Thursday, 19 September 2019

Venue:        Newcastle Racecourse, Chatham Road, Broadmeadow

Time:         12.00 noon for 12:30 start (bar opens at 12.00)

Join us for another Beauford Luncheon with Special Guest Speakers: 


John Messara, AM is the chairman and owner of Arrowfield Stud. He has an international reputation as a maker of stallions, among them a breed-shaping dynasty of champion sires: the great Danehill, three-time champion sire Redoute’s Choice, and reigning champion sire Snitzel, who currently heads Arrowfield’s roster. Arrowfield is also a leading owner and yearling vendor, and has close relationships with several of the world’s leading breeders.

John began his professional life as a stock-broker, established the Arrowfield Group in 1985 and has played a key role in the Australian breeding industry’s significant growth over the past three decades as a past Chairman of Aushorse Marketing (2001-08) & Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (2007-08) and Member of the Australian Pattern Committee (2006-16). He has also led Australian racing through a dynamic period of major reform as Chairman of Racing New South Wales (2011-16) & Racing Australia (2013-16), and contributed at an international level as Vice-Chairman of the Asian Racing Federation (2014-16).

John’s outstanding work for the thoroughbred industry at state, national & international levels has been recognised with several awards & honours, including Member of the Order of Australia (2008), Thoroughbred Breeders NSW inaugural Heroic Award (2011), Life Membership of the Australian Turf Club (2016) and the prestigious Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit (2019).


Arj is an American stand-up comedian with a worldwide following.

As a stand-up, he won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has performed regular sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He now tours Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis attracting sold out audiences at the largest theatres in the country. He has also performed in Holland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand.

He has made numerous appearances on late night talk shows; including Letterman and Conan O’Brian shows, as well as his own half hour special on HBO produced by Comedy Central. Arj also plays ‘Dave’ on HBO’s hit series “Flight of the Conchords”. Arj has also appeared on Bill Maher’s “Last Comic Standing” and Multiple “Just for Laughs” Galas.

Arj is also a favourite on Australian TV; having appeared on “Thank God You’re Here”, “Rove”, “Spicks and Specks”, “Good News Week”, “The 7pm Project”, “Talkin ‘bout Your Generation”, “Have You Been Paying Attention”, “The Footy Show” as well as numerous Melbourne International Comedy Festival Galas.

Arj co-wrote and performed in “The Marijuana-Logues”, an Off-Broadway show parodying the feministically geared production, “The Vagina Monologues”. Barker also has his own Flash series, Arj and Poopy; based on some of his stand-up material and starring him and his cat, Poopy, who talks by farting. The series has been syndicated to AtomFilms.

Arj also just recently released his online musical comedy video, “Disgracebook”, that pokes fun at the ways in which we are misusing and abusing social media.

Though acting is a consideration, Barker seems to enjoy doing stand-up
and travelling most. And so he continues to tour the world, bringing his original brand of humour wherever there’s a stage and an English speaking audience.

RSVP:         Please RSVP by Thursday, 12 September 2019 to
If you have any questions regarding the luncheon, please contact  Sascha Kass on 02 4907 7273