Charlie Parker, who took over the running of Crimbourne Stud following the death of his father and past ROA President Sir Eric Parker, has topped the poll in this year’s ROA Council election. He becomes a new member of the 13-strong Council, along with Lynn Douglas who was also elected for the first time and Paul Duffy who was re-elected for a second term.

Charlie Parker, an owner, breeder and syndicate manager for over 20 years, said: “I feel very honoured to have been elected by the members of the ROA to serve on their Council. It is with a real sense of pride that I follow in the footsteps of my late father who served the ROA with such distinction for so long until last year.”

Lynn Douglas, the owner and co-founder of the Trojan Horse Partnership, said: “I am thrilled that ROA members have elected me to work on behalf of them as well as their horses whose welfare is a passion close to my heart.”

ROA President Rachel Hood said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the successful candidates. I warmly welcome Charlie Parker and Lynn Douglas who join the Council for the first time and Paul Duffy who has already made a valuable contribution.

“I offer commiserations, especially to Kate Austin who came so close to being elected, to those candidates who were not successful in a keenly contested election. I am very grateful that they were prepared to stand and I hope that they will consider putting themselves forward again. I would particularly like to thank Will Duff Gordon for his work on the Council for the last four years.

“These are changing times on the ROA Council and it is with the most sincere thanks that we say goodbye to Steven Astaire who stands down after 25 years of superb service. His contribution to the cause of owners has been immense. We are also bidding a fond farewell to Jeremy Gompertz and, although Sheila Bailey and Alan Guthrie retire as directors, both will continue to serve the ROA.”