanks.  These are exciting times for the British EBF and we wish breeders and stallion owners a successful 2017”.


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For queries contact:

Kerry Murphy

European Breeders Fund CEO


Note to Editors:

Established in 1983, and funded predominantly by contributions from stallion owners in member countries, the EBF has allocated over €100,000,000 to the European racing industry.


British EBF Marketing and Communications Manager

Mon 14 Nov 2016

British EBF Marketing and Communications Manager
The British arm of the European Breeders Fund is one of the largest sponsors in Great Britain, supporting over 600 races at nearly every racecourse.

The British EBF now needs a Marketing and Communications Manager whose main objective will be to ensure that the British EBF is well represented and promoted throughout British Horseracing. Requiring excellent communication skills with attention to detail you will be liaising directly with racecourse management teams to communicate the annual sponsorship and expectations. You will manage the advertising and branding, develop and utilise social media platforms to engage with the wider community as well as having responsibility for the marketing budget. Other responsibilities will include maintaining the database and providing regular statistics for the board of Trustees.
This role is a fantastic opportunity for someone with experience in the industry and proven delivery in marketing. A confident, pro-active self motivator who will need to work on their own initiative and who has the flexibility to attend race meetings outside of usual office hours.
Salary will be dependent on qualification and experience.
In addition we offer health cover and employer’s contributory pension scheme.
Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter to by 28th November 2016. Applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

€100,000 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders’ Fund Auction Series Final

Wed 12 Oct 2016

The Final of the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Auction Race series takes place at Naas on Sunday 16th October and has attracted 25 entries at the second entry stage, including seven from the Ger Lyons stable.

“I think this series is a great idea and I will support it as much as I can,” Lyons said. “It gives the owner something to aim for at the end of the season. The more of these races the better; it is a great scheme that offers an incentive to get people to invest in the game.”

Multiple entries also come from JJ Murphy, who could be represented by Binary Code and Massif Central. Jessica Harrington, Kevin Prendergast and Johnny Levins also have two apiece and the race is likely to go off with the maximum 16 runners, all hoping to secure the €100,000 prize.

Another strong supporter of the EBF Auction Series is trainer Gavin Cromwell, who said: “The Auction Series is a great opportunity for owners and trainers on a budget to firstly win with a two-year-old and then have the chance at a big pot in the Series Final.”

John O’Connor, Chairman, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, said: “We are delighted with the Series and pleased with the support it has received from owners and trainers so far. We would like to see it develop into a bigger and better Series as time goes on and the ambition is to increase the number of races and the prize money. We support all maiden races and they can be very competitive and hard to win, so we feel the Auction Series provides an opportunity to support owners of horses at this lower end of the market. It’s our way of supporting those who put into training horses which didn’t cost a lot of money and the Final offers a nice prize of €100,000 to aim for at the end of the season.”

The 19 qualifying races held throughout the season are aimed at horses purchased as yearlings or two-year-olds at public auction for not more than €72,000, with allowances for fillies and horses purchased at a lower price. Horses have only to run in one of the 19 qualifying races in order to qualify for an entry in the Final.

Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund, said: “The governors of the Irish EBF are very supportive of this series and want to give purchasers of yearlings and two-year-olds under €72,000 an extremely valuable end-of-season race to target.”


For full up to date race details go to –

Contact Details:
Nessa Joyce, Manager, Irish European Breeders’ Fund
Greenhills, Kill, Naas, Co Kildare, W91 FY62
M: +353 85 7590970

New EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series gets thumbs up for 2017 following successful Newmarket finale

Thu 6 Oct 2016

Thursday October 6th 2016 – The new £625,000 EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series, which drew to a successful close with a £200,000 four-race finale at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse last Saturday, has been given the green light to take place in the same format again next season, starting in early May 2017.

The British European Breeders Fund (BEBF) has agreed to renew sponsorship of the Series, investing over £300,000 into its 20 races that were specifically designed to give valuable opportunities to those fillies that fall just below black type level, encouraging their owners and owner-breeders to keep them in training rather than sell them for export or retire them.

It has been well received by the training fraternity, with an average field size of nine runners throughout the entire Series and 43 runners contesting the four big money final day contests.

Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund, said:

“We are extremely happy with the success of the EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series in 2016. All 20 races have seen competitive fields and owners and trainers have been very supportive of the initiative as have the racecourses that helped stage the Series.”

“We hope that, by announcing our intention to continue the Series in 2017, owners can now plan to retain fillies they might otherwise have thought about selling or retiring, in the knowledge that there will be valuable opportunities on offer for them throughout next year.”

Notes to Editors
The BEBF is largely funded by stallion owners and has paid out over £30 million into British racing over the past three decades.

For further information please contact:
Kerry Murphy, CEO of the European Breeders’ Fund
Phone: 01638 667960 or 07788 497644