Breeders Philippa Cooper and Bryan Mayoh have been elected to join the TBA Board, it was announced on Monday.

There was strong participation from members in the election, which saw four candidates stand for the two available seats on the 12-strong board.

Philippa Cooper of Sussex-based Normandie Stud, which counts Group 1 winner Fallen For You and Irish St Leger winner Duncan among its successful homebreds, said: “I would like to thank my fellow breeders for voting for me, it will be a challenge that I relish, and I look forward to working with my eminent fellow board members, and other members of our industry, to protect the interest of the breeder. We are the fortunate custodians of these beautiful creatures, and I would dearly hope that we can work together, towards even better welfare and management of the breed, without succumbing to outside pressure.”

Bryan Mayoh’s appointment sees the introduction of a National Hunt breeder to the Board, which will be of great benefit as the TBA focuses on the recently highlighted challenges faced by the jumps breeding sector.

“I am honoured to have received the support of fellow TBA members in this election,” said Bryan Mayoh. “Now, having promised to do my best to help both National Hunt and small Flat breeders, I am left with the tricky part, that of actually delivering on their expectations. I hope that the TBA will get industry support to implement our National Hunt Mare Owners’ Prize Scheme and, if so, I shall strive to ensure its success.

“In any case I shall try to help the Board create a better environment for British breeders, to help them reap the rewards that are merited by their important contribution to the racing industry.”

TBA Chairman Richard Lancaster welcomed the two new members, adding: “I would like to congratulate Philippa and Bryan and welcome them to the Board. I would like to thank all the candidates for making it one of the best contested elections for some years. I believe this reflects the interest that is being shown in the work currently being undertaken by the TBA and the importance of its role in the racing and breeding industry of this country.”