A Thoroughbred Girl’s Blog… Welcoming Marybeth Lepine

Sharon has kindly asked me to contribute some articles to the Thoroughbred Girls with the aim to provide some answers to often asked questions.

I have had a lifetime love, appreciation, involvement and obsession with horses. My maternal grandfather feed my obsession by taking me to the local paddocks with a loaf of bread to feed the horses. He did have a slight hidden agenda though, as the paddock was conveniently located across the road, from the local TAB. With strict instructions to feed the horses one slice at a time, he would nick across to the TAB, to put a bet on before the loaf would run out.

At the age of six I learnt to ride at pony club and got my first pony at 12. The start of a long and expensive road that included showing, breeding and racing horses.

In 1993, I began breeding thoroughbreds on the Darling Downs and selling yearlings at the various sales. I held the position of Secretary of the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association for seven years during which time I travelled to Singapore to represented Magic Millions at the Inaugural Asian Racing Conference. Once I left my property, I became the first female bloodstock agent in the Southern Hemisphere, employed by Queensland Bloodstock Breeders Sales (QBBS).

In 2000, I took a break from racing to pursuit a career in medical sales however the lure of horses never left me. Ten years ago, when looking for an off the track thoroughbred, I met my partner Danny Bougoure.

Danny is a multi-generation Licenced Racehorse Trainer based at Eagle Farm. He is most known for having trained the Hall of Fame Inductee, Twice Australian and World Champion Sprinter and sire Falvelon. Over the last ten years, I have been actively involved in all aspects of Dan Bougoure Racing including owner communication, marketing and selling shares etc. As a licensed strapper, I work hands on with the horses and strap at race meetings. I personally have numerous shares and own outright several racehorses.

I am very passionate about racehorse welfare and established a Facebook Page titled Meeting to Discuss Racehorse Welfare which was designed to encourage constructive, viable and sustainable solutions for retired racehorses. After collating the ideas my submission was presented to the Queensland Government and Racing Authorities and became part of the forward plan for Racehorse Welfare.

Racing is in my blood as both my paternal and maternal great grandparents had racehorses. My father was the Secretary of the Queensland Tattersalls Racing Club for 26 years, a foundation member of the Queensland Winter Carnival Racing Committee, National President of the Australian Racehorse Owners Association, President of the Carbine Club, a breeder of racehorses and remains to this day a racehorse owner.

I am honoured to contribute articles and welcome any topic suggestions and of course will be delighted to answer any questions.