Presidents since 1945

There were a group of seven Owners who initially founded the Racehorse Owners Association:

Sir Harold Werneher, Market Harborough 

Married to the great granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, he played an important role in co-ordinating the logistics of Operation Overlord – the Battle of Normandy.

Cecil Boyd Rochford, Newmarket 

Five times champion trainer, he won the 2,000 Guineas with Pall Mall and trained the Queen’s Aureole to be second in the Derby. Step-father of Sir Henry Cecil.

Henry Persse, Stockbridge

Better known as Atty, he was a renowned jockey before turning to training, and handling the horse nicknamed the “Spotted Wonder”, The Tetrach (left).

Sir Malcolm McAlpine, London (President) 

Our first president, Sir Malcolm was Chairman of the family’s famous Engineering and Construction firm. He passed the Presidency onto his son, Sir Robin McAlpine in 1960, who won the Oaks with circus Plume in 1984.

James Rank, Godstone 

Elder brother of film maker J Arthur Rank, James listed his employment as “Flour Miller” when in fact he was son of the founder of the Rank Hovis brand, which is still going strong today. He owned the 1938 St Leger winner Scottish Union.

John Hetherton, York

John became a racehorse owner back in 1938, and was followed into racing by his son, Noel (who bred Champion Hurdle third Past Glories) and more recently by his grandson, Andrew, who is an active ROA member. A fine achievement for the family to have continuous ROA membership since the associations inception. 

Jack Olding, Hatfield

Jack’s company, J Olding & Co, were the sole London dealer for Aston Martin in the Thirties and specialised in the import and modifications to tanks and tractors during the Second World War. He brought the famous Druid’s Lodge training establishment in 1952 from James Rank, and owned the 1955 Queen Mary winner Weeber.

 

ROA Presidents and Vice Presidents since 1945

Date

President

Vice-President

1945 - 1960

Sir Malcolm McAlpine

 

1960 - 1961

Sir Robin McAlpine

 

1961 - 1962

Sir Robin McAlpine

Rex Cohen

1962 - 1963

Sir Robin McAlpine

John Baillie

1963 - 1964

Sir Robin McAlpine

W. H. Harrison

1964 - 1966

Sir Robin McAlpine

Rex Cohen

1966 - 1969

Sir Robin McAlpine

John Baillie

1970 – 1971

John Baillie

Bryan Jenks

1971 - 1972

Bryan Jenks

Louis Freedman

1973 - 1974

Louis Freedman

Christopher Collins

1975 - 1975

Christopher Collins

Sir David Sieff

1976 - 1979

Sir David Sieff

Andrew Wates

1979 - 1980

Andrew Wates

Anthony Villar

1980 - 1982

Anthony Villar

Nicholas Robinson

1982 - 1984

Nicholas Robinson

Nigel Clark

1984 - 1986

Nigel Clark

David Harris

1986 - 1988

David Harris

Sue Abbott

1988 - 1990

Sue Abbott

Peter Jones

1990 - 1993

Peter Jones

Paul Locke

1993 - 1994

Paul Locke

Lady Hilary Burnham

1994 - 1995

Lady Hilary Burnham

Adrian Grazebrook

1995 - 1996

Lady Hilary Burnham

Sir Eric Parker

1997 - 1998

Peter Savill

Chris Spencer-Phillips

1998 - 2001

Sir Eric Parker

Jim Furlong

2001 - 2003

Jim Furlong

Chris Deuters

2003 - 2004

Chris Deuters

Terry Neill

2004 - 2006

Chris Deuters

Stephen Crown

2006 - 2007

Stephen Crown

Paul Dixon

2007 - 2010

Paul Dixon

Rachel Hood

2011 - 2013

Rachel Hood

Tony Hirschfeld

2013 - 2015

Rachel Hood

Stephen Smith

2015 - 2016

Rachel Hood

Alan Pickering

2016 - 2019

Nicholas Cooper

Alan Pickering

2019 – present

Nicholas Cooper

Chris Wright