Taranaki stalwarts acknowledged
Pictured, from left, Darcy Julian, Carey Hobbs (Taranaki Racing CEO), Kath Julian, James Dunne (NZTR), Steak Goodin, Vaughan Watson (Taranaki Racing chairman).
A Taranaki trio who have contributed decades of service to the thoroughbred industry were celebrated at the Taranaki Racing AGM in New Plymouth this week.
Taranaki stalwarts Steak Goodin and Darcy and Kath Julian were presented with their NZTR Service Award trophies and Goodin was also made a life member of Taranaki Racing.
The NZTR Service Awards were introduced this year, to recognise long-serving volunteers and contributors to the thoroughbred code. "Many racing participants have given years of valuable service without any formal recognition from either NZTR or the wider industry - and we wanted to change that," NZTR CEO Bernard Saundry said..
Darcy Julian and Goodin both made lengthy and significant contributions to the Opunake Racing Club, which merged with the Taranaki Racing Club, in 2010, to form Taranaki Thoroughbred Racing.
Julian has given more than 50 years of voluntary service to the thoroughbred industry. He spent 46 years on the Opunake RC committee, including a five-year term as president, and was also a member of the NZTR executive.He has been a Taranaki Racing steward since the organisation’s inception and continues to assist at all race meetings held at New Plymouth and Hawera.
He is a past apprentice school director and both Darcy and his wife Kath have been staunch supporters of apprentices and jockeys, with Kath ensuring that female riders have been looked after at Taranaki race meetings.
Steak Goodin, who was elected to the Opunake committee in 1990, was the club‘s final president and a driving force behind the decision to join the Taranaki Jockey Club at Pukekura Raceway.Following the merger, he became a founding committee member and deputy-chairman of Taranaki Racing.
Goodin has also been a thoroughbred owner and breeder and has raced the multiple Group I winners Kawi and Shez Sinsational. He and his wife, Christine, also bred Kawi, who won seven Group I races.