THE TEAM

John has been a successful business owner, investor and entrepreneur for decades. John founded Horan & Bird Energy with his wife Rosemarie and turned it into one of the largest Electrical and Solar businesses in Australia before being bought out by Australia’s largest energy company in Origin Energy in 2015.  Horan & Bird won Australian Small Business of the year in 2012 and won Master Electricians of the year five times. John is also involved with multiple startup companies that are operating globally.

As a racehorse owner for more than 30 years John has a passion for the racing industry. Growing up with his Father working in the Bookmaking industry, John learnt from a very young age how to read form and breeding. Chris and John work very well as a team.

John Horan

Racing Manager

Chris Attard

Head Trainer

Head trainer Chris was born in Mackay QLD to a racehorse family. His father Mick Attard was an apprentice jockey in Sydney before moving to Mackay where he rode for nearly 20 years. His mother Sharon was a horse trainer for 10 years until Mick took over when he retired from race riding. Chris and his brother Lee were at the stables from a young age. His brother Lee always loved riding and became a jockey, whereas Chris was more interested in the training side of things, learning his craft from his mum. Chris then moved to Brisbane and learnt from successful metro trainers in Desleigh Forster and Kelso Wood. Chris returned home to take over the stables from his parents in Rockhampton before moving to Townsville in 2021 where he has 22 horses in work including: Bering Sea, Bondi Beau, Danawi, Side Hustle, Pitchfork and a big group of unraced 2 & 3 year olds about to hit the track.

Born in 1989 in Rockhampton. He grew up in Rockhampton where he was attached to horses at a young age of about 6 and learnt to ride from the age of 12. Adrian was a track work Jockey from the age of 14 and became an Apprentice Jockey at 15. In his second year of riding he rode an incredible 116 winners and over the next 11 years he rode almost 1000 winners. Adrian brings a wealth of experience, being seven times Rockhampton Jockey Premiership winner and multiple Qld Provincial Jockey Premiership winner.   Another feather in his jockey cap was winning the Rockhampton and Townsville Cups three times. In 2018 Adrian turned to training horses where he was a foreman to Tom Button along with having a close working relationship with Stuart Kendrick. It wasn’t long before Adrian had his own trainers licence and in 2020 he won the Rockhampton Trainer’s Premiership in only his second year as a trainer. 

Adrian Coome

Trainer

Mully Green

Foreman to Adrian Coome

Born in Grafton in 1993, she has always had a heavy interest in racing with her Father being a trainer and race course curatorShe moved to Rockhampton when she was 11 and her family continued with horse racing. After finishing high school, she moved to Sydney, where she was employed by Darley under the guidance of Peter Snowden. After 2 years she was offered an opportunity with Darley to go to England, where she was based in Newmarket for 6 months. Upon returning to Australia, she continued working for Darley before following Peter and Paul Snowden to Randwick where they had opened their own stable. Mully stayed with Snowdens for a number of years where she worked with horses like Redzel, before returning to Brisbane to work for Kelly Schweida at Eagle Farm. Family obligations eventually brought her home to Rockhampton where she met Adrian and became part of his team.  

Born 9th March 1977. Bred into the racing game through her father “WALLY THE WHIP WELBURN”. Got her strappers license when she was 17. She has ridden at Pony Club and in the show ring since she was two. Renae also works in the hospitality industry. Horse Racing is her number one love. 

Renae Welburn

Strapper

Mick Attard

Mick started out as an apprentice to trainer Paul Cave at Warwick farm. While he was an apprentice he did three months in New Zealand representing Australia and sought a less stressful life so he finished his apprenticeship with Brian Kiernan in Queensland. He retired from riding at the age of 40 and took up training seventeen years ago with a lot of success as a trainer. First off being based in Mackay and moving to Rockhampton where we set up ART racing and Chris moved to Rockhampton and became part of the team.

Sharon has been involved with the racing industry since she moved to Mackay in 1981 and became a strapper for the then leading trainer Colin Cox. Sharon also had a trainers licence for some time working together with Mick also having good success. We have always worked together as a team, Mick doing the Trackwork side of things and Sharon being the feeder making sure that the horses are fed as individuals and get the requirements that each horse may need. Sharon is known for having a good eye for a horse looking at conformation and Mick is good with form. We both take pride in the way our horses are presented and always put their welfare first and making sure they happy and contented.

Sharon Attard