The FBAA Life Membership, is the highest honour that can be bestowed by the company for longstanding and valued service to the FBAA.
Les Young was influential in the establishment of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) in 1988 and was a vital member and mainstay who contributed greatly to the FBAA. He also served as President from 2003 to 2007 and awarded Life Membership.
Les was a highly regarded bloodstock agent with the utmost knowledge and integrity committing a lifetime to the Thoroughbred Industry.
Les was a founding member, life Member and former Vice President of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association and life Member of Thoroughbred Breeders NSW after serving almost 60 years as a member contributing to the daily running of their office for decades.
He served on RIPAC (Racing Industry Participants Advisory Committee) representing breeders and including a term as chairman, was a foundation member from 1995 of the Equine Advisory Committee of the Federal Government’s Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation involved in allocating funding for equine research projects.
Les was a successful owner-breeder, he ran his own sales company, managed the Sydney premiership winning combination of Bob Lapointe, Robert Sangster, and Brian Mayfield-Smith which under the Nebo Lodge banner finally ended Tommy Smith’s 33-year reign as champion trainer, and was an intelligent and influential voice in both owners’ and breeders’ associations.
Among the many outstanding racehorses, he was involved with, Young syndicated Golden Slipper winner Marscay for stallion duties.
He established the Breeders’ Guide column in Sportsman and contributed a Breeding World column to the publication for 38 years until 2017. He was also a regular contributor to Bluebloods magazine and other industry publications.
Les was always forthcoming and was a wonderful mentor to many, never hesitating to give up his time to impart his knowledge to others.
In 2016 Les was recognised with the inaugural ‘Bryan Muschialli Life Membership Award’ which afforded Life Membership to the FBAA and to date is the FBAA’s sole Life Member.