Plumptre appointed as new Cambridge Stud chief executive

5 Dec 2017

World famous Cambridge Stud changes hands next year and a key leadership appointment from that time has been confirmed.

Brendan and Jo Lindsay, who assume control of Cambridge Stud in April 2018, have today announced that internationally respected industry figure Henry Plumptre will join Cambridge Stud as chief executive, overseeing both the stud and the Lindsay Racing team.

In what is a coup for the New Zealand industry, Plumptre is recognised world-wide as one of the most experienced and astute minds in the thoroughbred business.

He boasts a distinguished career spanning three continents and over 40 years of involvement in thoroughbred bloodstock, stud farms and racing operations.

Brendan Lindsay commented: "Henry Plumptre has overseen some exceptional achievements during his career. He has built world-class brands and brings vast international experience to this new role. Jo and I are delighted that he has agreed to be a key component of the

new Cambridge Stud team next year.

"Having a man of Henry's calibre at the day-to-day helm of Cambridge Stud is a huge vote of confidence in the future of the stud and his willingness to re-locate to New Zealand with his wife Michelle also speaks volumes about the reputation of our industry. He brings a huge wealth of knowledge to this new role.

“We are very proud to confirm that Marcus Corban, who has played such an important role in the success of Cambridge Stud, will be remaining in his current role as general manager.”

Plumptre added: "To oversee the future success of Cambridge Stud is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is one that I simply could not turn down. The stud stands tall world-wide and to be part of its future is a real privilege. I have always held Cambridge Stud in the highest esteem and Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan’s "passing of the baton" has gone to exactly the right people in Brendan and Jo Lindsay.

"I have been involved in many international thoroughbred operations and there is no doubt in my mind that this role will be very rewarding. New Zealand may be small in size however its thoroughbred industry is magnificent in stature and Cambridge Stud has always been a pivotal part of that prominence.

“I will relish being involved in the writing of the next chapters of Cambridge Stud - April cannot come soon enough!”

Involved in the industry since he joined local farmers at point-to-point races as a young boy in England, Plumptre is today regarded globally as one of the most knowledgable and astute thoroughbred leaders of modern times.

His bloodstock expertise has seen him involved in major leadership roles with Widden and Arrowfield Studs in Australia. As an independent bloodstock agent, he was responsible for the purchase of racing superstars such as eight-time Group One winner Mahogany, Golden Slipper winner Merlene, Hong Kong Champion Sprinter and three-time Group One winner Charming City as well as Group One Dubai winner

Sterling City.

His sharp eye also identified champion New Zealand filly Lashed, the winner of three Group One races.

As managing director of Darley/Godolphin, he led the integration of the acclaimed Woodlands Stud into that operation following its purchase.

During his nine-year tenure, Godolphin recorded 328 stakes' winners including 41 at Group One level and celebrated three champion sires' titles with Lonhro, Exceed and Excel and Street Cry.