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We welcome thoughtful and accurate analyses, charts and essays regarding thoroughbred history. If you would like to contribute original material to this site, please e-mail us.



Patricia Erigero studies and writes about the history of thoroughbreds, collects images of them, and rides and breeds them in California, USA.

Anne Peters is the pedigree analyst for Three Chimneys Farm, Kentucky, and is a pedigree consultant. She formerly edited the pedigree newsletter Owner-Breeder, and co-authored, with Alan Porter, of Patterns of Greatness II: The Americans. A pedigree addict from an early age and a die-hard Secretariat fan, she has worked in the thoroughbred industry all her adult life.

Liz Martiniak is a long-time researcher into the history of thoroughbreds and standardbreds, and has published articles in The Blood-Horse, and other equine publications. She lives with her husband, six cats, and a varying number of fish in Wisconsin.


Keith Binney, born in Hamilton, New Zealand, and a long-time resident of Australia, is an author and historian who has contributed numerous articles to the Australian Bloodhorse Review and the Australasian Gaming Magazine. His family have been small-scale breeders of such good Australian stakes winners as Lahar and owners of other good runners. His latest book, Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788-1900) and the Serpents Legacy, is a comprehensive history of thoroughbred breeders and horses in early Australia.

Tim Cox is highly-respected historian of the thoroughbred breed with an extensive library, based in England. He owns and operates a free on-line bibliography of works on the thoroughbred horse: The Cox Library.

Van Cushny is editor and publisher of the web site,, which covers American steeplechasing and provides in-depth analysis of the races and the pedigrees of the winners.

Paul Davies publishes the most important source on the history of steeplechasing in Great Britain, the newsletter bulletin The Complete Record, a detailed analysis of present and past steeplechases, and the jockeys, trainers, owners, and horses that participate. Limited edition copies of his past booklets are available.

Richard Davis, born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and raised in Australia, is a Vietnam veteran and former financial advisor. He is an historian of the thoroughbred breed and a breeder of racehorses himself from his farm in Queensland, Australia.

Lee-Ann Day and John Whistler live in Twickenham, England, where they work in airline communications. John's background is air traffic control in the Royal Air Force. Lee Ann recently qualified as a nutritionist, but currently works full time in administration to pay for their filly by Double Trigger. In their spare time, John takes photos of airplanes and racehorses, and Lee Ann goes racing.

Karen De Groote-Johnson is a thoroughbred owner-breeder specializing in distance and turf bloodlines on her Iowa Farm, Europa Farms. Karen is a student of thoroughbred pedigrees and applies her knowledge in breeding winners, with the focus on non-commercial lines that provide horses bred with her goals in mind.

Bruno de Watrigant, is a member of the Syndicat des Eleveurs in France.

Catherine DeWick works for an English local council responsible for dealing with air quality and contaminated land, but pedigrees are her passion. She's been collecting materials on thoroughbreds for over twenty years.

Izabella Dubielczyk works for a financial company, and is completing her degree at the Agricultural University in Warsaw, focusing on thoroughbred breeding. She is a former amateur race rider for the trainer M. Lojek, and still rides "when I have a free morning."

Victoria Duggan and her husband Pablo own Haras El Paraiso in Argentina, established by her father in 1947. She also operates the net-based Argentine Thoroughbred Gallery.

Chris Evans spent hours pouring over race forms and sales catalogs with his father, following horses from birth until retirement, although his dad never owned a racehorse or placed a wager. His favorite horse in Tulloch, and there is no doubt in his mind he was greatest horse this world as ever known. He interviewed Tulloch's last owner, Peter Haley, and secured photographs for our use from Mr. Haley's private collection.

Michael Eyre is a long-established historian of steeplechasing in Great Britain who serves as consultant to numerous institutions regarding the history of trainers, jockeys, horses, and owners involved in steeplechasing, past and present.

Leonello Falco is a thoroughbred historian and pedigree consultant, based in Italy. For a number of years he contributed to the newspaper Cavalli e Corse(Horses and Races), which merged with the magazine Lo Sportsman. He is presently advisor to a number of Italian thoroughbred breeders in the purchase, breeding and valuation of stock, and in pedigree evaluation. His internet site, Derby Winner at the End of the Millennium, accessible in both Italian and English.

Michael Ford was born close to the Randwick racecourse in Australia and credits horse trainer Albert McZKenna as one of the big influences in gaining a love of the racehorse. He has served as Keeper of the Australian Stud Book since 2004.

Bettina Fuchs is a bookseller in Germany with a long-time interest in the history and breeding of thoroughbreds, especially in Germany.

Derek Gay, a racing enthusiast since, when a schoolboy, he saw Nicholas Silver win the 1961 Grand National, has been researching jumpers ever since. He has compiled lists of early champion jump jockeys and National Hunt trainers, serves as a consultant to The Complete Recordand Aintree Museum, and is working with other Aintree historians to compile a comprehensive history of the Grand National.

Andreas Haberbeck is a lawyer based in Saudi Arabia. He learned to ride as a child in his native Westphalia, and later in life discovered the joys of foxhunting in Ireland. He researches pedigrees for relaxation, having caught the bug from his cousin, who published a series of books on sport horses in the 1970s.

Clive Harper, recently retired as a lecturer from Massey University, New Zealand, and is now a full time writer and pedigree advisor. In 1977, he wrote The Thoroughbred Breeders' Handbook,and has another in the works about broodmares. He breeds a few foals each year on a block of land on the outskirst of Palmerston, New Zealand.

