COMMITTEE PROFILES

David Butler – President (Wife: Joy)

Commercial and Property Lawyer, Eastbourne. A senior partner of Gillespie Young Watson . Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1985. 
Actively involved in racing and breeding thoroughbreds for over 20 years. Legal adviser over that period to owners, trainers and studs. Part owner of French Polish and co-breeder of group winners Dollars N Gold and Madison Point. Member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

I believe the success and prosperity of the Club are dependent on it consistently providing an enjoyable experience for members, owners, trainers and race-goers. That will only be achieved through quality racing and quality facilities. I look forward to the opportunity of bringing my skills and experience to a progressive committee committed to those goals.

 

Wayne Guppy - Vice President (Wife: Sue)

A former pharmacist for 20 years, operating several large pharmacies in the Upper Hutt area, I am currently the Mayor of Upper Hutt. I have been a Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1981. Also a Member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

I have raced horses successfully in Australia with friends and am currently a small time breeder with several horses in training at Trentham. As a Committee Member, I would be committed to ensuring Trentham becomes the number one premier track in the country.

We also need to integrate the Trentham track and Wellington Racing Club into the greater Wellington region so that the whole region benefits from having the number one galloping track within their reach. This can be achieved. 

 

Ross Meo - Committee

Company Director. Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1973. Executive Committee Member, Wellington Branch - New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Member of Syndicates that have raced horses.

My aims as a Committee Member would be to firstly ensure the Club has a strong financial base enabling it to provide the very best of racing at Trentham.

To see an increase in the Club’s Membership particularly the 20-30 years of age group. To ensure that the facilities for Members, Owners and Trainers are maintained to current standard and improved where possible.

 

Ray Southey - Committee (Wife: Geri )

Managing Partner. Member of Wellington Racing Club since 1973. Lifetime involvement in Racing, active owner and Breeder for 30 years. Member of Masterton Racing committee for over 20 years. 2 periods as President, current vice president Wairarapa Harness Club and trustee Masterton Licensing Trust 

Trentham is the premier racecourse in New Zealand and we must continue with recent program and improvements, and be aware of the needs and concerns of all involved in the industry form members, owners, trainers, punters and the importance of sponsors. 

 

Des Coppins - Committee (Wife - Mary)

Des has been working in racing for much of his life.He was involved in his earlier racing years as a statistician/form compiler for the best Bets in Auckland before moving to Wellington in the 1970's where he joined the INL group of companies to become a racing writer for NZ Truth and Friday Flash before being appointed Editor of Friday Flash. He held that position for 14 years before the company shifted the publication to Auckland . Today Des is director of his company Des Coppins Racing and Marketing Ltd and for a time worked under contract in the sales and marketing for the Radioworks (Mediaworks) hosting (Tracktalk) on Radio Pacific.
These days Des runs the talk-back racing show on Radio Trackside each Sunday and does a few other shifts on radio during the week as well as co-presenting the First Call on Trackside each Saturday. He runs a very succesful tipping line (0900 45459) . Des has been in syndicates that have raced many horses and has over 50 wins with the most succesful being the Group Two winner Soap Opera. He is married to Mary and has 3 live in nephews and Mimi the dog ( 2.2.kg miniature pinscher). 

 

Colin Dallas – Committee (partner: Jane)

My involvement with racing came about when a group of new owners got together to race in a syndicate of horses about 15 years ago. This along with the pure interest of the horse racing industry gave me an insight as to how much fun and excitement you can gain once you are involved. As a Committee Member this is a great opportunity for me to meet new friends and to share in the overall passion for this sport.   Wellington being the vibrant city that it is, allows people the opportunity to see the 7’s rugby and to enjoy the Wellington Cup Carnival all in the space of a few weeks which helps add to the excitement that makes Wellington the place we all love to live in.    

Part of what I would like to see happen as I get more involved with racing at Trenthan, is to see younger people raising their hand and wanting to either become new members or taking an ownership of a horse. The excitement is just something that can be enjoyed immeasurably. I look forward to working with a great committee of people who share similar interests and goals.

