The South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (SATB) was formed in the late 1940s with its original name, the South Australian Bloodhorse Breeders Association.

The aim of the association is to promote and advance the interests of the South Australian thoroughbred industry, and its breeders.

The SATB were closely involved with the planning and structuring of the South Australian Breeders and Owners Incentive Scheme (SABOIS) and work with Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) to maintain and grow the scheme.

Recognition of excellence within the industry is made with monthly and seasonal awards presented at the Annual Dinner with the highlight the prestigious
Horse of the Year award.



Mr Christopher Watson

A member of the Watson family that operates the highly successful Mill Park Stud at Meningie, Chris joined the SA Breeders committee in 2010.

Mill Park has been associated with a number of star gallopers including Divine Madonna, Undoubtedly, Devil Moon, Captain Sonador, Princess Coup, Gold Guru, Mummify, Serious Speed, Proprietor, Catapulted and Captain Sonador.

Joined: 2010

Vice President:

Mr Ralph Satchell

Ralph along with wife Linda established the successful breeding concern Willow Grove Stud in 1979. Nestled in the lush Onkaparinga Valley between Oakbank and Woodside, Willow Grove has been home to several stallions including current residents Mint Lane and Host. A great supporter of the local industry Satchell has sold literally hundreds of individual winners and always has a number of horses racing in partnerships.

“South Australia has recently had some well credentialed young sires go to stud. Hopefully this trend can continue. It is of course dependant on support from local breeders. Certainly send some of your mares interstate, but try and support the local industry and in turn raise the profile of the South Australian bred,” Ralph says.

Joined: 2002

Vice President:

Mr Sam Hayes

Following five years in the wine industry Sam returned to Lindsay Park in 2001. After working for David Hayes in sales and marketing he assumed the role of Managing Director of what was previously known as Lindsay Park Stud in 2005. In 2008 Sam purchased the Lindsay Park Stud business from David Hayes, which paved the way for the name change to Cornerstone Stud in May 2011.

Sam is a passionate believer in the South Australian Breeding Industry and has an impressive stallion roster standing at Cornerstone Stud.

Joined: 2011


Mr Brenton Parker

Brenton Parker has been involved in racing for over 30 years. He bought his first broodmare in the early 1980s and became more involved in breeding in 2002. Brenton and his wife Liz bred stakes winner Happy Trails, Sydney winner Petraeus and Pt. Cup winner Finiguerra and G3 winning mare Danish Twist.

He has six broodmares and several horses racing at the moment with trainers Paul Seater, Darryl Dodson and Kris Lees Brenton is retired and enjoys his regular weekly game of golf.

Joined: 2009

Executive Officer:

Mrs Elaine Robertson

One of racing and breeding’s most familiar faces, Elaine Robertson has a long and rich history in the thoroughbred industry. Elaine has been the executive officer of the South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders since 1993. Dedicated to the local industry, Elaine is held highly by her peers and is admired by her committee for the time and effort she puts into her important position.

During her time with the Breeders’ her aim has been to strengthen the awareness of the Association and increase their membership base so that they are held in a strong position and to represent the South Australian breeding industry at all levels.

Mr Robert Dinham

Bob Dinham has been breeding horses for 20 years and has been a member of the SA Thoroughbred Breeders Association for most of that time. He has been associated with the breeding of some nice horses with Peter and Serena Watson at Mill Park, Meningie, including Blessum, Divine Madonna, Maduro, Pieta, Regencia, Delargo Moon, Catapulted and Amenort Ca, which he also raced in partnership with friends. Having recently retired from full time work, following a banking career, he now has the time for committment to the Industry that has given him so much enjoyment.

Bob is pleased to serve on the committee with an eye to the needs of all breeders but especially small players like himself with small bands of mares. Bob’s main areas of concern are maintaining costs for breeders, lifting the profile of the South Australian product and the improvement of member services and related benefits.

Joined: 2006

Mr Andrew Perryman

Andrew was appointed Stud Manager of Goldin Farms on 1st January, 2014 to take on responsibility for the equine operations of the farm.

A local, from Adelaide, he has had over 17 years of experience working in the horse breeding industry. Apart from working in South Australia and New South Wales his experience stretched to Ireland and the United States where he worked as Stud Groom in the early years for Coolmore and Juddmonte Farms. During his tenure as the Stud Manager of two breeding operations from 2006 to 2013 he supervised the rearing of bloodstock owned by Ingham’s bloodstock and Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley Woodlands operation, including recently the exceptional racehorses Sepoy, Helmet, Beaded and Guoelph.

Joined: 2015

Mrs Sandra Hale

Sandra Hale is a successful breeder operating under the banner of Birubi Stud – a boutique stud in the Adelaide Hills. She is a hands on breeder and has years of experience to her credit including those accumulated through her association with Arabian horses. Sandra, along with husband Malcolm, started breeding thoroughbreds in 1990 and ever since has offered a small, but select group of yearlings at the local Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale. Sandra and Malcolm provided the second highest priced yearling at the sale in 2003. Last season the stud’s graduate Perficio was the SABIS 2YO of the Year. Sandra spent 18 years as a committee member of the SA branch of the Arabian Horse Society of Australia.

“I believe my experience in the horse industry enables me to contribute to the South Australian Thoroughbred Breeders committee especially representing the smaller breeder and promoting the SA industry.”

Joined: 2011

Miss Mary Birnie

Mary is an avid enthusiast of racing and breeding and has a long association with both industries. Mary & her partner Greg Sanders have a select broodmare band and regularly sell yearlings at Gold Coast, Melbourne & Adelaide sales. Mary has been a committee member of the Balaklava Racing Club for 12 years and has been awarded Life Membership of the Club. Mary with Greg own and operate their own successful Hotel Broking Company.

Mary offers a good knowledge of all facets of the industry as well as sound business and marketing skills.

Joined: 2011

Mr Peter Toole

An original partner of Kambula Stud and founder of Ducatoon Park Stud. Winner, along with brother Brian, of the South Australian Thoroughbred’s Matrice Award for his outstanding services to the industry. Peter’s experience in the South Australian industry is long and distinguished. He has been an active vendor at the past 54 Adelaide Yearling Sales and in 1993 was awarded Life Membership to the Association.

“Because of our poor stakemoney situation, we must look for new markets both in Australia and Asia.” Peter’s property on the Yorke Peninsula houses 35 mares and 20 yearlings, a combination of Ducatoon owned and client stock and in 1913 for the first time Ducatoon Park is standing a stallion – Barbados.

Joined: 2007
Formerly on the committee from 1973 to 1989

Mr Paul Crawford

Joined: 2016

Dr Terry Hodgson

Joined: 2017



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