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I attended the BGBF AGM on Tuesday 14th November at Towcester racecourse. I'd promised outgoing chairman Stuart Forsdike that I would attend and that I would be prepared to help the forum out in any way I could. Stuart and the committee have done a terrific job in recent times and the calendar of British Bred events being staged is now as strong as ever. At a time when prize money is a major issue in the sport, this cannot be said for the prizes on offer for the British Bred events, which have been excellent, both for the winners and the also rans. The turnout at the AGM, however, was disappointing to say the least. The management at Towcester, helpful as they ever are, kindly laid out an executive room for the meeting complete with refreshments. To then see a total of 8 people in attendance was a huge disappointment. Sure, things weren't helped by traffic congestion on the evening with people running late. However, considering the amount of people in this sport with so much to say on how things are done and how they could do better, to see so few actually turn up when they had a chance to make a difference was a poor show in my view.

As had been publicised prior to the AGM, Stuart was to be stepping down from his role as chairman. John Marriott who has played a huge role alongside Stuart in his role as secretary was the natural successor as chairman and there were no complaints when he took up the role. This then however left the role of secretary needing filling. It hadn't been my intention to put myself forward for this role but quite simply due to a lack of other available candidates, I agreed to take up the position. I will certainly give it 100% effort and will support John and the rest of the team in any way I can.

There are uncertain times ahead of us. Nobody in the sport can give any guarantees of how the next few months will pan out so it would be folly to be making too many guarantees or predictions. What we did agree on at the AGM is that, if at all possible, we should be looking to maintain the current British Bred calendar. This does of course depend on funding and sponsorship, but it is our intention to make every effort to at least keep the current calendar in place. Personally, I also feel there is absolutely no reason why this cannot be extended upon, even in a small way. Can any track in the land give any reason why they cannot at least stage a few small one off British Bred opens throughout the year? It will be my aim to get as many tracks as possible staging at least a few races.

I mention above about the lack of attendees at the AGM, however, the support we've received since has been outstanding. Something I've immediately tried to implement is having a BGBF representative in place at every track from Hove in the south to Shawfield in the north. Having a local face that people at their track can immediately turn to for a bit of help and advice has surely got to be a positive. What is also positive is that a lot of the people kindly putting themselves forward as representatives for their tracks are younger people, this has to be a positive and shows that the sport does have a future. Here I list the track representatives already in place and the few tracks still in need of a representative -

BELLE VUE - GARY TAYLOR

BRIGHTON & HOVE - DARREN BAKER

CENTRAL PARK - KIERAN LIFELY

CRAYFORD - CARLY PHILPOTT

DONCASTER - REP NEEDED

HARLOW - BETH & LIVI NOBLE

HENLOW - CAROL GRASSO

KINSLEY - JIM HAYTON

MILDENHALL - REP NEEDED

MONMORE - CARL & BEN COLLINS

NEWCASTLE - SHAUNA NISBET

NOTTINGHAM - MARK PIERREPONT

PELAW GRANGE - RON GREY

PERRY BARR - HANNAH PRINCE

PETERBOROUGH - JACK JENKINS & JAMIE STEWARD

POOLE - JENNIE SIMS

ROMFORD - BILLY BRENNAN & NATHAN HUNT

SHAWFIELD - REP NEEDED

SHEFFIELD - CARL PERRY

SUNDERLAND - LEWIS RACE

SWINDON - REP NEEDED

TOWCESTER - HEATHER DIMMOCK & MICK PACEY

YARMOUTH - BEN MANALL

If you are a regular at Doncaster, Mildenhall, Shawfield or Swindon and can help your sport by becoming the BGBF representative for your track , please get in touch at markpierrepont295@hotmail.com .

 

Wednesday evening sees the final of the Servoca Nursing & Care British Bred Derby taking place at Towcester, live on Sky Sports. It looks sure to be a great race and myself, John Marriott and the rest of the committee would like to wish all connected to the finalists the very best of luck. We would also like to thank Servoca for their magnificent support, it really is appreciated by all. As are the efforts that all at Towcester have once again put in. It seems a fashionable thing to say that Towcester do it right, but they do and for that they deserve all the plaudits they receive. Thanks for reading and don't forget you can keep fully up to date with all things BGBF and British Breeding by following @BGBF__LTD (note the double underscore) on Twitter. We also hope to have a refreshed and updated website in operation again shortly.