The looming Inglis Premier Sale at Oaklands Junction will signal the end of an era following news that one of the breeding industry's longest-serving employees is about to retire.
Inglis on Friday morning announced that Simon Vivian will hang up his gavel after 44 years of industry service. His replacement will be former Inglis employee and outgoing Woodside Park CEO James Price.
Vivian has been with Inglis since 2004, operating as the Victorian Bloodstock Manager since Peter Heagney's retirement in 2016, and will officially retire at the conclusion of the Easter Yearling Sale in April.
Vivian, 64, began at Coles Brothers in Adelaide in 1977 and joined Inglis in 2004 as a bloodstock consultant following the takeover of Dalgety.
He also worked in South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland, the UK and Asia and has been Inglis' South African representative for the past 12 years.
Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster spoke highly of what Vivian has brought to the industry.
After starting as an intern at Inglis in 2006 and continuing with the company as a Bloodstock Sales Consultant (2007-2015) before moving to the Melbourne office as a Senior Bloodstock Consultant in 2015, Price, who moved to Woodside Park in 2018, will start on March 15.