AHRC Awards

25 November 2004


At Council¿s recent Annual General Meeting in Sydney, the following National Awards were given for outstanding achievement. Those honoured are:¿

AHRC Distinguished Service Awards¿

Mr George Aiken of Kensington, NSW¿

George Aiken¿s lifetime involvement has focussed on the sales, marketing and breeding areas of our industry with involvement in the Australian Pacing Gold and other Sales Auctioneering Events.¿ He was extensively involved in the importation of Stallions and export of racehorses to the American Continent for many industry participants. He raced True Roman amongst other horses.¿ In addition, his administrative contribution occurred on the Committee of the New South Wales Harness Racing Club in the early 1980¿s.¿

Dr Diane Ryan of Thirlmere, NSW¿

Dr Diane Ryan was a Member of the Board of Harness Racing New South Wales between 1995 and 2002.¿ In this role, she served in the roles of Deputy Chair and on the Regulatory Committee. In addition, she represented Harness Racing New South Wales as an Accredited Representative on the Australian Harness Racing Council.¿ Here, she was a key Member of the Artificial Breeding and the Review of Prohibited Substance Sub-Committees during regular reviews of the National Rules.¿ As a result of her corporate background, animal welfare experience and veterinary knowledge, she successfully chaired the TC02 Review and presented an international paper for Australia at the World Trotting Conference in Finland.¿¿

AHRC Meritorious Service Awards¿

The Australian Harness Racing Council has initiated a program of national recognition with an emphasis on Studmaster recognition in conjunction with AHRC Members and the State Members of the Australian Standardbred Breeders Association.¿ This initial group of awards reflects the important role and contribution that the Studmaster has made in the Australian breeding of Standardbreds.¿ Others will follow in the future. Those honoured are:¿

Mr R.J. Vanstone, Riawara Stud, Williamstown, SA
Mr L. Plunkett, Berriedale Stud, Westbury, Tas
Mr M. & Mrs S. Lichtwark, Goldrush Lodge, Biddeston, Qld
Mr J.L. Gibson, Success Stud, Young, NSW
Mr R. Vandyke, Peppertree Farm, Cowra, NSW
Mr G. & Mrs L. Ward, Lynrose Stud, Katunga, Vic
Mr A. Galloway, Alabar Farms, Echuca, Vic¿¿

As the retiring Chairman from Council, I wish to personally congratulate the Award recipients for their contribution to the Australian Harness Racing Industry.¿

I wish you all well in the future.¿¿

Mick Lombardo

19 November 2004.


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