Racing To Relate Team

Adrian Pratt

Chairman

Biography

Adrian Pratt served in Army 1972-78 attaining rank of Captain in The Blues and Royals.  He spent 40 years in the insurance industry, notably as managing director British Equestrian Insurance Brokers (1985-2006) and president of Equisure, USA (1997-2006).  Subsequently he worked as a director of the equine divisions at Windsor Plc and the Howden Group.  He now acts as a consultant to several leading companies.  Adrian has been a director of Plumpton Racecourse since 1993. He rode as amateur under NH rules ,acted as a  racecourse steward 1979-2017 and is a member of the Jockey Club.

Chair Adrian Pratt is a vital asset within Racing to Relate. His steadfast support of the project, enthusiasm for its possibilities and faith in the R2R team is matched only by his generosity of time and positive spirit. Adrian has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to the bloodstock industry. Alongside working for many years in the insurance business, he has spent a lifetime with horses; from his time in the Cavalry to amateur jump jockey, an incredible 40-year career as a steward at Newmarket, Goodwood and Ascot and 46 years as both a successful jump and flat horse owner.

Peter Drown

Trustee

Biography

Peter has been advising clients for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience. His specialism is in advising owner managed businesses of all sizes on all of the usual, and not so usual, issues that such owners and businesses face. Peter is Senior Partner of Beavis Morgan LLPPeter’s experience in the charity sector brings us vital and targeted support, his expertise in all financial aspects of charity governance are second to none, as his contribution to the finance chapter of Paul Martin’s acclaimed non profit A to Z entitled ‘Faith Hope & Charity’ affirms. Peter is a veritable compass for us at Racing To Relate and we consider it a privilege to benefit from his kindness, guidance and support.  

Jeremy Harbord

Trustee

Biography

Jeremy Harbord spent most of his career in financial services, latterly in wealth management as a financial adviser at James Hambro & Partners. Earlier in his life, he held a commission in the Life Guards and qualified as a barrister. He is a director of Household Cavalry Museum Enterprises Ltd.  Jeremy’s generosity of insight, critical thinking and intellect make him an indispensable member of the Racing To Relate team.  Jeremy is committed to helping us to develop and pursue our strategic aims both generally and specifically with particular curiosity and interest in the role of former Thoroughbred racehorses in assisting serving and former military personnel and their families.

Jennifer Twomey

Jennifer Barker

Co-Founder

Biography

Co-founder Jennifer Barker is a law graduate from the University of Warwick,  passionate about Thoroughbreds she has advocated for off-track Thoroughbred welfare across the professional industry for many years. Jennifer worked collaboratively with a steering group including Aga Khan Studs, Godolphin and France Galop to set up France’s leading Thoroughbred retraining organisation, Au-Delà des Pistes.

In 2015 Jennifer was invited to Kentucky to participate in the first international Aftercare Think Tank organised by Godolphin (now IFAR).  It was a visit to Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, an American EAT organisation, that moved her to deepen her commitment to the possibilities of ex-racehorses in this sphere.

Coming from a military family who had experienced significant loss, it was in a quiet moment of realisation, after seeing the impact of the horses on people in programs such as this and other excellent programs such as Square Peg in California and HorseBackUK in Scotland, that it became clear to Jennifer she could combine her love of the Thoroughbred with their ability to support humans who may need it, including ex-servicemen and women.

She went on to become a certified Equine Specialist in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Therapy and assisted in research at Shumbashaba in Diepsloot, South Africa where she met and joined forces with Dr. Anna Buckingham.  And from her life-affecting experience in Kentucky, the Racing To Relate foundations were laid. From here, Jennifer and her collaborators have built the volunteer led international organisation that Racing To Relate is becoming.

Dr Anna Buckingham

Anna Buckingham, PsyD

CO Mental Health

Biography

Dr Anna Marie Buckingham is the Racing To Relate CO for Mental Health and co-founder of the Racing To Relate project.  Anna is a mental health professional and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Psychology, a postdoctoral Masters in Psychopharmacology and trained as an Equine Specialist and Mental Health Expert in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Personal Development.  Anna is a bona fide farm girl at heart, an experienced horse owner, and an avid horseracing fan and also a military spouse. Combining her professional expertise with her passions, Anna is a crucial member of the Racing To Relate team providing us with guidance and insight into the sphere of mental health, a never more so important issue for today’s society.

Dr Helen Sharp, PhD

Writer / Editor

Biography

Dr Helen Sharp PhD is an experienced Equine Journalist working for several well-regarded equestrian publications, including The Irish Field, Breeding News for Sports Horses and Horse and Hound. She is also an Equine Therapist for some of Ireland’s most respected equestrians via Equi-S Therapies Ireland. Helen runs Equi-S Recover as part of her practice, which provides equine therapy treatments free of charge for therapy horses. She has a background in arts facilitation in areas of conflict and has 15 years of experience working across communities in Northern Ireland. Helen is a hobby breeder of Irish Sports Horses and combines all of these passions writing for Racing To Relate. Her talent for capturing in words what we all feel in our hearts so succinctly and eloquently is an immeasurable boon to our charity.

Fanny Hubart-Salmon

Storyteller

Biography

Reporter, Producer and Creative Director of Full Field Agency, Fanny Salmon is an accomplished and enthusiastic voice for all things international horseracing, her love of horses and the people and stories that surround them radiates a singular warmth that is the hallmark of her work.  A rare pearl,  Fanny has accompanied us from the outset with ideas, encouragement and content and is an avid ambassador for Racing To Relate, spreading the word on all of our international projects.  

Mariske Byrnes

Accounts and Bookkeeping

Biography

Mariske is Executive Director of BM Connect, a Beavis Morgan group company, specialist providers of outsourced bookkeeping, management accounts and payroll solutions. Mariske completed her degree in Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and qualified as a member of CIMA as an Associate Chartered Management Accountant. She enjoys helping companies reach their financial goals through, in particular, forecasting and budgeting and producing value added financial reporting.  Mariske provides crucial support to our small charity,  kindly and effectively managing one of the most important (and often unheralded) core functions of a non-profit organisation.  

Georgina Swain

Marketing & PR Angel

Biography

Georgina is head of Marketing & PR at the Beavis Morgan group with a breadth of marketing, brand, communications and media relations experience gained in financial services, legal, technology and B2B environments.   Georgina is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.  Georgina is passionate about our project and is kindly sharing her professional expertise and ‘on the ground’ insight with Equine Assisted programs including her local RDA where she is a volunteer. 

Agathe Sennesal

Communications / R&D

Biography

Agathe holds a Masters degree in agricultural engineering from ISA, Lille and in Animal Sciences from Texas A&M University.  A specialist in Equine Welfare, Agathe has gained international professional experience notably with David Lichman in Sacramento, a 5-Star Master Parelli Professional and Gaited Horse Specialist Liberty Horses. She is also a self-employed equine behaviourist focused on creating a positive relationship between horse and human through science-based training and care practices. Find out more on her Instagram @agathetangka

Earlier this year, Agathe took up an offer of a new role as Equine Welfare Researcher for Ethonova Agency, an innovative French scientific agency developed in 2011 dedicated to the horse, its behaviour and the horse-human relationship.  Agathe was the ideal candidate for this dynamic new role created in part due to an Ethonova / Racing To Relate partnership to work on initial development and the feasibility phase of our online R&D platform : thoroughbredassisted.org.