Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) members Tony Cavanagh and Tim Stewart have been awarded Life Memberships of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.
Tony Cavanagh’s influence and service in Victorian breeding and racing has been widely felt since the 1960s. He started with the Racecourses Licences Board and then joined Wright Stephenson as a pedigree clerk before branching out to manage / operate Toolern Vale Park, Glenfern Park and Huntly Lodge.
In 1980, he established his own bloodstock agency and sold champion racemare Emancipation, Magic Flute (Doncaster Hcp) and the dam of Group 1 winners Magari and Centaurea as well as syndicating sires like Centaine and Sir Dapper among many others.
Tony bred and raced 1985 Blue Diamond winner Let’s Get Physical and he remains an active agent brokering the recent sale of Makybe bred colt Il Cavallo to stand in New Zealand.
Tim Stewart has served the local thoroughbred breeding industry with distinction over several decades. He was Victorian Bloodhorse Breeders secretary in the 1980s and was the Chairman of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) from 2007 to 2013.
Tim’s broodmare matings have produced in excess of 86 stakes-performers for his clients and, in his own right, has bred 56 individual winners including multiple stakes performers.
Perhaps Tim’s most important service for Victorian thoroughbred breeding was helping to lobby for and establish VOBIS in the 1980s. He also played a significant role in the computerisation of the Australian Stud Book and thoroughbred statistical systems.