Philip Herringer, a historian and retired teacher, has lived in Australia since 1958. He has had a lifelong love of horses and their breeding and racing. He was born in South Africa, where his Australian maternal grandfather settled in 1900 to sell racehorses, and then train them in Durban and Cape Town. His great-grandfather, William Delany, migrated from Ballyhooly, County Cork, to Australia in 1851; the original family property, Convamore, was the birthplace, one hundred years later, of the triple Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Cottage Rake.

Tadashi Hori lives in Japan and is a long-time horseracing fan. From his great interest in thoroughbreds he kindly provides pedigree information on Japanese bloodstock.

Ellen Horner is a steeplechase rider in Virginia, and a volunteer at the National Sporting Library, Middleburg, Virginia.

Gianfranco Iodice is a professor of theoretical philosophy. He has had a life-long interest in thoroughbreds, and has written a number of articles on racehorses for Italian publications. He is presently engaged in writing an encyclopedia on the turf.

Dorothy Kirby has maintained a life-long interest in Thoroughbreds and their pedigrees, evolving from her father's ownership of racehorses, as she got to ride them after the close of  their turf careers. She lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Hilda Marshall worked for Captain Boyd Rochford at Newmarket, and her love of horses and research has progressed from that time. She's had an interest in pedigrees for over twenty years, having worked on the racing desk at the Daily Expressin Fleet Street, London.

Beth McCardell is a staff member of the National Steeplechase Association in Elkton, Maryland.

Christine Matthes has been involved with horses since childhood, raising and breeding working Quarter Horses. When a running Quarter Horse was added to the menagerie the journey into old Thoroughbred lines began, focusing on the compilation of untraced American thoroughbred female lines. Chris lives in Alberta, Canada.

Gustavo Mendez grew up around horses in Uruguay; he spends his spare time consulting on thoroughbred pedigrees and researching thoroughbred history.

Mick Mutlow, a production manager who lives in Braintree, Essex, has been studying the history of the Grand National for over thirty years. He has worked closely with Aintree racecourse's curator, and supplied information to LWT for "You Bet." His particular interest is in the details of each race and in the early geography of the Aintree course. He's presently working on a comprehensive encyclopaedia of the Grand National.

Dave Nurse edits and publishes the on-line The Racing Pages in Great Britain, which includes material and links relating to the Grand National at Aintree; a web site on the Welsh Grand National, and one on the Bath racecourse. He is also an excellent photographer who has allowed us to use some of his images.

Steve Parrott owns and manages the nifty web site, Famous Horses, in Great Britain, which, among other things, features essays of current and past heroes of the turf.

Vicki Pascoe is an owner-breeder in New Zealand, whose good race mare, Honor Bound, recently went to stud (2006).

Stewart Peters is an author of books on steeplechasing, including his latest, The History of the Aintree Spectacular. He is currently working on a book about the Irish Grand National.

Cruz Pitre is a database/visual basic/web programmer for a major airline IT company. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas and has been collecting and researching thoroughbred pedigrees since 1982. He operates Bloodline Navigator, a free pedigree database program posted on the internet.

Stephen Powell is an IT consultant who spends some of his spare time researching and analyzing contemporary thoroughbred racing and breeding in Yorkshire, England, and other spare moments riding horses.

Nigel Pullen is a full time systems analyst and a freelance writer on thoroughbred racing and breeding from England.

Jose Antonio Leao Ramos is a retired advertising executive who operated his own highly successful agency in Brazil for many years, after training with Young & Rubican and other premier agencies in the U.S. His long-time interest in thoroughbred history and racing has led him to delve into the intriguing history of race horse breeding in Brazil and other South American countries.

Edgar Schutt breeds Hanoverians at his Rainbow Equus Farm in Lincoln, California. He stands four stallions, including Furst Gotthard (a.k.a. The Titleist), a former grand prix jumper.

Bill Steinkraus, medal-winning rider of Olympic and other top international showjumpers, author, and widely admired sportsman.

Vicki Turner is a thoroughbred owner-breeder in Australia, and a student of pedigree research.

Emmanuel Viaud is a member of the Syndicat des Eleveurs in France.

Rob Weber was Librarian/Archivist at the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia, our web site sponsor. He began working at the NSL in February of 2000, after earning an M.L.S. from the University of Kentucky, and in 2005 took a position with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Bill Webb, retired from Bechtel Corporation and living in Australia, is the son of the well-known English-born, French-based trainer William Webb (1877-1954), and grand-nephew of the noted trainer William Webb (1848-1923).

David Wilkinson is a writer and historian living in Yorkshire, England. He is author of Early Horse Racing in Yorkshire and the Origins of the Thoroughbred.


Agence de Presse et de Reportages Hippiques (APRH) has specialized in French horse photography for more than thirty years; they provide images to the press and private individuals of top race horses, taken by professional photographers.

Coolmore, is an international thoroughbred breeding operation, standing some of the most important thoroughbred stallions in the world, with farms in Ireland, Australia and the U.S. (Ashford).

Laurel Scott Duncan is a writer and photographer who focuses on steeplechasing; she is a regular contributor to Chronicle of the Horse and other magazines and web sites.

Dell Hancock is a highly respected thoroughbred photographer, and active in many aspects of thoroughbred racing and sport.

Tony Leonard, is one of the premier equine photographers in the U.S., and has photographed almost every thoroughbred of importance in the last several decades.

Gerald Segasby is a former jockey who has a web site covering all aspects of horse racing, and a photographic library spanning the years 1952 to 1979. Photographic prints, cards and other material are available for purchase at his site. His site also features short essays on extinct race courses in Britain.

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