John Brown is a leading authority on bloodstock and has extensive experience.
He has operated in the bloodstock industry as a professional since 1977. John was Manager for NSW for Dalgety Bloodstock before forming John Brown Bloodstock and has a lifetime of association and involvement in the Australian industry.
His achievements have spanned the length of his career with notable events being twice chosen to represent the Australian Bloodstock Industry on official Australian Government trade missions to the Middle East, and Selecting and purchasing Cossack Warrior as the foundation sire for Emirates Park.
John was instrumental in bringing His Excellency Nasser Lootah from Dubai to invest in Australian Racing. Accomplishing the feat of purchasing and initially managing Emirates Park Stud for him.
Author Heath Ducker Came Up Hard
Heath Ducker, who is the author of the autobiography, A Room At The Top, grew up in Sydney, Australia. He was one of 10 impoverished children; most of whom had different fathers. His mother had some deep emotional issues. At 12 he was molested by a friend’s father, someone he trusted. Despite his harsh upbringing, he survived and made good in a bad situation. He was saved by joining a group called Youth Insearch. It is a non-profit community organization that helps teenagers. They teach intervention skills and provide ongoing counselling. Heath Ducker is now CEO of that group.
From Antisocial to Future Leaders is the motto of Youth Insearch. The peer-focused group led Heath Ducker to believe that his situation was not unique. Many other people survive horrendous situations. Also he began to see solutions for escaping the poverty and brutality himself. It was within his own power to make the decisions that outlined his life. He began by educating himself. He wrote his autobiography at age 27. Heath Ducker became a lawyer with the clear intent of changing social inequities.
All the while he stayed with Youth Insearch. First, he became a peer counselor, and then he became manager of a large group of volunteers. He credits it with saving his life because it gave him a new direction. He is now 31 years old. Heath Ducker became a crusader for social justice because he lived such a downtrodden life in his childhood. He overcame his childhood and did not let it defeat or demean him. Today he is an exemplary role model for disadvantaged kids.