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.


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

Vice President:

Mr Ralph Satchell

Ralph along with his wife Linda established Willow Grove Stud in 1979.

Nestled in the lush Onkaparinga Valley  between Oakbank and Woodside, bringing a diverse selection of stallions to the state since it’s inception.

A hands on Owner/Operator, Ralph has personally supervised over

1900 foalings and is very much focussed on Mare and Foal care, fertility and general Horse Husbandry.


Ralph has been a regular Yearling Sale Vendor since the late 1970’s offering between 10 and 20 yearlings annually, exclusively at the Adelaide Sales.

Ralph has successfully raced many horses in partnerships locally over the years.

Ralph joined the SATBA Committee in 2002 and also represented the SA Breeders on the Federal Board for 3 Years during this time.

Joined: 2002

Vice President:

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

Joined: 2011

Mr Paul Crawford

Joined: 2016

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

Dr Terry Hodgson

Joined: 2017

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 Mark Toole

Mark hails from a long family history in thoroughbred breeding and has worked in a number of roles across Australia. Mark joined the SATB Committee in 2019.

Mark Toole leads the families property on the Yorke Peninsula, Ducatoon Stud which houses 2 stallions Barbados and Hualeilei , 35 mares and  up to 20 yearlings.


Joined: 2019

Executive Officer:

Mr Matthew Kelly



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