Sam runs the day-to-day operations of KVT and is the main contact person for partners.
He also sells nominations for Overbury Stud and is a successful breeder/pinhooker. His previous experience includes working for leading Owner/Breeder the Niarchos Family and working on leading stud farms in New Zealand (Windsor Park Stud) and America (Darby Dan Farm) having graduated from the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course beforehand. Sam has served on the board of the TBA and was Chairman of its Next Generation Committee and its representative as a Trustee of ROR (Retraining Of Racehorses). He is currently a member of the BHA’s National Hunt Pattern Committee.
Sam is also the co-founder (with Luke Lillingston) of the Hot to Trot Syndicate, an affordable syndicate that in 2017 had a Royal Ascot winner in Heartache, trained by Clive Cox.
Luke is a leading international bloodstock agent and with Kentucky-based Englishman, Lincoln Collins, forms the European arm of the highly respected Kern/Lillingston Association bloodstock agency. They have helped many clients achieve considerable success at the highest level on many famous racecourses around the world.
Some of their best purchases include dual Royal Ascot winner Art Connoisseur, French 1,000 Guineas winner Valentine Waltz and Kentucky Group 1 winning two-year-old Square Eddie. Luke is a member of the Federation of Bloodstock agents and also owner/manager of Mount Coote Stud in Co. Limerick.
Luke is responsible for KVT’s yearling purchases. His top KVT purchase to date is the Group 2, dual Group 3 and Stewards’ Cup winning Magical Memory. Luke also purchased triple winning four-year-old Contango and triple winner Bishop’s Leap, who was subsequently sold to Hong Kong for a considerable sum.
Peter is a Chartered Accountant and retired Merchant Banker, having co-founded Close Brothers Holdings in the 1970s. The third racehorse which he purchased with two friends was King’s Curate, a top rated hurdler of 1991 and winner of the Stayers (now World) Hurdle Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival.
Since that time Peter has owned, joint-owned or trained more than 200 Winners. Amongst these horses have been the Group Three winners Fire Ship, Tropical Paradise and Shimmering Surf.
Peter retired from training in 2011 and sold his yard to Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar, now home to George Baker. Peter and his wife Tessa run 10 flat broodmares from their Merton Place Stud in Surrey. Peter provides general business advice to KVT.
Piers grew up with horses and has ridden all his life. After a brief City career he joined his father Peter at Robins Farm Racing Stables, riding out and assisting at the races. He then headed to Kenya to work with the late Tristan Voorspuy on his riding safaris in the Masai Mara.
During the past sixteen years Piers has developed Offbeat Safaris, which caters for high-end safaris in unspoilt areas of Kenya, both bespoke riding and conventional tented safaris.
With his young family Piers is dividing time between Kenya and the UK and will be assisting Sam with the management of the business, particularly with sales, marketing and race and event day hosting.
Annabelle Greville Williams
Annabelle joined KVT in May 2014. After growing up surrounded by all things equestrian and having competed at international level three day eventing, Annabelle’s passion for racing was fuelled by her father who owned National Hunt horses and after 25 years as a racecourse steward, is now Chairman of The British Horseracing and Standards Trust (BHEST).
Annabelle started her working life in the racing industry as a Lloyd’s bloodstock insurance broker and returned to the same industry after children as a Racing Manager with the renowned syndication company Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Ltd. She assists Sam and Piers with marketing, owner liaison and event organising. Annabelle also attends trainer open days and will be seen frequently at the races.