New UK equestrian industry appointments

  • Russell Ferris is the new director for At The Races in Ireland. He is leaving his position as managing director of Limerick Racecourse and will be looking to create new revenue opportunities for racing.
    “I am thoroughly looking forward to working with At The Races in this new role. It is an opportunity for the Irish Racing partners to further enhance the direct contact they have with At The Races on a day to day basis,” said Mr Ferris. “I have had the privilege of managing Limerick Racecourse, one of Ireland’s finest tracks, for the past 5 years and am indebted to the chairman and board for their support during my tenure.”

    Phil Duff is joining The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials team as a trade stand development consultant.
    “I was thrilled to be asked and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Mr Duff. “Badminton is the premier international equestrian event and its trade stand area offers an unparalleled business opportunity to hundreds of exhibitors. It is also an excellent shopping experience for the many thousand visitors.”

    Cowdray Park Polo Club has announced that Peter Barfoot will be its new chairman. He joined the polo club 14 years ago and has played at 4, 6, 8 and 12 goal levels with his team Maiz Dulce.
    “In my opinion, Cowdray Park is the finest example of a polo club in the world with a superb location, the greatest pitches, meticulously run tournaments and a laid-back and friendly atmosphere,” said Mr Barfoot. “I know all the playing members really well and I also look forward to meeting as many of the non-playing members as possible during the course of the season.”

    Bradley Weisbord has been appointed racing advisor to Al Shaqab Racing’s USA racing operations. He’s been COO of Team Valor International, a racing operation based in America, since July 2011.
    “I am honoured to be added to the already great team that Harry Herbert is putting together for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani,” said Mr Weisbord. “I understand the Al Shaqab team have exciting plans for their operation in the US and I can’t wait to see their colours in the winner’s circle of the biggest races America has to offer.”

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