Edited press release

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the TBA National Hunt Breeders’ Awards which takes place tomorrow, Monday 20 May, The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association is delighted to announce the appointment of Her Majesty The Queen as its Patron, succeeding the late Queen Elizabeth II who was Patron for 68 years from 1954 until her death in September 2022.

Her Majesty The Queen has held a longstanding interest in the breeding and owning of thoroughbreds across both National Hunt and Flat codes, enjoying her first home-bred winner with Royal Superlative in 2009, then as the Duchess of Cornwall, which she co-owned and bred with her husband King Charles III.

She also takes a great interest in a host of other equestrian sports and works with a wide number of organisations that help to promote racing education and welfare and is notably the patron of the National Stud in Newmarket along with recently announced, York Racecourse.

Claire Sheppard, Chief Executive of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association said: “We are deeply honoured that Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to take up the Patronage of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association. Her enthusiasm and support for thoroughbred breeding over many years will be a great asset as we continue to deliver vital initiatives to ensure a sustainable future for the breed.”