At SA Breeders, the SATB Committee Members are knowledgeable, strong, and dedicated professionals with extensive training, experience, and backgrounds in breeding programs, as well as expertise in the art of breeding cycles and genetic information for producing high-quality Thoroughbred Horses and Brood Mares in South Australia.

Our mission revolves around fostering excellence and innovation within the realm of Thoroughbred breeding in South Australia. Through dedicated efforts and collaborative initiatives, we AIM to achieve the following:

Supporting Breeders in SA: We are fully committed to supporting breeders at every stage of their journey. This commitment entails providing valuable resources, sharing industry insights, and offering a platform for networking and knowledge exchange.

Promoting Your Success: We take immense pride in showcasing the accomplishments of our breeders on both local and national platforms. By spotlighting their achievements, we contribute to the growth and reputation of South Australia as a distinguished breeding hub.

Advocacy and Representation: As the recognized representatives of South Australian Thoroughbred Breeding Inc, we advocate for the interests of our breeders at governmental, regulatory, and industry levels. Our voice ensures that breeders’ concerns and needs are heard and addressed.

Breeding Education and Training: We are dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge of breeders through educational programs, workshops, and seminars. By empowering breeders with the latest practices and insights, we contribute to the continuous improvement of breeding practices.

Sustainable Industry Growth: Our focus extends to fostering a sustainable breeding industry in South Australia. We collaborate with stakeholders to implement practices that prioritize animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and the long-term viability of the industry.

Social & Community Building: We believe in the power of a united community. Through various events, forums, and gatherings, we create opportunities for breeders to connect, share experiences, and build lasting relationships that enrich the breeding landscape.

Industry Advancement & Futures: By staying abreast of industry trends, advancements, and regulatory changes, we proactively contribute to the progression of Thoroughbred breeding in South Australia. Our aim is to ensure that our breeders remain at the forefront of innovation and excellence.

Join us in our mission to elevate South Australia’s Thoroughbred breeding industry to new heights. Become a part of our community and contribute to a legacy of success, growth, and sustainability.

Interested in meeting the Committee Members?



Mr Ralph Satchell

SA Breeders - President - Ralph Satchel (300 × 300 px)

Ralph and Linda Satchell established Willow Grove Stud located in the Adelaide Hills at Woodside in 1979.

They have bred and sold approximately 300 individual winners of over 1000 races including over 30 Stakes Winners at the Adelaide Yearling Sales.

Having stood Stallions up until 2020, Willow Grove Stud now operates as a
Broodmare Farm, breeding 12 to 15 foals a year, spelling Racehorses for a number of SA’s leading Trainers and racing many horses in partnerships.

Joined: 2002

Vice President:

Mr Christopher Watson

SA Breeders Vice President - 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

Mr Paul Crawford

Joined: 2016

Harry Perks

SA Breeders Comittee Member - Harry Perks

Harry has had continuous involvement in the horse racing and breeding industry of South Australia for in excess of four decades.
Toorak Park Stud operated near Macclesfield in 1981 – 1991 and stood stallions Always Welcome and Don’t Say Halo. With the sale of the property in the Adelaide Hills all mares were relocated to Mill Park Stud.
Harry has been involved in breeding horses that have won a total of 122 stakes races and raced the winners of 87 stakes races.
In 2018 Harry was inducted into the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame as an Associate.

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 her 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

Mary Birnie

Now retired from breeding horses, Mary has been a hands on operator of her own thoroughbred stud. She has sold horses through all the major sales including Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne and Adelaide as well as into the Hong Kong market.

Mary has a good knowledge of the racing industry having been a long time member of the Balaklava Racing Club Committee and a is a Life member of that club.

Mary has been a member of the SATBA committee since 2011.

Website Manager

Sandy Andreopoulos

Sandy Andreopoulos - Web Manager Website in a Wink

Sandy Andreopoulos

SA Thoroughbred Breeders Inc – Website Manager

Joined: 2022



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