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Chairman, Arrowfield Group

John Messara, AM is the founder and owner of Arrowfield Stud.
He has an international reputation as a maker of stallions, among them a breed-shaping dynasty of champion sires: the great Danehill, three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and his four-time Champion Sire son Snitzel, who currently heads Arrowfield’s roster. Arrowfield is also a leading owner and yearling vendor, and has close relationships with several of the world’s leading breeders.

John began his professional life as a stock-broker, established the Arrowfield Group in 1985 and has played a key role in the Australian breeding industry’s significant growth over the past three decades as a past Chairman of Aushorse Marketing (2001-08) & Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (2007-08) and Member of the Australian Pattern Committee (2006-16). He also led Australian racing through a dynamic period of major reform as Chairman of Racing New South Wales (2011-16) & Racing Australia (2013-16), and contributed at an international level as Vice-Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation (2014-16), and author of the Review of the New Zealand Racing Industry (2018).  In May 2021, John returned to a major industry role, being appointed the first independent Chairman of Racing Australia, a role he held until March 2022.

John’s outstanding work for the thoroughbred industry at state, national & international levels has been recognised with several awards & honours, including Member of the Order of Australia (2008), Thoroughbred Breeders NSW inaugural Heroic Award (2011), Life Membership of the Australian Turf Club (2016), the prestigious Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit (2019) and induction as an Associate to the Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2021).


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