Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    Form 8-K

                                 Current Report
     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of
earliest event reported):     September 25, 2003

                            Brown-Forman Corporation
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Delaware                    1-123              61-0243150
(State or other            (Commission         (I.R.S. Employer
 jurisdiction of            File Number)       Identification No.)

 850 Dixie Highway, Louisville, Kentucky           40210
(Address of principal executive offices)         (Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code (502) 585-1100

Item 5.  Other Events

On  September  25,  2003,  Brown-Forman   Corporation  issued  a  press  release
announcing the appointment of Paul C. Varga to its Board of Directors, effective
October 1, 2003. A copy of Brown-Forman Corporation's press release of September
25,  2003 is  attached  hereto as  Exhibit  99.1 and is  incorporated  herein by

Item 7.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

 (a)      Not applicable.
 (b)      Not applicable.
 (c)      Exhibits.
          99.1     Press Release, dated September 25, 2003


Pursuant  to the  requirements  of the  Securities  Exchange  Act of  1934,  the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                       Brown-Forman Corporation

Date:   September 25, 2003                By:  /s/ Michael B. Crutcher
                                                Michael B. Crutcher
                                                Vice Chairman,
                                                General Counsel and Secretary

Exhibit Index
 99.1  Press Release, dated September 25, 2003, issued by
       Brown-Forman Corporation

                                                                 Exhibit 99.1



Louisville,  KY, September 25, 2003 - Brown-Forman  Corporation Chairman and CEO
Owsley  Brown  II today  announced  that  Paul C.  Varga,  president  and CEO of
Brown-Forman  Beverages,  has been elected to the company's  Board of Directors,
effective October 1.

In making the  announcement,  Mr. Brown said, "I am delighted  that Paul, who is
succeeding Bill Street as head of our beverage organization,  will serve in this
additional leadership capacity as a member of our Board."

William M. Street,  president of  Brown-Forman  Corporation as well as president
and CEO of Brown-Forman  Beverages,  is retiring from his executive  position on
October 1  but  will  continue  to serve on the  company's  Board of  Directors.
Varga's election increases the number of directors to twelve.

Varga  joined  Brown-Forman  in 1986 and began  working  with the Jack  Daniel's
marketing team in 1990. He became director of the Office of CEO in 1994, and two
years later was named senior vice  president  and brand equity  director for the
company's Global Brand Equity group. In 1998 he became director of marketing for
Brown-Forman's  spirits  business in North America,  and in 2000 was promoted to
global chief marketing  officer for the company's  spirits brands.  He was named
president and CEO of Brown-Forman Beverages in June of 2003.

Brown-Forman  Corporation is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality
consumer  products,  including Jack Daniel's,  Canadian Mist,  Southern Comfort,
Fetzer and Bolla Wines, Korbel California  Champagnes,  Lenox, Dansk, and Gorham
tableware giftware, and Hartmann Luggage.