 

Catherine Reid (nee Hewitt)- Committee

I have been a Race Day Steward at Wellington Racing Club since the 2011/12 season. My passion for horse racing began at a young age having grown up on a farm in the Wairarapa where my family bred thoroughbreds and I rode ponies competitively. My experience of race days is varied - having attended races throughout New Zealand, in Australia, Singapore and England and participated in “Fashion in the Field” events. Now I’m a horse owner, racing “Constellation” with Fairdale Stud.

As a Wellingtonian, having lived here for the past 15 years, I studied law at Victoria University and worked as a senior solicitor at national law firm, Chapman Tripp. My current role is a senior lawyer for Land Information New Zealand.
I am a passionate believer in Wellington Racing Club's future as a premier racing venue. As a Committee Member my focus would be on bringing youth, energy and strong networking skills to help inspire the next generation of racing enthusiasts. I believe it’s important for Trentham to maintain and develop its high standards for the benefit of all members, and to elevate the Club’s position in the racing industry.

 

Jessica Meech- Committee (profile to come)

 

 Euan Playle- Committee 

I have been a member of Wellington Racing Club since 1985. My wife Linda and I have over the years enjoyed very much our long association with the club and of course seen many changes in both Trentham itself and racing generally over those years.
Born and raised in Martinborough, I can still remember my first day at Trentham Races and coming over on the Wairarapa train. I went to Victoria University and apart from four years working overseas I have lived in and worked in Wellington since graduating from university. We have one son currently at university in Auckland
Linda and I have over the years raced horses in partnership with our friends Sylvia and Paddy Kay, One of our special memories was our first win at Trentham with Aunt Daisy in the Barinka Cup. There is something special about winning at Trentham. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have experienced many aspects of the Wellington Racing Club as a race goer, member and owner.
I am a Chartered Accountant and a partner in a national Chartered Accounting firm with a strong accounting and business knowledge in a wide variety of business sectors. I feel I am now in a position in my career where I have the time and energy to put something back into the Club and this is the reason I have accepted a nomination for your committee. I am aware of the impact strong governance plays in the environment in which our club operates and I believe my skills and experience can contribute to the future wellbeing and development of our club.
I am fully aware of the challenges previously faced and currently being faced in the racing industry and fully appreciate too the challenges and dynamics facing owners, breeders and trainers particularly in our region. I also appreciate that there are challenges for our sponsors and most importantly for the existing and future members of the Wellington Racing Club
We have something special at Trentham and I believe we need to continue the work to preserve and improve the Clubs future in these uncertain times in racing
If elected I hope I can assist in ensuring members, trainers, owners, the racing public and the venue users all look upon Trentham as the great venue that it really is

 

John Anderson- Committee 

Having completed my first two year term on the WRC Committee in 2014 and having both enjoyed the experience and made what I believe to have been a positive contribution to the on-going development of the Wellington Racing Club I was pleased of offer myself for re-election.
I have been an active member of the Racing Club for many years and I also have interests in racing through both breeding and racing horses
I see my primary role on the Committee as representing the interests of the members by ensuring the WRC continues to operate in a sustainable and profitable way. As the owner of a business in my own right I fully appreciate what is required for this to happen.
I believe the other significant area where we as Committee members can help the Club is the sourcing of funds through sponsorship, which makes a significant contribution the overall on-going success of the Club.
In my first two years on the Committee, I the sponsorship funding for the New World Family Race Day on Wellington Anniversary Day, which whilst the smallest of our Wellington Cup Carnival days, is still an important part of our Cup carnival. This additional sponsorship has seen the day grow in stature and has provided an ideal environment to get people to the races, who might not otherwise attend. Our on-going success is totally dependent on us attracting as many people as possible through our turn-styles.
I believe I still have a lot to offer the Wellington Racing Club and its members and would welcome your support and feedback

 

Race Day Stewards

Betty Condren
Mike Curtis
Luciana De Goldi
Jeff Drinkwater
Graeme Freeman
Lyndsey O'Reilly
Andrew Preston
Sam Walker